It's now or never for grass

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009

Someone did some serious rain dancing this past week. Crazy stuff -- sunshine on one side of the clubhouse and pouring down rain on the other. Did you get the hail as well? If the fairways and greens don't perk up I don't know what it will take.

Hello everyone and welcome once again to Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road and can be reached by phone at 260-GOLF.

Another fun week, and more to come. On Saturday, teeing off at 11 a.m. is the annual Association String Tournament. Cash prizes for placing, prizes and, of course, food after the game. Remember that each team gets enough string to hang themselves if they aren't careful, but keep in mind it can help you as well. A fun twist to a great game. Come on out and join in the fun. Call or show up early and we will get you set up. This is a blind draw, so you will fit in anywhere!

Tuesday night foun birdie, long drive and on the winning team. PZ, Jeff Gilman and Bruce Skolnick completed the winning team. Closest to the pin on No. 8 went to Bruce and closest to the pin on No. 6 went to Roy Bird. These guys have a great time, so come on out and join them on Tuesday nights, teeing off at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday morning there were 12 senior golfers. (Not all senior, but a couple of them had notes from home.) So come out and join this group. We need some more men, these women are starting to get a little chippy. One of the young'uns who played chipped for a birdie on No. 1 from about 30 yards out. Congratulation to Amanda Bird for that great shot. Closest to both Nos. 6 and 8 were carried over until next week. Paul Eskelin took the longest putt, and the winning team was Amanda Bird, Pat Bird and Marilyn Eskelin. Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Good fun for all.

Thursday evenings are our weekly clinics. Come brush up on the swing and putt. Bill gives instructions each week for a small fee and helps us put things back on track.

Remember the ABC's of Golf? Here is one more to think about:

Take the stroke control.

Believe it or not, this one is actually legal!

So as not to inflate a golfer's handicap due to (supposedly) one or two particularly horrible holes, there is actually a limit as to the number of strokes one may record on any given hole.

A particularly poor golfer (as are all golfing novices) may not, for example, record anything higher than a triple bogey.

If this little rule does not appear to offer much relief, one might consider the not-unlikely scenario of plunking four straight tee shots into the moat surrounding a quaint par 3.

Teeing up for the ninth shot of the hole with the moat yet to be negotiated, not even Mr. Magic could bibbity, bobbity, bogey this hole and a triple-bogey six is an appetizing alternative!

Additionally, one might take heart in learning that a triple bogey on each of the 18 holes would result in a score of about 125, which is some 50 strokes lower than one probably would have scored.

So, when you've butchered a hole to the extent that it's time to cut your losses, simply pick up your ball (assuming you can find it) and remark to the scorekeeper: "I'm out of this hole! Better just give me the old triple."

Hope to see you out on the fairways this week. I'm off for a lesson, the sky just opened up. It will change in a few minutes, maybe. See you next week.

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