Many of us love to spend nice sunny days out on the golf course having a good time. We spend many hours playing the game we all love. With one of the wettest Spring’s on record it is easy to forget that the sun is still out there. The sun has many hidden dangers that are easy to forget, especially when there are clouds in the sky. It only takes one very bad burn before the age of 18 to increase your chances for skin cancer. So this year be proactive and follow these simple guidelines to keep yourself safe so you can focus on having fun on the course! 1. Use an effective sunscreen The best protection is not to be in the sun. We all know this isn’t possible while golfing. You can protect yourself by using an effective sunscreen. An effective sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Most golfers don’t think they need it, but most golfers forget a round of golf can take 4-5 hours to play and we usually play while the sun is at its hottest. There’s just no avoiding the sun. Therefore, an effective sunscreen is very important. 2. Re-apply sunscreen at the turn. The next big tip is reapplying sunscreen. The effectiveness of sunscreen decreases the longer you are out in the sun, especially if you’re sweating. A good rule is to re-apply sunscreen every two hours. But, who watches the time on a golf course? Instead of trying to time it, just reapply your sunscreen at the turn (after 9 holes). 3. Wear a hat and sunglasses This will help to shield your face from the sun as well as your eyes. Sunglasses are also a good idea to wear especially on extremely sunny days. 4. Stay Hydrated Drink a lot of water and often. If you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Take drinks of water even when you are not thirsty. You should drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces (50 oz if you weigh 100 lbs) per day. On warmer days you should exceed this amount to prevent against heat exhaustion and heat stroke.