This is the dumbest thing I've read in years.enjoy your freezing cold winter's, I'll enjoy year round golf.
I live in Atlanta, and this January, I played 9 rounds of golf. In order to play golf to you best potential you must lay close to 100 rounds a year. This is easy to do in the south east, but impossible to do in the North or Midwest.
Where did you get the 100 rounds rule?
Central/Northern California has absolutely best year round golf weather, not to mention some of the best courses in the world.
I first played golf in Eastern Iowa in my 40s. I know the joy of late snow that allows a round in early December. I also know late snow that interrupts the spring thaw in April. With the exception of those seven years in Iowa I have lived in more balmy climes. I prefer my southern golf in here in Texas. Walking at sunrise year round, first on the course, opens the day like no other experience. I bold southern "Fore!" for southern golf.
Thanks Brandon for another insightful & fun article.
My vote is for golf in the South. But you're right, I'll take Northern bent greens anytime over Bermuda.
I share your nostalgia for Midwestern golf, having grown up in northern Indiana.
I'm a walking golfer too; and right, too many southern courses are laid out for carts.
Good point about October transition conditions as an annoyance. But it's just that -- an annoyance. I take transitional conditions as a challenge. Can I adapt my game? I shot my age last year (74) with a fantastic day of putting on newly-aerated greens with too much loose sand.
Overall though, I love being able to anticipate a round of golf 48 out of 52 weeks a year, even if I don't always get out that often.
So yes, it's the Sun Belt for me!
Thanks for sharing and congrats on shooting your age!
Central Ohio golf is about as good as it gets. Hardly any snow and it usually melts in a couple days when we do get it. The last 4 years I've played golf every month. As long as it's not 30mph winds I'm out in the 40's. Courses all reduce their prices in Dec thru March. Only the higher end public courses close. I occasionally made trips to the south in the winter to play but haven't been impressed with the quality of the courses unless you are willing to pay $100; I'm not anymore.
I come from Scotland we play all year round,conditions are very different in winter but you have to layer up ,be prepared for four seasons in one round and adapt to the conditions which can vary from frozen fairways and greens to very wet conditions.Not many people use carts in winter but walk the courses either carrying or using an electric trolley,due to the often cold conditions a round rarely will take over 3.5 hours.I enjoy winter conditions as it is a challenge to adapt to different conditions and accept that the golf and scores will perhaps not be the best but will also use the winter to change and practice for the coming season
Alan in Edinburgh Scotland
Interesting take on north-south golf....and a lot of people will notice that. Having about 40 years as a north guy, followed by about 7 as a north and south guy....I can assure everyone that almost nothing in this article is actually true....just sayin’.....
I'm originally from Boston and now live in North Carolina. I must say that nothing could be finer for a golfer than to live in Carolina, near Myrtle Beach. I tracked my 150 rounds one year and found out the month with the most rounds was in January as winter golf is heavenly even when in the middle 30s when I tee up early in the morning. I do recall the elation of that first round of the year, slogging thru the mud and yuck. But nothing can beat Fall Golf up North with the coolness and firm fairways on days you feel like walking the course all day.
I lived in Myrtle for about 18 months and as a local I struggled with the seasonal crowds, double-teeing and slow play during the cooler months.
As my wife says often when I'm driving my car, what's your hurry? Where would you rather be than on s beautiful golf courses surrounded by other golfers. Life is too short not to enjoy the experience. I didn't play any golf in 2019 due to knee surgery and rehab. I play for the first time next Friday on a simple par 3 course. I'm excited as if I was playing Pebble.
Have to admit, I enjoy playing during twilight in June and July, north of Seattle. Have thought about playing when in southern climes for work conferences, and decide not to when I realize it will be dark well before I'd finish.