By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterMay 3, 2018
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Silver Wings Golf Course hosted the Commanding General's Golf Tournament April 28 that had teams competing in a four-team scramble during the 18-hole tournament, and although many teams competed, only one came out on top.
With a score of 57, the first-place team consisted of Darrell Allman, Chad Czarnicki, Chris Miller and Rae McInnis.
Even though for many coming out on top is the ultimate goal for competing in the tournament, some took the opportunity to simply play a friendly round with friends.
"The sport is more than just trying to win a competition," said Jeremy Dagle, retired military. "It's about getting together as a group and just enjoying each other's company.
"Most of us retired folks just happen to take up the sport because it can be a good way to relax and get together," he said. "Win or lose, we just all come out here to have a good time, and that's what really matters to me."
Being able to provide that level of fun and recreation is what the golf course hopes to be able to provide its patrons, according to Stan Tanna, SWGC business manager.
Silver Wings Golf Course boasts a 27-hole championship facility with some of the most challenging courses, said the golf course manager.
"Most places only offer 18 holes and we offer 27 holes, so we're able to accommodate a larger traffic of golfers, especially during the weekends," said Tanna. "Unless there is a big tournament going on, we're normally never in a situation where we have to turn people away."
The course boasts three 9-hole courses -- Red, White and Blue -- each with their own challenges. The fairways are lined with trees throughout the course and change in elevation to provide that extra challenge.
The prices for membership at SWGC are very competitive to other courses, said Tanna, and vary depending on rank and affiliation with Fort Rucker. But affiliation with the post isn't necessary to play -- the course is open to the public.
Prices for annual membership are: $528 for ranks E1-E6, youth golfers and Gold Star spouses; $852 for ranks E7-O3 and warrant officers; $858 for ranks O4 and above, government employees, veterans and contractors; and $924 for the general public. Family rates are also available.
Membership benefits include unlimited green fees, advanced tee times, discounts on merchandise in the pro shop, members-only tournaments, discounted tournament fees and more. The golf course also offers daily play, as well.
The facility also houses a fully stocked pro shop, Divots Restaurant and Grill, a banquet room and 300-yard lighted practice range.
For those who are just getting into the sport, SWGC offers classes with PGA professional Ty Anderson. Golfers can join Anderson for Afternoons on the Range or Evenings on the Range, Saturdays from 1-2 p.m. and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m., respectively. Cost is $10 per session and must be paid at the pro shop before sessions begin.
Golfers who are more familiar with the game might be interested in joining the one of the two intramural leagues, which begin April 17 and 19. One league will play on Tuesdays and the other on Thursdays, and teams will be evenly balanced between the two leagues, said Tanna. Deadline for sign up and entry fee is May 8. For more information, visit SWGC or call 255-0089.
The golf course also offers dozens of tournaments throughout the year in a four-person scramble format, and the amount of teams eligible to play is limited, so people should sign up early when available.