I avoid playing in windy conditions, especially when tumbleweeds are rolling across the fairways. I don’t play in the rain either since if there is rain, there will be wind. I don’t mind the cold as long as the sun is out (and no wind), and if there is snow on the course, I’d be on the mountain skiing already...
Learn to chip with your putting stroke. (Paul Runyon) When done properly, with a clean lie, the club face rarely touches the turf.
As for me, wind is my bugaboo. Especially two club plus winds. Not only do higher winds make for less than good ball flights, the wind causes physical fatigue to set in faster.
High winds on a open green are the worst. After a great, accurate green read, your rolling ball is still at the mercy of the wind.
There's a hole at one of the Primm Valley courses, where the tee box is on top of a hill, with the green 150'+/- feet below. There is usually a good afternnon wind blowing.
Here's the shot. Your ball is tee'd up at 6:00, with the hole at 12:00, 160 yards away. East to west. Depending on if it's a north, or south wind, you hit the ball at either 3:00, or 9:00, and let the wind carry (curve) the ball back over the green. When you get to the wind protected greeng, there is absolutely no wind.
I grew up playing in the wind in the St. Louis area. Qualifying for the high school golf team or the university team (scant miles from St. Louis) in the Spring was hell! I am no longer there and I will no longer play in the wind. Period. Even when I play WGT I set the wind at "low".
But I will play in the snow.
I get annoyed with the dewy 7 AM grass grabbing the face of my clubs when I chip. I marvel at the wind owning my would-be solid strikes. Shots with altitude changes make it hard for me to judge distance. Slope-infested greens, insane heat, fairways in need of some rain, foggy mornings, etc, all create challenges.
Which ones do you hate to encounter?
Which do you thrive in?
What stories can I get from you about your experiences in difficult conditions?
Do you consider these conditions part of the game? A fun additional challenge? Something to be avoided when you can?