Fort Jackson Golf Club May - June 2015 3652 Semmes Road Fort Jackson, SC 29207 · (803) 787-4344 · www.fortjacksonmwr.com 2015 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE The 2015 Membership Drive “tees off” May 1st! Through June 15th, Authorized Patrons (Active Duty, Retirees, Reserves, National Guard, DoD Civilians & Federal Employees), Honorably Discharged Veterans and Frequent Guests (must be sponsored) are eligible to take advantage of the following membership offers: 1. Sign up for a TWO-MONTH TRIAL MEMBERSHIP, no monthly dues or daily green fees but you are required to pay Cart and User Fees for each round played. 2. Sign up for 12 Months and receive your first month and 12th month FREE. *** Current FJGC members sponsoring someone signing up for a 12 Month Membership will receive a $50 Golf Shop Merchandise Gift Certificate. To sign up or for additional information, please contact or stop by the Admin Office. GATE ACCESS FOR GUESTS OF AUTHORIZED PATRONS Guests accompanied by an Authorized Patron (Active Duty, Retired Military, DOD Civilian, National Guard, Reserves) need to provide their driver’s license to security personnel when arriving in the same vehicle. GATE ACCESS FOR NON-ACCOMPANIED GUESTS FJ Physical Security Office has approved the following procedures to permit non-accompanied guests of FJGC Authorized Patrons, as well as, all guests of the club’s Honorably Discharged Veterans (accompanied or non-accompanied) access to Fort Jackson and the Fort Jackson Golf Club: 1. Members/Patrons will need to submit the full name (first, middle and last) of each guest and the scheduled date of their visit to the golf club at least 48 hours in advance. You can submit your guest(s) information by calling the FJGC Golf Shop (803-787-4437) or by emailing to the following address: [email protected] DO NOT SEND TO INDIVIDUAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS 2. An alphabetical list of guests will be submitted to the FJ SPRING HOURS OF OPERATION Tee Times Begin at 7 a.m. Weekdays Begin at 7 a.m. Weekends/Holidays Golf Shop ...............7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Weekdays 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Weekends/Holidays Admin Office...........7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Weekdays Bogey’s ...................11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Daily Lunch ......................11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Daily NEED TO CONTACT US? Admin Office: 787-4344 · Snack Bar: 751-6367 Pro Shop/Tee Times: 787-4437 Golf Course Maintenance: 787-4723 Physical Security Office 24 hours in advance with a golf club manager/CAC cardholder serving as the sponsor for each guest on the list. 3. The Physical Security Office will forward each list to the VCC located at Gate 2. 4. Guests are required to enter Fort Jackson through Gate 2, present their driver’s license and inform security personnel that they are going to the golf club. 5. Each guest will then proceed to the Visitor Control Center in order to obtain their one-day pass. Guest will need to present driver’s license to VCC security personnel to obtain their pass. *** All guests visiting the installation frequently are encouraged to submit a completed NCIC Background Check Form through the golf club in order to obtain their own DBIDS Card which will allow access on a daily basis without the need to obtain a one-day pass. HANDICAP CART POLICY Recently, numerous concerns have been voiced regarding abuse of the Handicap Cart Policy. Patrons are reminded that carts MUST be kept at least 20 feet from the putting surfaces. Also, carts are NOT permitted between the green and bunkers. In order to obtain enhanced cart access due to physical limitations, one must submit the required paperwork to the Admin Office which is then reviewed by members of the Golf Advisory Council. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated. FOREST LAKE RECIPROCAL During the summer of 2014, Fort Jackson Golf Club provided reciprocal golf privileges for the members of The Forest Lake Club while their golf course underwent extensive renovation. Reciprocal play privileges will be offered for FJGC members starting on May 4th through August 31st. The reciprocal fee for an 18-hole round is $25 which includes cart fee and must be paid by cash or check (credit cards are not accepted). All reciprocal tee times must be arranged by one of your FJGC PGA professionals starting at 11:00 the day prior to your requested time. Tee time requests can be made 24 hours in advance. Please keep in mind that tee times may be limited during certain days and times due to club events. Also, please be aware of the following Forest Lake Club rules/ policies: 1. All food & beverages must be purchased through Forest Lake. CASH ONLY. 2. Dress code requires collared shirts and does not allow jeans, jean shorts, or any shorts less than 16 inches in length. 3. Personal coolers are not permitted. 4. Tuesday is Ladies Day until 12:30. 5. Saturday Tee times prior to 2:00 p.m. are limited. 7. Only golf shoes with Soft Spikes are allowed. MAINTENANCE FACILITY UPGRADE PROJECT The long awaited Maintenance Facility Upgrade Project is now underway with completion expected in July. The IMCOM funded project includes a new 4,900 building with equipment lifts, a remodel of the interior of an existing building with expanded break room and locker area for staff plus the renovation of another building for expanded equipment storage. The project will also provide material storage bins for sand, gravel, etc. Improved parking area for employees and paving of the Maintenance Facility compound is also included. The construction of the new building will impact the back tee area of Old Hickory’s 18th hole, and we are considering options of expansion of the tee area once work in the area is complete. JUNIOR GOLF 2015 The highly successful FJGC Junior Golf Program tees off on June 8! The FJGC Junior Golf Camps have seen significant growth over the past couple of years, and we would like to see more growth in 2015! Your FJGC PGA professionals will again conduct three Junior Golf Camps in 2015. The dates of this year’s Junior Golf Camps are: June 8, July 13-17, and August 3-7. Daily class times are as follows: 6-8 year olds is 8-9:30; 9-11 year olds will be 10:0011:30; and 12 and older 12-1:30. Contact one of our PGA professionals or stop by the club to register your child or grandchild, and their friends, for clinics, play days, tournaments, etc. The fee to attend one of this year’s Junior Golf Camps is only $45 and includes a hat and T-shirt. Juniors can attend two camps for $65 and all three for just $85! You may also sign up by visiting: http://fortjacksonmwr.com/ golf/ PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE GOLF We are happy to announce that Fort Jackson Golf Club will again be participating in this year’s PGA Junior League Golf (PGAJLG) in 2015. Our goal is to fill a 12-player team which consists of boys and girls ages 8-13, in order to participate in the June-July regular season. The final scheduling details are currently being worked out. Price is only $125.00 per child, additional Family members are $100 each. Registration deadline is May 16! The PGAJLG, the fastest growing junior golf program, was created in 2011 as an idea to join the successful “little league baseball” concept that many of your kids and yourself grew up playing with the great game of golf created by League Golf out of Atlanta, GA. In their first year there were 120 teams representing four select markets. This concept was launched nationally in 2013 after the continued success in the 2012 season. PGA Junior League is designed to better socialize the game of golf for boys and girls ages 13 and under. The competitions are structured in a “team vs. team” format with the teams in leagues depending on geographical location. The juniors play the less stressful and very popular scramble format as opposed to stroke play. Teams consist of 10-12 junior golfers; they wear team jerseys with numbers to represent the “little league” concept. This concept also flowed into how the teams compete. The idea is to create as many birdies, pars and even eagles as possible, just like getting players to make contact while learning to hit in baseball. The format is a scramble format with the matches scored using match-play so the players are battling each other and not the course. This has proven to provide a much more fun and less stressful environment for the juniors. PGA Junior League Golf will be a fun, Family-oriented activity with parents serving as Team Managers and Team Moms. So parents, be prepared to participate, too! The Columbia league schedule for this season takes place from June through July with Regional and National Championships in August and September. This is not a yearlong, time consuming initiative. It encourages club members’ children who may not currently play golf to gain an interest through this exciting, fun, team-based program. If you have a child or grandchild that would like to join a team(s) representing Fort Jackson Golf Club, please contact Rey Padilla, FJGC Assistant Professional at (803)787-4437 or reynaldo. [email protected] . League play begins June 15th so don’t delay! GET GOLF READY! The PGA professionals at Fort Jackson Golf Club (a Top 100 Get Golf Ready Facility!) are excited to offer seven “Get Golf Ready” sessions in 2014. This program was developed by the PGA of America and is focused on introducing new players to the game of golf. The program includes six hours of instruction by PGA professionals and four hours of supervised play on the course designed to make players comfortable playing the game. Each Get Golf Ready session is limited to 16 participants. Due to the limited class size, each participant will receive a significant amount of personal instruction from the two PGA professionals assigned to each class. All sessions consist of six classes over a three-week period. The fee for the Get Golf Ready program is ONLY $99. All equipment and range balls are included in the fee. Contact the golf club for additional information or to register. You may also register on line at www. playgolfamerica.com/ggr . The schedule for our first Get Golf Ready session is as follows: Class #1 – Awakening the golfer in you. Thursday, May 7 at 5:30 PM Class #2 – Become one with the course. Monday, May 11 at 5:0 PM Class #3 – The turn. Thursday, May 14 at 5:30 PM Class #4 – Driving school. Monday, May 18 at 5:30 PM Class #5 – Take your swing. Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 PM Additional 2015 Get Golf Ready sessions begin on the following dates: June 4, July 2, August 13, September 10 and October 8 (all classes will begin at 5:30 p.m.) GUEST DAY POLICY AND DATES In order to provide FJGC members with a greater opportunity to take advantage of our monthly Guest Days, FJGC members are permitted to bring up to three guests after 11:00 on Guest Days. Prior to 11:00, FJGC members are permitted to bring only one guest. Also, green fees are waived for your guest(s) but each guest must pay cart and user fees. Monthly Guest Days are scheduled for the SECOND WEDNESDAY and FOURTH THURSDAY of each month. Invite your Family and friends to join you for a great round of golf at FJGC! Upcoming Guest Days: May 13 & 28, June 10 & 25 ON THE COURSE March came in with a roar and April is showing no signs of slowing down, it’s on, here comes the 2015 golfing season. The courses are greening up and we have started mowing most areas on a regular basis. The greens have been groomed a couple of times and came out of the winter in great shape. The grooming will smooth the turf out until the full uniformity returns. You will see us lightly topdressing bi-weekly to help keep them rolling smooth. During Master’s week, the bulk fertilizer was applied and with the temperatures in the 80’s we will be growing lots of grass this month. Last month we renovated the tee on #2 Wildcat by removing the old rocky soil about 3” deep and added some better soil and re-sodded the area. Currently we are not using the area, but by the middle of April when the sod has rooted, we will return to the normal use of that area. This should make the tee more playable and much more desirable to view from the road as you drive in. There are plans to improve the turf on #3 and #4 Wildcat tees before the fall season. The process will be similar to the renovation on # 2 tee due to the poor soil conditions. Thank you for all the positive comments on the foot bridges that were built on Hickory last month. Remember bring a friend and play the courses; they are ready for play on a daily basis. The Old Hickory greens that have leaf decline (thinner spots) over the past few weeks are under special treatment at this time. There are also similar spots on the Wildcat, Bobcat and Putting greens. This decline has occurred the past two years on a few select areas of our greens and will start to recover soon. The treatment is underway and consists of 13-3-13 greens grade fertilizer to stimulate growth and root activity. Topdressing sand to ensure a smooth roll and to keep the temperatures high to support growth and to keep algae from forming in these areas. The cause of this decline is not enough potassium in the plant to properly help it establish carbohydrates to fully emerge from its dormant winter state. These extra carbohydrates are needed when our winters are as rough as the last couple have been since the Ultra Dwarf Bermuda (Champion) grass is not a deep rooting turf. Not to worry - the grass is not dead in these areas, the leaf tissue has just dropped off the stems and it looks bad. In a couple of weeks under the special care, the areas will improve to give a full turf canopy again. Thank you for your understanding and please don’t be afraid to ask questions about your course. We want to keep everyone up to speed as much as we can at all times. Jeffrey Connell Jeffrey Connell Fort Jackson Golf Course Superintendent UPCOMING EVENTS FIRST FRIDAY TOURNAMENTS 2015 SENIOR MEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP The 2015 Senior Men’s Club Championship is scheduled for May 8-10 (Friday-Sunday). This year’s event will be a 54-hole, stroke play event and will be flighted after the completion of the second round. Tee times for the first round will begin at noon on Friday, May 8. Saturday and Sunday tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. Entry fee is $45 and includes daily user fee, breakfast prior to the final round, and awards. 11TH ANNUAL RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY TOURNAMENT As part of the installation’s 2015 Retiree Appreciation activities, FJGC will be hosting the 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Tournament on Friday, May 15, starting at 9:00 a.m. All military retirees and their guests are eligible to participate in the Captain’s Choice Tournament. Enter individually or as a team of four. Entry Fee is $40 for FJGC members and $50 for non-members and guests. Stop by the golf club or call to register. COUPLES TOURNAMENTS The next Couples Tournaments will be held on Sunday, May 31 and Sunday, June 28, starting at 2:00 p.m. Our monthly Couples Tournaments offer you and your spouse, or significant other, a great opportunity to meet others and enjoy a fun afternoon of golf. The $45 entry fee per couple includes all applicable fees, cart, prizes, and dinner at the conclusion of play. Come out and join in the fun and fellowship. FIRST FRIDAY TOURNAMENTS Our next monthly First Friday Golf Tournament will be held on May 1, June 5 and July 3, 2015. The Captain’s Choice event will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. You may enter your own team but the team must have a total team handicap of at least 40, with no single handicap counting for more than 20 of the team’s total. Individuals are also encouraged to sign up. The PGA golf professionals will make teams of the individuals that enter. Call the Pro Shop or stop by the clubhouse to sign up. Come & enjoy the fun! FJGC / US OPEN On Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, you can team up with one of the PGA Tour players making the cut at this year’s U.S. Open. Your team score will consist of your net score plus your TWO-COURSE TOURNAMENTS FJGC will host a couple of two-course tournaments during May and June 2015. On the days of these events, the committee for these events will secure reciprocal playing privileges for FJGC members at other courses in the Columbia area. Tee times must be arranged by one of our PGA professionals. You may submit your reciprocal tee times request five days prior to the date of each tournament. At this time, the following two-course events are on the tournament schedule: » May 7 – Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce (Woodlands - $25, Indian River - $24, Golden Hills - $25, Crickentree - $25) » May 21 – Greater Columbia Home Builders Association (Woodlands - $25, Oak Hills - $26, Golden Hills - $25, Crickentree - $25) » June 15 – George Rogers Foundation Tournament (Reciprocal courses to be announced) MONTHLY FREE LESSONS On the second Wednesday of each month (March-October) starting 5-6:30 p.m. on the Practice Tee … Buy a Bucket of Balls, Get some Tips GREAT SHOTS A couple of aces, a rare double-eagle and a noteworthy accomplishment highlights our list of “Great Shots” for March and April 2015. Gary Duncan’s tee shot found the bottom of the cup on Old Hickory’s second hole. M. D. Taylor recorded his first ever ace on Wildcat’s thirteenth hole. Chris Watson recorded the rare double-eagle “3” on the sixteenth hole of the Wildcat Course. Andy Koin shot his age with a round of 35-43=81 on the Old Hickory Course. His round even included a triple bogey 7 on the tenth hole! Great work everyone and congratulations to everyone on your Great Shot. Please take a moment to report all great and/or unusual accomplishments so we can include them in the next “Tee Times.” RANGE CLUB Is your goal for 2015 to take a few strokes off your handicap? Consider a membership in the FJGC Range Club. An annual membership to the Range Club is only $225.00. Each additional Family member can be added to a Range Club membership for an additional $25 per person. Each Range Club member will be issued two range ball bags. Before each practice session, simply return your empty bags to the Golf Shop and exchange them for two full bags. Any lost or missing bags can be replaced for a $5.00 charge. We would like to remind ALL Range Club Members that your range balls are for your personal use only and cannot be shared with another person. We also ask that you NOT keep filled bags of range balls in your vehicle. The storage of balls in your vehicle greatly REDUCES the number of balls available to our patrons. In turn, this requires us to collect balls off the range more frequently and increases our labor costs. Of course, increased costs will be passed along to all of our customers! THE RULES CORNER 1. A player concedes a hole, then learns that he was entitled to a handicap stroke on the hole and makes a claim: the Committee should revoke the concession. True or False 2. Which action is permitted before the stroke when a player’s ball lies in a bunker? a. Placing clubs, an umbrella or a rake in the bunker. b. Throwing a rake into the bunker, causing the ball to move. c. Sticking the handle of a rake into the sand. 3. In stroke play, a competitor is responsible for each of the following EXCEPT: a. b. c. d. Knowing the Rules. Starting at the time established by the Committee. Playing without delay. Returning his scorecard to the Committee with accurate totals (correct addition). Answers: (1) False, Decision 6-2a/4. (2) A, Rule 13-4, Exception 1. (3) D, Rule 6-6d. tour player’s score. Handicaps will be adjusted based on tees being played. Daily winners for both the Saturday and Sunday round will be awarded. Entry fee is $5 per person. GOLF SHOP NEWS Spring is here and our Pro Shop is fully stocked with equipment from some of golf’s top brands. Our brand selection includes Taylor Made, Nike, Callaway, Ping, Titleist and Cobra Golf TaylorMade’s new RSi irons take it one step further with slots on the face in the heel and toe, in addition to the cuts on the sole and cavity. The company says this combo provides more uniform flex, ball speed and consistency across the clubface, regardless of whether you miss it high, low, or toward the heel or toe. The RSi series consists of two models for the vast majority of players, as well as a blade-like TP version aimed at tour players and top amateurs. Both the RSi 1 and RSi 2 feature face slots in the 3-8 irons, “speed pockets” with “thru slots” in the 3-7 irons, and the thin, inverted cone throughout the set. The RSi 2, which replaces SLDR irons in TaylorMade’s lineup, has a more compact profile, thinner topline, slightly less offset and less sole bounce than the RSi 1. The multi material RSi 2 has cast, stainless steel long irons (3-5) with tungsten weighting to produce higher launch angles, and forged face short irons (8-PW) to enhance impact feel. The midsize RSi 1, which replaces SpeedBlade irons, has a deep undercut behind an ultra-thin face. A larger area of the face maintains high ball speeds than in its sister irons. In addition, the sand and lob wedges have the company’s multi-purpose ATV sole grind for playability from a variety of lies. Through certified PGA Professionals on staff, you will get expertise on all brand equipment fitting, along with access to professional instructions. Our Pro Shop offers more than just clubs. We have a wide selection of brand name shoes, apparel, and golf accessories. Our Installment Plan is available for purchases of $300 or more. Trade-ins of used clubs are offered. Callaway Trade In, Trade up is also available when you purchase Callaway golf equipment. Contact Ada Simmons or the Pro Shop staff to learn more about what our Pro Shop has to offer at 803-787-4344. We will be happy to assist you!
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