First of all, I can accept calling the pro shop for a report on frost delays but not ice delays. Secondly having lived in the UK for many years, a toque is not a totally inappropriate part of golf apparel all be it pulling it out in August is a little much and lastly the disposable “hand warmers”, those handy little packets that heat up when shaken or exposed to air should not be put down your pants……..ever, even though one brand is actually called “Hot Rods Hand Warmers”.
I qualify for the category of golf nut or golf fanatic for many reasons, one being that not only have I played golf more than once on New Years Day in the northern hemisphere. I actually played 36 holes at plus 1 C at Longhirst Golf Club in Northumberland, England (See map of England – Northumberland – England’s most northerly county!)
Yes 2 complete 18 hole rounds on frozen greens or should that be whites where between 9’s, we went in for a bowl of soup to warm up and at the end of our exodus instead of shaking hands 3 of us 4 looked around at the waning light and agreed whole heartedly “Another 9 lads?” and off we went! What the hell, 45 holes, no biggy.
There is no doubt I am a Canuck (don’t confuse that term with Canuck Fan please) as I played golf on the frozen English tundra for 10 straight hours and was no worse for wear but nearly died when I played 18 holes on New Years Day at The Coast Golf Club in Sydney Australia. It wasn’t so much that it was plus 41, well that was an influence actually but the 30 mile an hour wind coming off the Great Australian Desert to the north made the Wind Heat Factor feel like plus 60. Grab one of the new high tech hair blow dryers and hold the “turbo boost” button for a few seconds while you blast that directly into your face. That’s the button that actually bakes the curls into place I guess. No, better yet, get your friend to do that and you go grab your putter. Now have your buddy aim it into your eyes and try and make a putt from say, 2 feet. Fun eh?
I sincerely hope that at some point in your golfing life you play golf here on “The Island” but pick one of the summer months, or spring or even fall, like today, + 7 for a high but don’t come here for winter golf and if you do send me an email I’ll buy the soup!
Until next time, “Good Golfing”.