Eileen Forbes got her Hole in One at Valley Ridge Golf Club last season. We traditionally embroider a towel from the golf course with the date and hole # where the moment of brilliance accomplished. We presented her with her towel in February at her indoor Short Game lessons where she could shared this triumph with fellow Golfaround members.
These changes have been made in an effort to modernize the game and eliminate several unusual rules that were confusing and also speed up play. Some of these changes will impact a players thinking, that said, there are several basic rule changes that will come into play for casual golfers.
The new rules will increase the pace of play if managed well. Golfaround has always promoted Ready Golf resulting in a great pace of play and I found it interesting to see some of the new rules support what many of us have already been doing. Watch this video as it demonstrates a number of the rule changes, a big thanks to Debbie McKelvey for sending it to us.
Clubs will have local rules that they will implement and follow and I think the majority of Golfaround members already follow a set of local rules. Some of the new rules will impact us:
The flag stick can be left in the hole and if your ball hits it you do not have to incur a penalty. Initially I thought this may hurt pace of play but when you all agree that you are going to leave the flag in it did save time. In addition, it will eliminate green damage caused by inappropriate removal and placement of the pin.
Goodbye water hazards, hello “penalty areas.” The new rules do away with traditional terminology and include hazardous spots now called penalty areas. For one penalty stroke, you may use specific relief options to play a ball from outside the penalty area. The penalty area could be a dry ravine, thick woods, a pond or any area you can’t hit your ball from.
Local Rule for out of bounds, lost ball
As recreational golfers we play ready golf and only take one mulligan (do over) per nine holes so we would probably drop a ball where we think it went in. Provisional balls are played in Pro circuit and some tournaments but we wouldn’t hit a 2nd ball or return to the tee to hit another ball as the Pros would. The same local rule applies to a lost ball, with the player able to drop in the fairway across from where the previous ball is estimated to have come to rest.
Take a knee
Speaking of all these drops, players should drop the ball from knee height instead of shoulder height whenever a drop is specified for relief.
There is a quiet & discreet way to use our toys, they can hinder pace of play if not used properly. In professional play distance-measuring devices used to be prohibited unless the committee allowed them. Our local rules have always allowed them as the new rule now states. But don’t expect to see them in the U.S. Open anytime soon.
The old double-hit
There is no longer a penalty for hitting a ball multiple times on the same swing. The old rules stated that if a player swung and hit the ball more than once, the player had to count the stroke and take a penalty stroke.
Time to look for a lost ball has been reduce from 5 min to 3 min, the Golfaround local rule is to go have a quick look and if you don’t find it drop a ball and continue on. How will I count – 1 stroke
You now get a free drop or you can move it, so we don’t have to play it where it lies. Nice to know we don’t have to take a stroke for this anymore.
As a recreational golfers in Golfaround rules are not that important, having said that it is important to have this knowledge if you are going to compete in tournaments or want to keep an accurate score for handicapping purposes. The main change as we see it would be leaving the flag stick in place vs minding and pulling it & and the penalty strokes will improve our scores….Hey I like that.
Edmonton Golf Show Expo Centre, Hall C
March 9 & 10
Calgary Golf Show BMO Centre Hall B
March 23 & 24
Baby it’s cold outside!!! There is a mountain of snow on the ground and a couple of months for winter activities, but Spring is coming. Are you sick of snow, blizzards and shoveling your driveway? Get out of the cold to experience a taste of the spring that is on its way by visiting the Golf Show this month, it will lift your spirits. The March Golf Shows kick off the golf season for us and many avid golfers.
Reasons to attend:
Sharpen your skills by getting a bit of instruction, attending informational seminars or participating in hands-on lessons or skills clinics.
Visit the Clearance Center to purchase golf equipment and apparel, the discounts alone make it well worth the trip.
Check out the “stay & play” packages and new destinations to travel to to golf.
Take a test drive trying out a club before you buy. An area is available for golfers to test the latest equipment from an assortment of manufacturers.
Enter contests where you win prizes, I am not sure what they will have to test our skills this year but there always something.
Win prizes and giveaways by registering to win door prizes & drawings.
Please join me in welcoming Lyn Propp to the Golfaround team as the Edmonton Coordinator. I am excited to work with her and get know her better, I do think she is a great fit. She has been a member of Golfaround for the past three years, and originally joined with work friends to have fun and relax from a stressful job. During that time she worked for Postmedia Inc. which was the head office for the major newspaper chain across Canada including the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, and Calgary Herald etc. Her position was as Manager, Sales Operations in which she lead a team of over 50 people all across western Canada. Taking a volunteer buyout two years ago she has mainly enjoyed her time golfing with her new Golfaround friends, curling and renewing her passion for Art.
We are changing things up this year and will be hitting balls north and south on Thursday nights starting January 10 at the Eaglequest Golf Dome at Fox Hollow Golf Course. This will change it up a bit and offer some of the south girls the opportunity to stay south. We will visit the National Golf Academy (NGA) Golf Dome in the south on 50th Ave SW January 17. Watch for an e-mail early in January that will include a schedule and some more details.
The weather gods smiled once again and provided 64 Edmonton Day, Evening and Beginner ladies with 21 deg temps and even cleared the smoke from the skies. Clan members, attired in their finest highland attire were given three games to mess with their scores during their round, including the Loch Ness Poop Challenge and Move Yer Arse Agnus. In keeping with the Ode to Scotland theme, $174.30 was collected in the Curse Cups placed in each golf cart. That’s approximately 10 curses per clan, although some cups were noticeably heavier than others! The 50/50 draw was won by Trish Clare who will be using her $165 to pay for some fall golf. Winners: Kim Tynacity for Closest to the Pin; Miala Evans for Longest Drive AND Ball in Creek, Lesley Mitchell for Ball in the Sand, Ellen Frombach for Closest to the Target and Hiliary Propp (guest of Lyn Propp) for Longest Putt. Clan MacEwan (Lorna Farkas, Karmelita Tolpolski, Jennifer Dowdle and Therese Kehler) won Highest Score. Clan MacKenzie (Paige Nelson, Joan Miller, Joey Matwychuk and Michelle Orgill) won Most Honest Score. Best dressed was Lesley Lambert. Although Honourable Mention must go to Lorna Farkas who scoured fabric stores for just the right tartan and made herself shorts, a tam and scarf. Tyler Rumpel, Head Professional and Food and Beverage Manager at Jagare Ridge provided us all with hats and a most excellent meal. Who knew gluten free pasta could taste so yummy! In all $339.30 was donated to YESS.
Patti Daye Edmonton Coordinator
We had some good fun out there this season playing around the number of golf courses Golfaround has to offer. I know this year some of us were a more selective on the area of the city to go because of all the construction. Let’s hope we have an extended summer so that they can finish the majority of the projects. The league schedules included Woodside in Airdie and Maple Ridge this year and we hope to include them next year. We would be interested to know why the out of town courses were not that well attended, they were so popular in the past. The Beginner league members discovered Lil Devil and very much enjoyed, it was nice to put some of those other clubs to work and of course the bonus was the restaurant/lounge following the round.
I also personally have to compliment the staff and the starters at Silver Wing….love the jokes the starter shared with the ladies to relax them before they went out to enjoy their round. They also appreciated the kitchen staying open for them so that they could come in and enjoy a meal and beverage and swap war stories.
We finally played at Serenity Golf Club this season and even though we did not finish the 9 holes we did get a good feel for the course and really enjoyed it. We look forward to the Sun Catcher 18 and a clubhouse so that we can socialize and talk about our games.
We were challenged again this year with smoke in our province and the golf courses were very understanding when some of us had to cancel or show up and decided not to play. Twenty of us decided to brave the smoke and play 9 holes at Blue Devil because it is one of the favorites.
The teaching team saw some new blood this year and we are extremely thankful to Valley Ridge and The Wintson Golf Club for stepping up when we needed the big assist. We are also pleased to have Tiff more involved with the teaching this year, I know those of you that had her loved her approach. A a huge thank you to Edmonton’s Countryside Golf Club for welcoming us back & Sandpiper for their support and Liz & Leigh for joining the team in the north.
Thank you to all of the golf clubs and teaching venues that support Golfaround each season. We look forward to working together in the future to see how we can all benefit one another.
If there ever was a day when the weather gods paid attention, it was Monday, July 9, when fifty Edmonton ladies drove themselves to the beautiful Trestle Creek Golf Resort, located about 97 km west of Edmonton. Day, Evening and Beginner ladies were thrown together to golf 18 holes on a day when the weather was perfect, not too hot and no mosquitoes. Started off by following the Course Marshall to our holes on the Creekside 9 in an exercise one player described as ‘herding cats’. Despite the multi-level greens with wicked pin placements (nasty to put a flag at the top of a hill with the slope leading down to a sand trap….) a fun time was had by all. Lovely steak dinner followed with their chef separately cooking the steaks for our dietary restricted ladies AND making them a special dessert. I think we need to go again next year!
Patti Daye Edmonton Coordinator