Welcome to the 2017 WGC News feed! If you wish to return to the main website, click on the "WGC HOME" button above in the horizontal navigation bar. It is the leftmost button. Your browser's "BACK" button would probably work as well.
To see news events from 2016, click on 2016 News.
Golf Operations has asked that we share the following presentation with our members. It contains very useful information including the names of new POA employees! If you put your cursor on the presentation, an arrow in a box should appear in the upper right hand corner. If you click on that box, it should pop the presentation out into a new and larger window in which it is even easier to view the presentation.
When we send messages to the entire membership via email, inevitably some of the emails are rejected. Such was the case with the following email in which Vice President Biddy Pyle shared information about the March Golf Joint Advisory Committee meeting.
This year I will be attending this meeting once a month. This meeting is a Joint meeting of the Golf Staff and the Golf Board. I want to share with you a little insight so that when you are playing that you can understand what is happening on the courses.
Keith Ihms (Maintenance supervisor)
Dogwood - The Head Maintenance man has moved on to a different job. They are looking for someone to take his place. We will miss him since Dogwood course has been really looking good the last few years. It was also hit hard by the storm we had week of March 5th. Lots of dead trees came down.
On some of the courses you will see that the greens are getting drill holes and filled with sand.
They are looking to change out the GAS carts to ELECTRIC carts. Yes!!!
There is going to be a practice range at Scotsdale. Look to your right when you are playing # 9.
Sr. Women's Tournament ( April 24th and 25) flyer is ready for you to print and sign up to play.
Once a Month there will be a Sr. Men's and Women's Tournament played at Dogwood. It is an individual stableford game. Go to the bvgolf site and check out the flyer. IT WOULD BE GREAT FOR US TO SUPPORT THE GOLF ORGANIZATION'S EFFORTS IN TRYING TO PROMOTE THEIR TOURNAMENTS BY PLAYING THEM.
Golf course ratings: Still in the works. Arkansas does not have a team from the USGA that can rate our courses. So the USGA is working to train a team for Arkansas. Phillip Wright has been working very hard to make this happen. He hopes that it will happen this summer. And that it would be done on all tee boxes. The 4 inch square that is colored to match the tee box on each tee is the distance to the hole via the fairway. It is not as the crow flies. This needed to be done so that we can get our courses rated.
Next tour for Lakepoint is March 21st 4pm. At least in the first week, you will need a reservation for dining. Better to serve few well than many unhappily. Opening in Mid April.
Country Club and Highlands hope to be finished in August.
Leveling Tee Boxes is on Agenda for 2018. If you have a tee box that bothers you let Tom Stephens know.
The Bravehearts group was playing Scotsdale today 2/27/17. Mary and her foursome of Elaine Twyman, Stevie Lamar and Wanda Barton reached the fourth hole with the wind blowing strongly in their faces. Mary pulled out her 8 iron and beautifully lofted it 98 yards, watched it bounce right in line with the pin, roll a little then disappear into the hole. Excitement, excitement!!!
Mary said that Wanda Barton was with her last year when she made that hole-in-one, so maybe those of us wishing for the same good luck should think about inviting Wanda to play in our group the next time out. An excellent shot by Mary for sure, but who knows the strength of Wanda's good luck charm?
As reported by Jean Meadows... It seems that Rosalie Dragland contacted Calloway with her "bonkers" experience (see News story
"Bonker" is born... Dec. 30) and they sent her a NEW driver at no cost and she returned the duct-taped one, all on their dime! WHAT A COMPANY! What a great story!
From Vice President, Biddy Pyle: It was brought to my attention that there were some new tee markers on Country Club between Blues and White Tee Boxes. I called (Director of Golf) Phillip Wright today and found out that at Country Club, Highlands, and Scotsdale we will have 6 tee boxes. Scorecards at these courses will indicate this.
Both women and men can play from any of these tee boxes.. I think this is to get away from tees being called men or women or senior tee boxes. Using colors for names instead of determining who is to play from tee box.
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In January, a couple of emails were sent to 2016 members. Below is the content of those emails which defines play from the red and the gold tees for the 2017 season.
The WGC board met on Monday, January 9th. For the 2017 golf season, it was voted to have red tee and gold tee players compete in separate flights on low gross and low net play days.
On the other play days, all players will be paired and flighted according to handicap as was done last year.
And then further clarification was provided by President Sue Jacobson as questions arose ...
It has been brought to my attention that there is some confusion regarding play from the red and gold tees. The Board voted on ONLY two items with regard to play from the red and gold tees. The first change is the one which was shared in the email sent two nights ago. That specific change is that red tee and gold tee players will compete in separate flights on Low Gross and Low Net play days.
The second change had to do with scrambles. Specifically, the Board voted to change the wording in one sentence on the "Play It Forward" description on page 9 of the 2016 Handbook. Last year, the sentence read ... "PIF tee boxes will not be used in scramble games." This coming year, that sentence will read ... "Gold tee boxes will not be used in 4 person scramble games." This allows for Gold tees to be used in 2 person scramble games as the Special Tournaments committee sees fit to use them.
NO other rules regarding play from red or gold tees were voted upon. Thus far there are NO other changes to rules governing play from red or gold tees. There appears to be rumors spreading that members will have to choose and stay on one or the other tee box this year. This has never been a rule governing WGC play.
If you have any questions regarding WGC play, PLEASE contact either President Sue Jacobson (479-899-1213) or Vice President Biddy Pyle (479-531-1290). We are HAPPY to talk to you about the WGC and answer your questions. If we do not answer our phones, PLEASE leave a message. Cell phones are wonderful but mine doesn't always ring!?!
As the last paragraph says, please be sure to contact either President Sue Jacobson or Vice President Biddy Pyle if you have any questions! Looking forward to an outstanding 2017 golf season with friends!!!
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