Keeping Cool On The Course

Down here in Florida you may think that our biggest threats are gators on the golf course. Sometimes the biggest threat is the one you know, but choose to ignore- the SUN. Throughout the summer months when the sun is especially strong, golfers need to protect themselves from both the harmful UV rays and the heat. This requires an element of planning and preparation.
We love the warmth the sun provides and the outdoor activities that go with it, but nursing a sunburn after a great game is miserable. A nice golden brown tan can be sexy, but we all know the studies which show that too much sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging (enter Tan Mom). And for guys that enjoy golf, beach volleyball, kayaking and driving around with the top down, this becomes a big issue. So we have learned that sun protection is a must! Here are some essentials to help you stay stylish and protected throughout the summer season.

A Good Hat

Although the traditional baseball style cap is great, this summer you may want to think about trying a bucket or fedora style for a little added protection for your head and especially the tops of your ears.


The need for proper eyewear on the course is just obvious. Apart from preventing the little squinty lines around your eyes, we at Short Par 4 feel pretty confidant that if you can see your game, you will play better.

Arm Sleeve

These have yet to catch on here in the States like they have in Asia, but they are great for sun protection and helping regulate your body’s temperature. The plain white sleeves are a great place to start, but you can also get expressive with your style by purchasing sleeves in a variety of colors and designs. Think of them like socks, but for your arms.


This is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. We recommend using SPF-30 to be protected for your whole round. It is tough to remember for guys, but try to make it part up your warm up routine. Apply it about 15 – 20 minutes before you tee off, so it has time to absorb into your skin. A little bit of planning be(fore!) will mean your hands are not greasy on the first tee. Don’t forget to add sunscreen to your ankles if you’re wearing shorts on sunny days, and avoid those nasty sock tan lines!

Nicholas Nomann
Nicholas Nomann


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