Golf vacation

Plan your summer golf vacation

Drink plenty of fluids.

It may seem obvious, but your energy levels will drop quickly when you’re on the golf course in the middle of summer. Staying hydrated is essential not only to improve your performance on the course, but also to stay in top physical condition.

Although you may be tempted to drink your favorite soda or even an alcoholic beverage, these are best saved for the post-round 19th hole experience. Focus on drinking water and energy drinks. You might be surprised how much of a positive impact this has on your performance and ensures you can stay fully powered up for the rest of the lap.

Golf is primarily a game of skill, but if your attention and concentration drop, your performance on the course will suffer. When temperatures rise, you are at a much higher risk of suffering from heat exhaustion, and your game will reflect this afterwards. When your body sweats, you not only lose water, but also electrolytes needed to maintain fluid balance and muscle contractions, hence the need to consume energy drinks or nutrition bars and fruit.

A general rule to follow regarding how much you should drink is to follow the philosophy of 8-16 ounces every 30 minutes. For a 4 hour ride, that would be a minimum of 64-128 ounces.