An average round of modern golf lasts about four hours and thirty minutes. This is a great chance to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air on the rolling green landscape of a golf course. For me, the open air is a great opportunity to enjoy a cigar with friends. A good golf course, good company and good cigars make for a fine day of golfing.
Let me be clear that I understand cigars are not for everyone but here are some reason I like them and how to enjoy them during a round of golf:
Golf & Cigars Tip #1: Find Your Brand
To enjoy cigars, find a cigar you like. In my experience, some cigar shop owners can be snootier than wine snobs and others are super helpful to find a good cigar to try. My favorite brand is Drew Estate’s Acid brand cigars. The wrappers have unique flavors that enhance the smoking experience. Some people do not like these flavors. I do and that is good enough for me.
Golf & Cigars Tip #2: The Right Equipment
To enjoy a cigar on the golf course, I recommend three pieces of equipment: a travel humidor, a torch and a cutter. The travel humidor protects the cigars from damage due to abusive contact and drying out in the oven that is a golf bag. A good torch will light a cigar in 25 knot winds. There are not many good places to hide besides behind a golf cart in a fairway. A cutter is good to have but many torches include a punch on the bottom to cut a hole in the cigar wrapper.
Golf & Cigars Tip #3: Sharing
Think back to grade school, when you came to school with birthday cupcakes, you had to bring enough for the whole class. I always pack at least 4 cigars when I play. I know for sure certain golfers i play with will have their own. If we are playing with new golfing friends, I ask first off if they mind if we smoke (good manners) and if they want one.
Golf & Cigars Tip #4: Afterwards
When I finish enjoying my cigar, I make sure it is completely out by dumping water on it until there is no more warmth in the cigar. I do not want to see in the news the next day that my favorite course was the epicenter of a wildfire blaze taking down half the county. My bad!
One of the bad aspects of cigar smoking is the taste of dirt in your mouth afterwards. To lessen this death breath, chew several pieces of dark chocolate after a cigar. The oils in the chocolate help to remove the cigar taste. I still have to chew a couple sticks of gum before my wife will give me a kiss.
Dan’s Cigar Recommendation
What is your favorite cigar to enjoy on the golf course?