Here at Rolling Greens, a 55+ luxury golf community in Florida, we are excited to bring you 5 tips to take advantage of Florida golfing. We are located in sunny Ocala, Florida, where our 18-hole executive golf course is popular with residents and guests alike. Get ready to perfect your Florida golf game.
BEAT THE FLORIDA HEAT
Ya’ll, Florida weather is amazing. Know why? You can play golf any time of the year. But for most of the year, the weather is in the 80’s or 90’s, so here are some quick tips on how to stay cool while you perfect your golf game. (Psst: the average temperature in Ocala is a lovely 83 degrees.)
- Freeze a water bottle so it defrosts and stays cool throughout your game.
- Bring an extra towel or a specially designed cooling towel (they retain water but stay dry to the touch).
- Bring extra gloves (pro-tip), this way when yours get sweaty you have a backup pair.
- Wear light colored, moisture-wicking clothes to help stay cool.
- Drink water! Easy peasy, but also easy to forget when you’re trying to knock a hole in one.
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY
When it’s hot, it’s usually raining too. Florida storms often come with thunder and lightening, which make golfing during them unsafe. When they don’t, here are some quick and easy tips to play in the afternoon drizzle.
- It’s all about the gear: waterproof clothing, a well-constructed water-proof umbrella, water-proof gloves (you get it, clothes that help you stay dry).
- Bring along a good towel to dry clubs during play.
- Check the weather forecast and plan trips for the early morning, these are usually the best times to go in the summer months when an afternoon shower is almost guaranteed.
- Invest in a see-through plastic cover to protect your bag.
- Remeber: the rain will change your game. Take it slow and steady!
GOLF PROS KNOW THIS
Hate being stuck behind slow-moving players? Don’t we all! Especially when the sun is hot, you want to get through a course efficiently. Here’s a pro-tip we’ve saved just for you: talk to the rangers or starters. Tell them your handicap or average score range. They should be able to give you tips on which tees to play first, so you can avoid having the group behind you haggle you. Also, so you can get to post-golf drinks that much faster.
SEE YA LATER, ALLIGATOR
Let’s cut to the chase. Florida + Water = alligators. Here’s the good news, there have been no documented deaths from an alligator bite to a golfer. Still, that doesn’t make the danger any less real. Here are some quick and dirty tips if an alligator tries to ruin your golf game:
- Fight back, they look for easy prey. Attack the most delicate part of their body, the snout.
- Keep your distance from water. A ball is just a ball, so unless it’s right near the edge of the water, let that one go.
- Try to stay at or above the surface, once an alligator gets you under it’s much harder to fight back.
- Use common sense! Remember, golf courses are beautiful, but many the waterways on the courses are home to alligators. Make safety a priority.
MOVE OVER MICKEY MOUSE, IT’S TEE TIME
Think Orlando is all about Mickey Mouse? The famous golfer Arnold Palmer would disagree. Ranked the #5 Best Golf City in America by Golf.com, Orlando is home to half of the PGA tour, so you could have a famous golfer on your course. There’s plenty of public courses, and the median green fee is $49. Now you know an amazing secret next time the family takes a vacation to Orlando to visit Mickey Mouse.
Rolling Greens is located about an hour and a half north of Orlando, so it’s an easy drive and a great place to stay if you don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of Orlando traffic!
Want to learn more about the golf course at Rolling Greens? How about becoming a resident? We would love to tell you all about this luxury 55+ golf community. Thanks for checking out our Florida golfing tips and happy golfing to you!