The Bogeyman is back

Who says you can never go back, ’cause I’m back.

The old Bogeyman will be penning a golf column bi-weekly, or, should that be semi-weekly for the rest of the season.

I did manage to get to Rob MacPherson’s Ponoka Community Golf Course last week, thanks to an invite from those real estate moguls Chris Bevington and Jim Escott.

Of course, I brought along old Wayne McCowan to make me look good. I could not have asked for a nicer day, weather and playing wise. My game hasn’t changed much, but I may be able to shoot my age, if I live to 105! After the long winter the Ponoka course has greened up nicely. It’s still a challenge, with many hidden holes and elevated greens.

My newly acquired personalized golf balls from Las Vegas found the trees and water on a few holes — I guess they don’t find those in Las Vegas.

The 18-hole, par 72 course, measures 6,415 yards from the back tees down to 5,229 yards from the forward tee boxes.

Most greens are mid-size but there are a few monsters, in fact, I think I had to yell “fore” on a large green on the back nine.

They are a friendly bunch in the pro shop and restaurant and know how to look after you. The green fees are a reasonable $47 per round and you can book tee times online at www.ponokagolf.com or by phoning 403-783-4626.

As readers of my previous columns know, I don’t take the game and my writing too seriously, but try to make it informative and look at the game from an ordinary Joe or James point of view. I do like to keep my readers (all three of you) up to date on the various charity tourneys and other golf related events going on in our area, so any information can be sent to bgrainger@reddeerexpress.com.

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