Cary Seniors “3-Club” Results for 7/30/2014
|White Tee Players|
|Flight #1||Score||Net||Flight #2||Score||Net||Flight #3||Score||Net|
|1||Richard Woytek||71||61||Bob Holland||79||60||Leigh Vaughan||91||62|
|2||Joe Jaspers||77||64||Peter Ho||83||61||John McKeveny||90||63|
|3||Bob Jaspers||78||65||T.H. Davenport||85||64||Larry Jones||91||63|
|4||Frank Rogers||79||65||Russell Cain||82||64||Tim Woytek||88||65|
|Gold Tee Players|
|Flight #2||Score||Net||Flight #3||Score||Net|
|1||Richard Carver||82||61||Jerry Massey||92||61|
|2||Rance Skidmore||86||62||Gerry Arner||100||64|
|3||John Reid||85||62||Bill Ludwig||94||64|
|4||David Thomas||89||64||Dan Blankenship||91||65|
It’s the Game of Golf, so Let’s Have Fun !!
There had been a trend in the late 1990s and early 2000’s when architects/developers built longer, harder, and ever more expensive golf courses. Par threes became 200+ yards in length, par fours became 450+ yards in length, and “shorter” holes were made more difficult by adding hazards. As Robin William’s noted in a comedy sketch about the origins of golf, “I’ll put a flat part with a flag to give you hope, then I’ll add a sand box and pond just to mess with your head”.
Some regular golfers gave up the game because it was becoming too hard, took too much time, and it became way too expensive to play. They just weren’t having fun anymore.
Through this trend stood an unchanged and unapologetic RGA, which was founded in 1929. It is the second oldest golf course in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. It is one of the few remaining area courses offering 27 holes of golf. Over the years it has hosted many tournaments and seen the likes of true golfing legends on its fairways and greens (such as Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen in 1937).
RGA was once thought to be outdated, too easy, and too short. But the experts of today (concerned about the current state of the game) at Golf Channel, Taylor Made, Adams Golf, and even Jack Nicklaus are advocating that golf courses be designed or redesigned to be more like courses built in the 1920’s and 1930’s (like RGA). “While we’re young” and “play it up” are oft used phrases in advertising. Golf, it seems, now needs to be less time consuming and more fun.
We’re proud of RGA’s heritage, its history and present condition. It is truly one of the few courses where golf can be fun again. Our rates are reasonable, our membership options are a tremendous bargain, and you can even become one of its owners by purchasing a share of stock.
So what can you do to enjoy playing with your friends and/or family during a non-tournament outing at RGA? Relax, and have fun. You’re round is not going to be televised, nor is it going to be analyzed by the experts at Golf Digest or Golf Magazine.
To improve the pace of play and increase your level of enjoyment, you might want to try any combination of the following seven options (though we highly recommend the last two).
- Make triple bogey the maximum score on any hole (6 on par threes, 7 on par fours, etc.)
- Make all penalties one stroke only (ball lost in woods, in water, etc.)
- Improve all unlucky lies (behind trees, in deep rough, etc.)
- Concede all puts within putter leather or 3 feet
- If you are time constrained, try 9 holes instead of a rushed 18
- Enjoy the good shots, and forget about the bad
- Enjoy the people you are with, the beauty of the course and surrounding nature
Above all, remember how fortunate you are to be here in Raleigh, North Carolina (as opposed to so many troubled spots throughout the world), to be physically able to play, and to have found the time to meet new friends or enjoy the company of old friends (and/or family) while playing the great game of golf.
Remember, you are supposed to be having fun!!