Local golf teaser

There is a great deal at the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, which is where the Regions Tradition Senior tournament takes place every year.

There is a holiday special going on for just $99 you can play a round on the course that the professionals play on.

You also get two tickets to the Regions Tradition, good for any day, when the Champions Tour comes in May. You just need to bring your clubs and shoes. Call in sick and come on. Rumor has it they will provide you with a burner phone the boss with your excuse if you want to play during the week.

Speaking of the Tradition, the tourney will be played at the Greystone on May 14-20. There are volunteer opportunities abound for those that want to help between the ropes and outside the ropes. You just need to get on the Regions Tradition website and sign up and check out all the details.

The last 15 days in May will be a great month for golf in Birmingham, as the Regions Tradition will host the greatest senior players in the world. Starting on May 31, the greatest women players in the world will converge at Shoal Creek for the United States Women’s Open.

The 2018 U.S. Women’s Open will be the third USGA championship conducted at Shoal Creek. In 1986, Stewart “Buddy” Alexander won the U.S. Amateur Championship, defeating Chris Kite 5 and 3 in the final. In 2008, Cameron Peck captured the U.S. Junior Amateur, and his 10-and-8 victory over Evan Beck stands as the largest winning margin in Junior Amateur championship-match history.

Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. It is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. The championship was first conducted in 1946 and boasts an impressive list of winners, including Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Julie Inkster, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer, as well as two-time and defending champion Inbee Park.

Shoal Creek was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened for play on Nov. 1, 1977, with three U.S. Open champions -- Hubert Green (1977), Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980) and Jerry Pate (1976) -- playing in the inaugural round.

Beyond its USGA history, Shoal Creek boasts a long legacy of championship play. The club hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, won by Lee Trevino and Wayne Grady, respectively.

Course news

Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.

Junior Golf Clinics are being held from 4-5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $10 for members and $15 a session for non-members.

The $50 off dues membership drive will be coming to an end Dec 31. Two friends can join the club with no initiation fee and $50 off current dues each month.  Call the club office for details at 256-237-4615.

Anniston Municipal, “The Hill” (256-231-7631): A round of golf, if you walk, is only $10 for all day during the week and $12 on weekends. Add $14 for 18 holes if you want a cart.

There is a special rate in place on Mondays and Tuesdays only. That rate is just $18 for all-day golf, including the cart. There are dogfights Saturday and Sunday.

Cane Creek Golf Course (256-820-9174): The unlimited play deal continues to be a great bargain. You can play all day, every day for a low price of $29.

Dogfights are taking place Tuesday and Thursday with registration times ending at 9:30 a.m.

Al Johnson won the first flight of the Nov. 21 scramble with plus-8 points. Bill Fincher was second with plus-3 points. Bob Mosakowski was third at even and Norris Ray was fourth with minus-3 points.

Mike Fincher won the second flight with plus-5 points. Dennis Moyer was second at plus-4 points. Bobby Hunter and Ralph Aldis tied for third with plus-2 points.

Chip Howell and Johnson tied for the low score of the day with a 73.

Cider Ridge Country Club (256-831-7222): On Monday through Thursday, the rate is $44 for 18 holes and a cart and just $29 for Oxford residents. The Friday-Saturday rate is $54 and $39 for Oxford residents.

It is time for twilight rates again with special rates on Tuesday and Thursday for a round started after noon.

There is a special “Bring Your Buddy Package” that is in place that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls and beverages and chicken wings after the round.

There is a special program called Troon’s Troops. It is a military golf program designed to make golf more accessible and affordable for active duty United States military personnel and severely injured combat veterans. Call the clubhouse for more information on the special rates.

Pine Hill Country Club (256-237-2633): There are several dogfights each week at Pine Hill. They are at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, noon Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays.

The Parking Lot Gang hosts a scramble at 11 a.m. each Thursday. Registration is at 10:30 a.m.

There will be a senior two-man scramble Dec. 18.

There will be a two-person family fun team scramble Nov. 22. There will be flights.

The 10th annual Toys for Kids golf tournament will be held Dec. 2. The format will be a four-person blind A-B-C-D scramble.

Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): The first Tuesday of each month you can play golf at Silver Lakes for free as there will be no green fees. You have to have a current RTJ Trail Card. The cart fee will be $20 if you take a cart.

Purchase a 2018 Trail Card for $35 and save from $10 to $45 every time you play a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail course.

Show your 2018 Trail Card and play 18 holes starting at only $38.95, including cart. The price will vary with location, and reservations may be made up to seven days in advance at each location.

The world’s largest golf tournament will be held simultaneously on all 10 sites of the Robert Trent Jones Trail on Dec. 3. The 2017 Bring your Old Buddy Tournament will have an entry fee of $85 and includes golf, cart, prizes and a 2018 RTJ Trail Card. In case you didn't see that, yes you get a free trail card with the entry fee. That card gives you discounted golf the rest of the year on the RTJ courses. Tee time is 10 a.m.

Senior players looking for a chance to challenge their game on a variety of courses should consider getting in the game with the Southeastern Seniors Golf Association.

The SSGA, open to players 50 and older, plays weekly — usually Monday — on public and private courses throughout the state. Benny Foster sets up the schedule in the north part of the state. Call 256-613-9696 for more information.

Indian Oaks Golf Club (256-820-4030): On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the rate is $20. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the rate is $25. Prices include carts. For just $7 more, you can change your play to unlimited.

Indian Oaks has a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday, both start at 8 a.m. Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m. The scramble teams will be based on the number of entries.

John Barnes with plus-6 points won the Nov. 18 dogfight with plus-6 points. Steve Reaves was second with plus-3 points. Rick Barthel and Starling Ridgeway tied for third with plus-1 point.

Yearly memberships are now available. They are $300 a year for a single membership and $400 for a family membership. Six-month memberships are available for single at $175 and family for $225.

They are collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots in the pro shop. If you want to donate please stop by the club house.

Contact Anniston Star Golf Writer Brant Locklier at blocklier@hotmail.com.