March 2007 - Column:

We’re moving into spring golf play!

From The Golf Pro
By Dave O'Connor

Hole In One’s

I am sorry to say but I missed recognizing George Yohler’s Hole In One last fall.  I would like to congratulate Mr. Yohler for Acing Choctaw #9 on August 12, 2006.  George hit a 7 iron 160 yards that landed on the green and went right into the cup.  George was playing with his good friends Ray Hass, Sean Coffey and David Coffey that special day.  This was George’s third Hole In One of his career.  

From the Golf Committee

The Members of the Golf Committee for 2006 are Alex Henderson (Chairman), Tom Cottrell, Ken Varisco, Duncan Knapp (MGA President), Pat Crimmins, Mary Tanner (WGA President), Dick Wendelburg, Cindy Cottrell, and Mike Monroe.  If you have any questions or concerns with anything in golf, please do not hesitate to give them a call or email, they will be more than happy to address your concerns.

If you have any questions concerning the renovation of the club house or the greens on Cherokee, they will be more than happy to try to answer them for you.  If they cannot answer the question, they will find out and get back with you. 

Support Your POA Golf Shop

Did you know that the golf shop and all of its contents are owned by the POA?  All golf members receive a 20% discount on all soft goods, golf bags, golf shoes, and golf balls.  Property Owners who do not have the Golf Membership receive a 10% discount.  We also match the price of golf clubs sold at the discount stores.

We carry two or three of the top brands of golf clubs which include Callaway and TaylorMade.  We have quite a few members feel they have to go to the discount stores to purchase their golf clubs but that is totally unnecessary.  I don’t mind if you go to the PGA Superstore, in fact I encourage you to go there or Edwin Watts or any other discount store.  You will have fun looking at the many different types of clubs in all those shafts, but you will not get a better price than what we will give you at your very own golf shop.

However, you do not have to go to these superstores if you don’t want to.  We can fit you better than anyone selling golf clubs plus we won’t charge you the member for the fitting.  If we do not stock exactly what you need, we will special order it and you should receive it within 7-10 business days.  If you think about it that is not a long wait when you are making such a large investment.

You will find that if something happens to one of your golf clubs, you won’t have to drive all the way back to the discount store to have it fixed or replaced.  If something happens to your golf club, we will send it back the same day you bring it to us. 

Clinics for 2007

Men’s Golf Clinics - Men’s clinics are currently being held every Friday from 12:00 until 1:30 p.m.  The cost will remain $20.00 per clinic for members and $25.00 per clinic for non-members.  The sign up sheet will be located in the golf shop and the clinics will be limited to the first 8 players who sign up.

Sign up early, they tend to fill up fast.  Golfers of all abilities are welcome to attend.  The clinics are scheduled 12 months of the year, weather permitting.   Please call before you come down to the golf shop if you think the weather is questionable.  Also, if there are less than 3 players signed up for the clinic, the clinic may be cancelled.   

Ladies Golf Clinics - Ladies clinics are held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. during the spring and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer.  The cost will remain $20.00 per clinic for members and $25.00 per clinic for non-members.  The sign up sheets will be located in the golf shop on the bulletin board.  The clinics will be limited to the first 8 players who sign up.

We spend the first hour on the full swing and the last ½ hour on different aspects of the short game, which include chip-n-run, pitch shots, bunker shots, putting, and trouble shots. The clinics are scheduled 12 months of the year, weather permitting.

Please call before you come down to the golf shop if you think the weather is questionable.  Also, if there are less than 3 players signed up for the clinic, the clinic may be cancelled.

Other Special Golf Instruction for 2007

I will be holding many one-day special golf classes that will concentrate on certain parts of the game.  The first type of class will be a short game clinic that will last approximately 3 hours.  The cost will be $40.00 per person ($50.00 for non-members) and limited to the first six players who sign up.  We will spend the first two hours on the driving range and putting green learning and practicing the pitch shot, the chip-n-run, the sand shot, and putting.

The last hour we will go out on the golf course and practice some real live situations.  If you are interested, call the golf shop and give me your email and I will make sure I send you an email of the dates and times these short game clinics will take place.

I will also be having several one-day golf schools.  They will be four hours long and we will spend two hours on the driving range learning and practicing the full swing.  The final two hours we will go out and play as many holes as possible for two hours.  The cost of a one-day golf school will be $75.00 per person (non members $85.00).  We will limit the number of participants to four players.  If there are less than four players, the cost will be slightly higher. 

We will also schedule some one-hole playing clinics where all four players pick a hole that gives them trouble and we go onto the golf course and play that hole.  We will have to hold those late in the afternoon when the golf course is not too busy.

The cost will be $25.00 per player ($30.00 for non-members) and the clinic should last an hour to an hour and a half.  All the clinics will be posted on the bulletin board located in the golf shop and if you are interested in any of the above, give me your email address and I will email you when I schedule one. 

Weekly Couples Twilight Couples Golf

The Couples Twilight golf will play its first event Friday March 30, 2007.  Every Twilight event will be a nine-hole event that will begin with a 4:30 p.m. shot gun.  This is a couple’s event where the golf shop staff makes the pairing and the foursomes play a nine-hole Scramble.  All couples will be split from their spouse to play the nine-hole event.  If you are new to the group or a beginner golfer, we do make special arrangements so you can play with your spouse for the first few times.

The cost of the event will be $28.00 per player, which includes a 9-hole cart fee, dinner, and prizes.  You may charge this entire fee to your lot or pay by cash or credit card.  If you do not have a Golf Membership, you must pay the 9-hole green fee.  Players must sign up one week in advance so we can make the pairings.

The following dates are the Twilights for the summer, mark your calendar;  April 13, May 18, June 22, July 20, August 17, September 21, 2007 and October 19.

Holiday Couples Golf

There will be three Holiday Couples Events this year, Memorial Day Couples, Monday May 28,(8:00 a.m. shotgun), July 4 Couples, (8:00 a.m. shotgun), and Labor Day Couples, September 3, (8:00 a.m. shot gun).  All players must sign up at least 7 days prior to the event and the field will be limited to the first 72 paid players.

If you are a player in which your spouse does not play, call the golf shop and we will help find you a partner.  Your spouse can join you for lunch or dinner.  If you sign up less than seven days in advance, you will play based upon space availability.  You may sign up as a foursome or as a twosome.  If you sign up as a twosome, the golf shop will help pair you with another nice couple.  Look in the golf shop for entry forms. 

Golf Shop Hours in March

During the month of March the golf shop will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. seven days a week.  The first tee time will be 8:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Junior Golf Schools

The dates for this year’s Junior golf school are now set.  You may register your child as far in advance as you wish, but to hold a place you must submit a check, cash or charge it to your lot in the golf shop at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the golf school.  The cost of the school will be $175.00.  The school will be limited to the first 24 children.  Please make all checks payable to Big Canoe POA.

Your child must wear proper golf attire.  No denim, no T shirts and all shirts must have a collar.  Girls can wear a blouse without a collar but they may not wear T shirts.

Each child must have their own set of clubs and golf bag.  The child will be walking and carrying their golf bag so make sure the golf bag does not have too many clubs and balls.  If your child does not have a set of clubs, we can provide a set at no charge.  You must call the golf shop and make an appointment to have your child measured so we will have time to cut down some clubs for them to use.

We also stock junior golf clubs for children of all ages and sizes.  We also stock golf gloves in children’s sizes.

The golf school will provide all the golf balls when the child is playing on the golf course.  The golf school will provide all the range balls when the child is practicing.

The child should have a golf glove for their left hand if they are a right handed player.  If they are a new golfer, it is recommended the child have a golf glove on both hands.

The children should wear golf shoes with soft spikes or sneakers.  If the child is a real beginner, we highly recommend sneakers.  The child will not damage the greens walking in sneakers but he will do damage to the greens if he/she does not know how to walk with soft spikes.

The child should have a baseball cap; this will help keep him/her cooler when it is hot and sunny.

Have your child put on sun screen and or bug spray before they get to the golf school.  If they do not put it on before the school, place some in their golf bag and we will assist them if needed.  If your child has an allergy to sunscreen or bug spray, please let us know so we do not give them any. 

Have your child’s name on every club as they tend to put them on the ground and others may pick them up

Power Ade or lemonade and water will be accessible at all times during the golf school.

Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m. and they will be eating on the outside patio located behind the golf shop.  Children should be picked up no later than 12:15 p.m., please be prompt.  Sign up sheets are posted in the golf shop.

Junior Golf School Date
June 4, 5, 6, & 7
July 9, 10, 11, & 12
August 6, 7, 8, & 9

We will have an Adult-Child golf tournament on the final day of each golf school and it will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shot gun start.  The August school may have to start at 4:30 p.m. due to the renovation of Choctaw.  SIGN UP NOW!!!!  We limit the size of each school to 28 children.  Please pay in advance to hold your child’s spot.

19 Man Shoot Out Begins Early, Qualify NOW!!!!

The 19 Man Shoot-Out began February 1 and will continue through June 27.  The finals will be held Wednesday June 28, 2006 beginning at 8:00 a.m.   Don’t forget to sign up to attempt to qualify anytime before you play and you must hole all your putts. You may attempt to qualify any time you play by paying $10.00 for the first attempt and $5.00 for each additional attempt.  If there is a tie for the 19th place, the player who qualifies at that score first will continue to the finals.  All the money collected will go toward tournament credits in the golf shop. 

Women’s Golf Association

The Women’s Golf Association will have their Opening Day Scramble Monday April 2, 2007.  They will have a breakfast followed by a short meeting and golf will begin shortly after the meeting.  Check the sign up sheet for the exact time.

Weather in February was Terrible

The weather in February was extremely cold for a long period of time.  We had 12 days that never got above 39 degrees.  We only had 5 days of rain but the cold weather kept golfers away. 

Golf Special Rate Continues for 2007

We introduced a new Golf Special last year to help fill the slow days and it was a huge success.  The guest and property owner golf special rate will be $41.00 during the months of January and February.  This rate will be in effect anytime Monday and Wednesday and after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The golf special rate will vary slightly from month to month so we can remain competitive with the surrounding golf courses.  The Golf Special in season will be $46.00.  We hope this encourages all property owners to play more and showcase our beautiful golf course with their friends and guests.

Important Golf Course Maintenance Dates

The following is a schedule of the dates we will be aerifying the greens and or fairways.  This will be important if you intend to bring a guest as this procedure disrupts the putting surface of the greens for approximately two weeks.  The greens are still quite puttable, but they are a little bumpy when we aerify them.  We may not aerify the new Cherokee greens in April; we will wait and see if they need aerifying.  We will not aerify Choctaw greens in the spring either since we will be renovating the course in the summer.

Aerify Greens (large holes)
Aerify Creek - April 24;  Aerify Choctaw - April 25; Aerify Cherokee - April 26; Rain Date - April 27.
Aerify Fairways, tees and collars
Aerify Cherokee - May 22; Aerify Creek - May 23; Aerify Choctaw - May 24; Rain Date - May 25.
Aerify Greens (large holes)
Aerify Creek - September 12; Aerify Cherokee - September 13; Rain Date - September 14.

Tee Time Etiquette

I must ask everyone to report to the tee at least five minutes prior to your scheduled tee time.  If you arrive to the tee 1 minute before your tee time you must get ready and hit the ball within one minute's time.  If you miss your tee time you may (a) go out to the fairway, drop a ball and play from there (b) wait for the next available tee time, (c) go to Cherokee nine and play if there is space available.

If you start play on Cherokee and miss your turn time on Creek you will have to (a) wait until the next opening (b) return to Cherokee and play that again, if space is available.

Rules Tip of the Month

Which of the following animals is the “odd one out:” mole, rabbit, crawfish, gopher, dog or groundhog?

Ordinarily, the “odd one out” would have to be the crawfish because it is not a warm-blooded mammal like the other animals listed. However, in terms of the Rules of Golf, the dog is actually the “odd one out” because it is not a burrowing animal!

The Rules of Golf define a “burrowing animal” as “an animal that makes a hole for habitation or shelter.” Thus, the dog, which digs not for shelter but in search of, or to bury, food, is not a burrowing animal. In addition to the mole, rabbit, crawfish, gopher and groundhog, other examples of burrowing animals are armadillos and salamanders. 

Rule 25-1 (Abnormal Ground Conditions) generally allows relief without penalty from interference caused by a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal.  Interference occurs when your ball lies in or touches such a condition, or when the condition interferes with your stance or the area of your intended swing.  If your ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if such a condition, albeit unlikely, intervenes on your line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on your line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

You may not take relief under this Rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for you to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the hole, cast or runway of the burrowing animal or (b) interference by the condition would occur only through the use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

Note also that you are not entitled to relief without penalty if your ball is in a water hazard and there is interference by a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal.

What about a ball lying in the footprint of a burrowing animal? According to Decision 25/19.5, an animal footprint is not considered a “hole, cast or runway” but rather an irregularity of surface from which there is no relief without penalty.

New Callaway Square Driver

Designed to be the world’s straightest driver, FT-i uses patented Fusion Technology that moves weight away from the Center of Gravity. The result is a driver with increased horizontal and vertical stability that maximizes distance with total accuracy.  The 460cc titanium drivers have made great improvements in stability and MOI (Moment of Inertia).

However, the weight of titanium virtually eliminates discretionary weight distribution, which is available in the FT-i Driver.  "Comp-top" drivers distribute some weight by replacing some titanium. It is only a fraction of that possible with an FT-i Driver.  Using materials significantly lighter than titanium creates discretionary mass that is distributed to the extreme perimeter, resulting in increased stability and longer, straighter bombs down the fairway.

We will be receiving a demo around April 1. If you would like to learn more, check out the Callaway web site

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