By Bruce Meadows June 2021 Looking back, and ahead… You can call it Oakmont (the old name, which some golfers still prefer to use) or Valley of the Moon (new name, which new management prefers you to use), but new head golf professional Chapman Dundas just wants you to call…
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By Bruce Meadows May 2021 Terraza wins Sonoma County Open . . . Congratulations to the winners in the 2021 Sonoma County Open held at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park May 15-16. Championship Flight: Luis Terraza, 72-72–144; second place tie between Domingo Jojola 147, Kyle Hopkins 147, Jacob Boyce 147. Men’s…
By Bruce Meadows February 2021 What’s to become of BV ??? Bennett Valley Golf Course, the only truly public 18-hole course in Santa Rosa, is being considered for closure by the Santa Rosa City Council. There is a long way to go before the course is indeed closed…
By Bruce Meadows Don’t be left out . . . Many years ago, during a round of golf at Lake Tahoe, I discovered my tee shot wedged up against a rock, with no legal relief available. I turned a 7-iron around with acceptable but not very good results, as I managed…
Sonoma County Open May 20-21
The Sonoma County Open is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park. Both days of competition will be on the North Course.
There will be five flights offered for the stroke-play event: Men’s Gross and Net; Women’s Gross and Net; Senior (ages 55-64) Gross and Net; Super Senior (ages 65 and over) and the Championship Flight, played at gross only for players with a GHIN Index of 4.0 or lower.
Thousands of acres have been burned, hundreds of people have lost their homes and other valuable possessions, including their animals, businesses – and the jobs that go with them – have been destroyed and the future is uncertain, challenging and downright frightening for so many.
Circle Friday, Aug. 31 on your calendar if you are (1) eager to play one of the best golf courses in the area, and (2) if you like the idea of supporting the continually improving golf programs at Sonoma State University.
The ninth annual SSU Men’s and Women’s Alumni/Scholarship Tournament is on that date and the 18-hole affair will be held at historic Sonoma Golf Club, a classic course built in 1928. Sonoma was purchased in 2014 by Escalante Golf of Fort Worth, Texas.
Bill Carson represents Wine Country Golf Group, which includes Windsor, Rooster Run and Adobe Creek, all popular 18-hole layouts.
But Carson, director of operations for WCGG, has a good feel for the bigger picture when it comes to promoting golf throughout our community.
He recently filled me in on what WCGG is doing these days, but while he obviously is primarily concerned about the success of his three courses, he is an altruist when it comes to wanting golf to prosper throughout Sonoma County.
He talked about introducing advanced tees for beginners and children, typically about half the length of the white tees, explaining “we want to encourage beginners and make it more fun to play for everyone.”
It no doubt depends on your ability as a player. A tough shot for a touring pro, for example, would not necessarily be the same as the most difficult shot for a high-handicap amateur.
Personally, the most difficult shot for me has always been anything out of the sand. I have played pretty well over the years, but like to pretend there are no bunkers on the golf course . . . when I get in one, I usually draw a blank.
With the skies blue, with nary a cloud in sight, and the temperature often flirting with 70 degrees, it may be tough to talk about “winter golf,” but we indeed are in the middle of winter, with rain possible this week, so I wanted to find out from some golfers what they feel is the best way to play golf in the winter weather and how to maintain your game.
Tom Isaak, who operates highly successful CourseCo, which includes Sea Ranch and Foxtail as well as 25 other courses in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas, says to “hit balls between showers . . . and putt.”
He said to find courses that drain well and have good maintenance programs that assure golfers a decent round, even during the rainy season. If the course isn’t playable, it’s not really worth the time and money spent.