November is here, and the holiday season will soon be here! As the weather continues to cool, we also will begin to potentially experience frost delays. From November 15th on it is good practice to check Chelsea each morning for any delays due to frost. Frost delay information is posted by 7:00 each morning both on your Chelsea home page and on the pro shop phone system. The forecast for this winter is mild and wet, so hopefully we won’t have many frost delays, but will get some badly needed rain! Stay in tune with the Forecaddie to keep up to date with everything Pro Shop and golf course related. In the sections following, you will find all the information relating to this month in golf, as well as contact information for our golf associations and our Greens Committee.
Pro Shop Hours – Open 30 minutes before the first tee time and 1 hour before shotguns. The pro shop closes at 4:00pm.
Pro shop staff will carry the pro shop cell phone (520-561-1196) until 5:00.
Staff are available until one hour before sunset.
First tee time: 11-1 to 11-14: 7:30am 11-15 to 11-15: 7:45
Last tee time: 11-1 to 11-30: 4:00pm
Rate Periods: 11-1 to 11-30:
Prime 7:30/7:45 – 11:52
Midday 11:30 – 1:22
Twilight 1:30 – 3:00
Super Twilight 3:00 – Sunset
Every month Mike and Ken will conduct a free golf clinic. All residents and their guests are welcome to attend, and there is no cost. Please sign up in the Pro Shop. The staff have a book behind the counter with all the scheduled clinics that you can sign up for. You are welcome to attend as often and as many as you like! The clinics will cover basic techniques and mechanics of each topic. Our golf clinics are great for learning a new skill or brushing up a skill that needs some work. The next clinic will be in November and cover the full swing. It will be held on Monday, November 20th at 2:00pm at the driving range. Please see your Chelsea home page event calendar for the full clinic schedule.
Cart Rules The following rules shall apply to all types of golf carts, both rental and privately-owned:
- DRIVE ON CART PATH until even with ball, then enter turf at 90° when gates are not present.
- SCATTER ACROSS TURF until ball is on green.
- EXIT TURF at 90° to cart path.
- REMAIN ON CART PATH on all Par-3 holes.
- STAY 25 FEET from tees and greens.
- DO NOT DRIVE around sides or back of greens.
- DO NOT DRIVE in the desert.
- DO NOT ENTER private resident property to retrieve golf balls.
Ball Marks Our greens have been in service for almost 3 years now. Aaron and his crew are doing a great job keeping them smooth and fast. To do our part as golfers, we should make every effort to keep ball marks repaired! Ball marks that are repaired immediately heal faster and create less surface disruption resulting in a smooth green. Let’s do our part to keep the greens looking good! Please remember to stay in the habit of finding and repairing ball marks on the greens to help keep them rolling smoothly.
Pace of Play Please follow these simple tips to improve pace of play without having to rush around the course:
- Be prepared to play your shot while waiting for others to hit, so you can play immediately without delay. This includes shots played while on the putting green.
- Clean and replace your club in the bag; and record your score, at the next tee, not at the green.
- Hit a provisional ball when appropriate, and limit searches for lost balls to 3 minutes. Players in the group that can hit safely should do so; while those that can’t, should help search.
- Limit socializing to periods when you are prepared to hit and there is a wait to safely hit. Have fun on the course, and keep your play efficient, so all can experience an enjoyable pace of play!
Cart Damage to the Course Without question, cart traffic is the number one cause of damage to the turf on the course. Please do your best to limit the time your cart is on the turf. One easy way to do that is by staying on the cart path until even with your drive. This simple tip can reduce wear and tear exponentially because entering the turf area early is the most common mistake made by golfers in terms of course damage.