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Five days before they carve up their turkeys, area golfers will be looking to carve up the links in search of birdies and eagles.
Both Twin Oaks Golf Club and the Duncan Golf & Tennis Club will be hosting pre-Thanksgiving tournament on Saturday, both are two-person scrambles.
The Gobbler Scramble is set to tee off at Twin Oaks at 9 a.m., with the Turkey Shoot beginning at 11 a.m.
Both tournaments have unique twists.
The Gobbler Scramble has a built-in handicap in this sense: If a twosome cards a birdie or better they have to move back a tee box, a bogey or worse and they move up, a par means no change.
“You’ll still have the better players finish higher, and we flight the tournament, but yeah, it kind of levels it out a little,” Twin Oaks director of golf Junior Moody said.
Despite the drastic changes in temperature and the recent overnight freezes, Moody said the course is in “really good shape.”
As of Thursday night, 30 people were signed up for the tournament at Twin Oaks. Moody said he expects the number to finish up around 40 when registration closes at 5 p.m. today.
The Golf & Tennis Club is expecting a similar turnout for its scramble.
“Last year we had about 40 players and right now we are every bit on that pace,” said club professional Mike Hansen.
The Turkey Shoot is a “cross country” tournament, meaning it is only nine holes, but those holes stretch the length of the entire course, zig-zagging across fairways.
“You might tee off from the No. 3 tee box and play to the No. 14 green. You will play across holes in all different directions,” said Hansen, who has drawn out the course but will not reveal it to players until Saturday morning. “Basically, I go to Google Earth and get a aerial picture of the course and just draw out a map on that.”
The one-day design will still feature two par 5s and two par 3s, but things will get challenging as players navigate around trees and even over the driving range.
“I usually draw out three or four potential maps,” Hansen said. “Guys will see what kind of mood I am in based on the course.”