It's February and time to start thinking about the
upcoming season. Get out and play on President's Day and
tune up your game for the NCGA qualifiers in March and April. Also check out
the tournament schedule for the upcoming year. We've got a full slate
of great courses for you to enjoy.
Palo Alto Golf Club in 2015
The Palo Alto Golf Club will be alive and well in 2015. The course closing has been rescheduled for 2015 and, as of this newsletter, no concrete date has been set.
The word is that it probably won't happen until June but we've seen closing dates over the past two years that have come and gone.
The club has scheduled a full year of tournaments with some early events being
held at Palo Alto. Later in the year we'll be using other area courses and some
interesting away destinations. Check the 2015 schedule to the right of this
In addition, the city of Palo Alto has agreed to a "loyalty" program for all the golf clubs at the course. For all those golfers who are members of their respective
clubs when the course officially closes, there will be a free round of golf after it reopens.
This will be good for open play and will be a way of getting our members back to experience the new course designed by Forrest Richardson, a leading golf course architect.
Last month we started using the USGA's eClubhouse as our tool for tournament signups and to provide an online method for new members to join the club.
The process is easy and the initial response appears to be positive. So far, we've signed up four new members through the online portal.
If you haven't already set up an eGolfer account to take advantage of these new services, click the link below for instructions on how to do it.
We are fortunate to have members who keep up on the Rules of Golf as published by the USGA.
In previous years that person has been Craig Allen, one of our longest tenured members.
Craig has dialed back his involvement recently but we are fortunate to have member and NCGA rules official
Dennis Barbata who has stepped in to become our resident expert.
In case you don't know Dennis, I've included his picture below.
For those interested in learning more about the rules, Dennis suggest you check out Rhodes Rules School
and subscribe to the weekly email. One recent lesson covered the ways to mark your golf ball.
Did you know that you could use a credit card, your entire wallet or your i-Phone to mark your golf ball?
The rules of golf say that a player "should" use a small coin or similar object. However, the word "should" translates the rule to a "recommendation".
The words "must, may and should" are many times overlooked in reference to golf rules.
Bay Area Senior Games
Shoreline Golf Links is hosting the golf competition of this year's Bay Area Senior Games on Friday, May 15.
The 18 hole individual medal play event is open to both men and women ages 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, etc.
Both gross and net scores will compete for honors in all age divisions.
Register today at Bay Area Senior Games or call (650) 323-9400.
John Frykland, Webmaster