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Chicago-land golfing may require cleaning your spikes with uncommon items

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Most, if not all, Chicago-land golf courses have golf shoe brushes. These brushes are attached to poles, and are scattered throughout the courses (on various holes and near clubhouses). The poles resemble the letter T; the top, protruding bars allow golfers to hold the poles as they brush their golf shoes’ soles while wearing their shoes. Often, and probably on every golf course that has these shoe brushes, the bristles are worn or missing. You may need to use uncommon items to remove dried dirt and mud from your golf shoes’ soles.

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§ Golf Shoe-Scissors

§ Golf Shoe-Straight Pin

§ Golf Shoe-Tee Point

§ Golf Shoe-Utility Knife

Recent snowfall remains on Chicago-land, golf course fairways because temperatures have not risen high enough to allow rapid melting. Golfers are unable to play. Golfers should use this time-out to thoroughly clean their golf shoes: soles, spikes, shoestrings and upper parts.

Golfers may need to submerge shoes’ soles in water to soften the dirt. Golfers should not place their shoes in washing machines. They should not take their golf shoes to dry cleaning establishments.

Since all Chicago-land golf courses allow golfers to wear soft spikes on their shoes, golfers who played in 2013 will likely discover that it easier to remove dirt from soft, plastic spikes than to remove dirt from hard, metal spikes. If spikes are worn, it is easier to remove them after cleaning them.

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