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The question has always come up about the repair of fairway divots. Should the divot be replaced, left out and filled with divot mix or simple do nothing and keep playing. Hopefully after reading this article you will have a better idea of what to do in any situation when you have taken a divot from the fairway.
“Through the green, a player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced by him/her is to be replaced at once and pressed down”. With this statement from the Rules of Golf, the debate begins over fairway divot repair. The passage clearly states that golfers are responsible for the repair of divots resulting from their golf shots. It falls into the same theory as when you have played a bunker shot you should rake the bunker when exiting. Yes, the maintenance crew is also responsible for the repair of divots that where not replace or repaired after they were taken by the golfer. Also, another way divots are filled here at Heritage Shores is by having divot filling gatherings. This is where some of our resident members volunteer a morning of their time to fill divots to help in the recovery of divots and other scars on the golf course.
This is where the confusion surrounding the question above comes into golfers minds about what should they do after they have create a divot. At Heritage Shores we have a grass type on our fairways that is called creeping bentgrass. A divot taken from creeping bentgrass often results in the infamous “beaver pelt”, a rather large divot that should be replaced at once for playability reasons and a speedy recovery of the divot. In fact during the spring and fall months the divot will re-root to the soil that it was taken from. During the hot summer months, the chances of survival are reduced, and the scar that was left behind by the turf removal will likely fare much better when filled with a divot mixture that is provided in the sand bottles on the golf cart. The one thing we would like to avoid here at Heritage Shores is to leave the divot voided of divot mix or replacing the divot back into the scar. The resulting scar could be a path way for crabgrass or other weeds during the summer months. Or just imagine that you hit a perfect drive right down the middle of the fairway and when you get to your ball you see the ball sitting in a divot scar that was not repaired. As we all play by the rules of golf you have to play that shot as it lies and that can be a very tricky shot to control the distance and direction of your shot.
Golf is a game about having fun and getting away from the worlds problem for a few hours, but we still have to do are part in keeping the golf course playable for the next person looking to have a great day at Heritage Shores. So take an extra minute after your shot and repair your divot by replacing or filling with the divot mix provided on the golf cart.
Courtesy of Heritage Shores Golf Course
On December 24, 2012, we lost a dear friend and Director of Golf for Bayside Resort Golf Club, Bill “Hammer” Hamilton. Hammer was a member of the Carl M. Freeman Golf family for nearly 15 years. He helped open the company’s first golf course, Bear Trap Dunes. Hammer was part of the leadership team as they acquired Hell’s Point in Virginia Beach and The Bay Club in Berlin, Maryland. His pride and joy was in being a key player as they developed and opened Bayside Resort Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf club located just west of Fenwick Island, Delaware.
Hammer was loved by many and will be remembered in countless ways. He was a teacher to some as an encouraging and expert golf instructor. To some he was a leader as he provided a vision for the golf courses including exemplary customer service standards. To others he was a mentor as he coached employees and young golfers on the game of golf including etiquette and the gift of conversation. Most importantly, though, he will be remembered as a friend. As a Southern gentleman, his drawl, manners and charm were irresistible. His infectious smile was welcoming and he knew everyone by name. Hammer was a “go to” as a trusted friend.
The truth is that although we will miss him dearly, we will be reminded of the positive impact Hammer made in the world each time we visit or play The Bay Club, Bear Trap Dunes or Bayside.
A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.
The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?”
“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.
“Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?” the man asked.
“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t played golf in 20 years!”
“Well,” said the man, “I’m not going to give you money. Instead, I’m going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”
The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that?
The man replied, “That’s okay. It’s important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking and golf.”
The off season is the time to become a better golfer because there is time to work on changes. Making changes to your game during the typical golfing season is difficult, because most golfers want to play golf not practice. Important changes take time and repetition. The winter gives you all the time and none of the pressure of solving your swing flaw by your Saturday morning tee time.
The off season is also the time to get stronger and more flexible. Your body can only move as well as your flexibility allows, and the golf swing is the perfect example of this. Do you feel a little tight and sore after being on your feet a while? The same things that cause those feelings are also holding you back during your golf swing.
So remember, the off season is a time to improve your golf game. Work on your swing changes to gain repetition and do some stretching at home or go to the gym. Doing these activities will get 2013 started on the right foot and make it a great golfing season.
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In October I had the great fortune to play one of the greatest golf courses in the world “Pebble Beach”. I was part of a great group of guys who love golf and for the most part love to have a good time. Like a lot of golfers Pebble Beach has always been on my bucket list to play and I have to say it was one of the greatest golf trips of my life. I will never forget our group arriving at the golf course and being the first golfers out that day. With 20 golfers it was our first tee for almost an hour! What a perfect start to a great day that would only get better. The beauty of the front nine at Pebble Beach is second to none. Holes 4 through 9 are some of the most memorable and beautiful holes any golfer will ever play. As I played the back nine and approached 17 and 18, I continued to take in the beauty and history that is Pebble Beach. What a great day!
Flying back to Maryland I started to reminisce about my trip! I realized how lucky I was to see with my own eyes such a beautiful place. I remembered what is was like sitting on the deck at the Inn at Spanish Bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean with some good friends to the sound of a bagpiper while enjoying a magical sunset. Then I realized how fortunate I was to live in Ocean City. I started thinking about all the golfers who had seen the sunrise at Lighthouse Sound & Rum Pointe or the ones that have watched the sunset over Newport Bay at Ocean City Golf Club. I am sure they had the feeling I did when I gazed out over the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Peninsula. In a strange way Pebble Beach reminded me of how lucky I am to live in a place like Ocean City, Maryland.
“Hit em straight”
The property, now known as Lighthouse Sound, was a working farm until the mid 1960’s when a massive development with almost three thousand home sites was envisioned and construction actually begun. The old silo and barn from the farm days can still be seen from the driving range. The project was stopped before completion and the property changed hands several times before the Ruark family bought the project in the late 1990s and committed to preserving the natural beauty of the property.
Most of the home sites were eliminated from the project, and the ones that remain were pulled off of the waterfront, reserving the most pristine areas for golf and preserving the environmentally sensitive areas. Rather than impacting wetlands wooden cart bridges were built throughout the property, including the longest cart bridge in the US, running between holes 8 and 9.
Lighthouse Sound has been recognized by most of the golf publications including a Top 100 rating by Golf Magazine. We hope you will take notice of the surroundings they have preserved as you enjoy your round at Lighthouse Sound.