Uber For Club Events

Uber

Members may not all be aware that Uber, the ride network so popular in larger urban areas, also operates in Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, and Loomis.

Next time you plan to come to Sierra View Country Club for a party or event, such as the upcoming Super Bowl on February 1 or the Valentines Dance on February 14, and for sure New Year’s Eve, relieve yourself of the worry of driving home by setting up your Uber account now.

The advantages of using Uber are many. First, you don’t pay with cash. It’s cashless! No mental calculations about how much to tip because your fare includes a tip. You’ll know what your approximate fare is on your phone before you order your ride, so there are no surprises. We have found the fares to be on par with taxis and sometimes lower. Here’s another cool advantage: Your smart phone’s display tracks the location of the driver. You can wait in the lobby and sprint out the door when your phone display shows the car pulling in the parking lot.

Sounds good? Here’s how you get yourself set up with Uber. Have your credit card handy when you start this process.

On your iPhone or Android phone’s browser, go to the URL http://www.uber.com. Depending on your device, you’ll see either “Sign Up” or “Sign Up For Uber.” You will be prompted to enter your email address and fill in short profile: Name, Mobile Phone Number, Language, and Credit Card information. Once that’s done, Uber will download its app to your phone. When you need Uber to take you somewhere, all you do is tap the app, put in your destination address, and Uber will tell you the fare amount. Tap “Yes” and your phone will tell you how long before the Uber driver arrives. You can actually track the car’s approach on your phone’s Uber map image. It’s pretty amazing, and a god-send if you question your ability to drive. Don’t risk it!

One more really cool thing: Let’s say you are sharing Uber with another person or couple. Uber lets you split the fare equally. Each rider’s card gets charged exactly half the fare. So make sure your friends are Uber-ready too!

We were in San Francisco during the 2014 holidays and used Uber for the first time. Even though we had driven into San Francisco, we preferred using Uber rather than deal with driving and parking, driving and reparking. Our driver was pleasant and funny, the car was a Prius, for pete’s sake, and the process was smooth as glass. No fuss, no muss. No fumbling for bills, no stress. And Uber even emails you a receipt immediately after your drop-off.

So Sierra View members, come and enjoy the club’s events knowing that Uber is your party partner.

 

Sun Damage Prevention Tips for Golfers

Sun Damage Protector

I was going to post this news topic in the spring, but the current California drought means cloudless days. We are playing golf during sunny afternoons once the morning fog dissipates. So talking about sun damage is appropriate right now.

Sun damage can lead to skin cancer. We all know that, and the scary messages are in the news more and more these days. The good news is that manufacturers are designing clothing and accessories that will help protect us from sun damage on the golf course. Many golfers are setting a good example for their golf partners. Golfers of all ages, all ethnicities, need to do everything possible to prevent further sun damage.

Many of us are from the generation that basked in the sun for hours as youngsters, slathering ourselves with baby oil laced with iodine. What were we thinking? Well, today many of us are paying the price for that uninformed behavior. If you have ever sat in the waiting room of a dermatologist’s office, you’ve likely seen people’s face and head areas hidden by pretty impressive bandages.

Golfers are exposed to at least four hours of sun during an 18 hole round. More if you add the time at the range warming up. New courses and links courses offer darn little, if any shade. Lucky for members of Sierra View Country Club, we have a lot of big-canopy trees (too many, some say!) which afford us some moments of shade. But there are many things we can do to avoid further sun damage and the dermatologist’s scalpel. Here are a few:

  • Become an early riser and get an early tee time. When that dreaded alarm goes off, instead of lamenting the fact that you have to get up and get out the door, pat that smooth, baby face of yours with both hands and be grateful for being a conscientious healthy human.  If you cannot get an early tee time, get one later in the day. The most damaging hours of sun are between ten in the morning and four in the afternoon.
  • Become a shade hopper. If your cart partner doesn’t know how to seek out shady spots to park the cart, take over the driver’s seat. With the new wearable GPS devices, it’s no longer a matter of having to situate your golf cart right where your ball lies. Lacking shade from trees, situate your cart at an angle that protects the riders. You may feel silly with your cart pointed back toward the tee box rather than toward the green, but feeling silly is a small price to pay for protecting your skin.
  • Create your own shade. At Sierra View Country Club, more than half of the golfers walk the course. I’ve done some research on how many walking golfers use an umbrella for protection (not only from the sun but also from the heat of the sun). A high percentage of women members use an umbrella, but very very few men do. Somehow we have to make it cool, make it fashionable, make it macho, for men to use umbrellas too.
  • Don’t BURN! It’s sunburn that causes the most dangerous skin cancers. Always wear a sun block and reapply. Yes, I know, reapplying is the hardest to habituate. Sun blocks that contain zinc are supposed to be the most beneficial, but people sometimes avoid them because of how they make us look ghostly. CVS makes a broad-spectrum clear zinc sun block called Clear Zinc Sun Lotion. It’s a 50 spf and it actually goes on clear. There are many other sun blocks with good reviews online. Don’t forget a block for your lips, too.
  • Wear a wide brim hat that covers your ears and neck. The men at Sierra View Country Club eschew the umbrellas but more and more of them are wearing wide brim hats. Women are slowly catching on. Someone could make a lot of money designing spiffy wide brim hats for women that won’t blow off or get in the way of the golf swing. Visors are the worst. Your entire scalp is exposed to the sun and just try to protect that area with sun block. Hard to do. The times I’ve sat in the waiting room of the dermatologist’s office, I’ve seen bandaged ears and scalps as often as bandaged noses.
  • Make sure your sunglasses are high-quality, and wraparound is the best design. Some golfers say they don’t like wearing sunglasses. Sun is unkind to eyes as well as to skin. Take care of those precious eyes of yours.

January 2015 Golf News

Sierra View Country Club 2014 Golf Champions

Sierra View Country Club Tournament Champions for 2014

Let’s start this year’s first golf news blog by looking back at 2014 and congratulating our Sierra View Tournament Champions. Here they are:

  • Senior Club Champion – Mark Ross
  • Old Oak Champions – Gary White and Ed McGreehan
  • Kaseberg Champions – Chris Clark and Frank Luna
  • Scotch Champions – Dennis Dearbaugh and Don Gearing
  • Acorn Champions – Bob Warner and Terry Bunk
  • Club Champion – Tanner Makimoto
  • Ladies Club Champion – Lynn Cowan
  • Ladies Handicap Champion – Deb McSherry
  • Mixed Invitational Champions – Lorne Miller and Judy Hillier, Bill and Gwen Barker
  • Oak Leaf Invitational Champions – Carol Siefkin and Julie Thomas, Diane Cooper and Connie Krekelberg
  • Member-Member Tournament Champions – John Bierer and Nick Cejka

Update on 2015 US Senior Open Volunteering

As of early January, we have 30 Sierra View Country club members registered as marshals for the open at Del Paso Country Club. Sierra View Country Club is assigned to the 15th par 5 hole. We still need 20 more volunteers from among our membership. If you want to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, sign up at the USGA website and use the code “SIERRAVIEW” when signing up. You can always contact Jim Salazar if you need help getting involved. What a chance to see the best senior players in the world compete against each other. And you could be right there, front and center!

Cart Lease Program Special Offer

If you typically ride the Sierra View course and you play more than 75 rounds a year, it makes good sense to get signed up for the annual cart lease program. Sign up before the end of January and you can get in at the cost of $1,275 for a single golfer or $1,800 for a couple. Save yourself some money and get in on this offer.

January Holiday Schedule

Reminder that the course and clubhouse will be open on Monday, January 19th for Martin Luther King Jr. day. The following day, Tuesday, January 20th, the course and clubhouse will be closed.

I almost forgot to congratulate our latest golfers with a hole in one: Phil Gouran and Matt Winans both recently aced a hole!

Pace of Play and The Four Hour Round

Pace of Play
Pace of Play and the Four Hour Round

Pace of Play and how to get it under control are being discussed all over the internet right now. If you use Twitter, follow the conversation at #usgapaceofplay to listen in on the chatter. Slow play may be keeping some people from taking up the game of golf, or has resulted in people giving up on the game entirely. Among those of us who are active amateur golfers, it’s something we want to find remedies for, to ensure the future of the sport which we love so much and which adds immensely to our lives.

Patrick Mateer published a book a few years ago called “The Return of the 4 Hour Round.” According to his research, seventy-two percent say more golfers would consider taking up the game, and fewer golfers would abandon the game if we could return to the ideal of the four hour round.

Fortunately for us members of Sierra View Country Club, which prides itself as “The Fast Play Club,” pace of play complaints are few and far between. That’s not the case elsewhere. And the recent pace of play campaign called “While We’re Young” with its tongue in cheek approach to the problem, hasn’t seemed to have made any inroads.

Here’s an interesting story from the Weston Golf and Country Club, where they made a concerted effort to get all golfers fully aware of what the course professionals determined was the ideal and manageable time to play 18 holes: 4 hours and 12 minutes. So “4:12” became the mantra at the country club. The bar charged $4.12 for the daily special drink. 4:12 was printed on the cocktail napkins. The code for the locker room was changed to 412. When a foursome was called to the first tee they were given a card showing their tee-off time, which also showed them the time plus 4:12. What happened? Not everyone made the 4:12 time allotment, but everyone’s awareness was raised. Slow golfers started believing they might actually be the slow ones! Read more about this story.

Pace of Play Tips for Golfers

Here are suggestions I’m seeing tossed about by leaders in the industry:

  • On public courses, charge by the hour, not by the round. (This is a new one on me…sounds impossible to administer.)
  • Train marshals on how to tactfully tell slow golfers to play faster.
  • When checking in golfers, show/tell them the lengths from each set of tees and match that with what the golfer states as the length of average drive. Do not let short hitters tee off from inappropriately long tees. Play it Forward must get traction in the sport of golf, but it needs teeth.
  • Mow the rough a shorter height. So much time is spent by golfers looking for balls in the rough. If the rough is cut a wee bit shorter, it could definitely help reduce the minutes spent looking for balls.
  • Space tee times. If you are spacing at 10 minute intervals, try 11 minute intervals. Statistically, this suggestion results in decreasing round time by 18 minutes on average. The issue, of course, is lost revenue. Similar to achieving more leg room in the cabin of an airplane, when you add a minute between tee times, you can accommodate fewer rounds.
  • On checking in golfers, give every golfer a card that says something like, “If you can’t see the group in front of you and you can see the group behind you, you need to pick up and move on.
  • When your foursome is on the green and you are ready to putt and the person who should be putting is walking yet another circle around the green examining every possible nuance, just putt.
  • Clear the green right away. Don’t just saunter off casually, taking your sweet time. Get moving and mark your score card when you have reached the next green.
  • Ready golf on the fairway means it’s ok to remind your partners that they are up, and if you are ready to hit and there is no issue of safety, even though you may be closer to the green, just hit.
  • Talk with your partners while you walk/ride, not while another person is preparing to hit. That player may be waiting for you to stop your yammering.
  • If you have putted out, and the next tee is open, don’t wait for everyone to putt out. Go tee off. Your group will catch up with you.
  • Pros may take four, five, six, twelve practice swings, but us amateurs should limit practice swings to one or two at the most. Check your routine.
  • Watch your partners’ balls. Make a mental note where they land, if off the fairway. Too much time is spent looking for balls in the rough, in the trees, in the barranca. Hit a provisional if the ball has landed in what looks like an impossible spot to hit from.

Weather can be a factor in Pace of Play. In rainy weather, Cart Path Only days mean players are trying to manage the cart and walking zig zag all over the course. It takes a pretty terrific player to always manage placing his or her ball near the cart path! On Cart Path Only days, if you are able, use a push cart and walk. You’ll end up walking less than if you ride. Almost guaranteed.

There are people who believe five-somes should not be allowed in regular play. I used to agree with that until one day, recently, my threesome had a dickens of a time keeping up with the five-some of men in front of us, all walkers. These guys had black belts in Ready Golf!

Personally, my advice for any golfer is to consider joining a private country club, preferably with a walker-friendly golf course like Sierra View Country Club of Roseville, where pace of play is a closely guarded, almost sacred concept. Decide how many rounds of golf you’d ideally like to play every month, and do the math. My hunch is you’ll find that the costs work out quite well. Take into consideration, also, the amount of time you’ll save monthly – time you can spend in other pursuits. Read all about Sierra View at http://sierraviewcc.org.