03/27/17 —
OGA's 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series Second in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the Par 3 at Mountain View Golf Course in Boring, Ore. If you look at the scorecard, 184 (Blue), 178 (White), and 118 (Red) seem to be decent lengths for a par 3. Not too long… not too short… and then you get to the tee. If you’re one who suffers from vertigo or has a fear of heights, I sure hope someone warned you before stepping up to the edge. The tee boxes are carved out of the side of a steep canyon. The green is below you about 180 feet from the upper tees and has a menacing right to...
02/28/17 —
One of the purposes of the Most Interesting Holes contest we ran in January, is to take the elected golf holes and describe how what makes the hole interesting can impact Course Rating. The hole with the most votes is the 5th hole at Crooked River Ranch in Crooked River Ranch, Ore., and it does not disappoint as to how we needed to adjust and assess the hole’s course rating information. (The image to the right shows view of the green from the Blue tee. Please notice the bunker and several trees that obscure and surround the green. Oh, and the 400 foot drop to the river below. This shot is not...
02/21/17 —
Even though we are all wondering if it will ever stop raining, the OGA Handicapping Season is right around the corner and starts Wednesday, March 1st. Scores made on golf courses within the OGA region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) must be posted beginning that day. If you are donning your raingear and braving the unusually soggy conditions, you will want to check with your club’s Handicap Committee and / or Golf Pro to see if your club has invoked a Local Rule for dealing with the variety of circumstances this rough winter has left us with. Many clubs in the area have adopted the policies...
01/25/17 —
The fifth hole at Crooked River Ranch Golf Course in Crooked River, Oregon was voted the Most Interesting Hole in Golf in the 2017 OGA Edition decided by fan vote. Twenty-eight holes from courses all over Oregon and SW Washington were nominated by golf professionals, course representatives, and volunteers and then an online vote allowed the public to determine the top-18 Most Interesting Holes over a week-long voting period. Over 2,600 votes were tallied, with the fifth hole at Crooked River garnering 384 votes to claim first place by a landslide over the 12th hole at Mt. View Golf Course in...
01/24/17 —
For some, the snow has melted away, the sun has made an appearance and the courses are drying out nicely. For others, the weather conditions are still less than stellar. But the golf season is just around the corner for all of us – just over a month away (starts March 1st in the OGA region of Oregon and Southwest Washington). If you haven’t already, you’re going to be dusting off the clubs, thinking about hitting the range, maybe signing up for lessons. But what about your USGA Handicap Index? Time to join a club and get it activated! Q: Do I have to wait until the season starts on March 1 st...
12/20/16 —
Though you already know the Oregon Golf Association’s off season is December, January and February, you might not know exactly why. You might also wonder about posting scores if you travel over the winter, or if and when a “trend handicap” can be used. We’ve got some answers for you! Q: Sometimes the weather isn’t too bad in our area this time of year. Why can’t we post scores? A: The USGA extends jurisdiction to the golf associations to declare our own active and inactive seasons. All northern states in the country have inactive seasons which are typically three or four months in duration,...
10/31/16 —
Almost every other sport has set guidelines for the field, court, or rink. Basketball courts in the NBA are 94 by 50 feet. Football fields are 100 (+20 for both end zones) by 53 1/3 yards. Tennis courts are 78 by 27 feet. Even a table tennis/ping pong table is 9 x 5 feet. When it comes to golf, every course is different. Imagine playing basketball against an NBA player. There would be no chance of being competitive. But think what would happen if you get to play to an 8 foot hoop instead of his 10 foot hoop. That evens the field a little. USGA has developed an amazing method that pairs the...
09/22/16 —
Within the USGA Handicap System Manual’s 124 pages and 17 sections, you’ll find formulas, rules, procedures and charts. But the most important element of the system is the group of folks you find studying the manual – the club’s Handicap Committee. The Handicap System is much more than all the text and number crunching; the human element is essential in safeguarding amateur golf’s code of honor. Do you know who your Handicap Chairs / Committee Members are? As a player carrying a Handicap Index, it’s vital that you know the individuals who are required to oversee the Handicap System at your...
07/29/16 —
After working in handicap administration for years, we have to conclude that the USGA Handicap System makes good sense, especially when it’s followed and applied uniformly. The formulas, and other policies and procedures have solid concepts behind them that are necessary in promoting and creating equitable handicaps. Still, there seems to be a lot of explaining to do to surprised golfers! Here are a few interesting and unusual handicapping rules that you might not have contemplated: Decision 1-1/2 Player Discontinues Playing Left-Handed and Begins Playing Right-Handed Q: A player discontinues...
07/08/16 —
One of the best initiatives in amateur golf to come into its own in recent seasons is the USGA’s Play 9 program (officially observed on the 9th of each month from May – October). With a lower cost and time commitment, playing nine holes is a fun solution enabling players to fit golf into typically busy days. The OGA gladly jumps on this bandwagon, encouraging OGA members to get friends, family, and coworkers together to enjoy more nine-hole rounds. Not only are there many great nine-hole facilities to visit, a lot of 18-hole facilities have special rates for playing nine. Due in large part to...
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