Inside Comments: Steve Turcotte

It’s time for me to stop being a golf snob about winter golf

I used to think I was tough when it came to winter golf. It didn’t really matter the temperature, or the moisture in the air, or the wind or the wet ground. I would load up my bag, head to the course and try and get some golf in during these tough winter months in the Pacific Northwest.

But as I get older, I get less tough. Much less tough. When the weather turns sideways in the Pacific Northwest, the last place I want to head to is the golf course. I love the game. I want to play. But these days grabbing the clubs and standing out in 40-degree weather doesn’t do it for me.

What happened? Where is the toughness? Can I get it back? I am trying.

I think it all started a couple of years ago when I played a course where the back nine was a long way from the clubhouse. And the weather turned. And turned bad. Wind came up, rain came sideways and it was a long walk back to the clubhouse without finishing the round. It was then and there my winter golf days were over.

But now it is time to rethink the winter golf. I gave it another shot in December and it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great but since I hadn’t played in weeks at least it was golf. The weather was 48 degrees, the clouds were moving in but I had extra layers on, warm gloves and a stocking hat.

After getting ripped by my golf friends for a while now, I figured it was time to give winter golf a try – again.

“How can you not like playing in the winter,” one friend said that day. “It’s not that bad.”

“It’s less than 50 degrees and there’s some wind,” I replied. “And it might rain.”

So I slogged my way through 18 holes that day and you know what – it wasn’t that bad. Maybe I had been turning into a golf snob, the kind who can only play in the spring, summer and fall months when the weather is good. Or the one who only plays when they take golf road trips to warm locales.

It’s time to get back that toughness and venture outside for that winter golf. I made some good investments buying a couple of hats, warm golf gloves and some hand warmers. All that should help. I still have some rules – no golf under 40 degrees and no golf if there is rain in the forecast. No more of being a golf snob. It’s time to get tough again.

Steve Turcotte is editor of Inside Golf Newspaper. He can be reached at sdturcotte@comcast.net.