Local golf teaser

Mike McKinney, who is the man in charge of tournaments at Cane Creek, called this week and is excited with all that he has going on.

“It is happening at Cane Creek,” said McKinney.

He has senior scrambles, two-person scrambles and will be opening up the driving range at night in April.

“We are the only place in the county that has a lighted driving range, and it will be every Thursday night from 7 until 9 and will probably change some as the days get longer,” McKinney said.

Read in the course news about the upcoming tournaments.

Tour dates

The Calhoun County Golf Tour is expanding as it enters its 12th season. The Tour will pick up the Gadsden Country Club Invitational. The three-day tournament will be played May 18-20. The other six tour events:

—April 21-22, Oxford City Championship

—May 5-6, Cane Creek Invitational

—June 1-3, Wilfred Galbraith Invitational

—June 23-24, RTJ-Silver Lakes Championship

—July 21-22, Pine Hill CC Invitational

—Aug 11-12, 82nd Calhoun County Championship at “The Hill”

Other dates of note:

—March 24-25, Calhoun County Two-Man at Silver Lakes

—July 6-8, Sunny King Charity Classic

—Aug. 25-26, Buddy Moore at “The Hill”

Course news

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

The 70th annual Wilfred Galbraith Invitational will be June 1-3.

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.

Jerry Dingler won both dogfights over the weekend. His score Feb. 3 was plus-1 point, and on Feb. 4, he posted plus-3 points.

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 and this includes lunch.

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

There will be an Alexandria High School golf team fund raiser Feb. 24 — a four-man scramble with a shotgun start with cash payback and prizes. The cost is $70 a person.

There will be a two-person senior scramble on March 5. One will be held the first Monday of each month. It will be a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Contact Don Yother 256-239-3342 for more information.

There will be a par-3 tournament the second Monday of each month. In March, it will be March 12 at 10 a.m. (shotgun start).

Mike is also looking to set up a men’s-women’s scramble sometime in the near future.

You can call Mike McKinney 256-452-2207 for more details.

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 or check the Cider Ridge website under Troon Rewards.

There will be a senior two-man scramble March 8. The cost is $47 and includes golf, lunch and prizes.

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.

On Feb. 17 at 9 a.m., the Pine Hill Golf Association will host a par-3 tournament. It will be flighted by scores. All holes will be converted to par-3.

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.

There will be a two-person scramble Feb. 20 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. On April 21, the Alabama Junior Golf Association will have a tournament.

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.

Silver Lakes will host a U.S. Open Championship qualifier May 3. The local qualifying for the Drive, Chip and Putt Competition will be June 2. Winners here will move on from here to the sub-regionals in July and August. Regionals will be in September and the finals at Augusta National next year at the Masters. This is the sixth annual competition that is sponsored by the PGA, USGA and The Masters.

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.

There is a tournament scheduled at Greystone in Hoover for Feb. 19 with a 10 a.m. shotgun star and a tournament at the Gadsden Country Club on March 19

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.

Yearly memberships are 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.

Rick Barthel, Terry Brooks and Steve Burdette shot 10-under par to win the Feb. 6 scramble at Indian Oaks.

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