Local golf teaser

There’s a current tussle at Cane Creek regarding the Saturday morning dogfight that the course’s administration and the golfers disagree on. The administration wants a sequential start time, and the golfers want a shotgun start.

A dogfight, for those of you that do not know, is typically when a group of golfers get together and play an 18-hole tournament. They typically have a shotgun start, which means they will have six to seven foursomes tee-off at the same time on different holes. Golfers then finish the round at a hole other than No. 18.

For example, if you teed off on No. 6, you would finish on No. 5. This means in about three hours, golfers will start coming back to the No. 1 hole, which would mess up tee times for other golfers wanting to play.

This is different than a sequential start which would mean every 10 minutes, a foursome would tee off at No. 1 until that all made it off the tee.

This keeps everyone in order and does not mess up tee times for other golfers later in the day. The tee times would be from 9-9:50 a.m. for the dogfight teams.

A shotgun start is needed so the groups of golfers can get through at the same time and one group does not have to wait an hour to start and the other group does not have to wait an hour while the other group finishes. It turns a 6½-hour stay at the course into a 4-½ hour stay at the golf course.

My suggestion would be to allow the shotgun start, but start the dogfight golfers off on Nos. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 1. Of course, it depends on how many four-man teams you have. There are seven in this example. The way Cane Creek is set up this with No. 14 right beside the clubhouse, it would seem to be an easy thing to manage.

This would allow the dogfight golfers to come through and tee off on No. 1 in the same time slots as they would if they were reserving the sequential tee-time that Cane Creek wants. It would also keep the golfers in the shotgun start from carrying over to the No. 1 tee to finish their round and not screw up tee-times for other golfers coming to play. Thus, each side gets what it wants.

The only thing might be an issue is golfers that had already teed off earlier in the day from running into the back of the 9 a.m. start time golfers of the dogfight on the back nine holes. If that is the case, then move the start time to 8 or 8:30 a.m. and that will eliminate that problem.

Right now, there is no dogfight and an old tradition has gone by the wayside for a while now. Both sides have good points. Maybe the example above is a workable solution, and we can have guys playing golf at one of the city’s treasures, Cane Creek Golf Course.

Here’s hoping something can be worked out soon, and I can fire the shotgun at the next Saturday morning dogfight.

Wert settles in

Got some news from Doug Wert, former director of golf at Cider Ridge.

The new regional league manager for the PGA Junior League has received some training at the PGA of America headquarters and will be on the road to Virginia and New York the next two weeks.


Chuck Jennings fired an ace on No. 8 at Cider Ridge with a 7-iron from 120 yards. It was the fourth career ace for Jennings.

Course news

Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): A membership drive is going on and the $2,500 entry fee is being waived. Save $50 off dues if you sign up with a buddy. This is a limited time special.

There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.

The 21st annual RMC Golf Classic will be played Oct. 4. Last year more than $82,000 was raised to support RMC health care services. Check out rmccares.org/golfclassic for more information.

Junior Golf Clinics are back at ACC. They will start up again Sept. 26 and run from 4-5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $10 for members and $15 a session for non-members.

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 are dogfights Saturday and Sunday.

The Sept. 23 dogfight was won by Roy Mullendore with plus-5 points. Gary Thomas was second at plus-4 points. Charles Carden won the Sept. 24 dogfight with plus-8 points. Jerre Dingler was second with plus-5 points and Kevin Wells came in third with plus-4 points.

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

The Big “T” scramble is played every Thursday. This week’s scramble was won by the team of Jimbo Phillips, Danny Whittaker, Henry Higginbotham and Tyler Teneyck at 8-under par.

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 8:30 a.m.

Alan Heedt won the First Flight of the Sept. 26 dogfight with plus-8 points. Norris Ray was second at plus-4 points. Mike Fincher, Danny Waddell and Bill Curry tied for third place at minus-1 point. Bill Fincher was next at minus-2 points. Jerry Marks won the Second Flight with plus-2 points. Jim Sirmon was second at minus-2 points. Clark Ware, Bill Barker, Jimmy Jackson and Ron McKinney tied for third place at minus-4 points. Heedt had the low round of the day with a score of 70.

Bill Curry won the First Flight of the Sept. 28 dogfight with plus-8 points. Bill Finch placed second at plus-2 points. Danny Waddell was third at even points and Mike Fincher was fourth at minus-1 point. Pitt Peel won the Second Flight with plus-4 points. Larry Crotzer (minus-1), Doug Spoon (minus-2) and Petra Gundy (minus-3 points) were also at the top of the leaderboard.  Curry shot the low individual round of the day with a 75.

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.

The Oxford City Schools Education Foundation will host their fifth annual golf tournament Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. It is a four-man scramble format. If interested, contact the clubhouse.

The Martha Vandervoort Memorial Classic Golf Tournament will be Oct. 19. It is a four-person scramble, and the field will be limited to 50 teams. The funds raised will honor Martha and the great work she did for faith-based charities in the area. The first tournament raised more than $50,000 for these charities. Visit NobleBank.com to sign up for a sponsorship or to play in the event.

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.

On Oct. 21 and 22, Cider Ridge will hold its club championship.

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.

The Highway 9 Challenge between Cherokee County Country Club and Pine Hill Country Club will be held Oct. 7 and 8. The always popular event is for two-man teams that play a scramble the first day at Cherokee and a scamble the last day at Pine Hill. The cost is $60 a person.

There will be senior two-man scrambles Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

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.

Southeast Seniors Golf Association tournaments are Sept. 26 at Pine Tree Country Club and Oct. 3 at Farm Links. Call Benny Foster at 256-613-9696 for 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.

Friday night putting contests start at 7:30 p.m. There is an $11 entry fee with cash payouts each week.

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