Gary and his crew are looking forward to the growing season, but so soon? The extraordinarily warm weather through February has not only brought thoughts but genuine signs of spring growth. Noticeable as well and as promised by Jim when he told us that both the TifDwarf MiniVerde greens and TifGrand tees and fairways would hold their color through the winter is the course has maintained its “greenness” through the mild winter. Greens are being walk-mowed with only a little less frequency for now, but soon to become an everyday task. And it won’t be long before the fairway mowers come out.
Feel good – play the Creek
It’s great to have golfing neighbors. It’s even greater to have great golfing neighbors. No, not Cedar Creek – we know they’re great. We’re talking about Three Runs Plantation – our equestrian community neighbors down White Pond Road. What is less well known is that many of them are avid golfers. While their spouses are off riding the trails or practicing their dressage movements, the guys (many who don’t ride horses) occupy their time playing golf. The guys gather at least once a week and play at various courses in the area but principally at Cedar Creek and Aiken Golf Club. While some are full-time residents of Three Runs, others are part-year residents who travel from their northern homes to winter in Aiken. During the winter months the group grows to 15 or more but during summer months it shrinks to six or eight. The fellows enjoy a special comradery and good sportsmanship through their weekly get-togethers. While the core group is men, women are certainly welcome to join in. The main organizer, Ron Hopkins, arranges tee times and polls the group for players. Thanks to his efforts, the gatherings afford individuals an opportunity to meet not only other of their Three Runs neighbors, but Cedar Creek club members as well. Say “Hello” and get acquainted with our Three Runs neighbors!
Left to right are Dennis Beaudoin, John Ketterer, Tom Bryan, Ron Hopkins, Kirby Hill, Randy Foco, Dan Venner and Frank De Prince. Missing from the photo is Ron Hutchins, the photographer.
New course ratings and slopes go into effect March 1st. There’s nothing special we need do; proper input of scores adjusted for equitable stroke control as always for the tees played is all that’s necessary. The computer does the rest. There will be, however, a transposition of the red and green tees. The red tees will become the most forward tees, and the green tees will take the place of the former red tees. The adjustments in course ratings and slopes were announced several days ago. In addition, due to changes contributing to the playability of the course made by Jim and Gary during their renovation handicap hole ratings have also been revised and will be announced soon.
We had a nice turnout for the four-club tournament on Saturday, February 25th. Kathy Gilliland took first among the ladies with a net 70. She was followed in a four-way tie for second by Ann Marie Cox, Donna Imbrescia, Linda King and Kim Matthews all with net 72s. In the men’s division Bill Fink claimed first with a net 65 followed by Mike Wittkamp with a net 67. There was a five-way tie for third by Lee Covert, Jack Grados, Dave King, Dick Leach and Paul Sheiman with net 69s.
Masters week is fast approaching in its customary time slot during the first full week of April. Promoting guest play at the revitalized Creek as well as 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 AGC.
One of golf’s lesser known axioms: It is easier to hit a ½-inch branch 30 feet in the air from 100 yards than it is to hit a 3,000-square-foot green from the same distance.