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Allergy Tips for Golfers

For golfers with allergies, a day on the course can also mean suffering through sneezing and watery eyes. Here are some strategies to help your game from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

  1. Make a Later Tee Time

    Plants release pollen early in the morning, shortly after dawn. Peak pollen hours are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Although it might be tough to get in an entire round, try booking a twilight tee time, when pollen levels are lower.

  2. Check the Pollen Forecast

    Use the ZYRTEC® Allergy Forecast Tool and AllergyCast app to track pollen counts in your area. This simple tool will help you learn which types of pollen are prominent in your area. (Click here for more information.)

  3. Look for True Links Courses

    Pollen from trees like ash, beech, birch, cottonwood, elm, maple and oak can trigger allergies as much as grass and ragweed can. True links courses have fewer trees and are worth considering.

  4. Know Where Pollen Thrives

    Planning a golf getaway? Look for a destination with lower pollen counts when you’ll be traveling. The AAFA website can show you where it’s peak season for allergies, and where the pollen count is low.

  5. Reduce Allergens Inside, Too

    Consider leaving golf equipment outside, where pollen can’t transfer from bags and clubs to curtains and carpet. Also, don’t hang clothing outside to dry where it can collect pollen.


Rather than signing up for the first tee time that’s open, the AAFA suggests considering a twilight tee time, when allergens are at their lowest.