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New Option to Carts or Walking the Course


ew this summer, the Vail Golf Club is taking "green transportation" to a new level by introducing the Golf Bike as an alternative to walking or using a cart. Unveiled at the PGA Merchandise show in Florida in January, Vail will be the first course in Colorado to offer the bikes to its customers, which are designed to carry clubs, provide low impact transportation and increase fitness. There will be four bikes available to rent this summer while the course tests the bikes. Rentals will cost $15 for an 18-hole round. Vail Golf Club Director Alice Plain says, although it's a non-traditional method of playing golf, it combines the love of the game with the great outdoors and will be perfect for both avid cyclists and those who have trouble walking the course. "We're excited to offer the golf bike this summer and provide a 'green,' innovative and engaging means of transportation around the course," said Plain. "The low-impact bikes are perfect for golfers who have trouble walking the course, but would prefer to not ride a cart. It will be a unique experience for golfers of all abilities and the fun-factor will be priceless."


Designed from the ground up by Higher Ground Bicycling Company in Florida, the Golf Bike has a six-gear system, hand breaks, distributes weight evenly, has small-diameter wheels that require less pedaling to accelerate and is a fun, smooth ride. Plain says the bikes will offer similar speeds to a cart, are designed to be functional on varied terrain with minimal impacts on the course and allow golfers to bike to their ball for faster flow during their round. Pace of play for Golf Bike users will not change and will remain at 4:07 for an 18-hole round. The Vail Golf Club, operated by the Vail Recreation District, is a public course and will open for the season in mid-May, weather and course conditions permitting. Season pass sales will begin Wednesday, April 16 and offer a variety of options including transferable punch passes. Early season rates will be $64 for 18 holes or $42, including cart, through June 26. Leagues,

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lessons, clinics will take place throughout the summer including Ladies, Lessons and Libations on Thursday evenings, Coors Coaching Hour on Tuesday evenings, Senior Clinics, junior programs and more. Also new this summer, the Vail Golf Club is hosting a women's-only Golf and Yoga

Wellness Retreat June 19-22 and the Vail Junior Golf Academy on June 23-26 and Aug. 11-14. For more information, contact Plain at 970-479-2260, by emailing aplain@vailrec.com or visit www.vailgolfclub.net. D

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Manage Your Tempo to Control Your Putting Speed

By Nathan Morris Divot Magazine Contributing Writer


ver the last 7 years I have come to the realization that speed control is far more important than hitting it on the perfect line and I can prove it. Take 5 balls and roll them down the longest hallway in your home. Try and ladder them out evenly long to short. I bet you didn’t worry about hitting the wall at all, did you? I bet your ladder doesn’t look perfect either. Most players cannot even see a good line without good speed control. I consider good speed control as the ability to roll the ball past the hole the same amount each time. Now, the distance you roll it past is up to you. I figure it out for each of my students like this; I ask them,” What is the longest putt that you can make 100% off the time? I mean, pressures on, for a million dollars, never miss.” Usually my students say somewhere around 1 to 2 feet. Whatever that distance is, that is the distance you should try and roll it past the hole. To practice this, use a credit card or driver’s license instead of a hole. Even if you


make it, you can see the ball roll through the card and out to a stop. You can hit putts from varying distances to the same card and watch the ball roll to a stop. What you will find is that this is really hard, and the reason is that your putting tempo might be all over the map. Two things control putting speed; the length of your stroke and your stroke speed or tempo. Better putters have the same stroke tempo for every putt. They just vary their stroke length. A good example

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of this is a conductor of an orchestra. The conductor will always move their hands to the beat, but they will make bigger moves to get the orchestra to play louder and smaller moves to make them play softer, but they never lose the beat. A lot of my students vary their stroke length AND their tempo. This makes controlling the speed of a putt very hard. To fix this, use a simple the help keep the beat. There are many free metronome apps for your phone as well as training metronomes from companies like Eyeline Golf. Once you have one, we need to find a tempo that matches you. Most putters find that between 80 and 95 beats per minute is perfect. Experiment a little to find one that works for you. Once you have it, DON’T CHANGE IT. Practice at that tempo all the time. Go back to the credit card putting game and use the metronome. You will find that after a while you will control your speed better and reduce the wobbles, miss-hits and dreaded yips because you are now putting to the beat. The best way to use it is to start the stroke on beat 1, hit the ball on beat 2 and hold your finish for beats 3 and 4. Now all

you have to do is vary your stroke length and that is much easier than changing your tempo all the time.

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South Africa Golf & Safari Continued from last issue...

FANCOURT HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB By Peter Hellman Divot Magazine Contributing Writer


outh Africa is a long way from my home in Denver. To get to Johannesburg or JO-BURG as the locals call it, I took a red eye to JFK and

connected to South African Airlines for my 16+ hour flight. There are more civilized ways to make your trip. It can be less taxing by making a stopover in Europe. London is a popular stop. From Jo-burg, I flew to Port Elizabeth, which lies on the eastern end of a lovely coastal road called the

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CAPE GARDEN ROUTE. It connects Port Elizabeth to Cape Town about 800 miles west. At the airport, we met up with Warren our splendid host for the next nine days. I forgot to mention that I traveled with two of my fiercest golf tour competitors (John and Graham) who also happen to be nice guys and fun to travel with. Before heading west on the Garden Route, we detoured a bit to a marvelous luxury Private Game Reserve called PUMBA. At this point I thought the “hell with golf”; I’m staying here for the next 9 days. The accommodations, the food, our game guide Harry and the animal encounters on the 37,000 acre game reserve exceeded my expectations. But, this was also a trip to discover what South Africa can offer the golfer while not facing down lions, rhinos and elephants. So, on we went with our host/driver to see what we could find. About three hours along the Route, is the small town of Knysna and the splendid CONRAD PEZULA Resort. This 78 suites resort has awesome views over its golf course, garden and the Indian Ocean. The deluxe junior suites are located in separate villas each with fireplaces, large balconies and impressive bathrooms. Dinner at Zachary’s, the resort gourmet restaurant, lived up to its impressive reputation. Though Pezula has a fine golf course, a better one is the SIMOLA GOLF ESTATE nearby. This Jack Nicklaus Signature courses is set in surroundings that will draw your eye from your ball to your view. It cost me a few strokes. The layout with five Par 5’s and five Par 3’s seems a bit odd, but adds to the fun. A charming alternative accommodation in the area is the KANONKOP HOUSE a Five Star guest house owned and operated by its welcoming host Mark. The finest golf resort in the country is FANCOURT HOTEL & COUNTRY

CLUB located only five miles from the historic town of George. With luxury rooms, one and two bedroom suites, a terrific spa, fine restaurants and three golf courses to choose from, Fancourt has it all. We played THE LINKS course and the easier OUTENIQUA course. The Links is rated as the number two course in South Africa and is a true joy. It’s a walking course and caddies are required and appreciated by anyone


whose ball occasionally goes astray. The MONTAGU is second to The Links and like the Outeniqua offers carts. Our next stop along the Garden Route was at the ARABELLA HOTEL & SPA, but before arriving we stopped to play Ernie Els Signature Course OUBAAI. Though a bit out of the way, Oubaai is a treat with fantastic views of the ocean and mountains. The HYATT OUBAAI HOTEL offers quality rooms and amenities on the property. The Arabella Hotel is modern and comfortable and the course is a treat. Several holes meander through a pine forest while others

SIMOLA GOLF ESTATE run along the expansive Bot River Lagoon. On the way to Cape Town we stopped at ERNIE ELS WINERY for a tour, a tasting and lunch on the properties expansive patio overlooking Ernie’s vineyard. Just outside of Cape Town is a wonderful and historic hotel – THE VINEYARD. The original part of the hotel was built in 1799. Six acres of gardens, modern rooms with inviting patios give guest privacy to enjoy the surroundings. With the Vineyard as our base, we explored CAPE TOWN. It is a sophisticated city with a delightful temperate climate and the bustle one expects in a major port. Though there are several excellent hotels in Cape Town, the CAPE GRACE HOTEL offers a great location, beautiful public spaces and sumptuous rooms. Located in the Marina area overlooking the commercial harbor on one side and the yacht marina on the other, Cape Grace is ideal for exploring the city or relaxing. The

hotel’s BASCULE BAR is a must for predinner drinks. Our final round of golf before flying off to KRUGER NATIONAL PARK and LEOPARD CREEK GOLF CLUB, which I wrote about in my first article, was at STEENBERG GOLF CLUB. The course is located on the grounds of a lovely hotel re-purposed from original Cape Dutch designed stables and out buildings. Interesting architecture and antiques create a comfortable deluxe atmosphere for guests. The golf course is considered one of the best in the country and offers challenge and reward on virtually every hole. By now you must have come to the conclusion that I think South Africa should be on every ones Bucket List. Please note that even though I was able to cross South Africa off my bucket list, it is back on. I’M GOING AGAIN….WHY DON’T YOU JOIN ME. D

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High Hops Brewery Unveils Special Pelican Lakes Lager


et your taste buds ready Windsor. In March the much-anticipated unveiling of Pelican Lakes Lager beer occurred during a special one-timeonly event held at High Hops Brewery. The small brewery has partnered with the semi-private Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club, both located in Windsor, on a light beer. “The beer is has come along very nicely,” said Zach Weakland, the head brewer at High Hops Brewery, which is located at 6461 Hwy. 392 in Windsor. “It’s very clean and is very drinkable.” The only place the beer can be purchased is on draft at the newly remodeled Pelican Lakes Country Club restaurant, located at 1620 Pelican Lakes Point, and its soon-toopen lower-level Sand Bar. The collaboration between a brewery and a golf course is unique to the area as both parties believe Pelican Lakes Lager will be the only golf course-specific beer offered in the state. “We’ve done smaller collaborations, but never done a large exclusive beer for an establishment so we’re really excited about this opportunity,” Weakland said earlier this year. “We’re shooting for the perfect golf beer. It’s going to be a nice and refreshing beer you can drink on a warm, sunny day and not get too full off of it.” This first batch of the Lager, which presents a crisp taste and resembles a typical domestic light beer, was started about two months ago, and is making its debut around the same time as the conclusion of the Pelican Lakes restaurant remodel.

Earlier this year, Water Valley Land Company CEO Martin Lind said, “Our guests will be stunned when they see our new look. They will be thrilled when they see our new menu. They will be ecstatic when they pull down a

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Nice Drives

2014 Dodge Durango Limited AWD By Karl O’Keefe Divot Vehicle Test Drive Writer t’s been a little while since my last vehicle test drive and the 2014 Dodge Durango Limited AWD was a great way to get back in the saddle. Durango’s lineage can be broken down, roughly, into three generations. The first-gen, produced from 1998 through 2003, was a sturdy, midsize SUV with a body-on-frame construction shared with the Dakota, Dodge’s popular midsize pickup. The second-gen Durango appeared in 2004 and was a few inches taller, wider, and longer edging it into the full-sized SUV category. It was at that time the Durango began offering third-row seating and a redesigned suspension for a more luxurious ride. Generation three began in 2010 by introducing the Internet for the very first time. In 2012 the Durango earned the Drivers’ Choice Award from the editors of Motorweek, and it ranked as a “Top Safety Pick” with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


What’s New In 2014? For starters the Dodge Durango gets much improved fuel economy, upgraded interior including an easy touchscreen and voice control dashboard system and a few attractive upgrades on the exterior.

Per formance: While the Durango Limited has a strong throttle response and surprisingly good power with plenty of acceleration, this SUV can go nearly 500 miles on a single tank, at a cost of just over $80. The ride is extremely solid and strong for a vehicle that is almost 17 feet long. The new 8-speed automatic makes for a very smooth and even transition to highway speeds. The ZF transmission is also responsible for a 20% increase in fuel economy. Interior: As for the interior, the front seat comfort is excellent . All Durangos are 7 passenger vehicles with three in the second row and two in the very back. For a little more Dodge will remove the middle seat and insert a pair of more comfortable captain’s chairs with a center console, cup holders and a storage compartment. And if you are the one picking up the entire 4-some on the way to the course, not to worry. The Durango can easily accommodate all 4 players and their golf bags with plenty of room to spare. On the dash, Connect 2 features well polished graphics and screen changes including a large, bright display. An upgraded voice command system works very well and the USB/iDevice control and smartphone integration allows you to stream

audio. You can also have text messages read to you, dictate replies and search for restaurants or businesses via Yelp. There are also little details like a push button for the driver to remotely fold down the head restraints on the third-row seats. And for us Colorado drivers struggling through our cold winters, the Durango's quickly heated steering wheel gets hot to the touch, not just a little warm.

track” inspired light pipes. Dodge has the longest wheelbase, beating even the fullsize Chevy Tahoe. All in all, the 2014 Dodge Durango is very impressive and recommended over other vehicles in the same class and price range. At the very leaset, give it a test drive. You wont be disappointed! For complete details on the Dodge Durango please visit www.dodge.com.

Exterior: 2014 brings just few changes to the outside but still looks very fresh to my eye. Up front we get a tweaked grille and new lamps and in the back there are the iconic “race

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Applewood Golf Club Map#: 3 303-279-3003 Public 18R Fee Range: $12-$29 Golden Arrowhead Golf Club Map#: 4 Resort 18R 303-973-9614 Littleton Fee Range: $75-$115 Aurora Hills Golf Course Map#: 7 303-364-6111 Public 18R Aurora Fee Range: $25-$29 Bear Creek Golf Club Map#: 9 Private 18R 303-980-8700 Denver Fees: Guests $75 Bear Dance, The Golf Club at Map#: 216 Public 18R 303-681-4653 Fee Range: $65 - $75 Larkspur Black Bear Golf Club Map#: 21 Private 18R 303-840-3100 Parker Fee Range: $40-$80 Blackstone Country Club Map#: 300 303-617-3561 Private 18R Aurora Fees: Members Only Boulder Country Club Map#: 14 Private 18R - 9E 303-530-2226 Boulder Fees: Guest $75 Box Elder Creek Golf Course Map#: 15 Public 18R 303-659-7177 Fee Range: $22 Brighton Broadlands Golf Course, The Map#: 17 303-466-8285 Public 18R Broomfield Fee Range: $28-$37 Buffalo Run Golf Course Map#: 19 303-289-1500 Public 18R Fee Range: $18-$38 Commerce City Broken Tee Englewood Golf Complex Map#: 63 Public 18R 9P3 303-762-2670 Englewood Fee Range: $15-$29 Castle Pines Golf Club Map#: 22 303-688-6022 Private 18R Castle Rock Fees: Invitation Only Castle Pines, The Country Club at Map#: 45 Private 18R 303-688-6400 Castle Rock Fees: Guests $75-$95 Centre Hills Golf Course Map#: 27 Public 9-P3 303-343-4935 Aurora Fee Range: $5-$9 Cherry Creek Country Club Map#: 121 Private 18R 303-755-0711 Fees: N/A Aurora Cherry Hills Country Club Map#: 29 Private 18R 18P3 303-761-9900 Fees: Guests $125 Englewood City Park Golf Course, Denver Map#: 53 303-295-4420 Public 18R Denver Fee Range: $20-$24 Coal Creek Golf Course Map#: 33 303-666-7888 Public 18R Louisville Fee Range: $27-$40 Colorado Golf Club Map#: 301 Private 18R 303-840-5400 Parker Fees: N/A Colorado National Golf Club Map#: 238 Public 18R 303-665-9590 Erie Fee Range: $50-$75 Columbine Country Club Map#: 37 Private 18R 303-794-6333 Littleton Fees: Guests $80 Common Ground Golf Course Map#: 129 Public 18R 9P3 303-340-1520 Aurora Fee Range: $30-$50 Deer Creek at Meadow Ranch Map#: 51 Semi-Private 18R 303-978-1800 Littleton Fee Range: $65-$95 Denver Country Club Map#: 54 Private 18R 303-733-2444 Denver Fee Range: $90 Eagle Trace Golf Club Map#: 57 Public 18R 303-466-3322 Broomfield Fee Range: $20-$30 Evergreen Golf Course Map#: 65 Public 18R 303-674-6351 Evergreen Fee Range: $22-$30 Foothills Golf Course Map#: 71 Public 18R 9E 9P3 303-989-3901 Denver Fee Range: $25-$39 Fitzsimons Golf Course Map#: 69 Public 18R 303-364-8125 Aurora Fee Range: $15-$21 Flatirons Golf Course Map#: 70 Public 18R 303-442-7851 Boulder Fee Range: $22-$29 Fossil Trace Golf Club Map#: 231 Public 18R 303-277-8750 Golden Fee Range: $36-$50 Fox Hollow Golf Course Map#: 76 Public 27R 303-986-7888 Lakewood Fee Range: $43-$62 Glenmoor Country Club Map#: 78 Private 18R 303-781-0400 Englewood Fees: Guests $60-$85 The Golf Club at Ravenna Map#: 242 Private 18R 720-956-1600 Littleton Fee Range: Members Only Green Gables Country Club Map#: 84 Private 18R 303-985-1525 Denver Fees: Guests $75 Green Valley Ranch Golf Club Map#: 219 Public 18R 303-371-3131 Denver Fee Range: $24-$32 Greenway Park Golf Course Map#: 85 Public 9-P3 303-466-3729 Broomfield Fee Range: $6-$14


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Harvard Gulch Golf Course Map#: 86 303-698-4078 Public 9-P3 Denver Fee Range: $6 Heather Gardens Golf Course Map#: 89 303-751-2390 Public 9E Fee Range: $12 Aurora Heather Ridge Country Club Map#: 90 Public 18R 303-755-3550 Aurora Fees: Guest $45 Heritage at Westmoor Map#: 92 303-469-2974 Public 18R Westminster Fee Range: $24-$45 Heritage Eagle Bend Golf & CC Map#: 91 Semi-Private 18R 303-400-6700 Aurora Fee Range: $35-$70 w/cart Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club Map#: 227 Public 18R 303-655-1779 Fee Range: $55-$65 Thornton Highlands Ranch Golf Club Map#: 94 Semi-Private 18R 303-471-0000 Highlands Ranch Fee Range: $42-$69 Homestead at Fox Hollow Map#: 239 720-963-5181 Public 18E Lakewood Fee Range: $18-$35 Hyland Hills, The Courses at Map#: 99 Public 27R 18P3 303-428-6526 Westminster Fee Range: $25; $37 Hiwan Golf Club Map#: 96 Private 18R 303-674-3369 Fees: Guests $85 Evergreen Indian Peaks Golf Course Map#: 101 303-666-4706 Public 18R Lafayette Fee Range: $34-$38 Indian Tree Golf Course Map#: 102 303-403-2541 Public 18R 9P3 Fee Range: $26 Arvada Inverness Hotel & Golf Club Map#: 103 Resort/Private 18R 303-397-7878 Englewood Fee Range: $70-$115 J. F. Kennedy Golf Course Map#: 104 303-751-0311 Public 27R 9P3 Denver Fee Range: $20-$24 Lake Arbor Golf Club Map#: 108 Public 18R 303-423-1650 Arvada Fee Range: $23 Legacy Ridge Golf Course Map#: 113 Public 18R 303-438-8997 Westminster Fee Range: $28-$45 Lakewood Country Club Map#: 111 Private 18R 303-233-0503 Fees: Guests $75-$90 Lakewood Littleton Golf & Tennis Club Map#: 26 Public 18E 303-794-5838 Fee Range: $13-$34 Littleton Links at Highlands Ranch, The Map#: 117 303-470-9292 Public 18E Highlands Ranch Fee Range: $18-$31 Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel Map#: 118 303-799-9940 Public 18R Littleton Fee Range: $43-$65 Meadows Golf Club, The Map#: 126 Public 18R 303-409-2250 Littleton Fee Range: $14-$31 Meadow Hills Golf Course Map#: 125 Public 18R 303-690-2500 Aurora Fee Range: $29-$35 Meridian Golf Club Map#: 128 Private 18R, 303-799-4043 Englewood Fee Range: $65-$85 Mountain View Golf Course Map#: 135 Public 9E 303-694-3012 Denver Fee Range: $9-$12 Murphy Creek Golf Course Map#: 137 Public 18R 303-361-7300 Aurora Fee Range: $34-$44 Omni-Interlocken Resort Map#: 139 Resort 27R 303-464-9000 Broomfield Fee Range: $55-$85 Overland Park Golf Course Map#: 140 Public 18R 303-698-1975 Denver Fee Range: $20-23 Park Hill Golf Club Map#: 142 Public 18R 303-333-5411 Denver Fee Range: $18 Perry Park Country Club Map#: 145 Private 18R 303-681-3186 Larkspur Fees: Guests $50-$70 Pinehurst Country Club Map#: 147 Private 27R 303-985-1559 Denver Fees: Guests $70-$85 Pinery Country Club, The Map#: 148 Private 27R 303-841-2850 Parker Fees: Guests $40-$50 Plum Creek Golf & Country Club Map#: 149 Private 18R 303-688-2611 Castle Rock Fee Range: $65-$85 Pradera, The Golf Club at Map#: 228 Private 18R 720-851-9600 Parker Fee Range: $TBA Raccoon Creek Golf Course Map#: 156 Public 18R 303-932-0199 Littleton Fee Range: $38-$70 Ranch Country Club, The Map#: 157 Private 18R 303-466-2111 Westminster Fees: Guests $55 Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course Map#: 158 Public 18R 303-663-7150 Castle Rock Fee Range: $36-$59 Red Rocks Country Club Map#: 159 Private 18R 303-697-8008 Morrison Fees: Guests $35-$45 Ridge at Castle Pines North, The Map#: 160 Public 18R 303-688-0100 Castle Rock Fee Range: $75-$120

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303-224-2860 Private 18R Sedalia Fees: Invitation only Southglenn Country Club Map#: 180 Private 18-P3 303-798-1656 Littleton Fees: N/A South Suburban Family Sports Center Map#: 68 Public 9E 303-649-1115 Fee Range: $9-$19 Centennial South Suburban Golf Course Map#: 179 Public 18R 18P3 303-770-5508 Centennial Fee Range: $18-$43 Springhill Golf Course Map#: 184 303-739-6854 Public 18E Aurora Fee Range: $20-$26 Stoney Creek Golf Course Map#: 189 Public 9E 303-431-9268 Arvada Fee Range: $16-$18 Thorncreek Golf Club Map#: 195 Public 18R 303-450-7055 Fee Range: $30-$35 Thornton Valley Country Club Map#: 201 303-690-6377 Private 18R Aurora Fees: Guests only Wellshire Golf Course Map#: 206 303-692-5636 Public 18R Fee Range: $20-$24 Denver West Woods Golf Club Map#: 207 Public 27R 720-898-7370 Arvada Fee Range: $27 - $41 Willis Case Golf Course Map#: 209 303-458-4877 Public 18R Denver Fee Range: $20-$24

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Windsor Gardens Golf Club Map#: 210 Public 9-P3 303-366-3133 Denver Fee Range: $4-$8.50 Adriel Hills Golf Course Map#: 229 Private 6-P3 970-484-3098 Fees: N/A Ft. Collins Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club Map#: 250 Private 18R 970-854-5900 Fee Range: Members Only Holyoke Bella Rosa Golf Course Map#: 248 303-678-2940 Public 9R Frederick Fee Range: $9-$20 Boomerang Golf Links Map#: 13 970-351-8934 Public 18R Greeley Fee Range: $22-$30 Bunker Hill Country Club Map#: 20 Semi-Private 9R 970-842-5198 Brush Fee Range: $15-$18 Cattail Creek Golf Course Map#: 230 Public 9-P3 970-663-5310 Loveland Fee Range: $7-$10 City Park Nine Golf Course Map#: 32 Public 9R 970-221-6650 Fort Collins Fee Range: $12-$21 Collindale Golf Course Map#: 35 Public 18R 970-221-6651 Fort Collins Fee Range: $21-$23 Coyote Creek Golf Course Map#: 48 Public 18R 303-857-6152 Fort Lupton Fee Range: $22-$24 Eaton Country Club Map#: 61 Private 18R 970-454-2587 Eaton Fee Range: $25-$40 F&H Park and Recreation District Map#: 66 Public 9R 970-774-6362 Haxtun Fee Range: $14 Fort Collins Country Club Map#: 72 Private 18R 970-482-9988 Fort Collins Fees: Guests $45-$103 Fox Hill Country Club Map#: 75 Private 18R 303-772-1061 Longmont Fees: Guests $40-$55 Greeley Country Club Map#: 83 Private 18R 970-353-2431 Greeley Fee Range: $87 w/cart Harmony Club Map#: 247 Private 18R 970-482-4653 Timmath Fee Range: Members/Guest Only Haystack Mountain Golf Course Map#: 88 Public 9E 303-530-1400 Niwot Fee Range: $9-$14 Highland Meadows Golf Course Map#: 174 Public 18R 970-204-4653 Windsor Fee Range: $40 to $69 Highland Hills Golf Course Map#: 93 Public 18R 970-330-7327 Greeley Fee Range: $21-$27 Holyoke Golf Course Map#: 98 Public 9R 970-854-3200 Holyoke Fee Range: $15 Indian Hills Golf Course Map#: 100 Public 9R 970-848-2812 Yuma Fee Range: $14-$16 Loveland, The Olde Course at Map#: 138 Public 18R 970-667-5256 Loveland Fee Range: $22-$28 Lake Valley Golf Club Map#: 110 Private 18R 303-444-2114 Longmont Fees: N/A

Courses not responsible for published fees. Fees may Link-N-Greens Golf Course Map#: 115 970-221-4818 Public 18E Fort Collins Fee Range: $19-$21 Mariana Butte Golf Course Map#: 123 970-667-8308 Public 18R Fee Range: $28-$36 Loveland Missing Links Golf at Frederick Map#: 130 Public 9R 303-651-7060 Longmont Fees: 10 Mountain Vista Greens Golf Course Map#: 136 970-482-4847 Public 9R Fort Collins Fee Range: $12-$14 Northeastern 18 Map#: 188 Public 18R 970-521-6889 Sterling Fee Range: Guests $15-$37.50 Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club Map#: 144 Semi-Private 18R 970-674-0930 Fee Range: $40-$50 Windsor Plainsman Golf Club Map#: 235 Public 9R No Telephone Joes Fee Range: $10 Prairie Golf Course Map#: 151 970-383-2211 Public 9R Cope Fee Range: $5 Prairie Pines Golf Club Map#: 152 Public 9R 719-346-8207 Burlington Fee Range: $15-$20 Ptarmigan Golf & Country Club Map#: 153 Private 18R 970-226-6600 Fee Range: $100 Fort Collins Quail Dunes Golf Course Map#: 73 970-867-5990 Public 18R Fort Morgan Fee Range: $22 Quint Valley Golf Club Map#: 249 303-822-5509 Public 9R Fee Range: $20 Byers Riverview Golf Course Map#: 165 Public 18R 970-522-3035 Sterling Fee Range: $12-$18 Saddleback Golf Club Map#: 218 303-833-5000 Public 18R Firestone Fees: $29-37 Sedgwick County Golf Course Map#: 224 Public 9S N/A Julesburg Fees: N/A Southridge Golf Club Map#: 181 Public 18R 970-416-2828 Fort Collins Fee Range: $21-24 Stratton Golf Course Map#: 190 Public 9R 719-348-5412 Fee Range: $10 Stratton

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Antelope Hills Golf Course Map#: 215 303-644-5992 Public 18R Bennett Fee Range: $28-$32 Antler Creek Golf Course Map#: 221 Public 18R 719-494-1900 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $28 -$40 Broadmoor Golf Club, The Map#: 18 Resort 54R 719-634-7711 Fee Range: $90-$160 Colorado Springs The Club at Flying Horse Map#: 251 Private 18R 719-487-2620 Colorado Springs Fee Range: Members Only Cherokee Ridge Golf Course Map#: 28 719-597-2637 Public 9R 9P3 Fee Range: $20 Colorado Springs Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club Map#: 30 Public 18R 719-526-4122 Fort Carson Fee Range: $25-$28 Colorado Springs Country Club Map#: 36 719-473-1782 Private 18R Colorado Springs Fees: Guests $40-$50 Cottonwood Links Golf Club Map#: 44 Public 9R 719-263-4500 Fowler Fee Range: $12-$14 Cougar Canyon Golf Links Map#: 197 Public 18R 719-422-7015 Trinidad Fee Range: $39 -$69 Country Club of Colorado Map#: 46 Resort 18R 719-538-4095 Fee Range: $120 Colorado Springs

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Desert Hawk at Pueblo West Map#: 120 719-547-2280 Public 18R Pueblo West Fee Range: $25-$32 Eads Golf Course Map#: 232 No Telephone Public 9R Fee Range: $3 Eads Eisenhower Golf Club Map#: 62 Military 36R 719-333-2606 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $12-$50 Elmwood Golf Course Map#: 154 719-561-4946 Public 18R 9E Pueblo Fee Range: $24-$26 Gleneagle Golf Club Map#: 77 Public 18R 719-488-0900 Colorado Springs Fees: N/A Grandote Peaks Golf Club Map#: 81 Public 18R 719-742-3391 Fee Range: $35-$75 La Vita Hollydot Golf Course Map#: 97 Public 27R 719-676-3341 Colorado City Fee Range: $17-$23 Hugo Golf Club Map#: 234 No Telephone Public 9S Hugo Fee Range: $5 Kings Deer Golf Club Map#: 55 Public 18R 719-481-1518 Monument Fee Range: $35-$50 Kissing Camels Golf Club Map#: 106 Private 27R 719-632-5541 Fee Range: $60-$75 Colorado Springs La Junta Golf Club Map#: 107 719-384-7133 Public 9R La Junta Fee Range: $10-$15 Las Animas Golf Course Map#: 112 719-456-2511 Public 9R Fee Range: $12 Las Animas Mossland Memorial Golf Course Map#: 133 Public 9R 719-765-4659 Flagler Fees: N/A Patty Jewett Golf Course Map#: 143 719-385-6934 Public 27R Colorado Springs Fee Range: $27 Pine Creek Golf Club Map#: 146 Public 18R 719-594-9999 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $35 Pueblo Country Club Map#: 155 Private 18R 719-542-2941 Pueblo Fee Range: $65-$75 Rocky Ford Country Club Map#: 167 Public 9R 719-254-7528 Fee Range: $11 Rocky Ford Sand Creek Golf Course Map#: 236 Public 9E 719-597-5489 Fees: 8 Colorado Springs Signature Golf Course Map#: 2 719-382-3649 Public 18R Colorado Springs Fee Range: $20 -$25 Silver Spruce Golf Course Map#: 175 719-556-7414 Military 18R Colorado Springs Fees: Guests $25 Smoky River Golf Club Map#: 176 Public 9R 719-767-5021 Cheyenne Wells Fee Range: $12 Spreading Antlers Golf Course Map#: 182 Public 9R 719-336-5274 Lamar Fee Range: $20-$22 Spring Valley Golf Club Map#: 183 Public 18R 303-646-4240 Elizabeth Fee Range: $22-$34 Springfield Municipal Golf Course Map#: 226 Public 9R No Telephone Springfield Fees: N/A Springs Ranch Golf Club Map#: 185 Public 18R 719-573-4863 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $28-$45 Sumo Golf Village Map#: 10 Semi-Private 18R 719-784-6152 Florence Fee Range: $42 Trinidad Golf Course Map#: 302 Public 9R 719-846-4015 Trinidad Fee Range: $15(9H); $20(18h) Valley Hi Golf Course Map#: 202 Public 18R 719-385-6911 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $20-$27 Walking Stick Golf Course Map#: 203 Public 18R 719-584-3400 Pueblo Fee Range: $26-$28 Walsenburg Golf Course Map#: 204 Public 9R 719-738-2730 Walsenburg Fee Range: $14-$16 Woodmoor Pines Country Club Map#: 212 Private 18R 719-481-2266 Monument Fees: Guests $55-$65



Adam’s Mountain Country Club Map#: 244 Private 18R 970-328-2326 Eagle Fees: Members Only Aspen Glen Golf Club Map#: 5 Private 18R 970-704-1988 Carbondale Fees: Guests $120-$245 Aspen Golf Course Map#: 6 Public 18R 970-429-1949 Aspen Fee Range: $80 Beaver Creek Golf Club Map#: 11 Resort 18R 970-845-5775 Avon Fees: Guests $160 Breckenridge Golf Club Map#: 16 Public 27R 970-453-9104 Breckenridge Fee Range: $95 Brightwater Club Map#: 243 Private 18R 970-777-1270 Gypsum Fee Range: Members Only

Catamount Ranch and Club Map#: 23 970-871-9200 Private 18R Steamboat Springs Fees: Guests $135 Cattails Golf Club Map#: 24 719-589-9515 Public 18R Fee Range: $30 Alamosa Challenger Golf Course Map#: 119 Public 9E 719-256-4856 Crestone Fee Range: $20 Collegiate Peaks Golf Course Map#: 34 719-395-8189 Public 9R Buena Vista Fee Range: $23 Copper Creek Golf Club Map#: 39 Resort 18R 970-968-2882 Copper Mountain Fee Range: $65-$85 Cordillera, The Club at Map#: 40 Private 54R 9P3 970-926-5100 Fee Range: $225-$235 Edwards Country Club of the Rockies Map#: 47 Private 18R 970-926-3021 Edwards Fees: Guests $75-$175 Crested Butte, The Club at Map#: 49 970-349-6131 Resort 18R Crested Butte Fee Range: $120 Dos Rios Golf Club Map#: 56 Semi-Private 18R 970-641-1482 Gunnison Fee Range: $65 w/cart Eagle Ranch Golf Club Map#: 217 Public 18R 866-328-3232 (toll free) Fee Range: $45-$90 Eagle Eagle Springs Golf Club Map#: 58 970-926-4404 Private 18R Wolcott Fees: Escorted Guests Only EagleVail Golf Club Map#: 59 800-341-8051 Resort 18R Fee Range: $35-$98 Avon Estes Park Golf Course Map#: 64 Public 18R 970-586-8146 Estes Park Fee Range: $28 - $46 Four Mile Ranch Golf Club Map#: 252 719-275-5400 Public 18R Canon City Fee Range: $44-$59 Fox Acres Country Club Map#: 74 Private 18R 970-881-2191 Red Feather Lakes Fees: Guests $120-$130 Glenwood Springs Golf Club Map#: 79 Public 9R 970-945-7086 Glenwood Springs Fee Range: $25 Grand Elk Golf Course Map#: 222 Resort 18R 970-887-9122 Fee Range: $45 - $125 Granby Gypsum Creek Golf Club Map#: 42 Public 18R 970-524-6200 Fee Range: $54 Gypsum Grand Lake Golf Course Map#: 80 970-627-8008 Public 18R Grand Lake Fee Range: $44-$80 Haymaker Golf Course Map#: 87 970-870-1846 Public 18R Steamboat Springs Fee Range: $79 Headwaters Golf Course Map#: 225 Public 18R 970-887-2709 Granby Fee Range: $60-$80 High Country Mountain Meadows GC Club Map#: 233 Public 9R No Telephone Red Feather Lakes Fees: N/A Ironbridge Golf Club Map#: 208 Private 18R 970-384-0630 Glenwood Springs Fees: Guests $175 Keystone Ranch Golf Course Map#: 105 Resort 18R 970-496-4250 Keystone Fee Range: $125-$140 Keystone, The River Course at Map#: 162 Resort 18R 970-496-4444 Keystone Fee Range: $125-$140 Lake Estes Executive 9 Golf Course Map#: 109 Public 9E 970-586-8176 Estes Park Fee Range: $13 Maroon Creek Club Map#: 124 Private 18R 970-920-1533 Aspen Fees: Guests $195-$325 Monte Vista Country Club Map#: 131 Public 9R 719-852-4906 Monte Vista Fee Range: $18 Mount Massive Golf Course Map#: 134 Public 9R 719-486-2176 Leadville Fee Range: $18 Pagosa Springs Golf Club Map#: 141 Resort 27R 970-731-4755 Pagosa Springs Fee Range: $57 Pole Creek Golf Club Map#: 150 Public 27R 800-511-5076 Winter Park Fee Range: $80 The Ranch at Roaring Fork Club Map#: 245 Public 9P3 970-963-4410 Carbondale Fee Range: $15 Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks Map#: 60 Semi-Private 18R 970-262-3636 Silverthorne Fee Range: $75-$124 Red Sky Ranch Map#: 223 N/A 36R 970-477-8406 Edwards Fees: N/A Rio Grande Golf Club Map#: 41 Resort/Private 18R 719-873-1995 South Fork Fees: N/A River Valley Ranch Golf Club Map#: 163 Public 18R 970-963-3625 Carbondale Fee Range: $50-$75 Roaring Fork Club Map#: 166 Private 18R 970-927-9100 Basalt Fees: Invitation only Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club Map#: 173 Resort 18R 970-879-1391 Steamboat Springs Fee Range: $80-$130

Saint Andrews at Westcliffe Map#: 186 719-783-9410 Public 9R Westcliffe Fee Range: $12-$20 Salida Golf Club Map#: 170 719-539-1060 Public 9R Fee Range: $23 Salida Shadow Hills Golf Club Map#: 172 Semi-Private 18R 719-275-0603 Ca-on City Fee Range: $33 Shining Mountain Golf Club Map#: 211 719-687-7587 Public 18R Woodland Park Fee Range: $32-$38 Snowmass Golf Village Map#: 177 Resort 18R 719-784-6152 Snowmass Village Fees: N/A Sonnenalp Golf Club Map#: 178 Resort 18R 970-477-5370 Fee Range: $160 Edwards Steamboat Golf Club Map#: 187 Public 9R 970-879-4295 Steamboat Springs Fee Range: $25(9H); $37 (18H) Vail Golf Club Map#: 200 970-479-2260 Public 18R Vail Fee Range: $100 Willow Creek at Eagle Vail Map#: 237 Public 9-P3 970-845-PAR3 Avon Fees: N/A

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Adobe Creek National Golf Course Map#: 1 970-858-0521 Public 27R Fruita Fee Range: $17-$24 Battlement Mesa Golf Club Map#: 8 970-285-7274 Public 18R Fee Range: $35 Battlement Mesa Black Canyon Golf Club at Montrose Map#: 132 Public 18R 970-249-4653 Montrose Fee Range: $24 Bookcliff Country Club Map#: 12 970-242-9053 Private 18R Grand Junction Fees: Guest $40 Bridges at Black Canyon, The Map#: 241 Simi-Private 18R 970-252-1119 Montrose Fees: Guest $85-$150 Cedar Ridges Golf Course Map#: 25 Public 9R 970-675-8403 Rangely Fee Range: $10(9H), $18(18H) Chipeta Golf Course Map#: 31 Public 18E 970-245-7177 Fee Range: $17-$21 Grand Junction Cobble Creek, The Links at Map#: 116 Public 18R 970-240-9542 Fee Range: $37 Montrose Conquistador Golf Course Map#: 38 970-565-9208 Public 18R Cortez Fee Range: $18 Dalton Ranch Golf Course Map#: 50 970-247-8774 Semi-Private 18R Durango Fee Range: $79 Deer Creek Village Golf Club Map#: 52 Public 18R 970-856-7781 Cedaredge Fee Range: $29-$38 Devil's Thumb Golf Course Map#: 43 Public 18R 970-874-6262 Delta Fee Range: $26-$41 Divide Ranch and Club Map#: 67 Semi-Private 18R 970-626-5284 Ridgway Fee Range: $49-$76 Glacier Club Map#: 193 Private 18R 970-382-6700 Durango Fee Range: 125-$175 Hillcrest Golf Club Map#: 95 Public 18R 970-247-1499 Durango Fee Range: $22 Hunter’s Run Golf Course Map#: 246 Public 18R 970-884-9785 Ignacio Fee Range: $11-$20 Lakota Canyon Golf Club Map#: 240 Public 18R 970-984-9700 New Castle Fee Range: $45-$75 Lincoln Park Golf Course Map#: 114 Public 9R 970-242-6394 Grand Junction Fee Range: $10-$14 Meeker Golf Course Map#: 127 Public 9R 970-878-5642 Meeker Fee Range: $19 Redlands Mesa, The Golf Club at Map#: 220 Public 18R 970-263-9270 Grand Junction Fee Range: $49-$69 Rifle Creek Golf Club Map#: 161 Semi-Private 18R 970-625-1093 Rifle Fee Range: $34 Telluride Ski & Golf Club Map#: 194 Resort 18R 970-728-6157 Telluride Fee Range: $130-$150 Tiara Rado Golf Course Map#: 196 Public 18R 970-254-3830 Grand Junction Fee Range: $18-$22 Yampa Valley Golf Club Map#: 214 Public 18R 970-824-3673 Craig Fee Range: $28

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ruise the beautiful Crown Princess for seven nights, departing from Vancouver, British Columbia, visiting Victoria, British Columbia, Astoria, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and ending in Los Angeles, California. Looking for an exclusive and unique golf vacation this year? Imagine playing beautiful courses from Vancouver, British Columbia to Los Angeles, California without “breaking the bank”… and only have to unpack once. Come join Sundancer this fall, for an exciting golf cruise down the western coast of America. It’s that easy, just board the elegant Crown Princess, unpack and wake up each morning to a new golf destination. Whether you are single, a couple, or a group, we welcome you to join us for perhaps one of the best golf experiences of a lifetime! Best of all…no worries about booking tee times, finding directions or arranging transportation to and from the courses…we’ve


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Everyday more and more people are discovering the all-inclusive pleasures of a cruise vacation. It’s simply a fabulous value for your vacation dollar. When you compare the costs between what is included in your cruise vacation to those of a similar, land-based vacation visiting multiple destinations, you will quickly discover that a cruise is a remarkable bargain. The Crown Princess luxurious cruise liner is your floating clubhouse – just bring your game! Each evening you dine at sea with options of casual dining, traditional, or specialty restaurant dining. On the cruise so much is included, such as your accommodations, meals, nightly Broadway-style entertainment, bars and nightclubs, and the list goes on. Combining golfing and cruising means that players of any skill level can play various courses in different ports and locations in one trip. Non-golfing friends or family will find so many choices for entertainment both on and off the ship. Princess offers plenty of excursions, including wine tours for those “wine lovers”. You can also enjoy the fullservice spa and fitness center, the pools and

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Fear and Loathing of the Female Golfer Feature

By Naze Nouri Divot Magazine Contributing Writer


olf is fun? Yeah RIGHT - Well ok, it is now that I know what I am doing, I'll give it that much. Over the years, whenever someone invited me to play golf for recreational and/or business purposes, I remember having a sinking feeling. Like, Crap! I have to do this?! But do I really want to?! It always seemed so cumbersome for me... pick an outfit that looks cute, make sure you have clubs that will do the job, make sure the bag doesn't weigh a ton, and how are you supposed to hold the bag properly again? AND shoes! Don't forget about the shoes for goodness sake! Wait, what? There are nine more holes after the first nine we already played! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! Take me straight to the 19th hole please. All this and having the skill to hit the little white ball with a stick? Trust me it

takes skill. Keep your head down, assume a good stance, turn your hips, or was that turn your shoulders? Don't look at where the ball goes, swing out and behind, blah blah blah blah blah. How am I supposed to remember all these details and still have a good time? My history with golf goes back to when I graduated high school and worked at a golf course and years later at a golf academy. Back then, when someone came in the pro shop asking for a sand wedge, I said, "Oh you can get one at the restaurant." And when asked to call golfers to the tee, I announced over the P.A. "The Jones Onesome can head over to the first tee," while everyone on the driving range broke out in laughter. Speaking to many first time female golfers, I have come to realize we share the same hesitation and frustration. There’s the fear of being reprimanded because we don't get it. Or we don't swing the club correctly, or the people we are with are starting to lose their patience. Honestly, swinging and missing isn't a pretty sight, and it can be very frustrating. So what do most women do? We give up. After a few bad experiences we just say forget it. Of course that's not a good attitude, but it’s so much better than the frustration that comes with trying and failing.

My game was equally embarrassing, but I wasn’t laughing. A few years later I purchased a brand new set of Nike clubs and bag, a Nike outfit and Nike golf shoes. Boy did I look the part! I headed down to the driving range from my car and actually look like I knew what I am doing. HA! I put the golf ball down and took a swing. Wow that felt good! Except for the fact that the ball remained in the same spot and I am turned 180 degrees in the other direction. Embarrassed... Ok, I tried again. This time I decide if I swing harder it would work.... A Swing and a Miss!!! Really? This sucks. So years pass and I still continue to dread going out on the golf course. I cringe when asked to play and stress until it is all over or I’ve had enough to drink to the point that it really didn’t matter. Why has it been so difficult for me over the years? Why did I develop this dislike but HAVE TO PLAY attitude. Until I worked at the golf academy it hadn't made sense. But then it hit me. You wouldn't have a first time skier go to the peak of the mountain, get on a double black diamond run and say good luck, see you at the bottom. She can look the part, with the skis, the gloves, the whole gamut, but put her at the top of the mountain and she’s going to have a few issues to say the least. Of course heading to the first tee isn't

Book Review

What do Andy Roddick, Wayne Gretzky, and Michael Phelps have in common? GOLF!


his spring, Elisa Gaudet is offering sports fans all-access pass to their favorite stars. No matter if you’re into basketball, football, baseball, or swimming, Elisa Gaudet’s Two Good Rounds Superstars: Golf Stories from the World’s Greatest Athletes is the second book in the Two Good Rounds series. This book explores the very special connection between golf and professional athletes from around the world and various sports disciplines. These wellknown athletes give us an inside look at their attraction to golf and the fun, feelgood golf lifestyle. The book helps answer the questions posed to the athletes regarding how they got started playing golf; what their favorite course is; their best memories and


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golf shot; favorite charity golf events they play in or host; favorite drink; and much more. Elisa spoke with over fifty elite athletes from twenty sports, including: Wayne Gretzky, Michael Strahan, Michael Phelps, Tony Romo, Charles Barkley, Brandi Chastain, Kelly Slater, Mike Eruzione, Andy Roddick, and many more! They’re sharing life tips, golf tips, favorite courses, cherished golf memories, dream foursomes, and favorite drinks, to name a few. Athletes’ answer are often funny (Michael Strahan: “Golf is my handicap.”), always sincere (Charles Barkley: “Live your truth,”), and sometimes purely technical (Steve Waugh: “Slow your swing down and swing at 80

percent pace.”). Each athlete’s chosen charity is also featured. If you are interested in purchasing this book it is available at Amazon in hard cover for $13.78. D

as dramatic as being put on top of a mountain, but it can be just as terrifying. So what does one do as a first-time skier? Start slowly with an instructor and develop the skills on the bunny hill. Having everyone tell you how to get on and off the ski lift, how to turn, and all the other things you need to know to get down the mountain is overwhelming and wont help. Just as in skiing, most everyone who plays golf thinks they can teach golf. Not so. Before you even purchase the "right" set of clubs, before you even buy your first pair of golf shoes, you should seek out a professional and be analyzed. NO JOKE. I know this sounds like a huge undertaking and a pain. But trust me... it’s better to learn from a professional who has patience and complete knowledge of the game rather than 3 of your co-workers telling you all at once what to do? Having the confidence of going out there because you have learned proper form and technique makes a world of difference. Additionally most clubs purchased by golfers aren’t the correct fit for them. Peter Norwood, one of The PGA Pro Staff Instructors at The MetaGolf Academy located in Englewood, CO explains, “Most everyone is different in the way they swing the golf club; therefore each person has their own unique style.” Over the years I have come to learn that if you are engaging in the sport of golf, do it the right way. Get lessons from a PGA pro. It's worth the time and the money. But keep in mind that’s not enough. Like everything else, it takes patience, practice and time. And now I have developed more of a love/hate relationship for golf, like everyone else, rather than a hate/anxiety feeling. I feel more confident, I am more knowledgeable and I am not afraid to smack that little white ball any more. In fact, I still want to kill the ball, just as payback for all the years of embarrassment it has caused me. Speaking to several woman it seems that they are most interested in group lessons with other friends or woman. They find it to be less rigid, and more relaxing and enjoyable. Most courses have group lesson packages in additional to individual lessons so don’t hesitate calling a course near you. Take a lesson, learn the proper way to play before playing, get the anxiety out of the way, go play with confidence and enjoy the game of golf! D If you would like to contact Naze Nouri, email her at nazenouri@gmail.com.

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ust over six months after the September 2013 floods in Colorado, the popular mountain destination of Estes Park has almost fully recovered. The economy of the small community, known as the base camp for Rocky

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Famous for wildlife and outdoor recreation in the surrounding mountains, Estes Park welcomes more than two million travelers each year. In addition to the amazing mountain adventures, the town features breathtaking views, a robust downtown and picturesque golf courses to round out the area’s attractions. All of that was threatened by the floodwaters in September. “There was water covering the main street and gushing into some of the shops and restaurants along the popular river walk,” explained Brooke Burnham, Director of Communications for Visit Estes Park, the destination marketing organization. “We didn’t know what would be left, or in what condition, once the waters receded. Luckily, this ‘Mountain Strong’ community quickly triumphed through the challenges and rebuilt faster than anyone expected.” Many of the downtown shops were open within a couple of days and the destination very quickly reopened its “doors” to guests, who are a welcome sight to this tourism-based town. Both of the major highways leading into Estes Park from the east were severely damaged as well, however the Colorado Department of Transportation, with assistance from private contractors and the National Guard were able to open them in a matter of weeks, days ahead of schedule. The first weekend that the main roads were open travelers came from as far away as Europe to access the national park and show their support for the recovering community. By the holidays more than 90% of the town’s businesses had repaired

flood damage and reopened their doors. The two golf courses in town, Lake Estes 9 Hole Golf Course and the Estes Park 18 Hole Golf Course did sustain considerable damage from the flood. The Lake Estes 9 Hole Course became completely covered by the Big Thompson River during the event. Damage from silt and mud has been cleaned up and will be open for the coming season. The Estes Park 18 Hole Course lost most of the signature hole #17. Fish Creek completely redesigned the layout of the hole. Reconstruction began in March and completion expected in Early April. The new look and challenge of the hole will only add to what many visitors consider to be a great golf course. The Estes Park 18 Hole Course will soon be open and ready to accommodate tournaments, company golf outings, wedding groups and reunions. There is not a better mountain golf, player friendly, experience in the state than in Estes Park. Beautiful 360 degree Rocky Mountain vistas and various wildlife visitors make Estes Park Golf Courses a spectacular destination to swing the clubs. Estes Park has more recreation than hiking and golfing. With a marina, parks, and indoor swimming pool, the community has a something for everyone. The entire Estes Valley community is going to be ready to help visitors create new, unforgettable memories. “It’s easy to think of the quick recovery as a miracle,” Burnham said, “but the reality is that it’s the result of a lot of hard work done by determined residents and volunteers, that was fueled by the support of our guests.”


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The City of Estes Park. The tourism industry in Estes Park is almost entirely made up of small, locally-owned businesses, many of which have taken on new debt to fund their flood repairs. The owners and managers are looking forward to additional support this year from both new and return visitors, and are hopeful for the economic impact of the local tourism industry will once again be at full strength. “We know Estes park is a special place to millions of people,” said Burnham, “so we are optimistic that they will choose to return in 2014 to help our community’s economy rebuild and to celebrate our incredible recovery efforts.” Looking ahead, 2014 is positioned to be a year of rebirth for Estes Park, and will also bring new attractions and

events. The recovery celebration will give way to a celebration of a different sort in September, the Rocky Mountain National Park centennial. Festivities begin on September 4, 2014 and continue through September 4, 2015. Rocky Mountain National Park was legislated by Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on January 26th, 1915. With Estes Park’s recovery almost complete and exciting upcoming developments, there is a lot for this mountain town, and those traveling to Estes Park this year, to look forward to. For more information regarding the courses at Estes Park please visit www.golfestes.com or call 970-5868146. For more information regarding lodging, restaurants, things to do and events, please call 970-577-9900 or visit www.visitestespark.com. D


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15th Annual CNI Golf Classic to be Held at Bear Dance to Benefit Patients

This annual tournament raises funds and awareness for individuals facing neurological conditions.

n Monday, July 14th, Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) will hold the 15th Annual Golf Classic at the Golf Club at Bear Dance to support individuals facing neurological conditions such as stroke, brain and spinal tumor, head pain, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis and many others. The tournament will include: 18-hole four person scramble format, longest drive, closest to the pin, putting contest, breakfast, lunch, range balls, cart, optional mulligan’s and prizes. Last year’s tournament raised more than $40,000. Without fundraisers such as the CNI Golf Classic, CNI would not be able to offer a resource center for individuals facing neurological conditions. CNI’s tournament players are community partners, patients and golf enthusiasts. Each of them serves as an ambassador and storyteller for the organization. Since 1988, CNI has been providing re-


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search, patient services and education for individuals facing neurological conditions. CNI is the only nonprofit organization of its kind, offering patients easy access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care, support services, clinical trials, outpatient neurorehab, counseling and more. “Let’s go out there and have a blast raising money for people with neurological conditions. Bear Dance is the best public course in the state. I can’t think of a better

course to play for such a worthy cause.” – Betsy Mathies, Event Chair, Individual with Parkinson’s. Player registration is $250 and $1000 for a foursome. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are also available. For more details, please contact Gen Laca at 720974-4094 or glaca@thecni.org. About Colorado Neurological Institute Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI)

has been providing research, education and patient services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. As the only nonprofit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind, CNI offer patients easy access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care, support services, clinical trials, outpatient neuro-rehab, counseling and more. Learn more at www.thecni.org. D

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ith spring weather right around the corner it’s time to think about golf in the beautiful, Colorado high country. 2014 marks the 15th year for the Annual Grand Classic Golf Tournament. This tournament is a two-day event showcasing two extraordinary Grand County courses: Pole Creek Golf Club and Golf Granby Ranch. Ranked in the top 75 Best National Public Golf Courses, Pole Creek was just named Best Mountain Course and best Apres Course by Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine’s Caggy Awards. Golf Granby Ranch is tucked into a secluded Rocky Mountain valley with breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, and is also ranked as one of the Best Public Mountain Courses. This year’s event will be held Friday and Saturday, June 13th and 14th. Friday’s events include day one of tournament play with golfers split amongst the two courses, followed by dinner, a silent auction and live music at the Base Lodge at Granby Ranch.


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Saturday’s activities include day two of tournament play (golfers switch courses from the previous day), followed by a put-

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ting contest, cocktail party and awards ceremony at Pole Creek. Tournament format at both courses will be a two-person best

ball of foursome. The Grand Foundation and the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District are proud to be the host agencies of the Grand Classic and raising funds for Grand County. Since 1996, the Grand Foundation has granted over $5.6 million to over150 Grand County charitable and service club organizations. These organizations provide programs and/or services in the areas of Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Education, Amateur Sports and the Environment. The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District provides recreational activities and facilities that contribute to a higher quality of life in the Fraser Valley. This event specifically raises funds for their youth programs. For more information or to register for the Grand Classic Golf Tournament, please contact Sam at the Grand Foundation by calling 970.887.3111 or email Sam at sam@grandfoundation.com. D


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