Yesterday I had the opportunity to play Cog Hill Country Club, past home of the PGA Tour's BMW Championship. My brother-in-law invited me to play in his mens league as one of his regulars couldn't. Any of you that know me know that when I have a chance to play golf with family I'm all over it like white on a golfball.
I played golf on Friday with my neighbor in the heat of the day. Friday reached 95 degrees. Yesterday I played in the heat as well. I think the heat index reached 112 someone told me. In ordinary circumstances playing two days in a row wouldn't have bothered me. I've done it countless times before. After Fridays round I was pumped because I had broken my nine hole record shooting just 3 over par on the front nine for 39. The back nine wasn't as good but I still shot a respectable 87 for the round. On Friday, right around the 15th and 16th holes, I started to feel a little weak and fatigued. I hadn't played in a couple of weeks prior so I just figured it was due to that.
Saturday I got to the course a couple of hours early to practice a little. I hadn't played Cog Hill in quite sometime and wanted to get a feel for the greens. I went to the practice facility too chip and putt. I could tell it was going to be a hot day. The air was stagnent and it was humid as hell. By the time I finished my practice session I was dripping wet with sweat. I'm a Gatorade lover so I stocked up with 4 bottles and shoved them in my brother-in-laws cooler for the round.
The front nine went on without a hitch, but it's the back nine that gets foggy. On the tenth hole I started to get real hot. I mean really hot! It started with dizziness. Then progressed to nausea. I hadn't had anything to eat at this point and figured I was just hungry. I played on thinking I'll eat after the round is over. On a couple of holes, when I would bend down to line up a putt, then stand up, I got really dizzy and started seeing black spots. Again figuring it was due to nothing in my stomach. On one hole I was asked my score and had trouble remembering my shots. On a couple of holes waiting to tee off I had to steady myself against a tree because I thought I was going to pass out. There were two holes I don't even remember playing. By the last three holes I could barely swing the club.
Symptoms Of Heat Exhaustion
- Profuse Sweating
- Muscle Cramps
- Nausea and Vomiting
I experienced all of the above symptoms except the vomiting. I'm pretty sure this is what I was dealing with yesterday. I just wanted to bring to everyones attention how important it is to use extreme caution when playing in the excessive heat we have been experiencing. Please friends. Stay safe outside this time of year and take in plenty of fluids. If you do have any of the symptoms I described above, please stop playing immediately. Progression of heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke. A life threatening situation.