5 things about… Cigars and Golf
I’ve again shaken down a cigar lounge pal for information, this time Patrick Martin, golf course superintendent of The Preserve at Boulder Hills in Wyoming, RI. After all, cigars and golf go together like…er, cigars and golf.
Why smoke cigars when you’re playing a round? “Because you can!” came a smoky chorus, led by henchman Valentino Mennitto. “It relaxes you and keeps your head in the game,” said Patrick. “Because you’re smoking the cigar, you can’t take the game too seriously.”
More wisdom from Patrick and the others:
5. The golf course groundskeepers prefer you smoke cigars to cigarettes (and not just because they’re way cooler). “If we run over a cigar with the mower, it’s just tobacco tossed around.” Cigarette butts, on the other hand, aren’t biodegradable and leave a mess. Once again, cigars rule!
4. Never put your cigar on the short grass while you play; these fairways and greens-require constant maintenance to remain lovely.
Also, by laying your cigar down, you’re indirectly putting “keeping-it-gorgeous” chemicals in your mouth.
Along this line, remember where you put that premium cigar. “People set them on the cart and then drive away,” said Patrick. He recommends owning a cigar clip (usually less than $20) that attaches to your bag. Problem? Solved!
3. Remember: You’re a team. If you’re planning to smoke, bring enough in your travel humidor to share. Patrick reminds us, “If all four of you are smoking, it’s another way to build camaraderie.”
Also, if you’re playing this round with someone new, ask if they mind you smoking–before you light up. (Asking while you smoke, according to my favorite cigar smoker, Valentino, “is like taking a turn and then putting on your blinker.”)
2. When you’ve finished a cigar at the lounge, you place it in the ashtray. Done. On the golf course, no ashtrays lie within arm’s reach. With visions of marred short grass, Patrick said a little too loudly, “Don’t put it on the green!”
But do let it go out, even if you have to carry it to the next hole. Don’t drop it and stomp on it. “Please… Patrick whispered.
1. Finally, when deciding the cigar for the course, bring one you know you’ll never have enough time to finish any other time. If it becomes a favorite, you’ll just have to play more golf
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