What's the worst weather you've ever played in? - Page 2
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I remember playing in a dense fog several years ago - visibility about 125 yards. You couldn't see the group ahead of you, and you needed to listen to tell if they were out or range or off the green. I've played under plenty of wind/rain/snow/hail conditions, but this round of "fog golf" will never be forgotten.
I played the Ridge two years ago at Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
My brother won two greens fees in a scramble. We had planned to play in early March, but literally got snowed out. We rescheduled by end of March (April 1 and prize expired). We had a week of rain, three fairly dry days, and then teed off on the second day of resumed rain.
The practice range was closed due to being waterlogged. Temperature was about 45*, and rain kept coming. On two holes, hillside fairway bunkers had washed out, and the sand was at the bottom of the hill. On another hole, I hit a 7i approach off a hillside lie, and saw a splash at the edge of the green: ball had gone into a bunker with about three feet of water standing in it.
Final blow came on No. 17, a Par 5 off an elevated tee. On the downswing, my left foot sank 6" into the muddy turf. I chunked the ball, digging the driver sole into the muddy turf and spraining my right wrist (sore for 4 weeks). Fortunately, the shoe stayed on and I didn't lose it.
New rules: I don't mind a little rain once play is under way, but I avoid waterlogged courses. Not much fun, it tears up the turf. and I could get hurt.
I was in a match play tournament at Lincoln Park a few years back. The day of my first match, a storm was passing through and there was a lot of heavy rain coming down on the way to the course. If you know Lincoln Park, it's a course that has little to no drainage and there are plenty of areas where water collects. With the rain, mid to upper 40s temps and a lot of wind, I could've sworn they would have postponed the match until a later date. Nope...we had to play. On some shots, I would get too steep on the downswing where water and mud splashed up on my face and onto my clothes. Didn't matter too much since the heavy rain just rinsed it all away, but that's pretty much how the ground was throughout the course.
Needless to say, I didn't do so well and lost the match 3 and 2. I was bummed but the course conditions were so bad that I was just glad to get out of there.
the most DIFFERENT types of weather was a round at Royal County Down in April of '95. Started out beautiful- Sunny, 60/65 degrees, slight breeze off the Irish Sea. At around the 4th hole, a force 3 gale blew in bringing clouds and a sideways mist. A few holes later the sun came out and the temps dropped 15 degrees. Then it hailed for a couple of holes before the rain pounded down for 2-4 holes, but the temps went back up. Then the wind died, and the clouds broke apart and it felt like 80 degrees for a couple more holes until it started raining again. All this time, I'm putting on the rain suit, taking off the rain suit, leaving the pants on, then just have the top on and any combination thereof. Started 10 in a torrential downpour with the wind now blowing at 25 mph towards the Sea. Sun came back out a bit later but the temps dropped again. Some more hail, mist and the like until it finally settled on what I expected; a bit of broken clouds with showers embedded and a gusty wind that couldn't be predicted. Finished on 18 in a steely grey sky with a biting wind off the Sea.
Hahaha! I played in Ireland a few years ago. We certainly did not have those large swings but I did suit up each day with long underwear bottoms, rain pants and a turtle neck. The weather at the moment would determine whether I wore the rain jacket or not. One minute sun and the next sideways rain. A wonderful trip!