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Play More Golf with DIVOT Magazine and Denver Golf Expo By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributing Writer

For many golfers, 2018 marks the year of New Year’s golf-themed resolutions. Whether yours is to get more golf fit, play more courses or more often, improve your swing, take a few strokes off your score, or all of these, the partnership of Divot Magazine and Denver Golf Expo kick starts the season each year.

Step into the perfect setting and place to inspire golfers in February: the annual Denver Golf Expo, the Rocky Mountain’s largest golf expo. This year’s dates are February 9-11 at the Denver Mart.

Each year the DGE attracts more than 12,000 attendees, exhibitors and vendors who are passionate about the game of golf and brings everyone together under one roof for an action-packed, 3-day weekend.

“We want to encourage golfers to be healthier, visit local courses, experience more golf in Colorado and beyond, improve their game, and simply get out and golf,” says Mark Cramer, President of the Denver Golf Expo. “All that and more can happen when attending the Denver Golf Expo.” Here is just a sampling of the golfthemed opportunities at the 2018 Denver

Golf Expo: • Take a new 2018 club for a swing at Demo Days direct from PGA show, thanks to Lenny’s Golf. (Be sure to take advantage of Lenny’s offer of free club fitting at their store!) • Meet professionals from the PGA, Colorado Golf Association, the Junior Golf Alliance, and the Colorado Women’s Golf Association. • During the 3-day expo, attend one of nearly a dozen free seminars, ranging in topics from swing biomechanics to putting. • Improve your game at the expo by taking a free golf lesson courtesy of the Co. Section of PGA.

• Stop by over 120 exhibitors booths, including dozens of local golf courses – many offering show-only discounted golf packages. • Meet (and get to know) your local PGA professionals from those courses. • Plan your next golf vacation. • Purchase exclusive show-only deals on equipment, golf vacations, apparel and more.

And that’s not all! Included with your admission, attendees also receive: • Golf Digest subscription. • Free parking • Fore Golf Program: golf 2-for-1’s and discounts at South Suburban Parks &

Recreation • Enter to win GRAND PRIZE a trip for 4 to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort!

The Denver Golf Expo is also the perfect place to bring your golfing buddies. And with all this under one roof, golfers might just feel a little less remorse that it’s still winter and get inspired to get golfing at the first sign of spring.

Save the date for the 2018 Denver Golf Expo, Friday – Sunday, February 9-11. For more information, go to DenverGolfExpo.com, where you can also purchase tickets in advance. D

Get Golfing! Purchase 2018 Denver Golf Expo Tickets By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributing Writer

Purchase online.

Is your New Year’s Resolution to Get Golfing? Or perhaps it’s to golf more? Or work on your golf game more in 2018? If golf is in your plans for 2018, then you must make plans to attend the 2018 Denver Golf Expo at the Denver Mart, February 9-11. Here’s how.

No need to leave home. Point your mouse to DenverGolfExpo.com and purchase your ticket(s) with the click of the mouse. Print your tickets and be sure to bring them with you to show at the Expo door. And then you’re off to get inspired to Get Golfing and enjoy the everything-golfunder-one-roof at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

Pre-Purchase Tickets

Groceries and Golf.

It’s back! Easy-to-buy, purchase-in-advance convenience! Value your time? Skip the lines and pre-purchase your Denver Golf Expo online or via Ticket West at King Soopers (details below).

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You’ve got to eat, right? Pick up your groceries at King Soopers, and simply stop by the courtesy counter to purchase your Expo admission through Ticket West until February 9.

Purchase at the Door.

For those who prefer to purchase tickets at the door, we recommend arriving early to purchase your ticket and take advantage of the full day of golf themed experiences.

Where:

The Denver Mart Plaza Hall 451 E 58th Ave., Denver, CO 80216

Dates & Hours:

Friday, Feb 9 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb 10 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb 11 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission Per Day*:

Adults: $13.00 Seniors (50+) $11.00

Veterans and Military $11.00 Kids 16 and under $3.00 *FREE PARKING included with your ticket purchase*

For more information:

DenverGolfExpo.com


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Denver Golf Expo Parking Tips at the Denver Mart By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributing Writer

Parking is still free!

Or another way to look at it is your parking is INCLUDED with your admission ticket. Makes that ticket price seem a lot more reasonable doesn’t it? Since 2013, Denver Golf Expo made the decision to buy out the parking for the DGE attendees which saves you $5 but costs us $8,000 a year. Some people complain about the cost to get in but we only raised the admission price by $1. Unfortunately we also get complaints about how far some people have to walk to the front door. With more than 12,000 attendees descending on the Denver Mart, finding a park spot sometimes can become difficult.

• Most of all, enjoy the Golf Expo. It is meant to be fun and to help you save some money on your golf for the year which should bring a smile to the grinchiest of grinches! D

Consider these 5 tips to Stress-free Parking: • If you’re lucky enough to snag a space right up front, be thankful. If, however, your parking spot is tucked away in the corners, consider it as “the walking distance to your ball after a pretty average drive on a long par 3” because that is about how far it will be to the front door. No more. • Saturday morning is the busiest day in the morning. Consider attending on Friday or Sunday or after noon on any of the 3 days of the Expo. • Plan to arrive sometime other than first thing in the morning especially on Saturday. • Use the East lot across Washington Street and take the free shuttle to the front door. • Carpool if possible. Bring a friend – golfing is more fun with a four-some and so is the Expo!

Play More Golf with the Fore Golf Program, courtesy of South Suburban By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributing Writer

Denver metro golfers don’t have to travel far to discover golf-worthy courses in Colorado, including those within the South Suburban Parks & Recreation Golf Courses family. A Denver Golf Expo staple, South Suburban Parks & Recreation Golf Courses return to the 2018 Expo, with its free Fore Golf Program to inspire golfers to get out and play.

Bill Ramsey, Director of Golf at South Suburban Parks & Recreation says, “Our goal with this package is to encourage attendees of the Expo to get out and play more golf. Our four courses are different with varying design and difficulty. We have a course that will appeal to all ages and levels of golfers. We are offering, free to all attendees for taking the survey inside the entrance, our Fore Golf Program, featuring a free round of golf at Family Sports and 2 for 1 at any of our other courses”.

Littleton Golf

South Suburban Golf Course

Family Sports

Lone Tree Golf Tips to Get going in Golf According to Bill Ramsey, who has taught thousands of lessons to players of all abilities, “One of the most critical components of learning the game is frequency.” Ramsey also offers these additional golf tips: • Contact a local PGA professional – and the Expo is a good opportunity to meet one at a course near

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you, including the golf pros and staff at SSPR. Stop by their booth! Take a series of lessons and spread them out over the golf season. Learn to use your body and big muscles; more than your hands and arms. Proper use of larger muscles gives golfer more solid contact with the ball. A local PGA professional is the perfect partner to work on your golf swing. Don’t underestimate the value of the short game. The short game helps you become a better golfer and lower your handicap. Learn the correct fundamentals and then practice. And practice more. No time for 18 holes? Play 9. No time for 9 holes? Go to the driving range. Go to the driving range frequently.

More about golf at South Suburban Parks & Recreation: All SSPR courses are affordable and accessible to everyone – whether new to the game or a scratch golfer. The four courses are the Lone Tree Golf Club, Littleton Golf Club, South Suburban Golf Course, and the Family Sports Golf Course. For more details on South Suburban Parks & Recreation, log on to www.sspr.org or www.golflonetree.com D DIVOTMagazine.com l Expo Issue 2018

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First Tee Denver: Inspiring Kids to Golf By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributing Writer

If you’re reading this, statistics* show you’re likely one of the nearly 26 million people in the United States who played golf within the last 12 months. Your average annual income was $95,000. The largest percentage of U.S. golfers are married, mostly men (estimated 77.5% male versus 22.5% female) with an average age of 54.

But golf is catching on with kids. Thanks to programs like First Tee of Denver, the Mile High City's local chapter, and the second largest chapter in the nation, more children are getting in on the game. In 2010, national statistics* show 2.5 million junior players between the ages of 6 and 17. According to Nick Johnson, Director of Programming at First Tee of Denver, “We worked with 6,500 kids in 2017 who visited a golf course 4-6 times. We take kids from all walks of life and introduce them to

the game of golf. A golf course is a great place for kids to learn valuable life lessons. Young people who participate in The First Tee program are introduced to Nine Core Values that represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf – and parents are encouraged to reinforce these behaviors.”

First Tee Denver currently offers kids opportunities to play on 18 golf courses in Denver and across Front Range. Courses open to these kids are located as far south as Highlands Ranch Golf Club and north at Fairways at the Stables in Superior – and even on the western slope at the Cedaredge Golf Course.

Witness that inspiration at the Denver Golf Expo when First Tee Denver invites kids of all ages to stop by their set up at the Pitching Lesson and Contest area. Parents bring your kids. Ask questions about their program and how it works.

Then take the challenge as First Tee is sponsoring a pitching contest (for all ages). In addition, kids are invited to put their short game to the test on the putting green and participate in the chipping contest. There

will be one winner per day.

Want to know more about First Tee Denver? Go to: www.thefirstteedenver.org D

Plan your Next Golf Outing or Golf Vacation at the Denver Golf Expo By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributing Writer

It’s winter in Colorado, and while some of your best buddies are bragging about their latest skiing and snowboarding adventures, you’re yearning to swing a club on the golf course. What better time to plan your next Colorado golf outing or golf vacation than in February? And where can you find dozens of Colorado golf courses and golf vacation ideas under one roof? Just one place: the Denver Golf Expo from February 9-11, 2018.

You live here. You already know that Colorado offers some of the most incredibly scenic and challenging golf courses in the United States – and arguably the world. The diverse geography and stunning backdrops puts a Colorado golf vacation package on the top of every golfer’s wish list. Whether swinging your club with a gorgeous mountain view in the background or strategizing your next shot on a challenging links course, golf just doesn’t get any better than this.

That’s why Denver Golf Expo should be your go-to plan for your next golf outing. Simply show up and start walking the aisles, stopping at exhibitor booths and gathering travel ideas. To help you harness

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that inspiration read on for more motivation to attend the Expo and visit these exhibitors representing golf courses in Colorado and beyond.

For Denver metro golfers, we can choose from literally dozens of neighborhood courses and others just a short drive away. At the Expo, stop by and say hello – or meet – your PGA professionals from local golf courses. Take advantage of show only discounts on golf rounds.

Start planning your next golf lesson, outing or vacation and stop by these golf course booths during the Expo. Arvada: Westwoods & Lake Arbor Golf Courses Aurora: City of Aurora Golf courses, Golf Club at Heather Ridge, Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club Broomfield: Broadland Golf Course, Eagle Trace Golf Club, Greenway Park Golf Course Centennial: South Suburban Golf Course, Family Sports Center Commerce City: Buffalo Run Golf Course Denver: Green Valley Ranch Golf Club City of Lakewood: Homestead Golf Course, Fox Hollow Golf Course

Denver Metro:

Golden: Applewood Golf Course (Touchstone Golf) Littleton: Deer Creek Golf Club (Touchstone Golf), Littleton Golf Course, Raccoon Creek Golf Course Lone Tree: Lone Tree Golf Course Louisville: Coal Creek Golf Course Westminster: Legacy Ridge Golf Course, Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, The Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills

Front Range, Western Slope and Mountains of Colorado:

Eastern Colorado: Coyote Creek Golf Course, Fort Lupton Northern: Loveland Olde Course, Marianna Butte Golf Course, The Golf Club At Fox Acres, Red Feather Lakes Southern Colorado: Golf Club at Bear Dance, Larkspur; and Kings Deer Golf Club, Monument Western Slope Colorado: Gypsum Creek Golf Course and Visit Grand Junction golf courses. Estes Park: Estes Park Golf Course Glenwood Springs: Ironbridge Golf Club Granby & Grand Lake: Grand Links: Granby Ranch, Grand Elk Ranch and Golf Club, Pole Creek Golf Course, and Grand Lake Golf Course.

Mountains of Colorado:

Keystone: Keystone Resort Golf Club New Castle: Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club Silverthorne: Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks

And even better, the Mile High City is a road trip or quick flight away from many popular golf destinations. Be sure to stop and get inspired by these golf destinations. Arizona: Sun City West Kansas: Finney County CVB, Garden City Mexico: Estrella Del Mar Nebraska: Golf the West Golf Tour, Links of Nebraska Nevada: Golf Mesquite Nevada, Golf Summerlin, Las Vegas National Golf Club, Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Tropicana Laughlin Ranch New Mexico: Golf on the Santa Fe Trail Oregon: Pronghorn Resort/Oregon Golf & Travel Guide, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Utah: Red Rock Golf Trail, St. George

Outside Colorado:

Now that we’ve got your attention. Where will you choose for your next golf outing or vacation? Save the date to attend the Denver Golf Expo, February 9-11, 2018 to start planning! D


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Grand Prize: Bandon Dunes Golf Getaway for 4 ($6,000 Value) By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributing Writer

Links courses give an Old World feel to your golf game, and in North America, Bandon Dunes Golf in Oregon is the place you want to land for just such an experience. At the 2018 Denver Golf Expo, one lucky winner and three of their best friends will get that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity*!

Located just under three hours from Eugene, head west and then south, and be prepared for a scenic Highway 101 drive. Non-golfers may not have heard of Bandon Dunes, but seasoned duffers likely have this seaside town and its four world renowned courses on their golf bucket list.

With a reputation as one of the greatest golf resorts in the world, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort opened its first course in 1999, Bandon Dunes, perched on a bluff high above the Pacific Ocean. The 18hole additions of Pacific Dunes (2001), Bandon Trails (2005), and Old MacDonald (2010), as well as the unique 13-hole Par-3 course, Bandon Preserve (2012), provides the perfect destination for any golf enthusiast with that passion for adventure.

What makes Bandon Dunes so special is that these are all links courses, joining the club of only a few authentic links courses in North America. These courses are consistently rated as top golf courses in the U.S. and world by several golf publications. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has developed into the “No. 1 Golf Resort in North America” according to Golf Digest with all four public 18-hole courses ranked in the top 15 within the U.S.

But wait! There’s more. Accommodations range from single rooms overlooking the 18th hole of Bandon Dunes to 4-bedroom Grove cottages tucked away in the coastal evergreen forest. Six awardwinning restaurants provide a diverse experience for your palate.

Did we mention that one lucky Denver Golf Expo attendee **will win this Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Getaway* for 4 people? This amazing golf getaway includes a 3 night stay in the Chrome Lodge, 12 rounds of links golf on any of Bandon’s 5 courses. Retail value $6,000

What else do you need for your next golf adventure?

Bandon Dunes Preserve - Hole 5 By Wood Sabold For more information: www.BandonDunesGolf.com Toll Free: 888.345.6008 Local: 541.347.4380

* All trips are good for Sunday arrival and Wednesday departure only, based on resort’s availability. Airfare and other incidental charges are not in-

cluded. Expires 10/1/18

**You must fill out the survey in front lobby to be entered into the drawing. D

2018 Seminars At A Glance Friday, Feb. 9

Saturday, Feb. 10

Sunday, Feb. 11

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Using Biomechanics to Save Your Back Doug Wherry, Director

Planning to Play Better Golf Tim Fuhrer, PGA

The Importance of Colorado in American Golf Jon Rizzi, Editor,

Jake’s Academy

GOLFTEC Park Meadows

Colorado AvidGolfer

Kaye Kessler, Member Colorado Golf Hall of Fame

12-12:30 p.m.

12-12:30 p.m.

12-12:30 p.m.

Understanding the Truth of “Steep and Shallow” Jason Witczak, Director of Instruction

The Most Effective Golf Learning Strategies Chad Miller, PGA, Director of Instruction

Path to Competitive Excellence for Juniors Doug Wherry, PGA

GOLFTEC Chapel Hills

Jake’s Academy

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1-1:30 p.m.

The Importance of Colorado in American Golf Jon Rizzi, Editor,

Use Your Legs for Power Nathan Morris, PGA, Director of Instruction

Colorado AvidGolfer

GOLFTEC Westminster

Lower Your Score with the Rules of Golf Robert Duke, Director of Rules and Competitions

The Club at Pradera and The Pinery Country Club

Kaye Kessler, Member

Colorado Golf Association

Colorado Golf Hall of Fame

2-2:30 p.m.

2-2:30 p.m.

2-2:30 p.m.

Improve Your Putting Casey A. Schiel, PGA

Club Fitters’ Secrets GOLFTEC Fitters Panel

Improve Your Putting Casey A. Schiel, PGA

Eye Putt Pro

GOLFTEC

Eye Putt Pro

3-3:30 p.m. What’s REALLY Wrong With Your Game! Lessons from an LPGA Tour Champion Lauren Howe, LPGA Tour Member Legends Tour Member, LPGA T&CP Member, Award Winning Golf Instructor

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Friday, Feb. 9 11:00 -11:30 am

Using Biomechanics to Save Your Back

Doug Wherry Director, Jake's Academy

Synopsis: Golf should not hurt you. Unfortunately many of the things golfers do to create power and accuracy are harmful to the back. We will show you how to create power and accuracy without the pain. Bio: Doug has been at the forefront of training golf for the past two decades. His innovative approach and dedication to simplifying golf's complexities has helped him to produce some of the finest golf talent in the U.S. His competitive junior players have earned the highest playing honors and many have moved on to competitive ranks in collegiate and professional golf.

Friday, Feb. 9 12:00-12:30 pm

Understanding the Truth of "Steep and Shallow"

Jason Witczak Director of Instruction The Club at Pradera and The Pinery Country Club

Synopsis: Explaining how steep and shallow can help anyone if done properly in their own swings. Will visually use some training aids that clearly help the audience see the importance of consistent travel of the club path. Bio: Jason Witczak is a PGA Class A Professional instructor and Director of Instruction at The Club at Pradera and Pinery Country Club, who specializes in kinesiology and proper setup, honed his playing and teaching skills under the watchful eye of the great Manuel de la Torre who was his instructor in his home state of Wisconsin. Jason is best known for increasing distance with proper training, regardless of physical ability. Jason enjoys teaching all levels of players, from PGA players, to developing student athletes and all golf enthusiasts in between. Jason's previous work has encompassed developing, instructing and managing John Jacobs Golf Schools junior summer camps at Orange Tree Golf Resort, where he coached a record 170 students per summer. His coaching and mentorship has been invaluable in matching aspiring young players with collegiate institutions that will further develop their growth. Most recently, Jason qualified for the prestigious 2012 National Club Professional Championship. Not only has he been successful on the golf course teaching golfers of all ages how to improve their game, he is also a former NFL football player. Jason and his lovely wife Jaime are parents of three young boys and Jason devotes much of his free time coaching his sons' hockey and baseball teams.

Friday, Feb. 9 1:00-1:30 pm

The Importance of Colorado in American Golf

Jon Rizzi Editor, Colorado AvidGolfer

Kaye Kessler Member Colorado Golf Hall of Fame

Synopsis: Colorado AvidGolfer editor Jon Rizzi, in an interview with Kaye Kessler (and perhaps some other

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2018 Seminar Schedule Colorado Golf Hall of Fame members), will enlighten attendees on the significance of Colorado and Coloradans in the shaping of the American golf. Anecdotes and rare photos will accompany the presentation. Bio: An inductee and executive board member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, journalist Kaye Kessler has covered more than 55 Masters and more than 125 major championships. The longtime Columbus sportswriter covered Jack Nicklaus when the Golden Bear was just a cub. Kessler moved to Colorado in 1985 to become the media relations director for the International at Castle Pines. He was the player liaison for the 21 years of the tournament’s run.

Friday, Feb. 9

2:00-2:30 pm

Improve Your Putting

Casey A. Shiel PGA, Eye Putt Pro

Synopsis: Learning a professional and consistent putting posture is essential to improving your game. Learn and maintain repeatable and confident muscle memory 5 minutes before your tee time or in the home office. Bio: Casey is a PGA Certified Player Development Golf Professional. Inventor of the Eye Putt Pro training aid, he has spent his passionate golf career creating golf programs and products for individuals to improve their game.

Saturday, Feb. 10

11:00 -11:30 am Planning to Play Better Golf

Tim Fuhrer PGA, GOLFTEC Park Meadows

Synopsis: Discover the process of game improvement from goal setting, game planning and instruction. Learn best practices to lower your scores faster.

Bio: Tim Fuhrer, PGA, has 19 years of golf instruction experience and has taught more than 10,700 lessons during his 8-year career with GOLFTEC. Tim has been a PGA Member for 11 years and is currently the Director of Instruction at GOLFTEC Park Meadows.

Saturday, Feb. 10

12:00-12:30 pm

The Most Effective Golf Learning Strategies

Chad Miller PGA, Director of Instruction GOLFTEC Chapel Hills

Synopsis: Do you know the difference between skills and techniques within your golf game> During this seminar you'll learn the best methods to engrain new motor skills and how to mentally approach the challenge of making new swing changes. Bio: Chad Miller, PGA, is the director of instruction at GOLFTEC Chapel Hills in Colorado Springs.

Saturday, Feb. 10

1:00-1:30 pm

Use Your Legs for Power

Nathan Morris PGA, Director of Instruction GOLFTEC Westminster

Synopsis: GOLFTEC's SwingTRU Motion Study- golf instruction's first big data study of the swing- shows how better players generate powerd from their lower body and how amateurs do the opposite. This seminar will provide a fact-based approach to help you unlock speed and distance. Bio: Nathan Morris, PGA, is the director of instruction at GOLFTEC Westminster.

Saturday, Feb. 10

2:00-2:30 pm

Club Fitters' Secrets GOLFTEC Fitters Panel

Synopsis: Colorado AvidGolfer editor Jon Rizzi, in an interview with Kaye Kessler (and perhaps some other Colorado Golf Hall of Fame members), will enlighten attendees on the significance of Colorado and Coloradans in the shaping of the American golf. Anecdotes and rare photos will accompany the presentation. Bio: An inductee and executive board member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, journalist Kaye Kessler has covered more than 55 Masters and more than 125 major championships. The longtime Columbus sportswriter covered Jack Nicklaus when the Golden Bear was just a cub. Kessler moved to Colorado in 1985 to become the media relations director for the International at Castle Pines. He was the player liaison for the 21 years of the tournament’s run.

Sunday, Feb. 11

12:00-12:30 pm

Path to Competitive Excellence for Juniors

Doug Wherry PGA, Jake's Academy

GOLFTEC GolfTec Fitters Panel

Synopsis: COMPETITIVE JUNIORS PAY ATTENTION: Getting to be a successful competitive golfer takes attention to detail and focus. Learn what things are important and what are not to be a top level player. Bio: Doug has been at the forefront of training golf for the past two decades. His innovative approach and dedication to simplifying golf's complexities has helped him to produce some of the finest golf talent in the U.S. His competitive junior players have earned the highest playing honors and many have moved on to competitive ranks in collegiate and professional golf.

Saturday, Feb 10

1:00-1:30 pm

Synopsis: Hear from three expert club fitters-GOLFTEC's Corey Butler, Toby Archuleta and Chris Parlett-- on the vital aspects of the club fitting experience. Don't miss this deeper dive into what a tour-level fitting should truly look like. Panel moderated by Ty Walker, Director of Instruction at GOLFTEC DTC and regional manager of GOLFTEC Colorado. Bio: Corey Butler is the director of instruction and lead club fitter at GOLFTEC Lakewood. Toby Archuleta is the director of club fitting at GOLFTEC DTC. Chris Parlett is the director of club fitting at GOLFTEC Cherry Creek.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

What’s REALLY Wrong With Your Game! - Lessons from an LPGA Tour Champion

Lauren Howe LPGA Tour Member, Legends Tour Member, LPGA T&CP Member, Award Winning Golf Instructor

Synopsis: Lauren will be speaking about differentiating the two major parts of the “Inner Game” - The “Feeling Game” and The “Thinking Game”. She will be talking about the different aspects of each and a simple process that activates both so they work together to help you reach your highest potential! Bio: Lauren is a 13 year LPGA Tour Veteran, LPGA Tour Winner, 2 time - Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Player of the Year, Colorado Golf Hall of Fame - Person of the Year. Award winning golf instructor. Avid Golfer Magazine - Colorado's Best Instructor for Women. Neuro-Associative Conditioning Certified Specialist.

Sunday, Feb. 11

11:00 -11:30 am

The Importance of Colorado in American Golf

Jon Rizzi Editor, Colorado AvidGolfer

Kaye Kessler Member Colorado Golf Hall of Fame

Sunday, Feb. 11 Lower Your Score with the Rules of Golf

Robert Duke Director of Rules and Competitions Colorado Golf Association

Synopsis: Learn to lower your score simply by understanding the Rules of Golf. Also, come for a sneak preview of 2019 Rules changes. Bio: Robert Duke is the Director of Rules and Competitions for the Colorado Golf Association. He is also a presenter at the CGA's 2-day Rules of Golf workshop at the Denver Golf Expo.

Sunday, Feb. 11

2:00-2:30 pm

Improve Your Putting

Casey A. Shiel PGA, Eye Putt Pro

Synopsis: Learning a professional and consistent putting posture is essential to improving your game. Learn and maintain repeatable and confident muscle memory 5 minutes before your tee time or in the home office. Bio: Casey is a PGA Certified Player Development Golf Professional. Inventor of the Eye Putt Pro training aid, he has spent his passionate golf career creating golf programs and products for individuals to improve their game.


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2018 DENVER GOLF EXPO EXHIBITOR LIST AND FLOOR PLAN ( As of January 10, 2018 ) 2018 GOLF EXHIBITORS Booths Only Exhibitor Booth # 104.3 The Fan 1212 2018 U.S. Senior Open 347 5280 Cryo Recovery Clinic 214 American Singles Golf Association (ASGA) 1218 Applewood Golf Course 322-324 Aqua Golf 215 Arcanum Sports Performance 218 Aurora Hills Golf Course 248 Barefoot Wine & Bubbly 523 Bayside Realty/ Links of Nebraska 538 Bel Cappelli Hat Company 626 Bella Rosa Golf Course 537 BGV Marketing/ Peak 8/Best of Breckenridge 543 Bing Beverage Company 424 Birdie Ball 144 Bluegreen Vacations 315 Broadlands Golf Course 343A Corner Buffalo Run Golf Course 326 Bump & Run Apparel 525 Caddy Slacks Golf, LLC 220 CaddyDaddy 229 Callaway Golf Driving Range Cattails Golf Course 321 Celestolite/Mademoiselle Boutique 531 Celtic Broker Inc. 1202 Centre Hills Golf Course 248 Champion Windows, Sunrooms & Home Exteriors 222 Charter Financial Resources 349 City of Arvada - Westwoods & Lake Arbor Golf Courses 414 City of Aurora Golf 248 City of Lakewood / Fox Hollow & Homestead Golf Courses 333 Cleveland/Srixon Golf Driving Range Coal Creek Golf Course 438 Cobra Golf Driving Range Colorado AvidGolfer 146 Colorado Golf Association 1215 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame 1214 Costco Wholesale 520 CO-WY Optimists Junior Golf Program 1210 Coyote Creek Golf Course 418 Coyote Springs Golf Club 348 Creative Motivation 539

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Columbine Country Unveils New Clubhouse Columbine Country Club unveiled the brand new $25 million clubhouse to members in October 28, 2017.

After two years the $25 million, 60,000 square foot clubhouse opened its doors and welcomed guests on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The project consisted of a complete scrape and rebuild of the club’s clubhouse and pool facility. The new clubhouse was designed by renowned architects Marsh & Associates, Inc. and built by local, award-winning contractor, Hyder, Inc. The new clubhouse includes more family activity space, indoor golf simulators, luxurious locker rooms, a state of the art fitness/wellness center along with dramatic outdoor seating with fire pits and lawn space for about 200.

The focus on amenities at Columbine didn’t stop at the clubhouse. Memorial Day weekend 2016, the completely-renovated tennis and pool facility opened with a dramatic facelift. Improvements included locker rooms, additions of outside covered lounge areas, a dining pavilion, a new bar and restau-

rant, and expanded family sports offerings. “The finishes represent us at the same level as the golf course, which is a nationally renowned golf course home to multiple tour events,” General Manager Michael Brachter explained. “When you have that caliber of golf, you really need to step up and deliver a world-class product.”

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If you look good, you play better Birdie Babe Golf was started in 2011 by Jill Beyer when she couldn’t find cute women’s golf equipment to stock their pro shop. The Beyers own a small executive golf course and wanted to encourage women to play. When she started researching, the more she realized there was not a lot of girly golf bags available, and the few available were big, heavy, old-fashioned cart bags, and often very expensive. Or they were just a guys version with a little pink thrown in.

Having witnessed through the girl’s golf team that practices at their course, and local women’s leagues, girls and women seem more engaged in the game if they have fun stuff to wear and use and like when playing with their friends. Women are the future of growing the game, and Birdie Babe thinks it is especially important to encourage girls and women to play and have fun.

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stand bag rolled into one, with lots of pockets and a large insulated cooler. The bags also have a stand, which is handy for those who aren’t lucky enough to live on a golf course and have to lug their bags around. Nothing worse than pulling your bag out of the car and setting it down and having it fall over and damage your expensive clubs. For those who want a more traditional bag (though nothing is “traditional” about Birdie Babe golf bags), they have the new cart bag that also weighs just 5 pounds, with 14 full length dividers, lots of pockets for all your necessities, and even a cooler pocket for your “birdie juice”.

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How often have you played a round with no expectations, no goals, just an intention of enjoying yourself? I can think of a handful. What is it about the first round of the season that often feels like the best? You walk away with this idea of it can only get better from here. You raise the bar, the goals and more importantly your expectations of what the season “should” look like.

What is it about expectations that often times set us up for failure? The definition is a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future. The key word here is future. We set ourselves up for disappointment, in a sense by stepping into the future. Expectations, to a certain degree motivate us, however half way through a round we start to lose motivation because our round is not necessarily going as “planned”. Once this happens we start to get frustrated and enter that space of negativity and self-doubt.

Intention is a different way to approach the game, however it is challenging. When intention is our mode of operation, during a round, we give up the idea that our past dictates our future. Let’s go back to the first round of the season. We aren’t in a place of looking at the past or future rounds because it hasn’t happened, we are in the present.

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The idea is we haven’t had an opportunity to play enough to compare to another round. Why then do we set expectations and raise the bar as we play more? Why can’t we be more present or intentional each round?

Golf is not a game of perfect, as Bob Rotella would tell you, and no round is ever the same. Why then do we put these expectations on ourselves to play or perform the same all the time? Because the industry itself, I believe, has set us up for disappointment. We read all these articles on quick fixes, tips, new equipment and watch these professionals play exceptional golf and think we “should” be able to do so as well. We place unrealistic expectations on ourselves rather than placing importance on being present and doing the best you can, in the moment with what you have. In other words, when we play with intention, commitment and purpose one shot at a time it keeps us from thinking too much into the future.

Intentional golf is a mode of operation that can teach us to live and play more in the present. The beautiful thing about golf is that every shot, every hole and every swing you get the opportunity to start fresh. Letting go of what happened prior and letting go of what could happen in the future. The lesson in all of this is golf is the one sport that allows us to practice being present for several hours at a time. What a gift golf can be in our lives, but it is up to us to see this gift of presence, when we do, that is when the round of a lifetime happens. D

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There’s no reason to winterize your golf game

THE LEDGES GOLF CLUB h, the wintertime in Colorado! We all love our Denver winters: fresh fallen snow, hitting the ski slopes, terrible traffic on I-25. Okay, maybe we don’t love all aspects of winter here in Denver. The truth is, as soon as the white stuff starts to fall some of us start counting down the days till we can hit the greens again.

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Well there’s no reason to winterize your golf game in Denver. In just an hour and 40 minutes you can be in one of the most spectacular year-round desert golf destinations, St. George, Utah. You’ve probably heard about the amazing courses there like Sand Hollow and the Troon property, Entrada. What you may not have heard is that daily direct flights from DEN to SGU make getting there a cinch. Just a short aeronautical hop, skip and a jump over the Rockies, puts you in a palm tree desert golf oasis, any time of the year.

10 courses in a 10-mile radius make St. George an ideal place for golf groups and weekend getaways. Who wants to leave the hustle and bustle of the Denver Metro area just to sit in more traffic trying to get to a golf course? In St. George, all the courses are within a 15-minute drive. No more traffic, no more pollution, just blue skies, sunshine and open fairways. Sounds pretty good right about now, huh?

The other thing most Coloradans don’t know is how amazingly affordable St. George Golf is. At most desert golf destinations you expect to pay upwards of $250 for the premier course in the area. Sand Hollow, Entrada, Coral Canyon are about half that, even in peak season. The Red Rock Golf Trail is an extremely helpful service provided by the local tourism office to help interested golfers get the inside

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scoop on which courses to play and how to get some great deals on Stay & Play packages. They’ve got top quality hotels as well as condos and vacation rentals right on the course. So whether you’re looking for the 5-star treatment at Entrada, or the quick low-cost weekend getaway, they’ve got you covered.

Don’t be fooled by the affordable green fees. As golfers we often shop golf courses like we shop hotels. You might search for a room between $50-$150. No one really wants the $50 room because you know exactly what you get for that. You scroll past to the properties around $100 because you’re more confident that your overall experience will be worth it. The same is true of selecting courses when you travel to play golf. A $50 golf course must not be worth playing otherwise they’d charge more. On the Red Rock Golf Trail that just doesn’t hold true. You can get on some of the most scenic and well-maintained courses for

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around $65: courses with elevated tees, fun green complexes and incredible scenery with red rock features literally built into every course. I mean seriously, just look at the pictures.

So whether you’re shooting around a boulder at Dixie Red Hills, across a red rock canyon at Green Spring, or along the cliffs edge of Sand Hollow, you’ll be left with an unforgettable experience that will leave you dreaming about Red Rock Golf for the rest of the year.

Besides tremendous golf, the St. George area is packed with outdoor adventure to keep your golf group happy after you finish the morning round. Zion National Park is only a 40-minute drive and is one of the nation’s top five most popular parks. If you haven’t been, definitely plan an extra day to experience it up close. I often tell golfers planning to come to St. George to make sure to pack their golf shoes and their hik-

ing shoes. You’ll need them both. Sorry, no golf carts on the hiking trails.

Or double up your interests and hit some of the world-renowned mountain biking trails in the area. Really, the tracks are so nice that many mountain biking events make their home in St. George. Even the ultimate event in mountain biking, the Red Bull Rampage attracts top pros from around the world to shred some incredible tracks and cut new lines, pushing the limits of mountain biking. Gooseberry Mesa, the Jem Trail, Bearclaw Poppy and Holy Guacamole are just a few to start with.

Don’t be confused, the red rocks of West Denver are one of our favorite features in the state, but it’s hard to compare to the year-round ongoing grandeur of St. George, Utah and the Red Rock Golf Trail. So when you’re tired of the snow, just remember the only “white stuff” flying in St. George, are golf balls down the fairway. D


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