I just returned from a long weekend in Southern California (stops in Norwalk, Yorba Linda, Hawthorne, Upland, Silverado, and Hollywood) to attend a wedding and visit friends and family living in SoCal. My cousin is a golfer and he told me an interesting story that I find hard to believe and ranks in the same category as Snipe hunting that I fell for as a teenager.
He said early morning tee times are such a premium that a couple of courses he plays in the Upland - Pomona area start tee times in the dark at around 5 a.m. You are given balls that light up upon impact with your club. They are like rocks but he said they fly straighter than a typical golf ball and are pretty easy to track in the air and find on the ground. He does this to beat the summer heat and the early morning rush by starting play in the dark and he switches to regular balls at sunrise. I can see some guys I know that hit the gym in the dark and would consider a brisk round of golf as an alternative before heading off to work.
I've played night golf but it was strictly a social event and a reason to party late into the night. So, I guess pre-sunrise golf isn't that much of a stretch.
Is this going to be a trend that moves to the rest of the country or was my cousin taking advantage of my ignorance / gullibility ? Be kind to me in your responses, please. I'm a hick from the stix.