Rose Cup Won by Sierra View… Again!

Rose Cup 2014
Sierra View Men Win Rose Cup…Again!

Sierra View Takes the Rose Cup

The Rose Cup Tournament, known locally for its fun and genial atmosphere, was won by Sierra View Country Club golfers for the fifth straight year! Rose Cup teams are comprised of twelve golfers representing these Placer County golf courses: Sierra View Country Club, Diamond Oaks Golf Course, Timber Creek Golf Course, and Woodcreek Golf Course. Diamond Oaks was the host course this year, held on November 8, 2014. It was the seventh year that Sierra View golfers have taken the top prize in the Rose Cup, with Head Pro Jim Salazar being part of the tournament for the seventh time. Jim played on day one, and had his assistant Pro, Walt Thompson, lead the team to victory on day two.

Each of the four teams color coordinated their polo shirts, with the Sierra View men wearing red shirts bearing a logo that resembled the Ryder Cup logo. The red shirts won handily with a 53.5 point total for the two days. The black shirt team, Woodcreek Golf Course, came in second with 45.5 points. Diamond Oaks, wearing blue polos, finished in fourth with 44.5 points, and the purple Timber Creek team finished last at 36.5 points.

The format is the same each year, with the first of the two days devoted to team play. This year, Sierra View scored 19.5 points on day one. Over the two days, these four Sierra View County Club golfers won the maximum of eight points each: John Donahue, who just recently became a member of Sierra View, John Arizcuren, Gary Colquhoun, and Gary Wendell. What a performance! Also on Sierra View’s team were Steve Lee, Frank Luna, Jack McCann, Bill Hooper, Ben Lillibridge, Bob Sullivan, Randy Rasmussen.

Head Pro, Jim Salazar, was asked why he thinks the Sierra View team continues to take the Rose Cup year after year. His answer was, “Maybe our guys are playing more.”

Sierra View Country Club members couldn’t be more proud of how their team performed. Congratulations to all of the players for upholding the tradition of the Rose Cup, a day of sportsmanship and a lot of good fun.

Swing Thought? What’s Yours?


What’s your swing thought?

Leave a comment. Maybe you’ll help another golfer.

What's Your Swing Thought?

I remember going into a golf shop a few years ago and seeing a book called, “I’ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts and ‘Hit the Ball’ Ain’t One.” I recall chuckling, nodding, and since I was a fairly new golfer, it struck home. Trying to figure out a working swing thought was plaguing me. My brother once told me that from the neck up, I’m a liability. He may be right. Thinking, rethinking, over-thinking…that’s a problem many golfers face standing over that little dimpled white ball.

Researching golf swing thoughts is an interesting pastime. Turns out every pro has their favorite and they change over time. Veejay Singh for a while was using “Seventeen,” believe it or not. He claimed it improved his tempo. My friend, Vi, uses “Pepsi Cola” for the same reason. Most of the pros say if they had a swing thought it all, it had to do with helping control tempo. Under the pressure of competition, they said that tempo was the first thing to go, not mechanics of the swing. Here’s an interesting website that deals with the golfer’s state of mind.

In the 4 to 5 hours it takes to play 18 holes, only about 3 minutes are spent actually hitting the ball. The rest of the time, our brains are doing a number on us. Perhaps the pace of play could be shortened if people like me gave up on the notion of a swing thought and just did what the body does naturally. Nice and smooth. Hit the ball. One writer, found during my research, says to leave your swing thought on the driving range. Period.

How many sports can you think of that give the player the time to even barely contemplate their next move? When a baseball is hurtling at the batter, at lightning speed, the batter had better not be thinking about whether his elbow is bent at the right angle. Golf is truly unique in that regard.

November Tennis News

Six Lighted Tennis Courts

November Tennis News from Steve Dunmore

The beauty of fall has arrived.  The tennis courts are surrounded by leaves of gold, red, brown and orange with a touch of chill in the air. It is a pleasurable time to play tennis.

On Saturday, October 18th, two enjoyable games paired up in the Golf and Tennis Challenge. Only the craftiest and most skilled at both dared to compete against the Professionals—Steve Dunmore and Jim Salazar. The males were well represented. First place winning team was Bob DePalma and Geno Delyon. A very close second place was the team of Barry MacDonald and Fred Mitsch. Honorable mentions were Matthew Brunnquell, Mark Denning and Don Stroup, who gave their best efforts. Of course, these male competitors were well supported by their better halves, Linda Mitsch and Christine MacDonald.           .

Our Halloween Tennis Social was on Friday, October 24th. It was very successful, with six courts of costume clad tennis players. The tennis winners with the most games won were Robby Denning and Anthony Chin.

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, November 8th, at 9 am is the Pro-Am Mixed Doubles.  This is an opportunity for members to match your tennis skills against the ladies and men of the Sierra College Tennis Team. Sign-up via ForeTees.
  • Friday, December 12th, at 6 pm is the Holiday Tennis Mixed Social Doubles. Sign-up via ForeTees.
  • Saturday, January 17th, 2015 is the Annual Tennis Dinner.

Interested in becoming a member of Sierra View so you can participate in the fun? Check out the Become a Member page on the Sierra View Website. We’d love that!

November Golf News

Sixth Green

November Greens Report from Kyle Dykstra

Though the weather has been above normal for this time of year, it made for perfect growing conditions for our aerified greens and overseeded areas. Warm days and cool nights allowed the greens to recover in about a week. We saw newly planted ryegrass germinating in five days. Overall, I feel the overseeding was a success. Also, having a contractor seed the fairways with his special machine really paid off. We got better germination, used less water, fairways came in thicker and we used about two tons less seed, a significant savings. After two weeks of growing, we mowed the fairways at 3/4 of an inch. Our normal summer time mowing height is 1/2 inch.  Starting next week we will lower the height to 5/8  inch and leave it there until March.  Last week all the seeded areas were fertilized.   The only thing left to do is to spray the new seed with a growth regulator that will slow down the top growth and encourage the grass to grow more horizontally. This will help to create a denser playing surface, until the Bermuda grass comes back out of dormancy in the spring.

Since we were not doing much mowing while the new grass was establishing, we had time to get other jobs done on the golf course. We leveled and re-sodded around the practice green by the pro shop. We used ryegrass on the collar and tall fescue around the perimeter. We edged all of the cart paths. We have also been going around and cutting tree roots that are out competing with the grass for water and nutrients. We have done this around all the greens and tees and now are expanding it to some of the trees that are very close to the fairways. We believe this will allow us to cut back on our hard watering in those areas and in turn, save water and provide a more consistent playing surface.

We leveled the collar on the right side of the green on hole #17 and the left side of hole #1. We have sprayed all the tree wells and landscape areas with a pre-emergent herbicide to help prevent new weeds from germinating.

Hopefully you have time to enjoy the course before, we hope, the wet weather comes. Thanks for allowing us to close the course for four days to get all of our work done in a more efficient and timely manner. Have a great fall and we will see you on the course.


Golf Course Etiquette tips from Head Pro, Jim Salazar

  • Safety: Prior to playing a stroke or making a practice swing, the player should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any debris, which may be moved by the stroke or swing.
  • Consideration for other players: No one should move, talk or stand close to, or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke. No player should play until the players in front are out of range.
  • Pace of play: In the interest of all, players should play without delay.
  • Holes in bunkers: Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints.
  • Damage to Greens – Flagsticks, Bags, etc: Players should ensure that when laying down golf bags or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green and that neither they, nor their playing partners, damage the hole by standing too close to it, or in handling the flagstick, or in removing the ball from the hole.
  • Golf carts: Course rules allow for carts to use the 90 degree rule from cart paths, but not to be driven within 30 feet of any green or tee when not on path. Pull carts also need to remain off all tee boxes and at least 10 feet from any green. Never pull carts between green side bunkers and green.            .
  • Damage through Practice Swings: In taking practice swings, players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly the tees, by making divots.