Happenings around the Valley for local golfers
Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): The following courses will be closed in observance of the holiday: Belmont CC, Eagle Springs C&CC, Lemoore GC, Riverside GC, River Island CC, River Park Golf Center, Exeter GC, Dragonfly GC, and Madera G&CC. This group of courses will be opened special hours: Fig Garden GC, Valley Oaks GC, Madera Muni GC, Pheasant Run GC, Airways GC and Hank Swank’s Golf Center. Call for their operating times.
Dec. 29: Northern California Junior Golf Association’s Winter Golf Classic for golfers ages 7 to 18 will be hosted by Lemoore GC. For full information, go to www.jganc.com.
Jan. 3: Golf Channel AM Tour’s 18-hole tournament will be hosted by Dragonfly GC, for full information and to sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming: Dec. 31, SIR branch No. 159 four-man, 2 best ball shamble tournament, 10 a.m. shotgun start
Upcoming: Wednesday, Belmont Club Christmas Party, 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Elvis dinner show, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. shotgun start, course closes at end of play. Closed on Christmas Day.
Bluff Pointe Golf Center
Ongoing: “First come, no tee time” rounds. Nine holes in under two hours. Call 559-275-0600 for details.
Winter program: “Ask the Pro” Jim Perez every Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. Free lesson with purchase of a bucket of range balls.
Upcoming: Thursday, Ladies club tournament, 9 a.m.; Sunday, Central Valley Junior Golf Fall Series championship, noon. Visit www.dragonflygolfclub.com for specials. Course closed Christmas Day.
Eagle Springs G&CC
Results: Dec. 9th, Steve Katz aced the 150 yard 2nd hole using a 7 iron.
Upcoming: Course closed Christmas Day.
Ongoing: Monday special, $5 all-day golf; Wednesdays, Ladies Day 8:30 a.m; Thursday scrambles, 8:30 a.m.; Friday all-day golf for $9.
Fig Garden GC
Ongoing: Daily specials for golfers, $44 for non-members after 10 a.m. and $30 after 1 p.m. Includes cart. Members pay $34 after 10 a.m. and $25 after 1 p.m. $99.99 mini-member discount card for 2016.
Upcoming: Dec. 25, will host 9 a.m. tee time; course closes at end of play.
Golf Channel AM Tour
Upcoming: Sunday, Carmel Valley Ranch GC in Carmel. Jan. 3, Dragonfly GC in Madera. For details and sign-ups, contact Sacramento/Central California Tour Director Steve Neer at 559-360-2720 or email@example.com.
Hank Swank GC
Upcoming: Par 3 GC and driving range will be open at 7:30 a.m.
Ongoing: 2016 Players Club memberships now available. Members receive NCGA handicap, one dozen Titleist Pro V1s, access to NCGA qualifiers and guaranteed weekday/weekend green-fees rate of $20. Membership costs $110.
Specials: Ladies play for half-price every Saturday.
Upcoming: Closed Christmas Day; Dec. 29, Northern California Junior Golf Association Winter Classic, junior golfers ages 7 to 18 eligible to play. Details at www.jganc.com.
Len Ross Junior Golf Center
Upcoming: closed Christmas Day
Madera Muni GC
Upcoming: Thursday, SIR No. 159 Novelty Tournament, 10 a.m.; Open Christmas day from 8 a.m. until noon.
Specials: Foot golf, 18 holes, $8 adults, $4 juniors.
Paso Robles GC
Ongoing: This formerly private golf course has new local ownership and is open for public play at reasonable daily fees. Call the pro shop at 805-238-4722 or visit pasoroblesgolfclub.com for full details and to book a time.
Upcoming: Open Christmas Day from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
River Island CC
Upcoming: Closed Christmas Day
River Park Golf Center
Results: Nov. 16th, Jan Petersen aced the 9th hole using a 9 iron; Nov. 21st, Dennis Nichols aced the 3rd hole using a sand wedge.
Ongoing: Youth on Course, $2 for nine holes; senior and military play nine holes for $6 on weekdays, $9 weekends/holidays. Pro instructors Cindy Vining, Patrick Horvath, Gary Green and Brandon Sherwood. Call 559-448-9467 or visit www.riverparkgolf.com. Demo new Callaway Great Big Bertha or Taylormade M1 metal woods for free.
Specials: Pay $100 and receive $150 range credit. Limited time only. Special Christmas Bonus, one time only initiation fee of $100.00 waived for the Green Grass Club Membership through December. Star Wars head covers are available in pro shop. Special Christmas instruction packages available from River Park’s teaching staff, check web-site for full details.
Results: Dec. 5-6, Fresno City Four-Ball Championship, championship flight, 1. Trevor Clayton/Justin Avery 127; T2. Mike Tolladay/Nick Sorensen 133; T2. Manny Fagundes/Jon Bettencourt 133; handicap flight, 1. Ed Williams/Frank Kirby 125, 2. Sean Skinner/Jon Swfit 126, 3. Carnell Austin/David Hoffman 128.
Upcoming: Dec. 24, SIR No. 159 two-man best ball scramble tournament, 10 a.m.
December special: Play a round for just $25 per person, weekdays after 11 a.m. Cost includes green fee and cart. Not valid with any other offer.
Sherwood Forest GC
Upcoming: Tuesday, will host SIR Branch No. 169 tournament, 10 a.m. tee time.
Ongoing: Monday’s Nine & Wine after 4:30 p.m., $20 per person includes cart, also beverage discount – ask for Monday Niner card at check-in. Optional Monday buffet for $15. Ladies Day every Thursday at 9 a.m. Twilight special after 3 p.m., $25 per person includes cart. Call pro shop at 559-686-5300 or go to tularegolfcourse.com/green-fees.html for details.
Valley Oaks GC
Specials: Bring four cans of food or one new toy per player for local food drive Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this month and receive green fee and cart for $35 per player, $42 on weekends. Not valid on holidays/tournaments.
Ongoing: Book an event between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28 and receive $10 off price for each player. Youth on Course, $5 after noon, seven days a week, $2 small range bucket.
Upcoming: Dec. 25, will host a 10 a.m. shotgun tee time, course closes at end of play.
Spin-the-Wheel Sale: From Dec. 14-20, spin the wheel prior to purchasing any merchandise item for a chance to receive 20-60 percent off your purchase (there will also be one free spot on the wheel). Monthly pass holders are guaranteed at least a 20% discount.
Christmas deals: Purchase four rounds of golf, one dozen Pro V1 golf balls, one Valley Oaks logo hat, and one Valley Oaks poker chip ball marker all for only $135. Purchase three lessons with one of our PGA pros for only $99.
Yosemite Lakes Park GC
Upcoming: Dec. 18, men’s club quarterly special tournament, 9:30 a.m., three flights of play. For details, call Roger Hoff at 559-683-4568.