Okay, I admit it. Hubby has finally persuaded me to try golf. Seeing as I’m such a fan of mini golf – and crazy golf – I don’t know why I’ve resisted playing ‘real’ golf for so long. I agreed to ‘walk along’ with my husband on a round of golf this summer and I found it so relaxing that I can totally see why I’d taking up the sport. But, with summer almost over, and the weather not having lived up to the ‘scorching summer’ we were promised by the media, many golfers are packing their equipment up with a sigh, not having made it out onto the course half as much as they’d have liked to. However, there’s no reason to put those golf clubs away. Autumn golfing can be great, and here are 5 reasons why:
You can take your time
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to put you off your swing, it’s a group of golfers behind you on the course that seem to be taking each hole more quickly than you. As a complete novice, I’m going to be taking longer than others, and I certainly don’t want to feel rushed! This isn’t usually something you have to deal with when you hit the course in autumn though. Golf courses are never as crowded when the weather turns a little less favourable, so don your galvin green waterproof trousers and get out there. Taking your time and really enjoying the leisurely pace is sure to improve your game as you’ll feel under less pressure. The kids are also back at school so there won’t be too much of a distraction either.
The courses are in top condition
Your favourite courses are almost always in great condition after a summer of care and attention. As the weather starts to turn, you’ll find the greens just that bit smoother and the fairways will be lush – and you’ll be able to enjoy some spectacular scenery as the leaves start to change colour. Take your camera with you to capture those autumn hues!
It’s a great time for a golf break
When it comes to autumn, and the kids get back to school, you’ll find some great deals on golf breaks abroad, whether in Europe or further afield. Take a look online at how much the prices have dropped and book yourself a little golf break in the sun if you can. Whether you wait until the October half term and go with the family, or book a cheeky European break, you’ll benefit from better weather and the chance to explore a completely different course than you’re used to.
Or a golf lesson
Autumn is great if you’re looking to improve your game with a golf lesson. Golf pros are usually extremely busy in the summer season, and you’d struggle to book a lesson even weeks in advance. When it comes to the off season, however, you’re sure to be able to find a golf pro with time on their hands to give you some great instruction on your game.
Finally, golfing in Autumn is often a lot cheaper than it is in the summer. You can put the money you save towards a new set of clubs, as many golf courses offer lower rates in order to keep golfers on the course until the weather turns really bad.
Whatever you do this autumn, why not book yourself a round of golf and give it a try like I’m going to. And if you’re already a regular golfer you might find that you enjoy playing more in autumn than you have done all summer. Let me know what new sports you’re taking up by leaving me a comment below.