Despite the cold, Dubbo residents are being urged to protect themselves from the sun and harmful UV rays.
Dubbo Golf Club is taking part in Cancer Council's Improve your long game program. It encourages good sun protection throughout the year with free sunscreen at the clubhouse and on the course, as well as resources displayed around the club on reducing skin cancer.
The program is aimed at men who are 40-year-old and above.
Local golf pro Craig Mears said he was hoping to lead by example.
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"As golfers we're often outside during peak UV times, and that's when unprotected skin gets damaged," he said.
"We tend to think that it's only important to use sun protection when the weather is hot, but many are unaware you're still at risk during the cooler months too - especially in Dubbo where the UV is typically high, even in the winter months."
Mr Mears said making sun protection a regular habit would significantly reduce the risk of melanoma.
In NSW, men over 40 are 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma and 2.5 times more likely to die from it, compared to women of a similar age.
More than 100 golf clubs across NSW are participating in the Improve your long game program.
It aims to remind people that it's never too late to star using sun protection. Skin cancer is preventable through easy steps like applying sunscreen and wearing hats.
Cancer Council Western NSW community programs coordinator Camilla Thompson said it was important to have a sun protection routine in place on and off the course, and not just in summer.
"Following the example of Dubbo Golf Club is a great place to start," Ms Thompson said.
Since the program started in 2015, 74 per cent of golfers at participating clubs said they used sunscreen and wore a broad rimmed hat. In comparison, 61 per cent of men at non-participating clubs said the same.
Improve your long game is co-funded between the Cancer Council NSW and Cancer Institute NSW.