As I’ve noted here before, the nearest decent course from me is upward of 75 miles (or more) away.
That hampers me to be able to get out and play as much as I would. Even worse, it makes me lose some interest because I get doing other things. Add together the price of gas and such and I haven’t played a whole heap of disc golf this year.
A total of 83 voters took part in this poll and 48 percent (40 votes) said it’s never too hot to play. In second place, 22 voters (27 percent) said playing in 100-plus heat is too much. That was followed by high 90s (19 percent/16 votes); high 80s (4 percent/3 votes) and low 90s (2 percent/2 votes).
I much prefer hot weather over cold, but the past few weeks it was in the upper 90?s, low 100?s. You couldn’t step outside without breaking a sweat. That was too much for me to stay outside long enough to get a round in.
That’s the one thing that’s tough — if one can’t move 10 feet without breaking a sweat and being uncomfortable, it’s definitely too hot!
Nancy W. says:
For me, High 90?s is where I choose not to play. I’m in my forties, and can’t handle the heat quite like my son, who is in his twenties.
It’s an interesting point. I’ve noticed I did a lot more things without worry of elements when I was in my 20s as compared to being in my 30s.
100+ degree weather with like 60 to 80 percent humidity, bring it! Playing in those conditions makes you a better player in my opinion at least endurance wise and makes you mentally tough as well as you fight off fatigue and what not.
This is an interesting point, but not all people play with the worry of things like this. If I am out for a casual round, I’m not looking for endurance and to be mentally tough. I’m looking for enjoyment. And, truthfully, it doesn’t always help one with endurance and such. I’d be willing to bet better than 80 percent of the people who play the game wouldn’t be worried about building endurance and being mentally tough. We have to remember that the people who are tournament players and hardcore are probably a small percentage of the disc golfing world.
Kris Blum says:
I can play in almost anything but being a social golfer, if I do not have people to play with it is boring. That’s why when its that hot I drag the practice basket out do some putting for 15-20 minutes and then take a break rehydrate. Then I will do another session and call it good.
This goes well with the last point, too. Some people just don’t like to deal with the heat (or extreme cold for that matter).
Sydney Evans said:
Living in MN, I am simply not used to extremely hot weather. I recently played in Houston where it was 100° and very humid, and actually felt sick and couldn’t breathe.
This is another great point. If one isn’t used to playing in this weather, it can really be tough physically on a person. This comment helpful to go into the final point.
Luke gives us something to think about:
Here in Mid Michigan its been mid 90?s for two weeks straight. I’ve played almost everyday still besides the couple occurrences when it broke 100. When it gets to that temperature with me being a type 1 diabetic it just gets dangerous for me and isn’t worth it to go play casual/practice rounds in temperatures like that. 100+ is dangerous for anyone really!
This is the thing to think about. Extreme weather, especially the heat, can do things to a body. No matter how well you are with endurance and such, if there are any health issues, be careful. It’s one thing to want to play disc golf, but it’s another to go out in extreme weather and play. Be careful no matter what. If you play in the heat, stay hydrated, eat and be careful!
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Now back to this week’s poll.
How far are you traveling for disc golf? It’ so far for me to go and with the economy the way it is, sometimes it’s tough to justify a long haul for a round of disc golf.
A project for one local course seems to be done and won’t happen. I’ve sent a mini-proposal to another area place for a small nine-hole course. That was back in May and I haven’t heard back.
There is a nine-hole course of sorts not far from me, but it’s in awful shape, nobody seems to have an idea about the setup and it’s about a mile walk from parking to the start of the course. Add to that a couple of poor object courses in the area and that’s basically disc golf around here.
And, truthfully, I can only go out to a field and throw discs and putt on one basket so many times before I get bored. It’s unfortunate, but it’s what it is. Hopefully a course will eventually be here or I’ll find a match for me elsewhere career-wise where I’ll relocate and have many disc golf courses near me!
But I’m wondering…
How far do you travel to play disc golf regularly?
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