In the rough: Golfing in the rain

After a glorious month of outdoor weather, the Canada Day holiday did not work out as we had hoped.

~By Moe Hays

After a glorious month of outdoor weather, the Canada Day holiday did not work out as we had hoped.

We do not have many events scheduled on long weekends, but there are people in town who look forward to getting out for some sport and recreation.

We often hear statements like, “If you are going to do it in Prince Rujpert, you get used to doing it in the rain” I am a bit more positive about our May thru September weather than that, but I do concede that if we are to play golf, we will play in some off conditions. Most people do not have a surplus of time for recreation, and often will say they would like to play more golf, but when they do have time, it is raining.

Golf can be played in the rain and if we are even a bit serious about the game, we do not let the weather, within reason, stop us from playing.

While tennis cannot be played if the surface is wet, and it gets a bit dangerous to play ball, golf can be played.

A decent pair of shoes that provide some waterproof capability, a light rainsuit that allows for freedom to swing, an umbrella, and you are equipped to make the best of a difficult day.

Who would play golf in the rain??

Friends who have made a commitment to each other, to play golf, once a week,  might want to play in the rain, so they don’t break the habit of getting out. We have a group from the Ladies Club, who are least likely to cancel their golf time, and soldier on, in some tough conditions.

Do the Pros play in the rain.??

Tour events do continue in the rain, but play will be stopped if lightning is in the area. Play will also be stopped when conditions are such that damage would be caused by the galleries, or it is unreasonable to play a competition due to water accumulating on greens.

Admittedly, we will play golf when there are some streams flowing through the green.

If you like the game and your time is limited, give golfing in the rain a chance.

Coming this Saturday is the second Rampage Scramble golf event. The first was ultra succesful and a large turnout is expected. We will start our Summer Junior golf Clinics next Tuesday morning. Each session will run from 10:30 until noon and is open to any age. It is a drop in program with an weekly fee of $7.00

For any info on golf in Prince Rupert contact the Pro Shop at 250-624-2000.

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