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UGA Fore-1-1: 2/25/2016
UGA Fore-1-1: 2/25/2016
by Kelsey Chugg
I think it’s safe to say that most of us are ready to pull out our shorts for the first time this year and for the smell of freshly cut grass and newly blooming flowers to fill the air. With the snow melting and spring only a few weeks away, it’s time to get ready for the golf season once again. There are a few things that we need to remember before we tee off this year:
Don’t forget to renew your membership!
Many members have been dreaming about golf throughout the winter and have jumped on the opportunity to renew their UGA membership for 2016. For those who haven’t renewed, your membership will become inactive on February 29th and you will have until March 31st to renew it before the $5 reinstatement fee kicks in. Don’t let your membership lapse! Click HERE to learn how to renew today.
After you renew your membership, you will receive your membership card and $10 off Uinta Golf coupon in the mail in 2-3 weeks. In the meantime, you can check out all of the 2016 UGA Member Benefits while you wait.
For all of you die-hard golfers, check out the 2016 UGA Gold Membership. It is jam-packed with savings and value, but most importantly, it offers a total of eight free rounds of golf! If you have any questions about the Gold Membership or any other aspects of membership with the UGA, check out the Membership FAQ page!
Many courses are opening for play
Driving ranges and golf courses all over Northern Utah are showing their soil for the first time this year. Many golfers are already swinging and taking advantage of the sunshine after the long bout of inversion. We will be updating our Facebook and Twitter accounts as we hear about courses opening throughout the state. Always remember, if you are too impatient or chill easily, you can always head down to sunny St. George and play one of their beautiful courses!
Score posting season starts on March 15th
The offseason for Northern Utah is from November 14th to March 15th each year. Although there may not be any snow on the ground in many areas, the ground is still firm and frozen and courses may not be maintained as well as they are in the summer time. Our course rating team goes out and determines the rating for all of the courses in Utah when they are in their peak condition. That means the rough is long, the greens are well kept, the ground is healthy, the trees are full, and all areas are maintained.
If you are brave enough to play a round of golf in February, you are going to see your ball roll and roll on the firm ground, and the trees will (for the only time) hold true to the statement that “they are 90% air”. Scores just aren’t going to match up to what you would shoot in normal season conditions, which means your handicap could be affected negatively or positively.
Just a reminder for the snowbirds and world travelers, if you play golf anywhere else in the winter, they may not have an inactive score posting season, and you can post scores after you play. Check with the golf professional or a staff member at the course you play to find out more information.
UGA Member Days are back!
We have an amazing schedule this year with seven private clubs participating! If you have never participated in a UGA Member Day, now is the time! We wanted to give you the opportunity to experience some of Utah’s finest country clubs in a non-competitive environment. The outings are open to players of all skill levels, and we encourage you to get a group of friends together and go out and have a good time! You can check out the details and the full schedule on the UGA Member Days page.
The first UGA championship is on March 19th and 20th
We will continue our tradition and start our season down in St. George at The Ledges, SunRiver, and Sky Mountain. Winterchamps is always a great way to kick off our year, and we expect a high turnout with the long winter that we have experienced in Northern Utah. For more information or to sign up, please click HERE.
Youth on Course
There is no sport that teaches kids how to be respectful, kind, honest, and to work hard like golf does. That is why the UGA and the Utah Golf Foundation are partnering with the Northern California Golf Foundation’s Youth on Course program. This program allows juniors who are members of their state or regional golf association to join and play golf at participating clubs for $5 or less. Although we are just starting out, we already have some great courses in Northern and Southern Utah participating. The future is looking bright as we are looking to expand to more courses along the Wasatch Front and throughout the state.
We are so excited to be a part of this incredible program and we have no doubt that it will help grow and protect the future of the game in Utah. If you are interested in finding out more about the program or signing your junior golfer up check out the Youth on Course page