The View Point
"If I could have breakfast with that view every day, I would! The food is as good as the view - EXCELLENT! Thanks!" A. Rouse, Director of San Ramon, CA
March, 2015 Newsletter
The weekend of the 7th and 8th, it rained over ten inches at the Resort. A week later, we’re talking about turning the sprinklers back on. Hard to out guess “Mother Nature”, and tough to deal with her changeable moods. Tony Hart and his crew have been busy cleaning up the aftermath of the latest storm. Lots of fallen trees and limbs were scattered throughout the course and the sound of chain saws and wood chippers could be heard for several days.
Audra Gibson and her partner won low gross honors in our Annual Valentine’s Day Scramble for couples. Jim and Bonnie Rakich won low net. Each winning team enjoyed the Champagne donated by Anne Rivera.
A Message From the G.M.
Daylight savings time begins on Sunday March 8th and that means more time available for afternoon golf. The days will get longer and so will your drives.
The “Inactive Membership” clause for members has recently been updated and now reads:
If at any time you are unable to play due to medical reasons for four to twelve consecutive months, you may submit a doctor’s note, requesting “Inactive Status” for a medical leave of absence. Member benefits do not apply during a medical leave, and there will be a reactivation fee of $250 for single memberships and $350 for family memberships upon return. You are allowed one inactive period in three consecutive years. Short term absences (3 months or less) do not qualify for nonpayment of dues.
At our members’ suggestions, we are doing are part to help improve your golf game, so you may (or may not) have noticed several very large trees missing from the golf course. Please continue to submit your suggestions on the comment cards provided, but don’t get carried away or you’ll run out of excuses!
Tips From the Old Pro
We often see golfers practicing on the range, pros and amateurs alike, working diligently on their alignment. They first establish their target line and then set their feet, knees, hips and shoulders parallel to the target line. We see golfers using alignment sticks, golf shafts, string, and even laser lines to assist in their alignment. This is all very helpful, providing the golfer has the club face aiming at the selected target. Too many times we see a golfer with a closed stance accompanied by open shoulders. This setup usually leads to pulls and slices. We see golfers looking at their foot alignment with no concern about where the club face is aimed. What if the golfer has only one leg. How can he line up his feet? The answer is not how you line up your feet, but how you aim the club face. Aim the club face at your intended target and swing the club head through the ball to your target. Remember, through the ball, not at the ball.
The Rules of Golf
When you see “abnormal ground conditions” such as debris not yet removed by our grounds crew, you are allowed free relief, one club length, no closer to the hole. A tree had fallen during one of our recent storms and was blocking the cart path. The grounds crew had to use a chain saw to cut the fallen tree and allow use of the cart path. The remains can be considered “ground under repair” or “loose impediments.” The ruling is the same, unless you're Rick Poore, then you play your ball as it lies.
Tony Hart came up with a good idea to help reduce the goose population here at MSR. When the geese see the dog silhouette moved by the wind, they decide to land and hang out somewhere else. This will reduce the amount of goose droppings on the greens and make it easier to sink those putts. By the way, the dog is a temporary man made obstruction. If it interferes with your stance or swing, you get free relief.
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