Gotta Golf Monday

Gotta Golf Monday

Cheryl Shane
Join us for a friendly game of golf at Belmont Hills Golf Course!

Cheryl to be added to the weekly Paperless Post invitation list as we need to know how many tee times to reserve.

When: Every Monday (except holidays and tournament days). First tee time at 9:00 AM through the Autumn, Winter and Spring Golf Season. Summer tee times beginning at 8:30 AM.
Where: Belmont Hills Golf Course

Cost: $50 for 18 holes includes a shared cart (cart path only) or push cart. Some of us walk the front and ride the back. It’s the same price whichever way you get around the course – the best golf deal in Bermy and only available for IWC Members. (THGC Members cart fee only.)

Cancellation: There is no charge if you cancel, but please let us know so others aren’t waiting or end up by themselves. And if you’re going to wait on the putting green (a great idea BTW) please let the Dudley or Tooly, the cart guys, know so they can let latecomers know.

Recent Traveler or Visitor: If you have traveled or have family member or visitor who has traveled or has been symptomatic within 14 days you may not participate.


Most important: Have fun.

Walking vs riding: I suggest walking 9 holes until you develop straighter shots. If you’re driving you have to keep the cart on the path and you end up doing more walking back and forth across the fairway from cart to ball and back for different clubs. When you walk with a push cart you go directly to your ball and always have the right clubs with you.

Pace of play: BHGC is selling time slots of 4 – 4 1/2 hours on the course and expect each group to clear each hole in 10 – 15 minutes. That’s hard when you’re starting out.

Here’s four ways to have fun while keeping up the pace of play (playing within your time slot) if you’re not playing toward a handicap.
1. Pick up the ball halfway down the fairway and move on to the next tee.
2. Forget about the tee boxes – tee up halfway down the fairway and play out from there.
3. Just play the green – chip from just off the green and putt out.
4. Or play Captain’s Choice with your golf friends.

Ready Golf: Anticipate your next shot – you should take several clubs with you for when it’s your turn. Take the club you think you’ll need and one up and one down. Don’t slow down the pace of play by walking to your ball without any clubs in hand.

Practice Swings: Just one practice swing on the tee box helps you to warm up.  Then with difficult shots, like uphill or downhill, it’s a good idea to take 1 or 2 practice swings to get the feel of the “lie.” But if you need more you should consider spending some one-on-one time with a pro who can help you develop an efficient pre-shot routine.

Golf Etiquette: Please be quiet while others are preparing to swing. Don’t stand in the way – either in front or in back – it’s dangerous and distracting.

Playing Through: If a group of golfers is waiting behind you for a couple of holes invite them to play through by waving them through. They’ll appreciate it and it takes the pressure off you.  Then move to the side of the fairway. Take cover behind your cart or a tree – they might get a little nervous about having an audience and shank the shot. There is a downside to letting a group play through – it takes time for them to play out the hole while you wait for them and you’re now over your allowed time and another group may be right behind them waiting. So only do this if the course isn’t busy. It’s better to skip holes to keep up pace of play.

Rules vs Practice: Many feel that if you’re not playing by the rules of the R&A or USGA then you’re not playing golf – you’re practicing. Practice isn’t a bad thing and often you’ll see a single player play 2 balls for practice. If you’re invited to play golf establish whether you’re playing for fun or by the rules so you don’t get blindsided by someone who tells you you’re doing it all wrong and assigns you penalties. Here’s my opinion: if you’re not keeping score and not competing and you’re letting faster golfers play through when appropriate and playing 18 holes within the course’s pace of play then “practice makes perfect.”

Questions or concerns: Call me at 331-6000. Email me at