Chips & Divots: Beating the Heat

Wow! What a summer it has been. When it’s hot and humid like it has been lately, it’s important to be prepared for the weather when playing golf. We wait ALL winter to be able to get out, hit balls and play a round of golf, so don’t let the heat discourage you from getting out there! Remember, a hot day on the golf course is better than a nice day anywhere else for us golfers.

Rick Jones, owner of Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range, offers some tips for beating the heat on the green:

1. Hydrate. Hydration should take place for several days prior to your round of golf. If you golf often, it is important that you make hydration part of your everyday routine. While some studies have shown that all drinks hydrate, obviously some are better than others. Water is the best way to get hydrated. Other healthy ways to hydrate yourself include drinking milk, vegetable juice or fruit juice. Sports drinks are a good alternative to water if you plan on playing/walking 18 holes.

2. Wear appropriate clothing. When you are planning what to wear to play golf, consider light weight, breathable clothing. You will also want to wear light colored clothing, which will not absorb as much heat as darker colored clothes.

3. Plan your day accordingly. Plan to spend time outside during the morning and/or evening. Avoid spending time on the course during the middle of the day. You will have a lot more fun when you are not struggling with the sun and heat. If you can only fit your time on the green in during the middle of the day, be sure to wear a hat that offers coverage, as well as sunscreen! Cape May Par 3 has a selection of golf visors and hats just for you.

4. Stand in the shade. At Cape May Par 3, there are plenty of spots with lots of shade. If you get too hot, have a seat on a bench in the shade. It will make you feel better and allow you to finish your round of golf. Resting on a bench is a great time to think about your mental golf game, or spend time with your golf mates shooting the breeze.

5. Eat sensibly. Eat smaller meals and not as much protein. Protein increases metabolic rate, which makes staying cool more difficult. So, eat lighter meals, and include fruit and vegetables (which also help to hydrate you) and whole grain foods. You might also find that reducing the amount of dairy you consume directly before you play golf or hit balls might help you feel better.

6. Recognize when you are overheated. Some signs of being overheated include: sweating profusely, increased heart rate, dizziness, headache and vomiting. If you experience any of these signs, it is important that you rest in a cool, shaded area, drink cool liquids such as water or sports drinks, apply cool compresses, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Just because it’s hot, doesn’t mean it isn’t golf weather! Make these small changes and you will be ready to play, even in the heat. Be sure to pay attention to your body. If you need help, please ask. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here’s to another great summer at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range!

Check out the other local golf courses featured in Do The Shore, Avalon Golf Club in Cape May Court House, Heritage Links Golf Club in Ocean View, Sand Barrens Golf Club in Swainton and Laguna Oaks Golf Course in Cape May Court House!