Golf season in full swing at Woodlawn on Ramstein
Often as I drove through Ramstein’s east gate this winter, I longingly eyed those brave devotees in their cold weather gear out on the links. Thankfully, the season’s relatively mild weather has been kind to the popular and conveniently located 18-hole course, and now it’s time to awaken those clubs from their closeted hibernation.
For those who have already been out to play Woodlawn, you may have noticed some of the dense, sticker-bushed no-mow areas are now cleared out, making it much easier to find our errant balls.
The fairways are in good shape as the greens have been seasonally aerated. However, even playing in ideal conditions doesn’t mean I can consistently sink any put inside of 3 feet. Pace has been very good during weekday morning rounds, even offering me time slots to play solo, which is where I tend to relax the most but yammer critical obscenities at myself the loudest.
Upcoming tournaments, special events and lessons
If the tax man took more than you anticipated (including some of your clubs) there is a 3-Club Scramble on Saturday, April 15. On Saturday, May 6, to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo, they are offering Uno, Dos, Tres which is a four person team event with each participant playing their own ball. The team score is the best individual score on each par 5 (uno), the two best scores on each par 4 (dos), and the three best scores on each par 3 (tres). ¡Buena suerte!
If you are new to golf and want to learn the game’s fundamentals, or why your swing looks like Charles Barkley’s, PGA Professional Kevin O’Connor can get you on the right path. Register for Get Golf Ready via Woodlawn’s website or in their clubhouse soon, because these sessions between May and August tend to fill up quickly.
You don’t have to be a regular member to enjoy all of the offerings at Ramstein’s home course. But consider joining with an annual green fee (AGF) membership, it’s one of the best values you’ll find anywhere. In 2017, management improved their reciprocity deal with Wiesbaden’s course, offering 50 percent off a dual membership. If you are a casual player who takes advantage of occasional opportunities to embarrass yourself in front of sporty strangers, walk the course and greens fees are just $24.
Call the Pro Shop at 06371-476240 or DSN 480-6240-7856 for more details. Download their free app (Apple or Android) to book tee times, keep score, track stats, follow other games and live leaderboards.
See you out there, and hit ‘em straight!