Thursday, May 1, 2014

The 2014 Brooklyn Open

This year's Brooklyn Open will be played on Monday, July 7th 2014, just eight months after its debut last October. According to tournament director Rich McDonough, the event was moved up to the summer for the better weather and playing conditions and on account of some construction planned for the fall.

Otherwise it looks to be more or less the same format as last year's, with four amateur divisions and one professional. Find out more and register at


I am planning on entering again. Considering my bloated handicap you have to like my chances.

I am looking forward to it, even if I'm not sure I agree with Rich about the weather. Last year's tourney had blue skies and temps in the 60s--ideal mild fall weather. Midsummer in the city on the other hand is normally around 90℉ with high humidity. During heat waves, heat indexes can exceed 110. But even that's a welcome scenario when weighed against the possibility of t-storms.

In almost any scenario it will be brutal out there. As I've brought up repeatedly Marine Park is about as sun and wind-exposed a golf course as you will find anywhere. The breezes off the Atlantic Ocean range from persistent to jet-engine blast. The landscape is rocky and desolate and makes you feel puny. With hardly any trees or shade in play, it offers no relief from the elements. Along with the physical challenge of the course, and the round lasting around six hours, I'm fully expecting extreme heat to be a factor in the competition--something I will no doubt keep in mind when I get ready for this thing.

I guess with barely two months to go, the time to start prepping is probably now. I'll go and hit a bucket.

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