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The reviews are in… – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

The reviews are in… – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

During the extended Fourth of July week, Little River Golf Course was packed and full of golfers. Anyone who has driven in Mendocino, Ft. Bragg or along Highway 1 has experienced the crowds of people escaping the heat of the interior and celebrating the Fourth. Little River is not your prototypical suburban golf course. It was built in the 50s with D-9 pips grading the fairways. Its layout is unique in its excitement and fun to play. A lot of people played the course last week, perhaps for the first time, so I was curious to see how they would react to their first experience on the course. “Any reactions from first-timers, Kathy?” I asked Pro-Shop manager Kathy Shepley. “They like the course,” Kathy replied. “It’s in really good shape right now and people like the landscape and the layout. I haven’t heard any complaints, just compliments.”

Last week, the coast was very hot, compared to a record-breaking high of 117 degrees in Ukiah. How does hot weather affect the game of golf? You don’t play at 117 degrees, but moderately warm temperatures do benefit the game. Your body is looser and naturally more fluid in hot weather, such as the mid-70s to mid-80s. Studies have also shown that a golf ball has greater potential distance in hot weather. Cold, dry air is denser than hot, humid air, so the ball has less resistance to overcome the hot air. A typical shot at 40 degrees travels 244.3 yards, while an 80-degree shot travels 251.9 yards and travels 7.6 yards farther. Studies have shown that altitude has the most significant effect on distance. For every thousand yards of increase in altitude, a golf ball travels an additional 4.5 yards. So, playing at my childhood course in McCloud, CA, at 3,000 feet and in 80-degree temperatures, I could hit my shot 21.1 yards farther than Little River. But I still know you have to make the shot.

Last week Danny Hervilla took advantage of the warm weather to score 40 on Wednesday and 45 on Friday. Part of the family that owns the Little River Inn and golf course, Danny had taken a long break from golf but looks to be back in the saddle. Stableford scores of forty and forty-five mean you’ve had a pretty good round. On Wednesday Danny drew Scott Deitz for joint second place, while David Coddington and David Hautala placed joint first. On Friday Danny drew Jim Corsar, the pair with an 84, soaring high above BP and Rob Rhead, who finished second on 69. Good golf, Danny. Welcome back.

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