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December Golf News


Golf News from Sierra View Country Club

Great Turnout at Golf Shop Christmas Party and Sale

The discounts on golf merchandise brought the members in for the annual Golf Shop Christmas Party and Sale, or was it the free appetizers, sweets and wine? I guess we’ll never know, but the turnout was great. The merchandise was literally flying out the door. This is just one more benefit of membership at Sierra View – member discounts throughout the year and especially deep discounts at the annual December event. Keep in mind it’s not too late to order gift certificates for golf lessons for your golfing partner. You can do so right up to Christmas Eve. Oh, did I mention free gift wrapping between now and Christmas? Yes, and we will have all remaining merchandise reduced in price until Christmas Day. Come on by and check out the values!

Update on Hazard Markers

Sierra View, after discussions with the NCGA, has changed its policy on the red stakes and paint that delineated lateral hazards. In the past, we have had red lateral hazard stakes and paint in areas that were not hazards at all, but were placed to make it easier to proceed. It was determined that we should remove all markings that were not actual hazards. So beware: if you hit a ball into the natural areas, it is “through the green” and can be played. Or, if the ball is not found, you must proceed under the lost ball rule. To keep a good pace of play, consider playing a provisional ball before going forward, if you think your ball might be a lost ball.

Best Wishes for This Holiday and 2015

All of us in the Golf Shop wish the members of Sierra View Country Club and their families the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year filled with many gratifying rounds of golf and social experiences at the Club.

Winter Golf Tips from Pro Jim Salazar

Winter Golf Tips

Here’s How You Can Enjoy Winter Golf!

Conditions on the golf course are different in the winter. The fairways may be softer, wetter, with less roll. The rough may be thicker, longer, and more difficult to get a clean hit. Greens may be must softer, slower, and may not run as true as they do in the summer. Then there is the issue of dealing with cold temperatures, especially for those of you who tee off in the early morning when temperatures can hover around 40 degrees.

Here are some tips from Sierra View’s Golf Pro for managing your game in the winter months. I hope you find this helpful, or if you have additional tips for winter golf, please leave a comment.

  • Check your email first thing in the morning. The Golf Shop sends out an email blast to members, warning if there is a frost delay. Plan accordingly.
  • Walk, don’t ride. If you are able to walk the course, do so, at least for your first nine holes. Walk the front; ride the back. Walking will keep your body much warmer than riding in a cart. Also, oftentimes in the rainy season the rule is “cart path only” which means you will end up walking as much, maybe more, by opting for a cart. If you do ride in a cart, make sure the windshield is up to reduce the cold air flow.
  • Keep your hands warm. Here are some ideas: For winter golf, Velcro a pair of mitts to your push cart’s handle and slip your hands into the mitts while you walk or wait. Wear two golf gloves; winter gloves are great and we stock those in the Golf Shop. If “Tommy Two Gloves” can do it, so can we! Keep hand warmers in your pockets, and again, we carry these in the Golf Shop.
  • Keep your golf balls warm. Cold golf balls mean significantly reduced flight distance. When you leave for the course in the morning, put your golf balls in your car’s interior and keep them close to your body during the round. Keep one in your pocket while you use the other one. Switch balls on every tee box. Many golfers also say to switch to a softer ball in winter.
  • Adjust your expectations. Reaching the green in regulation during winter golf may be commonplace for you in the summer months, but due to winter conditions, you may have to adjust your strategy. I advise you to “club up” to adjust for the difference in temperatures. Your approach shot becomes highly critical in the winter, as you may end up having to one-putt for par.
  • Allow for softer greens. Winter greens are usually considerably softer and slower than summer greens. This also means that you all need to be very conscious of repairing your ball marks which can look a bit more like a crater than a dent. Know how to perform a perfect repair and everyone will benefit.
  • Observe the winter rule of lift, clean and place. This winter golf rule is not only to give you a more pleasurable round, it is also to protect the course. On every shot, take advantage of the rule, even if your ball looks like it doesn’t need to be cleaned. It could have a big ugly blob of mud on the underside. We stock those small, handy towels that clip to your belt for use on the green. Your winter towel is your friend.
  • Be smart from the rough. The winter rough is often longer, thicker, and wetter than in the summer and it could grab your hosel and leave you with a nasty outcome. Many golfers find that a rescue or hybrid performs better in winter rough than the typical iron.
  • Hydrate. It may not seem as important to you to hydrate yourself in the winter, but it’s just as important to carry water in the winter. And coffee, although it seems like a good idea, is dehydrating, not hydrating.

We are so fortunate in Northern California to be able to play golf twelve months out of the year. Our envious friends in other climates put their clubs away during the winter, or travel to warmer climates to have the experience we have year-round. All we need to do is keep in mind how to manage the changes in what we wear and how we strategize our game.

Happy winter golfing, and Happy Holidays!

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 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. 




October Golf News from Jim Salazar

Senior Club Championship – Congratulations to Mark Ross for winning the 2014 Senior Club Championship. Mark shot rounds of 73 and 77 to win by one stroke over Jack McCann. Three other players finished within a couple of shots, making this year’s Senior Championship very competitive.

Rose Cup against Diamond Oaks – This year the Rose Cup will be held November 7th and 8th at Sierra View and Diamond Oaks. We will be qualifying for this year’s team Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 10, 11 and 12. To qualify, members need to register in the golf shop before the round on any of the qualifying days. Cost is $20 with all of the entry money helping to cover the expenses for our team. We have won the last four Rose Cups and the best chance for a fifth is a competitive qualifier, so please consider trying to make this year’s team!

October Tournaments – Members, invite guests to play in the Glow Ball Twilight on October 17. It’s so much fun and a chance to show off the club. Dinner first, followed by 9 holes at sunset. Carts will be festooned with lights so you’ll be able to see the foursome in front of you. Then, we’ll hold the Golf and Tennis Challenge on Saturday, October 18. Two person teams compete against the Tennis Pro, Steve Dunmore, and the Golf Pro, Jim Salazar (that’s me). Also, on Saturday, October 25 we will have the Member Member Tournament. This consists of two person teams competing in four team flights.

Golf School – Fall golf school is being planned right now. We’ll hold it in November, on the 18th through the 20th. $200 covers all days of instruction and lunch each day, and a golf cart. Space is limited to twelve people, so get into the Pro Shop and sign up before it fills up.