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.

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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!

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Going to the US Open? Parking and Spectator Guidelines

car image 1Transportation plan is result of 18 month collaboration between USGA and community officials.
“Know before you go” website available to those planning on attending.
250,00 weekly spectators expected to turn out for America’s Championship

 

In its preparation to conduct the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest, the United States Golf Association has released detailed spectator information that will assist anyone who plans to attend the championship.

To be held June 15-21, 2015 at Chambers Bay, a municipal course in University Place, Wash., the 115th U.S. Open Championship will welcome an anticipated 250,000 weekly spectators. The course is located 9 miles west of Tacoma and 39 miles south of Seattle.

Included in the 2015 Spectator Guide, found at usopen.com/knowbeforeyougo, is a detailed transportation plan prepared in conjunction with the lead law enforcement agency, the Pierce County Sherriff’s Department, and other local and state agencies. More than 21,000 satellite parking spaces have been secured in the local area, providing the public with free parking and complimentary shuttle service directly to the championship grounds.

“The transportation plan for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay is the result of countless hours and an 18-month collaboration with community officials,” said Hank Thompson, director of U.S. Open administration for the USGA. “We are confident, after hosting many championships in small communities, that this plan will minimize delays for local residents while ensuring safe and orderly parking and shuttle services for all attendees.”

Event Parking and Routes to the Championship

The spectator routing system will use more than 150 trail signs deployed throughout the area and 290 shuttle buses to help ensure trouble-free travel to and from the championship.

For the week of the U.S. Open Championship, all general spectators traveling by car should follow signs to one of two local, complimentary general spectator parking lots. The RED lot will be located at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash., and the BLUE Lot will be located at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash. Shuttles will run continuously beginning at 5:30 a.m. each day, and continue for one hour following the conclusion of play.

Spectators traveling from points north and east of the City of University Place will be directed to I-5 South, I-405 South and WA-18 West, following championship trail signage to the RED Lot. The shuttle commute to and from the RED Lot and Chambers Bay is expected to take 30 minutes, based on traffic.

Spectators departing from points west (Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula) or from points south utilizing I-5 North are advised to proceed to the BLUE Lot, with an anticipated 25-minute commute to and from the course.

Spectators and local residents wishing to be dropped off near the championship will utilize the Passenger, Taxi or Limousine Drop-Off Zone, located at Sunset Primary School, accessed via Beckonridge Drive. Only 12-passenger and smaller vehicles are permitted to utilize the Drop-Off Zone. From the school, spectators will have a short five to10-minute walk to access Gate 2.

No spectator or disabled spectator parking will be available in the immediate vicinity of the golf course. All other parking is by permit only. Parking restrictions surrounding the championship grounds and within the City of University Place will be closely monitored and enforced. Information on road closures will be released at a later date.

Handicap-accessible parking spaces will be available at all championship parking areas for vehicles displaying appropriate HP/DP license plates or placards. Individuals requiring lift-equipped transportation are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-698-0661 to obtain additional information.

Groups of spectators arriving at the championship by private coach bus or mini bus will be directed by law enforcement personnel to drop off passengers at the RED Lot (Washington State Fairgrounds), where U.S. Open shuttles will be available for transportation to and from the championship.

2015 U.S. Open Spectator Guidelines

Approximately 18,000 grandstand seats will be located at strategic viewing areas throughout the golf course. Due to limited viewing along rope lines, spectators will be encouraged to utilize grandstand seating to view golf rather than following a specific group. The championship grounds at Chambers Bay have significant elevation changes and uneven surfaces, and proper footwear will be recommended.

All spectators and championship attendees will go through security screening prior to entering the championship grounds. A detailed list of prohibited items is included within the 2015 U.S. Open Spectator Guide, such as signs, food and beverage containers, oversized chairs and coolers. Bags or backpacks should be no larger than 6 inches wide by 6 inches tall by 6 inches deep in their natural state. Transparent bags no larger than 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall by six inches deep will be permitted.

Mobile devices smaller than 7 inches will be permitted inside the championship grounds, as well as empty transparent, clear plastic water bottles no larger than 24 ounces in capacity. Cameras can only be used during practice rounds, Monday through Wednesday. Spectators can review course maps and complete guidelines in the 115th U.S. Open Spectator Guide at www.usopen.com/knowbeforeyougo.

Limited Tickets Still Available

Tickets remain for all practice-round days, including a three-day Gallery practice-round ticket package for $100 per person. Daily Gallery practice-round tickets start at $50 for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and range up to $250 for a daily 1895 Club ticket. Buyers can purchase up to four tickets per day. Limited corporate hospitality packages are available for all championship days.

More information about the championship can be found on the recently redesigned usga.org. The official championship website, usopen.com, will launch on April 27, and the official U.S. Open app on June 12. The championship will be broadcast live on Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States.