By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterJuly 7, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 7, 2016) -- One of Fort Rucker's most leisurely recreational experiences lies just outside of the Allen Heights housing area where people can spend their leisure time making friends, staying fit and improving their golf game.
The Silver Wings Golf Course is a 27-hole championship facility that features Bermuda greens and one of the most challenging layouts in the region, according to Stan Tanna, SWGC assistant business manager.
While most courses boast 18 holes, SWGC boasts three 9-hole courses -- Red, White and Blue -- each with their own subtle differences. While the Red and Blue courses are pretty straight forward, the White Course features many more targets to hit, he said.
"Our prices are very competitive compared to other venues, and I feel like we've got one of the better golf courses in the immediate Wiregrass area," said Tanna. "We've made numerous improvements to the golf course last winter. We've redone a lot of the bunkers, removed some trees and our greens are in excellent shape."
The fairways of the courses are lined with trees, change in elevation depending on the holes and provide plenty of challenges for its members. Each hole has a 150-yard marker on the fairway to provide golfers something to shoot for when lining up their shot.
Silver Wings Golf Course, which is open from 6:30 a.m. until dusk, also features a 300-yard long lit practice range, putting ranges, a fully-stocked golf pro shop, Divots Restaurant & Grille, and meeting and banquet rooms.
The facility is open to the public and offers many membership benefits, including unlimited green fees, advanced tee times, golf shop merchandise discounts, member-only tournaments, discounted outside tournament fees, complimentary U.S. Golf Association Golf Handicap and Information Network handicap, and reduced room fees and food minimums in Divots' Banquet Room.
The course also houses a golf pro shop where patrons can get great deals on golfing apparel and equipment, as well as some pro shop services. Those services include re-gripping of clubs, club repair and golf lessons by appointment.
In front of the pro shop people can take advantage of two putting greens to polish off their putting game, and behind the clubhouse is a chipping green that people can use to get in a bit of practice.
In addition to the numerous membership perks, SWGC's competitive rates are another benefit that can't be beat, according to Tanna.
The annual membership rates are $528 for E-1 to E6 and juniors ages 12-17; $858 for E-7 and up and Department of Defense civilians; and $924 for others. Family rates are also available.
Members also have access to dozens of tournaments throughout the year, and one such tournament coming up is the 2016 Silver Wings Pro-Am Golf Tournament, which will be held Sept. 9-11. The cost to enter is $145 for SWGC members and $175 for nonmembers, and includes tournament course fees, range balls, tee gifts and tournament meals.
This particular tournament will be a 36-hole event and teams will be comprised of one professional player and three amateurs. The teams will play Team Stableford, which is a point system in which teams lump their scores together and points are added to their pot depending on how well they shoot. Unlike traditional scoring in golf, the objective in the Stableford point system is to have the highest score rather than the lowest.
Kelsey Hanie, LPGA professional who played in last year's tournament, said that spending time with the amateurs to help with their game and just enjoy the game was one of the highlights of tournaments like the Pro-Am.
"Pro-Ams are a lot of fun. You get to come out and meet new people and play in a different environment," she said during last year's tournament. "It's just fun for us. We're always out there in a very competitive mode, but this way we get to relax a little and we get to play the golf course, meet new people, interact and have a good time just enjoying the game.
"It's great that we get to be here at Fort Rucker and give our support and be in this environment," she continued. "It's been an awesome time and a lot of fun. It's a hard golf course, so it's a good challenge for us so we've all just been having a really good time."
For more information, call 598-2449.