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Karen's Korner: Happy Father's Day

Father’s Day is coming up and I think about the childhood memories I have of my Dad. On Sunday afternoons, my family would ride the dirt roads of Newton County and pick up empty coke bottles on the side of the road. Those days were special to me because we all would get to sit in his lap and drive. Coke bottles brought good money in those days. My family would sell the empty glass bottles and go to Panama City Beach every summer on vacation.

I write about this because we at the Oaks Course wish every Dad a “Happy Fathers Day”. If your Dad is no longer living, please take a moment to remember a special memory, I promise it will put a smile on your face. If you are looking for a memorable time with Dad, head to The Oaks Course on Sunday, June 17 from 2pm to 6pm for our Father’s Day Fish and Play. REGISTER HERE. Then on Saturday, June 30th we will once again have “Family Putt-Putt” golf night. The putt-putt is “FREE” and so are the memories. We will have hotdogs, snacks and drinks to purchase. It will be a “BLAST”. Too bad we can’t sell the bottles anymore.



Do you remember the days of playing in big club tournaments? Did you used to play in them or have you ever been interested in teeing it up in a big event? If you are in either of these categories, or just like to play golf, we have news for you…


                We know that your spare time is limited, so the format has changed to accommodate you. This will be a one day event, June 30th. Tee times start at 9:00 a.m. so you can get started early, have lunch with us, and have the rest of the day to spend with your family or friends.

                Entry fee is $80 and this gets you your round of golf with cart, lunch, smoker and prizes. We will have multiple flights so you will compete against players of your ability. The Grand Champion will be from the Championship Flight, which is not handicapped, but all of the other flights are handicapped. USGA official handicap is required.            

                This is an “Open,” so everyone is invited. If you would like to test your skills against other players, sign up today. Time is running out. Hope to see you on the 30th of June! REGISTER HERE

Oaks Open 2018

Karen's Korner: What to do with the kids

Guess what? It is spring time in Georgia, pollen is flying and it is 80 degrees! Who says the south is slow. We moved from winter to summer in record time. We celebrate moms in the spring because if we wait any longer, it will be 100 degrees and the kids will be out of school. We have to butter them up early so they don’t run out of the door screaming “What am I going to do with these kids”.

I know what you can do with them; the golf course is beautiful this time of the year. The grass is green, drinks are cold and we can keep you and your kids busy. Clinics, fishing and food, what more could you ask for? We even have putt-putt golf once a month. If you have not seen 6 year olds play golf you don’t know what you’re missing. It definitely gives the word “FORE” a different meaning. Better yet REGISTER HERE to sign them up for Junior Camp.

Come out to the golf course with your families and celebrate summer with us. We have something for everyone. We even have a beautiful veranda to sit and enjoy nature or sip on a cold drink. It is just like summer of old, enjoying old friends and making new ones. I will keep the drinks on ice for you. See you soon.


Brad Head Shot

Brad Patton grew up in Dover, Delaware and graduated from Dover High School in 1998. He then went on to graduate from the University of Delaware with a degree in Hospitality. His real passion was, and remains--the game of golf. After Delaware, Brad moved to Orlando, Florida to pursue playing professionally. While in Orlando, Brad graduated from The Golf Academy of America with High Honors. He received a Certification in Club Fitting and Repair as well as an Advanced Teaching Degree. He returned north to teach golf in Philadelphia, PA. While there he met his wife,Laura and in 2014 they moved Atlanta, GA. Brad has been at The Oaks Course as Assistant Professional  and Lead Staff Instructor since March 2015.  We are so excited that Brad has now accepted the Head Golf Professional position here at The Oaks Course. His passion and enthusiasm for golf is contagious. Check out his monthly Coach's Corner, enroll one of his Golf Academy Clinics or stop by and visit him for a few pointers to improve your game. 

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

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