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Worst weather conditions you've ever played?


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#31 qwetz

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:49 AM

us junior qualifier in san antonio in the mid 2000s during a record flood. course was unplayable when we started but they played it anyways because of the date of the qualifier.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 04:15 PM

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:47 AM

http://www.golfchann...ing-live-report     golfers playing during Hurricane Irma

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:22 AM

Really stupid on my part.

Was trying to qualify in a tourny this year (maybe June). We saw the storm coming and it got closer and closer. We get to #12 and I'm -2, feeling good, boom, double. 13, par. We're on the 14th and lighting starts up, at a distance but, it was closer than I wanted. I was the only one in the group with a "shot" at posting a number so I should have walked off and waited. Went +2 on the last 5 in a deafening lightning storm (See flash and immediately hear it) because I didn't want to upset the group by not finishing. Top 5 dumbest things I've done in my live, swing metal sticks with lighting right on top of us. Such an idiot. Missed the cut by 2, nice.
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 05:25 AM

Played Portmarnock links in probably the worst conditions I have ever experienced (similar to Saturday at the 2011 Open Championship), it was pouring rain and with the wind it was basically raining horizontally so we were walking with our umbralla in front of us :D We found ourselves in the middle of the round (around the 14th) realizing we were basically the only foursome on the course :D funny thing was that the course was perfect! Balls were bouncing and rolling perfectly as the putts, so we basically had nothing to complain!
We had a similar situation last year at West Lancs.... I love links golf! :D


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 05:53 AM

View Postbigjohntripod, on 13 September 2017 - 06:22 AM, said:

Really stupid on my part.

Was trying to qualify in a tourny this year (maybe June). We saw the storm coming and it got closer and closer. We get to #12 and I'm -2, feeling good, boom, double. 13, par. We're on the 14th and lighting starts up, at a distance but, it was closer than I wanted. I was the only one in the group with a "shot" at posting a number so I should have walked off and waited. Went +2 on the last 5 in a deafening lightning storm (See flash and immediately hear it) because I didn't want to upset the group by not finishing. Top 5 dumbest things I've done in my live, swing metal sticks with lighting right on top of us. Such an idiot. Missed the cut by 2, nice.

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I've seen all sorts of rain, shifty skies and rain and snow, but I won't mess with lightning. Taking your life in your hands.

Worst weather I've played in was June in Japan. It was rainy, just enough to go to the course. And being from Vancouver I thought, just do what you always do - have multiple gloves and keep a stock of paper towel in your bag and in your rain pants - but the humidity was insane. Couldn't even bring the club down. Made sure that the next time I went to America I came back with a stock of FJ rain gloves. I will never go to the course without them again.
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:15 PM

I went out in January once, thought it would get warmer but it didn't. For some reason I wet my towel like normal and it remained frozen during the whole round. Couldn't clean my ball. Was getting great roll out on the frozen fairways, but crazy bounces off the greens. Got back to my car and the thermometer read 26 deg. Skill, luck, and stupidity all come into play in this crazy game.
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:25 PM

Played a junior tournament in a tropic storm. There was no lightning so we played but they called it after 9. Marshal got called to the same hole multiple times because people were loosing grip of their clubs and they ended up in a pond. Also played below freezing. Fun game is to see how many holes you can go before hitting a shot that causes you to loose feeling in your fingers. Also played in 115-120 heat but that really wasn't to bad.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 01:18 PM

Our club Ryder Cup event was this weekend.
Saturday wasn't bad, but yesterday was howling winds and 5 deg c.

One par four where I usually hit driver then PW or 9 iron I hit driver then 4 hybrid (hit them both well) and still ended up 40 yards short.
The following par 5 (long hole) plays the opposite direction, so we were looking forward to a nice tail wind. The wind quit the second we stepped onto the tee box...

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 02:56 AM

I played in all sort of conditions: frozen greens, extremely hot, raining and even in the snow.
But the worst conditions were unfortunately when I played the old course in St. Andrews.
Wind 35/45 mph, on the 1st tee started to hail.
Wind was so strong that on the 11th tee we had to pick our ball up from the green, as it was moving!
Had a lot of fun though, even if the score was awful.


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:18 AM

Played in 117 degree heat in Palm Springs and thought I was going to die. I now realize I'm a pretty big wuss compared to most of you

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 07:33 AM

Played Whistling Straits in late June 2003. It was 50* and rainy. I was in Wisconsin for work so this finished my trip. At the time I lived in Florida, so I never played in the rain. The night before I bought rain gear from Walmart. The heavy rain started on the 8th. I was 3 under par at the turn(I was a 8 handicap at the time). Got paired with a group of 11 retired bankers from New York who all quit at the turn. I asked my caddie what he thought about the back nine and he said at three under there was no way he would be kept off the course. We fought the sideways rain and heavy wind on the way in. Parred 18 for a 79, greatest round i ever played. Sat by the fire for at least 2 hours thawing and drying out.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:36 AM

2 times come to mind for me. The first was more of a pest issue combined with muggy hot weather. Played a junior tournament in oklahoma when I was about 12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. We had a lot of rain that year but nothing could prepare me and my dad for the overtaking of mosquitoes that occurred on the course that day. I along with my dad had taken a bath in OFF which had zero effect on these things. They were still flying and hitting us in the face. Try hitting a golf shot with a dozen mosquitoes constantly pegging you in the face. It was awful. Even with OFF we were both covered in mosquito bites. Thank god we didn't wind up with west nile or something.

The second was a high school tournament in which it was 30 degrees and sleeting yes sleeting. But by god we had to play a 6 hour round in it because a reschedule wasnt an option :nono:
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:52 AM

View PostNJpatbee, on 08 September 2017 - 11:11 AM, said:

About 15 years ago in South Jersey at Harbor Pines Golf Course in late March.  It was 38 degrees and pouring so our group figured we would stop and get our raincheck before heading to the casinos in AC.  The staff at the course was outright rude and said no rainchecks, so we bundled up and got soaked to the bone and were freezing and lasted 9 holes.  Nothing was open at the course because of the weather so couldn't even get a cup of coffee.  For several years I made a point of finding any golf course review website and ripping Harbor Pines to shreds.  Never even considered going back to the course.

wow! I wouldve been furious! I prolly wouldve chosen the casinos before playing though anyways with those temps lol
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 11:02 AM

Bachelor party round of golf in February, at a course that sits just southwest of Lake Lewisville (Dallas/Fort Worth area). The forecast called for 50* and overcast, the current conditions were 47* and overcast and calm. Yeah, about that... the frontal system we had going to the east decided to push west and we got a fantastic mini-Lake Effect winter storm out of it. By the time we teed off, the temp had dropped 10* from when we got there & the wind was 20mph sustained and gusting to 30-35. After 3 holes we started getting rain, then some sleet, then some snow mixed in with the same wind and even colder temps. We quit after nine holes and went into the clubhouse. The head pro showed us his weather radar program... 34*, 25mph sustained winds, rain/sleet mix, and a wind chill temp of 14-16*.

It's the only time I've walked off a course due to weather but, man that sucked.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:27 PM

There are a few that come to mind.

Once we played a college tournament where the winds were blowing about 25-30 mph to start.  By the time I reached the 13th hole, the wind picked up even noticeably to the worst I've ever had to deal with.  You couldn't use your stand bag because the wind would knock it down.  But more incredibly the wind was blowing so hard that it was difficult to breathe.  It clearly affected even putts on the green.  The wind was blowing so hard that on the 16th hole, a par-4...I hit driver-driver off the deck and hit a knockdown 8-iron that changed elevations about 17 times and ended up short of the hole.  The very next day we played it was sunny with no wind...and I hit driver-sand wedge into that same hole.  In the end, the gusts were blowing up to about 70 mph according to the weatherman.  My friend shot 73 and was in the group behind me and to me that was as impressive of a round of golf as I could ever imagine.


There was another time my friend Kevin and I played and throughout the day the weather gave us every type of precipitation possible.  Throughout that round, it rained, it snowed, it hailed and it sleeted.  We played 36 holes that day as we were the only two people nuts enough to play and we kept thinking how crazy it was that the precipitation changed.  And we had a blast playing.


Another time was for high school golf practice.  It was windy, raining and about 40 degrees.  It was so cold that I couldn't feel my hands.  But our coach was a stickler for finishing our rounds no matter what.  That really sucked.


Also in college we used to get days where the wind would be blowing hard for a few days and the greens would turn into glass if they were being mowed.  I remember one of my teammates claiming that he measured them in at 16 stimp.  It was literally unplayable because they were so slick and with the wind you would get moving ball penalties.  Our coach had us stop counting score on those days because of the un-playability.







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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:44 PM

Three times are the clear stand-outs.

Biz trip to Minneapolis in the fall.  An outing presents itself.  Record high temps. Rented sticks and long pants me climbs into a bunker early in the round. Sweating like a pig the pants were sticking to my legs like glue.  Climbing out of the bunker the butt seam explodes leaving the barn door wide open from the bottom of the zipper to back belt line.  Didn't see that one coming in the upper Midwest in the fall.

Social golf-buddy package trip to Myrtle Beach.  Get on the course and it snows - sideways - after sleeting for an hour.  Never was more anxious for a round to end in my life.  All macho men (self included) just refused to pack it in early.  Good news - the pants didn't explode that time.  Didn't see that coming on the coast at that time of year.

Third one - playing the back nine locally when some clouds and wind whip up.  Pull up to a shot when about 40 yards away a tree gets split almost in half by lightning - out of nowhere.  No clue things had reached the point of danger.  Not sure if the pants took a beating that time or not but I'm pretty sure it brought a new meaning to the word evacuate.   Didn't see that one coming.

Moral of the stories - it's when you don't see it coming that it hurts the most.  That, and while I never have in the past - I know for sure I'll never play a round of golf commando.   :swoon:

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:39 PM

Played in colder but worse over all: 2 C, 35 KM winds, pouring rain (2 rain delays) in college event = 9 hr and 23 min total round!

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 09:53 AM

On a golf trip in Pinehurst 5 or 6 years ago in February.  34 degrees with wind blowing 30 mph. It started sleeting on the 11th hole, so we finished out the 18 and played 9 extra holes. We were the only idiots on the course and it was 26 degrees by the time we finished. We had a blast, but it was freezing. The courses closed the next day, too cold,

I have also played with snow in the ground in GA and 30 degrees, but no wind. It wasn’t too bad.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 09:55 AM

Sunny and 61 in November, anything other than that I don't play. No rain, snow, hail etc, fair weather golfer here for sure.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:12 PM

Im posting my worst weather conditions round before it happens. Im playing a 2 day tournament this weekend and the forecast.....
Day 1: 90% chance of rain, high of 46.
Day 2: High of 43, wind 15-25 mph.
Its a 8” cup and we play as an 8some to avoid cheating. Should be fun!
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Posted 17 November 2017 - 02:56 AM

I'll let this video speak for itself.

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 04:05 PM

In January in CT,  layer of ice on the pond in the middle of the course, one the guys I was playing with bounced it across the ice and had a perfect lie on the other side.

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 04:09 PM

View Postthug the bunny, on 01 October 2017 - 11:15 PM, said:

I went out in January once, thought it would get warmer but it didn't. For some reason I wet my towel like normal and it remained frozen during the whole round. Couldn't clean my ball. Was getting great roll out on the frozen fairways, but crazy bounces off the greens. Got back to my car and the thermometer read 26 deg. Skill, luck, and stupidity all come into play in this crazy game.

Golf in New England summed up right here...

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 05:08 PM

View PostCarl Spackler3, on 12 September 2017 - 04:15 PM, said:

Lahinch Ireland on a beautiful spring day

Same here... 45 degrees and winds at 35 gusting to 60.  There were times when the sun was shining overhead but we were pelted with sideways rain coming from clouds that looked to be miles away.

I've never jumped from an airplane, but the wind whipping the rain gear gave the sensation of skydiving in a wing-suit... difficult to stand still at times.

Most fun I've ever had with my clothes on!


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:38 PM

In the  old days, I played when it was so cold I wore a sheepskin sherpa coat. Of course, part of the problem seeing the ball was due to our breath fogging.

I played Friday morning so early that I could not see anyone's drive off tee 1. I was in the first group offthebox because it was the day after thanksgiving and predicted to be loong waits. I signed up at 5:30 on the wall uplist

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 10:07 PM


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Played with Stage on the final day and a bunch of other great guys - saw a duck attempt to land in a pond get blown on its back on entry due to the constant gale force winds. Think about that for a moment.  When is the last time you witnessed a duck score a solid 1 on landing?.  Aimed one fairway over to right on 18 on day one and saw my draw finish left unplayable.  Second day I lined up close to 45 degrees right on 18  and barely made the left rough due to cross winds.

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View Postballer4opca, on 08 September 2017 - 12:02 AM, said:

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I found this article interesting and started wondering what the worst conditions I've played in....Naval Academy golf course in Annapolis. 26 degrees and snow started pouring in on the 15th but decided to finish.


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 10:51 AM

We played a small match play tournament when I was in high school on the ole JV 2 squad during the spring season. It was snowing and freezing. I nearly lost because on one hole I hit an amazing shot, landed about 10 feet away from the pin. The green was frozen so my SOB ball bounced about 60 yards past the green out onto the ice on the pond. The guy I was playing hit a nice little drop kick sort of shot that rolled about 100 yards and nearly holed out. Ever since my high school spring season snow days I have turned into a fair weather golfer.
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 11:00 AM

I recall this being a rather challenging weather day here in NJ (I'm holding the flagstick).  This was the 14th green, and we finished all 18:
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Posted 10 December 2017 - 11:55 PM

Two rain days.
1. Slow, steady drizzle on an exec course in town. Good partner, fun round, shot well.
2. Pouring rain and lightning, came in, it passed, went back out w foursome, tried to finish but came back and had to abandon once everything so wet couldn't swing club.
Same day was chased by a pitbull and tripped on pavement and skinned knees and knuckles.
Started out first 4 one over til the dog, then lightning as we turned.

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