South Carolina Golf Courses Hurt By Cold Weather - DatelineCarolina

South Carolina Golf Courses Hurt By Cold Weather

By: Brooks Day

Posted 10:24 AM Mar. 4, 2010

South Carolina is finishing its fourth coldest winter in recorded history and many Midlands golf courses have struggled because of the nasty weather.

The Hidden Valley Country Club in Gaston closed 20 days this year due to the weather. Lead golf professional Brad Frick says closing the golf course may cost revenue but keeping it open during bad weather could cost more in damages to the course.

"If we allow people to go out there when the ground is frozen, you can do more damage than what you can bring in as far as revenue," said Frick.

Frick says it's been hard drawing golfers during the winter season, but the course's management came up with a way to help.

"We chose to lower our rates and pursue customers in an attempt to keep our business up," said Frick.

Frick says he hopes the low rates will raise attendance on the course to survive the winter season.

Golfers who choose to come out to play in the cold weather should follow a few tips:

  • Wear thin instead of bulky layers to swing well.
  • Most important body parts to keep warm are your head and hands.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to warm up before each round.
  • Cold temperatures reduce the distance a golf ball will go, so keep your golf balls indoors until you play.


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