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Keep Warm on Golf Course - How to Golf When Cold

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I have to smile at this. I actually know someone who plays golf in the snow.

I have to smile at this. I actually know someone who plays golf in the snow.

Play Golf Despite the Cold Weather

Golfers hate to miss a day of golf, but sometimes the weather just isn't very cooperative. If there's frost on the grass, the game is delayed but not canceled. Heading out for an early tee time sometimes means chill conditions especially if it's windy as well.

The problem is keeping warm enough to play well. Cold hands affect the feel for the club, while too many warm clothes make it hard to get the proper turn needed for a golf swing.

Although I live in Central Florida, even here some cold mornings try to spoil our golf outing. Over the years, I've discovered some ways to keep warm on the golf course and still be able to play a decent game of golf. Warm up your golf with some of the equipment and clothing I've gathered here for you.

For those living in northern parts of the U.S. and even in Canada, the lure of golf brings them out even on quite chilly days in the spring and fall.

Get a Golf Cart Heater - This one is made by Coleman and is available from Amazon

If your golf league plays early in the morning, then you've probably experienced some chilly times on the golf course. It really makes it hard to play when your fingers are chilled to the bone. You'll love one of these heaters to cope with a cold day on the golf course.

Propane Heater to Warm Your Golf Cart

Frost on the Course

The problem with frost on certain kinds of grass is that driving a cart across it or even walking on it damages the grass. That's why a course has a frost-delay on certain days. Once the sun gets on the course and warms it a little, then it opens.

The problem with frost on certain kinds of grass is that driving a cart across it or even walking on it damages the grass. That's why a course has a frost-delay on certain days. Once the sun gets on the course and warms it a little, then it opens.

Cover the Golf Cart - A golf cart enclosure can block out wind and chill

There are a variety of styles and you need to choose the one that fits your model of cart.

Keep in mind that a moving cart creates a breeze that is going to make you feel colder than the temperature it is. With the flaps down on the cart enclosure, you are snug and protected from the wind.

If you have the small heater that I recommended above, the cart enclosure is going to warm up inside fairly quickly. Even without the heater, you'll be warmer with one of these to block the wind. Your body heat does eventually warm the interior a bit.

Enclosure for Golf Cart

How Cold Is "Too Cold" for You to Play Golf?

Seat Warmer for the Golf Cart - Wow, what a great idea!

Wear a Windshirt on Cold Days

We put these on for 60 degrees or cooler. They don't have the enclosures rolled down on the carts so it isn't real cold on this day. They are wearing shorts so expect it to warm up later.

We put these on for 60 degrees or cooler. They don't have the enclosures rolled down on the carts so it isn't real cold on this day. They are wearing shorts so expect it to warm up later.

Keep a Windshirt in the Golf Bag

Available from Amazon

Thin layers keep you warm and make it easier to move. You don't want to look or feel like the Michelin Man with lots of bulky layers. If you can't twist your body easily, then you won't be able to swing a club. If the day starts to warm up, you want to be able to take off the top layers (vest, sweater or windshirt).

A Wind Shirt Can Be a Life Saver When the Temperatures Drop Suddenly

This comes in various colors and sizes. You'll be glad you have it when a cold front sweeps through midway through the game.

Keep one of these in your golf bag at all times. You never know when the temperature might take a dive.

When we lived in South Texas, sometimes a norther would swoop down. The temperature might drop from 70 degrees down to 50 degrees in half an hour. Brrr!

Not Too Chilly? Switch to a Short-Sleeved Windshirt - My husband loves his when it's not cold enough for a full windshirt

My husband has one of these short-sleeved wind shirts. If it's not super-cold, he likes having his arms free. This keeps your torso warm. Available in various colors and sizes. I tend to get chilled more easily than he does, so I stick with the long-sleeved windshirt like the one above.

Wear a Golf Vest for Chill Days

My husband in his golf vest on a cool Florida morning.

My husband in his golf vest on a cool Florida morning.

Keep a Golf Vest in Your Bag for Chill Days

If you keep the main part of your body warm, then you'll play better. A vest leaves your arms free for a good swing. These look good with a collared golf shirt or with a turtleneck. Be aware that some courses do not allow a mock turtleneck, but a full-turtleneck pullover is usually OK.

Under Armour Keeps Golfers Really Warm

Wear this under your golf slacks

You can get very thin (silk is great) underclothing like an undershirt and leggings to wear under your turtleneck and slacks. I have silk leggings my sister sent me from India, but you can also get winter-weight tights in the stocking section at Wal-Mart or discount stores.

Under Armour is the latest and greatest way to keep warm.

Quite a few customers gave this 5 star reviews on Amazon. Click on the picture to read the reviews.

Under Armour Is Brings New Technology to Warm Sports Wear

Golfing in the Snow in Canada - Too cold for me

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Virginia Allain

Are You an All-Weather Golfer?

acreativethinker on November 27, 2013:

You have a great list of things to keep you warm on the course. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 27, 2013:

@Brandi Bush: It's on my Christmas wishlist already. Bet they would love it.

Brandi from Maryland on February 27, 2013:

That golf cart seat warmer looks amazing! I think I just figured out what to get for my in-laws this year for Christmas! :)

VanayeHamilton LM on January 09, 2013:

I can see how walking the course would assists in staying warm...and in shape!

squid-pinkchic18 on January 09, 2013:

I'd never heard of golfing in the snow! And I live in Minnesota! lol neat lens!

BradKamer on January 08, 2012:

My cutoff is forty degrees. It also helps to keep warm by walking the course. Nice lens.

Lynne Schroeder from Blue Mountains Australia on September 20, 2011:

Love that you can get a heater and seat warmer for your golf cart.

Gerald McConway on September 20, 2011:

Winter golf can be brutal, but the diehards need to stay warm! Nice lens with some great ideas, thanks!

Joan4 on September 20, 2011:

Yep! My men folk tell me that it never gets cold on the golf course! They must have one of those seat warmers!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on September 19, 2011:

Nice lens, I am not a golfer, but this lens is the right way to go to keep warm while playing.

Have a nice day.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on September 19, 2011:

My hubby golfs a couple of times a week. He loves wearing the wind shirt in cooler weather. I am a great putter but can't swing a club to save my life. Maybe with some regular practice, I might improve but I prefer the pitch and putt golf course. :)

poutine on September 18, 2011:

We have a golf court here up our street, but I have never seen anyone golfing with a skidoo before.

I am not a golfer by the way.

Gayle from McLaughlin on June 30, 2011:

My husband plays golf every day it isn't snowing! We live in Missouri and he already has a golf car cover and heater! Very good lens! am showing him this lens.

irenemaria from Sweden on January 18, 2011:

Nice lens. If I played golf, I would not go out there if it is too cold =D

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