I had to read the title of this post a few times to realize that it was actually true! Golf in Chicago in January and it was over 50 degrees outside. What a day. Unfortunately every other golfer in Chicago thought the same thing (its so nice out lets go play golf) and the courses were booked solid. With my keen eye for weather I had the foresight to make a tee time at St. Andrews in West Chicago. Since I have already reviewed winter golf at St. Andrews I thought I would talk a little more about the round and some funny things that happened.
Now on this particular day my group was a threesome. So the starter asked if we could get paired up (most people do not like to play with others, but I try to keep a kindergarten state of mine and play nice with others) and we obliged. A twosome in their own cart were looking to get slotted in, and we were the only non foursome. Fivesome here we come. The twosome kept to themselves, and we all have a really nice time. Hanging out on the tees and greens (more tees than anything cause we are waiting on every hole, so remember take the good with the bad) telling golf stories, joking a little bit, and just enjoying the great weather we are having.
I play golf all year round, and there is nothing worse than coming up on the first tee and there are four or five groups waiting to tee off no matter what the weather is. The nice thing about four or five groups on the tee though is the camaraderie of all those golfers forced to talk to one another. You get great tips on what courses have great deals, and are in great shape. You get to show off that new putter, or just talk golf with guys who are just as crazy about it as you are. All while practice swinging or hitting little flop shots at the cart. You just have to accept the good with the bad.
Waiting on every tee, and in every fairway, a five hour round, not enough daylight to finish those are things to make a normal golf day that we take for granted into a crappy round. Add in that this particular 5 hour round was in the middle of January, and it was 50 degrees outside, and a guy in my group actually said I will try to stick it in his hole! I will take more time to enjoy the game, and savor those times that can only happen on a golf course and remember that we could all be at work or stuck inside with a foot of snow on the ground.
He really said that I swear!