Ever wondered what it would be like to see golf for the first time and try to figure out what’s going on? Back in the early 2000s, while I was running Perdue Farms China, we were into advertising via sporting events.
The 2008 Olympics were on the horizon and the Chinese people were embracing every sport the world had to offer. We were sponsors in tennis as they had the year-end pro championships in Shanghai, where I was living at the time.
We also were dabbling in golf. There were only a few courses located around Shanghai at that time, and here came one of the first pro events. My experience began while following the most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez, around that first event.
Turns out that nobody had bothered to educate the Chinese consumers on the proper way to act on the course. People would begin talking at any point, even right in the middle of the shot. They would start pushing to see where the shot was going halfway through the swing and sometimes just cut across the greens to get to the other side.
The course marshals were under-manned as everyone wanted to get a close look and get their picture taken with the golfers during the round. Finally, at each tee box and green, Chinese officials came out with bullhorns. I think they were telling them how they were supposed to be acting.
My favorite moment was right before a swing by Jimenez. Some Chinese guy and his wife stepped onto the tee box and wanted a picture with him swinging the club.
Jimenez kind of glanced at me, as I was one of the few foreigners standing there that he could relate to, as if to ask what was going to happen next. All, I could say was, “Fore right.” He eventually became amused as he would fake a swing and watch what everybody would do and then hit the ball when everybody was scrambling to get back in place. He said, “Looks like it is going to be a two cigar day.” It was, as the round took forever to finish. However, all was good as the golfers eventually took it in stride and a good time was had by all.
Chandler, McKinney win
Dalton Chandler and Caleb McKinney shot a 47 last week to win the second par-3, two-man scramble played at Cane Creek. Vince Floyd was closest to the pin on hole No. 3.
All the holes were converted to par 3s on the day and a great time was had by all.
“We keep hoping to have this event every month,” Mike McKinney said. “It will be a little tougher to plan too far ahead in January and February with the weather like it is.
“We have set up handicaps to level the playing field and we hope to have flights as the tournament evolves.”
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas for all you golfers out there!
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.
Ted Heim and Jerre Dingler won the Dec. 16 dogfight with a score of +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.
On Dec. 19, the dogfight was played by individual points with scoring in six-hole increments, three places each six holes. The scoring points went as follows:
First six holes — first place: Ralph Aldis +3.0; second: Bill Fincher +.4; third: Bill Turner -.1
Second six holes — first: Bill Curry +2.9; second: Aldis +1.0; third: Fincher +.4
Third six holes — first: Bobby Hunter +1.6; second: Aldis +1.0; third: Turner +.9
The same points format was used on the Dec. 21 dogfight and the scoring went as follows:
First six holes — first: Turner +2.5; second: Jerry Marks +1.5; third: Danny Stephens E
Second six holes — first: Turner +3.5; second: Danny Waddell +2.5; third: Dennis Moyer +1.5
Third six holes — first: Aldis +2.0; second: Waddell +1.5; third: Curry, Calvin Phillips -1
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.
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 email@example.com.