The Valley continues to blister under scorching temperatures as a sweltering heatwave sweeps through the nation. you may wonder, “is it OK to be golfing in extreme heat during Arizona’s summer?”
People may view this weather as some of the worst conditions to golf in. But instead of whining about it, learn some tips that will keep you safe while you enjoy playing a round, despite the heat from the professionals at Quintero Golf Club.
• Early tee time: A simple way to avoid the heat and sun is to get out on the course early. Not only will you dodge the scorching temps, but you’ll avoid the peak tee time crowds and complete the round quicker at a reduced rate.
• Hydrate: One of the most important things is to stay hydrated, and you should start hydrating at least one day before you play. As much as you want to crack open a cold one, you should avoid caffeine and alcohol and alternate drinking water and sports drinks such as Gatorade. Before you head to the first tee, wet a towel that you can place around your neck between shots to help keep cool.
• Protective apparel: Wear light-colored clothes that are breathable and a wide brim hat. A majority of golf brands offer moisture-wicking apparel that keeps players cool on the course. While it might seem illogical, wearing long sleeves made of the proper materials can help as well. Wear a pair of glare-reducing polarized sunglasses because they are some of the most effective at protecting your eyes from damaging rays.
• Sunscreen: Don’t skimp on the SPF and lip balm! Remember to layer on sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 or higher and says UVA on the label. Apply it 30 minutes before going out on the course and reapply at the ninth hole. You can also look for apparel that has sunblock technology built in to helps block the harmful sun rays.
• Seek shade: Play a course that was plenty of shade that you can park the cart under for a breather while your partners hit their shots. If the course isn’t overly crowded, take your time and don’t rush or overstress your body. Keep an umbrella in your bag that you can use for shade or shelter against the occasional summer rainstorm.
Next time you’re getting ready to go out on the course in extreme heat, try to remember these tips to take advantage of hot summer days and snap prime tee times!
With more than 20 years of experience in the golf industry, Mike Poe is the general manager at Quintero Golf Club. Located near Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Quintero Golf Club has been ranked the Best Public Golf Course by both Golf Digest and Golf Weekly Magazine. For more information, visit quinterogolf.com.