From the Pro

From the Pro

It always amazes me how quickly the weather can change in Utah. With the colder weather here, it is always a good reminder that frost comes right along with it. Even though the first tee time is 8:00 starting in October, there may be many days where frost delays will push us back a bit.


One of the ways we will hopefully combat this is with the Hidden Valley Text Message App. We will be using it to send out frost delay updates, course closures, etc. throughout the winter. If you haven’t signed up for it yet, it’s as simple as texting HVCC to 71441.


On the 1st of October, the UGA will be at the club to update our course ratings. I believe this is a much-needed process that will help in handicapping our course properly. Green aerification is scheduled for the 15th – 17th of October. Please make note of this as you plan to play or bring guests. We will also send out a few more reminders as we get closer.


I know I had mentioned this in last month’s newsletter, but I am still having many emails kicked back to me. If you are not receiving my weekly emails, please let me know so that I can add you to my email list. If you have received them before but no longer, check your spam folder as well. We tend to have to most issues with and emails.


This month marks my 1-year tenure as the Head Golf Professional at Hidden Valley Country Club. I know this year has been full of changes and new faces. We can’t thank you enough for your support through all of it. We know it hasn’t been easy for all of you. We do promise to keep putting in the work necessary and will continue to do our best to make this the premier club in the Salt Lake Valley. I am so proud of my staff and all the hard work they have put in. Our hope is that you have seen a change in service, communication, and your overall experience at the club. We will continue to improve on those areas as we go forward.


As always, thank you for your support of this great club and remember to fill those divots, fix those ball marks, and rake those bunkers!


Did you Know?

Current Rules Definition – Casual Water
Any temporary accumulation of water on the course that is not in a water hazard and is visible before or after the player takes his stance. Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player. Manufactured ice is an obstruction. Dew and frost are not casual water. A ball is in casual water when it lies in or any part of it touches the casual water.


2019 Rules Definition – Temporary Water
Any temporary accumulation of water on the surface of the ground (such as puddles from rain or irrigation or an overflow from a body of water) that:
• Is not in a penalty area, and
• Can be seen before or after the player takes a stance (without pressing down excessively with his or her feet).
It is not enough for the ground to be merely wet, muddy or soft or for the water to be momentarily visible as the player steps on the ground; an accumulation of water must remain present either before or after the stance is taken.
Special cases:
• Dew and Frost are not temporary water.
• Snow and Natural Ice (other than frost), are either loose impediments or, when on the ground, temporary water, at the player’s option.
• Manufactured Ice is an obstruction.