Labor Day marks the unofficial end of Summer, and while the season may be coming to an end, there’s still plenty of time to get in a few rounds throughout much of the U.S. In fact, in some parts of the country, there are still MONTHS left to get out on the course (we’re looking at YOU, Texas.) To prove it, we took a look at the list of states ranked by their “Golfiness,” compiled by Golf.com. A state’s golfiness was determined by several factors, including the participation of a state’s golfers, the quantity & quality of its courses, the caliber of a state’s native golfers and the prestige of its tournaments. From this list of ultimate golf destinations, we took the top 5 and determined just how much time is left to play before Ol’ Man Winter hits full force.
The Sunshine State didn’t get its moniker for nothing—it has superb weather almost year-round. Perhaps this is why Florida has more golf courses than any other state, making it the golfiest state in the union. It usually doesn’t see temps below the 60s until around December, and remains in the low-50s for much of the winter. Things get a little chillier in Pensacola in January (the low-40s), but it’s safe to say that it’s always golf season in La Florida.
Golf + retirees? Sounds a lot like Florida, but at the opposite end of the U.S. lies number 2 on our list. The Grand Canyon State is home to the Waste Management Open, which is one of the most attended golf tournaments in the world, making its case for second golfiest state. Since Arizona doesn’t hit below 50 degrees until around January, you still have at least another 3 or 4 months to get out on the course.
The Golden State came in third for it’s golfiness, as it is home to a whopping 916 golf courses. However, because California is such a large state, the average temps range a little, depending on location. If you happen to live near the state’s capital, Sacramento, you can expect the chill of winter to hit in December with lows in the 30s, giving you just a little under three months left to golf. If you live closer to San Francisco, you could golf well into January or beyond as the average lows are in the mid-40s. Residents of Los Angeles County rarely see temps lower than the mid-40s and can expect to golf year-round.
South Carolina—2 Months
Don’t forget a sweater if you head out to the green in the Palmetto State past Labor Day. Whether you live in Greenville or Charleston, there’s only about 2 months left to get in a round of golf in South Carolina, which made it to number 4 on this list. Even if you aspire to check out one of Myrtle Beach’s 100 public golf courses, you better do so before December, or at least check the weather forecast before you go. Dips into the 30s begin in December and could last until March.
The Buckeye State rounds out the list of top 5 states for golfiness despite its relatively short golf season. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s the birthplace of Jack Nicklaus, perhaps the greatest golfer of them all—which is pretty golfy if you ask us. The temperature in Cleveland can get rather frigid as soon as November and typically lasts until May. Since time is of the essence, we suggest you stop what you’re doing now and go play golf. Your boss will probably understand.
Although Texas came in at number 18 in terms of golfiness, we can tell you from experience—the Lone Star state is a premiere destination for golfers due to its incredibly short winters. Texans know that even though Labor Day marks the arrival of fall, it won’t cool down for at least another 3 months. In fact, with average highs in the 80s for most of October, you may want to reconsider not applying that sunscreen before you head out to play.