The winter seems to continue to blast away, and the cold just keeps on coming. The weather gave me time to sit down and compare all the scorecards and yardage for all of the courses in the county.
The longest nine holes, to no surprise, is the Heartbreaker at Silver Lakes. Anniston Municipal (“The Hill”) has the shortest nine holes in the county, but some of the most difficult. The back nine measures only 2,715 yards.
What are some of the shortest holes, from the white tees, in the county? How about par-5s? No. 2 at Indian Oaks is the shortest par-5 measuring 443 yards. No. 15 at Cider Ridge is next at 455 yards. Cane Creek’s No. 5 at 471 yards is third shortest.
There are a lot of short par-4s for the big hitters. Pine Hill’s No. 17 is the shortest at 237 yards. No. 13 at “The Hill” is second at 255 yards. No. 7 at Cider Ridge is third at 258 yards.
No. 7 at the Hill is the shortest par-3 at 110 yards. You can’t see the hole and you have to delicately drop a shot in between the bunker guarding the front of the green and the hole placed near the front of the green. One of my favorite holes.
No. 16 at Anniston Country Club is next at just 124 yards, and No. 3 at Cane Creek is third at 128 yards.
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.
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.
Dogfights are taking place Tuesday and Thursday with registration times ending at 9:30 a.m.
Dogfights consisted of individual points playing three six-hole matches (1-6, 7-12 and 13-18).
The results from Tuesday:
First six holes: Dennis Moyer, plus-3⅓ points; Bobby Hunter, plus-2⅔; Chip Howell, plus-1⅓; Jerry Marks, plus-⅔.
Second six holes: Bobby Hunter, plus-4⅔; Bill Curry, plus-2⅔; Ralph Aldis, plus-⅔; Chip Howell, plus-⅓.
Third six holes: Danny Stephens, plus-4⅓; Ralph Aldis, plus-3⅔; Chip Howell and Dennis Moyer, plus-2⅓ (tie).
Results from Thursday:
First six holes: Bobby Hunter, plus-2; Randy Brown, Mike Fincher and Bill Barker, plus-1 (tie).
Second six holes: Ralph Aldis and Bill Fincher, plus-1 (tie); Bobby Hunter and Jerry Marks, even (tie).
Third six Holes: Ralph Aldis, plus-4; Bob Mos, Bill Curry, plus-2 (tie); Randy Brown, Bobby Hunter, Danny Stephens, Mike Fincher and Bill Fincher, plus-1 (tie).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.