A couple days can make a difference. After playing golf in some of the worst weather conditions. We played in some of the most interesting conditions. Still playing at Crosswater with 4100 feet of elevation. My brother and I decided to venture out for another round of golf. This time the morning was filled with snow showers. The snow fell off and on, as time to leave for the course drew near. Similar to questions we experience with the rain, days before. The question was whether we could deal with snow flurries through the round. There had been sun breaks between snow showers during the hours before we planned on playing, giving us hope. The precipitation was supposed to subside during the afternoon, so we headed for Crosswater golf course.
After paying for the round, we walked outside and loaded our bags on the carts. We found snow flurries upon exiting the warmth of the building. The snow wasn’t coming down thick, but was a startling sight. It would be the first time I’d begun a round of golf in the snow. As we headed for the 10th tee to begin our day, the snow continued, but sunbreaks surrounded the area providing hope. The first few holes gave us snow showers. It didn’t pile up on the ground, melting into water droplet after contacting the surface. Putting became a little different with snow. The droplets of water seemed to send putts skidding across the surface instead of truly rolling. Our first few greens had these water droplets on them. The snow flurries lasted just the first 4 holes.
Playing golf in snow showers was a fun experience. The beanie I had purchased a few days before came in handy again. We bundled up as if headed for the ski slope, which kept us warm. After the snow showers were taken over by sun, the remaining round of golf became enjoyable. The course was in great shape. The snow from the morning seemed to keep people away, giving my brother and I the feeling of being alone on the course. Feeling isolated on one of my favorite courses isn’t something I’ve been able to experience much. Feeling like the only group on a golf course is one of my favorite things to experience. Having courage to brave the snow gave us the opportunity. Who knows if we will ever enjoy golf with snow falling through parts of the day again. I was dressed warmly enough to take the time enjoying the experience. It was an awesome day to share with my brother.
It seems difficult to understand how cerebral palsy played into this round of golf. After the survival of playing in weather a few days’ prior, these snow showers felt easier to deal with. The rain and wind in combination made playing challenging. It was a day for grinding out the round of golf, proving to myself I could make it through. The snow was different, feeling more like a unique experience to be enjoyed. Parting clouds during the second nine with sun shining through gave us less adversity from the weather. We simply had to deal with cool temperatures, instead of throwing rain and wind into the mix. I would say the snow was easier to deal with than rain coming down. The maintained comfort in my body likely took shape from being properly dressed. There wasn’t the rain to continue dampening cloth and tighten muscles. It seems with the proper attire on that day, I was able to protect cerebral palsy from the elements, allowing the body to function more freely.
We were prepared to play that day in cold weather. It didn’t have the sense of survival experienced from the previous day. As the snowy weather gave way to sun, the challenge of Crosswater itself came into focus. The second nine under clear and cold conditions was one of my favorite nine holes played in a while. We got to see the course in early spring. Some of the hazards looked different. The fescue grass hadn’t reached its length of the summer, giving parts of the course a different feel. It’s exciting to play a course in all kinds of conditions. The day of golf under snow, sun, and cold was a great gift. Another day of golf to remember and a reminder even with the challenges of cerebral palsy, I’m a pretty lucky guy.