We’ve reached the season of little or no growth around the course. However, tees, fairways and greens will hold their color and remain in better condition through the colder weather months. Roughs will brown out and become less coarse. Over the next couple of months Gary and his crew will be undertaking projects delayed from the busy course maintenance months. Please be mindful to fill tee and fairway divots even if they are not yours. Ball marks on the greens may be noticeable also and in need of repair. A little extra attention to the course during the cold weather months will insure better growth and playing conditions in the spring.
Feel good – play the Creek!
As many already know, Jim commissioned a major renovation of the clubhouse grille which will be undertaken in January. In brief, the wall behind the present grille bar will be removed to open the area into what is now the Members Room, which will become the new bar/lounge area thereby enlarging the dining area. The “prime contractor” is master craftsman Greg Oates shown here who is constructing the new lounge cabinetry and bar. The grille and lounge upgrade will be an added attraction for lunch and dinner, community gatherings and other activities.
Julia will hold a Christmas sale at the pro shop on Saturday, December 9th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Summer merchandise is drastically marked down and there will be special prices on all fall and winter wear. Stop by the pro shop and pick up that special item for your Christmas gift list.
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!
The course is in superb condition! The greens are like fine carpet, fairways are plush and tees as good as they get. The growing season is nearing end, but thanks to Gary and his crew’s painstaking maintenance the course will remain a gem to play through the cold weather months. Gary has also overseeded the range with winter rye; look for it to sprout in a week or two and we’ll have a green range through the winter. Enjoy your play ….and bring a friend!
Feel good – play The Creek!
Gail Sheiman and Carol Stamm arranged and hosted a ladies member-guest/guest-guest in October, an event that drew praise from all lady guests not only for the condition of the course but the fine effort and organization of Gail and Carol.
The Aiken Golf Club will hold its club championships the first two weekends in November with senior (55+) and super senior (70+) play on 4-5 November and the regular club championship the following weekend. The event is open to all members of both The Aiken Golf Club and Cedar Creek Golf Club. Registration for the senior and super senior segments closes on 1 November; for the regular division 8 November. Get on over or call Aiken (649-6029) to sign up!
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.
L to R: Bill Allman, Larry Thorne, Tony Venetz, Wayne Ussery, Mike Sparks
The Fall Trifecta tournament is scheduled as usual the day after Thanksgiving (24 November). The two-person event is played as six holes scramble, six holes better ball and six holes alternate shot. Registration is open at the pro shop.
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.