George Hunter Memorial Golf Course - 688 Westfield Road, Meriden, CT 06450 - Pro
Hunter Men’s Club
This site is maintained by the
Hunter Men’s Club, PO Box 2290, Meriden, CT 06450
Special Local Rules Note...
If and when we play the ball up (lift, clean & place "through the green"), we are
NOT allowed to improve the ball's lie by moving from rough to fairway. FYI, the USGA
rules currently allow improving your lie in this manner. Our local rule overrides
the USGA rule.
Be sure to check out any other special rules prior to start of any Men's Club Event!
The 2013 Golf Season is over for Connecticut courses. No more scores for rounds played
in CT will be accepted by GHIN. However, if you play rounds down south this winter,
you are still obliged to post them to GHIN. This is best accomplished via Internet.
The 2014 CT Golf Season will begin April 1. See you then!!!
Look for the Hunter Golf Course on “Facebook”.
Be sure to update this web page (F5) every time you open it for the latest updates!
“While We’re Young” - The USGA’s “Slow Play” Campaign
By USGA, June 5, 2013
Playing at a better pace is not about hurrying up or rushing around the course. It
is simply about being more efficient with your valuable time, as well as everyone
else’s. Adopting this mindset – and not being afraid to share it with your fellow
players – will ultimately add enjoyment to your golf experience. Here are some recognized
tips for improving pace of play:
Start Smart - Confirm your tee time in advance and make it a point to arrive at
the tee early with your golf equipment in order, ready to play. Remember essentials
like extra balls, tees, gloves and appropriate clothing for the day’s weather conditions.
“Tee It Forward” unless you are consistently able to reach greens in regulation from
the back tees - In other words, play from a set of tees that is comfortable for you
– one where you are more likely to hit lofted irons into greens instead of hybrids
or fairway woods. It is acceptable for players in the same group to play from different
tees. (The USGA Handicap System provides a formula for adjusting handicaps from different
Try alternate forms of play to speed up your round - Match play, Stableford, best-ball
and other formats are easy and fun alternatives to individual stroke play because
not every player has to hole out on every hole. There are multiple resources online
and in print to learn about the many different golf formats. Try one out.
Minimize your time on the tee - On the tee it is usually acceptable for players to
“hit when ready.” You can also save time by playing a provisional ball (Rule 27-2)
if you think your original ball might be lost or out of bounds.
Plan your shot before you get to your ball - Once you are off the tee, think ahead.
Determine your yardage and make your club selection before it is your turn to play.
Very often, you can do this while others are playing, without disruption. If you
take your glove off between shots, have it back on before it is your turn to play.
Even a small step like this saves time
Keep your pre-shot routine short - Pick your line of play once and trust yourself.
Try to take no more than one practice swing, then set up to the ball and play your
shot. Most importantly, be ready to hit when it is your turn. Be efficient after
your shot too. Start moving toward your next shot promptly
Aim to play in 20 seconds - From club selection to pre-shot routine to execution,
strive to hit your shot in 20 seconds when it is your turn to play. Help keep play
moving at a brisk pace.
Develop an eye for distance - You don’t have to step off yardage for every shot.
If you need to determine precise distance, try to find a yardage marker before you
reach your ball, then step off the yardage on the way to your ball. Or, consider
investing in an electronic range-finder or global positioning system for golf and
use it when permitted by Local Rule. If others you are playing with are not familiar
with the course, the Rules permit players to exchange yardage information without
When sharing a cart, use a buddy system - Don’t wait in the cart while your cartmate
hits and then drive to your ball. Get out and walk to your ball with a few clubs.
Be ready to play when it is your turn and then let your cartmate pick you up. Or,
drive to your ball after you drop your cartmate off and then pick him or her up after
Be helpful to others in your group - Follow the flight of all tee shots, not just
your own. Once in the fairway, help others look for their ball if you already know
the location of yours. Volunteer to fill in a divot or rake a bunker for another
player if needed. Be ready to attend the flagstick for others.
Keep up with the group in front of you - Your correct position on the course is immediately
behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you.
Arrive at your next shot just before the group in front leaves the area in front
of you. If you are consistently not able to keep up and a gap opens in front of you,
invite the group behind you to play through, irrespective of the number of players
in the group.
Be efficient on the putting green - Mark your ball and lift and clean it when you
arrive at the putting green so you will be ready to replace it when it is your turn
to play. You can usually line up your putt while others are putting, without disturbing
them. Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green closest to the next tee,
and leave the green promptly after holing out. Wait until the next tee to record
Remember that picking up your ball is permitted by the USGA Handicap System - If
not in an individual stroke play competition, it is generally OK to pick up your
ball and move on to the next hole if you are “out” of a hole and want to maintain
pace of play. This applies in match play and many forms of stroke play, including
Stableford and best-ball play.
Don’t Have Time? Play Nine! - You won’t always have time in your schedule for an
18-hole round of golf. But you can still enjoy the game by playing nine. It’s fully
compatible with both the Rules of Golf and the USGA Handicap System. And when it
comes to golf, nine is better than none.
Note: As the USGA’s Pace of Play Initiative continues to grow and evolve, our suggested
tips for improving pace of play will be revised. Your input will be helpful to this
process. Do you have a suggestion from your own experiences that you would like to
share? Email it to us at email@example.com.
WE HAVE BUFFALO (OR BISON TO BE MORE ACCURATE)
Sunday morning (6/23/13), we had bison at Hunter. These two ½ ton beast escaped
from the neighboring Carabetta Farm and spent several hours disrupting golfers along
the 4th, 5th, 7th, 13th and 14th fairways & greens. The 4th, 5th and 14th greens
have some damage so please be patient with Superintendent Tom’s efforts to make repairs
in a timely manner. Let’s see... Horses, donkeys, cows, steers, peacocks, and now
bison. No need to go to the Catskill Game Farm for a touch of nature...
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 MERIDEN CITY CHAMPIONS:
SPENCER WEDGE (1st Time) & KATIE GROBSKY (#7)
2-Man Shamble Stableford (Shambleford)
Friday, November 29, 2013 (the Day after Thanksgiving)
9:00 Shotgun Start , Sign up during the week or before start of play on Friday
Shamble Stableford* Format
Pick your own partner
* Shamble - Both team members tee off. The team selects the best tee shot . From
there, they play their own ball into the hole.
* Stableford - This is a point scoring system. We generally use a locally modified
stableford system, as follows: Double Bogie or more (no points), Bogie (1), Par
(2), Birdie (4), Eagle (8), Double Eagle (12).
A Special Thanks to the Zimmerman family
Thanks, for their recent improvements to the scoreboard located in front of the Pro
Shop. FYI, they have done a lot of other nice things for the golf course and the
Men’s Club. These include the plantings & flowers located at various locations around
the course, coordinating the display of plaques located in Violi’s, updating the
flags flying in front of the starter’s shack, coordinating the NEPL as well as many
other efforts. Their love of the game of golf and their desire to make Hunter the
best “muni” in the area is appreciated by the Hunter Men’s Golf Club!
Thank you Les, Kyle & Brett
Thanks to all for a great 2013 HMC season.
In summary, we had our first two hole in-one celebrations (Cliff & Howard). In
each case, their bar tab was reimbursed through the HMC Hole-In-One Insurance policy
that is part of the your HMC membership. The course was in great shape all year.
The new irrigation system is adding some character and consistency to the fairways.
Last year’s drainage improvements (funded by your $2 fee per round) have made a difference
on the 10th fairway. This year’s improvements include new cart paths on #3, #4,
#10, #14, & #15, new ladies tees, new steps on #17 and several other improvements.
As usual, Bob T has been a good friend to the Club, which is greatly appreciated
by all. Les Zimmerman is our (new?) Club Champion. Congratulations on another successful
tournament, Les. We accepted a number of new members this year and lost a few others.
We enjoyed many team & individual events, wing-dings, picnics, NEPL, golf with friends,
good food at Violis, socializing on the putting green, familiar faces in the Starter’s
Shack, the Berube Hill on #17, a good northerly breeze on #18 and Buffalo, deer,
coyotes, hawks, the cows, donkey & peacock on #5, and snakes. We still hate that
tree on the 1st hole, the valley on #8, the 1st pond on #10, the bunker on #12, the
#13 tee (which aims you toward #7), the stream on #15, foot wedges anywhere, and
the two trees on the corner of the #16 fairway.
The Hunter Men’s Club will be back again in 2014 with many familiar faces and
some new ones. Our new tournament committee will put together a great competitive
schedule of events. Our website will likely see a significant face-lift and be more
interactive with the membership (latest Hit Count is 9,000 visits). Oh yeah, hole-in-one
insurance will continue.
Membership applications will probably be made available in March 2014. The City
will probably make season passes available in January. Any important club information
will be passed along as it is received. And as usual, you can always contact the
HMC anytime through our email address.
So lets all take it easy this winter, practice putting on the family room carpet,
work on our Christmas golf wish lists, and maybe sneak in a trip down south for a
few rounds of golf.