Golf enthusiasts gathered at Ryder Golf Course March 1 to commence the 2019 season of the Fort Bragg Commanding General’s (CG) Pay Day Golf Scramble. Disregarding inclement weather conditions, golfers were greeted at the Ryder clubhouse by golf personnel and service members for morning registration.

“This is our first Fort Bragg Commanding General’s Pay Day Golf Scramble of 2019,” said Robert Taylor, head golf professional and business manager at Ryder Golf Course for the past 20 years. “Ryder had 64 people sign up, 16 teams. We had a few teams cancel with the pending storms. This golf tournament is due to draw people out.”

A captain’s choice event open to all skill levels, the CG’s Pay Day Golf tournament will rotate from March through November, between Ryder and Stryker golf courses. The event offers participants a shotgun start, 18 holes, a range of balls, carts and prizes. The field is limited to the first 25 eligible teams.

“We have closest-to-the-pin prizes today; as well as the four par-3 and the short holes,” Taylor said. “When you hit your first shot on the green, whoever is closest to the hole will win a dozen balls.”

Ryder Golf Course, a beautiful green among tall Carolina Pines and rolling hills, is making its comeback after an unseasonable rainy winter and a rebuild of several bridges on the course. With the certainty of fresh regrowth of turf, newly minted construction on the course, and state of the art irrigation, Ryder is ready for the golf season.

“We have six wooden bridges over creeks that we just had redone. The course is challenging for all skill levels,” Taylor said.

With modest and rolling greens, tree lined fairways and well-positioned bunkers, the specialized course is sure to please for prospective golfers in competition at the CG’s Pay Day Golf Scramble series.

April’s edition of the CG’s Pay Day Golf Scramble will take place at Stryker Golf Course.