Around The Green
By: Darryl Loo
Hello and a Happy New Year to all you winter bound golfers. So far this winter has been an extremely chilly, if not outright freezing start to the new golf season. I have personally not played much golf. It seems that as I have gotten older my tolerance for playing in the cold has diminished to the point of “it’s under 60 degrees out there I’m not playing it is too cold”. Although I am sure some of our more dedicated golfers have already played a half a dozen rounds or more. It is no wonder that I struggle every spring with all aspects of my game and bemoan that I should of at lest practiced once in a while.

Every year our committee tries to put together a golf schedule that is fun and if possible we try to find some new places to play. This year we have three different venues for us to play and a new course on one of our two-day golf excursions. Two of the courses are fairly new and I have played at one of them and plan on playing at the other as soon as possible. The first one that we play is during the month of July and I have played it once and was very impressed with the layout. It also received very favorable from several golf magazines. Calliope is located near the junction of 680 and 580 in Pleasanton and if you get a chance to get out there it is well worth the short drive from the city. The second course Deer Ridge is located in the town of Brentwood. For those of you who played at Shadow Lakes last year the course is located literally right across the street. I have several friends who have claimed it is the best new course they have played in years. One of them is a well traveled golfer who is generally fairly tough when recommending a golf course. The third course is actually an old course which at one time was a regular on the golf clubs rotation. When I joined the fire department one of the reasons I joined the Golf Club was so I could play at Lake Merced Country Club and Silverado Country Club. After many years of not being able to have the use of this magnificent old style golf course, John and Frank somehow worked out a contract to have us play here once again. For the newer members of the club this is a great opportunity to play one of the great golf courses in the Bay Area. Lake Merced is used as one of the U.S. Open qualifying golf courses and is regularly used for other qualifiers as well.

Don’t forget to sign up early for tournaments as some of them are limited to the starting times we have reserved. Also our two-day trips our also limited, last year some of the members were unable to attend because they neglected to send their money in early enough to reserve their spot. So please if you want to play send in your money early!!!!

Our first tournament is on March 26 and it will be a 12 o’clock shotgun followed by the awards banquet. Once again we are trying to have it at Poppy Ridge and this year hopefully the weather will be more cooperative. Last year we had a great sign up and hope that we will have a good start to the year. We tied to schedule the tournament a little later in the month so maybe that will make the difference.

The golf line is 415 882-9500. Give us a call and sign up early for the first event.


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