Before I start to talk about the weather I want to touch on handicaps and choice of tee boxes. Hopefully this will give everyone a better understanding of tee box selection and how your handicap is adjusted based on tee selection.
Below I have attached the tee information for The Muni. The course is rated from all six tee choices for men. It is also rated for three tee choices for ladies. It shows the different slope ratings and how your handicap should be adjusted to which tees you play. This is based on handicap index which nobody will have unless they have an official GHIN handicap.
Spencer Municipal Golf Course – CH Tables.pdf
This would be “for instance” to try and give you an example of how changing the choice of tees affects your handicap. If your handicap index is 20.1 then you would play from the red tees with a 17 handicap for 18 holes. If you played from the green tees your handicap would be 8. If you played from the yellow tees your handicap would be 5. Simply go to the tees of your choice, follow down to locate your handicap index, look to the right and you have your handicap for those tees.
My personal handicap index is 5.6. I go to whichever set of tees I plan to play from that day and locate where 5.6 handicap index is listed. Off to the right will tell me what my handicap is for the day from that set of tees. If I played from the black tees my handicap would be 6. If I played from the yellow tees my handicap would be +9. I would have to shoot 78 from the black tees to meet my handicap. I would have to shoot 63 from the green tees to meet my handicap.
I plan to meet with the golf leagues to help golfers understand it is ok to play from a set of tees forward of where they have played in the past. Their current handicap can be adjusted to make sure the “strokes given” are still fair if they are in league or a match. It will make it a lot more enjoyable for everyone!
We were fortunate to only receive a few inches of snow during this last blizzard forecast. It’s definitely been a very long winter and we are all most likely feeling a little restless. My records show recorded snowfall on 41 days since November 14. It’s been a while since we had a normal NW Iowa winter like this one.
The off season is a time to work on equipment and start planning for the next season. There are still a few small repairs to complete but I will need some assistance from the mechanics at the street division. Even Caddie is getting restless and continues to follow me around the shop telling me how tired she is of being inside. I think we all probably feel the same way.
The forecast is calling for rainfall tonight and tomorrow with possible flooding. We will be monitoring our waterways, drains, and tiles to make sure surface water is not getting out of control. Please send me an email if you start to see problem areas developing in the next few days.
I’ve been enrolled in an AEMT class, two nights a week, through ILCC since the start of November. I am currently a firefighter/EMT with our SFD and the AEMT certification will allow me to provide a higher level of patient care for our community. It’s been a very valuable class that has helped me sharpen my current skill set while expanding into the next level.
Currently I’m spending clinical hours at the hospital gaining experience and education in these areas of AEMT. I will still be at the hospital for a couple of days this coming week to gain more contact time with patients. I hope to have everything wrapped up in the next couple of weeks.
We still continue to go through the hiring process to get all of our seasonal clubhouse and grounds maintenance employees ready for the 2023 golf season. It doesn’t feel like it right now but spring will be here before we know it and everyone will be itching to get outside. Completing the hiring steps early will ensure all our staff is ready to go when Mother Nature decides we can start taking tee times.
Please reach out with any questions or comments so they can be discussed or addressed in a timely manner. Enjoy the sunshine today!
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301