Walk-By from the Pro

Ranchers,

The golfing season is here! We’re looking forward to an active March, and there are several things to keep in mind.

The Polar Bear Classic Review

Last Saturday, we had our first couples event of the season: the Polar Bear Classic. Ten couples participated with the Hortons, Joe and Loree, and the Williamsons, Larry and Cindy, being victorious. Nancy Finch won the closest-to-the-pin challenge on #5.

Sign-Up Information for "The Bull & The Bear 2018"

The Bull & The Bear, our men's member-guest tournament, will have sign-ups on April 8th at 8:00 AM. This is Masters Sunday, so everyone should be fired up for the season.

The procedure will be the same as previous years. We will start sending out information several times a week starting next week. If you are not currently receiving email communications from Spring Creek Ranch, please email Jason Williams at jasonw@springcreekranch.org to ensure you are on the distribution list.

New Golf Shop Apparel

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Golf Shop lately, you've missed the addition of some new brands. This month, we will have new threads by Travis Mathew, FootJoy, Peter Millar, Donald Ross and Adidas. New bags from Titleist have already found the floors while bags by Jones and Sun Mountain are on the way.

If you are in the market for a new pair of golf shoes, the new Sport SL from FootJoy is here! We also have several different Adidas styles in route.

Titleist Golf Ball Promotion

For those of you that have been asking, the Titleist golf ball promotion will start on March 22nd. We are already accepting orders. Buy 3 dozen ProV1 or ProV1x , you will get 1 dozen free. This includes free personalization!

You can get your imprint in black, blue, red, green or pink. You can also specify which play number you prefer.

New Golf Cart Fleet Coming Soon!

Over the past couple of months, we have faced several issues with batteries in our carts. The carts start out on full charge and then digress, sometimes very quickly.

We have been working diligently over the past couple of months trying to pinpoint the problem. For all that have been affected, we are truly sorry. We know how big of inconvenience it can be to have to switch out golf carts in the middle of a round.

I have good news! We will be getting new golf carts on April 1st. We have modified the setup slightly with newer options in addition to the newer model. Each cart will have dual USB ports and connecting coolers to just name a couple.

Rules & Policies

With a new season, there comes questions and uncertainty with rules and policies. The tee time and guest policies will be very similar, as last season saw a smooth transition to the updated regulations.

Guest are allowed any time Tuesday through Thursday. We will advise not bringing guest between 11-2 during peak times of the year, as this time is usually covered up with regular games.

Each member is allowed one guest during weekend peak times. Weekend peak times include Friday 11-3, before 12 on Saturday and after 11 on Sunday. Members may have more than one guest on weekends provided it is not during a peak time or a tournament is taking place.

Fivesomes are always at the discretion of the Head Golf Professional. Factors that may influence the decision includes: tee times, cart path situation, concerning groups, time of day, historical data of surrounding groups.

Please understand my main objective is to provide the best experience possible. If a fivesome affects other groups and the pace of play, a decision will be made to alter the situation.

The pace of play at Spring Creek Ranch is 4 hours. If the carts are on the path, the pace of play moves to 4 hours and 15 minutes. This pace has been determined to accommodate the mass. Some days that pace may be well under 4 hours. A group's pace never shall exceed the pace of play determined for that day.

If that pace of play has been compromised, there will be action taken to correct the issue. Please understand that if it is an active day and you are a fast player, we will not address groups that stay within the pace of play guidelines.

Our Visage GPS system allows us to accurately follow groups and monitor their pace. You can also monitor your pace via Visage. In the bottom right hand corner, there will be a yellow box if your group falls behind. The yellow typically means your group is only 5 minutes behind and there is no cause for issue as you may receive a casual message to catch back up.

If the pace of play goes to red, then your group is more than 10 minutes behind and your group will be addressed. This procedure allows everyone to enjoy the golf course at a respectable pace and avoids unnecessary conflict.

Dress Code

Dress code is always an policy that needs to be addressed. All players must conform to the dress code when using the golf course or any of the practice facilities. This includes the Academy, putting areas, chipping greens, or the HIDD3N course.

Hats must be worn forward at ALL times. This includes the moment you enter the gate until the moment you leave. Shirts must be tucked in at all times while using the golf course or practice facilities.

Several golfers love to listen to their favorite tune while hitting the links. By all means, we think this is great. After a long day or week, all you want to do is relax. We encourage it. One issue is if the music is loud enough to affect other groups, we may ask you to turn it down a notch. Last year, I implemented the 30-yard rule. If you can still hear your music outside of 30 yards, it may be too loud.

Junior Golfer Policies

Policies and procedures surrounding junior golfers are often miscommunicated and misunderstood. Juniors must have a valid driver’s license to operate any vehicle while on property.

Juniors under the age of 18 are NOT allowed in the Nicklaus Room. Adversely, adults are not allowed in the Akins Room.

Wet Golf Course

The weather has been absolutely unfortunate to say the least. We broke the record for rainfall for February by two inches. Today is actually the first day we have been off the path for a month.

This much rainfall can make it difficult to maintain bunkers, mow fairways and even greens. If you’ve played recently, you might have noticed we actually have green grass starting to show.

#8 Bunker

The reconstruction of the bunker on #8 has been put on hold with all the rain. It is expected to be finished in early April.

Let’s do our part to help with the condition of the course. Rake bunkers, fix ball marks, and be aware of cigarette and cigar butts.

Thanks for taking the time to catch up! Grab your clubs and come visit us.

Keep the birdies rolling,

Matt Brock, PGA