Spring is upon us and that means it’s time for an important golfer’s ritual – the annual stocking of the bag. Now, that means different things to different people. I’m reminded of an old golf buddy of mine who set out for a round one day with more beers than balls in his bag… and ran out of both – but maybe the rest of that story is best left for another day. So… in honor of a new season, here’s a list of “stuff” you should have in your bag. Like insurance, you may never need it, but if it happens one day that you do – you’ll be glad you read this!
Weather defense: Something light, warm and windproof – and of course, fashionable! Pro shops are full of this stuff these days. A decent rainsuit. Towels. Umbrella. Toque, mitts, handwarmers. (yes, even in July). A couple of extra gloves. Rain gloves. Extra pair of socks (preferably clean ones).
Medicine Cabinet: Ibuprofen, Tylenol etc. Band-aids in a variety of shapes and sizes. Athletic tape (also known as “hockey tape” in Canada). Sunscreen, insect repellent, lip balm. Contact lens wearer? Bring something for dry, wind-affected eyes. Epi-pen user? It won’t help you if it’s back in your car.
Hardware: Sunglasses, replacement spikes/wrench, swiss army knife (for fending off grizzly bears at Kananaskis), pencils, sharpie marker, tees, ball markers, divot repair tool, spare pair of shoelaces. Those little valuables pouches you see in most pro shops are perfect for corralling all of these little bits of golf shrapnel and keeping them organized.
Groceries: Clif Bar, granola bars, dried fruit & nut mix, beef jerky, apples slices sprinkled with cinnamon… anything goes, really. Water bottle, perhaps?
How about a rules book… Nah… that would take all the fun out of it.
Not a complete list by any means, but a good place to start! Moral of the story: Being prepared means you can turn a “disaster” day into an enjoyable adventure! Is there anything you’d add to the list?