Top 10 reasons fall (autumn) golf is so great

Gorgeous fall colours, less crowds, off-season pricing—there are many reasons why golfing in the autumn is so great.

by Keith Powell
Picture of golf course in the fall.
There are many reasons why golfing in the autumn is the best, including the beautiful fall colours that the season brings. — Photo courtesy Redstone Resort—Rossland, B.C.

Remember golfers, with summer somewhat of a distant memory and autumn upon us, there is still lots of great golf to enjoy.  So don’t put away the sticks quite yet.  It is true that start times might be a little later but crisp cool weather, clear skies and beautiful course conditions all make fall a great time to enjoy an extra round of golf or two.

Here are some great reasons to extend your golf season this fall….

1.  Beat the crowds:  Summer is over and the crowds have by and large gone home.  So you probably won’t be rushed along by the anxious foursome behind you.  You can take a bit more time, relax and really enjoy the round – hone your golf skills that much more.

2.  Your game is in top form:  You have had an entire golf season under your belt.  You’ve been playing all season long and you are feeling comfortable with your swing, your putting is in top form and your equipment is feeling like an extension of your arms.  Chances are that your golf game has never been better (hopefully or the theory goes).

3.  Great time for a golf lesson:  Your local golf pro is probably less busy than he has been throughout the busy spring and summer golf season.  He or she can spend a little extra time giving you the personalized instruction you need to take your game to the next level.

4.  The courses are in fantastic shape:  The golf courses have enjoyed a full season of primping and coddling by obsessive grounds keepers – every blade of grass has been nurtured to its natural best, greens have been babied to near perfection and tee boxes in are pristine shape.  Greens tends to be smoother, fairways thick and lush, and landscaping at its best.

5.  Scenery is at its best:  There is nothing like golfing though a forest of fall colors.  Yellow poplars, red maples, golden tamarack often grace the fairways – adding an extra element of beauty to the golf experience.  Blue skies and majestic mountains seem closer and even more dramatic in the crisp fall light.

6.  Take a fall golf vacation:  Okay—your buddies take off two weeks to go hunting. Why not take a little extra time off to enjoy your golf passion?   Plus it is probably easier to get time off in the fall and a trip around your local or nearby golf courses will finish up your golf season with a bang.

7.  The kids are back in school:  There's nothing wrong with teenyboppers who can drive the ball 250 yards but let’s face it—it can be a little intimidating to be dodging golf balls from the eighth-graders behind you.  Again, fall often offers a less crowded and more relaxed golf environment.

8.  Personalized attention:  Want to be pampered on the golf course?  Fall is probably the time to get your fair share of undivided attention.  From the starters to the marshals, from the bus boys to the pro shop staff, chances are you’ll be looked after better than anytime during the golf season – staff simply has more time to help you out.  They appreciate your business and welcome you to the course as you enjoy the last days of the golf season.

9.  Bring your camera:  The green of the fairways, the golden hue of the surrounding trees, bright blue of sky and orange of the landscaping plants and shrubs – all add up to great time to take photos of your golf adventure.  You can create great memories for next season.

10.  Save on golf:  Traditionally the autumn golf season is a time for economy golf.  Many golf courses offer an incentive (aka discount) to encourage golfers to continue to enjoy their sport until freeze up.  Look for a great value in the fall and your golf dollars are guaranteed to go a little further come autumn.  Not to mention off-season hotel and condo rates have probably kicked in.

11.  Bonus reason -- Get ready for snowbird golf: Tune up your golf game for snowbird golf or even for next season.  Many golfers head south or to Hawaii for play a a few rounds of golf during the winter.  Extending your golf game into the fall will undoubtedly help you when you unpack your golf clubs from the motorhome or airplane in the middle of winter.

Do you enjoy fall or autumn golf?  Do you have some suggestions or tips about golfing in the fall?  Email us at GolfWest and share your ideas: [email protected]

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