Schedules are starting to come out, and you can almost feel the time for golfing season to get going again, especially with the nice weather this past week.
The Alabama State Four-Ball Championship will be at Indian Hills Country Club in Tuscaloosa on April 26-29.
Silver Lakes will host a U.S. Open Championship qualifier May 3. The Alabama State Senior Amateur will be May 18-20 at Moore’s Mill Club in Auburn, and the Alabama Men’s State Amateur will be held at Pine Tree Country Club In Birmingham on June 7-10.
The Alabama Girls’ State Junior Championship will be June 25-27 at The Montgomery Country Club in Montgomery.
It was interesting to see Tiger Woods and his debut back on the Tour this week as he played at Torre Pines. I have always said that he looks like he is not having much fun out there and is putting so much pressure on himself to hole out every shot.
He seemed to be a little more relaxed this time and smiled a few times, but would it not be nice to see him relaxed more and enjoying the game that has given him so much? Just be one of us guys now and have some fun.
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 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.
Steve Smith (minus-1) took first place in the Jan. 20 dogfight and followed up with another win the next day with plus-6 points. Andy Jenkins came in second place with plus-5. Jerre Dingler was third at plus-1 point.
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 Jan. 22, the weather broke enough for a nice dogfight. In the first flight, Chip Howell took first place on the front nine with plus-1.5 points. Clay Caulkins was second at plus-0.5. Norris Ray, Jeremy McGatha and Alan Heedt finished out the top five. On the back nine, McGatha and Heedt tied for first with plus-3 points. Danny Waddell was third and Landon Straub fourth.
Bo Savage and Ralph Aldis tied for first on the front nine of the second flight with plus-2.5 points. Bill Curry was third, Jerry Marks fourth and John McKenzie fifth. McKenzie won the back nine with plus-3 points. Marks, Savage and Aldis tied for second with T.J. McGatha coming in fifth with plus-0.5
On Jan. 23, players were playing three six-hole matches (1-6, 7-12 and 13-18):
First six holes: Woody Jeter, Bo Savage, Bill Curry and Ralph Aldis
Second six holes: Bill Turner, Bill Curry, Bo Savage and Bob Moz
Third six holes: Bill Fincher, Bill Curry,Ralph Aldis and Bobby Hunter
The same format was used Jan. 25 for the first flight:
First six holes: Jerome Wilson, Jerry Marks, Woody Jeter, Mike Fincher and Ralph Aldis.
Second six holes: Jerry Marks, Bill Curry, Jerome Wilson and Bill Turner.
Third six holes: Bill Turner, Ernie Combs, Woody Jeter and Danny Stephens.
The second flight results:
First six holes: Clark Ware, Bob McCain, Ralph Aldis, Bobby Hunter, Dennis Moyer and Clark Taylor.
Second six holes: Clark Ware, Bill Barker, Bob McCain, Ralph Aldis, Ron McKinney and Clark Taylor.
Third six holes: Bobby Hunter, Bob McCain, Randy Brown, Clark Ware, Ralph Aldis and Clark Taylor.
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.
Check the Cider Ridge website under Troon Rewards. The more you play, the more you save. You get points for playing rounds and convert those points into cash.
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.
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.
There is a tournament scheduled for Jan. 29 (9 a.m. shotgun) and Feb. 12 (9 a.m. shotgun) at Timberline Country Club in Calera. Another tournament is scheduled at Greystone in Hoover for Feb. 19 with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
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.