August is a great month for golf in Alberta. Sure, the daylight hours are getting noticeably shorter, frost delays are becoming a factor and there are a few yellow leaves starting to show, but the indescribable blue skies of August are something that just can’t be… well, described. It’s more than the color of the sky, of course. The volatile thunderstorms of July have been shoved aside and more stable conditions prevail. In August, the warmth of the day lingers deep into the twilight. There is nothing like playing “sound golf” in short sleeves late on an August evening; trying desperately to squeeze in those last 2 or 3 holes. The word “awesome” might be one that is over-used, but it fits.
August also means Club Championships at many clubs. It’s an exciting time on many levels. For the competitors, it’s the “real thing” – no free drops, no gimmes, no messin’ around. Those three-footers seem to show more break than they do in “normal rounds”. “Fun” takes on a whole new meaning. Ultimately, you’re facing off against the toughest adversary in golf – your own self. All at once, it’s humbling, liberating and exciting. Plenty of club members shy away from the club champs, trotting out all sorts of reasons/excuses: “I don’t like competition”; “Those guys are ‘too serious’ for me”; etc. I say they’re missing out – if you really want to get better at golf, you have to play “without a net” at least once in a while. Maybe you played/are playing in your first club championship this season. Maybe you won your first club championship this season. Maybe you played and recorded a personal best – or a personal worst – either way, I commend you for your bravery. And if you didn’t play… start planning for next year now – don’t miss out on the chance to do something awesome! After all, at this time next year, August will be almost over.