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Catching up with Sacramento golf

Here’s a two minute read about Sacramento and Northern California golf.

The Senior U.S. Open is coming to Del Paso Country Club next year --- but you might want to order your tickets now to assure your spot in the gallery. Dates are June 22-28, 2015. Just bye-the-bye, kids 17 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult, and get this, one adult can bring up to nine kids! For tickets go to www.2015ussenioropen.com.

That website is also where you go to sign up as a volunteer. And here’s why you should volunteer; pay about $125-$150 and get a pass for the week, preferred parking, logo shirt, logo waterbottle, free food while you working and they only ask you to work about four shifts of four-five hours. The rest of the time you are encouraged to attend the tournament and utilize your weekly pass. It is not a good deal, it is a great deal.

So there are now two MacKenzie courses at Haggin Oaks! The newest is the MacKenzie Putting Course located behind the Supershop. It is nestled into the space between the range and the back of the shop and features water hazards, sand traps and some vexing breaks. It is ideal for family fun, a little socializing, for teaching the subtle etiquette of golf and maybe even a little putting green betting. Check it out.

While Nicklaus has his Memorial Tournament in Ohio, Sacramento has it’s Memorial Amateur, won last weekend by California’s top-ranked junior who also happens to be the nation’s ninth-ranked junior golfer, Cameron Champ. Does anybody have a better last name than that?

The Northern California Qualifier Tournament for the Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament will be held in cooperation with the First Tee of Greater Sacramento on Tuesday, June 17, at Plumas Lakes. Boys and girls ages 10-18 can still enter. Registration is open. Just do a search for; Optimist Junior Golf. Or, do it the old fashioned way by calling Wally Borland at 916-955-6267.

Haggin Oaks sold out another Golf & Guitars event over May 20-21. How many golf courses around the country can do a Country music concert along with a golf tournament.

Sacramento is a great golf town.

And so is the Monterey Penninsula. Poppy Hills, the NCGA course, reopened in April after a 13-month top to bottom renovation. Here’s the deal in brief. They brought in Robert Trent Jones II to redesign his original design. Give a guy with his cred a chance to improve on a prestige course and he’ll deliver, as he did, calling it, “Cinderella returns to the ball.”

All eighteen holes got sand capped to allow better drainage. The course actually plays fast and firm now. You can run the ball. Greens were redone and a state-of-the-art computerized irrigation system with moisture sensors was installed. The course was actually lengthened yet par was dropped from 72 to 71.

The redesign has been so well received that the Champions Tour announced that the Nature Valley First Tee Open will be played at Poppy (along with Pebble) in September.

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