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My dad’s just come back from the most amazing trip and already he is talking about playing golf.  Ha why am I not surprised!!! He loves playing the game and has had many a trip with golfing buddies around the country and also abroad.  Having just come back from a trip he isn’t going anywhere just yet other than his local golf course. I should really phone the golf course and let them know that my dad, affectionately referred to as Victor Meldrew is back!

The weather has been wonderful over the last few days but a quick look over at the BBC Weather site indicates that’s it for now.  Rain is on its way. Now it’s not set to be too heavy thankfully but then we have yet to enjoy the fabulous downpours that are April showers.  In order to prepare for the mix of showers and torrentuous onslaughts that may befall him I thought I would make sure he is fully equipped. It’s almost his birthday so any ideas of useful items will be very welcome.

Golf Essentials for Rainy Days

An Umbrella

Top of the list is of course an umbrella.  No golfer should brave wet days without one.  Ideally, it will be lightweight with an easy to hold handle and wind resistant.

A Flask

When it’s cold and raining it can be nice to have a hot drink on hand.  The best way to do this is with a thermos.  Fill with a warm drink of choice when it’s cold outside, alternatively a cool drink in warmer weather.

Water Resistant Clothing

Water resistant clothing is a must especially for those rainy days when the rain seems to completely miss the umbrella and soak you to the bone.  Keen golfers like to invest in golf waterproofs from companies like Function 18 because “you can’t just use any old rubbish” – thanks dad.

A Hat

You can get waterproof hats for golf interestingly.  Honestly, with my lot I seem to learn something new every day.  Although dad has an extremely wide parting (nice way of saying he’s bald up top) he doesn’t appreciate rain rolling off his head and down his neck.  A good waterproof hat is therefore essential.

A Towel

Rain especially when accompanied by a little wind is going to make a beeline for your face.  Having a small dry towel handy can be just what you need to keep your face dry and help you keep that competitive edge.

A Trolley

A trolley is always a good idea.  It makes playing golf so much more pleasurable than it would be if you have to lug a great big heavy bag around.  Go one step further and get an electric one and light foot it around the course far more easily.

Waterproof Shoes

Summer shoes are not waterproof.  You really don’t want to take these out with you on a rainy day.  Waterproof shoes are essential.  It’s pretty distracting walking around with squelching shoes I can tell you.

Golf Wellingtons

On super muddy days my dad wears golf wellingtons.  I know, I didn’t know these even existed but apparently, they are very good!  Dad has been golfing for many years now so knows just about everything in relation to the sport.

Change of Gloves

It’s important to use all-weather gloves on rainy days.  You will often need more than one pair and it’s an idea to keep them separate from wet gloves in a waterproof bag.

Marigolds – Glove Alternative

I may have forgotten to mention that dad is a little eccentric.  He really doesn’t care what anyone thinks and has on occasion been seen playing golf with none other than marigold gloves in wet weather.  Apparently, you get a great grip, far better than with gloves.  That golf club isn’t slipping out of your grip when you are armed with marigolds  (excuse the pun).   And yes, I didn’t believe him at first but he insisted he wasn’t pulling my leg.

Hand/Toe Warmers

Warmers for those days that are both cold and rainy are always useful.  Simply activate them, pop them into your socks or gloves to keep hands feeling toasty.

Bag Cover

No matter how well a bag is made if you are playing in the rain often you will need to protect it and its contents.  Golf bags and their contents can be kept dry easily with bag covers.

It’s amazing how having the right items can really improve your golf game in wet weather.  The aforementioned items are pretty important and the main things any golfer will require when playing golf in the rain.

Which items do you think you’d find most useful when playing golf in the rain?

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38 thoughts on “Golf Essentials for Rainy Days”

  1. My grandson plays golf and I found some great gift ideas here. His birthday is next month and he’d love some rainy day golf essentials.

    1. That’s good timing. I’m glad you found it useful. I wouldn’t have a clue if I hadn’t spoken with dad. It’s great as I can discretely see what he might need from the list now and get him a useful gift for his birthday too.

  2. Those die hard golfers will be out in all kinds of weather playing the game they enjoy. Good to be prepared so nobody gets wet while golfing.

  3. It looks like you are prepared for just about anything when it comes to golf. That umbrella looks huge which is perfect for golfing!

  4. I honestly didn’t know you could play golf in the rain. I always just assumed the course would be too muddy to play, but it sounds like with the right equipment it can totally work.

  5. My dad plays golf multiple times a week. He has played a ton since retiring. These are good gift ideas for him.

  6. I don’t play golf. I tried, and failed miserable. I do like miniature golf! This is helpful for those who do play.

    1. Miniature golf is more for me too. I don’t have as much spare time as dad. Don’think I’d cope in the rain either. He’s been doing it for years.

  7. No reason to let the rain spoil a planned day of fun. I try to keep an umbrella in the car but forget to bring along a fresh towel.

  8. I think if more people had that equipment they’d be playing the rain more often. It seems like in our area, people only play on sunny days.

    1. Ahhh yes, fair weather golfers. There are quite a few that do that although I was surprised a the number that will go play in the rain.

  9. We go to a swimming pool that is connected to a golf course, and I see the golfers out there in all kinds of weather. There is a big siren that goes off when there is any thunder nearby. I applaud them for being out there in the cold, heat, etc!

    1. Some of them will be out in all kinds of weather. They don’t seem to notice the weather as they are so fixated with the game.

  10. I am not a big fan of the rain but I admire people who don’t let it stop them. This is a great list for any golfers who want to brave the weather.

  11. My son-in-law is a golfer and his birthday is coming up soon. Thank you so much for this wonderful collection of gift ideas for golfers! This is really helpful.

  12. My husband golfs a lot and he approves your list. I should do more golfing, my husband really loves it.

    1. That’s great, thanks for that. If he thinks of anything else I could add to it let me know. Hope you find more time to go and play x

  13. I don’t know much about golf but my husband likes to play occasionally. I wonder if he’ll never need all of this.

  14. I believe everything on your lists are great essentials in a golfer and I think when I am going to play a golf on a rainy season the waterproof shoes, the marigold gloves and water resistant clothing are the most important for me to bring.

  15. This gives me a good list of items that I can get for my dad. He is a golf junkie and I never know what to buy him.

  16. Great list! I’ve never actually heard of golf wellingtons! That’s such a great idea for a rainy day round. 🙂

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