Gosh, this season seems to be flying by. The tourists have arrived and hopefully the kings and reds will follow! Welcome, tourists, to the Kenai Peninsula and to the Friday report from Bird Homestead Golf Course. For those who are staying with us in the Soldotna area, we are located 11.8 miles down Funny River Road. We have reasonable rates, a friendly atmosphere and it’s a beautiful drive out to our course.
We may be friendly, but we definitely have a challenging nine-hole course complete with a driving range, both riding and pull carts, and rental clubs available. The course is a par 37 with total yardage of 3,250 for the men and 2,715 for the ladies. Isom’s Cafe is located at the entrance of the course and has a great menu to satisfy those ravenous golfers.
It’s also a short drive farther down Funny River Road to visit Brown’s Lake, which offers a spectacular view of the Kenai Mountain Range just beyond the lake. So if you’re fishing for some great golfing to complete your vacation, you’ll be welcome here! For any additional information, contact the course at 260-GOLF (4653).
For all the folks who joined us this past Saturday for our Funny River Quilters Scramble, what a riot! It was my delight to sit out on the deck, Dianne Hamilton, to watch the first tee and the ninth/18th green. Packy Dick and his wife, Jonna, were expected to make the drive all the way from Seward, but Jonna fell ill. Our best to her and we hope she is feeling much better.
Packy didn’t miss the tournament, though; he brought his grandson, Matt Dick, playing with teammates Michelle and Jim Bates. George Long also made the drive over from Seward and played on a team with Dave Kumira, who relayed that they both had a great time sharing the round with Gary Effinbeck and Sheryl Tachick.
The ninth/18th hole was the hole with the hockey stick that had to be used as the putter or pool cue. Marilyn Eskelin did her best to avoid having to use the stick on the first nine by making a stunning chip-in from about 40 feet out. Needless to say, her teammates Dick Galloway, Duane Tachick and Mark Hordeman were all thrilled with her until their second round, when they were all forced to spread eagle on the green opting to try their best at a pool shot.
I had my spy on the course zipping from hole to hole in the marshal cart. Mike Reimann is spending part of the summer in Funny River with is grandmother and working here at the course. He’s also very useful in the spy department. On holes Nos. 4/13 golfers had to use the opposite type of driver. Lefties had to use a right-handed driver and vice versa. Mike whispered to me, “They couldn’t get it more than 10 feet for the most part.” (giggle-snort.)
In the end, everyone sat down for burgers, a slew of salads, chips and desserts provided by the quilters; then found out just how everyone else did. The overall winning team came in at even par and included: Steve and Sally Tachick and Roy and Pat Bird. Congratulations for a splendid and fun-filled round!
The men’s closest to the pin honor on No. 8 was taken by Dick Galloway. Kathy Herring took the women’s closest to the pin on the sixth hole. Longest drive for the gentlemen went out to Jim Bates and ladies longest drive was punched out there by Lynne Reynolds. A round of golf claps to all of our winners.
The Funny River Quilters would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this fun-filled day for helping to make the tournament and the auction following golf a complete success.
Tuesday night the men hit the links for their nine holes of best ball. We had two new visitors join the guys. Kyle Grona and T.R. Andreas are up in Alaska from Texas. They came out to the course for a round and were convinced to stick around and play men’s night. Kyle teamed up with Roy Bird and Russ Thomas (who’s now considered a regular!) to bring in an even par score and win the team pot. Longest drive was taken by Roy, who admitted that Kyle had outdriven him, but just barely hit the rough, taking him out of the running. Nicely done by the both of you seeing that we opted to use the fifth hole for longest drive to change things up a bit.
A big WAHOO to Paul Eskelin for bringing in his first closest to the pin on the eighth! He was all grins and attributed it to his fancy new hat. Bravo Paul. Closest to the pin on No. 6 will carry over for the second week. That should make for some good competition next Tuesday. This week’s Stubbed Your Putter Award was a tie between teams including: Mike Gardner, Ernie Pruett and Trevor Hordeman; and Eric Pruett, T.R. Andreas and Mark Hordeman, both coming in at 6-over! Both teams claimed they were just slightly over par when first coming in. (Just shaking my head guys.)
Some great news for our junior golfers. Our resident pro instructor, Rich Lundahl of Lundy Golf Schools in Gilbert, Ariz., has set the dates for his first junior clinic. Rich will be having a three-day clinic on July 19, 20 and 21 at 11 a.m. each day for a one-hour lesson. Registration is limited to six juniors at a cost of $39. I encourage interested junior golfers to contact the course or Rich to register promptly as class size is limited. Call the course at 260-GOLF or Rich directly at (480)227-4924. This is a truly great opportunity because Rich is exceedingly enthusiastic about wanting to work with the younger golfers.
Rich also has private lessons available at the course. The rate for a half hour one-on-one is $30, 45 minutes at $40. Half hour junior private lesson rate is $20. Again, you can contact the course to set up lessons or give Rich a call. I have been greatly impressed with the interest everyone has had in wanting to have Rich assist in improving their game and have the utmost respect for his patience to teach. Golf on divotheads!
OK, trivia time. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the Musselburgh links golf course created the first known hole cutter back in 1829, and you guessed it right, Rob Berahuhn, as being 4.25 inches. Congratulations and come pick up your balls!
This week’s trivia: What is the maximum number of clubs allowed in a player’s bag? A) 12; B) 13; C) 14; D) 15.
Good luck and until next week, may your whiffs be few and your gimmes be plenty.
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