WASGC Announcements Page

Welcome to the 2017-18 Season at Wadi al Saeed Golf Club

Happy New Year, golfers!

With our first competitive match already played last Friday (Lend Me Some Tees), it is high time I updated our January/February announcements. This-coming Friday, January 12, is the 'Worst Shot Scramble'. Although it sounds like a group contest, you actually play a scramble with yourself! Often many of us will play alone and play two balls, choosing the 'best ball' of the two on each shot and proceed to complete the hole choosing only the best each shot.

The worst ball scramble is the exact opposite. The player hits two shots, then selects the worst shot between them and hits the next two shots from that location, then continues hitting from the worst ball until the ball is holed out. This game is very difficult, which also makes it fantastic practice for your game and your mind.

Worst ball scramble forces you to focus and concentrate on hitting two good shots every time, because you will be playing your next shot from the worst of the two.
Worst ball will test your patience and mental fortitude. Nothing is more frustrating than hitting a shot close to the hole knowing it won’t count because you missed the green with your second shot.
In order to hole out and move to the next hole, you must make a two putts in a row, since the worst shot on the green would be a missed putt.
*In order to speed up play, we will only play 'Worst Shot Scramble' on 6 holes, three on the front and three on the back nine. (4, 5, 6 and 12, 13, 14) The rest of the round will be a normal stroke play round, using just ONE BALL!

SINGLES MATCH PLAY Tournament: Hopefully the winner is determined?! I admit I lost track over the break... Maybe someone can update us???


Upcoming events:

January 19: 'Greensomes' tournament
January 26: 'Monthly Medal'.

Friday, October 6: 'Throw Out' Tournament. Play a regular round of golf and THROW OUT your three worst holes! For the competition, the remaining score will be compared against the other competitors to determine Low Gross and Low Net . Your complete score will count for your handicap only.

Friday, October 13: 'Three Clubs and a Putter'. This fun tournament will be a fun mixer, with no score counting on your regular handicap. Low Gross and Low Net winners can earn points ONLY IF YOU HAVE JUST THREE CLUBS PLUS YOUR PUTTER IN YOUR GOLF BAG! (Leave the rest at home, please!)

Friday, October 20: 'Best Ball' This is a 'Net Score Only' tournament, since partners are going to be DRAWN RANDOMLY on the morning of the tournament! You and your partner each play your own ball each hole and then choose the 'best score' from the two you for that hole. The teams with the lowest net scores are winning points!

Saturday, October 21: WASGC golfers: Anyone interested in a "Two-Person Better Ball tournament" at Rolling Hills next Saturday?
Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge:
This is a reminder that the Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge will be held at Rolling Hills Golf Club on Saturday, 21 October 2017. This tournament is open to Aramco employees who have a valid handicap.
Register online at: www.xeroxgc.com
Entry Fee: SAR 350
Pay fee at the Rolling Hills pro shop before the October 21 or during check-in on the day of the event.
Green Fees: RHGC Members pre-paid, all others pay usual weekend fee of SAR 250
Date: 21 October 2017
Start: 7:30 AM Shotgun Start
Format: Two person, Better Ball Stroke-play
Handicap: Full Handicap Index
Prizes: Shirt, sleeve of balls plus skill prizes from Under Armor
Grand Prizes: Two teams (one net and one gross) will qualify for the Grand Final Xerox tournament to be held at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai on December 16 – 17, 2017.
RHGC will provide a cash prize to participants in the Grand Final tournament, to partially offset travel costs.

Friday, October 27: October 'Monthly Medal'. All players compete for the monthly points for Low Gross and Low Net prizes, as well as the usual hole prizes!

Friday, November 3: (Long Weekend) This is a 'Stableford' format, with points EARNED for net bogey, par, birdie and eagle! There are Low Gross and Low Net winners, plus hole prizes!

Local Rules

Posted Sept 30, 2017 - A set of Guidelines has been established for the earning of points throughout the season. The document also discusses eligibility and other qualifications to earn points and to compete in the club's championship tournaments. See the section under LOCAL RULES.

Proper Shoes on the Course

Please remember to wear only flat sole shoes when playing. Running shoes or athletic shoes with very deep, aggressive treads ruin our browns and make them difficult to keep smooth. When we all wear the correct type of shoes, we all end up making more putts!

Casual Round Score Cards

Please remember to turn in those casual round 9 hole or 18 hole score cards.

If you complete 9 holes but do not have time for another 9, turn your card into the box and the handicap chairman will hang on to it until another 9 hole score from you is received and then combine the two for an 18 hole score. That 18 hole score will then be entered into the handicap system.

So get out there to play and get those score cards turned in!

How do we decide who plays with whom each tournament?

The new board deliberated over this issue, hoping to make you all aware of how groupings are made up. Those on the board wish to see everyone play with each other more often. For this year, we thought that a nice way to mix players was, when possible, use the handicaps to determine three categories of players. Using a 0-14 handicap group (A), a 15-24 group (B), and an 'above 24 group'(C), we could try to keep track of who plays together each week and mix them, with an ABC together in scrambles and in partner competitions, etc. For the 'Monthly Medals', we would try to keep A&B's together, and B&C's together, to try to match those who players who have a faster pace of play together to try to give them a chance for their best results. Our Pro, Paul Stent, will be rotating through ALL teams to give you all a chance to see his fine golf form.
We welcome your feedback on these ideas.