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.
Happy Hour and Grill is offered now on Fridays for members of Sierra View Country Club. Question: Who wants to cook dinner at home on Friday? Not I. We invite all members to discover the new Happy Hour and Grill Menu served every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00, (with the exception of any Prime Rib Friday).
Nine and Dine/Wine
The new Friday Happy Hour and Grill is another of the benefits of membership at Sierra View View Country Club. And now that the summer heat is behind us, making afternoon golf really pleasant, members can put together a foursome to do Nine and Dine or Nine and Wine most any Friday afternoon. As the days grow shorter, you can think of this as “chasing sundown.” If you aren’t already a member of Sierra View Country Club, call Richard Payne at 916-783-4600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grill menu is comprised of about 8 choices, all tasty. Some are small portions, such as the order of pot stickers, spring rolls or potato skins, and others are a full meal, such as the shredded BBQ beef on a sesame bun with onion rings, or the Black and Blue cheese burger. Fabulous! The prices range from $6 to $9.50.
Happy Hour Drink Menu
As for the Happy Hour part of these special Friday evenings, the bar is serving Pacifico, Shock Top or Fortune beers for $4. Well drinks, Cosmopolitans, Cuervo Gold or Margaritas are $5. Wine is $4 and features wines from a special California winery, such as Stone Cellar.
Sports fans can keep up with their favorite football, basketball, tennis or golf event on one of the five flat screen TVs in the lounge.
Our only caution to members and their guests is to make sure you tell your golfing group to keep an eye out for your ball mid-flight. On some of the holes, as the sun gets low on the horizon and the shadows lengthen, it takes more eyes than just yours to track your shot.
Walk, if you are physically able, any time you play a golf course that is walkable.
According to The Walking Golfer, the benefits of walking while playing golf are many. Here is a recap.
You will burn nearly twice as many calories vs riding
You will score better than your partners who ride
You will socialize with your teammates more
You will experience the full beauty of the course, from tee to green
You will have time to think strategically about your next shot as you walk to your ball
You will win kudos from your course managers because your impact on the turf is much less than a golf cart
You will save money
Walking clears your mind and helps you think rationally. (Cicero taught his college classes while walking.)
Walking is the way golf was intended to be played. Ask the Scots!
There is a great comment posted on The Walking Golfer Society website. It tells the story of a 90 year old man who, while walking and golfing, was asked his age by a younger golfer who was riding in a cart. When the old man told the younger man his age, the younger man responded saying he hoped he would be in just as great shape at the age of 90. With that, the old man answered, “Then get out of the cart!”
Walkers at Sierra View Country Club include golf as part of their fitness program. Over 15,000 steps can be accomplished walking the 18 holes. (More, if you play like I do…). Since many people are shooting for getting in at least 10,000 steps a day, walking 18 holes more than meets the goal.
The pros walk, junior golfers walk, so should we whenever we can. And that doesn’t mean you have to carry your clubs. Push carts are a god-send and the motorized cart is great for courses that are hilly.
Congratulations to Robby Denning who came away with the “Undefeated Player” for her division. Awesome!
The fall tennis league has begun. Sierra View Country Club is well-represented in the Sacramento Area Tennis Association (SATA). There are two 6.5, one 7.0, and 9.0 combo women’s doubles teams. On Monday nights, the 6.5 teams are captained by Bonnie Taylor and Angelen Simao. The 7.0 on Thursday night is captained by Robby Denning. The Friday morning 9.0 is captained by Cindy Burke. Good luck to all league players.
The adult USTA tournament was held on September 13 and 14. Representing Sierra View, Michael Tunnell and Bob DePalma won 1st place in the 3.5 men’s doubles.
The Wolverine tournament was held on September 27 and 28. Members men’s doubles team Don Trowbridge and John Winner took 1st place in the 3.5 division. Matthew Brunnquell won his 4.5+ division. Well done Sierra View men!
The Fall Junior Tennis Program is in full swing. Monday through Friday evenings, the courts are busy with enthusiastic juniors learning competitive tennis skills. There are still two sessions left oif you have a junior player who would like to join. Please see the junior flyer on the ForeTees tennis home page.
Golf and Tennis Challenge on Saturday, October 18 at 12:30. Enjoy golf, tennis, BBQ buffet and one drink ticket for $26 per person. What a bargain.
Halloween social is Friday Oct 24 at 6 pm and it’s free!
Junior Wolverine Tennis Tournament is Saturday, October 5th. Call the tennis pro shop to enter. 916-783-9887.
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.