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July 22, 2006

On and off and course: Keeping cool with family golf

TERRE HAUTE — We have finally gotten a very welcome break in the weather for some relief from the oppressive heat.

I felt so sorry for all the kids who played in the Terre Haute Junior City Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s hard enough to concentrate for 18 holes in normal temperatures. In sweltering heat it’s almost impossible.

My job this week, as I followed Phillip on the course, was to keep him hydrated and cooled as much as possible. I carried a small cooler with bottles of water and sports drink in it, in addition to ice cubes.

He sometimes chewed on the ice, but as it melted, he dipped a small towel into the cold water, rang it out and put it on the back of his neck. Not only did this cool his neck down, but also kind of air-conditioned his whole body, especially his head. This is a tip we can all use when the heat index gets into the upper 90’s or above.

If you just can’t take the heat, take my favorite tip and take a trip to Michigan! However, temperatures have been in the 90’s there lately too, and not all places have air conditioning, but most of the time Michigan is the place to go if you want a respite from the heat.

You can make the trip relatively inexpensively too, if you find the right course to play. We found a gem of a public course on the west coast of Michigan, with very affordable rates and packages, especially for vacationers. It’s called the Old Channel Trail Golf Course in Montague, which is just north of Muskegon.

The Old Channel Trail GC is a 27-hole course made up of three entirely different nines, built at different times by different architects. There are four sets of tees, reds being the shortest, then white, blue and black all the way back.

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