Kenai Golf Report: Many come together to improve course

The Kenai Golf Course continues to improve each and every week. The greens are getting faster and the dead spots are disappearing. Dusty Culbreath and Willie Perkins are busy making improvements each and every day.


Last week they verticut the greens again, getting rid of most of the thatch, which makes the ball roll smoother. This process will continue on all the greens for the next two weeks, especially on Nos. 10 and 11.

Each year we have a couple of small challenges to overcome. However, overall, the greens are in excellent shape and will continue to get even better.

The ladies’ tee box on No. 6 continues to be worked on. A temporary tee box will be used for another week. A new walking path has been built on the back side of hole No. 13. Thank you, Dwight Kramer, for coming up with that great idea. Your hard work and dedication to the Kenai Golf Course are appreciated.

Starting next week, Shane Zimmerman will resurface the entire cart path from the 14th green all the way around to the ladies’ tee box on No. 15.

Thirty yards of gravel has been hauled in to get this job accomplished. This will greatly improve that area. This project will take about a week and will not interfere with play. In the meantime, please be aware of directional signs placed in that area.

Shane also improved the cart-path area around the shop storage area, a much-needed improvement.

Jerry Norris is still stacking wood and moving brush. Dale Sandahl continues to move the tee markers around, preserving our tee boxes as much as possible.

Brent Mello and Patrick Moore are working on our sand traps after the sprinklers have been set at night. They water the greens and tee boxes all night long when it is not raining.

Doug Haralson is doing an outstanding job mowing our fairways. He has made a big difference in defining and in some cases redefining all the landing areas on the course. He’s in the process of making walking paths down a number of the fairways. Great job, Doug! Keep up the good work.

Charlie Waguespach is also doing a great job on our roughs. The roughs and fairways are growing a lot these days and the definition is really apparent.  

Senior play

The seniors took to the course on June 26 and braved the cold, rainy morning. Dwight Kramer won low gross with a 39. Tom Allison won low net with a 34, and Dwight Kramer won closest to the pin at 14 feet, 10 inches. During this competition, Tom Allison eagled No. 2. This was Tom’s first eagle on that hole and he was very excited about it. Congratulations, Tom, on a great shot!

Men’s Night

On June 28, Men’s Night was designated Big Thursday. It is called Big Thursday because the entry fee is $25 rather than the usual $10, with all the prize money going to the winning teams. Twenty-nine players took to the course that night, which was our biggest Men’s Night this year.

The winning team, at 3-under, included Mark Azzara, Bret Gentus, Dan Williams and Pat Burger.

Three teams finished at 2-under. Each team picked one player for a chip-off on No. 10. After three tries at hitting the green, the team of Gilbert Arellano, Mick Wykis, Dana Bassell and Bill Taylor finished second.

The third-place team consisted of Doug Haralson, Joe Deveaux, Kyle Swan and Vince Simiac. The fourth-place team included Tommy Carver, Dwight Kramer, Matt Federle and CJ Henley. Congratulations to all the participants!

On hole No 5, the closest to the pin was won by Pat Burger, at 20 feet, 1 inch. Closest to the pin on No. 9 was won by Mark Azzara with 19 feet, 1 inch. Longest drive on No. 2 was won by Gilbert Arellano with a drive of 295 yards. Great drive, Gilbert!

As you can see, Men’s Night at the Kenai Golf Course is really taking off. After all the play was done, 20 prizes were given away. Some prizes were donated by local businesses and individuals such as Paradisos, the Kenai Golf Course and Mark Azzara.

Future prizes will include gift certificates from Mykels and a meat package from Country Foods. Again, Men’s Night starts at 6:30 every Thursday evening. For more information, call the clubhouse at 283-7500. Come out and enjoy the fun.

Odds and ends

On June 27, Bill Coghill, who recently purchased a new set of irons, eagled No. 18. From 165 yards out the ball took one hop and went into the cup.

This matched his buddy Tom Bennett’s eagle on No. 16 last week. Now, do you suppose there is any competition in that group? Congratulations, Bill, on an outstanding shot!

Stan Pitlo, a longtime player at the Kenai Golf Course, shot an all-time low on the back nine with a sizzling 38. Good job, Stan!

To Mr. Wilson: We have missed you at the Kenai Golf Course. We hope you are feeling better. Please come by to see us when you can.  

Upcoming events

Our next Junior Clinic is July 16 to 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Tommy Carver continues to do an outstanding job with this program. Many thanks to Tony Azzara for his help in instruction for this clinic. The clinic is open to children 8 through 14.

Our next Ladies’ Clinic is also July 16 to 18, 6 to 8 p.m. Instructors for this event include Tommy Carver, Ron Goecke, Mark Griffin and Gordon Griffin.

If you would like to sign up for this clinic, call the clubhouse at 283-7500. 

July Tournament Schedule: Saturday – Brown Bears; July 14 – The Firefighters; July 20 – United Way; July 28 – The Alliance; July 29 – KGA, also an Atigun Cup Event.

July 19, 20 and 22, the Walker Cup Competition will be held at the Kenai Golf Course. This is a competition between the Birch Ridge Golf Association and the Kenai Golf Association. Last year, Birch Ridge won the Walker Cup back. This year we are looking forward to seeing them at the Kenai Golf Course. Congratulations, again, on your win last year.

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has played the Kenai Golf Course this year and I also appreciate all the positive comments and suggestions that you have given us. We will continue to make every effort to make your golfing experience a pleasant one.

As always, see you on the course.


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