As I stood on the 8th tee at Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course in the rain for the umpteenth round this spring I came to realize yesterday that this spring has pretty much sucked. Sure, we had a great start to the season with mild temperatures in late February and early March, but it has been downhill and depressing every since.
Sports get me outside a lot at this time of year. I can think of just two or three high school softball games that I was able to umpire without a heavy jacket on the past two months. Multiple golf rounds have been played with so many layers on, I could barely swing the club. Under Armor cold gear topped with long sleeve shirts and pants, topped with an insulated jacket and then rain-proof pants with insulated gloves. I've even had to don the stocking cap for a couple of rounds this spring.
And when it hasn't been cold and wet, it's been windy as hell. At the US Open Media Preview Day last week, we had winds of 30-miles an hour on an exposed course with hardly any trees and six-inch deep fescue lining the fairways. I shot an 87 and nearly injured my shoulder patting myself on the back for what I considered a pretty kick-ass round in those conditions. Playing even farther back with that much wind, I don't think many of the pros next month will break 75.
You know what has actually enjoyed this spring? My lawn. Usually, I have to mow two or three times by now. Before heading up north for the weekend, I'm probably going to have cut it for the sixth time already. That will teach me to fertilize. In some yards in my neighborhood, it's taken about two hours for dandelions to grow five inches.
The worst part of the past few weeks has been the lack of sunshine. Gray day after gray day has made it feel more like November than May. It's put a real damper on the usual anticipation and excitement of Memorial Day Weekend and making it to the "unofficial start to summer". And of course, what's in the forecast for Sunday and Monday? More rain and below average temperatures.
Perhaps Mother Nature has a dry, hot, glorious Summer in store for us to make up for this crappy Spring. Although the long-range forecast doesn't look that much better. I guess I'll hang up the drysuit and gloves to dry and get ready for the next round in the rain.