It’s no secret that summer weather in Florida is sweltering, but if you’re an avid golfer, you’re not going to let that keep you off the course. Golfing in the Florida is like an extreme sport – it’s exhilarating but you have to prepare for it. The following six tips will help you get mentally and physically ready to hit the tees.
1. Schedule an Early Tee Time
Whether you’re golfing at a private country club or a public course, you’ll want to call ahead and get the earliest tee time possible. Not only are temperatures lower earlier in the day, but you’ll also enjoy lower humidity and there’s less of a chance that your game will be interrupted by an afternoon thunderstorm.
If you absolutely must play in the afternoon, aim for a later tee time when the sun will be lower on the horizon. If you’re out on the course an hour or two before sunset, you may be able to catch a cool breeze and enjoy some stunning views.
2. Dress Appropriately
There are few things worse for your golf game than wearing heavy cotton that’s soaked with sweat. Before you head out of the house, make sure you’re dressed in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made of moisture-wicking materials. Top off your outfit with a loose, light hat that will keep the sun off your face. Not only will this help you avoid sunburn, but it will also help keep your energy level up.
3. Don’t Forget the Sunblock
Make sure to put plenty of sunblock on any exposed skin. Choose an option with an SPF of at least 30 to 50 and don’t forget to put plenty on your nose and the back of your neck. Keep a fresh tube of sunscreen in your golf bag so you can easily reapply throughout the day as needed.
4. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do! Start drinking water well before you head out to the course and keep drinking throughout the rest of the day. Most golfers have a beer or two out on the course, but keep in mind that alcohol and caffeine both contribute to dehydration, so you’ll want to take it easy.
5. Warm Up (But Don’t Overdo It)
It’s always good to make sure you feel loose and warmed up when you start your round. Don’t hesitate to spend some time hitting some balls on the range and practicing a few putts. Just be careful not to overexert yourself. The Florida heat can take a lot out of you, and you don’t want to burn out before you get to the first tee.
6. Take Breaks When You Need Them
Even if you’re a Florida native, you may be surprised by how quickly the heat can get the best of you. Don’t push yourself too hard and rest when you can. There’s no shame in grabbing some shade while your partners are teeing off. If you need to rest for longer, consider letting another group play through.
Enjoy Summer Golfing at Tara Golf & Country Club
It’s always a good time to play a round at Tara Golf & Country Club! Our award-winning 18-hole golf course is perfect for players of all skill levels. It’s also the ideal place to spend time with friends, work on your swing, or take a break from your hectic life. As a golf member, you’ll have the chance to enjoy our exceptional course all year round. Give us a call at 941-758-7961 x 1226 to learn more!