As is readily apparent, several of the greens haven’t fully recovered from the dreaded winter kill. Consequently Gary will soon undertake a major repair of the damaged areas by tilling, re-firming the base and sprigging. Fertilization and chemical treatment will be applied to promote growth. Naturally the newly sprigged areas will not be playable until grown in. In addition, certain areas around the course that haven’t grown in as expected will be sodded. These areas will be marked as unplayable, i.e., ground under repair, from which relief must be taken to prevent damage to the sod until it has taken firm hold. Otherwise the course has benefited from frequent rains and normal irrigation when necessary along with warm (hot!) weather and is in great condition.
Thanks to the contributions of the ladies 9-hole and 18-hole groups new railings were installed at the steps leading from the cart parking area to the pro shop. Officers of the groups happily posed with the benefit of their contributions. Left to right are the ladies 9-hole co-presidents Chris Lesko and Ann Schneider, 18-hole president Kathy Gilliland, vice president Cookie Caruso and treasurer Pat Shealy.
If you haven’t renewed your handicap service for 2018 now is the time to do so. Those who haven’t at the end of January will be placed in an inactive status. The pro shop staff will be happy to assist.
A major event deemed the “High School Invitational” will be held at The Aiken Golf Club and Cedar Creek on March 23-25. As many as 100 high school golfers will converge on The Aiken Golf Club on the 23rd with the second and third rounds at Cedar Creek on the 24th and 25th. Please note there will be no morning tee times available on Friday, the 23rd, at Aiken and on Saturday and Sunday at Cedar Creek.
A Community Scramble is scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) at the Creek. Open to the first 100 golfers play will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Mark your calendars …..and wear your green!
Looking to the future, Masters week occurs the first full week of April. Promoting guest play at the Creek as well as The Aiken Golf Club benefits us all. If you know out-of-town golfers coming to the CSRA to enjoy the Masters invite them to play both the Creek and TAGC.
With Gary and his staff’s excellent work the course will remain in good condition through the cold weather months. The crew is busy daily clearing and cleaning Mother Nature’s debris throughout the course. Gary will also be completing projects put off from the busy summer season.
If you haven’t renewed your membership and handicap service now is the time to do so. It is especially important that your handicap service be renewed as soon as you can possibly do it and preferably by January 10th. Annual rates were announced previously and are available at the pro shop counter. Mike D. and the pro shop staff are there to help.
The Holiday Raffle was a huge success. The drawing resulted in first prize being awarded to Jim Mitchell. Bill Setter won second and Ken Sabol third.
The grille is now closed and renovation of the members’ room for expansion of the grille and construction of the new lounge area has begun. Reopening hasn’t been determined yet. Please bear with us while the renovation is undertaken. Club members, guests and other patrons are certain to be pleased with the result.
In the meantime and in conjunction with construction of the new bar and its back face there will be a need for new lounge stools. Pledges are being accepted from club members and others for the cost of individual stools – as many as 30 – which through special arrangement and substantial discount at The Furniture Connection in Aiken is $150 each. If more than 30 pledges are attained the additional contributions will be applied toward the cost of renovation. The names of all contributors will be engraved on a commemorative plaque in the new lounge. A pledge form is located in the pro shop. If you wish to pledge please do so by the end of January. Thank you in advance!
Due to closure of the grille in January and non-availability of food and beverage service, the Men’s Golf Association will hold its annual Par 3 tournament on Saturday, February 10th. A concurrent par 3 tournament for ladies will also be held. Registration is open at the pro shop.
Speaking of gifts, how about a gift for the aspiring golfer or even something for those who are looking to improve their games? A great idea! Kenny Evenson at The Player’s School has gift certificates available for lessons for just that purpose. Give Kenny a call (439-2086) or email him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual membership rates and daily guest fees for Cedar Creek have been announced and were previously emailed to the club’s many loyal members and others. CCGC members will continue to enjoy full golf membership privileges at The Aiken Golf Club and vice versa. The annual range plan is now known as the Preferred Player Program and will continue as before – a card-based “membership” that entitles holders to unlimited use of the range in addition to two 18-hole green fees per month (cart fee required) at either Cedar Creek or The Aiken Golf Club. An added feature is unused rounds from one month may be carried over to successive months but may not be used in advance of an indicated month.
In the spirit of the season and as a way to show our appreciation for the loyalty and dedication of the pro shop staff, cart guys and grounds crew to members and guests of the club contributions to a Christmas fund are invited, which Jim will distribute to those who extended their best efforts along with friendly greetings and smiles throughout the past year. If you so choose please leave your contribution with the pro shop staff by Monday, December 18th.
The Cedar Creek ladies 18-hole group closed out another enjoyable season on November 16th with a 9-hole scramble followed by a delightful lunch and awards ceremony at the Grille. The teams were very evenly matched as there was a three-way tie – Judy Long, Cindy Stein, Louanne Langmo & Mary Haring; Jan Pacific, Deb Ridgeway & Judy Farley; and Louise Latsko, Jean Arnold & Jeanne Scarton. Officers for 2017 are Kathy Gilliland, President; Cookie Caruso, Vice President; Marge DePalermo, Secretary and Pat Shealy, Treasurer. Tournament chairs are Louise Latsko, Ann Marie Cox, Jeanne Scarton and Carolyn Davis. Louise will also serve as Handicap Chair, and Louanne Langmo returns as Sunshine Chair.
Most improved golfers for 2017 were Bill Todd and Linda King. Congrats to both!
The annual Trifecta tournament was held on its customary day after Thanksgiving. The event features two-person teams and three types of play – 6 holes each of scramble, modified alternate shot and better ball. The event was conducted with two divisions – men and couples. John Muir and Heather Paddison won the couples division followed by Pete and Jan Pacific. Jimmy Lebert and Greg Priest scored a convincing win in the men’s division with four teams tied for second – Johnny Guyton & Bill Todd, Don Arbaugh & Wayne Ussery, Dennis Conrad & Bill Puz, and Andrew Wilson & Dean Wood. Closest to the pin awards went to Jan Pacific, Walt Koertge and Bill Puz.
The club will host a community golf outing on Saturday, December 16th. Details together with registration are open at the pro shop.
Jim and the staff of Cedar Creek Golf Club wish all members and guests a Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Carolyn Davis and Jeannie Allen from Goshen Plantation were the overall winners. Tracey Silitto and Lucy Loomis from Houndslake won the first flight. Jenifer Ramseur and Sylvie Carey from Houndslake took the second flight. Barb Fischer and her partner, Linda Jerrow, all the way from Raritan Valley Country Club in New Jersey won the third flight. And Kathy Gilliland and Carol Roberts from Houndslake captured fourth flight honors.
Gail & Carole
The annual tournament hosted by veteran Tony Venetz to benefit Wreaths Across America and honor veterans during the holiday season was won by the team of Bill Allman, Larry Thorne, Wayne Ussery and Mike Sparks. The team turned in a sterling 59 in the 4-man scramble.
A summer merchandise close-out sale is on at the pro shop. Stop by and check out the bargains. And while there look at the fine, new fall and winter wear on the racks.
Feel good – play The Creek!
September’s events concluded with a Community Golf Scramble on the 23rd, which was played as a fundraiser for a clubhouse renovation. Together with raffles and private donations the tournament netted more than $3,000. The design for remodeling hasn’t been firmed up yet, but basically the plan is to remove the wall behind the present bar and rebuild the bar in the underutilized “member’s room” thus providing more dining area space. Huge thanks to Michael and Andrea at the Grille for providing a great lunch gratis for all the event participants!
October will feature the Sadie Hawkins tournament, the companion of the alternate year Sammie Hawkins tournament. This year the ladies have the pleasure of inviting and playing with a non-spouse partner in the better ball of two event that always produces some exciting times and an occasional expression of wonderment as the couples marvel at each and the other’s play. It’s on the calendar for Saturday, October 21st. Signup is open at the pro shop.
Veteran Tony Venetz will then host the Wreaths Across America tournament, a 4-person captain’s choice, on October 28th. The event is a great way to show appreciation for veterans interred throughout the Aiken area. Contact Tony (648-5885) or email email@example.com for additional information and a registration form.
Julia is setting out fall merchandise on the pro shop racks. If you haven’t checked it out, do so – many fine, new items! There’s also some nice summer apparel on the sale rack, too.
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