Local golf teaser

Are you ready for some warm weather? Let’s get this winter over with already.

Being cooped up in the house has found me scrambling to watch warm weather events. There is the always blistering hot tennis from the Australian Open to watch, and then there was the Legends golf event from Hawaii that have made it a little more comfortable sitting in the arm chair looking at the outside ice on the ground.

There are some internships available this coming summer or so with the Alabama Golf Association. There are three positions that are beneficiaries of the P.J. Boatwright Internship program. This grant was created to inspire and provide opportunities for qualified individuals interested in a career of golf administration. Go on the AGA website for more information.

Also, it is a good time, to sign up to volunteer for the Regions Senior Tradition and the U.S. Women’s Open to be played in Birmingham this year. You can go online and sign up at both websites to get involved. Those are two world-class events happening within 60 miles of the house and more importantly it will be warmer outside.

Last week, we reviewed some of the shortest holes in the county. Now, let’s look at some of the longest holes. These distances are from what I would consider the white tees.

The longest par-5 in the county is No. 2 at Pine Hill. It is 558 yards in length and you tee off over a lake that has plenty of my golf balls secured at the bottom of its murky depths. The second longest is No. 8 at Cane Creek, some 547 yards, and No. 14 at Cane Creek is third at 541 yards

The longest par-4 belongs to Pine Hill. No. 13 measures 424 yards in length and is four yards longer than No. 9 at “The Hill,” which is second. No. 13 at Cane Creek checks in third at 410 yards.

The longest par-3 belongs to the Anniston Country Club and “The Hill.” No. 12 stands 195 yards in length at ACC, while No. 2 at “The Hill” always plays 195 yards in length

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.

I saw where Raphael Rodrigues, the tennis pro, will be leaving soon. He was great with the kids. I have an exchange student from China living with us and he plays tennis at Donoho and was very fond of Ralphael. We wish him the best.

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.

The weather broke long enough last week to get in one dogfight last Sunday. Steve Smith won it with plus-4 points. Kelly Rogers came in second with minus-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.

Dogfights consisted of individual points playing three six-hole matches (1-6, 7-12 and 13-18). The results from Monday were:

First Six Holes: Danny Waddell, plus-2; Bill Barker, plus-1; Randy Brown, even; Bill Curry, even

Second Six Holes: Bill Turner, plus-1; Bob Mos, minus-1; Bo Savage, minus-2; Bill Curry, minus-2

Third Six Holes: Bob Mos, even; Bill Turner, even; Bobby Hunter, even

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.

You need to go and check the Cider Ridge website under Troon Rewards. The more you play, the more you save. You get points for playing rounds and then can now convert those points into cash. Go online and check out the details.

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 10 a.m., the Pine Hill Golf Association will host a par-3 tournament. It will be flighted by score. All holes will be converted to par 3s.

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.

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 blocklier@hotmail.com.