20 Must Know Rules of Golf Changes for 2019

1.         Drop from knee height (NOT shoulder height)

2.         Measure the area to drop in with the longest club in your bag (except a putter)

3.         Drop in and play from the relief area

4.         When dropping back-on-the-line, your ball cannot be played from nearer the hole than your chosen reference point

5.         Time to search - 3 minutes (NOT 5 minutes)

6.         If you accidentally move your ball when searching for it, replace it without penalty

7.         No penalty for a double hit - it only counts as one stroke

8.         No penalty if your ball hits you or your equipment accidentally after a stroke

9.         No penalty if your ball strikes the flagstick when you have chosen to leave it in the hole

10.     Spike mark and other shoe damage on the putting green can be repaired

11.     Ball accidentally moved on putting green - no penalty and replace

12.     Ball marked, lifted and replaced on putting green is moved by wind to another position - replace ball on the original spot

13.     Penalty areas replace water hazards, and you can move loose impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in penalty areas without penalty,just as you can on the fairway or in the rough

14.     You can't take relief from a penalty area unless you are at least 95% certain your ball is in the penalty area

15.     In bunkers you can move loose impediments

16.     In bunkers you cannot touch the sand with your club in the area right in front of or right behind your ball, during your backswing or in taking practice swings

17.     Free relief is allowed if your ball is embedded on the fairway or in the rough (but

"embedded" means that part of your ball is below the level of the ground)

18.     Unplayable ball in bunker - extra option to drop outside the bunker for 2 penalty strokes

19.     You cannot have your caddie or your partner standing behind you once you begin taking your stance

20.     Pace of Play - it is recommended that you take no longer than 40 seconds to make a stroke (and usually you should be able to play more quickly than that) and Ready Golf in stroke play is encouraged

These changes are explained in more detail in the Rules Essentials videos which are coming soon to www.randa.org. Alternatively, read the PLAYER'S EDITION of the Rules of Golf or visit www.randa.org to learn more.

Gord Gitzel Presents Geneva Coulter With a $1000 Scholarship Cheque

Geneva Coulter has a physical handicap ( Avascular Necrosis / bad hip ) but plays golf  using a power cart. She also plays sledge hockey for the Alberta Girls and the Canadian National Girls sledge team, as well as coaching and mentoring youth all over Alberta. 
Geneva has participated in debates with 300 other high school students on  global issues such as increasing technological access to third world countries and the rights of indigenous people around the world.
Geneva is a motivated individual who has a plan for an education in Kinesiology at the U of A.

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Hole In One for Ed Chung

Congratulations to Ed Chung who scored a hole in one at the 12th hole at Victoria Park Golf Course on July 5, 2017. Ed was playing with his teammate, Wayne Sayler, in an interclub match against Jack Park and Fred McCuaig of Legends Golf and Country Club. With the tee box back as far as it can go, 102 yards, Ed pulled out a pitching wedge to score what turns out to be his 3rd hole in one so far.

Hole In One for Darryl Wolter

Darryl Wolter scored a hole in one on May 17, 2017 on the 7th hole at Victoria Golf Course playing in the Senior Mens League. He was using a #5 hybrid club on this hole that normally plays about 150 yards. The shot was witnessed by his playing partners Gord Kirkwood,  Al Henderson  and Brian Kirkwood.
Darryl said "I have been playing golf with Brian for the last 20 years.  First time I play with his brother Gord – Hole In One!  Guess who is going to be my partner from now on..."

Darryl Wolter

Darryl Wolter

Brian Kirkwood, Al Henderson, Gord Kirkwood, Darryl Wolter

Brian Kirkwood, Al Henderson, Gord Kirkwood, Darryl Wolter

2017 Presidents Cup

Results Update: Click Here

The Presidents Cup has been rescheduled to June 7. Everyone is included.
Keep your score and hand in the scorecard at the end of your round.

When play is completed everyone meets in the clubhouse for a free soup and sandwich lunch.
The scorecards are randomly divided into two piles, and the scores of each pile are totaled. One pile represents the President's team and the other pile is the Treasurer's team.

Each player on the team that used the fewest strokes wins a golf ball.

Three gentlemen shot their age at Victoria golf course.

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Three gentlemen shot their age at Victoria golf course. One is rare. All three in the same group on the same day is astronomical. They are Wayne Omath,73 Larry Thibodeau, 77, and Doug Campbell, 84. .Photo by Shaughn Butts / Postmedia Curtis Stock Story Photos of golf trio for Curtis Stock column running Monday, Aug. 15 editions.

For the Edmonton Journal Story - Click Here

Dave's Team Wins the Presidents Challenge

It required 8,479 strokes to determine which of Dave’s teams won the challenge. 
The President’s team averaged   96.86 strokes per player. 
The Treasurer’s team averaged  95.79 strokes per player. 
The winners of this Titanic struggle each win a new golf ball.  ( see duty deskfor ball ) 
The losers were consoled with some fine chocolate chip cookies.
Winners List: Click here   

Golf Rules Refresher 2016

We encourage our members to become familiar with the basic rules of golf and adhere to them in the spirit of sportsmanship unique to the game of golf.  Listed below are a few important rules, including a couple of exceptions we allow in order to keep up the pace of play on a public course:

(1)    Play the ball where it lies on the fairway and in the rough.  There is no such thing as “winter rules.”  Do not move the ball to improve your lie.  Penalty for infractions is two strokes.

(2)    The unplayable lie rules are sometimes impractical on a busy public course.  They are:

(a)  playing the next shot from as near as possible to the spot from which the last shot was played

(b)  drop behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped

(c)  drop a ball within two club lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole

If you can carry out any of the above reliefs without delaying the following group you can do so with a one stroke penalty.  Most times (a) and (b) will be impractical or would cause undue delay, keeping in mind the desired pace of play.  Option (c) will often not be of any use, especially if your ball is 15 feet into the bush.  So if none of these options work we allow you to drop a ball two club lengths on to the fairway from the edge of the rough.  The penalty then is two strokes (equivalent to stroke and distance).

(3)    Our approach to the lost ball rule is similar to that for an unplayable lie.  The official rules provide for (under penalty of one stroke) playing a ball either from where the last shot was played or going back to the tee.  These both incur a penalty of one stroke, but since you have gone back up the fairway to make your shot the penalty is really stroke and distance.   If you can use one of these options without incurring the wrath of the following group you can do so, but we also allow you to drop near the edge of the fairway, as in (2) above, and add two strokes (stroke and distance) to your score.

(4)    Your allowable number of strokes on a hole for handicap purposes is not applicable until after the game, when you convert your gross score to your net score on each hole.  If your equitable stroke based on your handicap is 2, and you shoot 11 on a par 5 hole, you cannot stop counting at 7 strokes and declare your score to be 7 “because I can’t take more than 2 strokes over par per hole.”  The score that you report to the scorekeeper is 11.  The adjustment for your handicap is made at the end of the game.

(5)  And finally, GIMMIES are NOT allowed when we are playing Victoria Senior Men’s Golf. If anyone breaks the NO Gimmie Rule and I hear about it and other members of the group verify this has happened I will Disqualify the offending player (so no score recorded no prizes for him )

We play A Scottish game there are no gimmies in Curling or Golf. 

If you can’t play by our rules maybe you should find another league to play in.

Sign Up for Jasper Park Lodge GC Outing

The Victoria Mens Club are booking a golf game at Jasper Park Lodge golf course on Saturday June 25th, 2016. They need 60 golfers to commit and have extended this opportunity to the Victoria Senior Mens Club. The cost will be $130 per player and must be paid by May 25th. If you are interested, contact Dave McLean at davidmclean73@gmail.com

New Rules for 2016

  1. A new Rule prohibits anchoring the club either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point” in making a stroke. The penalty is loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play.
  2. If a ball at rest moves after the player addresses it, the player is no longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one-stroke penalty will be applied only when the facts show that the player has caused the ball to move.
  3. In certain tournaments, laser and gps range finders are not allowed. The penalty for a player’s first breach of this during the round has been reduced from disqualification to loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play. The penalty for any subsequent breach will continue to be disqualification.
  4. An exception was introduced where a player is not disqualified for failing to include penalty strokes that the player did not know were incurred before returning the score card. Instead, the player incurs the original penalty and must add an additional penalty of two strokes for the score card error. (Probably the “Somebody saw something on TV and phoned it in” rule.)

Source: Golf Canada



Gord Gitzel Presents Evan Sweetland With a $1000 Scholarship Cheque

A $1,000.00 scholarship to be used in pursuit of Advanced Education or an Apprenticeship Program is presented each year to the most deserving applicant from the River Valley Junior Golf Program. The scholarship has been funded by the members of the Victoria Senior Men's Golf Club and generous contributions by Don Muth.
For application information, click here.

Dave Plays With His Tree Swing

I've heard golfers on the PGA tour say that trees are 90% air. I guess they haven't met the trees on Victoria. That is also why you never see tips on the Golf Channel on how to play the shot faced by Dave Redden. According to Dave Mclean (who does not embellish),  Dave Redden played a second shot  out of the branches , third shot on to the green and dropped the putt for 4.