How do you prepare for a golf marathon, that is what is on my mind since I signed up for the 63-hole-tournament in Bad Saarow that is coming up this sunday. The weather will be cooling down a little bit, we will be expecting 16-22° Celsius with a light westerly wind. It still will be a challenge to my stamina, so I tried to prepare as good as possible.
Training is now on a daily basis, on the one day I run a couple of laps – between 5000 and 10000 meters – around my local park. Thats for the stamina. On the other days, I drop by the driving range and work on my shotmaking. You don’t want to think about your swing problems with some 350-370 shots ahead of you.
Is it going to work out? I have no clue. The most I played in one day were 27 holes in addition to two hours of practicing on the range.
I will be taking several golf shoes with me to be able to change in between rounds. There will be a shuttle service that takes you from the course to the parking lot and back to your next first tee. I’ll probably will wear my oldest pair as the last one that day, they are worn out bit comfy, that will help with the swollen feet I’ll have in the late afternoon.
No rain is being expected, so I’ll probably leave the heavy rain gear at home and just take a light shortsleeved wind/rain jacket. This will also help when it is a little chilly in the morning or evening.
Several polo shirts as well to be able to change inbetween. And of course I had to design a special shirt that I’ll wear for the last round (oh, feel free to order it at the Golfer’s Delight Store).
I still have twenty balls in my bag, but I’ll stack up a little, just to make sure. You don’t want to run out of balls at the 42nd hole or so. I have one old and two new gloves inthe bag, this should suffice.
Normally, I carry my equipment around the course, but this time I’d rather rely on my trolley, especially with the extra weight for water and snacks. I drink a lot during my normal round (1,5 to 2 liters), I’ll probably drink some more on sunday. The trick is to put some water bottles in the freezer and keep them in the car for the later rounds, the ice will have melted after a couple of hours but the water will be fresh and cool then. There will be several halfway stations on the course, but you don’t know what they’ll have and when you’ll be hungry. Some bananas and cereal bars will be the in the bag just to make sure.
It will be a long day after all. There is a maximum of 30 players allowed for the tournament. The first flight will be starting at 05:20 in the morning, the last one will be on its way at 06:30. There are 20 minutes breaks in between the round, so a probable timetable for the day will look like this:
06:30 – 11:00 Round 1, 18 holes on the Nick Faldo course
11:20 – 15:20, Round 2, 18 holes on the Arnold Palmer course
15:40 – 19:40, Round 3, 18 holes on the Stan Eby course
20:00 – 21:30, Round 4, 9 holes on the Jake McEwan course
Sunrise is scheduled for 04:40, sunset for 21:30, so the last flight better hurry. As we experienced ourselves, it gets hard to see your ball after sunset, you have some 20-30 minutes left in the twilight.
Oh, almost forgot the most important thing in my preparations: book one hour of thai massage for monday
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