It's no surprise that most golf is played on the weekend and as a result Sunday has become the busiest day of the golf week. Golf was not always played on Sundays, however. The tradition of abstaining from golf on Sundays dates back to the 1600s with “Slumber Sundays,” or a day of religious observance on the Old Course at St. Andrew’s in Scotland.
Today, over 90 percent of professional golf tournaments include Sunday play, with the exception of Mother’s Day, Easter and Super Bowl Sunday. In fact, this year Super Bowl LVII will go head to head with the Phoenix Waste Management Open over the same weekend in February.
Super Bowl Sunday is actually one of the best days of the year to play golf. If you’re in Arizona for both events, you can play golf before or after the Open and attend the Super Bowl all in one weekend. For golfers elsewhere, not only do Super Bowl parties keep football fans off the course, but the February weather can also deter players from teeing off that day.
Playing golf on Super Bowl Sunday doesn’t mean you have to choose between the green and the game. The game starts at 3:30 PM Pacific, so if you’re an early riser you’ll have plenty of time to play through 9 or even 18 holes of golf, then relax and enjoy some football. You may even be able to get through the course faster than usual because of the absence of crowds.
You can also book your tee time to coincide with the commencement of Super Bowl parties so that the golf course is literally devoid of players. Just turn on the DVR, make sure that the game is recorded, and then watch at your convenience.
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Playing golf on Super Bowl Sunday is a great way to have some relaxing outdoor fun before meeting up with friends and family to watch the game. However, depending on where you live, the February temperatures may discourage you from playing. Check out our discussion on how cold is too cold to play golf to hear the pros and cons of hitting the course in the cold.