Why Golfing in Death Valley National Park (in July!) is Something That Should be on Every Golfers' Bucket Lists
This course was rated as one of the 50 most difficult to play in the United States by Golf Digest, and it’s not hard to see why. By the time my round finishes on this clear July morning, the sun will be baking the 18th green with temperatures passing the 120 degree mark. Combined with the heavy, still air of the valley at 214 feet below sea level, this course certainly tests the resolve of any golfer who attempts it – and that’s the very reason why I have come to play. To play the world’s lowest elevation golf course, to dodge coyotes who are chasing road runners, and to sweat out a round that should be on everyone’s golf bucket list!
If you’re going to go to Death Valley I recommend trying it, at least once, in the July sun. It’s brutal, oppressive, stifling, wonderful, magical, and memorable. And there are not many courses who can boast about that.
In the summer, book your round as early as possible. If you’re coming from the East Coast, combine your jet lag (6am in Death Valley is 9am on the other side of the continent!) with the “cooler” temperatures at sunrise. There are golf packages available from the resort that make it easy to get there early – by staying the night before! While golfing in July might be challenging, your wallet will be rewarded. Summer rates are half the price and include complimentary cart rental.
While tee times are relatively easy to get in the sweltering summer months, booking ahead to be the first on the course will also mean that you won’t have to wait for the group ahead of you at any point – which is helpful in the blistering heat.
As always, we welcome and encourage your comments. Would you be willing to do sports in extreme heat? Would you be willing to visit such a hot area?
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