BERNIE'S TIP: GREEN-SIDE BUNKERS
Information for the SaddleBrooke Golfer!
August 7, 2018
Bernie Eaton, Director of Golf
News & Notes
BERNIE'S PRO TIP: GETTING OUT OF GREEN-SIDE BUNKERS!
Bunkers have always been a staple of golf; they’re a constant at every golf course ever built. Whether it’s the fluffy beach sand of Hawaii or the pot bunkers of Scotland, effectively getting up and down from green-side bunkers is a must for low scores. Many players dread green-side bunkers because they do not know the best way to hit out of them. Inconsistent setup, improper swing path, and wrong ball position are three of the biggest culprits.
For consistent play in any aspect of the game, you need confidence: you don’t want to step into a bunker worrying about getting out of the bunker. The swing thought should be, “I WILL get this on the green.” In order to gain this confidence, you must first learn and practice the most effective way to hit it close out of green-side bunkers.
Step 1: Choose the right club
If you short-side yourself in a green-side bunker (meaning you don’t have a lot of green to work with), you want to pick a high-lofted wedge, like a 60 degree lob wedge. The ball will not role out as much. If you have some green to work with, you want a lower lofted wedge, such as a sand wedge (56 degrees) or a gap wedge (around 52 degrees). This will promote a slightly longer and lower ball flight out of the bunker with more roll.
Step 2: Take the Right Set Up
The right set up is the key to hitting an effective shot from the bunker. First, dig in: twist your feet into the sand.Besides having a good base for the shot, which is vital, you get a feel for how deep the sand is around your shot and lower yourself below the level of the ball - ensuring you make contact with the sand first.
For most sand shots you face you want to play the ball off your front foot. The farther you move the ball back, the lower trajectory the ball will take and the more it will run out. This can be useful with some shots, but as a general rule, play the ball off your front foot. Keep in mind this is NOT a pitch and run - LOFT IS YOUR FRIEND IN THE BUNKER. The shot is going to have backspin.
Next, open your stance AND the club face. This is very important. This promotes a higher, softer ball flight and allows a good angle for the club face to slide under the ball.
Finally, you need your weight on your front foot. The weight should be about 80%-20% favoring the front foot. This is vital as it causes a steep decent, creating the splash of sand and backspin characteristic of a good
August / September Major Events
|Aug 15||SMGA Partners Event||7:30 am SG|
|Aug 23||BEAT THE PROS FROM ORANGE TEES EVENT||3:30 pm SG|
|Sep 1||FALL GOLF SPECTACULAR||8 am SG|
|Sep 4||SBWGA Shotgun and Monthly Luncheon||7:30 am|
|Sep 10||SBWGA and SMGA Samson and Delilah Event||7 am Tee Times|
|Sep 12||SMGA Partner's Event||7:30 am SG|
|Sep 17||Catalina Course Closed for Over-Seeding||Opens 10/8|
|Sep 24||Tucson Course and Putting Greens Closed for Over-Seeding||Opens 10/15|
|Sep 24||2 PIN EVENT||3:30 pm SG|
|Oct 1||SaddleBrooke Course and Driving Range Closed for Over-Seeding||Opens 10/22|
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For the first time, you can fly over all 27 holes above our three courses. Check out the videos below for a bird's-eye view of SaddleBrooke.
Recently renovated in 2011, the Tucson Nine is regarded as the most challenging of the three courses in SaddleBrooke. The course offers stunning views of the Catalina Mountain range from every hole. This nine is highlighted by hole #4, a strong par 4 requiring a tee shot over a pond to a sloping fairway with gorgeous mountain views in the background. The course challenge lies in the deep bunkers which await an errant shot and the length of the course.
Recently renovated in 2010, the SaddleBrooke Nine offers westward views of spectacular sunsets. This course is characterized not by length but rather by placing a premium on accuracy as is evidence by the signature hole #2 – only 125 yards in length requiring all carry over a pond. The SaddleBrooke Nine is the most requested nine for its fair yet challenging layout.
The newest of all three nines, the Catalina course was recently renovated in 2012. The course features three par 3 holes and plays to a par of 35. The course wanders through natural arroyos and brings the golfer close up views of the Catalina Mountain range. The signature hole #5 is a risk-reward par 5 featuring a second shot which must carry 250 yards to clear the ditch in the fairway. The Catalina Nine offers a wide variety of golf shots and is regarded among residents as the best layout of the three courses.
|August 10, 2018
Greens Aeration Explained - SaddleBrooke Bunker Project - 2018 Over-seed Dates
Recent Greens Aeration
Earlier this week the final core aeration event was performed on the putting surfaces on all three courses. This essential practice is performed twice annually and provides many benefits to turf including improved air and water penetration, thatch reduction, and compaction relief. Over 700 lbs of sand per 1,000 sq ft. was applied to the greens during this process. It included the following steps:
1. Vertical mowing
2. Conventional mowing
3. Sand topdressing
6. Organic removal
7. Soil Amendment Application
9. Heavy watering
Thank you for your cooperation with these disruptive but essential cultural practices.
SaddleBrooke Bunker Project
SaddleBrooke #1 Fairway Bunker - Completed
Work continued this week installing bunker liner and new sand on the SaddleBrooke Course bunkers. This project is scheduled to take most of the summer months. Expect certain bunkers to be roped off and marked as Ground Under Repairfor short periods of time during this process. The new sand will be very soft at first but will compact over the first few months to a more acceptable firmness.
Cart Traffic Update - Gate System Suspended for the Summer
· Regular Cart Traffic is open on all 3 Courses
· One or two holes will remain closed to carts - Please follow posted signs
Thank you for your cooperation!
SUMMER WALKING HOURS IN EFFECT
· All walkers must be off of the courses by 7 am
· Evening walking is only available after 6 pm
· Golfers always have the right of way
· All pets must be on a leash
· Please clean-up after your pets
· Please refer to the weekly walking schedule for additional course availability
2018 Over-seeding Dates
The Practice Facility will closed on Monday's and Wednesday's from 9 am to 10:30 am for maintenance. This includes the short game area. This schedule will run through September.
WEEKLY WALKING CALENDAR
Each week this email will provide a 7 day calendar for the available walking times for each golf course. Walking maps are available in the SaddleBrooke One Golf Shop or SaddleBrooke One Administration Office.
Changes from the normal times are highlighted in yellow.
Pocket copies of the schedule may be picked up in the Communications Center (main level of the Clubhouse, across from the elevator), The Fitness Center, and the communications kiosk at the hostess station in the Road Runner Grill.
Please remember to stay on the cart path at all times and clean up after your pets.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Click the Blue Button above for the walking course schedule.
Thank you for your cooperation!
The Exception to Rule 6-6d is modified as follows:
Exception: If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning his score card, he did not know he had incurred, he is not disqualified. In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule, but there is no additional penalty for a breach of Rule 6-6d. This Exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.
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When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.