February Golf In Michigan: My streak of consecutive months playing in Michigan continues. I have now played in 26 straight months in Michigan, as I got out for a round on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Huron Hills in Ann Arbor.
As you can see, the ground was mostly free of snow. Temperatures were in the upper 40s.
Some of the outings in my streak have not have not been under the best of conditions. “Golf Weather” in Michigan in December, January and February typically is any day where the thermometer reaches 40, the sun is out and most of the snow is off the ground.
At this point, I’m fairly confident that the streak will extend to 34 months. I can nearly always get out for a round in March. After that, it’s a piece of cake until November. At that point, it is just a matter of when the cold weather descends and if there is a break that lets me get out to play.
To be fair, though, even summer rounds in Michigan can be chilly. A couple of years ago, I played a July round at the fabulous Greywalls course in the Upper Peninsula, just outside Marquette. I started that round with temperatures in the 40s, and I am certain that it never got out of the 50s. While it was spectacularly sunny, wind coming off the frigid waters of Lake Superior made the first nine holes or so a pretty miserable experience. Fortunately, I still had heavier rain pants, winter golf gloves and a (strangely) earmuffs in my duffle, so I was set. A couple of nice warming cigars did not hurt, either.
February golf in Michigan has special hazards. I have long joked that I need to invent a “snow wedge.” I managed to find more than my share of drifts.
Here’s a hint for rounds in winter weather. Play with an orange ball. I am certain that I would have lost at least three balls in drifts if not for the Volvik Vibe’s nuclear-powered orange coloring. A white ball simply won’t do the trick.