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Keep Warm on Golf Course - How to Golf When Cold

Updated on November 9, 2014
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Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia who shares her own experiences.

I have to smile at this. I actually know someone who plays golf in the snow.
I have to smile at this. I actually know someone who plays golf in the snow. | Source

Play Golf Despite the Cold Weather

Golfers hate to miss a day of golf, but sometimes the weather just isn't very cooperative. If there's frost on the grass, the game is delayed but not canceled. Heading out for an early tee time sometimes means chill conditions especially if it's windy as well.

The problem is keeping warm enough to play well. Cold hands affect the feel for the club, while too many warm clothes make it hard to get the proper turn needed for a golf swing.

Although I live in Central Florida, even here some cold mornings try to spoil our golf outing. Over the years, I've discovered some ways to keep warm on the golf course and still be able to play a decent game of golf. Warm up your golf with some of the equipment and clothing I've gathered here for you.

Zazzle graphic: Golfing Snowman by seashell2

Get a Golf Cart Heater - This one is made by Coleman and is available from Amazon

If your golf league plays early in the morning, then you've probably experienced some chilly times on the golf course. It really makes it hard to play when your fingers are chilled to the bone. You'll love one of these heaters to cope with a cold day on the golf course.

Coleman BlackCat PerfecTemp Catalytic Heater
Coleman BlackCat PerfecTemp Catalytic Heater

We have one of these and it puts out an amazing amount of heat in a short time. Of course, it works best if you have an enclosed golf cart so it can warm up a small space, not the whole outdoors.


Cover the Golf Cart - A golf cart enclosure can block out wind and chill

There are a variety of styles and you need to choose the one that fits your model of cart.

Keep in mind that a moving cart creates a breeze that is going to make you feel colder than the temperature it is. With the flaps down on the cart enclosure, you are snug and protected from the wind.

If you have the small heater that I was recommending above, the cart enclosure is going to warm up inside fairly quickly.


Zazzle graphic: Winter Golfer by shopaholicchick

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Seat Warmer for the Golf Cart - Wow, what a great idea!

Gerbings Golf Cart Heated Seat Cushion
Gerbings Golf Cart Heated Seat Cushion

Includes one rechargeable 7V 4Ah lithium-ion battery and charger that weighs less than 6 ounces and has a 5-level microprocessor controller built right in.

A customer on Amazon said, "Thanks to whoever figured out how to make early morning and cold weather golf so much more pleasant! Nothing like a nice warm cart seat to ride around 18 holes in when the weather's chilly! Makes a great gift for your early morning golfer, and will give them a welcome advantage over other players trying to keep their hands warm! "


Keep a Windshirt in the Golf Bag

Available from Amazon

Thin layers keep you warm and make it easier to move. You don't want to look or feel like the Michelin Man with lots of bulky layers. If you can't twist your body easily, then you won't be able to swing a club. If the day starts to warm up, you want to be able to take off the top layers (vest, sweater or windshirt).

A Wind Shirt Can Be a Life Saver When the Temperatures Drop Suddenly

This comes in various colors and sizes. You'll be glad you have it when a cold front sweeps through midway through the game.

Keep one of these in your golf bag at all times. You never know when the temperature might take a dive.

When we lived in South Texas, sometimes a norther would swoop down. The temperature might drop from 70 degrees down to 50 degrees in half an hour. Brrr!

Not Too Chilly? Switch to a Short-Sleeved Windshirt - My husband loves his when it's not cold enough for a full windshirt

My husband has one of these short-sleeved wind shirts. If it's not super-cold, he likes having his arms free. This keeps your torso warm. Available in various colors and sizes. I tend to get chilled more easily than he does, so I stick with the long-sleeved windshirt above.

Keep a Golf Vest in Your Bag for Chill Days

If you keep the main part of your body warm, then you'll play better. A vest leaves your arms free for a good swing. These look good with a collared golf shirt or with a turtleneck. Be aware that some courses do not allow a mock turtleneck, but a full-turtleneck pullover is usually OK.

Under Armour Keeps Golfers Really Warm

Wear this under your golf slacks

You can get very thin (silk is great) underclothing like an undershirt and leggings to wear under your turtleneck and slacks. I have silk leggings my sister sent me from India, but you can also get winter-weight tights in the stocking section at Wal-Mart or discount stores.

Under Armour is the latest and greatest way to keep warm.

Quite a few customers gave this 5 star reviews on Amazon. Click on the picture to read the reviews.

Under Armour Is Brings New Technology to Warm Sports Wear

With a title like "arctic beanie" you know it's warm.

Golfing in the Snow in Canada - Too cold for me

Are You an All-Weather Golfer?

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      5 years ago

      You have a great list of things to keep you warm on the course. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Brandi Bush: It's on my Christmas wishlist already. Bet they would love it.

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      5 years ago from Maryland

      That golf cart seat warmer looks amazing! I think I just figured out what to get for my in-laws this year for Christmas! :)

    • VanayeHamilton LM profile image

      VanayeHamilton LM 

      5 years ago

      I can see how walking the course would assists in staying warm...and in shape!

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      5 years ago

      I'd never heard of golfing in the snow! And I live in Minnesota! lol neat lens!

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      6 years ago

      My cutoff is forty degrees. It also helps to keep warm by walking the course. Nice lens.

    • Elle-Dee-Esse profile image

      Lynne Schroeder 

      7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Love that you can get a heater and seat warmer for your golf cart.

    • Gerald McConway profile image

      Gerald McConway 

      7 years ago

      Winter golf can be brutal, but the diehards need to stay warm! Nice lens with some great ideas, thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Yep! My men folk tell me that it never gets cold on the golf course! They must have one of those seat warmers!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, I am not a golfer, but this lens is the right way to go to keep warm while playing.

      Have a nice day.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      My hubby golfs a couple of times a week. He loves wearing the wind shirt in cooler weather. I am a great putter but can't swing a club to save my life. Maybe with some regular practice, I might improve but I prefer the pitch and putt golf course. :)

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      7 years ago

      We have a golf court here up our street, but I have never seen anyone golfing with a skidoo before.

      I am not a golfer by the way.

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      7 years ago from McLaughlin

      My husband plays golf every day it isn't snowing! We live in Missouri and he already has a golf car cover and heater! Very good lens! am showing him this lens.

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      7 years ago from Sweden

      Nice lens. If I played golf, I would not go out there if it is too cold =D


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