Dress Right for Spring Golf
The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and we’re getting ready to play some golf! If you’re headed out to the course this weekend, or anytime soon, you may be looking for some wardrobe advice. Although we all check the forecast for days before we’re headed out to the course, we can’t always trust 75 and sunny to really be 75 and sunny. If there’s anything predictable about spring in Minnesota, it’s the unpredictability of the weather. To secure the completion of your round, one of the most important details is to dress weather-appropriately. Here are a few tips for what to wear for Spring golf in Minnesota.
If you haven’t yet, invest in real rain gear. There are very few feelings worse on a golf course than putting on a jacket in hopes of keeping yourself dry only to find yourself sopping wet underneath a heavy, wet, uncomfortable jacket a mere two holes later. The same idea applies to rain pants. Nobody puts on a second pair of pants just to end up soaked through– gross!
If you had teed off at 6:00 AM this morning, it would have been about 40 degrees outside. By the time you hit the fourth hole, though, the temperature was approaching 70. Your once-comforting sweater is now channeling the bright, warm sun and causing you to sweat profusely. Had you remembered to dress in layers, you could conveniently unzip your heaviest layering piece and lower your body temperature with ease. Playing both early and late in the season makes us susceptible to huge variations in temperature, so remember: short sleeve, long sleeve, lightweight layer, jacket; remove as necessary.
Bring them with you! Particularly in the spring when the course tends to be a little mushy, towels can come in handy for wet grips, dirty clubs, muddy shoes, rainy carts, sweaty faces, and many other seemingly mundane tasks. Don’t scrimp on size, either. The bigger the towel, the more useful it will be to you.
If you have a feeling it’s going to be a wet one out there, make sure you wear a pair of older golf shoes. Rather than waterproofing new shoes, or further ruining an old pair, pick up some silicone-based waterproofing compound and put it on an old pair of spikes. Your socks and unpruned feet will thank you later!
Explore Minnesota Golf Alliance is a golf industry group that pools resources to promote Minnesota as a golf tourism destination. The member courses are a collection of “Must Play” courses in Minnesota and geographically well distributed across the state. For more information on Minnesota golf tourism, visit our website at www.exploreminnesotagolf.com.