If you love to golf as much as we do at Totally Driven, you understand the pain of having your plans put on hold because Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. But what if you don’t have to hang up your golf clubs? With a little clever planning and a whole lot of initiative, a rainy day could be a great opportunity to hit the green without having to deal with the usual sunny-weather crowds.

In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to know to make the most of your rainy day golf outing. To stock up on the best golf gear for your golf bag, stop by our Edina golf store today!

Will the Golf Course Remain Open?

There are always exceptions, but don’t assume the golf course will close as soon as the clouds roll in. Generally, if it’s safe to golf and if there’s no concern about damage to the golf course, most courses will remain open.

On the other hand, if there is a heavy thunderstorm warning, high winds, or a heavy lightning presence, a golf course may close until it’s safe to open up again. Additionally, flooding on the golf course may be cause for closure. When in doubt, call the golf course ahead of time and confirm whether the course will be open or closed. 

Why Rainy Golf Days are Great Golf Days

Once you get past the idea that rain means you have to stay home for the day, rainy days can be a real treat for golfers. Here are a few of the reasons we love to golf under an overcast sky:

1.    Rainy weather is great for putting practice.

Do you have trouble with over-hitting your putts? A little soft, wet ground may be just what the doctor ordered. That’s because balls are less likely to roll and tend to stop short on wet grass. For some golfers, this can be a perfect way to get a handle on your putting skills.

2.    Windy weather can add an extra challenge.

One of the best ways to improve as a golfer is to expose yourself to different types of conditions. In fact, some of the best fairways in the world are located in regions where the conditions can be windy. Damp air can also be quite a bit heavier than dry air, which could affect your ball speed. If you’re looking for a challenge or you’re just trying to put your skills to the test, the soggy and windy conditions of a rainy day golf course is a good way to find what you’re looking for.

3.    It’s not as hot.

Summer days mean clear, blue skies and plenty of bright sunshine, but they can also bring oppressive heat that makes golfing miserable. Even if it doesn’t start out that way, a golf game can last for hours. By the time you hit that 18th hole, things can start to heat up. But if you choose to golf on a rainy day, you can take advantage of the cool breeze and take a break from the summer heat.

Planning Ahead to Golf in the Rain

If you’re sold on the idea of rainy day golfing, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know to max out your soggy golf excursion:

1.    You’ll need to be flexible.

The one thing you need to understand when you’re planning to golf in the rain is that your plans can change at the drop of a hat. Rain can be unpredictable, and the weather can always worsen while you’re playing. If things take a turn and a thunderstorm kicks up, the golf course could end up closing down for a few hours. And if the rain gets heavy enough or brings a mist, visibility could become a challenge.

2.    Be extremely cautious around lightning.

Don’t ever make the mistake of underestimating just how dangerous lightning can be. The last thing you need is to get a jolt of 300 million volts while you’re holding your metal golf club. Anytime you’re planning to golf during a rainstorm, be sure to check out the 10-hour weather forecast for the zip code you’ll be golfing in. If you start to see significant lightning or hear thunder while you’re out on the golf course, you need to call it a day.

3.    A golf umbrella is better than a regular umbrella for playing on a rainy golf course.

When you’re on the open space of a golf course, the winds can get pretty blustery, turning even a light rain into a bit of mess. When all you have in your golf bag is a regular umbrella, you can end up losing it pretty quickly. Golf umbrellas are much larger and sturdier, making them ideal for an afternoon on the golf course in light to medium rain.

4.    Don’t forget your rain gear.

Having the right rain gear is the key to staying (relatively) dry while you play, and staying dry is the key not only to enjoying your time on the golf course but also maintaining a decent golf score. A rain suit is one of the best ways to stay dry, but you’ll also need to make sure you’ve got a pair of waterproof shoes with good traction or spikes. Finally, you’ll need a good pair of rain gloves and an extra dry towel so you can still get a grip while you’re swinging.

Get Your Golf Gear

Have we convinced you that the next rainy day could be your best golf day yet? If so, let us help you get ready with our professional golf store at Totally Driven. Stop by anytime and we’ll help you with everything you need for your next 18 holes. Connect with us online or give us a call at (952) 681-2728.