Here's hoping for great golf weather this summer to ease the sting of spring
People often asked me for recommendations for golf vacations and I can’t help but think of one of the most important elements – weather. After all, few activities are affected by the weather as much as playing golf. For a golfer, having a weeklong golf vacation wiped out by lousy weather is more disappointing than mom forgetting your birthday.
Fortunately, there are areas of the country that are little more predictable than others. For example, you’re pretty much assured that you’re going to get good golfing weather in places like Hawaii or Arizona year-round (though Arizona is scorching in the summer), Florida’s great in the winter as is the Caribbean and Mexico.
It’s also helpful to look at weather trends. Last spring, for example, was one of the warmest and driest on record in the United States, which explains the 5.7 percent increase in rounds last spring over a year ago, according to the National Golf Foundation.
This spring has been just the opposite. This has been one of the coldest and wettest springs in the last 20 years. Many courses delayed their openings by a month or more, and of course, the violent weather in the Plains states this spring has not only ruined golf but many lives as well with the violent storms that have plagued states like Oklahoma.
Predictably, rounds are down this year for most of the country (exceptions include Texas). And according to weather experts, the rest of 2013 isn’t looking favorable either, with plenty of precipitation and an active hurricane season. Perhaps, though, the experts will be wrong, and we’re in for a great summer. We can only hope.
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