The View Point
May, 2017 Newsletter
We have all heard the phrase about April showers bringing May flowers. Well, we should have a train load of flowers this month. Our rainfall in April was 12 inches more than normal and that’s a lot. We also had some snow and frost to deal with. We want to thank our members for being patient with us throughout the bad weather. We would also like to thank the golfers who at least tried to avoid some wet spots on the course. Getting a golf cart stuck in a mud hole demonstrates poor vision. Looks like we have sunny days ahead and lots of golf to be played. We asked one of our members if he had played much lately. He said that the last time he went out he did. Up goes the handicap. Speaking of handicap, don’t forget to post your score, even if it’s only nine holes.
We have a big tournament set for May 19. The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce will have a four player scramble with low gross and low net team awards. We still have space available for a few teams, so stop by the golf shop or the Mount Shasta Visitor Center and pick up an entry form and join us for the 9am shotgun start.
We recently received some cute new head covers from Daphne’s that will delight golfers and non-golfers alike. Come by the golf shop and check out our new additions. If you can’t find your favorite, we will be happy to order it for you. We have many choices scattered throughout the shop and you will have fun just looking at our pet parade.
Rules and Etiquette
The number one rule on any par three, at any golf course, is to keep your golf cart on the cart path at all times.
Some golf holes have “blind shots” and it is difficult to see players ahead sometimes. If you are searching for a ball in the trees, leave your golf cart parked in the fairway so that the group behind can see that you are still in range. Otherwise, they may hit into you by accident.
When hitting an approach shot to a green, allow the group ahead to drive off in their carts before you pull the trigger. You can avoid a lot of issues by following this rule of etiquette.
Tips From the Old Pro
We all suffer from the first tee jitters and we certainly don’t want to start the round with a poor tee shot. The trick is to go to the first tee mentally relaxed and confident. Think about the best tee shot you ever hit and recall how it felt. Visualize hitting it down the middle and have the attitude that you have done this many times before. Thinking positive will produce better results than thinking negative.
Win A Great Golf Bag!
A Bit Of Golf Humor
We held a “Turkey Shoot” golf tournament a few years back and the Pro was in the grocery store shopping for turkeys as a tee prize. He asked the clerk, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”
The clerk then replied, “No sir, they’re dead.”
We noticed Lance played golf last Sunday and asked him if he had a good day. He said, “I’ve had a good day when I don’t fall out of the cart.”
Gerald Ford knew his golf game was getting better because he was hitting fewer spectators.
Members of the Month
Jan and Dan Long have been members here at Mount Shasta Resort since 1997 and participate in most all of our events. They play at least 80 to 100 rounds per year and bring friends along as well. Dan carries a strong 12 handicap and has to spot his wife at least ten strokes each time they tee it up. We think Jan usually wins the match. Both Jan and Dan claim to have good short games. Chipping, pitching and putting are so important to have a solid golf game, and they practice with purpose.
We all want more distance off the tee and the Longs are no exception. Dan told us that he has always been Long, but that is his last name. We have lots of wonderful views here at MSR, but Jan and Dan agree that the 14th hole is their favorite. Of course, not many players do well on the 4th hole, so we need not go any further. Jan and Dan really want to play better, but they’re real focus is just having fun. They enjoy playing the 7th hole when the water hazard is frozen in the winter. You can chunk it and still get on the green.