How to make the most of your day on the course

(NC) Most great golf games are filled with sun, competition and camaraderie, but you can enhance the experience with a few tips that have less to do with your swing, and a lot to do with your 18-hole enjoyment:

Dress for success: The right golf apparel can be as important as the clubs you carry. Check the weather in advance to make sure you'll be as comfortable as possible during play. Determine if you're dressing to impress or to elevate your game. Light, non-restrictive clothing will allow you to swing freely and keep you comfortable and cool in the heat, or warm if the temperature drops. If you're a guest, always check out the dress code at the club you'll be visiting to ensure you comply with the rules.

Choose your company carefully: Your playing partners can have a lot to do with how you play and how you socialize on the golf course. If you're out with friends, you can relax and enjoy the day knowing what to expect. But if it's a game with your boss or clients, always make sure to test the waters. Will they play by the rules or is it just a relaxed day? Are your clients there to play golf or do business? Understanding the landscape on the first tee will alleviate any awkward moments later on.

Create friendly competition: Sure, there's already a scorecard, but you can add more competitive fun to your game by creating a little friendly rivalry. For example, try a little Bingo Bango Bongo - a points based game that awards a total score based on three kinds of achievement: Bingo – first person on the green gets a point; Bango – the player whose ball is closest to the pin when all balls are on the green gets a point, Bongo –the player who is first to hole out gets a point. Add up the points and the person with the highest total for the round wins.

Walk it off : Make a small 'healthy' tweak to your game by walking vs. taking a cart. When you choose to walk rather than drive 18 holes, you'll cover approximately six kilometres and burn around 1,500 - 2,000 calories. Golfers that ride carts will burn only about 1,100 - 1,300 calories.

Say cheers and enjoy: The 19th hole remains one of the best holes on the course. Cap off a great day by enjoying a light meal or a light beer such as Molson Canadian 67, which is brewed to 67 calories per 341ml bottle and 3% ABV. This crisp, refreshing beer can be paired nicely with a protein boost of chicken or fish.