October 2014 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

2015 Membership renewal has begun

The Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club (ERMGC) is open to all applicants, 18 years of age and older. The $95 new membership fee includes membership in the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and a handicap index. Your membership also allows you to play in our monthly Sunday tournaments as well as our Wednesday sweeps, which is a weekly event that you can win scrip for the golf shop. All applicants, NEW and RENEWALS, must fill out this online form completely every year and all application fees are valid for the entire 2015 calendar year. If you sign up between October 1 and December 10, you membership will also include full privileges for the rest of the current year. If you renew your membership after December 10, you will be charged the "new" member rate of $95.

Tournament News

Tournament: 2014 Blind Draw Irish Rumble, October 19

Sponsored by:

Diane Powers has brought the fun and flair of the original Casa de Bandini to The Forum Shopping Center in Carlsbad, Calif. Formerly located in Old Town, San Diego, this second generation Casa de Bandini Mexican Restaurant is the essence of Mexican culture: authentic Mexican food, fabulous mariachi entertainment, hot-off-the-grill homemade tortillas, giant margaritas and an environment depicting Colonial Mexico.

This beautiful Mexican restaurant creates the perfect setting for one of San Diego County’s best Mexican restaurants. The award-winning, flavorful Mexican cuisine made with the freshest ingredients is paired with our homemade salsas, using our original regional recipes. Enjoy truly memorable dining, accompanied by an extensive selection of specialty margaritas. Over 80 entrees can be found on the menu including: Mexican seafood such as delicious fish or crispy shrimp and mango tacos; traditional combination plates; flavorful Mexicana Chicken; beef or pork entrees and the most wonderful Carnitas Burrito you will ever taste; and an abundant choice of creative and healthy Mexican salads. Casa de Bandini also offers a Healthy Dining menu, numerous vegetarian choices and 50 gluten-free selections.
Banquet and private party accommodations are available. Enjoy dining under the stars on the magnificent heated patio. There’s always a fiesta going on at Casa de Bandini!.

Format: Four-man teams, 18 holes of stroke play, It is a Best Ball format played where the best single score is recorded for the first six holes (1-6); the best two scores are recorded for the next six holes (7-12); the best three scores are recorded on the next five holes (13-17); and on the last hole (18), all four scores are recorded for the team. Players will be divided in 4 flights and then randomly made into foursomes with one player from each flight represented in each group.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2013 Defending Champions


Tournament Results


Tournament: 2014 Club Championship

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank Lomas Santa Fe Country Club for sponsoring the 2014 Club Championship.


Championship Flight

    Tim Dudek 1up over Greg Jacobs

    A Flight

      Ken Wolff 2&1 over Denny Aiken

      B Flight

        Richard Webster 4&3 over Daniel Silverstein

        C Flight

          William Galdstone 5&3 over Tim Hostetter

        The Rules Column

        Out of Bounds: Definitions and Rulings

        The best place to start this discussion is with the Definition in the rule book. Here it is:
        “Out of bounds’’ is beyond the boundaries of the course or any part of the course so marked by the Committee.

        When out of bounds is defined by reference to stakes or a fence or as being beyond stakes or a fence, the
        out of bounds line is determined by the nearest inside points at ground level of the stakes or fence posts
        (excluding angled supports). When both stakes and lines are used to indicate out of bounds, the stakes
        identify out of bounds and the lines define out of bounds. When out of bounds is defined by a line on the
        ground, the line itself is out of bounds. The out of bounds line extends vertically upwards and downwards.

        A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds. A player may stand out of bounds to play a ball lying
        within bounds.

        Objects defining out of bounds such as walls, fences, stakes and railings are not obstructions and are deemed to
        be fixed. Stakes identifying out of bounds are not obstructions and are deemed to be fixed.

        Also refer to Rule 27—Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball. Key points of Rule 27:
        • The penalty for a ball out of bounds is stroke and distance, which means that another ball must be put into
        play as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played. There are no options.
        • If there is any chance that your ball may be out of bounds, play a provisional ball to save time.
        • If your original ball is found in bounds within the five minutes allowed for searching, the original ball is the
        ball in play and the provisional ball MUST be abandoned.

        Because lines on the ground are difficult to maintain, boundaries are most often defined by fences or white stakes. If
        the boundary is a fence, the inside (course side) points of the FENCE POSTS at ground level define the out of bounds
        line—not the fence itself.

        It is entirely possible for a ball to be on the course side of the fence and still be out of bounds. On Hole #9 at
        Encinitas Ranch, the practice range is out of bounds, and the large metal poles supporting the range netting define
        the boundary. A ball which comes to rest on the course side of the netting—but beyond the inside edges of the
        supporting poles—is out of bounds.

        There can be situations when it is difficult to determine whether a ball is out of bounds, due to the placement of
        boundary stakes or posts. In a recent incident on Hole #5 at Encinitas Ranch, a ball played from the tee came to rest
        in an area of thick brush near the boundary line on the left. The white stakes themselves were in the brush and it
        was impossible to accurately determine the out-of-bounds line between the stakes at ground level. The best we
        could do was to establish a sight line by positioning clubs above the stakes and another club directly above the ball.
        The ball was determined to be ON THE LINE, and therefore, in bounds. By definition, a ball is out of bounds when ALL

        OF IT is beyond the line.
        It is important to understand the implications of the last paragraph in the definition above. Objects defining
        boundaries are NOT OBSTRUCTIONS—they cannot be moved, and no relief without penalty is permitted if the object
        interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance, or area of your intended swing. Your ball can be in bounds and yet
        so close to a fence or stake that it is not possible to play a normal stroke. In these situations, weigh your options
        carefully. You make elect to play a shot away from the hole, play an opposite-handed stroke, or take relief under
        Rule 28—Ball Unplayable.

        Dick Beckman – September 2014

        Wednesday Sweeps

        Wednesday Play for ERMGC Members

        If you want friendly golf competition and have a chance to earn gift certificates to purchase items from the Golf Shop, sign up for a tee time between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. You may sign up as a single, with a friend, or a group of four. All sign-ups must be members of the Men’s Club. All participants pay an entry fee of $5. Each participant signs up for his appropriate flight and tee.

        Every golfer can win a gift certificate redeemable at the pro shop for placing in their flight.
        In addition, every player has an opportunity to win a $10 gift certificate for being closest to the hole, or having the long drive in their flight.

        Also, on the first Wednesday of each month you have an opportunity to place a wager in our "Beat the Pro" contest. Whatever amount you wager, if your net score beats the pro you will get a gift certificate equal to double your wager. If your net score ties or loses to the pro, you still get a certificate equal to the amount you have wagered. You can’t lose!

        The following are flight parameters for tee assignments:

        Flight Tees Index Score
        Championship Blue N/A Gross
        A Net Blue 10.0 and lower Net
        B Net Green 10.1 to 15.0 Net
        C Net White 15.1 and higher Net

        Visit our website for additional information on ERMGC Wednesday Play. www.ermgc.org

        Hope to see you on Wednesdays. Support your Men's Club and hone your golf skills through friendly competition.

        Rich Busby – Wednesday Play Chairman