Golf Notes: Crimson stakes and mudders

Golf Notes: Red stakes and mudders

Lately, Golf Notes acknowledged Jim Corsar, handicap 8, for volunteering to position the brand new crimson stakes alongside the sides of the Little River Golf Course fairways. What I didn’t know on the time was the background of those new stakes.

Dave Hautala, handicap 21, donated the redwood from which the stakes have been made, and Jim Ellis, handicap 11, painted them the deep crimson. If you happen to look carefully on the new stakes you possibly can see the skilled care that went into the paint job — in any case Jim is a retired skilled painter and might do nothing lower than nice work. Thanks, Dave and Jim.

A crimson stake on the sting of a golf course fairway signifies a hazard. The ball could also be performed whereas resting within the hazard, if the participant feels the ball could be hit. The opposite possibility is to take a penalty stroke and drop the ball two club-lengths from the place the ball crossed the road into the hazard. More often than not the participant must suck it up and take the penalty drop. Too typically, we hear the agonizing “Agggghhh!” when a participant makes an attempt to play out of the hazard and finally ends up remaining in hassle after which has to take the penalty drop anyway.

Peter Barg and I had a first-time-ever-golf-experience final Wednesday whereas enjoying within the Stableford format. In addition to Peter and I, our foursome was made up of Chuck Allegrinni and Neil Blaney, each southpaws. Peter and I had by no means performed with two lefties on the similar time, in the identical group.

For some right-handed gamers watching a left-handed golfer messes with their head. I recall John Johansen not have the ability to watch a lefty swing. It confused him and affected his recreation. Being left-handed didn’t have an effect on Chuck’s recreation, when he birdied 4 holes that day.

Searching my window this Friday the thirteenth — it’s raining. Dave Jones, looking the Professional-Store window on the course, whereas speaking on the telephone to me additionally mentioned it was raining and, Dave famous, coming down the 18th fairway within the rain was Gabe Jennings. Each course has “mudders” — of us who play within the rain. Additionally “mudding” that day have been Dave and Wendy Miner who’re avid, play-every-day golfers.

Oh, wait a minute Friday, the thirteenth? In 2020? I believe I’ll simply sit on my sofa and watch the rain.

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