Arizona is known as one of the most popular places to play golf. In the Greater Phoenix area alone, more than 200 golf courses can be found in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Ahwatukee and other cities. Golfers come from all over the country and the world to tee off at one of the many beautiful courses Arizona has to offer.
Another thing Arizona is known for? Sun, heat – and lots of it! It’s very important, especially during the hottest summer months, to be fully prepared for your round of golf. This includes not just having the right gear, but also having the proper tools to protect your skin from the health risks that come with sun exposure.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, those who regularly golf are at a higher risk for skin cancer. Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can do to protect your skin without sacrificing your game.
Picking a good tee time is very important when it comes to sun protection on the golf course. Whenever possible, it’s best to choose a tee time in the early morning or late afternoon and evening hours when the sun is less intense. Even if they are not the cheapest tee times, your skin will thank you later. Another good idea is to plan your golf day or trip in advance. That way you can take a good look at the forecast and pick the coolest day to play.
When it comes to sun protection on the golf course, clothing is your first line of defense so it’s important to dress as cool and protective as you can before you hit the green. Long sleeves and pants are going to provide the greatest coverage but some people do not find them to be very practical to wear in the Arizona heat. Arm and leg sleeves are an option that aren’t as hot.
Try to avoid wearing black and other dark colors during the hotter months. Lightweight, loose and breathable materials are great during the summer months to keep you cool and protected. These days there are several companies that make sun protective clothing designed for just the golf course so it’s easy to find the right pieces.
Another important thing to think of when choosing what to wear – eye protection! Just as most of your favorite professional golfers do from time to time, make sure to wear sunglasses. These not only protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes from the sun, but many golfers say they improve visibility and reduce glare.
One spot you might not think to cover, your non golf-gloved hand. The hand that you don’t wear a glove on will be exposed to the sun more. This can cause your hands to look different over time if you frequently play golf and expose that hand to the sun each time. Try wearing a glove on the other hand or be diligent to apply and reapply sunscreen to your hands.
Hats are a must for sun protection. The best hat for maximum protection is a wide-brimmed hat, but golfers may find that is not a practical option for the golf course. Baseball hats are a great option that will stay in place and provide good protection for the face and eyes. You will want to still apply sunscreen to all areas, but especially those areas not covered like the ears and neck. It’s also a good idea to use a neck shield with your hat.