Quick Poll: How Cold Is Too Cold?

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By Rick V., Team Titleist Staff

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     Hi, everyone.

    It's time for another poll question and this week we're asking for your thoughts on cold weather golf.  Snow cover here in Massachusetts makes it tough, but if there's no snow on the ground, I'll still brave an occasional sub-freezing round. How about you?  Where do you draw the line?  Answer the quick poll below and share your thoughts (and cold-weather tips!) in the comments.

    Best,

    Rick
    Team Titleist

  2. B.A.
    Los Gatos, CA

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    While it doesn't get to the temps here in California that it does in MA, we do get some pretty cold mornings here and there. The only bad part about them is that they have "frost delays" to not do damage to the grass and won't let you out until it thaws.

    That sticks sometimes when you plan your day to play and cannot how you planned it. As far as the temp is concerned, that isn't too cold to play. As soon as I start swinging, I warm up quickly!
  3. Nick P
    Lincoln, NE

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    My last round was before Christmas. It was 30 when I got out of my car and walked to the first tee. No wind, a bright sun, and dressed in black layers. Walking helped too (jogged the first 2 holes) Wasn’t bad at all.
  4. Edward K
    Wesley Chapel, FL

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    I won't play if it's below 40, but a few weeks ago skiing in Vermont on the Double Black trails it was 4-6. Cold, but not enough to go home!.....lol
  5. JOSHUA M
    FARGO

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    I've played in 30 degrees, we only get a limited time to play here in North Dakota. Gotta make the best of it. Just layer up. The only reason I haven't played in colder is typically the greens might have frost on them and we generally aren't allowed on the coarse.

    I prefer it to be 50 or above though. :)

    Josh
  6. Mike H
    Wisconsin

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    As long as there is no snow on the ground I will try to play.
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    I voted no play below 40. That being said...wind is a huge determining factor when temperature falls below 50 for me. If it’s below 50 and the wind is blowing over 10 mph I’m probably not venturing out!
  8. James S
    Virginia Beach, VA

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    I agree with others that the wind plays a big factor when the temperature gets below 60°. Here in Virginia Beach, the weather can be in the 20s one week and upper 60s the next so there's no reason to suffer in the really cold weather. Many years ago I was out with my dad and 2 younger brothers playing in about 55-degree weather. As we approached the 17th hole, a cold front came through and it started snowing. By the time we got to 18, there was already a dusting on the fairway. Now that is when an orange ball would have been handy!
  9. Bill P
    Ludlow, MA

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    Living in Western Massachusetts, it's all about the sun and the wind. 30's with sun and little/no wind, it doable....40's with no sun and 15-20 mph is a no go....
    Unless it's springtime, and the course has already opened....then you never know...
  10. Dale V
    Escondido, CA

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    For me it depends on the course. I take an annual winter trip to Bandon Dunes and play in cold rain where I wouldn't do that at home. I had the opportunity to finally play the Old Course St. Andrews April 2016 and we had ice pellets coming down for 3 holes. Nothing was going to stop me from getting in all 18 at the Old Course. Good rain gear and tempered expectations and you can have a good day in bad weather. I just wouldn't want to do it very often.
  11. Joshua B
    Connecticut

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    Things needed: Titleist winter hat, footjoy winter gloves, 3 layers minimum...and pray i hit them square so the feeling of my fingers breaking off doesn't occur. I am the textbook definition of a fairweather golfer. My score plummets just as fast as the weather so I have the utmost respect for those that brave the weather and can post a score.
  12. Don O
    Madison, WI

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    I've played in 34F with a wind chill of 20F - because I could. The ground wasn't frozen, yet. But with the number of clothing layers, fingers losing feeling, and getting a facial peel from the wind, I just don't think it is worth playing under 40F. If the ground has frozen, it just isn't a real contest if holding a green depends on the ball bouncing straight up and not landing 20 feet away from the green on the landing off the bounce from the green. Even early in the season while the ground freeze is still melting is iffy. Finding a mud-caked ball within a foot of where it lands takes some of the joy not to mention lengthening the course dramatically. At some point, hitting from a heated bay is much fun.
  13. Jim K
    Bel Air, MD

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    Below 40 degrees is when I take a very hard look. Most of my regular comrades bail out below 50. I have played many times around freezing temps, but as I've aged my heart isn't really in it that much anymore!
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    As long as it’s 32 and sunny I’m out there. Coming from Ohio, we play whenever whether permits and course is open.
  15. Dr. Kovatchian
    Carlsbad

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    Playing in cold weather is all relative to your geographical location.
    We live in Carlsbad now and have been around the block and lived in some great cities around the USA.
    Here are my cities and too cold to golf temps.
    South Bend, IN...38 degrees.
    Feederick, MD...40 degrees.
    Madison, WI...35 degrees.
    Austin, TX...45 degrees.
    Asheville, NC...45 degrees
    Carlsbad, CA...55 degrees

    Cheers,
    Dr. K
  16. Barry B
    Lake St Louis, MO

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    I will play when the temp is below 40°, but it's needs to be sunny with almost no wind.
  17. MADGOLFER
    HENDERSON, NV

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    True that!!!⛳
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    I voted that not less than 40, but there has been special events that I have played that was less.
    Add the other general rule: Cold, Wind, and Rain - Only 2 of the three, maximum.
  19. Tim Tiger
    Bixby, OK

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    I pretty much have an age rule these days. If the temp drops below my age(46). Then I'm not playing.

    TT
  20. Doug E
    Urbana, MD

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    Tim Tiger said:

    I pretty much have an age rule these days. If the temp drops below my age(46). Then I'm not playing.

    TT

    That's funny, when I was an offshore sailor I had a similar rule. When the length/size of the boat drops below my age, I'm not going to sea in it. (I was a delivery captain.) So, these days I ain't going to sea in anything under 60feet!

    (Yet, I will certainly still play golf in 40 degree weather. Go figure.)
  21. Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    When the temps in our area are under 40 degrees the wind comes in off the ocean and the wind chill becomes a factor and makes it rather unbearable. Also we do have to deal with frost and the superintendent will not open the course when there is frost on the course. We have had to deal with frost delays our last two outings, about two hours each time. I will tee off under 40 as long as the temperatures will be rising by noon and the winds are not over 5 mph. We have too many good winter days we can play in Charleston, SC. Our temps are supposed to be in the low 70s on Monday after the 40s today.
  22. Kathy J
    Portland, OR

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    I will play in Portland OR if it is 40 degrees and the rain is not blowing sideways. If you can't keep your grips dry it is no fun!
  23. Michael JC
    Orwell, VT

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    It is all about the love for the game.
  24. Doug E
    Urbana, MD

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    Same as Barry for me. I will play in the high 30s if the sun is out and there is little wind. I played today in Maryland. The temp was 40 at tee off, but the wind was 15+. It was not forecast to be that strong. Luckily it calmed down to under 10 mph as the round progressed and the temps rose to about 45. Quite comfortable then.

    Tomorrow is forecast to be in the low 50s. I have a 12 pm tee time. It will be only my 5th round this January in what has been an extremely cold winter so far. Last January I was able to rack up 17 rounds. With only 10 or 11 days left in the month, doubt I'll be able to match that this year.

    The key to golf in the cold is to layer up. Start with more than you need and shed as necessary. And walk if you can.

    I could play in below freezing temps with all the cold weather layering options I have. Unfortunately, they don't allow play when the greens are frozen on the surface here.

    I have played in some rough conditions before though, back when I lived in CT. The course wasn't actually open, but it didn't stop me and a buddy from finding some bare patches. See pic. (We lost a lot of balls that day, right in the fairway!)
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  25. Dave N
    Lady Lake, FL

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    60* is all for me , I'm a wussie , but then again I live in Florida.
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