In Chicago in 2011, since golf is an outdoors, recreational sport, weather played an important role. Some nonhuman golfers crawled on golf courses while other nonhuman golfers immersed themselves in water tanks. A historical country club closed. Miniature golf courses displayed their metaphorical, artistic heads.
In February 2011, enormous amounts of snow inundated Chicago. This rare, meteorological event prompted me to develop golf games that golfers could play in a blizzard. (Indoors and outdoors, golfers can practice all year long.)
In March, which is the unofficial beginning of the Chicago, golf season, high, gasoline prices deterred some golfers from driving to golf courses. The increase in gasoline prices were the result of troubles in Libya. (Gasoline prices have slightly decreased since March.)
Evergreen Country Club, which was a moderately difficult, 18 holes golf course at 9140 S. Western Avenue in Evergreen Park, Ill., closed its doors for the final time. This golf course had traditions going back to the early 1900s. (Currently, to my knowledge, no person or company has purchased this tract of land.)
In relatively nearby, Cook County golf courses, coyotes may have grabbed quick bites on small dogs and cats. Besides unwelcome nibbling on pets, coyotes have no caddie or golf skills, so therefore they are unwelcome on or around golf courses. (Where are giant roadrunners when you need them?)
In Chicago’s, July, triple digit temperatures, bears immersed themselves in the cool, water tanks at Brookfield Zoo instead of learning to play golf. However, ants continued to work as they rapidly skittered across hot, golf cart paths. Of course, humans who just ventured outside suffered from these high temperatures and high humidity.
Interesting slopes and sharp angles made themselves obvious at Douglas Park’s, miniature golf course. Flitting and biting, dragonflies, mosquitoes and gnats also made themselves obvious. After sunset and before sunrise, fireflies failed to provide enough light for human golfers.
September, October and November temperatures were milder than the temperatures in January, February and March. However, strong winds occasionally blew strongly enough to topple trash cans, blow golf balls off of wooden tees, and cause golfers to lean forward to avoid being propelled backwards. (Windy City golf is fun.)
In December in Chicago, Jack Frost has appeared. Frosty the Snowman is visiting other regions of the country. Thus, 2011 winds down.