Personally, I like early morning rounds the best. Though I am not much of a morning person, I have no problem getting out of bed for a round of golf. Couple of reasons for my fondness of the mornings
- Great way to start the day. As stated above, I am don’t like mornings. But being on the course at dawn and being back home for breakfast at 9am is a great way to start the day. I like the feeling of having accomplished something before breakfast.
- Pace of play. As much as I love golf, I don’t love spending 4.5 – 5 hours on a golf course. I play a lot of golf alone, normally by choice, and being the first player on the course in the morning ensures I am going to be done in around 2 hours. If a friend wants to join, we can normally wrap it up in 2.5 – 3 hours. I find evening golf is hit and miss with pace of play as families tend to play in the early evenings (just playing a few holes or as many as they can before dark). Also, I tend to catch up to people on the back 9 (they tee off at 4, trying to finish by 8, I tee off at 5 trying to finish by 7).
- Cooler temperatures. I am not a huge fan of the heat and humidity. Give me clear skies and 15 degrees and I am perfectly comfortable. You can also benefit from this in the evenings.
While playing in the early AM is great, there are a couple of things to remember though
- Grounds crew is normally on the course. I normally tee off before the pro shop opens, so technically the course isn’t open yet. Make sure to give grounds crew right of way so they can do their job.
- Sun glasses. When the sun comes up, it is inevitably going to be in your eyes on some holes. Expect to have a few holes where you will have no idea where you hit the ball due to the sun, just hope it went straight.
- Bug Spray. This goes for evening as well, but the bugs are cray at dawn.
- Waterproof shoes, maybe even rain gear pants. It might be sunny and 15, but the dew on the ground will leave you soaked if you are not prepared for it,
- Remember to bring your own coffee (if you’re a coffee drinker), the restaurant isn’t going to be open until you make the turn, or potentially not even when you make the turn.
See you at the turn,