Are you a golfer for all weathers?

2012-03-09 00:00

APRIL and May are arguably the best months in which to play golf in this part of the world.

This is because the temperatures are mild, the storms normally associated with summer have abated to leave sunny skies and golf courses in great condition.

Golfers are similar to cricketers in that they often watch the weather forecast for the day that they will be playing. If it rains, that’s the end of play for cricketers, but not so for golfers. They play in the rain. Of course they dress for it with protective clothing, which is known as rainwear, and of course the huge golf umbrella. Nothing deters a determined golf fanatic. He will play any time — any weather. However, there are some golfers who will readily walk off the course as soon as the wet stuff comes down.

There is one thing, however, that has all golfers scurrying to the safety of the club-house — and that’s lightning. Just like the saying “there’s no smoke without fire”, golfers believe that “there’s no thunder without lighting”.

Many golfers worldwide are killed on golf courses and the wise old men at the Royal & Ancient have taken cognisance of that and have written lightning into the rule book.

The only time that a player may make a decision to discontinue play is when he or she is believes that there is danger from lightning. Wet weather is not a good reason for the discontinuance of play. In this instance a golfer may walk off the course if he/she feels uncomfortable with being wet through, but it does mean that a “no return” must be posted for the competition and entered into the computer for handicapping purposes.

Most golfers will tell you that it is unpleasant to start a game in rain, but will say that they don’t mind too much if the rain comes along during the round, in which case they usually continue.

Younger golfers and those who haven’t been playing the game for very long are keen to play no matter what the weather. Generally though, older golfers don’t enjoy playing in the rain, they believe it could lead to some sort of ailment and they will willingly admit to being fair weather golfers.

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