The Long Shadows of Fall Golf in New England

Dramatic shadows are cast on the 17th green at the Ferncroft Country Club

Fall golf in New England can be a bit chilly, but if you bundle up and bring enough balls, you can still get in a full 18 holes…as long as you start around noon! However, keep in mind that there are some challenges with playing fall golf. Here are a few.
Clothing-it can be a little cumbersome.
Solution– Wear the silks, the poly’s and fleece. Or, purchase a battery operated heated vest!
Lost Balls- People lose more balls in the fall than all of the other golf months combined! The leaves seem to cover them no matter where the ball lands.
Solution-Bright yellow balls, they are more easily seen than the white ones.
Distance Lost- It seems as though you’re not hitting the ball as far. It is true! Colder days mean “thicker” air. If the air density is high, then it takes more velocity to produce a shot. There is also the compression factor and the colder it gets, the harder it is to compress the ball. The great news here…It’s Not Your Swing!!
Solution– use softer balls and take more club.

Yes it’s November, but the best part about fall golf in New England is we seem to relax a bit more when we play because we’re just happy to be out there! We see each opportunity to play in the fall as a “bonus” day. Last week, I had a chance for a “bonus” day myself and brought my camera along. It turned out to be a beautiful day on the course and resulted in many photo opportunities including the one you see in this post. The round was pretty good too…yet another bonus!
I hope you enjoy the remainder of the fall golf season, and if you can get in another “bonus” day before the snow flies, have fun and don’t forget to bring your camera!


About Cathy

I am an LPGA Class A teaching professional with more than 20 years of experience. I've recently been selected as a Golf Channel Academy Coach. I have been listed as one of the best teachers in the country by Golf for Women Magazine, best teacher in state by Golf Digest and been nominated to the prestigious Top 100 Teacher list by Golf Digest. I offer whole game improvement plans and strategies that will help you achieve your goals. Whether you have a single digit handicap or you are just a beginner, I will help guide you to your success by creating a learning environment that is completely unique to you! I am one of only 30 people in the country certified by the Golf Coaches Association. I use V1, FlightScope and Boditrak technology.
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