St. Johns Golf Club Winter 2024 Newsletter

Happy New Year to all! As we dive headfirst into the winter golf season with heavy demand please be patient and aware of your place and pace on the golf course.


Some tips for faster play are:

  • Confirm your tee time and arrive early enough to check-in, warm up and get to the tee in advance of your time.
  • Pick a tee that challenges you without being above your skill level.
  • Minimize your time over the ball by playing ready golf.
  • Play a second ball when a ball may be lost or out of bounds.
  • Plan your shot and club choices before getting to the ball.
  • Play within 20 seconds of getting to your ball.
  • Use GPS to get yardage.
  • While sharing a cart do not wait in the cart while the other person plays. Instead, move to your ball to prepare for your shot.
  • Be helpful to others you are playing with by watching their shot, raking bunkers, picking up clubs and other materials, and attending flagsticks for them.
  • Keep up with the group in front of you. Close the gap when it happens and start your pre-shot routine while waiting for areas to clear.
  • It is okay to pick up on a hole you’re struggling on and even permitted under the USGA Handicapping system.


Please remember that the course is here for all. While knowing that it only takes one person playing slowly to make the rest of the players miserable.

If you are playing with that person, please encourage them to pick up the pace! 


We have installed black markers as you approach the greens complexes to let you know that this area will shut down the cart and it is time to drive to the cart path. With the heavy winter traffic, the need for cart control becomes paramount in order to keep conditions the best we can have all year. 

The 18th St. Augustine Amateur was completed on the weekend of December 1-3 with a 78 player field of elite amateurs. The field had a record number of players who are currently playing Division 1 golf and was a great return to the competitive landscape for the golf course. The 2023 Champion is Brody Stevenson and his rounds were 71-66-65/202. Brody is currently attending Florida Golf Coast University where he plays on the golf team.

Making a reservation for a tee time


As a review of how to make a reservation for a tee time, please see the below options:


1)     You may book up to seven days in advance by visiting the St. Johns Golf Club website at www.sjgc.com. Please select the icon that says, “Book a Tee Time”, and you will be redirected to www.foreupsoftware.com. Please select your residency designation from the choices provided, and on checking in we will verify residency to verify correct fees that are collected. Tee times available for the current day will be displayed, and you will select “9 or 18 Holes” and the number of players in your group. If you wish to book another day, there is a calendar that will allow you to pick the day that you wish to book. Select “Book Tee Time” and enter your login information, which includes an email and password. If you have issues with your password, please select “Reset Password” and follow the instructions. After logging in, select “Pay at Facility” or “Pay Online” and complete your reservation. A confirmation will be sent to you confirming the reservation. If you need to cancel your reservation, log in to your account and select “Account” and “My Reservations” will show all upcoming reservations. Cancel your reservation, and you will receive an email confirmation of your cancellation. You may also cancel from your confirmation email at the very bottom of that email.


2)     Call (904) 209-0350 up to seven days in advance, and speak to one of the Golf Shop staff. The Golf Shop hours are 6:30am until 5pm, Monday through Sunday. You may cancel your reservation by calling the Golf Shop as well. Please call if you need to reduce the number of players for your reservation. We have had consistent demand for any open spots on the reservation sheet.



3)     If you are a single player, you may still book online or by calling the Golf Shop. You may also come to the golf course without a reservation, and we will make every effort to pair you with a group that has less than four players. If all reservations are booked, we will look at alternate days that have availability for play.

Professional Tip (Tommy Aycock, PGA)

Playing the Newly Renovated St. Johns Golf Club



St. Johns Golf Club reopened on November 30, 2022 and has had one year to grow in and continue to mature over time. After playing the golf course and learning many of the design features, I would recommend that you take note of the following characteristics of the golf course. The fairway bunkers are a challenge for players of all skill levels. If you have the opportunity to play short of them, I would recommend it, even if your next shot is slightly longer into the green. If you do happen to hit it into one of these bunkers, be sure to take a club with enough loft to get you out of the bunker. In most cases, you will not be able to hit the ball on the green from a fairway bunker, so take your medicine. On most holes, you will have the opportunity to land your ball short of the green and let it bounce onto the green. If you are unsure if you can stop the ball if it lands on the green, this is a good option. Also, on most holes it is a much easier approach to the hole from directly in front of the green, then it is from pin high and missing the green to the right or the left. My personal favorite is the ability to putt the ball from just off the green. If you have a tight lie, this is an alternative that will allow you to make solid contact with the ball. Many areas around the greens are cut to fairway height, and will allow you the ability to putt the ball if you wish. One final thought would be to pay attention to your aiming point when you are playing a shot into the green. There are several greens where the ball will roll towards the hole without taking the higher risk of aiming directly at a location where the pin is tucked. If you do miss the green on the side where the pin is located, take your medicine and just get your ball on the green when you chip. You will have a longer putt, but will not be hitting another chip shot because of leaving your first chip short. We hope you enjoy the new St. Johns Golf Club, and look forward to seeing you on the course!

Improve your game by getting fitted for clubs!


2024 is going to be your revolutionary year on the golf course. Playing more golf, breaking 80, new irons and lessons are all part of the plan. What about a club fitting? Getting fit for the right clubs may be one of the easiest ways to shave strokes off your game.  At St. Johns Golf Club, we currently offer Titleist, Ping and Cleveland/Srixon equipment. All three are leading brands in the industry, and each one is unique in the design of what is available to purchase.


You may trade in your current clubs as well. We use an online trade-in network that assesses a value for each club, and the value reduces the price of any new equipment purchased at St. Johns Golf Club.


Upcoming Demo Days:

  • PING: Friday, January 26th 12pm to 4pm
  • TITLEIST: Monday, February 26th 10am to 2:30pm


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 904.209.0350, or email one of our three PGA Professionals:        

                      

Tommy Aycock                 taycock@sjcfl.us

Bea Mauricio                     bmauricio@sjcfl.us

Wes Tucker                        wtucker@sjcfl.us

Operation 36 Upcoming Programs:


Ladies Winter Series


Consists of Practice Group Coaching Sessions and 9 Hole Events.

ALL Skill Levels Welcome! The classes are based on the needs of the individual student. With that, we can help beginner golfers and more advanced players at the same time.

Eight-week program starting Friday, January 19th through Friday, March 8th .


Winter After School Junior Program


Consists of Practice Group Coaching Sessions and 9 Hole Events. Ages: 4- 15

For more information about the Operation 36 programs please contact Bea Mauricio at bmauricio@sjcfl.us or call 904.209.0350. 


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Frost Delays: 5 Things Every Golfer Should Know


1) Crunchy grass is vulnerable to damage.

Golf Course turf is normally resilient to traffic, but when ice crystals form inside the plants, they become brittle and vulnerable to damage. Walking or driving over frost-covered grass may rupture plant cells, leading to dead turf. Or the plants may be weakened without immediately showing the effects. It can take grass more than a month to recover from this damage.


2) When it comes to frost delays, location is everything.

Many of us have looked out our windows at home and seen no signs of frost, only to find a frost delay when we reach the golf course. This is because frost can linger in colder microclimates long after other areas have thawed. North-facing slopes, low-lying areas and areas sheltered from the wind are especially likely to remain covered with frost.


3) Closely mown turf is at high risk.

Frost damage can occur on any part of the golf course, but it poses the greatest risk to closely mown turf. Putting greens are particularly vulnerable because they experience the most concentrated traffic. A foursome typically takes 300 steps or more on each putting green; if there is frost present, all those steps could cause serious damage.


4) A little frost can cause big delays.

No signs of frost on the first tee? That does not mean you will get the “all clear” sign. If frost remains in the areas that are unavoidable early in the round, the course must remain closed. It is also important to remember that once the frost is totally clear, the maintenance staff will need time to catch up on the course preparations before play can begin.



5) More light goes a long way.

Shade extends frost delays by preventing sunlight from melting the frost.


To learn more about frost delays and other important course care topics,

visit the Course Care section of USGA.org.

While on the course all alcoholic beverages must be purchased from our vendor, LATERISERS. Any outside alcoholic beverages must be surrendered until the completion of your round. Please connect with Elizabeth Sims or Dave Riser if you have any questions regarding their menu, hours or any dietary needs 904.209.0360. 

We thank you for our post-renovation success and continued interest in the game.

We look forward to a vibrant 2024 and hope to see plenty of you in the future!

Wes Tucker, PGA

Director of Golf

4900 Cypress Links Blvd.

Elkton, Florida 32033

O: 904-209-0352

E: wtucker@sjcfl.us

Web: www.sjgc.com