Sergio's Carnoustie choke can't hide joys of summer golf retreat trips up north
Anyone not named Al Gore who watched everyone bundled up in windbreakers, sweaters and rain pants at the British Open could not help but get a little wistful.
Summer in Scotland may not do wonders for a global warming presidential campaign to be, but it can sure make you yearn for the cool, great golf days of fall. Especially if you've been on the West Coast of the U.S. where it seems like the temperature's been permanently set at 115 degrees. Or in the large parts of Europe, the land that air conditioning forgot, where a crippling heat wave means morgues work overtime.
Then you turn on the TV and see the best golfers in the world gathered at at Carnoustie taking on the fashion sense of Eskimos.
Say this for the Scottish weather too: It saved us from some really ridiculous Sergio Garcia pants. He had zany red ones on Saturday, but had to cover them, and take on the look of a Wal Mart worker, because of the drizzle.
Too bad a little sideways July rain couldn't give Sergio something more below the belt. A teddy bear could scare Garcia half to death on a major Sunday.
While the gray skies and gray grass of Carnoustie may be locked into the nether reaches of Garcia's mind, along with his other nightmares like someone beating him out for the lead in Clueless II - it should be in the forefront for smart golfers everywhere.
That's because it reminds us all of the joys of that most overlooked golf trip: The cold weather summer escape. Leaving the freeze behind for a warm weather winter golf retreat is as expected as Lindsay Lohan in rehab. Myrtle Beach, Scottsdale and Florida - some of our very best golf destinations - exist on snowbirds.
But what about vacationing to get away from the oppressive heat, humidity or dry desert furnace blast of the summer? There are flee from the cauldron golf destinations that are every bit the equal of the winter swing havens.
Go ahead. Break out the windbreakers and red pants.
You're guaranteed to feel a whole lot cooler than Sergio Garcia right now.
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