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  • #37257
    Terry Metcalfe
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    I’ve come twice and have had an awesome time both times. the first year by my self and I ended up meeting 4 or 5 really great guys. The next year I came again and this time I brought my two sons, 28 and 26. We had a great time. The same guys who made my first year welcomed me and my sons.We would come back every year if not for the heat. We come from Nova Scotia and love the beach and the Pelicans baseball and the great golf courses, but I have 6 gloves and they only get me to the 14th hole . I want to make this an annual event but I need some advice on playing in the heat.

    #37259
    Bob Newman
    Participant

    You need to make more trips to SC and get use to it. those of us that live here do not find it that difficult–LOL. I honestly think the last couple of years, it has bot been to bad heat wise but I do live here in SC. I was a contractor so I have always been use to being outside and have just kinda adapted to it. The key to surviving is drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated. Carry a cooler with only ice in it and soak some washcloths in it to put on your head and neck (some of the courses have rangers bring them by) {you would think that these same people could also monitor Pace of Play–but that is a different thread}. As for the gloves, figure out a way to hand them to cart so the air will dry them out better and change more frequently, like every hole to keep them from getting saturated OR use rain gloves. Master grip makes one that is great if you can get over the fact that it does not feel like a regular glove. I probably could not come to your region and adapt to the cold, just remember it is worse here in July than in late August. Glad that you and sons enjoyed the tournament.

    #37265
    jim mcdaniel
    Participant

    Bob,
    What great advise. I have 5 gloves that I hang and change every hole. This is the only way to have a fairly dry one on the 18th t-box.
    Terry, glad you have had a good time. It should be an annual trip with your boys. What a life time of good memories you will make.
    Jim

    #37277
    Rick Kimbrell
    Participant

    Terry, I know a lot of folks who live way north tend to wear cotton golf shirts. DON’T do it in South Carolina. Don’t wear anything that has cotton content if you are not used to the heat. And, wear light colors…nothing dark.
    Also, if your hands sweat a lot, I would recommend using rain gloves.
    Stay hydrated, water or Gatorade. Don’t drink a lot of alcohol while playing in the heat.
    Hope you make it an every year event. It is definitely a lot of fun.

    #37290
    Aaron Ellis
    Participant

    Terry,

    I live in CLT, NC and I guess I am like one of the other posters that I get accustomed to the heat since I live in this area and play in Myrtle Beach, actually the weather there sometime isn’t as brutal as it is in Charlotte due to the ocean breeze depending on the courses you get. But I tend a sweat a ton and over the last 3 years at the World Am I have learned quite a few tricks for battling the weather, seems like I learn something new every year after the first one.

    1) Bring Extra Gloves and Rain Gloves, Wear Rain Gloves if its raining or you just cant seem to keep a glove dry, that will give you grip, also if you are wearing a regular shot, soon as I take a shot I take the glove off, and try to put it where it wont get wet, this keeps it as dry as possible, I usually will make it thru the whole round with just 1 glove, but occasionally I may have to use 2! Wearing it as minimal as possible is a key, I don’t putt with a glove on either, but that’s just me!

    2) Like someone said, don’t wear cotton/heavyweight fabrics, wear newer style golf clothing that is breathable, they make shorts and shirts like this, but do wear comfortable socks and shoes, also I tend to carry 1 extra pair of socks with me and 1 extra polo with me, after year 2 when it rained like crazy the day before the heat and humidity was unbearable, so I would wear a polo and switch after 9 holes to a dry polo so I wasn’t wearing a heavy sweaty polo that wasn’t drying out. Also both these are helpful incase we have days like this past year and it rained, you may only stay semi dry for 2-3 holes, but its very helpful in my opinion.

    3) Drink tons of water/Gatorade/or anything in that type of beverage that has stuff that can replenish what you are losing, if you drink plenty of water the week leading up to the tournament it will help a ton, not just the day of.

    4) Always plan for the worst, carry extra with you, even if you decide to leave it in the car once you are at the course, extra clothes, extra shoes, extra umbrella, rain jacket/suit, if you have to stop due to rain or anything you can change and it will help! Also I carry a trashbag/wetbag with me so I can throw wet/sweaty stuff in it till I can get back to wash it, so it doesn’t get stuff wet in my bag/car!

    5) Have a breathable ball cap/hat, keeping the sun off of you is huge, It will cut down on the sun on your face and help keep ya cool. Can even stick a wet cloth inside it if needed.

    6) Get a Chilly Pad Towel, all ya have to do is wet them with cold water and rub it on your skin and will instantly feel 10-20* cooler, can keep this in a cooler with cold water/ice and its a lifesaver.

    7) Carry extra microfiber towels, I usually will have 4-5 towels in my bag, seems excessive but the Microfiber towels will wipe away sweat better than a cotton towel, once one seems to wet I just switch to another!

    8) They make a Personal Golf Fan, I don’t have one, but have seen them, may be a good investment, fits into the cup holder in a golf cart and will allow ya to have airflow if you are on a course and the wind isn’t blowing!

    Hope some of these suggestions are helpful, and yes it may seem like your bag will be overpacked, but id rather be prepared for the worst and try to be able to play my best!

    #37314
    Bob Newman
    Participant

    I know that I am old school so I am going to disagree somewhat on the cotton shirts– I have found that I like my 100% cotton shirts when it gets above 95 degrees–I like for them to get “wet” from perspiration and then that keeps me cool. But do have a dry shirt to put on for the ride home because you do not want air conditioner cooling you off that quickly. I do have all the micro fabic shirts etc but I learned this from working outside in the summer heat. young guys start to sweat and rip there shirts off while us old guys leave our cotton t’s on and manage the heat.

    #37315
    Rick Kimbrell
    Participant

    Bob, you are way tougher than I am. 🙂 I wore cotton shirts for years to the WA and by the time I left the driving range before the round, they were soaked and seemed to weigh a ton. I was so thankful when we finally got golf shirts in tech fabrics.
    But…like I said…you are way tougher than me.
    See you in MB.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by Rick Kimbrell.
    #39151
    Scott Porter
    Participant

    Terry
    I put a couple of the cooling towels in a small cooler on ice. I put them around my neck in between holes and it makes the day and round much more pleasant. Also if you get tired of your gloves getting wet affecting your grip you can wear the rain gloves, this helps a lot.

    #39153
    Jon Craig
    Participant

    This is commons sense, But, keep your cart in the shade. I see guys waiting for the group in front sitting in the middle of the fairway(mind you I am rarely in the middle) waiting. Figure out what you need, then go to the shade.

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