AFTER FEATHERS, GOLF BALLS WERE MADE OF WOOD…

And, other fun golf facts you probably didn’t know.

 

We don’t have to ask if you love nothing more than a day on the golf course…

You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t. 

 

We are curious just how much you know about golf…

Not just how to play with various techniques and strategies, but truly know golf. 

 

If we hosted a night of golf trivia, could you be the winner?

 

GOLF HISTORY:

 

Did you know that at one time, golf was banned?

(Can you imagine??)

 

It wasn’t just banned once, but three times in the VERY place it was invented, Scotland!

Why was it banned?

Because the Scotland government believed that golf interfered with military training. 

 

Add to this that in the early days of golf, players would play publicly, in the streets or on business properties — this was considered annoying & well, we can’t argue that. There is only one place for golf to be played, on the golf course! 

 

SOME OF THE GREATS:

 

Do you know how young Tiger Woods was when he first took interest in golf?

6 months! His father began teaching him all about the sport at just 2 years old! 

 

Tiger made his first hole in one at the young age of eight!!

 

Tiger has won 81 PGA Tournaments, Sam Snead has won 82, Jack Niklaus has won 73 with 18 major wins….Tiger has won 15 majors. 

 

Did you know Phil Mickelson is RIGHT-HANDED??

 

He plays golf left-handed because his father did & he mirrored his father’s golf swing.

 

WOMEN’S GOLF:

 

400 years after the sport was created, the first round of women’s golf was played in Scotland in 1867. 

 

Mary, Queen of Scots is thought to have been the first female golfer. 

The first woman to win the Invitational Pro-Am at Pebble Beach was Juli Inkster in 1990.

 

According to the National Golf Foundation, approximately 5.8 million women play golf.

 

FUN FACTS:

 

The first 18-hole golf course was on a sheep farm.

 

Development of new golf courses has been banned in China.

 

Golf has been played on the moon!

 

Golf balls were originally made of leather & feathers, after that they were made of wood. 

 

The longest putt recorded was an astounding 375 feet!

 

Golf holds the record for the most boring sport. (Rude!)

 

You are more likely to be hit by a car than to score a hole in one in golf.

 

France once established a naked golf course.

 

The chance of hitting two hole-in-ones in a single game of golf is 1 in 67 MILLION.

 

A “condor” is the term given to a hole-in-one on a par 5. It is almost as rare as two hole-in-ones in a single game of golf. 

 

So, tell us…

 

If we hosted a night of golf trivia, could you win??

 

Resources:

Panther Run Blog

Junior Players Golf Academy

Facts .net

Deer Creek Golf Club 

 

It’s been an incredible season of golf and it’s not over yet!! We experienced an abundance of wonderful golfing weather! We saw many new faces, all the regulars and we’re forever grateful for it after being so closed off the year prior. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we don’t take advantage of the great outdoors and what a little fresh air can do for us all. It’s so important, and with a sport like golf — you get to multitask — spend time outdoors, soak up the sun, enjoy the fresh air and relax while playing a sport you thoroughly enjoy! 

 

As we enter into cooler temperatures & begin prepping the golf courses for winter conditions, here is what you can expect to see during your last few rounds of golf this year. 

 

WINTER PREP

 

For the Oaks Golf Course:

 

We’ll begin overseeding the front nine fairways, trimming the trees along the tee boxes to enhance playability, applying a new surface road to the entrance road and upgrading some of the irrigation throughout the course! 

 

For Meadowview Golf Course:

 

We’ll begin overseeding all the fairways and doing some bunker renovations, too! 

 

WHY DO WE OVERSEED?

 

In golf, overseeding is a maintenance process. Grass seed is spread on top of the existing grass to promote new growth or to swap out seasonal turfs, essentially replacing once type of grass with another. 

 

Because various grass types go dormant in the winter, it is essential to overseed with a grass that doesn’t do this so that grass continues to grow throughout the fairways regardless of season. In the Spring, the process will be reversed; we’ll begin overseeding the fairways with the regular season grass so that it can grow throughout the Spring & Summer seasons.

 

This ensures the health of the fairways & overall playability for all.

 

While we’re sad the regular season of golf is coming to an end soon, we’re excited to begin prepping all the golf courses for Winter so that come the Spring, they’re in their BEST shape for yet another beautiful season!! 

 

Give us a call or visit the pro shop to register! 217-528-6600

Must register and pre pay by October 20th!

Unless you’re superhuman, you may not have been born with superb golfing skills like the rest of us.

With that being said, getting the hang of properly swinging the golf club may not come as natural to you as you would hope.

Does this sound familiar? Swing. Miss. Swing. Dig up the green. Swing. Flies to the left. Swing. Flies to the right. Swing. Got it! But then the next time you go to hit the steps repeat themselves.

So what do you do?

  1. You can always get lessons. Highly recommended! What better way to learn how to improve your swings than to have someone observing you and teaching you all the fundamentals?
  2. Make sure your clubs fit you! Having clubs which are too short or too long can really impact your body positioning which will impact the direction the ball takes flight when you finally hit it 😉
  3. Speaking of body, remember that the power of your swing comes from your entire body, not just your arms. Focusing on swinging with your body will help you become more consistent and have more control over the depth of your shot.
  4. Even though your body controls the power, don’t forget you have arms and let them bend or “chicken wing” after you make contact. Follow through with your swing. Commit to the end.
  5. Practice, just like we’ve been told since we were younger. If you want to improve your swing, it may take you a few games to catch on, understand your body positioning and start to gain consistency.
  6. Have fun and remember that everyone starts somewhere.

Have you ever driven by a golf course and thought to yourself, “Wow, I really wish I golfed, but I have no idea where I would even start?” or reminisced with your friends and thought, “I wish I knew this before I started!”

Well, we decided to poll our golf courses through social media and find out what the golfers wish they knew before they started or what their best advice for new golfers were and here are some of the responses:

Stick with it! Be patient and have fun!
Practice and enjoy the game and remember that it is only a game.
Accuracy over distance!
Golf is a game that cannot be beat, remember that and have fun!
After your game, go relax and talk over things you could have done differently to improve your strokes.
The ball is not going to go straight every time you hit it. Don’t get frustrated, and focus on your next swing.
Play your ability and not your ego! So if you need a little bit of assistance, take it.
Don’t give up too easily, even the professionals have off days.
Tee the ball to the correct height. Tee high for drivers and low for irons.
Take lessons at your local course.
Ask questions!
And last, but not least, always remember that a bad day of golf is still better than a good day at work.

I guess what we can gather from all the responses is that golf is a game of fun, relaxation and time with friends, family and those we love (even if we want to beat them on that scorecard). Always remember to hold your head up and swing with meaning, because even if you miss the green it’s better than sitting at work.

Join the Fun at The Oaks!!

Two mans teams! (allow one sub per team)

*Seniors 60 and over play gold, under 60 play white

Call the Pro Shop to sign up or for more information!!

217-528-6600

2021 & 2022 Memberships are available for purchase!

Purchase your TWO YEAR MEMBERSHIP for 2021 and 2022 for only $248

That’s $114/yr. – plus a $10/yr. admin. fee

As a bonus, you can play our sister courses… Lakeshore in Taylorville, Timberlake in Sullivan, & Meadowview in Mattoon.

ONLY $248

TWO YEAR MEMBERSHIP

2020 & 2021

That’s $114/yr. – plus a $10/yr. admin. fee with unlimited green fees Monday thru Sunday 

* Golf cart rental required

Click here to purchase! https://theoaksgolfcourse.com/product/2-year-four-course-membership/

We are always looking for friendly, hardworking individuals to join our team! 

The Oaks Golf Course currently has the following positions open:

**Cafe Attendant-Full or Part Time 

Duties include, but are not limited to sandwich/food preparation, bar tending, cleaning and completing transactions on our point of sale system.  Weekday, weekends, daytime and evening hours available. 

**Pro Shop Cashier

Duties include checking in golfers, point of sale transactions, cart staging, cleaning and general duties as assigned.  Weekday, weekends, morning & evening hours available.  

**Maintenance Team Member

Duties Include maintaining and cutting grass on tee boxes, fairways, roughs, fringes and greens, maintaining bunkers, assisting with sodding and trimming, and using equipment such as walking and riding greens mowers, tee mowers, fairway mowers, rough mowers, rollers, bunker rakes, carts, push mowers and a variety of powered and non-powered hand tools.

Come join our team at The Oaks Golf Course!

MUST apply in person in the Pro Shop, 851 Dave Stockton Dr, Springfield, IL 62707 between 9am-3pm M-F.  Retired individuals encouraged to apply!

Please bring resume and two references!

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — As far as golf goes, Riviera Country Club has not been friendly to Tiger Woods. At least, not as friendly as other golf courses—he does have a runner-up and seven other top-20 finishes at this kikuyu-covered gem, but he’s played 13 tournaments here and left without the trophy 13 times. It’s the most starts he’s made in a single PGA Tour event without a victory.

Woods’ relationship with Riv, however, extends much deeper than a scorecard. It’s where he made his first tour start, as a rail-thin 16-year-old in 1992. It’s a traffic-dependent hour away from where Tiger honed his game, at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress. And since 2017 it has hosted his event, the Genesis Invitational, which has coincided with major growth for his TGR Foundation.

 

Founded in 1996, the year Woods turned pro, the foundation’s initial mission was to give disadvantaged youth better access to the game of golf. Woods famously transformed the direction of his foundation shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, when during a 17-hour drive from Missouri to Florida (flights were grounded) he had an epiphany and instructed his father to change the focus to providing educational access to underprivileged kids.

Fast forward 20 years, and Woods’ foundation has now reached more than 2 million children through its in-person and digital programs.

“To have so many first-gens go off to college—then they come back and they’re the leaders of their community,” Woods, who is not playing this week at Riviera as he continues to recover from a back procedure, said before last year’s Genesis. “No one expected anyone in their community to go to college. And these kids go to Harvard and Princeton, Yale, Brown. You start meeting these kids who never ever thought they would go to college. It’s pretty unbelievable.”

 

This is the second year that the Genesis has had elevated status on tour, a change more significant than simply having “Invitational” replace “Open” in the tournament title. The field has been reduced from 144 to 120; the winner receives a three-year exemption, rather than the two for a “normal” PGA Tour event; and the purse increased to $9.3 million, highlighted by a $1.674 winner’s check. Symbolically, Woods’ tournament now stands level with Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

That, combined with perhaps the finest course on tour in Riviera, has attracted remarkably strong fields each of the past two years. Eight of the world’s top 10 players are teeing it up this week, and all the extra attention a field like this one demands only serves to bring more eyeballs to the TGR foundation and its mission.

“TGR foundation has experienced tremendous growth since Tiger became host of the Genesis in 2017,” TGR foundation President & CEO Gordon McNeill said. “As the benefiting charity, our programs have expanded to reach more students in the L.A. community and around the world.

“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are excited to build on the 2 million students reached through our programs, in person and digitally.”

 

The foundation is particularly excited about Pathways Forward, the initiative it launched in January to enhance its current education programs and expand resources to reach more students on their pathway to college and career success.

Woods has always taken as much pride in his philanthropic endeavors as his athletic ones, and perhaps this week is a preview of what’s to come. Woods knows his days as a world-class golfer will not last forever, and there will be plenty of Genesis Invitationals that he does not play in. This is one of them, but his presence at Riviera is felt through the TGR Foundation, which will continue to impact children long after Woods’ playing days are finished.

Course: Golf Digest