Local golf teaser

I don’t know about you guys, but was the snow a pleasant surprise or what? There was no golf this weekend, at least on 10th Street Mountain where I live.

We got nine inches straight on top of the deck rail and 13 inches in drifts around the yard. The trees branches were white, and you could see only white as you looked down into the city of Anniston.

Nature has a funny way of making you slow down sometimes and grab your attention. When you play golf, you get to be out with nature, and the courses we have in our county give us some spectacular views.

Our golf courses give us the chance to prove that we still have some sort of athletic skill left in us. We also get a chance to meet some great folks.

One of those folks is Mike Fincher. Every week for the last three years, give or take a few, he has loyally provided golfing information on the golfers out at Cane Creek via an email to me.

He had done a super job of tracking the results of this group of dedicated golfers for years. I have actually talked to him only a couple of times as we are all going so fast in opposite directions.

This week, he announced he is going to be building a house in Shelby County and leaving the area. People like Mike are why golf is so great, and they’re is the real reason golf maintains popularity. Not all golfers can compete at a level of the pros, but I believe we can truly enjoy what a round of golf gives you.

We will miss Mike and want to let him know his help over the years has just been great for local golf, not only within the Cane Creek Golf Association, but helping our readers get a taste of what is going on at the local level.

Charity is also a big part of local golf as the many tournaments that are held around here raise money for many great causes.

We just had one out at Pine Hill last week that always sticks out and that is the “Toys for Kids” tournament that Cory Etter heads up. I was unable to get out there this year, but I saw on Facebook the many toys under the trees that the golfers raised.

A special thanks goes out to Cory and all the local golfers that played in that event.

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.

The $50 off dues membership drive 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.

Steve Smith won the Dec. 2 scramble with minus-1 point, and Ted Heim had a big day Dec. 3 as he won the scramble with a whopping score of plus-12 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.

Dogfights are taking place Tuesday and Thursday with registration times ending at 9:30 a.m.

Bill Turner (minus-1 point), Bobby Hunter (minus-2 points) and Clark Taylor (minus-2 points) captured the top three spots in the Dec. 5 dogfight. Danny Stephens was fourth at minus-4 points, and Bo Savage and Bill Curry tied for fifth place with minus-5 points each.

The Creek was set to host a par-3 tournament this week, but due to weather, it has been re-scheduled. We will let you know at a later date. It will be a two-man scramble. Call to register.

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.

The team of Al Johnson, Danny Stephens, Tyler Teneyck and JD Doss won the Toys for Kids tournamnet with 17-under par.

The team of Nathan Griffin, Grant Cobb, Josh Whitley and Randy Cobb won the first flight at a score of 11 under. The second flight winners were the team of Jerry Irwin, Allen Mangham, David Miller and Jim Landers with 8-under par.

Paul Dorsey had the shot of the day as he eagled the tough ninth hole from the fairway.

There will be a senior two-man scramble Dec. 18.

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.

There will be a senior two-person scramble Dec. 12 starting at 10:00 am. The cost of $47 will cover a round of golf, range balls and lunch.

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.

They are collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots in the pro shop. If you want to donate, please stop by. This is the last weekend to donate.

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