Not everyone plays golf strictly by the Rules. Even fewer play solely
in sanctioned tournaments where every putt must be holed, Rules Officials roam
the fairways and scorecards are vetted and signed after every round.
Intense competition is enjoyable for many, but a much larger group of
golfers want a more relaxing experience. The vast majority of TGA Members just
want to tee it up at nice courses, play causally (pick up those pesky
3-footers!) and, more than anything, just have fun.
If you fall in the latter group even some of the time, we hope you’ll
take part in a Fun Golf event in 2018. Now in its fourth year, our Fun Golf
Series caters to recreational golfers who care more about scoring a good deal
to play a great course than counting all their strokes. Fun Golf is exactly
what it sounds like, and it couldn’t be any easier to sign up to play some of
the state’s best courses and meet new people.
The 2018 Fun Golf Series features 15 different Play Days, most of which
are one-day events. There’s also a prize-filled, multi-day Texas Shamble scheduled
for Nov. 16-18 at Riverhill Country Club in scenic Kerrville. These events are open
to every kind of golfer – men, women, TGA Members and non-Members – with all
different levels of experience. Fun Golf events have team and individual contests
with gross and net winners, but the competitions are never mandatory.
Courses for the this year’s slate of Fun Golf outings include Las
Colinas Country Club, both courses at TPC San Antonio, Walden on Lake Conroe
and Old American. The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, which has hosted the PGA
Tour’s Valero Open since 2010, is set for March 2. Old American, which will
play host to the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic in May, is the site
for the TGA Fun Golf Play Day on Aug. 16. Both of these Fun Golf outings give everyday
amateurs chances to experience the same courses the professionals play.
If playing more golf was one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2018,
then Play Days are the best place to start. Fun Golf Play Days are scheduled across
the state of Texas throughout the year. Currently, there are six confirmed
sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, three in the San Antonio area, four in the
Houston area and one in Austin. Plans to create even more Fun Golf
opportunities this year also are in the works.
You don’t have to be a TGA Member to play in our Fun Golf events, but
members do receive discount prices. Keeping score is optional, so there’s no
need to feel any pressure on the first tee. Prizes are awarded to the top gross
and net finishers at each event, but having fun and enjoying some great company
is always the priority.
The crown jewel of the Fun Golf Series is the Texas Shamble, which features
three rounds of golf along with daily drink tickets, contests and prizes, three
meals and awards for top finishers. The format for the Texas Shamble is a
two-person shamble with male, female and mixed flights. A senior tee will be added
in 2018 for players that are 62 years and older.
We hope to see you at an upcoming Fun Golf event. You’ll get to play a
great course at a discounted rate and make some new friends. What’s more fun
than that? For more information on Fun Golf events, click here.