Local golf teaser

Snow pretty much shut down golf a good part of this past week, but there are a lot of wheels turning out at Cane Creek. Rick Rounsavall is now running things in maintenance and taking care of the course, and Mike McKinney is running things at the pro shop.

There a lot of good things happening out at the course, which I think is one of the more important assets that the city has.

The long-awaited renovations to the irrigation system have begun. This renovation will produce huge improvements in the quality of the turf and the overall playing conditions.

McKinney is putting together a tournament schedule for 2018 that he hopes to have completed shortly. Planned events are par-3 tournaments, guys and gals events, two-man scrambles and several youth events.

There is a par-3 two-man scramble Monday that will be cranking up at 11 a.m. Call the clubhouse and get signed up. All the holes will be played from par-3 distance.

“We had one a few weeks back, and everyone enjoyed it,” McKinney said.

This is a good solid report from Cane Creek and the City of Anniston’s Parks and Recreation. They have a great course and a great staff.

“We are committed to improving every aspect of the course and to ensure all our valued patrons have and awesome golf experience,” McKinney said.

McKinney and his people are excited about their new opportunity, so get out there and play a round and enjoy some great golf and great food.

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 membership drive in which dues are $50 off 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 and this includes lunch. That is also seven days a week.

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

Bill Turner took first place in the Dec. 14 dogfight with plus-6 points. Bill Fincher was second at plus-4 points. Jerry Marks was third at plus-2 points. Norris Ray and Calvin Phillips tied for fourth place with plus-1 point.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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