With the leaves falling and the temperatures following the end of the golf season means one last competitive hurrah in the form of the annual Woodmont Cross Country Event. This is a Four-Man Scramble Competition played this year as a shotgun starting at 9:00 am on Sunday October 26th across the Southwick Twelve as curated by the Dwinkoff Design Group. Ben and Bill have moved no earth but “discovered” 12 hidden gems among the fields of zoysia on the south end of the property. Five par fours, five par threes, and two par fives make up an array of holes with the distinct feel of the Golden Age to challenge diehard players to play shots they never dreamed of. Fair, hardly…..Fun, certainly……this is a unique event you don’t want o miss.
The format is a step aside scramble with four tee shots on every hole. Each subsequent shot is played by three of the teammates. The player’s whose shot is chosen on the drive will step aside for the next shot and the other three play the approach. The player that has his shot chosen on the approach will now step aside with the first player back in the mix for the third shot on the hole. This continues until the ball is holed. All four guys return to play the tee shot on the next hole. The other abiding rule, to insure full participation in the team result, is that every player must have his tee shot chosen on one of the five par three holes on the card. A team scramble handicap is calculated by the USGA suggested formula which is a black box calculation if there has ever been one. The team handicap is taken off the gross team score for the twelve holes (total par is 45 on the Southwick Twelve) and sweeps prizes are awarded accordingly to the top finishers.
This event is open to all Woodmont golfers and you can sign up for this event through the Woodmont Website, limited to 48 players. If you want to designate your team members submit a list to the golf shop by end of business on Tuesday October 21st so tee groupings can be established. A detailed yardage book outlining the challenge will be emailed to all participants by the 23rd to give them adequate time to plot their strategies of attack for Sunday’s event.
Why 12 holes? If it was good enough for Old Tom at Prestwick it is good enough for us.