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PLAY THROUGH: This ‘n’ that

Halifax Country Club will host their annual Member-Member this weekend with a 36-hole tournament played at the local course.

Greens Folly will host a golf camp on July 22 – 25, and you can register that day or by calling 572-4998, or better yet, go by the course.

Another hole in one last week in the county. Scott Allen aced the number nine hole at the Folly on July 5.

It was young Allen’s first but hopefully not his last. If we can get older brother, Brian, just to hit the green, it would be good.

This weather has really played havoc with both local courses. With it raining everyday and on some pouring down, it is hard to get the crews out to keep up with the cutting. This is the most grass I have seen on the courses in July, the rough is so thick, you just have to hit and hope.

Most of the time in July, people have lost their yards, and the golf courses are hard as a rock.

I could not believe what I read in Saturday’s Richmond Times Dispatch sports page.

It seems a soccer match in South America turned deadly when a player and an official got into a heated exchange when the referee pulled out a knife and stabbed the player so severe that he later died.

When this happened, the player’s family stormed the field with spectators, stoned the official to death and then quartered him just like you would a beef cow. That is right sports buddies, they cut him up in quarters and left him there.

At press time, one person had been charged, and the investigation was continuing.

Can you imagine anyone taking a game that seriously, whether it be soccer, baseball or golf?

Our society has gotten a little out of hand but I have never dreamed that would happen. I have seen golfers lose it, break clubs, throw their bags in the water, storm around like a 2 year old, but this just blows my mind.

Imagine if you will, playing a nice round of golf with friends, and you call a rule infraction on your buddy. Instead of adhering to the rule, he slings his putter at you, kicks you while you are down and then runs over your leg with a cart.

You say it could never happen. Watch some of your buddies when they miss a putt or hit a bad shot. Some take it to the extreme, and I am no psychologist, but some are close to being on the brink of complete crazy. Do not get mad, just look at yourself in the mirror, including myself.

A lot of golfers, including myself, love to play courses you see on television or have heard about or have read about. Starting this week and continuing into the fall, I am going to list some of the top 18 holes in our area you should consider playing.

It is not feasible for everyone to play all of them, and some of you have played some, but it is meant as fun.

 

Hole number one

The first hole on any golf course, being the genesis of your round, sets the tone early for exactly what kind of day lies ahead. A birdie on number one, and you are cruising; a bogey, and you are scrambling early.

Whether a pretty hole, or a gentle start to your round, the first hole is without question one of the most important on any course.

 

Long cove club

Although Harbour  Town comes first to mind when people think of Hilton Head golf, most serious players consider Long Cove - a private club located a few miles away - as the island’s best overall test.

It is a shot maker’s course that demands tee shots that are both lengthy and strategic, especially on the par 4s and 5s, and water comes into play on 12 of 18 holes.

Dye devillishly introduces golfers to these concepts right from the beginning, as all of Long Cove’s elements are readily evident on number 1.

A long dogleg right with a waste bunker and lagoon running the length of the right side Dye’s opening hole delivers a delicious risk-reward scenario on the first drive of the day. There’s plenty of room to the left, but the shortest route to the green and best approach angle is from the right side; important because the green sloes from left to right toward the water.

Long Cove played host to the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 1991 and the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in 2003. 

Because of the skills demanded by number one, players in both match play events who were not ready out of the gate found themselves quickly down a hole.

COURSE: Long Cove Club

 LOCATION: Hilton Head Island, S.C.

 HOLE: Number One

 LENGTH: 423 Yards

 PAR: 4

 DESIGNER: Pete Dye

Next week’s hole, number two only two hours away in North Carolina.

A lot of sunshine this week has really brought the grass out, so please put sand in the divots and please repair ball marks.  

The youngsters are really starting to play, so please show them the respect you do others. Golf is not intended to be played in two hours. Relax, enjoy and play great.