Sure, it gets a tad toasty here in summer. But for die-hard golfers June through September is no time to become a couch potato or get all wrinkly-skinned in the lake. Take a few precautions and consume a bottle of water or sports drink every other hole and you’ll have a great game while saving a few shekels in the process.
There’s another famous Jerry Jones in the sports world, but Lake Havasu’s own Jerry Jones is a golf professional at The Island Golf Club at The Nautical Beachfront Resort, an 18-hole executive course with a driving range, practice green and chip range. It’s a favorite among locals and visitors alike because of its spectacular lake views and easy rolling terrain. Summer rates are over half-off – $15 for a round of golf with a cart, down from $36 in the winter season.
Here’s Jerry’s heat-beating advice for torrid summer play:
- Drink plenty of water leading up to your day on the course. If you know you’re going to be playing in high temperatures a few days in advance, start drinking more water in the days leading up to your round. If you get to the course after three or four days of hydration, you can drink less on the course.
- Pack a summer “go” bag. Prepare for the heat with a “go” bag containing a towel to wipe away sweat, another cool towel to wear on your neck, multiple water bottles, a wide-brimmed hat, and of course sun block. Bring along a beach towel to sit on when the cart seat gets too hot.
- Don’t forget sports drinks. Drink water consistently through your round, and refill your bottles at every possible station. Try sports drinks if you want the extra boost in energy. The electrolytes in them are designed to help you recover and maintain your athletic stamina as you sweat out your body’s salts. “You should drink water or a sports drink every other hole. Consuming alcohol out there is not a good idea, as much fun as it sounds,” he says.
- Dress for success. Wear a hat – that one is obvious. But long-sleeve shirts made of a wicking fabric are usually a better idea than short-sleeve cotton shirts. “Cotton, which can get soaked in sweat making you feel clammy, is not your friend out there,” he says. Wear white or other light-colored clothing to reflect as much of the sun as possible and don’t forget sunglasses to protect your eyes between shots.
- Love the shade. Although you’re probably aiming for the middle of the fairway, far from any shade, do your best to stay in the shade between shots. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to limit the amount of time you spend directly in the sun. Stay protected in the cart as much as possible and ride – or walk if you must – along the treeline. Jerry suggests playing “ready golf”: when you’re ready to hit, keep hitting rather than waiting around in the hot sun for your turn. “That’s a cool way to keep the play moving until you all meet up again on the green.”