End of the official golf season here in Colorado

Here on the Front Range in Colorado, we’ve had our first snow. For many here, that marks the end of golf season. That’s very fortunate for those of us here in the Rocky Mountain West that don’t mind golfing when the weather is a bit cooler. In fact, M and I played a small executive course here in Denver on Sunday afternoon. The sun was shining and the temps were in the 70’s.

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The golf league finished on September 29. I took 3rd with a 43. The winner shot a 40 on the par 31 course. She’s won in the past – in fact I tied with her last year for first. I had a rocky summer, with my swing being a a bit challenged. I think it’s mostly straightened out after taking a series of lessons with a coach. I’m still struggling with my driver. If I’m still struggling next Spring, I may take the driver in and have it cut down a bit.

As the weather cools, we need to pay attention to equipment. I like to clean my clubs and clean out my bag. Here on the Front Range, the mice move into garages during the winter. I have a bad habit of leaving Gorp in my bag. Since Gorp is made up of peanuts, raisins, cashews, and chocolate pieces, mice love it. I’ve had one bag ruined after mice chewed it up trying to get into it for food and shelter. So, clean up your equipment and clean out the food in your bag. You’ll not want to eat it next year anyway!

What do you do to get ready for winter golf? Let us know in the comments.

 

Golf vacations and Costa Rica

The first week of April, I visited Costa Rica with a college girlfriend. The trip was a girl’s yoga getaway and a chance for both of us to wind down from hectic careers. Initially, I thought I might want to check out a few golf courses while there. It turned out that wasn’t practical, since we didn’t rent a car, and the resort where we stayed didn’t often have guests that played. Costa Rica isn’t blessed with an abundance of courses. My friend and I were in Guanacaste Province, which has 5 of the 12 golf courses in the country. I just didn’t find the time between the surfing lessons and the zipline tour to visit the golf course. We spent one night in San Jose, the capital, which boasts 5 courses, but weren’t there long enough to find the courses. Our flight was very early next morning.

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As my friend and I were headed home after 8 adventure-filled days, I began to think about how my vacation time is divided. Boomergolfbliss.com is not my full-time job, and the Job comes with a specific allocation of vacation time. Taking a golf vacation takes different planning than a non-golf vacation. When planning a golf vacation, my husband and I think harder about driving versus flying. If we’re flying, are we taking our clubs? If so, can Southwest Airlines get us there – they don’t charge for golf bags. If we take our clubs, we want to play at least twice while we’re there. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem worth it.

We have gone on trips where we didn’t intend to play any golf, but ended up renting or borrowing clubs and playing anyway. I’ve had mixed experiences with renting and borrowing clubs. I rented in Puerto Vallarta at El Tigre and nearly bought the set when I was done. They were a high-end Callaway, and I played very well with them. I’ve also rented some awful equipment and borrowed worse. I don’t find it much fun to play with awful equipment.

I would like to go back to Costa Rica and play the courses. The people were very hospitable and the country is beautiful. I can only imagine that the golf courses, particularly at the Four Seasons and the Marriott, are beautiful as well. I would like to find out!

Have you played any courses in Costa Rica? Is it worth going back for the golf? Let me know!

 

Fall golf housekeeping

The days are shorter and crisper and in Denver, nights get downright cold. It’s dark at 6:30 p.m. and playing golf after work is done for the year. The clubs are getting put away and planning for those winter golf get-aways is in full swing.
Here are 5 tips to keep your gear in good shape and ready for the next round.

1. Wash those clubs. If my golf gal-pals are any indication, cleaning golf clubs is not generally high on the to-do list until the first tee. Fill a bucket about half way with warm water and a squirt or two of mild dish soap. Using an old toothbrush or other soft bristle brush, gently remove the dirt from the clubs and dry. Your golf buddies will think your last game was at a resort when you pull out that gleaming driver.

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2. Inspect your golf bag for damage. Golf bags can get beat up over a season of hauling them around, and hauling them in and out of the car. Check the seams and the zippers for tears or breaks. Some damage can be repaired by a tailor or local leather shop – even if your bag isn’t leather. If not, Christmas is around the corner and someone is sure to ask you for gift ideas.

3. Clean out your golf bag. In keeping with the golf bag inspection, rummage through the pockets and pull out all the forgotten snacks. Mice love to search golf bags for goodies, particularly in the winter. It’s not a nice experience to reach into a pocket and pull out a shredded plastic baggie or find holes (or other surprises) in the pockets. If you’ve stored clothing in the bag, it’s time to wash it. Really.

4. Reorganize your bag. When the clean-up is over, review tee, ball, glove and marker storage. Over the season, items get lost in the bag. Finding this equipment and putting it where it can be found makes inventory an easier task.

5. Take inventory. Once everything is in its place, take inventory. Take this time to replenish tees, balls, markers, and gloves. Now that you know what you’ve got and what you have not, you have permission to throw away ripped gloves, broken tees and those range balls weighing down the bag. Make a list. Remember Christmas? Use the list.

These tips are good advice during the season as well. But, it’s more fun to be golfing.