One important factor when making a tee time is to check the weather to make sure playing a round of golf will actually be enjoyable. You might think, “Hey, it’s the middle of May, the worst thing that could happen would be a rain shower.” And, unfortunately, you would be wrong. 

It was high time for me to get back on the links this week, as a I had a little lull in my work schedule that would afford me a solid, undisturbed few hours to do nothing but golf. That didn’t happen very often last year, so I was looking to get this year started out right. 

When I had to put on my winter coat to take the dog out Friday morning, I realized this great plan I had put together to play golf probably wasn’t going to actually materialize. Typical. My frequency of playing golf usually coincides with major tournaments. After watching a lot of golf on TV, I’m more motivated to hit the links, as I’m sure is the case with many of you. 

I tried to get out the week after the Masters. Didn’t happen. With THE PLAYERS wrapping up last week, I was hoping to try my luck at some tricky Par 3’s at a nearby course in Chicago. Didn’t happen. Instead, I’m sitting on my back porch writing this golf article when conditions are nearly perfect to actually be out on the golf course. 

Timing is everything, I guess, and right now I just don’t have the time to be on the course. Instead, I’m choosing to daydream about hooking drives into the woods and missing easy putts, rather than actually doing it. There’s a lot less frustration in it, but I think I’d rather be frustrated on a golf course than perfectly content doing real work. 

If there is such a thing as Half Year Resolutions, mine is to find more reasons to play golf and fewer reasons to explain why I can't play.

I’m sure you know the feeling.