Every year when the clock springs forward for daylight saving time, hospitals across the country report spikes in heart attacks and strokes.
It’s concerning to think that one hour of lost sleep can have ill effects on our well being, but you won’t hear any golfers complaining about an extra hour of daylight.
“Every golfer loves this time of year,” said Blake Dodson, the director of golf at Encinitas Ranch. “It soon won’t get dark until after 8 o’clock and with everyone’s busy schedules it’s just awesome to be able to get out there late in the day and catch those sunset nines.”
The extra daylight can make all the difference in the world for golfers, who can now tee it up late in the afternoon and still get in a full round or quick nine before the sun goes down.
Daylight saving time was first signed into law under the Uniform Time Act in 1966. It began the last Sunday in April and ended the last Sunday in October.
Then in 1986 the federal law was amended to add another month to daylight saving time. According to Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, the change was prompted by a large number of lobbying groups, including golf and golf equipment companies. The golf lobby estimated that an additional month of extra daylight equated to an additional $400 million in revenue.
In 2005 with the passage of the Energy Policy Act, another month was added. Now there are eight months of daylight saving time.
Golfers relish those twilight and super twilight tee times. At Twin Oaks in San Marcos, the weekday twilight rate is $35 and $25 (super twilight). At Carmel Mountain Ranch, it’s $33 for twilight and $25 for super twilight. At Oaks North, an executive course in Rancho Bernardo, weekday twilight rates are $20 and $15 (super twilight).
At Encinitas Ranch, twilight starts at 2:30 p.m. for JC Players Card members and Encinitas residents. Super twilight kicks in at 4:30 p.m. Add in Happy Hour specials from 5-7 p.m. and it’s tough to imagine begin anywhere else at that time a day.
Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years.