Winter Golf

Golf green with frost

Thank-you for your patronage during the 2021/22 Winter Golf season. We look forward to welcoming you back in the fall.

The City of Hamilton is once again offering Winter Golf this season at the Chedoke - Martin Course!

Golf during the winter months will proceed as it occurs during the regular season.

Ideal golfing conditions in the winter months include minimal accumulation and a firm ground.

  • Golfers can enjoy all 18 holes during their visit.
  • Flags will be up and putting on the green is permitted.
  • Golfers may want to bring a highly visible ball to be able to track on the fairways and greens.

As per COVID-19 regulations, players are to leave flagsticks in the hole - they are not to be touched.

Pre-booking tee-times is available and encouraged as only one person will be allowed in the Pro-shop at a time.

Golfers will be required to tee off during the hours of 8:30 am to 2 pm. The course will be open provided that the weather conditions do not damage the course or provide risk to the participant such as:

  • large accumulation of snow and/or rain
  • freezing rain or icy conditions

Access to the Martin Course is available, weather permitting, via the Chedoke Pro Shop until the last date of play. Daily Green fees are $20/per player, walking only. Golf course access will be determined daily by staff no later than 2pm for access the following day. Please refer to the City’s Sports Field Status tracker for up to date status.

For more information, contact the Chedoke Pro Shop at 905-521-3970.

Winter mitts or pocket warmers
Playing golf with frozen hands is tough. You lose all feel, a thinned iron shot will cause some serious pain, and it just generally isn’t comfortable. Find yourself a pair of winter mitts or hand warmers, which can be used in between shots. The time you actually spend swinging compared to the time spend outdoors on the course is fractional, so it's a good idea to thaw your fingers between strikes. 

Carry your bag
Often golf clubs will ban trolleys in wet winter months because they churn up the course, but there’s another reason carrying should be an option in winter - it keeps you warm. Not only does is provide an extra layer, it will also keep you moving more which should warm you up. It’s also an idea to get a waterproof bag to keep your clubs dry when it chucks it down.

Keep a ball in your pocket
You’ll be staggered how much further a warm golf ball travels compared to a cold one. With that in mind, keep one ball in your pocket on every hole and switch it into play at the end of each hole.

Winter golf gloves
This is the only time when it’s acceptable to rock the double glove. Winter golf gloves are thicker and more durable than their summer counterparts. They’ll also perform a lot better in the wet - just remember to dry them out at the end of the round.

Base layer
We’re talking top and bottoms - when the mercury goes the wrong side of 0, it’s the difference between being comfortable on the course and hating every minute. Not only will it keep you warm, but if you do start to heat up it will help dissipate the sweat, so you don’t freeze when your body temperature drops.

Invest in quality waterproofs
Waterproofs are obviously useful for when it rains, but they also stop the wind permeating your clothing. Make sure you invest in a decent pair, so they do what they are meant to. It's no fun finding out your waterproof is in fact not waterproof, and rather a sponge, after six holes. 

Don’t layer up too much
It’s tempting to raid the wardrobe and put on as much clothing as possible, but too many layers will lead to a hampered swing. Modern golf clothing is made to be both warm and flexible, so you don’t have to wear a ridiculous amount of layers and risk looking like the Michelin Man on the first tee.

Wear spikes
Time to sub out the mouldies for the winter - you’re going to need maximum grip, and that means spikes. Even if you turn up to a frozen golf course which may seem like spike-less conditions, the frost will melt, and the fairways will become wet.

Change your strategy, and your expectations
There’s no point getting frustrated with your scores or your driving distances in the winter. You need to factor in you will not get as much roll as in summer, the greens will probably be shambolic, and your body will be cold and not working at a premium.

Don't try and play the course the same way you would in the summer. You'll need to plot a new path and try different shots. Be creative with it.

Consider your ball
Should you be playing a coloured ball? Should you go for a ball offering more distance? Is it worth playing a premium ball in the winter months? It’s worth mulling over and considering your options.