President's Letter


May, 2018

The tournaments coming up in May are Los Lagos on the 3rd, Spring Valley on the 10th, Laguna Seca on the 17th, and San Juan Oaks on the 24th, and Ridgemark on the 31st.

Spring has sprung and although it might be somewhat windy at times it is beautiful for playing golf.

Regarding the online tee time portal, When you signup you may notice 3 groups ae partially signed up for future tournaments in advance before regular signups begin. If there are available slots, anyone else can sign up to play with those groups. You may also find that the tournament has filled up all the tee time slots so add yourself anyway and you will show up as waiting. Many times we have been able to add you if there are cancellations or in some cases we have been able to get at least 1 more tee time slot to accommodate everybody.

Recently there was a question regarding when a ball goes into a cart path and rolls either forward or backward from the original point of entry. This came up at Boulder Ridge and if the course has special rules regarding this then use their rule otherwise then play the ball as it lies. For example at Laguna Seca the cart path next to fairways 1 and 18 the local rule is play the ball where it went out of the course onto the cart path. The same goes for Delaveaga on holes 10 and 18 where the road is.

Here"s something we donít have to worry about.

The Montana State Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising golfers to take extra precautions, and be on the alert for bears while playing on Gallatin, Helena, and Lewis and Clark National Forest"s golf courses.

They advise golfers to wear noise–producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert, but not to startle the bears unexpectedly.

They also advise golfers to carry pepper spray in the case of an encounter with a bear.

They say that it"s also a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity on the courses. They recommend that golfers be educated so that they can recognize the difference between Black bear and Grizzly bear droppings.

Black bear droppings are smaller and contain remains of nuts, berries and possibly squirrel, rabbit or gopher fur.

Grizzly bear droppings have small bells, golf-gloves, sunglasses and other similar golf items in them and they usually smell like pepper spray.

Have a good golfing month.
Rick King