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Changes You Need To Know


Changes In Golf (Fore) 2019


The new, modernized Rules of Golf have been finalized and released by the USGA and R&A, and will go into effect at the beginning of 2019. Though the general premise for this update was to clarify the sport’s notorious ambiguity around its guidelines, let’s be honest: rules language can still be hard to process. Luckily for you, we have everything you need to know about the new Rules of Golf right here.

One change is designed specifically for the recreational golfer

Regarding out of bounds or a lost ball. Instead of stroke and distance, a new local rule allows the option of dropping a ball in the vicinity of where the original was lost or out of bounds, including the nearest fairway area, with a two-stroke penalty. Basically, if you blow your first drive into the woods, you no longer have to hit your third from the tee box. Instead, you can play your fourth from the fairway—basically, the best case scenario (save for a hole-in-three) with your third shot. This was done to help pace of pace.

This rule will not be in play at the professional level, or other elite competitions.

Another tweak: The height of your drop

Although the initial proposal had a player taking a drop from any length above two inches from the ground, the new rule stipulates drop be taken from knee height, still a significant change from the current shoulder level.

There’s also no longer a penalty for a double-chip

Somewhere, T.C. Chen is smiling. Golfers will now just count the hit as one stroke.

Club-length, not inches, will be the measurement for relief

One of the March 2017 proposals called for either a 20-inch or 80-inch standard, but golfers responded by saying “How are we going to actually measure that?” The governing bodies agreed, going back to club lengths instead.

Aside from the tweaks, other proposals in the first draft from March 2017 will be implemented

These touch on six main areas: ball-moved penalties, relaxed putting-green rules, relaxed rules for water hazards, pace of play, player integrity and rules in the bunker.

The big takeaways from this are:

No more penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the green

You are still penalized, however, if it is “virtually certain” you caused it to move on purpose.

You can putt with the flag stick in

Not only has the penalty for putting to an unattended flag been eliminated, you can go at it without having it removed at all.

You can repair all the damn spike marks your heart desires

As well as repair animal or other damage on the green.

Another penalty removed: touching the line of the putt

However, caddies are not allowed to stand behind or serve as an extension of the line.

You can now move impediments in bunkers and water hazards

There’s also no penalty for touching the ground or water in a penalty area. In the sand, however, you cannot ground the club right next to the ball.

However, if you’re “generally” touching the sand with the club, that’s OK.

An extra relief option has been added for an unplayable ball in a bunker

Yep, more good news for those that struggle in the sand. You can play the ball to be outside the sand with a two-stroke penalty.

The Rules also give your integrity some latitude

A player is given “reasonable judgement” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance. Your placement will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it wasn’t in the exact right spot.

You also are no longer required to announce when you are lifting a ball to identify or see if it’s damaged

The new Rules are really trusting you on this, buddy. Don’t blow their faith in you.

You’re no longer allowed five minutes to look for a lost ball

Your search party now has three minutes. Let’s be honest, you weren’t going to find it in five, anyway.

And a player can take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke

A change made to help speed of pace of play, although admittedly this one could be a tad hard to enforce at the amateur ranks.

Sadly, one of the most debated rule changes was not made

That would be relief from a fairway divot. “One of the primary objectives for the overall initiative is to make the rules easier to understand and apply, but to also make sure we maintained the traditions and principles behind the game,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director of rules & amateur status. “And the principles are to play the ball as it lies and the course as you find it. So to write a rule that allows a player to sort of deviate from that, was not something we were wanting to do.”

In other words, pray the rest of the group takes a casual attitude towards foot wedges from fairway craters.




Source: https://www.golfdigest.com

Updated Hours of Operation

Updated Pro Shop Hours Of Operation


The Pro Shop will be OPEN this Saturday from 9 AM – 2 PM

  We will be CLOSED Sunday – Tuesday

          They will be doing tree work on the driveway area Mon. & Tues.

   OPEN Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM

      December 21 is the last day to make purchases in 2018

   We will re-open January 2 at 10 AM

Tour Tip Thursday




If you watch the pros closely, you’ll rarely see them make a full, all-out swing with their wedges or short irons. They usually dial it down to 75 or 80 percent of their full tempo. Why? Because when they’re within striking distance of the pin, distance control is all that matters. And the best way to control your distance is to swing within yourself.

One way to do this is by choking down on the club, gripping halfway down the handle to subtract 5 yards from your approach, or all the way down to the steel to remove 10 yards. This will allow you take the longer club and swing more smoothly and in control, rather than having to go all-out with a shorter club. So if your normal 8-iron carries 150 yards and you need the ball to travel 145 yards, grip halfway down the handle; if you need it to go 140 yards, move your hands to the bottom of the grip. Try this grip switch with all of your scoring clubs and you should start to see a lot more birdie opportunities.


Source: https://www.golf.com


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Saturday, November 17th

Our first annual Turkey Trot will be played on the South Golf Course with a 10:00 am shotgun start. Format will be a three person scramble, pick your own team, and every team must have at least one player 50 years old or older. All players may tee off on each hole but the person who hit the selected tee shot may not hit the second shot on all par 4’s and 5’s only. Seniors over 65 will play from the GOLD tees. All others will play from the white tees.

Entry fee is $20 per man plus applicable cart/green fees.
Winter rates, $22, are in affect.

There will be food and prizes for low scores and contests on the course.  Other specials from the restaurant will be announced on that day.

Match Play – Saturday Tee Times

Match Play tee times 2018

Click link above for list of tee times for the qualifying round of the Match Play Championship.

After golf, all golfers are invited to join us for some food and beverages as we watch the scores come in and the brackets take shape.  This event always provides some exciting golf action.  Spectators are welcome!

Stay tuned for updates for scores and match results.

What’s happening in July at Reid Park

July 4 – Regular weekday rates will apply.  As a thank you for playing our golf courses, we will not be using holiday rates on Wednesday.  Green Fee and Cart before 11:00 am is $30.  $28 for Seniors and military.  After 11:00 am, $25.  We hope you will come out and enjoy the course.

July 14 & 15 – City Am Championship, sponsored by Schuler’s Bakery, begins.  Super Senior, 70 & over, Senior, 50 & over as well as ladies champions will be crowned.

July 21 & 21 – City Am Championship continues.  The Champion and flight winners will be awarded.

City AM – Schedule of Events.  July 14 – Round 1 begins at 10:00 am.  Donuts in am and a good ole cookout will follow the round.  July 15 – Round begins at 10:00 am.  Donuts in am followed by a BBQ meal.  Ladies Champion, Super Senior Champion, Senior and Junior Champion will be recognized.

July 21 – Round 3 begins for overall and flights.  Donuts in the morning.  July 22 – Final round.  Donuts in the morning followed by Champions Ceremony.

July 28 – Cystic Fibrosis golf event in the afternoon.

We hope that you will join us for the festivities.  You can also make tee times on our website at www.golfreidpark.com. or call the Pro Shop at 937.324.7725.  We look forward to serving you!!


2018 City Am presented by Schuler’s Bakery

2018 City Am entry forms and ladies entry forms

Thank you again to Schuler’s Bakery for their sponsorship of this years event.  Schuler’s will be providing donuts, 2 meals, trophies and adding to the prize pool.  Click on the appropriate entry form below for additional details.

City AM Entry 2018

City AM Entry 2018 Ladies

We are looking forward to a great event this year.  We hope you will join us.

Two weekends of fun.  July 14, 15, 21 & 22.

Ladies Championship, July 14 & 15

Super Senior, age 70 and over, July 14 & 15

Seniors Championship, age 50 and over, July 14 & 15.  Seniors in this division are eligible to play the second weekend for the championship and flights.