What’s The Draw Of Winter Golf?

As I’ve said several times, I have this rule (which I broke earlier this year) that I don’t play golf when the temperature drops below 50 degrees.  And now that we’ve had our first major snowstorm of the winter this past weekend, then I’m going to go out on a limb and say there’s not going to be some crazy heat wave that will get me back out on the course before the spring.  Although, the same can’t be said for everyone.  No, there are some who will hit the links at every opportunity, no matter the weather.

Want to see something crazy?  Just go to your favorite search engine and look up “Winter golf.”  When I did it, I mostly expected to find info on winter golf vacations to more tropical climates…and I did.  However, I also found a lot more than that.  I found information on how winter golf can be enjoyed, where you can purchase winter golf accessories such as gloves, the rules of winter golf, practicing your swing in the winter, special offers for golf courses in the northern portions of the country and plenty more!  Who new there was such a market for winter golf?

For me, there’s no chance.  But I guess there are plenty of people who are willing to push on through the weather.  I just have a few questions, starting with…why?  Do you love the sport that much that you are willing to freeze your behind off just to play?  Or are you just crazy?  I love playing golf.  But at the same time, I also love playing golf in comfort.  I don’t want to play in the freezing cold, just as much as I don’t want to play in the brutal heat.

I guess I’ll wrap it up with one last bit of curiosity.  If there’s snow anywhere on the course, do you use yellow or orange balls?  And if so, does it help?  Because I’ll tell you, once a ball lands inside the snow, it doesn’t matter if it glows as bright as the sun…it’s gone.  Do you take a drop?  Be honest.

Swing ’til you’re happy!


  1. Why won’t you golf in the snow? I live in an area where it’s really hot all year round, and would like to enjoy golfing somewhere cooler.

    • Golfing in the snow vs. “somewhere cooler” are two different things. Although the snow is pretty, it doesn’t make for good golf. Where I live, we can experience crazy climate changes over the span of a day or so. For instance, two days ago we had almost blizzard like conditions with temps in the single digits. This weekend, it’s expected to approach 60 degrees! But when the heat gets overbearing in the summertime, I’m certainly not looking forward to the snow. I’m just looking forward to something like you said – “somewhere cooler.”

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