There are certain times in life when you have to face the facts.
I’m facing the fact that I may be a “jinx” when it comes to playing golf at Pine Hill. I don’t get a chance to play often, as I am so busy with my day and night jobs, but this year I have been scheduled to play four times at Pine Hill.
The first time was with the Parker Memorial golf tournament, and after four holes, the heavens opened up a biblical-like monsoon that wiped out the rest of the afternoon.
Three weeks later, the re-scheduled Parker tournament teed up again, and this time it flooded after seven holes. We waited an hour and went back out again, and it flooded after three more holes. We never finished that tournament.
Then came redemption as at the last minute I signed up to play in the Toys for Kids event at Pine Hill on Dec. 1 and, you guessed it, 90 percent chance of rain. The course was flooded and moved this past Saturday.
With 100 percent chance of rain Saturday, and the tournament has been moved to Dec. 15, which is next Saturday. Do you see a trend developing?
I expect the pro out there, Corey Etter, to pay me to never, ever play at Pine Hill again, unless there is some sort of drought going on and the course needs rain.
The Toys for Kids tournament has been re-scheduled, but for those golfers who have signed up, please bring your toys by the clubhouse so they can be given out to the kids for Christmas. More than 120 golfers have registered.
As for the weather forecast for next Saturday, who knows? I am scheduled to be playing at Pine Hill. Better have an umbrella and rain jacket ready.
Fort McClellan senior two-man
The Fort McClellan Credit Union two-man scramble at Cane Creek is becoming a bigger and bigger event as 65 players showed up for this month’s event last Monday.
“The weather was great, the taco bar provided by the staff at the Grille was great, and it was a tremendously good time for all,” Mike McKinney said. “Our next event will be Jan. 7 with a 10 a.m. tee time.”
The team of Chip Howell and Bob Mosakowski fired a 61 to win the first flight. Jay Irwin and Don Maddox were second at 63, and K. Kinsey and P. Trammell came in third with a 67.
Danny Stephens and Bill Barker won the second flight in a scorecard playoff over the team of Ray-Meadows with a 69. The team of Woods-Pike was third with a 70.
The team of Potterfield-Whitman emerged the winners in a scorecard playoff among three teams. The teams of Hammond-Spears and Curry-Kirkpatrick came in second and third, respectively as all three shot a 72.
Anniston Country Club (256-237-8412): There is a dogfight every Saturday and Sunday.
Membership fees are being reduced until Dec. 31 in case you want to join the ACC.
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 tournament will be Jan. 7. 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. 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 no green fees. You have to have a current RTJ Trail Card. The cart fee will be $20 if you take a cart. The schedule shows Dec. 4 as the last date in 2018.
It is time to sign up for the 2019 Trail Card. You can do it online.
It is Ladies Day every Thursday, and green fees are free with a 2018 Trail card.
Trail Card winter rates are $29.95 plus tax for 18 holes plus cart on weekdays and $39.95 on weekends.
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.
Darryl Trucks, Paul Williams, Bill Leach, Len Capps and Mark Meadows were flight winners at The Greystone Founders tournament on Dec. 3.
The next tee time will be Dec. 17 at Timberline in Calera. It will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
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 Thursday of each month. It is a 9 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 Indian Oaks at 256-820-4030 to sign up. Dec. 13 is the next scheduled scramble.
Contact Anniston Star golf writer Brant Locker at email@example.com.