The sun set at 6:19 this evening. Just enough time for me to quickly hit a bag of balls after work.

Trying to balance golf, career, and life, I follow sunsets on Wednesdays and Thursday with strong interest. You see, I get off work at 5:30 p.m. By the time, I navigate the back roads to the driving range nearest to my home, it’s nearly 6:00.

I play or practice golf twice a week. Once on the weekend, usually Saturday. And once mid-week, either Wednesday or Thursday.

In July, I could walk nine holes with ease—even hit a bag or two of balls afterwards. But these days, a brief traffic jam or a delayed exit from work could alter my early evening plans to hit a few range balls.


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I love the fall. This season brings football and family holidays—some of the best times of the year. But it also brings the dreaded time change, which arrives in just three weeks. And while October weekends are ideal for playing, the weekdays have little to offer in terms of golf.

For those of us who work the standard 40 hour, 5 day work week, thirty minutes of practice on an October weekday is about all we can hope for.

But I’m determined to keep playing, somehow, throughout the fall. I want to reestablish my handicap for spring tournaments, to finally get some sort of feel in my short game (is it possible?), and not lose any progress I’ve made since rediscovering this sport in the spring.

Most amateur golfers hybernate in the winter. I’m going to try my best this fall and winter to stay as sharp as possible. Maybe I just need Jack Nicklaus to come build a course in my backyard.

So how do you handle the winter golf doldrums? Do you have a practice schedule? Do you play at all? Any advice?