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Earth Day

Earth Day

Earth Day is a holiday that we hold dear to our heart. There is nothing better than playing on a golf course with beautiful, natural surroundings.

Since 2006, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has been conducting a groundbreaking project, the Golf Course Environmental Profile (GCEP), to develop a comprehensive environmental profile of golf courses in the United States. The surveys have provided critical data on land use, inputs, management of natural resources and environmental stewardship associated with golf courses.

In honor of Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, here are five ways golf courses have shown improvement in the past decade, as documented in the GCEP:

Energy Use: Annual median energy use at U.S. golf facilities has decreased 8.3%, this was primarily the result of a 31.4% decrease in consumption of electricity since 2008.
Nutrient Use: U.S. golf courses have significantly decreased overall nutrient use since 2006, including a 34% reduction in nitrogen, a 53% reduction in phosphate  and a 42% reduction in potash.
Pest Management: Golf courses have increased their reliance on non-pesticide pest control practices such as cultural control, plant growth regulators and biological control.
Land Use: The amount of maintained turfgrass on an average 18-hole golf course has decreased from 99 to 95 acres, with 46% of average 18-hole courses having increased natural area acreage.
Water Use: Use of recycled water increased by 32.7%. Recycled water now accounts for 25% of all water used on golf courses, thereby reducing the use of surface, ground and potable water sources.If you want to learn more about this project click HERE

This article courtesy of the National Golf Course Owners Association

Karen's Corner: Master's Week

We have just finished an exciting “Master’s Golf Tournament Week” at the Oaks Course. Guests from all over the United States and 8 countries played golf and ate some of our “southern” dishes. It was an honor to meet these people and learn a little about their home. They found out just what sugar and the south is all about.

The staples at the Master’s golf tournament are egg salad and pimento cheese sandwiches. We took a different twist featuring a potato salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato and sweetened everyone’s taste buds with sweet potato fries topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Can anyone say, “funnel cake”? Everyone in the south likes sweet tea and sunshine. It was amusing to watch guests ask if our iced tea was sweet—our reply “if it isn’t syrup, it isn’t sweet”.

Everyone had a great time, even our staff. It is always fun to meet new people and discover new things about them and the mutual love of golf. Thanks to everyone that made our week fun. Come again soon.

Coach's Corner: Indoor Practice

March 2018

Don’t’ let the rain get in the way of your practice. There are a lot of things that you can do to improve your swing and get you ready for the better weather. Just make sure you do not hit the celling or the walls…may lead to some troubles that are not golf related.

To hit it farther, SLOW DOWN!

When taking practice swings at home (and on the range and course), slow down your speed. The idea behind a practice swing is to create a feel of what you are trying to do. You CANNOT change a position or create a feel when going full out…it is not how our brains operate.

When taking slow swings, you can feel what the club is doing and you are able to check your positions. Below are a few positions to check that will help with your impact and ball striking.

1. Setup- Make sure that your weight is under your shoe laces and you are well balanced and your arms hang down and are relaxed.
2. Takeaway- With a good core turn, stop the club when it is parallel to the ground. Check to make sure that the club is also parallel to your toe line. The other check point is that the leading edge (short red line) matches the sternum (longer red line).
3. Follow through- Also with a good core turn, go through the impact area and stop at waist high. Make sure that you turned through well and the leading edge matches the sternum, like on the takeaway, and the lead wrist is flat.

By doing this simple motion, SLOWLY, you will gain a better feel on how the body and club move through impact. Take this feel to the range and the course and, if done correctly, the ball will fly straighter and farther.

Coaches Corner Brad



The Coaches Corner is brought to you by our Oaks Course Golf Pro, Brad Patton. Brad is the Lead Staff Instructor and PGA Assistant Golf Professional. He has real a passion for golf and instruction, and has been part of the Oaks Course team for several years.

Coach's Corner: Driver Set up

February 2018

Jack Nicklaus said once that “the success of any shot is made up of three components…50% setup, 40% mental, and 10% motion.” Here are some tips to help your driver setup position.

I am sure you have heard that you have to “hit up” on the ball with a driver and that you have to hit the ball “from the inside.” If you setup correctly, like Mr. Nicklaus said, this will be a lot easier.
I want you to take a look at the PGA tour player and I will point out a few key points of his setup. This is called the “reverse K” position. 

1) Ball position off of your lead shoulder
2) Head behind the ball
3) Slight tilt of the trail shoulder down

This setup will help you stay behind the ball, hit up on it and hit from the inside. Make sure you keep that head behind the ball when you swing!

I hope that this helps and if you would like more help with your driver, go see your local PGA professional!

Coaches Corner Brad

The Coaches Corner is brought to you by our Oaks Course Golf Pro, Brad Patton. Brad is the Lead Staff Instructor and PGA Assistant Golf Professional. He has real a passion for golf and instruction, and has been part of the Oaks Course team for several years.

Karen's Corner: A Twist on Tuna

The wonderful thing about Georgia weather is if you are tired of it, the next day it will change. I don’t know about you but having all four seasons in a week can make you a little crazy. It makes it hard to decide what you would like to eat also. I like a hot bowl of soup with a cornbread muffin to warm up with when I am cold; I like something a little lighter when it warms up. The Oaks Course specializes in having the right dish for the right weather or occasion.

The perfect combination for this time of year is a cup of soup paired with a light sandwich, wrap or salad. When you think about tuna salad, try this recipe:

• Two pieces of naan bread (softer than pita bread) grilled or lightly toasted
• Tuna Salad
• Swiss cheese
• Dill pickles

Grill or toast the naan bread, place two (2) slices of Swiss cheese melted and dill pickle slices and top with 3-4 ounces of tuna salad. Great blend of flavors. This Oaks sandwich is a good mix of both. Now just add a bowl of heart healthy lentil soup and you have a meal sure to please whatever the weather.

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