In the rough?? Don’t panic.

The key is to make sure that you’re in control of your club as you swing through the rough.

When you’re swinging the club in that thick stuff the grass is going to naturally grab and close your clubface.

This is particularly dangerous around the greens.

If you’re trying to hit a delicate shot and then have too much follow through, chances are your club-speed will be the same as the ball-speed, a recipe for disaster, that can lead to a double-hit.”

So how do you prevent that from happening and limit the clubface from closing?

If you’re a right-handed player, focus on the last three fingers of your left hand on the grip (opposite for lefties), Grip the club tightly with those fingers.

This will help you to stop the club from over-closing. Also, minimize your follow-through so you don’t have to worry about that double-hit I already mentioned.

The goal is to have enough speed to get through the grass, but also be in control of the head on the follow through so you don’t hit the ball twice.”

Cherokee Grove Monday Night League

Cherokee Grove Monday Night League. Hit the ball at 5:15 p.m. Mondays. All are welcome. You can stop by the Cherokee Grove Clubhouse to sign up.

Monday night winners were Closest to the Pin on number two Jerry Madison and CTP on number eight Terry Johnson. Skins were Terry Johnson one skin, John Wooden one skin and Jack Bullard one skin.

Cherokee Grove Golf Course upcoming tournament four man scramble 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 25. Stop by the Clubhouse or Kelly Golf to sign up.

Cherokee Grove Saturday and Sunday skins. 9 a.m. start time. Cheapest skins game you will find. 

Wednesday morning league for senior men at Cherokee Grove. Just stop by the Cherokee Grove club house.

This will be a senior men’s league for 60 and over playing nine holes. $20 fee includes cart fee and entry in $5 skins game. (Members play for $10) Tee off each Wednesday promptly at 8 a.m.

Patricia Island Country Club Ladies Golf League

May 9 – Sept. 26 Wednesdays at 3 p.m. for nine or 18 holes. There also will be nine holes at 5:15 p.m. For more information, call or text Ileta Bray 918-801-5912 for details


Lest We Forget Golf Tourney for our first responders set for September 30.

GolFun NEO Board of Realtors Charity Golf Tournament September, 20, with 9 a.m. registration, and 10 a.m hit the ball.

Four person scramble $75 entry, 18 holes of golf, cart, breakfast and awards luncheon.

Contact or call Penny at 918-801-8807 C/O Berkshire Hathaway Property Services

Golf joke of the week

An Octogenarian who was an avid golfer moved to a new town and joined the local country club.

He went to the club for the first time to play but was told there wasn't anybody he could play with because they were already out on the course.

He repeated several times that he really wanted to play.

Finally the assistant pro said he would play with him and would give him a 12 stroke handicap.

The 80 year old said, "I really don't need a handicap as I have been playing quite well. The only real problem I have is getting out of sand traps."

He did play well.

Coming onto the 18 home the old man had a long drive, but it landed in one of the sand traps around the hole.

Shooting from the sand trap he hit a very high ball which landed on the green and rolled into the hole!

The Pro walked over to the sand trap where his opponent was still standing.

He said "Nice shot, but I thought you said you have a problem getting out of sand traps?"

"I do!" replied the Octogenarian, “Could you give me a hand?”

Grand Lake Golf Venues

-Cherokee Grove Golf Course (Grove) @ 918-786-4100

-The Coves Golf Club (Duck Creek) @ 918-782-3220

-Grand Cherokee Golf Course (Langley) @ 918-435-8727.

-Patricia Island Golf Club (Grove) @ 918-786-3338

-Peoria Ridge Golf Club (Miami) 918-542-7676

-Shangri-La Golf Club (Monkey Island) @ 918-257-4204

-Eagle Creek Golf Club (Joplin) @ 417-623-5050

-Elk River C.C. (Noel) @ 417-475-3208

Kelly Custom Golf (Grove) @9187877640

Keep it in the Middle

Mike Kelly