What do you do if there is inclement weather? I feel like there are two types of golfers. Those that golf only when the weather is nice and those that don’t care and will play whenever, as long as the course is open. I myself tend to only like to golf if the sun is out. I can handle the cold and wind but I typically don’t like to golf in the rain. Playing through a little rain is different but scheduling a tee time when you know well beforehand it is supposed to rain isn’t my style.
Having said that… Zack, Craig and I just played through some pretty heavy rain last weekend. We had a planned trip to play Whitetail Golf Club in McCall about three weeks before we knew the weather. Once we found out that it was supposed to be about 45 degrees and rainy, we held out hope that the weatherman would be wrong once again. The entire drive up there (about 2 hours) the weather was overcast but not raining. Once we got to about 5 miles outside McCall, you guessed it, it started to rain.
At this point, we were already up there and were going to at least drop off our product and perhaps grab lunch. After dropping off our product we had about an hour until our tee time and decided to at least head to the course and talk to Eugene Bonfilio the Director of Golf. After talking to him we decided to try to squeeze 9 holes in, even as the rain came down. I should mention, we knew when we left for McCall that rain was in the forecast so we packed accordingly, well Zack and I did. Zack and I had long johns, rain gear and a couple pullovers, Craig did not. Some people say there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. In this case, Craig got to experience both.
We were able to get a full 9 holes (we played the back 9) in but by the end we were drenched. My rain gear was soaked, thankfully the rest of me was dry. We had been joking throughout the round that somebody would lose a club on their down swing. I didn’t think it would really happen until hole 17, I lost my 9 iron on my approach shot! I started losing it on my way down, the ball shot right and my club flew to the left. I only wish somebody would have gotten it on video!
The course was in great shape with the exception of the rain pelting down and some causing some pine needles to fall on the first three greens we played. Even though the greens were wet, they were rolling fast. We can’t wait to get back and play on a good weather day. You can tell Whitetail is kept in pristine condition.
Needless to say, if you get the chance to play Whitetail, take it! Make sure you stop by and say hi to Eugene and tell him we sent you. Afterwards grab a bite to eat in town (we had lunch at the Salmon River Brewery) and make a day of it!