Ethan Jostad Golf Scramble Benefits Children Fighting Cancer

Eagle point-headerunnamed2eagle point boxCome Join Us Help the Children

Come Test Your Skills

The Ethan Jostad Golf Scramble is just around the corner!

Saturday June 13th 2015!

All proceeds raised directly benefit the EJF, a local non-profit charity dedicated to helping children fighting pediatric cancer.

Download the Entry Form
(Click Here)

VISIT US ONLINE AT www.eaglepointgolf.com

Why to Golf in Colorado

You may associate Colorado with the winter sports — and rightly so, considering the snowy mountain peaks decorating the Centennial State. However, Colorado is also a key player in warm weather activities, especially where golf is concerned. Here are a few reasons to polish up your clubs and reserve that cart.

Weather

Despite the inclement weather that tends to get high coverage, Colorado is actually one of the leading states in sunshine. With over 300 days a year of sun beams radiating down, it is easy to add a golf game into your itinerary nearly all year long. Have a day of snow? Wait 24 hours for it to melt away and set up a tee time.

Home Access

One of the best reasons to golf? Easy access. With the quickly emerging trend of golf course-based communities in the housing market, home owners now can have a course as close as their own back yard. If being on the links feels like being home to you, it is easier than ever to make it your home permanently.

The Views

You would be hard pressed to find a golf course in Colorado that does not boast a spectacular view. Whether it is located in a canyon, at the base of a mountain peak, overlooking the cityscape, or in the relaxing company of a prairie view, you will be able to lose yourself in your surroundings. Of course, with fantastic views can come an array of wildlife, so do not be surprised if you have to wait for a couple of elk to finish crossing your path before you continue to the next hole.

Altitude

When you drive, expect to get a little boost in your confidence levels. Due to the high altitude, there is a high likelihood that you will see an increase in distances on the course. However, if you tend to overdrive, do not be surprised when you lose sight of that little white ball in the horizon.

The golf courses around Colorado host players all year round so keep the clubs ready and get that tee time set.

MR. X Joins Local Golfer!

In his running column, Mr. X, LocalGolfer.com’s newest golf contributor answers his first question.

QUESTION:

Dear Mr. X,

What is the rule on marking a ball on the green?  My partner picks up the ball and puts the marker where the ball was. I say you put the marker behind the ball without moving it, and then pick up the ball. He argues that he is marking the exact spot and therefore doing it correctly. When he replaces the ball, he picks up the marker and says he puts the ball on the little hole that the marker left; therefore, he says he is more accurate.

Sincerely,

Troubled Marker

ANSWER:

Troubled Marker,

Your question is a good one because it gives Mr. X a chance to answer within the Rules of Golf, but also with the sometimes reality of how golfers play by (or enforce) the Rules of Golf. Let me explain.

First – you are correct – your partner is incorrectly marking his ball according to the Rules of Golf. USGA Rules of Golf, Rule 20-1. Lifting and Marking, clearly states: “The position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted under a Rule that requires it to be replaced. If it is not marked, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke and the ball must be replaced. If it is not replaced, the player incurs the general penalty for breach of this Rule but there is no additional penalty under Rule 20-1.”

So under the Rules of Golf, your partner is in breach of the rules each time he employs his unique – but backwards – ball marking technique. BUT WAIT …

Before you drop the bomb on your partner with the Rules of Golf, Mr. X would like to ask if you and your partner (and perhaps others in your group) really play by the Rules of Golf?

Mr X. asks with respect, but wonders, if this Rule is just the one rule infraction that really annoys you, but then you and your group play a lost ball in the vicinity of where your last ball most likely finished (instead of going back to the tee and re-teeing)? Do you roll the ball the fairway? Do you play Out-of-Bounds (OB) like a red-hazard-staked area?

Mr. X asks, because if you’re like a majority of golfers, there are many adaptions of “rules” . . . like the lost ball, OB, and winter rules (all year round) that are used regularly by golfers to speed up play and have a little more fun. It may not be worth your friendship to put a stop to your partner’s practice or add strokes to your partners score for each bad marking if you and your group skirt the rules on other occasions.

Now, if you’re a “Rules are Rules” guy, then educate your partner on Rule 20-1 and let him know you will be enforcing the penalty stroke each time he marks his ball incorrectly. Something tells me he’ll quickly learn to mark his ball correctly within the Rules of Golf.

MORE RULES INFO

For more information on the USGA Rules of Golf visit: http://www.usga.org/rules-hub.html. This link can be bookmarked on your computer – or better yet – download the USGA RULES App on your Android or Smart phone to be able to access the Rules of Golf anytime you’re playing. The USGA RULES App has come in handy a number of times for Mr. X during rules questions on the course.

___________________________________________________________________________

—ORIGINAL ARTICLE—

LocalGolfer.com is proud to announce the arrival of Mr. X, our newest golf contributor.

Mr. X is now on staff and ready to field your questions as our resident advice guru, rules aficionado (semi-pro), and essentially, the guy who will give you the straight and honest scoop (as he sees it) on any golf related question you may have.

ASK AWAY . . .

Ask away on proper golf etiquette, questionable behavior on the course, rules questions, or just get some advice on how to tell your fellow golfer about something he or she is doing that bugs you.

Mr. X is ready . . . so ask away!

How Will He Do It?

Mr. X will be answering all questions in his running column and will providing honest and sometimes humorous advice for all golfers to help bring a little more enjoyment and knowledge to the game.

It’s Easy!

1429477010_portrait-16-256To ask Mr. X a question, please either leave your question/s in the comment section of the column, or email Mr. X at askmrx@localgolfer.com

If you prefer, questions can be asked anonymously through email. Just let Mr. X know you want to keep all names private to protect the innocent.

Mr. X looks forward to hearing from YOU!  FIRE AWAY!