The skies finally cleared last Monday and it was a beautiful day.
The beneficiary was Cane Creek Country Club and fearless leader Mike McKinney. The sun was out, the temperature was 65 degrees, and the Cane Creek Grille had cooked up some huge amounts of spaghetti and meatballs. The smell lingered over the grounds.
It was the day of the monthly Fort McClellan Credit Union two-man senior scramble, and 64 golfers poured in to compete for prizes and glory. They were all there for the scramble, and a national championship game to watch on the tube that night.
It was not a pleasant night for some of the golfers as their favorite team lost, but for the team of Chip Howell and Bob Mozakowski, everything was clicking as they won the first flight with a 62. Clay Calkins and Rick Dickson were right on their heels with a 62, also, but lost in a scorecard playoff.
The team of Bo Savage and Ed Kimbrough took honors in the second flight with a 70, winning in a scorecard playoff. David Martin and Ray Norris came in second, and the team of Wayne Stillman and Mo Wildman placed third.
The team of Jay Wilson and B. Ford won the third flight with a score of 73. R. Barthel and S. Wilson tied with the team of C. Phillips and Ed Brown for second place with a round of 74.
“We just want to thank all of our wonderful sponsors that provided meal gift certificates and other prizes,” McKinney said. "The good Lord was with us today on the weather.”
The senior event is rapidly becoming a very popular event each month at McClellan. If you get a chance, you're welcome to attend.
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.
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 each 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 $34. An 18-hole round with cart is just $28.
Dogfights are taking place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with registration times at 8 a.m. with a tee time of 8:30.
The next Fort McClellan Credit Union senior two-man scramble will be Feb. 4. The cost is $31 and covers green fees, cart and lunch. Tee time is 10 a.m. It has cash payouts. You must be over 50 years old, and check-in time is 9:30 a.m.
Cider Ridge Country Club (256-831-7222): There is a special “Bring Your Buddy” package in place that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls and beverages and chicken wings after the round.
Cider Ridge offers special rates for military, police, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. On Monday-Thursday these special rates are $35 a person, and on Friday through Sunday the rates are $39 a person.
Twilight golf begins at 3 p.m. each day and starts at noon on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday through Thursday, the cost is $37 and Friday through Saturday the cost is $41.
You can currently play all day at a special rate. On Monday through Thursday the rate is $55 and Friday through Sunday the rate is just $65.
Pine Hill Country Club (256-237-2633): There are several dogfights each week at Pine Hill. They are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, noon Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Parking Lot Gang hosts a scramble at 11 a.m. each Thursday. Registration is at 10:30 a.m.
Silver Lakes (256-892-3268): The first Tuesday of each month you can play golf at Silver Lakes for no green fees. You have to have a current RTJ Trail Card. The cart fee will be $20 if you take a cart. Feb. 5 and Mar. 5 are the next scheduled dates for 2019.
It is time to sign up for the 2019 Trail Card. You can do it online. Trail Card winter rates are $29.95 plus tax for 18 holes plus cart on weekdays and $39.95 on weekends.
It is Ladies Day every Thursday and green fees are free with a 2019 Trail card.
There are senior two-person scrambles Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 19. All times are a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
The Deep Freeze Backwards three-person scramble will be Feb. 16 beginning at 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 northern part of the state. Call 256-613-9696 for more information.
On Jan. 14, they will be at Timberline in Calera, Jan. 22 in Jasper and Jan. 28 at Silver Lakes. Cider Ridge will host them Feb 11.
Indian Oaks Golf Club (256-820-4030): Indian Oaks has a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday, both starting at 8 a.m.
Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be a scramble at 9 a.m.
The course will host a two-man scramble senior tournament on the second Wednesday of each month. It is a 10 a.m. shotgun start, with registration by 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $30 each, and this includes lunch and prize payout. The number of flights will be determined by the number of teams, with a minimum of two. Players must be at least 50 years old. Contact Ted Law at Indian Oaks at 256-820-4030 to sign up. Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. is the next scheduled tournament.
Contact Anniston Star golf writer Brant Locklier at email@example.com.