Waves and wind at Sea Ranch

Fort Bragg Advocate-News - - SPORTS - Larry Miller

The Lit­tle River Course is at­tract­ing more and more out of the area golfers. Local golfers are ob­serv­ing the in­crease and most are OK with the in­flux and it looks like most ev­ery­one is ad­her­ing to the COVID-19 mask­ing rules.

I can’t blame out of the area golfers for coming. Lit­tle River is a fun course with great views and a ded­i­cated staff. Speak­ing of staff, hats off to pro shop man­ager Kathy She­p­ley, JimMcDan­nold andDave Jones for the won­der­ful and at times stress­ful job they are do­ing in their ef­fort to keep up the flow of play and golfers safe.

The crew du­ti­fully sprays dis­in­fec­tant on each golf cart as it is re­turned. Range ball buck­ets are also dis­in­fected be­tween use. They are busy, busy, busy — and still man­age to be re­lent­lessly cour­te­ous. Thank you.

Sun­day, June 28, my son Os­car, an old local friend of his Jack Bush and­my­self, drove to Sea Ranch for an in­ter­est­ing day of golf. Jack drove him­self to avoid the in- car close con­tact. The wind, she was al­ready blow­ing as we nav­i­gated High­way 1.

Fish­er­man say if it’s blow­ing above Point Arena, it is scream­ing on the other side and it was.

At Sea Ranch, golfers check-in with­out go­ing in­side — credit cards only. De­spite the wind, it was a fun day. Ac­tu­ally, you are not wind-whipped on all holes; it’s some more than others. The sun was out, we even­tu­ally played in short sleeves and it was pleas­ant. Oh yes, the wind did have its say-so on the game, and the ocean was a solid flock of sheep.

Re­tired school-teacher Bill Speake, who also coached golf, shared a golf dreamwith me from last week.

Bill said he dreamt he was giv­ing his golf kids a les­son. He was stand­ing in the mid­dle of a cir­cle of stu­dents that in­creased to 20. Bill was teach­ing the stu­dents to keep that left arm straight, bend the right el­bow and make sure your right thumb is un­der­neath the club at the top.

I lis­tened in­tently. Seemed like good ad­vice.

Bill then said he woke up in the dream re­al­iz­ing he was teach­ing him­self the les­son. I be­lieve Bill had top Stable­ford points in our group that day. Keep the dream lessons coming, Bill.

Joe “Bob” Mur­ray made his ap­pear­ance on the course last Fri­day ac­com­pa­nied by his son For­rest. As al­ways, Joe was in good spir­its. Joe and For­rest ac­com­pa­nied Terry Strat­ton, John Jo­hansen and the Golf Notes guy for a few holes on the ol’ course. Joe’s golf this time was lim­ited to putting. Joe can still find the hole. ‘ Twas nice to see you, Joe.

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