In the evolving list of orders coming down from Federal and State government, we are pleased to announce that while greatly modifying “business as usual,” are very much allowing the continuation of golf and restricted food service at Shadow Hills CC.
In the latest Executive Order, Gov. Kate Brown clarified additional business restrictions, as well as additional “Stay Home” policies for the general public.
In an effort to clarify these policies, the Executive Director of the Oregon Golf Association, reached out to the Governor’s office. They received the following:
“Golf is allowed as long as the social distancing measures are in place, country club activities for a gathering would not be allowed. We categorized golf similar to a hike or outdoor activity, rather than through “essential travel” which is meant to stop vacations.”
Regional Solutions Director
Jobs & Economy Policy Advisor
Office of Governor Kate Brown
This is GREAT NEWS for Shadow Hills CC Golfers and members. However, to help assure that we remain within the guidelines, we are implementing the following additional policies.
SEE THE NEW POLICIES BELOW
Every once in a while, those who toil thanklessly in the background, get their moment in the spotlight. So it was for Ron Willis, our tireless (and brave) Men’s Handicap Chair. Monday, October 21st, at Royal Oaks Country Club, The Annual Oregon Golf Association Awards were presented, and Ron received the “Handicap Chair of the Year” award.
There is no other volunteer job that one can take on, which carries as much “gravitas” as that of Handicap Chair. The position should come with a bodyguard, or extra life insurance. Playing almost every day, as Ron does, with the knowledge that “playing by the rules” isn’t just a personal choice, but also takes on new meaning when others around you know that they are playing with someone who is functionally in charge of “stern written warnings,” and potential disqualification from a tournament.
However, those who know Ron, know that he takes this role (as well as his service to the Membership Committee) with a smile on his face, and serious dedication to making sure that the course play is level and fair. Ron exemplifies what it means to be a great member, a good friend, and an honest golfer…three traits that make him deserving of this wonderful recognition.
It was announced at our Annual Meeting, that three new candidates have been elected to the Board of Directors for Shadow Hills Country Club. They will serve a three-year term, and serve or chair on selected committees.
Thanks to all who were nominated. Know that our membership appreciates your service.
The rain has let up enough for resumed golf play, but the driving ranges remain closed. The short game practice facility is open, but it remains too wet to use the driving areas, due to standing water in the landing areas.
The Women’s Opener is still on today. Regular tee times will start by late morning, but be prepared for a bit of standing water in several locations.
The weather predictions are for continued drying conditions, and our course is known for great drainage, so let’s all hope for some sun soon!
While our course is known regionally for it’s amazing drainage and “all weather conditions,” sometimes Mother Nature gives you a punch that is overwhelming!
From Friday April 5th, until Monday Morning, April 8th, the course received more than 4 inches of the wet stuff. This has created a number of “unplanned water hazards” and made many of the cart paths impassible.
For this reason the Course and Practice Facility are closed. Check notices on ForeTees, or call the Pro Shop before venturing out to play a round. In the meantime, let’s hope that the rain lets up a bit, so we can get on with a great season of golf!
Continue below for a few more pictures from Gary Davis’s tour this morning.
More Mobile Friendly with Updated Info
A newly revamped and updated web site has gone live as of January 1st, with a great number of changes, updates and improvements. With more and more of our members and prospective members switching to mobile devices (cell phones and pads) for their information, it was imperative that we made changes to the responsive nature of how our information is displayed. “Responsive programming” means that the site code recognizes the device you are using to view the site, and serves up a version that is best suited for that device.
The Desktop version has a similar look and feel to the old site, but utilizes more video, and organizes with drop-down menus that offer wider information than the core information pages.
The Mobile Version of the site offers a reduced navigation, with the same information as the desktop site, but with smaller sizes and a scroll-able layout.
Key “Quick Function” buttons are included on both front pages to allow members and potential members a “one click access” to the most frequently visited pages.
On both the Desktop and Mobile Versions you will find “Quick Links” to “Members Log In (member statements and info),” ForeTees, Contact Info, and Shadow Hills Extra for other member/event content.
The site will continue to evolve over the next month to include a video fly-over tour of the course and facility, as well as header graphics that change with the seasons.
The Site Address Remains the Same- www.shadowhillscc.org
However, you may need to refresh your browser to see the new content (and kill the cached version on your device).
The Handicap Committee, appointed by officers of our golf club, is responsible for all aspects of the USGA Handicap System. Our Committee includes a Handicap Chair who has been certified by the Oregon Golf Association. We are obligated and committed to ensure the integrity of each Handicap Index we issue. In the interest of fairness, and because we are compelled by our license with the OGA / USGA, we will provide education as well as uphold the rules of the Handicap System. While this sounds very serious, these regulations are required so our club can assure equity in our games. More equity = more fun!
The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.
Our Committee is: Marilyn France – Women’s Chair, Carol O’Keefe – Women’s co-Chair, Ron Willis – Men’s Chair, Steve Mason – Men’s co-Chair, Ron Crasilneck.
The Handicap Committee has set forth the following policies and procedures for all members carrying USGA Handicap Indexes:
- Each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played.
- All acceptable rounds must be posted for peer review, including 9-hole scores.
- Scores must be posted within 72 hours of the round being played.
- Scores must be adjusted properly for handicap purposes – for ESC (Equitable Stroke Control), for holes not played, and for holes that are started but not finished.
- The principles of the Rules of Golf must be followed.
Scores in both match play and stroke play, as well as under ‘Preferred Lies / Winter Rules’ must be posted for handicap purposes. This includes scores made in match play, in multi-ball, or in team competitions in which players have not completed one or more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention on a hole.
Disciplinary Actions for failure to post or player manipulating their Handicap Index:
- First failure to post or manipulation of your score will result in a verbal warning.
- Second failure will result in a written warning
- Third failure will result in the appropriate penalty round issued for scores not posted
- After your fourth failure to post your score or continued manipulation of your scores, further disciplinary action will be taken as the Handicap Chair / Committee deems fair and equitable.
A player must earn a Handicap Index. No player has an inherent right to a Handicap Index without providing full evidence of ability to our club’s Handicap Committee. The Committee has the ultimate authority and obligation to adjust or withdraw a Handicap Index if it deems it necessary to do so.
OGA Season Dates, Handicap Revisions, Active / Inactive Season:
- Handicap Indexes will be updated on the 1st and 15th of each month, as per the USGA National Revision Schedule.
- OGA active handicapping season begins March 1st. Last day to post a score is November 30th. Last official Handicap Index update of the season is December 1st.
- No local scores can be posted during the off-season, which is December 1st through the last day of February. Rounds played in sun-belt states must be posted in a timely fashion.
Please do not hesitate to direct any questions or concerns to the Handicap Committee. We encourage any and all member feedback.