Steve Pace



If you haven’t been out on Monkey Island lately, do yourself a favor and just go see what is going on at Shangri-La. This possibly is the biggest thing to happen to the entire Grand Lake area since the original Shangri-La was built. My prediction is that once the clubhouse and golf courses are all finished some smart investor will come along and put in an upscale hotel and there will be even more activity. Considering these are bad times, it sure is looking good for Monkey Island, et al. 



I just talked with Dan Kitowski over at the P.I. pro shop and he says they have some new super, super Winter pricing”. It is great pricing. Beginning November 1st Monday through Thursday $30 for 18 holes and $15.50 for 9 holes; Friday through Sunday is $36 for 18 holes and $18.50 for 9 holes; The really good deal is for the seniors! Age 55 and over from Monday through Friday is only $25 for 18 or $13 for 9 holes. Saturday and Sunday is $31 for 18 holes and $16 for 9. They also have some other packages that include some Grand Lake Casino specials. Call and ask about them. You do need to have tee times, so call to schedule.

Call 918-786-3338 for details.


The next time that you are on the driving range try this: Instead of swinging “at the ball” swing “to the target”. Another way to feel this is to imagine that you are really hitting a ball that is directly in front of the actual ball. This will help you swing through the shot.



Randy Warren pro shop manager at Patricia Island (Grove)  reports the results of the 2010 Patricia Island Susan G. Komen “Rally for the Cure” (aka BOO’s and GHOUL’s) Cancer Tournament. (Played this past week)

FIRST PLACE “A” FLIGHT-SCORE 59: Gregg Compton, Marilyn O’Grady, Randall Hendricks, Dan Kitowski

First place “b” flight-score 62: Greg Simpson, Jim Henry, Wally Beavpre, Don Dennis

First place “c” flight-score 69: Bill Bray, Ileta Bray, Rick Meier, Renae Meier

First place “d” flight-score 72: Bill Duffield, Bob Thomas, Mary Kay Wiley, Donna Killion

Special hole awards:long drive for men-Jay Foster; long drive for women- Kim Robinson; close to pin ladies: Jane McGinnis; close to pin no. 7-Greg Simpson; close to pin no. 4-Jay Jones; close to pin no.16-Danny Murphy.



If so, please read this…GRAND LAKE GOLF SCHOOL is now the official “Fitter” for in this area. This is a new fitting system in which we can measure instantaneously if you have the right frequency shafts in your clubs. The inventor and developer proved to me that 60 percent of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you either get the club face square back to the ball naturally or by force. Go to Naturally is of course best. We offer a fitting and swing lesson for $50; If you replace and order your shafts at $45 each including grip, we credit the $50 to your purchase. Or, ask us about our demo plan. Call Steve at 918-257-4967.


Oldie but a Goodie:

A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, “What’s with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!”

The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such ineptitude!” The pastor said, “Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let’s have a word with him. Hi George! Say, what’s with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?” The greens keeper replied, “Oh, yes, that’s a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime.” The group was silent for a moment. The pastor said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.”

The doctor said, “Good idea. And I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there’s anything he can do for them.”

The engineer said, “Why can’t these guys play at night?”