A COUPLE OF years ago we discovered we had played golf in all but a few states. After a trip through New England, the number of states decreased to five: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Wyoming and New Mexico. This past summer, via a motorhome trip, the mission was accomplished.

Besides the US, we have played the southern-most course in the world at Ushuaia, Argentina; the northern-most in Tromso, Norway; the lowest at Death Valley; and the highest in the

US at Leadville, Colorado; as well as many Caribbean Islands, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Australia, Ireland and Fiji.

Many people ask what our favorite course is. SLV’s Monticello! No other course has so many memorable holes. The hazards, the lake, and the ponds make Monticello rank up there among the best! Now, if we could only get a tee time at St. Andrew’s in Scotland, we feel we would finally complete our “bucket list.”•


The Code Preface. When a serve hits a player’s partner who is stationed at the net, is it a let, fault or loss of point. Likewise, what is the ruling when a serve, before touching the ground, hits an opponent who is standing back of the baseline? The answer to these questions are obvious to anyone who knows the fundamentals of tennis, but it is the surprising the number of players who don’t know these fundamentals. All players have the responsibility to be familiar with the basic rules and customs of tennis. Ignorance of the rules constitutes a delinquency on the part of the player and often spoils an otherwise good match.

What is written constitutes the essentials of The Code, a summary of the procedures and unwritten rules that custom and tradition dictate all players should follow. No system of rules will cover every specific problem or situation. If players of goodwill follow the principals of The Code, they should always be able to reach an agreement, while at the same time making tennis more fun and a better game for all. What’s in your library?

RC Rules and Regulations. Tennis Courts, Section 14,E. Please wait until your reservation time before entering the court area. Courts should be cleaned and surrendered immediately at the expiration

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time so as not to infringe on time of others. Note: Courtesy shows up again.

Code 28. Obvious Faults. A player shall not put into play or hit over the net an obvious fault. To do so constitutes rudeness and may even be a form of gamesmanship. On the other hand, if a player does not call a serve a fault and gives the opponent the benefit of a close call, the server is not entitled to replay the point.

Heard on the Court. In a doubles match team A is serving to team B. The first serve is a let but the receiver hits the ball back over the net. He serves a let again and it hits just beyond the line for a fault which is called by the team B partner. The receiver hits the ball over the net as before. The server then hits another serve harder than usual and it hits just beyond the line and the receiver slams it over the net into the server’s playing court. No fault was called. The serving team did not play the ball thinking it was out. Server announces “second serve” and is challenged by the receiving team saying “our point the ball should have been played.” Server says he was hitting faults over the net before why was this different. Receiver says he gave you the benefit of the doubt so it is our point. This scenario shows one reason not to return faults over the net. To yell “fault” and then hit it back over the net is definitely rude and poor sportsmanship. If nothing is heard the receiving team should play the return.•

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