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USGA Rules Update

The USGA has released an update to the relief rule that ws amended at the beginning of the year. Here is a diagram that should help easily explain the new, new rule for when you go O.B.

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Mid-Season Form

It's still relatively early in the season, despite the temperatures, and the course is in fantastic condition! I've spoken with many members who are telling me that the fairways and greens couldn't be much better! Stevie and his guys really deserve a lot of credit. Those guys have worked their tails off to get and keep the course in the best possible playing condition, and it has really been showing lately! With the fairways and greens looking the way they do, we can look forward to a lot of great golf this year! Make sure you come down and see for yourself just how nice the course is playing!

Charity in Golf

My favorite thing about the world of golf is how so many people have been able to use golf to help others in need. From local charity tournaments and fundraisers to PGA events, no other sport can hold a candle to golf when it comes to charity! Almost everyone who golfs has taken part in at least one charity fundraiser tournament. When we can get together, go play a round of golf, have a great time in doing it, and in the end it helps out sick children, or a family in crisis, or goes towards research to cure a medical condition, that my friends is indeed a beautiful thing! Look into local tournaments being held at your favorite course and see how you can be a part of being something bigger than the game itself. It is a great feeling being able to help each other in our times of need and spreading goodwill in your community while enjoying the game we all love, the beautiful game of golf!

Improving your score

So maybe you’re more than a weekend warrior. Maybe you’re striving to get better at golf and really looking to break some scoring marks this year. If so, here are a few helpful tips to get you where you want to be, and not get frustrated during the process.

Set scoring goals that are lofty, but realistic. Don’t try to shave 10 strokes of your game in one summer, that probably isn’t going to happen unless you have some serious time to invest! Instead focus on cutting 5 strokes out. This can be accomplished with a lesson or two and some good practice time at the range. Instead of trying to break 80 or 90 or 100, work on your putting. You use your putter more than all the other clubs combined! If you can improve with the flat stick, your scorecard will reflect your efforts!

Always try to improve your game. One of the great things about golf is that there is always room to improve, no matter how good you are. Just look at the Pros, they still practice in order to get better. Be diligent, golf is not an easy game, and it’s certainly no small task to make yourself a better player, but it’s not impossible! Above all, remember that golf is just that, a game. Always try to get better, but make sure you always remember to have a good time doing so!

Pack your bags!

Time to get your golf bag ready! Of course you'll need balls and tees, but what else to bring along? You should have a divot repair tool and ball marker. Most tools come with a marker, or if you want to save a couple bucks, use a tee and a quarter. Either way, you’ll need to fix a divot at some point and probably need to mark your ball on the green, be prepared, and always conduct yourself with the proper level of respect and etiquette. Some type of insect repellent or bug spray is a survival item in the middle of summer. I enjoy catching some twilight rates but just before dusk it’s as if the forgotten plague of the black flies begins. Not much fun trying to swat flies from your face while trying to tee off or sink a par putt.

From this point on, it really comes down to personal preference. I always keep a club brush and golf towel hanging from my bag, and a variety of odd and end items inside such as band-aids (in case of a blister), a spare pencil, and of course some kind of snack. I like to keep my phone with me, but it is an unwritten rule to silence your phone if you take it out on the course. Photos and emergency calls only, or if your partner or group agrees, some occasional music helps ease the tension and allows you to relax and just enjoy the round. One piece of advice, especially if you’re walking your round, is not to overload your bag. When your bag is strapped to the back of a cart it’s irrelevant, but the weight of every item quickly adds up when you’re carrying it on your shoulders. Pack as lightly as possible when walking without a push cart.