By Glenmore Jones
Register Golf Columnist
The PGA and the USGA are really making a big push to make the game more enjoyable for the average player.
From July 5 through 17, they are promoting Tee It Forward so that golfers may use tees that are aligned with their average driving distance. In other words it is much more fun to hit a 7 or 8 iron to a par four on your second shot than to pull out a hybrid or five wood.
I know I moved up to the senior tees when that happened.
The PGA and USGA have recommended the 18-hole yardage for your driving distance.
They are as follows: Driver distance 100 yards – play a course of 2,100-2,300 length; driver distance 125 yards, play 2,800-3,000; drive 150 yards, play 3,500-3,700 yards; drive 175 yards, play 4,400-4,600 yards; drive 200 yards, play 5,200-5,400 yards; drive 225 yards, play 5,800-6,000; drive 250 yards, play 6,200-6,400 yards and drive 275 yards, play 6,700-6,900 yard courses.
The 18-hole distances of the courses in Madison County are as follows.
Madison Country Club: Ladies tees — 4,756, white tees — 5,096 yards.
Berea Country Club: Gold tees 5,066, white tees —6,104 yards.
Battlefield: Red tees — 4,745, white – 5,522.
The Bull: Red tees — 5,615, the white – 6,006.
BGAD: Red tees — 4,794 and white tees 6,155 yards.
Gibson Bay: Red tees — 4,869 and white tees — 6,002 yards.
Arlington: Red tees — 5,142 and white tees — 6,193.
I play quite often with Wilson Bond, Morris Rozen and Jimmy Hackworth. Our ages total 349 years.
We enjoy the game a lot more when we play the red tees and can par one more often.
That is what it is all about, having more fun playing golf.
Old Mother Nature hit us again
This past holiday weekend, the golf courses in Madison County took another financial beating from the weather.
The three nine-hole courses in Madison County had a drop of income from $600 to a $1,000 from a normal weekend. I am quite sure the 18-hole courses took double that loss in income.
Tom Giacchini at The Bull said “I feel like we got sucker punched” and that is what ol’ Mother Nature did to them.
Gary Vanderoef at Battlefield said they got more than 10 inches of rain in those three days.
The Estill County Country Club took the worst licking as their invitational tournament was canceled.
A par, believe it or not
Our departed friend and long-time member of the Madison Country Club, Percy Hacker, had one of the most miraculous pars that anyone ever made at that club.
On the 145-yard par three, No. 3 at the MCC, Percy hit the ball over the creek three times and still made par on the hole. He hit the ball over the creek and green on his tee shot. The second shot he skulled it back across the creek and chipped his third shot back across the creek in the hole for an easy par.
Wow! You da man, Percy!
Thursday at Arlington Golf Course – Colonel Classic. Entry fee is $150.00. Pre-tournament food beverages, post-tournament dinner and special Colonel Club Golf Classic gifts. Registration at 11 a.m. in the Mule Barn where the lunch will be with a shotgun start at noon. Sponsored by Kentucky Bank. For info, call 622-2046 or e-mail TrekaAdams@eku.edu.
Friday through Sunday at Berea Country Club – Men’s Invitational Tournament. Entry fee $130.00 (cart not included) and includes dinner and music Saturday night and practice round. Friday night shootout starting at 5 p.m. All flights pay four places cash prizes. Tee times begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday flights and tee times will be determined by Saturday’s score. Field will be limited to 96 players. For info, call the Pro Shop at 986-7141.
All the advice in the world will never help you until you help yourself — Fred Van Amburgh.
If you have any golf tournaments, stories, or holes-in-one, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time ... live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.