The Courses of Clear Creek hosts various golf tournaments throughout the year, from large two-day events like the annual Club Championships in September to the Friday afternoon golf scrambles each month.
On Friday, the golf course hosted 55 golfers for the monthly Phantom Warrior Golf Scramble.
A golf scramble includes two- or four-person teams where each team member tees off at the top of each hole and from there the whole group plays from the location of the best ball hit.
“We have 10 Phantom Warrior Scrambles (each year),” Courses of Clear Creek Manager Chris Osborne said. “We don’t do one in December and we typically don’t do one in April. We let the Ben Hogan Classic have the Phantom Warrior date in April. Normally, they’re the last Friday of the month, unless there’s a training holiday or something else is going on.”
The tournaments at the Courses of Clear Creek typically cost between $35 and $50 to enter and with the golf course being located right on Fort Hood, it gives local golfers a convenient place to play.
“It’s a good, fair price and it covers the prize fund as well as the green fee and cart fee, everything they need,” Osborne said.
Each tournament includes prizes for first, second and third place in each flight, as well as prizes for closest to the hole, longest putt and longest drive. Sometimes, the tournaments features door prizes if enough golfers sign up for the event.
The monthly Friday afternoon Phantom Warrior Scramble or the quarterly Garrison Commander’s Golf Scramble – also held on Friday afternoons – give Soldiers, retirees and civilians a relaxing break from the office.
“It gives the Soldier a time to get out and relieve some stress and have fun,” Osborne said of the Phantom Warrior Scrambles. “It’s an afternoon away from their norm to interact with other Soldiers and get to meet other people.”
The team of Rusty Lippert, John Escobedo, Fernando Sanchez and Marvin Humble won Friday’s Phantom Warrior Scramble, shooting a 55 for the day.
Lippert, a retired sergeant major and regular at Clear Creek’s golf tournaments, acknowledges the value of taking a break from the office once in a while.
“I would put teams together in my unit and we’d go out and play as often as I could,” he said. “Getting away from the office and being yourself more than a boss or a Soldier, just trying to have a good time, that’s always important.”