Local golf teaser

Direction is not one of my strong suits in golf, which is a problem. When I do hit the green with a shot, it seems as if it is always as far away from the cup as it could possibly be while still being on the green. You would think that every now and then that one shot would just stick up there nicely by the cup.

It never seems to happen and if it does happen someone else in the scramble sticks one inside of yours and the shot becomes instantly forgotten. It would be nice to be able to walk up the fairway and see your ball blending in with the flagpole, just holding your putter in your hand and thinking birdie.

Silver Lakes has come up with a plan to help golfers like me in this regard. They have added two more holes to each green. When you land on the green, you can then putt towards any cup you wish.

This first annual Polar Open 3 Cup Tournament will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, on the Lake Course with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

The entry fee is $65 per person ($260 per four-person team) and includes green fee, cart fee and lunch after play.  There will be awards and various raffles. The tournament is limited to the first 30 teams, so sign up as soon as possible.

Start the new year with a twist on the traditional scramble tournament.  For this event, have three times the fun with three times the cups!  Every green on the golf course will have three cups cut, and players will putt to whichever hole is closest.  For an added element of fun, there will be no pin flags. Just hit to the center of the green and select your hole from there.

Contact Mary Kate Inabinet at 334-737-3352 or minabinet@rtjgolf.com for more information or to register.

Nice shot: Bret Reed recorded his first-ever ace on Dec. 26. Reed pushed after-Christmas shopping aside and hit the links at Pine Hill and was rewarded with his special shot witnessed by Colt Reese. He used a 6-iron on the 161-yard fourth hole.

Danny Waddell recorded a rare eagle on the eighth hole at Cane Creek last week. The eighth is a zig-zag hole and almost impossible to eagle without some spectacular shot making. Normally you have to hit two fairway shots just to get into position to attack the green.

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.

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.

Kelly Rogers won the Christmas Eve 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.

Last week’s 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 — Jerry Marks +2/3 points, Al Johnson +1/3 points, Bill Curry even, Bobby Hunter and Putra Gundy -1 point.

Second six holes — Danny Waddell +5 1/3 points, Bob Moss +4 points, Putra Gundy +3 points and Bill Curry +1 1/3 point.

Third six holes — Bobby Hunter +4 points, Al Johnson +1 1/3 points, Bill Turner +2/3 points and Jerry Marks +2/3 points.

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.

Mark Burnett, Ronnie Cofield, Steve Williams and Ted Law won the Dec. 28 scramble.

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