One of the most destructive forces on our course is in fact “man made.” No, we are not talking about the effects of humans on global warming, and the resulting La Nina super-wet weather. We are talking about irresponsible golf cart use, which can leave parts of our course deeply scarred for weeks, if not months.
Working with the golf committee, head professional and golf course superintendent, a new cart path rule has been drafted, and will become effective immediately. A “Modified 90 Degree Rule” has been added to our current standard 90 Degree Rule to take advantage of our firm fairways, while helping to protect less stable rough areas. One of the most important aspects of the new rule is to enter the fairway across the driest rough area available, and then staying on the fairway until your ball is on or near the green. You will then exit the fairway across the driest available rough area.
It is important to remember that using a golf cart anywhere on our facility is a privilege, and that our course is one of our most important assets. For this reason, common sense and courtesy are to be used at all times while operating carts.
Continue Reading to see the New Regulations and a Graphic Chart Explaining the Changes
by Randal Whipple
Our new Course Superintendent, Ryan Wycoff, has a new address for his regular blog. It is a wonderful place to take a look at the latest news about course updates, greens, and other projects here at Shadow Hills Country Club.
The New Address for the Blog is:
Check it out today!
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Meet Our New Superintendent
A Conversation with Ryan Wyckoff
by Patric Miller- ShadowHillsExtra editor
When you first meet Ryan Wyckoff, you are immediately struck by his youth, his intensity, his smile, and his height. Of course “youth” is gauged by those doing the observing, and with most of those in the cluster of members shaking hands of introduction in the lobby, all being “well past middle age,” everyone younger than 45 seems youthful.
But, when you take a look at Ryan’s resume, it’s clear that he has packed a lot of impressive experience into a career that began in 1997, with a Bachelor of Science in Turf Management from Oregon State, and has taken him through some of the best-known courses and tournaments in golf.
Starting as an Assistant Superintendent at the Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, then on to Pebble Beach Links, Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, WA, and then to a long stay as Superintendent, and then Senior Director of Golf Operations at the OGA Course in Woodburn, Ryan has been involved with a wide range of weather and course conditions.
Add to that, tournament experience with a long list of events, including three U.S. Opens, several state and regional invitational, and U.S. and amateur tournaments, and you begin to understand why bringing him here to Shadow Hills introduces a level of excitement and hope for “next level” quality.
I had the chance to chat briefly with Ryan after he had a chance to do a basic assessment of our course, and to get his impressions of what he was seeing.
NOTE: A “Meet and Greet” event for Ryan, has been scheduled for Saturday, March 12th at 2PM in the dining room. You are all welcome to attend.
As the feature story in the February Newsletter points out, the Membership Committee has taken on the task of getting a recent picture, and updated contact information from EVERY Shadow Hills member for our Membership Directory.
There are a variety of reasons for this. But, the primary reasons are to help build community (a way for your members to know you better) and for added security for our electronic billing system (making sure that you are the authorized user of your member account).
There are loads of members who currently have no current pictures on file…and even more who have really old pics, that barely resemble their current incarnations!
To this end, we are asking everyone to send us a recent head and shoulders pic, along with their contact information: Name, Address, Email Address and Phone Number(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the proliferation of digital cameras, cellphone cameras, and social media, getting us a picture is easier than ever!
However, if you Click “Read More” we have some simple tips to “Taking A Great Selfie!”
Those who opened the November issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine this month saw that the PNGA Players of the Year were announced. Our own Leilani Norman was awarded the Senior Women’s Player of the Year.
Congrats on a great year, Leilani!
Click “Read More” to see the full article from PNG Magazine.