Football is back!

And that can only mean tailgates, barbecues, all-you-can-eat nachos and beer helmets, right?

Nope.

While couch potatoes and stat geeks will be glued to their big-screen HD TVs from now until February, golfers who are willing to break away on Sundays are doing a little happy dance themselves.

Since football and its mammoth following can keep some golfers home, JC Golf courses are offering twilight rates all day and early super twilight rates during the football season. Imagine getting to play 18 at Rancho Bernardo Inn for $50 or Woods Valley for $30 – on a Sunday!

That’s right. In addition to RBI, all-day twilight rates are available at Carmel Mountain Ranch, Woods Valley, and Welk Resorts in Escondido. Super twilight rates kick off at 1 p.m. Twilight rates start at 10 a.m. at Encinitas Ranch, Oaks North, Reidy Creek and Twin Oaks with super twilight beginning at 1 p.m. JC Players Card holders can tee off 30 minutes earlier at the same rate.

In addition, JC Players will receive a two-for-one bounce-back coupon, available anytime Monday-Friday and after 10 a.m. on weekends.

Football is big business these days, drawing the attention of tens of thousands of fans in San Diego and millions across America. And the craze has golfers smiling from end zone to end zone.

Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years.