In the final edition of “Countdown to Golf,” we offer this article by Sam Weinman in Golf Digest titled “Hey Golfers, let’s not screw this up.” He offers the valid perspective that, once we are allowed to return to the course, we must recognize the situation, follow all of the rules and guidelines associated with it, and just be thankful to be out there.
We have already begun to plan what the “new normal” will look like at Poquoy Brook, and will continue to do so over the coming days. We can’t wait to safely welcome you all back to the club very soon!
When the PGA Tour returns, it will have a much different feel with no fans on the grounds to witness the action. Obviously, the atmosphere and noise level come to mind, but there are a few factors you might not have considered that will change without fans. In his Associated Press column, Doug Ferguson outlines what the PGA Tour will look like upon its return.
No one likes to hear the word "aeration," but it's a necessary evil for good course conditions. The superintendent and the grounds crew began deep tine aeration of the greens last week. It is not a core aeration, as was performed in the fall, but one that punches deeper holes with a solid tine. This provides positive plant health and heals faster than the process of removing cores. After being deep tined, the greens will be top dressed with sand.
As the weather warms up and new roots develop, the young roots enter the deep tine channels and are able to extend deep into the surrounding soil. A deep root system creates healthy plants, enabling them to withstand drought periods and extended periods of high temperatures over the summer.
- Strengthen Root Development
- Improve Soil Profile
- Increase Air and Water Movement
- Reduce Water Runoff and Puddling
- Enhanced Resiliency and Cushioning
Quite a few area courses have taken advantage of being closed to aerate their greens over the past few weeks. It will be worth the effort!
- Golf was invented in Scotland over 500 years ago, but the Chinese claim to have developed a similar game as far back as 943 A.D.
- If you get a hole in one in Japan it is customary to share your good luck by throwing a party, complete with gifts for your friends!
- Using Google Insights, Topend Sports set out to discover which countries look up information about golf the most. The winner: Ireland, with Canada coming in second. The United Kingdom was third, and the U.S. fourth.
- Insurance actuaries have calculated that the odds of getting a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1.
- Golf is the only game that's been played on the moon (Feb.6, 1971)
- Golf is a good workout, if you walk! A typical 190 lb. golfer can burn 431 calories and hour.
- All tee times will have to be booked, and paid for, online. This will include paying for carts.
- Carts will all have single riders (unless the other person in the cart lives in the same house).
- Tee time intervals will increase to 15 minutes
- There will be no bunker rakes or ball washers on the course, and the flagsticks will remain stationary in the cup. Do not touch the flagstick.
- The Pro Shop will be locked, and employees will work from a window in the shop.
- No transactions will involve cash.
- Groups will not be allowed to gather in the parking lot.
- Social distancing must be maintained on the entire property.
#tbt to this beautiful rainbow over the course in July 2016. We are all looking forward to the rainbow at the end of this storm.
Stretching is one of the most under-utilized techniques for improving athletic performance, preventing sports injury and properly rehabilitating sprain and strain injury. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that something as simple as stretching won’t be effective.
The 3 Best Golf Stretches
: Stand upright and place one arm across your body. Bend your arm at 90 degrees and pull your elbow towards your body.
: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, then slowly bend to the side and reach over the top of your head with your hand. Do not bend forward.
: While lying on your back, bend your knees and let them fall to one side. Keep your arms out to the side and let your back and hips rotate with your knees.
At the beginning of 2020, the United States Golf Association joined the World Handicap System, which combined five other handicap governing bodies from around the world into one. It’s purpose is to allow more golfers the opportunity to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index, use that Index on any golf course around the globe, and compete, or play recreationally, with anyone fairly. Here are some of the major changes you need to know:
- Daily revisions: instead of updating your handicap index on the 1st and 15th of each month, you will now receive a revision after each day that you post a new score. This was instituted to ensure that your index is a recent and accurate reflection of your playing ability.
- Calculation of your index: under the old system, your handicap index was calculated by taking an average of the best 10 scores out of the last 20, and multiplying that number by .96. Now, indexes reflect a true average of the best 8 scores out of the most recent 20.
- Playing conditions calculation: conditions such as wind, rain and course setup can adversely affect your score. To account for changes in conditions that may make the course more or less difficult than normal, the WHS adds a playing conditions calculation to ensure that the score differential is an accurate reflection of your performance on that day. This is done once automatically at the end of each day if scores posted from a given course and tee are much higher or lower than expected. If the system determines a PCC is necessary, it will show on your scoring record and is factored into the calculation by adding or subtracting from the course rating for that specific round. PCC’s are added “conservatively,” so don’t expect to see an adjustment every round.
- Net Double Bogey: replacing Equitable Stoke Control (ESC) as the maximum score on a hole that a player can post, the most you can take on a hole is now double bogey plus any handicap strokes you receive on that hole. For example, if you receive a handicap stroke on a par 5, the highest score you can record for posting purposes is 8.
- Calculation of Course Handicap: before, your course handicap was calculated by dividing the slope of the tee being played by 113 and multiplying that by your index. Under the WHS, the par of the course is also factored into your handicap. You will still do the steps above, but then add in the difference between the course rating and the par of the tee being played. For example, the white tee at Poquoy Brook has a rating of 70.2, which is 1.8 less than the par of 72. So under the new system, your course handicap at Poquoy will be 2 strokes less than you are used to. But don’t worry, it’s the same for everyone! The GHIN app features a course handicap calculator, so you can select the course and tee you are playing and it will calculate the course handicaps for you and your playing partners.
It is even more important than ever to post your score in a timely manner after you play. You should post your score by midnight the day you play to ensure it is factored into your daily revision and to have it included in the playing conditions calculation. You can post your score easily on the USGA GHIN app or at GHIN.com. It is also very important to go through the system and select the course and tee you played instead of entering the information manually so the score is included in the PCC.
For more information on the World Handicap System, visit WHS.com.
Cleopatra named the worm “a sacred creature,” whose removal from Egypt was punishable by death. Aristotle had called them the intestines of the Earth. Charles Darwin, after forty years of studying them, said that it is likely that worms are the most important creatures on Earth.
But really, do they help or hurt the golf course? You've all seen the mess that the worm castings make (see picture of 3rd tee with said castings), but can we make a case for the not-so-lowly worm?
Earthworms act as nature’s aerifiers, providing a service by creating pore space for air, water, and plant roots, as well as increasing the microbial population in the soil they process. So why wouldn’t we be happy with the help in creating pore space in the soil? Well, the work they do below ground is fine, but the downside to having earthworms on a golf course is that when they expel soil on the surface, it leaves little hills, like miniature volcanoes. At best, these piles can be dragged or broomed off when thoroughly dry. However, when we have moisture in the air, these piles stay wet. Dragging them turns them to mud. Left alone, the piles get squished by carts and mowers leaving mud spots about the size of a quarter.
According to our Superintendent, John LeClair, "they are a nuisance but are beneficial within the environment, more prevalent in the spring and fall with cooler soil temps and increased moisture through rain events. Summer months result in reduced activity as soil and daily temperatures rise. There are no legal chemicals that are allowed to be used to limit the number of worms. The only cultural practice that has been used with any degree of success has been the use of sand, which irritates the outer layers of the worms."
Also, they're good for fish bate!
Have a good Monday...stay safe.
"A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck."
"It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt. For a 10."
"Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut."
"Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts"
"It’s not a gimme if you’re still away."
"The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree."
"You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of
"If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age."
Are you getting tired from trying to find things to keep you busy? Well, just relax. Why don't you take a few hours and watch (or re-watch...these throwbacks are all worth a second or third go!) Might we suggest:
Today's Rules of Golf Question of the Day:
David is standing on the 18th tee at Poquoy Brook GC, a sharp dogleg left par 5. Trying to cut the corner and knowing he’ll need his best drive to do so, David overswings and tops the ball, causing it to roll backwards about 2 feet behind where he teed it up. His ball still remains within the tee markers and within two club lengths from the front of the markers. Which of the following are true of David’s options?