Golf Education

Learn the game of golf or improve your game by taking advantage of the many clinics and lessons offered throughout the season and the area.


Black Butte Ranch -

  • Signature Golf School

  • Ladies Only Golf School (June and July dates)

  • Spring Tune Up (May dates)

  • 100 Yards In Clinic (June, July and August dates)


Crooked River Ranch -

  • Women Only Introduction to Golf


Aspen Lakes Golf Course -

  • Get Golf Ready and Beyond Get Golf Ready with Howie Pruitt


Stuart Allison

  • Clinics with Stuart Allison offered through Central Oregon Community College


Rule 17 – The Flagstick

A few weeks ago I was golfing with my EWGA friends, and as I was standing on the putting green marveling that my blind chip shot had made it close to the hole, another player in our group reminded me “Closest to the pin attends.”   Since I am rarely the closest to the pin when my group gets to the putting green, it took me a moment to realize she was talking to me, that I should remove the flagstick from the hole and place it out of the way, since we were all now on the putting green.

Rule 17 of the Rules of Golf allows a player to have the flagstick attended, removed, or held up to indicate the position of the hole, before the player makes a stroke from anywhere on the course.  However, if the flagstick is not being attended at the time the player makes her stroke, it cannot be attended in any manner during the stroke or while the ball is in motion, if doing so might influence the movement of the ball.  It’s a penalty on you if you run over to tend the flagstick unasked after another player has made her shot and the ball is still in motion.  However, if you are asked by a fellow player to attend the flagstick before she makes her shot, make sure you dislodge it slightly from the bottom of the cup, so you can easily pull it from the cup before the ball gets to it.  And when you remove the flagstick, always make sure you lay it on the ground far enough from the hole that no one’s ball will hit it and cause a penalty for that player.

There are many times when a player may be on the putting green, or a little bit off the green, and she would like the pin to remain in the hole, since that is the best guide to a straight shot to the hole.  If the ball is not on the putting green, it is unnecessary to attend the flagstick.  However, if the ball is on the putting green, you should ask your fellow player if she would like you to attend the flagstick.  Rule 17-3c specifically states “the player’s ball must not strike the flagstick in the hole, unattended, when the stroke has been made on the putting green.”  The penalty for this breach is two strokes in stroke play, and loss of the hole in match play.  

To put it more plainly, if you are taking your shot from the putting green, you must either have the flagstick pulled or attended.  If you hole the ball and the flagstick is still in the hole, it’s a two stroke penalty for you, because your ball struck the flagstick.   Although some may argue that it’s possible for a ball to fall into the hole without ever touching the flagstick, Decision 17-3/1 on the Rules of Golf holds that “if the flagstick is in the hole, it is impossible for the ball to come to rest in the hole without striking the flagstick.”   It’s a two stoke penalty if you allow the flagstick to remain in the hole when you are hitting from the putting green and the ball goes into the cup.

The reasons for this Rule become clear when we look some of the other Decisions on Rule 17, which talk about complicated procedures and penalties when a ball is resting against the flagstick above the lip of the cup, or whether hitting the flagstick in the hole helped slow the ball down enough to hole the putt.   My advice to you is to always have the flagstick either attended or pulled when you are hitting from the putting green, and if you are fortunate enough to have hit closest to the pin, ask your fellow players how they would like you to attend the flagstick.  Closest to the pin attends!

by Jenny Kimble, EWGA CO Golf Education, Mentoring & Handicap Director



Golf Etiquette 101

The Spirit of the Game

Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.


Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing. 

Players should not play until the players in front are out of range.

Players should always alert green staff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them. 

If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such a situation is "fore."


Information for this article was copied from USGA website.

Submitted by Delores Pliska





Golf Etiquette 101 Part 2

Consideration for Other Players

No Disturbance or Distraction

Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise.


Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players.


On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play.


Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.


On the Putting Green

On the putting green, players should not stand on another player's line of putt or when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt.


Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.



In stroke play, a player who is acting as a marker should, if necessary, on the way to the next tee, check the score with the player concerned and record it.



Information for this article was copied from USGA website. Other sections of this article will be presented in future newsletters.

Submitted by Delores Pliska



Golf Etiquette 101 Part 3

Pace of Play


Play at Good Pace and Keep Up

Players should play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow.

It is a group's responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.

Be Ready to Play

Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

Lost Ball

If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball.

Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found.

They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.


Information for this article was copied from USGA website. Other sections of this article will be presented in future newsletters.


Submitted by Delores Pliska




Posting Scores

     Some of you may be wondering if you can post scores of the golf games you play in
Oregon during the winter months.  The answer is “no”.  The Oregon Posting Season is March 1st through November 30th.  Rounds played in the Oregon Golf Association off-season December, January, and February cannot be posted no matter the weather or course conditions.

     However, if you are traveling and playing in the
Sunbelt states during Oregon’s off-season, where golf associations are year-round, you must post scores. 

     If you have score cards from last summer that you have not posted, it is not too late, as long as you have the dates you played.  You can login to the EWGA website, select Handicap, then
Score Center and finally go to the Enter Score page to record your information.  If you need help, call Delores Pliska at 503-349-7024 and she can help you.



Submitted by Delores Pliska



Golf Etiquette 101 Part 4


Priority On The Course

    Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group's pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round.

Care Of The Course


    Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.

Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes

    Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.

Preventing Unnecessary Damage

    Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.

    Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick.

     In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole.

    Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.

    The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green

    Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed.


Submitted by Delores Pliska




Christina Ricci's Golf Tip of the Week
for More Pars and More Fun!       

Address Key Points on the Tee Box

In this tip of the week, let's get back to set-up. This is where we continually fall off the tracks. As players, when shots go haywire, we tend to blame everything besides our set-up. "Geez, I lifted my head." or "Aghhhh, I didn't stay in my posture." or "I heard whispering and it threw off my focus."

Oftentimes, trouble begins before we pull the club back, so here is a quick check list to ensure you get checks with these address set-up key points when on the tee.

*  Stance slightly wider than shoulder width…Check!
*  Ball positioned off front heel…Check!
*  Shaft in line with sternum and hands following…Check!
*  The correct distance from the ball…Check!
*  A neutral grip with the right grip pressure…Check!
*  A good grip which allows for the right shoulder
*  A bend from the hip joints, not waist…Check!
*  Back knee favoring in to promote a solid base…Check!
*  Feet pressure points favoring in to also assist in
    promoting a solid base…Check!
*  Ball sailing high and going long…Check!
*  Head clear of negative thoughts…Check!

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