By Michael Taszarek ’18
Phoenix’s desert climate allows for golf during all parts of the year versus other climates where the winter season can cut the season short.
The summer heat can be seen as an impediment to golf, but the heat does not have a drastic effect on course conditions.
Brophy competitive and non-competitive golfers alike take advantage of the city’s year-round golf climate.
Max Schwarz ’18, a varsity golfer, said that Phoenix’s weather enables him and other golf team members to tune their games year-round.
“In other climates it snows, making it impossible to golf,” Schwarz said. “If you are willing to bear the heat you can play in the summer as well.”
Schwarz also said that Phoenix’s climate enables golf courses to stay in pristine condition.
“It doesn’t rain very much, so you are able to get good conditions,” Schwarz said.
Head varsity golf coach and scripture teacher Mr. Jon Shores also said that the Phoenix climate benefits golfers.
“Kids from the Southwest benefit from our weather because they can play golf year-round,” Mr. Shores said. “I have encountered some coaches from out of state schools that are limited with what they can do in the winter. Kids have serious limitations due to cold weather. Guys in this area have a big advantage because the only thing that limits them is the heat.”
Joseph Lienemann, a freshman at the University of Kansas and former high school golfer in Kansas City, said there are limitations to being a competitive high school golfer in a climate with cold winters.
“You can’t golf in the winter unless you want to golf in the cold weather, or even in snow,” Lienemann said while in Phoenix on vacation. “It would have been really great to have had a climate like in Arizona because you can golf year-round.”