Bird Homestead Golf Report: White legs a sure sign of summer

Posted: Friday, July 04, 2008

Summer seems to have finally arrived. When you see more white legs running around, you know we have finally gotten some warm weather.

Hello and welcome once again to the weekly report from Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road and can be reached at 260-GOLF, where all of our friendly staff is happy to assist in any way we can.

Sunday is our annual Quilter Tournament. It is held every year for a very good cause. These woman make over 150 quilts each year and donate them to needy families. So when you play in this tournament you will be helping someone out who may not even know it yet!

This is a blind-draw, just-have-a-great-time event. The cost of this event is $55 with registration closing at noon and tee off time at 1 p.m. Come on out and see how well you can putt with a hockey stick, or make a hole in one by putting through a toilet seat. This is truly a mix-it-up, great-fun time. Call the clubhouse to sign up and to reserve a cart. See you there on Sunday by noon.

Monday morning ladies day found a few men wanting to play as well so we are going to turn this into a coed play. Every Monday at 10 a.m. come on out and join in on the fun. Monday evening is ladies night at 6:15. Remember the punch card. Play ladies night five games and the next one's on us.

Tuesday evening found 16 men, yes count them, 16 men all ready to walk away with the Atlas trophy. Three teams tied with a 2-under. So they had a chip-off to determine the winners. The team that came out on top was Paul Eskelin, Rich Harmon, Greg Harrington and Roy Bird.

Ernie Pruett made a pure birdie, Roy Bird took home long drive bragging rights and the closest to the pins on Nos. 6 and 8 were a carry-over. So the envelope is starting to bulge on these. Come on out Tuesday at 6 p.m. and put your name in the hat, you may be the lucky one to take the envelope home.

On Wednesday morning, eight seniors showed up and enjoyed a beautiful morning for golf. The view walking down No. 7 was breathtaking, with Mount Redoubt standing watch. All was well that day! Daryll Jelsma walked away with the longest putt and the closest to the pin on No. 8. Hole No. 6 was a carry-over. Drive on out and join our seniors on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.

Keep in mind our Thrifty Thursdays, which are two for the price of one. Car pool out and enjoy the beautiful fairways and greens that Funny River has to offer. The crew is working so hard and it is really starting to show.

July 13 is our annual Kenai Food Bank Tournament sponsored by Stanley Ford. All of the proceeds from this event go into our community to help those in need. It's a win-win situation -- you can have fun and someone will benefit by it. This tournament is a $65 entry fee with mulligans available.

Pick your own team, keeping in mind there can't be more than 2 A and B players on each team. The prizes that Stanley Ford supplies are phenomenal, so come on out and join in the fun. I am on the winning team, so you may have to settle for second place. If you need a cart, call early to reserve one. They go fast. 907-260-4653 will get all the info you need. Call and sign up and we will see you on the 13th.

I just cannot let this week go by with out sending out a huge thank you to Elmer and Pat Bird for their dream. I golfed today and was humbled by the fact that they have put so much into this course, so people like me can golf in Alaska and enjoy the beauty this state has to offer. From a Homestead to a Diamond in the making, come out and see for yourself the jewel shining here on Funny River. See you on the fairway.

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