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February 11-13 Denver Merchandise Mart Included in Your Admission: • FREE admission and Colorado Junior Golf Experience for ages 16 and under. • Incredible savings on discounted golf apparel and equipment. • Test the latest 2011 model clubs clubs at at Lenny’s Lenny’s model Golf Club Demo area. •• Free Free swing swing lessons lessons and and informative informative seminars seminars by by the the Colorado Colorado PGA. PGA. •• Free Free golf golf at at FOUR FOUR courses courses in in metro metro Denver Denver for for each each registered registered attendee. attendee.
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t’s hard for me to believe that with this issue of DIVOT Magazine begins my 19th year of golf publishing in Colorado. It all started in 1992 with Metropolitan Tee Times, a limited circulation newspaper providing Denver area news for the recreational golfer. As reader demand increased through the years to include the entire state, so did the need to change the name and format of the publication, and so Metro Tee Times became GOLFViews Magazine. GOLFViews was soon recognized as one of the most up to date, reliable resources for golf related news and information in Colorado. And now, just as the increased circulation warranted change years ago, today's continually evolving media landscape demands yet another change and a new chapter in O’Keefe Publishing’s long history. GOLFViews Magazine is now DIVOT Magazine, offering a smaller, more user friendly format designed to be “The Guide to Golf in Colorado.” All of the same golf related news, information, trends and lifestyles that Colorado golfers previously enjoyed in GOLFViews will now continue in a unique format unlike anything else found in this market. And because of this new digest size, DIVOT Magazine will increase it’s distribution points, making it more available than ever before. Additionally, this new format is less expensive to print and distribute, giving DIVOT advertisers the ability to stretch their budgets even further without sacrificing exposure. What was previously an unrealistic expense has now become an opportunity to bundle print with our growing email and website services, ensuring multi-media blanket exposure, designed to reach every golfer in the state. I hope you enjoy the new format. I know we will enjoy bringing it to you and by doing so, continuing our ongoing commitment to serve Colorado's remarkable golf community. See you on the course soon, and remember... Take a DIVOT! Karl O’Keefe Publisher email@example.com
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Travel 22-23 Is Colombia ready? by Peter Hellman
Inside the Leather 24 News Flash... Putting is important by Jerry Walters
Sassy Golf 41 Women golf in a non-threatening environment
Local Knowledge 42 Local pro and entrepreneur get together
Going Public 54 Heather Ridge Country Club open to the public
Hammer Time 56 Local boy finishes 3rd in World Long Drive
CWGA News 58 LPGA-USGA girls golf of Aurora
Rules 58 Can your golf GPS lead you astray? by Kim Nisses
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Golfers “Drive” To the Denver Golf Expo
February 11-13, 2011 Denver Merchandise Mart Plaza Entrance on North Side of the Complex on I-25 and 58th Ave. SHOW HOURS: Friday, Feb. 11 Saturday, Feb. 12 Sunday, Feb. 13 ADMISSION PRICE: Adults Seniors (50+) Military and veterans 16 and under By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributiong Writer
inter blues? Rusty swing? Golf fever? When the snow flies in the Rocky Mountains, the best place to nourish your golfing soul is the 18th annual Denver Golf Expo. From pro seminars to truckloads of equipment to free golf, discount offers and show-only deals, the 2011 Denver Golf Expo, February 11-13 at the Denver Merchandise Mart Plaza Hall, is the Rocky Mountain region’s hottest event for the golf industry. Mark Cramer, President of Denver Golf Expo, says, “2011 will be even bigger and better as we enter our 11th year of managing the Denver Golf Expo. We continue to add more exhibitors, bring back the popular exhibits, create more freebies, and more excitement for golfers.” Snow might keep golfers away from the courses, but beginning and seasoned golfers alike mark
10:00am – 6:00pm 9:00am – 5:00pm 10:00am – 4:00pm
$10.00 $8.00 $8.00 Free
their calendars to attend this not-to-be-missed February annual event. Golf retailers, golf-related companies, golf courses, golf resorts and hotels, Colorado PGA members, Colorado Golf Association members, golf tournament directors, and 12,000 of your golfing buddies gather at the Denver Golf Expo to enjoy the industry’s best offerings – all under one roof! The greatest features of the Expo, according to Cramer, are the amazing deals. “Everyone is looking for a way of extending their golf dollar. The moment you enter the doors of the Denver Golf Expo, you’ve extended your golf dollars. Discount golf begins with your $10 admission, which immediately gives you free 9 holes of golf at 3 South Suburban Recreational District courses and 2-for-1 green fees at Lone Tree Golf Club. Then, start browsing the aisles, adds Cramer, and you’ll discover tremendous deals on discounted golf rounds. If that’s not enough, Cramer says, “Thanks to our
PGA partners, you can also learn from the pros, by participating in free swing lessons and seminars. Our young golfers and their parents can take advantage of the Junior Golf Experience, including free admission for ages 16 and under.” Held at the Denver Merchandise Mart Plaza Hall, the Golf Expo welcomes golfers from February 1113. The Golf Expo has something for everyone, including pro seminars for golfers of all abilities; golf resort destinations; truckloads of golf merchandise including show deals; and a bunch of discount offers for the upcoming golf season, including free golf at four metro golf courses. Highlights of this year’s show include: • The return of the Colorado Junior Golf Experience for beginning and competitive junior golfers. • Browse aisles filled with truckloads of golf merchandise available at show-only prices and preview the latest and greatest. • Discounted green fees available at Colorado golf courses – show-only deals. • Lenny’s Golf returns to sponsor the Demo Days Club Test and 15-station Driving Range. • Elevate your game, swing lessons and seminars returns, courtesy of the Colorado Section of the PGA. • Donate to the largest golf swap in the west from Colorado Golf Association to benefit CGA Youth Programs. • Plan your golf adventures by checking out the travel possibilities from local and international exhibitors representing golf resorts and destinations.
Included in Your Denver Golf Expo Admission: • FREE admission and Colorado Junior Golf Experience for ages 16 and under. • Test the latest 2011 model clubs at Lenny’s Golf Club Demo area. • Free swing lessons and informative seminars, courtesy Colorado Section of the PGA. • Complimentary custom fitted Lob wedge from Dimension Z Golf. Shipping and handling fees apply. • Subscription to Golf Digest Magazine included with each ticket. • Free golf for each registered attendee: • 9-holes at Family Sports Center Golf Course, South Suburban Golf Course and Littleton Golf Club. • 2 for 1 green fees at Lone Tree Golf Club • Register to WIN a fabulous 4 night/5 day Las Vegas Golf Vacation including 4 rounds of golf for 2 people provided by OB Sports Las Vegas at Siena, Arroyo, Angel Park, and The Legacy Golf Clubs. Mark the date now, so you don’t miss the biggest golf show in the region, the Denver Golf Expo, February 11-13, a must for any golfer in the Rocky Mountains. For more information on the Denver Golf Expo, the premier golfing event of the season, visit http://www.denvergolfexpo.com. For timely updates, read our Tweets at http://www.twitter.com/DenverGolfExpo or follow us on Facebook. D
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The Colorado PGA,
A Colorado Community Partner
hat is a PGA Professional? The members of the PGA wear many hats. You primarily know them as the men and women who manage your local golf facility. They are teachers, merchandisers, junior golf leaders, tournament planners, business managers and, yes, they play a good game of golf too. The Colorado PGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Colorado Section of the PGA, was organized exclusively for charitable purposes including making contributions to other exempt organizations. In 2010 and again in 2011 the foundation will assist the March of Dimes in fund raising activities that help in their quest for â€œ healthy babies, healthy mothersâ€? by conducting a 100-hole golf challenge. Last year 56 PGA Professionals played at least 100 holes in one day and raised over $84,000. There was even a hole in one made by PGA Member John Trenk! Half of the net proceeds were donated to the March of Dimes with the balance being used for the Colorado PGA Golf and Schools Program. Additionally, the Colorado PGA Foundation was responsible for giving another $25,000 in Growth of the Game grants and $25,000 in scholarships bringing the total over $100,000! The Colorado PGA Golf and Schools Program is a joint effort that unifies the efforts of the allied golf associations (PGA, CGA, CWGA, RMGCSA, CMAA, First Tee of Green Valley Ranch, etc). Through this statewide initiative Colorado PGA Professionals will continue in their efforts to bring the wonderful traditions and life skills taught by the game of golf to school age children across the state. During the first year of this program our goal is to reach 20 schools and 3,000 children and by year five grow to 60 schools and 9,000 kids. Together we hope to achieve great things! Colorado PGA Members are strong supporters of our troops.
• On Valentine’s Day for the last five years, approximately 20 Section members have visited the VA hospital to thank those that have given so much for our country. • In 2009 over 40 golf professionals spent the day at Fort Carson to welcome home the troops with a fun golf tournament, golf activities and games for the families and a barbecue. • Additionally, PGA Members across Colorado actively support Patriot Golf Day benefiting the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide post secondary educational scholarships for children
and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. • Across the country Patriot Golf Day has raised more than $5.4 million dollars in the past three years and the Folds of Honor Foundation has awarded more than 1,163 scholarships. These are just a few examples of how the members of the Colorado PGA are active partners in your community. Next time you talk to your club professionals ask them how you too can help make a difference.
DIVOT Magazine and the Denver Golf Expo:
A Winning Two-Some By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributing Writer “After more than 15 years, our partnership with DIVOT Magazine (formerly GOLFViews) continues to be a winning two-some,” says Denver Golf Expo director Mark Cramer. “Divot Magazine is sporting a new look, but the loyal support we’ve known for a decade and a half continues with the 2011 Denver Golf Expo. With its stellar reputation in Colorado, Divot Magazine provides coverage of the Denver Golf Expo event to its readers. The results are a blend of two trusted industry leaders to create one of the most premier golf shows in the west.” For more than 20 years, GOLFViews Magazine has reached golfers throughout the state of Colorado, consistently providing an invaluable resource for golfers. Its new name, Divot Magazine, maintains the content that readers demand: in-depth coverage of the best golf-related news, information, trends and lifestyle, with a new fresh look. From Publisher Karl O’Keefe’s first 8-page black and white newspaper to today’s fresh and newly titled, Divot Magazine, O’Keefe says, “We have emerged into an authoritative golf publication. Our new name, Divot Magazine, reflects the ever-changing needs of the golfing
community. Our new format is a handy, digestsized magazine for the convenience of our readers and to better accommodate the needs of our advertisers – and we’ve also increased our circulation.” Published six times a year, including their special January/February issue highlights the Denver Golf Expo, Divot Magazine strives to reeducate and entertain its 30,000 readers. O’Keefe’s company also publishes the popular Green Saver golf discount book, containing over $5,000 in golf and golf-related savings. Denver Golf Expo gives all fans of Divot Magazine a chance to meet Publisher Karl O’Keefe. Stop by Divot Magazine’s booth, say hello to Karl and check out the values in the 2011 edition and register to win your own Green Saver – a $59 value. D
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WIN a Fabulous Las Vegas Golf Vacation at the Denver Golf Expo
The Siena Golf Club IN a fabulous 4 night, 5 day Las Vegas Golf Vacation including 4 rounds of golf for 2 people provided by OB Sports Las Vegas at Siena, Arroyo, Angel Park, and The Legacy Golf Clubs. At the Denver Golf Expo this year, you can register for your dream golf vacation. One lucky winner will enjoy his/her dream Golf Vacation. The vacation includes 4 nights lodging at the incredible Suncoast Hotel Resort & Casino (Boyd Gaming) which has luxury rooms, gaming, fine dining, entertainment and beautiful views of the Las Vegas strip. Vegas awaits you!! The Grand prize winner will have the opportunity to play at 4 incredible golf courses The Siena, Arroyo, Angel Park, and The Legacy Golf Clubs. The Siena Golf Club is Surrounded by the towering Spring Mountains, Siena Golf Club fea-
tures gently rolling fairways and artful bunkering â€“ plus dazzling views of the Las Vegas skyline. Designed by master architects Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt, Siena is renowned throughout the Las Vegas Valley for its natural beauty and unprecedented serenity. No matter how many times you play the course at the Siena Golf Club, your experience will be unique. When the panoramic setting of the greens, bunkers, and water hazards is combined with the desert mountain scenery, the effect is different with every game. In the morning, the cool breeze coming off the lush grass makes for a comfortable game whether it is the height of summer or the dead of winter. In the afternoon, the unvarnished sunlight creates a stark contrast between the green, the rough, and the sand traps. Near twilight, orange and purple colors create an effect that has to be
seen in person, and more than once. The Arroyo Golf Course ribbons seamlessly through the rugged terrain and is nestled between the spectacular landscapes of Red Rock Canyon, one of Las Vegas' most revered natural landmarks. Panoramic views of the Las Vegas cityscape are stunning from the Arroyo's hole #7. This Las Vegas golf course is considered a masterpiece that offers challenges to both beginners and advanced players. The well-kept course makes a stark, yet beautiful, contrast to the rugged terrain that surrounds it. The Nevada weather makes our Red Rock golf club the perfect destination for golfers all year long. http://www.thearroyogolfclub.com Angel Park offers spectacular views of Red Rock Canyon and the Las Vegas Valley. Angel Park Golf Club features 36 holes of championship Las Vegas golf designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, the lighted Cloud Nine Short Course, and the world's original natural grass Putting Course. The Legacy Golf Club is an 18-hole, desert jewel highlighted by manicured playing conditions, multi-tiered fairways and large undulating greens. Stretching 7,233 yards from the professional tees,
this memorable layout is a strong challenge for the scratch player, yet also accommodates the novice with well-spaced tee boxes and generous landing areas. And speaking of tee boxes, the 10th hole at The Legacy may be the most recognizable in all of Las Vegas. Even a golfer needs to have a place to unwind. You will be staying at the beautiful Suncoast Hotel & Casino located in the premier northwest area of Las Vegas and is surrounded by 81 holes of worldclass golf. The property offers exclusive restaurants, fun gaming, deluxe accommodations, bowling, movie theaters, bingo and much more. It is "Las Vegas as it used to be" in the Suncoast’s beautiful 500-seat showroom, a throwback to the showrooms of splendor that made Las Vegas famous. To be eligible, you must register by attending the Denver Golf Expo, February 11-13, 2011, Friday 10:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. For more information on the resort, feel free to visit: http://www.boydgaming.com. For more information on the golf courses: http://www.obsports.com/view.asp?id=231&page= 4338#nevada D *(Blackout and restrictions may apply). The Arroyo Golf Course
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Bigger and Better CGA Golf Swap and Junior Golf Experience returns to 2011 Denver Golf Expo By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributiong Writer
he Junior Golf Experience keeps getting bigger and better,” says Dustin Jensen, CGA’s Director of Youth Programs. “During the 2011 Denver Golf Expo, we expect even more kids will attend and experience the game of golf, many for the first time. That’s why the CGA Golf Swap continues to be an important fundraiser for us.” Get a new set of clubs for Christmas? Looking for a great deal on a driver at the Expo? Help a good cause and donate your used clubs or purchase your replacement set at Colorado Golf Association’s (CGA) Golf Club Swap during the 2011 Denver Golf Expo, Friday, February 11 through Sunday February 13! The CGA’s Youth Program needs your donations for its annual Golf Club Swap. If you’re in the market for the odd iron, a proven driver or a starter set for someone special, visit the CGA’s Golf Club Swap during the 2011 Denver Golf Expo. You’ll find great deals on previously owned equipment, and you’ll do something good for your community. “Every dollar raised through the swap will go directly into the youth program, earmarked for kids who need help,” adds Jensen. “Much of the equipment in the swap is provided by clubs and pros who have asked members to donate clubs of all types, makes and sizes that they no longer use.” Individuals may also donate clubs and choose to collect 70 percent of the selling price, with the balance going to CGA Youth Programs, or simply allow the CGA to keep all of the proceeds. Due to the organization’s non-profit status, any donations are eligible to be used as a tax deduction. The annual golf swap raises much needed funds for its youth developmental programs. These proceeds go directly to CGA Youth Programs, a non-profit entity that supports developmental programs such as those offered by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Colorado, Boy Scouts of Colorado, LPGA/USGA Girls
Golf, Special Olympics, Ridgeview Academy and Open Fairways. CGA also continues to actively support the Junior Golf Experience during the Expo. According to Jensen, “Last year, hundreds of kids enjoyed the Expo’s Junior Golf Experience. We’re excited to get more kids involved in the game in 2011.” For parents or juniors wanting to learn more, Jensen suggests they log onto http://www.coloradojuniorgolf.org. “This web site is designed to serve as a central location for all junior golf programs within the state,” explains Jensen. “This continues as a collaborative effort between the junior golf entities within Colorado whom have come together to form the Colorado Junior Committee. We want to be a live road map to getting kids involved and get them into golf. The Expo’s Junior Golf Experience is a no-pressure way to spark the interest in the game of golf.” If you can stand and hold the club, you can take a swing at the 2011 Denver Golf Expo’s Junior Golf Experience. Jensen reports that last year kids as young as ages 2-3 were hitting the “birdie.” Club donations will be accepted at the Denver Golf Expo between noon and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, and between 8 a.m. and noon on Friday, Feb. 11. Payments for items sold by consignment will be distributed between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Merchandise Mart. For more information on the swap and CGA Youth Programs, or to donate equipment at any time during the year, contact Director of Youth Programs Dustin Jensen at 303-974-2110. GOLF CLUB DROP OFF Denver Merchandise Mart Plaza (Main entrance - north side of building) Thursday, February 10 – noon to 3 p.m. Friday, February 11 – 8 a.m. to noon (The above times are preferred, but donations at other times will not be turned away.) Unsold Club/Proceeds Pick-up Sunday, February 13 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. D
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Lenny’s Golf Shop returns as sponsor of the popular Club Test and Driving Range By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributiong Writer ponsored last year for the first time by Lenny’s Golf, the Demo Days Club Test and Driving Range are always a popular gathering place at the Denver Golf Expo. Last year’s was, however, according to Mark Cramer, president of Denver Golf Expo, the best year yet! “Everyone knows Lenny Nosewicz of Lenny’s Golf,” says Cramer. “And everyone knows that when Lenny gets behind an event, he puts 150 percent of his effort into making it a success. That’s what he did at the 2010 Denver Golf Expo, and we’re thrilled to have him back again in 2011.” Since the early 1980’s, Lenny’s Golf has been a Colorado favorite offering the best in golf equipment, apparel and custom fitting. Lenny’s Golf participated in the Expo last year, but Lenny says, “We’re really excited to return as sponsor of the 2011 Denver Golf Expo’s Club Test and Driving Range with 15 hitting stations to loosen up the golf swing and try the new 2011 club models.” With assistance from manufacturers’ representatives, Expo attendees can stop by and swing 2011 offerings from top club makers such as Calloway, Nike, Cleveland, TaylorMade, and Adams with many more brands being added every day! This continues to be the biggest three demo days that Rocky Mountain golfers will have for the entire season. According to Lenny, “The driving range offers golfers the opportunity to see and try a lot of new product. If there’s a club you’re interested in, chances are we’ll have it. We are also giving Expo attendees an opportunity to test and even win the new TaylorMade R11, valued at $400. Simply stop at our Lenny’s Golf booth and register to win!” Lenny reports that this year is going to be big with double the inventory of 2010, at nearly $200,000, and more nonstop deals than ever before. “We’ve been aggressively purchasing a lot of inventory this year, and buying irons below cost and
bags below wholesale. That means we will be offering an amazing amount of inventory and deals that you can’t imagine – including iron sets valued at $900 for just $499. As a consumer, you’ll not find better deals!” “We have all kinds of deals on equipment and gear that you can’t get anywhere else,” says Lenny. “Of course, we’ll be highlighting some of the exciting new models, and attendees can be among the first to try these new clubs out at our driving range with 15 hitting stations.” Lenny’s Golf is well-known for its philosophy of the importance of fitting clubs, and with the additional retail space, Lenny says, “We will find the right fit for you and your golf game. I’m a firm believer that today you can buy a golf game with today’s golf equipment and technology – and we will make sure that you leave the Expo with the right equipment and the best deals. Armed with personal knowledge gained at the Denver Golf Expo’s Demo Days Club Test and Driving Range, golfers are invited after the show to check out Lenny’s Golf Shop‘s full line of clubs and equipment, personalized service and custom fitting, located at 2601 S Parker Rd - Aurora, CO or call 303369-5900. D
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“Made in America” Dimension Z Golf returns to Denver Golf Expo Edited by Diana Rowe By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributiong Writer
s usual, the Dimension Z booth at the Denver Golf Expo will proudly show you the highest-quality golf clubs you can buy. What may not be obvious is that the Arvada, Colo., company is among the last to still wave the “Made in America” banner. Most golfers don’t realize this, but virtually all of the golf clubs sold under famous brand names – Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Nike, Ping, Cobra, Cleveland, Adams and the like – are now made in China or the Far East. Callaway still makes some clubs at its corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. But the company recently announced that its last manufacturing operation in the USA will be transferred next year to Monterrey, Mexico. Dimension Z’s custom-fit, precision-manufactured clubs are still proudly made in the USA by American craftsmen who are very proud of what they make. “We seem to be the last holdouts of an industry that’s moved offshore,” said Dimension Z founder and president Don Ingermann. “Are we patriotic? I hope so. But the USA is the only place we can maintain our quality standards. “We started our company because the word ‘quality’ already was becoming less and less important to the famous brand name club makers,” says Ingermann. “We’ve built our reputation on producing golf clubs made to the tightest, most demanding manufacturing standards in the industry. And the only way we can maintain this quality level is by having skilled craftsmen make our clubs here in the USA, rather than by cheap labor in China, Taiwan, and VietNam.” Stop by the Dimension Z booth and hold one of their clubs. It won’t look much different from a shiny new club stamped with a famous brand name. It’s out on the golf course that “the Dimension Z difference” becomes apparent. Golfers who play Dimension Z equipment uni-
versally report the clubs help them play better. The clubs are made so well that each club in a set performs the same, delivering consistent results. “After-sale reports from our customers tell us that competent, low-handicap golfers who play Dimension Z clubs improve their scores by at least six strokes,” Ingermann adds. Ingermann says that recreational players – the novices and occasional golfers who don’t play often enough to move out of the mid to high-handicap category -- report even greater improvement. These players, the people who make up the majority of the world’s golf population, tell the Dimension Z folks that their clubs lower scores by 10 to 12 strokes or more. No other club manufacturer can report results like this. And Ingermann strongly believes that his company couldn’t deliver such high-quality, scorelowering clubs if they were made in the Far East. Dimension Z does buy a few club components from companies in China, because that’s the only place they can get them any more, according to Ingermann, but all their precision-manufactured clubs are built by skilled American craftsmen. Experienced team members weigh, grind, measure, test and frequency-match every single club we make. In fact, each Dimension Z club is tested 400 different ways. All 360 degrees of every club’s shaft is measured, and the Dimension Z performs 40 other quality tests -- before the club goes out the doors of their only plant in Arvada. “Dimension Z seems to be the last of a vanishing breed,” Ingermann says, “but we wouldn’t have it any other way.” Included in your Denver Golf Expo admission, courtesy of Dimension Z Golf, is a complimentary custom built Lob wedge or rescue wood (shipping and handling fees apply). If you can’t wait to discover the Dimension Z “Made in America” advantage, log on to their website: https://www.dimensionz.com, call (303) 4038344 or visit their Arvada store at: 14700 W. 66th Place, Suite #6. D
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Air-Cool Golf Shirts are now Natural Healing & Eco-Friendly By Diana Rowe DIVOT Contributiong Writer
ob Levine, from Air-Cool Shirts, is known for the great deals he brings to the Denver Golf Expo, but this year, Levine is raising the bar by offering Natural Healing - Eco Air-Cool Shirts. “We're excited to bring Air-Cool Bamboo Charcoal golf shirts this year,” says Levine. “Made of 45% Recycled Synthetic and 55% Bamboo Charcoal, these shirts are healthy for the environment and healthy for your body. By using Recycled Polymers, we are able to rid the extra plastic waste and save our landfills from over flowing. By adding the Bamboo Charcoal, we have now made our shirts naturally absorbent without adding any harmful chemicals.” Many Asian civilizations have used charcoal for medicinal and healthy living purposes for centuries. Bamboo Charcoal has so many beneficial characteristics that many call it the “light of life.” Because bamboo is a grass, when you cut down the stalks, it will re-grow from the existing root structure. That makes bamboo a very sustainable and environmentally friendly resource. Bamboo Charcoal comes from the drying and heating of naturally grown Bamboo, turning it into charcoal. By adding the natural product of Bamboo Charcoal to the yarn, the natural breath ability, de-odorizing and anti-bacterial characteristics are added to the shirt along with personal health benefits like activating body metabolism, promoting blood circulation, relieve fatigue & stress. Natural Healing Eco Air-Cool not only is healthy for you but also is comfortable, lightweight, warm in the winter, cool in the summer, washable, beautifully styled, feels and looks great. Levine says, “Natural Healing - Eco Air-Cool Shirts are heart-healthy. Imagine when you are at the beach, a waterfall or a forest and how refreshed you feel, this is because the environment is filled with anions and you are absorbing them. By wearing the Natural Healing - Eco Friendly Air-
cool shirt made with bamboo charcoal, the anions are directly in contact with the skin and are being directly absorbed. This can activate the body metabolism, promote blood circulation, stabilize autonomic nerves and mood, help with fatigue and lessen body pain and relieve stress.” In fact, the new Natural Healing - Eco Air-Cool Shirts are going national and will appear on the 20/20 show sometime in February or March, according to Levine. The Air-Cool design of these new shirts is still guaranteed to keep you cool and dry all day, and as usual, Levine is excited about the upcoming Denver Golf Expo and Air-Cool show specials. Natural Healing - Eco Air Cool is available in many styles and colors and you can choose from sizes S-4XL. “For the first time ever, we will have a complete line of beautiful ladies clothing,” says Levine. “One booth will feature ladies' shirts, jackets, wind shirts, vests plus more - all priced at 70-80% off retail.” Denver Golf Expo is a perfect time to stock up on Air Cool Golf Shirts. When you buy four Air-Cool Golf Shirts, you will also receive a square-headed, titanium driver, valued at $200 - absolutely free! Remember, the Air-Cool Golf Shirts sell out quickly, so make us your first stop.” For more information about Air-Cool products including the Natural Healing - Eco Air-Cool Shirts, log on to their website at: http://laveenaircool.com. The Denver Golf Expo will have 140 exhibitors with amazing show specials, discounts and opportunities for golfers. D
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SWING SEMINARS The Colorado PGA is excited to present golf swing instruction on stage at the Denver Golf Expo! Come watch some of the best swing gurus from Colorado share their knowledge and help you with your golf game!
Topics will include: • How to cure your slice • Set up for success Wedge distance control • • Hitting it further off the tee • The rules of golf •
Fitness tips to improve your golf game • And more…
For more information and a schedule of presentations please visit:
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SPONSORS The Denver Golf Expo would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions, help and support in making Coloradoâ€™s largest public and industry golf show possible.
Is Colombia Ready to Welcome Golfers? By Peter Hellman DIVOT Contributing Writer
received an invitation recently from the government of Colombia (made infamous by novels and grade B movies that exploited the country’s drug problems) to see for myself what the country can offer golfers. When I mentioned to my wife, I did not get a positive response. “You want to do what?” “Are you crazy?” “Is you life insurance paid up?” These were some of the nicer things she said. Well, despite the well-meaning spousal advice, I came current on my life insurance and flew to Bogotá. I had assurance from the government that all was safe and having seen their motto, "Colombia: The only risk is not wanting to leave", I felt pretty secure about my visit. While there, I scoped out golf courses, inspected hotels, tasted the cuisine, viewed some historic and cultural sites, shopped and sampled some of the local night life As we all know, Colombia has had a long history of civil unrest, violence and drug lords who became more powerful than the government itself. Not too long ago, people who knew the country often said. “If it weren’t for the violence and drugs, Colombia would be paradise.” But, a paradise for golfers and tourist? I wasn’t too sure about that, though I wanted to find out for myself if eight years of aggressive efforts to quash the Drug Cartel and FARC, the leftist faction that has been trying to over throw the government since the 1950’s, was as successful as I had heard. The truth is that I felt safe, welcome and as comfortable as I would in any stable prosperous country. Perhaps a little background is necessary. In 2002, during the height of the country's problems, the people elected a tough conservative president by the name of Alvaro Uribe. With help from the U.S., it supplied "mucho dollares" and “advisors”, Uribe took on the Cartel and FARC with such intensity that by the end of his term in 2010, the drug lords were dead, their organizations in shambles
and the FARC leadership neutralized. The tough stance of Uribe’s government continues with his successor Juan Manuel Santos. My visit included a few days Bogotá and Medellin, the capital of the Drug Cartel, that lies about 40 minutes by plane from Bogota. Most of the courses are located around Bogota, but the country has over 50 excellent courses and they are all private. There is one resort course designed by Jack Nicklaus under construction in Cartagena, a popular resort town on the Caribbean side of the country, but you will have to wait a few months to play it. Now just because the courses are private does not mean you can’t play. Currently, a hand full of them welcome outside players and more are expected to open their doors. The three courses I played outside of Bogotá and the two I played in Medellin had clubhouses that reminded me of traditional private clubs in England and U.S. and the courses themselves were well laid out, mature, beautiful, well manicured and challenging. In fact, among golf experts, Colombia outranks all but Argentina and Brazil in South America. So, what is it like? Well to my mind, it is worth the trip for any adventuresome golfer and I recommend, if that is who you are, that you put it on your bucket list. You may notice I said it is for the adventuresome golfer. What I mean is that it is not American golf. Think more of golf as it was played – no cart paths and certainly no carts. Every course in Colombia is a walking course and the concept of walking and carrying is not an option either. Colom-
bian golf is a game with caddies. If you golf, a caddie carries - how nice. Though caddies are inexpensive (and so are the green fees), there is a problem at most courses. Your caddie may know his course and have a lower handicap than you do, but speaking intelligible English is not a skill set he has. Unless you speak Spanish, my advice is to smile and forget about statements concerning distances and how to approach the green. Some of the courses reminded me of ones in Northern California (the Eucalyptus trees were a give away) though they were lush and green. Temperatures were mild if not cool. I did not realize, that even though Bogotá and Medellin are near the Equator, their altitude makes temperatures ideal for golf. At about 9,000 feet, Bogota is much like playing in our Colorado mountains and Medellin at over
7,000 feet, is much the same. Its designation as the City of Eternal Spring is certainly appropriate. I think that Colombia is ready to become a promising new golf destination. I am convinced it is safe, that it has quality golf courses, good restaurants, excellent hotels and a warm fun-loving people. The country has dealt with its most serious problems and the world has responded. Foreign investment is pouring in and there is a genuine sense of prosperity through out much of the country. I now believe in Colombia's motto that "COLOMBIA: THE ONLY RISK IS NOT WANTING TO LEAVE." Story by Classic GOLF Tours. Designing custom golf trips to Scotland, Ireland, Hawaii and virtually everywhere there is golf. For information call 800.359.7200, 303.751.7200 or visit visit classicgolftours.com. D
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Inside the Leather
NEWS FLASH... Putting is an important part of the game! By Jerry Walters DIVOT Writer ace it, become a better putter or learn to lose graciously and continue to pay your golf buddies. The fact is, putting is somewhere between 43% and 50% of the game. If par at your favorite course is 72, and two-putting is the standard, then half of your strokes are made with the flatstick. The putter is the one club youâ€™ll use nearly every hole, yet receives the least amount of attention. Why? Simple. Chicks dig the long ball. Try getting your spouse or significant other to watch you sink endless short straight putts. BORING! Did you realize that nearly every putter is adjustable? The truth is, not many retailers or club fit-
ters will address this issue simply because they donâ€™t have the equipment or experience to change your putter to fit your set up. Over the course of the year I will address a number of these issues with regards to putting , and will also furnish you with
various putting drills to improve your proficiency. Being out of position during your putting stroke can cause a myriad of errors, many of which can be easily corrected, simply by getting into a better position at address. Eye dominance can play a part
Then there’s the “Y” Word. I’d rather you mentioned an IRS audit than use “YIPS” in any context. in your missed putts as well. Do you know if you’re right or left eye dominant? Have you ever noticed the putter waving, as if to say goodbye, in your backswing? Of course you have. There is a simple alteration in your set up which could immediately eliminate the putter from making you seasick during your backstroke. Then there’s the “Y” Word. I’d rather you mentioned an IRS audit than use “YIPS” in any context.
Is there any hope for golfers who have been brought to their knees in a fit of angst, choking their putter grip into a molded training grip and cursing the very forefathers who maliciously invented the flatstick? In later issues, I’ll give you some tips to incorporate into your routine which might bring some sanity and enjoyment back into the game. Next issue: Fitted Putters: spending a fortune on a new putter doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fitted to you, and having your putter fitted to you and your stroke doesn’t cost much. I’ll discuss the benefits of having your putter fit to you, and what to look for to determine if your putter even needs adjustment. There are a few simple things to tip you off, and I’ll even disclose the faults an improperly fitted putter can cause. Jerry Walters is a PGA Tour Instructor and teaches putting at the Trent Wearner Golf Academy. Jerry is co-host of “In The Fairway” heard Saturday from 10-noon on 87.7 The Ticket, April through October. He can be reached at email@example.com, http://www.trentwearnergolf.com, and 303-645-8000 if you have questions about your putting or putting training aids. D
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Colorado Course Directory Fees vary. Contact individual courses for exact pricing.
R = Regulation
E = Executive
Denver Area Courses Applewood Golf Club Public 18R Golden Arrowhead Golf Club Resort 18R Littleton
Map#: 3 303-279-3003 Fee Range: $12-$29 Map#: 4 303-973-9614 Fee Range: $75-$115
Aurora Hills Golf Course http://www.auroragov.org/golf Map#: 7 Public 18R 303-364-6111 Aurora Fee Range: $25-$29 Designer: Henry Hughes Year Opened: 1969 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 Larkspur Fee Range: $65 - $75
Black Bear Golf Club http://www.canongatecolorado.com Map#: 21 Private 18R 303-840-3100 Parker Fee Range: $40-$80 Designer: Jeff Brauer Year Opened: 1996
Blackstone Country Club http://www.canongatecolorado.comMap#: 300 Private 18R 303-617-3561 Aurora Fees: Members Only Designer: Jay Morrish Year Opened: 2006 Boulder Country Club Private 18R - 9E Boulder Box Elder Creek Golf Course Public 18R Brighton
Map#: 14 303-530-2226 Fees: Guest $75 Map#: 15 303-659-7177 Fee Range: $22
P3 = Par 3
252 Total Courses
Broadlands Golf Course, The Public 18R Broomfield Buffalo Run Golf Course Public 18R Commerce City
Map#: 17 303-466-8285 Fee Range: $28-$37 Map#: 19 303-289-1500 Fee Range: $18-$38
Broken Tee Englewood Golf Complex http://www.brokenteegolf.com Map#: 63 Public 18R 9P3 303-762-2670 Englewood Fee Range: $15-$29 Designer: Dye/Phelps Year Opened: 1983 Castle Pines Golf Club Map#: 22 Private 18R 303-688-6022 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 Aurora Fees: N/A Cherry Hills Country Club Map#: 29 Private 18R 18P3 303-761-9900 Englewood Fees: Guests $125 City Park Golf Course, Denver Map#: 53 Public 18R 303-295-4420 Denver Fee Range: $20-$24 Coal Creek Golf Course Map#: 33 Public 18R 303-666-7888 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 Semi-Private 18R Littleton Denver Country Club Private 18R Denver Eagle Trace Golf Club Public 18R Broomfield Evergreen Golf Course Public 18R Evergreen Foothills Golf Course Public 18R 9E 9P3 Denver
Map#: 51 303-978-1800 Fee Range: $65-$95 Map#: 54 303-733-2444 Fee Range: $90 Map#: 57 303-466-3322 Fee Range: $20-$30 Map#: 65 303-674-6351 Fee Range: $22-$30 Map#: 71 303-989-3901 Fee Range: $25-$39
Fitzsimons Golf Course http://www.auroragov.org/golf Map#: 69 Public 18R 303-364-8125 Aurora Fee Range: $15-$21 Designer: Henry Hughes Year Opened: 1969 Flatirons Golf Course Public 18R Boulder Fossil Trace Golf Club Public 18R Golden
Map#: 70 303-442-7851 Fee Range: $22-$29 Map#: 231 303-277-8750 Fee Range: $36-$50
Denver Area Courses
Fox Hollow Golf Course http://www.lakewood.org Map#: 76 Public 27R 303-986-7888 Lakewood Fee Range: $35-$45 Designer: Denis Griffiths Year Opened: 1993 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 Harvard Gulch Golf Course Map#: 86 Public 9-P3 303-698-4078 Denver Fee Range: $6 Heather Gardens Golf Course Map#: 89 Public 9E 303-751-2390 Aurora Fee Range: $12 Heather Ridge Country Club Map#: 90 Private 18R 303-755-3550 Aurora Fees: Guest $45
Homestead at Fox Hollow http://www.lakewood.org Map#: 239 Public 18E 720-963-5181 Lakewood Fee Range: $18-$35 Designer: Denis Griffiths Year Opened: 2002
Hyland Hills, The Courses at http://www.hylandhills.org Map#: 99 Public 27R 18P3 303-428-6526 Westminster Fee Range: $25; $37 Designer: Hughes/Hummel Year Opened: 1965 Hiwan Golf Club Private 18R Evergreen Indian Peaks Golf Course Public 18R Lafayette Indian Tree Golf Course Public 18R 9P3 Arvada Inverness Hotel & Golf Club Resort/Private 18R Englewood J. F. Kennedy Golf Course Public 27R 9P3 Denver Lake Arbor Golf Club Public 18R Arvada
Map#: 96 303-674-3369 Fees: Guests $85 Map#: 101 303-666-4706 Fee Range: $34-$38 Map#: 102 303-403-2541 Fee Range: $26 Map#: 103 303-397-7878 Fee Range: $70-$115 Map#: 104 303-751-0311 Fee Range: $20-$24 Map#: 108 303-423-1650 Fee Range: $23
Heritage at Westmoor
Legacy Ridge Golf Course
http://www.ci.westminster.co.us Map#: 92 Public 18R 303-469-2974 Westminster Fee Range: $24-$45 Designer: Michael Hurdzan Year Opened: 1999
http://www.ci.westminster.co.us Map#: 113 Public 18R 303-438-8997 Westminster Fee Range: $28-$45 Designer: Arthur Hills Year Opened: 1994
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 Thornton Fee Range: $55-$65 Highlands Ranch Golf Club Map#: 94 Semi-Private 18R 303-471-0000 Highlands Ranch Fee Range: $42-$69
Littleton Golf & Tennis Club http://www.ssprd.org
Map#: 26 Public 18E 303-794-5838 Littleton Fee Range: $13-$34 Designer: Dick Phelps Year Opened: 1986
Lakewood Country Club Map#: 111 Private 18R 303-233-0503 Lakewood Fees: Guests $75-$90 Links at Highlands Ranch, The Map#: 117 Public 18E 303-470-9292 Highlands Ranch Fee Range: $18-$31
Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel http://www.ssprd.org
Map#: 118 Public 18R 303-799-9940 Littleton Fee Range: $43-$65 Designer: Palmer/Seay Year Opened: 1985
Meadows Golf Club, The Public 18R Littleton
Map#: 126 303-409-2250 Fee Range: $14-$31
Meadow Hills Golf Course http://www.auroragov.org/golf Map#: 125 Public 18R 303-690-2500 Aurora Fee Range: $29-$35 Designer: Henry Hughes Year Opened: 1957 Meridian Golf Club Private 18R, Englewood Mountain View Golf Course Public 9E Denver
Map#: 128 303-799-4043 Fee Range: $65-$85 Map#: 135 303-694-3012 Fee Range: $9-$12
Murphy Creek Golf Course http://www.auroragov.org/golf Map#: 137 Public 18R 303-361-7300 Aurora Fee Range: $34-$44 Designer: Ken Kavanaugh Year Opened: 2000 Omni-Interlocken Resort Resort 27R Broomfield Overland Park Golf Course Public 18R Denver Park Hill Golf Club Public 18R Denver Perry Park Country Club Private 18R Larkspur
Map#: 139 303-464-9000 Fee Range: $55-$85 Map#: 140 303-698-1975 Fee Range: $20-23 Map#: 142 303-333-5411 Fee Range: $18 Map#: 145 303-681-3186 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 http://www.raccooncreek.com Map#: 156 Public 18R 303-932-0199 Littleton Fee Range: $38-$70 Designer: Dick Phelps Year Opened: 1983 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 Riverdale Golf Courses Map#: 164 Public 36R 303-659-6700 Brighton Fee Range: $26-$37 Rolling Hills Country Club Map#: 168 Private 18R 303-279-7858 Golden Fees: Guests $75-$85
Saddle Rock Golf Course http://www.auroragov.org/golf Map#: 169 Public 18R 303-699-3939 Aurora Fee Range: $26-$46 Designer: Dick Phelps Year Opened: 1997 Sanctuary Private 18R Sedalia Southglenn Country Club Private 18-P3 Littleton
Map#: 171 303-224-2860 Fees: Invitation only Map#: 180 303-798-1656 Fees: N/A
Denver Area Courses
South Suburban Family Sports Center http://www.ssprd.org
Map#: 68 Public 9E 303-649-1115 Centennial Fee Range: $9-$19 Designer: Rick Phelps Year Opened: 1998
South Suburban Golf Course http://www.ssprd.org
Map#: 179 Public 18R 18P3 303-770-5508 Centennial Fee Range: $20-$35 Designer: Ken Kavanaugh Year Opened: 2000
Springhill Golf Course http://www.auroragov.org/golf Map#: 184 Public 18E 303-739-6854 Aurora Fee Range: $20-$26 Designer: Dick Phelps Year Opened: 1973 Stoney Creek Golf Course Public 9E Arvada Thorncreek Golf Club Public 18R Thornton Valley Country Club Private 18R Aurora Wellshire Golf Course Public 18R Denver West Woods Golf Club Public 27R Arvada Willis Case Golf Course Public 18R Denver Windsor Gardens Golf Club Public 9-P3 Denver
Map#: 189 303-431-9268 Fee Range: $16-$18 Map#: 195 303-450-7055 Fee Range: $30-$35 Map#: 201 303-690-6377 Fees: Guests only Map#: 206 303-692-5636 Fee Range: $20-$24 Map#: 207 303-424-3334 Fee Range: $27-$32 Map#: 209 303-458-4877 Fee Range: $20-$24 Map#: 210 303-366-3133 Fee Range: $4-$8.50
Front Range North
Adriel Hills Golf Course Map#: 229 Private 6-P3 970-484-3098 Ft. Collins Fees: N/A Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club Map#: 250 Private 18R 970-854-5900 Holyoke Fee Range: Members Only Bella Rosa Golf Course Map#: 248 Public 9R 303-678-2940 Frederick Fee Range: $9-$20 Boomerang Golf Links Map#: 13 Public 18R 970-351-8934 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 Fort Morgan Golf Course Map#: 73 Public 18R 970-867-5990 Fort Morgan Fee Range: $22 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 www.highlandmeadowsgolfcourse.com Map#: 174 Public 18R 970-204-4653 Windsor Fee Range: $40 to $69 Designer: Art Schaupeter Year Opened: 2004 Highland Hills Golf Course Public 18R Greeley Holyoke Golf Course Public 9R Holyoke Indian Hills Golf Course Public 9R Yuma
Map#: 93 970-330-7327 Fee Range: $21-$27 Map#: 98 970-854-3200 Fee Range: $15 Map#: 100 970-848-2812 Fee Range: $14-$16
Loveland, The Olde Course at http://www.oldecourse.com Map#: 138 Public 18R 970-667-5256 Loveland Fee Range: $22-$28 Designer: Hughes/D. Phelps Year Opened: 1960 Lake Valley Golf Club Private 18R Longmont Link-N-Greens Golf Course Public 18E Fort Collins
Map#: 110 303-444-2114 Fees: N/A Map#: 115 970-221-4818 Fee Range: $19-$21
Mariana Butte Golf Course http://www.golfloveland.com Map#: 123 Public 18R 970-667-8308 Loveland Fee Range: $28-$36 Designer: Dick Phelps Year Opened: 1992 Missing Links Golf at Frederick Map#: 130 Public 9R 303-651-7060 Longmont Fees: 10 Mountain Vista Greens Golf Course Map#: 136 Public 9R 970-482-4847 Fort Collins Fee Range: $12-$14 Northeastern 18 Map#: 188 Private 18R 970-522-3776 Sterling Fee Range: Guests $25-$60 Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club Map#: 144 Semi-Private 18R 970-674-0930 Windsor Fee Range: $40-$50
Plainsman Golf Club Map#: 235 Public 9R No Telephone Joes Fee Range: $10 Prairie Golf Course Map#: 151 Public 9R 970-383-2211 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 Fort Collins Fee Range: $100 Quint Valley Golf Club Map#: 249 Public 9R 303-822-5509 Byers Fee Range: $20 Riverview Golf Course Map#: 165 Public 18R 970-522-3035 Sterling Fee Range: $12-$18 Saddleback Golf Club Map#: 218 Public 18R 303-833-5000 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 Stratton Fee Range: $10 Sunset Golf Course Map#: 191 Public 9R 303-776-3122 Longmont Fee Range: $10-$18 Tamarack Golf Course Map#: 192 Public 9R 719-775-9998 Limon Fee Range: $12 Twin Peaks Golf Course Map#: 198 Public 18R 303-772-1722 Longmont Fee Range: $20-$24 Ute Creek Golf Course Map#: 199 Public 18R 303-774-4342 Longmont Fee Range: $17-$35 Washington County Golf Club Map#: 205 Public 9R 970-345-2309 Akron Fee Range: $12-$15 Wray Country Club Map#: 213 Public 9R 970-332-5934 Wray Fee Range: $15-$17
Front Range South Antelope Hills Golf Course Public 18R Bennett
Map#: 215 303-644-5992 Fee Range: $28-$32
Front Range South
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 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $90-$160 The Club at Flying Horse Map#: 251 Private 18R 719-487-2620 Colorado Springs Fee Range: Members Only Cherokee Ridge Golf Course Map#: 28 Public 9R 9P3 719-597-2637 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $20 Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club Map#: 30 Public 18R 719-526-4122 Fort Carson Fee Range: $25-$28 Colorado Springs Country Club Map#: 36 Private 18R 719-473-1782 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 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $120 Desert Hawk at Pueblo West Map#: 120 Public 18R 719-547-2280 Pueblo West Fee Range: $25-$32 Eads Golf Course Map#: 232 Public 9R No Telephone Eads Fee Range: $3 Eisenhower Golf Club Map#: 62 Military 36R 719-333-2606 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $12-$50 Elmwood Golf Course Map#: 154 Public 18R 9E 719-561-4946 Pueblo Fee Range: $24-$26 Gleneagle Golf Club Map#: 77 Public 18R 719-488-0900 Colorado Springs Fees: N/A Hollydot Golf Course Map#: 97 Public 27R 719-676-3341 Colorado City Fee Range: $17-$23 Hugo Golf Club Map#: 234 Public 9S No Telephone 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 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $60-$75 La Junta Golf Club Map#: 107 Public 9R 719-384-7133 La Junta Fee Range: $10-$15 Las Animas Golf Course Map#: 112 Public 9R 719-456-2511 Las Animas Fee Range: $12 Mossland Memorial Golf Course Map#: 133 Public 9R 719-765-4659 Flagler Fees: N/A Patty Jewett Golf Course Map#: 143 Public 27R 719-385-6934 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 Rocky Ford Fee Range: $11 Sand Creek Golf Course Map#: 236 Public 9E 719-597-5489 Colorado Springs Fees: 8 Signature Golf Course Map#: 2 Public 18R 719-382-3649 Colorado Springs Fee Range: $20 -$25 Silver Spruce Golf Course Map#: 175 Military 18R 719-556-7414 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 970-925-2145 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 Private 18R 970-871-9200 Steamboat Springs Fees: Guests $135
Cattails Golf Club http://www.alamosacattails.com Map#: 24 Public 18R 719-589-9515 Alamosa Fee Range: $30 Designer: Dick Phelps Year Opened: 1992 Challenger Golf Course Map#: 119 Public 9E 719-256-4856 Crestone Fee Range: $20 Collegiate Peaks Golf Course Map#: 34 Public 9R 719-395-8189 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 Edwards Fee Range: $225-$235 Country Club of the Rockies Map#: 47 Private 18R 970-926-3021 Edwards Fees: Guests $75-$175 Crested Butte, The Club at Map#: 49 Resort 18R 970-349-6131 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) Eagle Fee Range: $45-$90 Eagle Springs Golf Club Map#: 58 Private 18R 970-926-4404 Wolcott Fees: Escorted Guests Only
Eagle Vail Golf Club http://www.eaglevailgolfclub.com Map#: 59 Resort 18R 800-341-8051 Avon Fee Range: $37-$46 Designer: Hughes/Phelps Year Opened: 1957
Estes Park Golf Course http://www.golfestes.com Map#: 64 Public 18R 970-586-8146 Estes Park Fee Range: $28 - $46 Designer: Dick Phelps Year Opened: 1957 Four Mile Ranch Golf Club Map#: 252 Public 18R 719-275-5400 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
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he desire to improve her game while making new friends in a casual setting, and not have it break the bank, prompted Sassy Golf founder and owner Nancy Collins to develop the concept for a different kind of women’s golf league —one that welcomed women of all levels and gave them opportunities to learn the game and have other women to golf with in a stress-free setting at half the cost. With an average of two-three weekly 9-hole rounds that always includes a golf lesson, golf cart, and beverage of their choice, women can come and play golf after work and on the weekends when it makes the most sense for them. “Why wait until you retire to learn or improve your golf game because you don’t have the time, money, or friends to golf with. With an average of 20 players at each event, and at over half the cost of what it would cost someone to do it on their own, it’s a no-brainer! We’re all about fun, friendship, variety, and stress-free golf outings at public and private courses around the Denver Metro area for cheap,” said Nancy. “ We have no hassles, no rules, no handicaps, just lots of great golf events for women of all ages, career women and moms
whose busy lives can’t be tied down to rigid requirements.” Sassy Golf’s unique “play and pay as you go” membership structure takes the pressure off members to adhere to schedules. The league offers weekly golf outings, clinics, and equipment demos that members can book when they can find time in their solidly booked calendars. There is no requirement to play a certain number of games each year. Members simply come and play as their schedules permit, so they never lose money by missing an event. And unlike conventional leagues, Sassy Golf will schedule events on all different afternoons each week, giving members a chance to improve their skills in a wide variety of courses and days. Collins giggles, “I can’t believe or be happier that we’re about to begin our fourth season and everyone is still cheering Sassy Golf on. I have to pinch myself because I’m still just a girl who wants to golf, learn as I go, while having fun doing it! So thank you Denver based golf companies and golf courses, for giving Sassy Golf just what we asked for….“a league of our own”!!
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bviously they talk about golf and business 2. When progressing to scratch, all players put in the necessary time required to achieve golfing and the next they you know they are comexcellence. bining their two expertise and “Voilà”; A 3. And finally when progressing toward becomgolf business is born. ing scratch players, all players focused more on That is exactly what happened when Denver developing golf skills versus working on swing Entrepreneur Victor Mason and Golf Teaching Pro mechanics. Trent Wearner got together in August 2010. They launched scratchgolfer.org, a unique membership Thus scratchgolfer.org was born. Scratchwebsite, when trying to answer a basic question. “How can we help busy professionals become bet- golfer.org integrates all these 3 commonalities in ter players”. Most people play golf and desire to their website. As Vic, explained; “As adults coming to golf later in life the opportunity to become better players and when be on a golf team has passed us asked, almost everyone answers bye. That is why we created a memsure “I would love to obtain scratch bership community, to attract likesomeday”. The reality is few people minded individuals serious about actually set out a plan to become betobtaining their golfing goals”. As Vic ter players let alone scratch players. and Trent explained; there is someThat is when we had our “a-ha” mothing magical about being on a ment, says Victor Mason and the forteam. You feel accountable to mation of scratchgolfer began. Trying someone else, someone else is to answer this simple question; “How counting on you and you are “on the can we help busy professionals berecord” for improving. This accome scratch golfers”? This basic Victor Mason countability is missing when we bequestion led to a second question. Golfers who have obtained scratch, “how did they come adults and then try to pursue our best golf. get there”? Using Trent’s expertise and 17 years of The scratchgolfer community links its members to experience the two set out to quantify what makes players all desiring to become better players and the difference. The answer that came back was re- ultimately become scratch players. To address the necessary time commitment, ally interesting, interesting because the golf industry does nothing to address the basic requirements. scratchgolfer created a unique game-tracking As Trent Wearner explains, “our research con- program that combines the support team concept cluded that the majority of scratch players had 3 with statistical averages that progress a player key components present when they progressed to step-by-step all the way to scratch. The statistical the scratch level”. “My experience with high averages for the four key contributors to one’s school and college level players found these 3 score are fairways, greens in regulation, putts and penalty strokes taken. Vic calls this unique procommonalities in all excellent players: gram; scratchtracker. It addresses the time com1. When progressing to scratch, all players had a mitment because it maximizes your actual playing supporting group. Often times this group was a rounds and turns those rounds into productive golf team, family members, or friends that held playing sessions because it forces you to stay fothe player accountable to achieve their stated cused on every shot. Why? Because scratchgolfer.org teaches its members to track the game golfing goals.
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Southbound and Down By Tom Olkowski, Ph.D Contributing Writer
lmost every golfer in the universe knows it’s going to happen sooner or later but like most surprises we never know quite when it’s going to occur. Last season my game hopped a freight and headed south. It started in late May at a 50th high school reunion scramble back in Detroit. You know how those events usually go, great for comradery but not for good golf – a six hour round, lots of joking and reminiscing, plenty of adult beverages, lunch at the turn, and in this case a course with long, lush roughs produced by heavy spring rains we rarely see here in Colorado. I had a great time socializing with old buddies although our quartet was one of the last to finish and most likely finished last in scoring as well. I didn’t even bother to look at the leader board afterward. That was followed by several delightful but disas-
trous rounds at Arrowhead where the breathtaking scenery lulls you into a trance and then the terrain and lightning-fast greens team up to destroy the spirit of even the most accomplished golfers. The fact that I was enjoying the company of close, out-of-town friends somehow disguised the fact that my game was slowly chugging in the wrong direction. As the summer wore on, a deteriorating disc in my back began to cause problems that eventually produced increasing amounts of pain. My drives, which had once been among the longest in our foursome, were suddenly the runts of the litter and concerns about the pain and its possible cure began to surface. My physical therapist, Brad Marquez, who had once worked on the PGA tour, reassured me that Fred Couples, Lee Trevino and David Duval, among others, had all experienced severe back troubles and had come back to play well on tour. Although I took solace in his words, I wondered if he realized that I’d never been tour material to start with. With the increasing pain came swing changes
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and doubts about shots that I had previously had complete confidence in. Those concerns led to a case of the “look-ups” so animated I could have modeled for a Sergio Garcia bobblehead doll or been mistaken for a spectator at a trampoline exhibition. What had begun as a promising season had become a runaway train marked by aches and pains, uncertain shots, silly mistakes and a loss of confidence. My handicap which had never been all that great increased by seven strokes (wonderful for tournaments but awful for the psyche) and, more significantly, my enjoyment of the game rapidly dwindled. The combination of these factors naturally led to a variety of irrational thoughts about possible miracle cures like taking more lessons, buying new clubs or attending church regularly, but looming in the background was the specter of back surgery and the worst scenario of all, perhaps having to give up the game completely. Thankfully my golf buddies remained encouraging and tolerated my frustrations. But despite my best efforts at positive thinking, my frame of mind reminded me of a joke that had made the rounds a few years back. A young woman spends hours putting on make-up
and dressing seductively for a date with a man to whom she is quite attracted. Despite all her efforts he seems distracted and expresses only passing interest in her. At dinner she tries to be engaging and flirtatious but again with little response on his part. On the way home she attempts to demonstrate her desire for a romantic encounter. Unfortunately her efforts all seem to go for naught and she becomes quite depressed as she wonders why she can’t stir his interest. Meanwhile throughout the evening, her date silently obsesses about how badly he had played golf that morning. So now with winter on the horizon I’ve decided to lay the clubs aside for a while, give my back time to heal, forget the awful shots of the year, clear my head of doubts about my game, watch a few swing tips on the Golf Channel and perhaps try to talk my wife into letting me buy a new set of clubs next season. And while I’m doing all that, I’ll be sitting in a railroad station keeping my eyes open for a train headed back on the right track.
Tom Olkowski, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Denver who is trying to hone the fine art of practicing what he preaches when it comes to positive thinking in the face of train wrecks. D
Are you a Princess? • Do you use your driver on a par three? • Would you even consider wearing pantyhose to play golf? • If you say you play in the 80’s and you mean the weather, not the score…. You are a princess! Order your copy of The Princess Golf Handbook today at
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Colorado Chevy Dealers Renew as 2011 Preferred Vehicle Partner of Colorado PGA Over 30 Years of Continuous Support as the Single Largest Local Partner of the Colorado Section PGA
he Colorado Chevy Dealers approved to continue their long term partnership with the Colorado PGA in 2011. With over 30 years of continuous support from the Colorado Chevy Dealers, the single largest local partner with the Colorado Section PGA, the Colorado PGA will be showcasing Chevrolet as the Preferred Vehicles of the Colorado Section PGA at such events as the Denver Golf Expo, February 11-13, and the 2011 Section Championships. Special thanks to A.J. Guanella, Executive of Burt
The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game and the desire to play more golf... Chevrolet and Scott Blewitt, Intermark Group, plus all 18 of the supportive Colorado Chevy Dealers: Burt Chevrolet, Englewood; Century Chevrolet, Broomfield; Cook Chevy-Olds, Craig; Ed Bozarth #1 Chevrolet, Park Meadow; Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, Aurora; Emich Chevrolet, Denver; Go Chevrolet, Denver; Hudson Auto Source, Silverthorne; Johnson Auto Plaza, Brighton; Len Lyall Chevrolet, Denver Medved Autoplex, Wheat Ridge; Medved Chevrolet South, Castle Rock; Mike Shaw Chevrolet, Denver; Purifoy Chevrolet, Fort Lupton; Stevinson Chevrolet West, Lakewood; Ghent Chevrolet, Greeley; Dellenbach Motors, Fort Collins; Davidson Gebhardt Chevrolet, Loveland. PGA of America The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced it leadership position in a $62 billion-a-year
industry by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions. Today’s PGA Professional is the public’s link to the game, serving an essential role in the operation of golf facilities throughout the country. About The PGA of America and the Colorado Section PGA Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold; to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. Established in 1957, the Colorado Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America has grown to be the one of the largest of the PGA’s fortyone sections with over 800 PGA Professional members. The Colorado Section PGA encompasses all of Colorado, the eastern half of Wyoming, and the cities of Spearfish and Rapid City, South Dakota, representing more than 240 golf facilities. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.
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Mesquite; the perfect warm weather hub 10th Hole at The Palms Golf Club
The Palms Golf Club is a great playing companion to the CasaBlanca Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada. Stay and play packages are available to fit every budget. Please visit http://www.casablancaresort.com
esquite, Nevada is a perfect warmweather hub for golf vacations, family reunions or even corporate escapes. Located a little more than an hour north of Las Vegas, Mesquite offers all of the elements to make your golf vacation a lifelong memory. With spectacular golf courses, exceptional dining, 24-hour action-packed casinos, luxurious accommodations, sparkling pools, live entertainment, soothing spa treatments and nearby national/state parks, Mesquite is a golferâ€™s paradise. The Palms Golf Club is a wonderful blend of two very diverse nines. The gently rolling front side offers expansive fairways with room to roam off the tee. The second nine flows through elevation changes where precision is far more critical than power. The par five 15th hole has a breathtaking view and a vertical drop of 114 feet. From the front side challenge of sparkling lakes and Palm tree-lined fairways to the back nine thrilled ride of elevated tees playing over deep canyons, you'll enjoy the richness of the Palms course while being surrounded by southwest desert and mountain serenity.
The CasaBlanca Golf Club is a championship course winding through the region's natural desert wetlands offering wonderful views of the surrounding Virgin River Mountains. No less than 13 of the 18 holes play either over or around water hazards. The CasaBlanca offers lush rye grass fairways, bent grass greens, white sand bunkers and sparkling lakes accented by wild desert flowers. The scenic and serene CasaBlanca can be played while walking or with carts. Five sets of tees allow golfers a fair chance on this championship golf course, which annually hosts the Nevada Open. The golf group staff at Black Gaming can assist with all the needed planning steps to take your next warm-weather golf vacation to championship level. Golf groups of any size receive detailed assistance to cover every aspect of your golf event. Stay and play golf events can be reserved for as low as $79 per person and include deluxe accommodations, golf, merchandise credit and a hosted reception. For more information please visit http://www.casablancaresort.com/mesquite-golfgroup.html. D
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Former Heather Ridge Country Club Now Offers Public Play
olf Club at Heather Ridge, formerly known as Heather Ridge Country Club in Aurora, created as a private club in 1973, is now open for public play offering the same quality conditions and service it had as a Country Club. The 6,106-yard course is known as a true ‘shotmaker’s course’. The greens are recognized as some of the best in the state because of their challenging design and great conditioning. The course is referred to as “Aurora’s Best Kept Golf Secret” and is now open, functioning and competing for public golfers. The 85-acre course, designed by Colorado architect Dick Phelps, flows through the residential community near I-225 and Iliff. It is that residential community that saved the golf course. After falling into receivership following the suicide of the owner in July 2008, the course was in limbo for 16 months while potential buyers inspected the property. Homeowners around the course feared the arrival of yet another developer and for the survival of the golf course so they banded together to buy the course and operate it themselves. The previous owner had sold off part of the property for condominiums and had tried to sell the fairways for $6.4 million where 3,000 more condominiums were envisioned. A self-taxing, nonprofit co-op was not easy to create. It took the coordination of 10 homeowner associations and a vote of 86 percent of the 1,127 homeowners to create a new municipal district to buy the course and large clubhouse. The homeowners voted to tax themselves $5.2 million, buy the course and forever control the amenity and their property values. Known as the Heather Ridge Metropolitan District #1, it has a board of 10 members and three managers that operate the course. The golf course offers Annual Passes and recently introduced the Premium Golf Cards which offer 20% more golf for your money. The benefits of
the Premium Card are that they do not expire and they are offered in 4 different pricing tiers to fit your budget. There has been a buzz around the Denver Metro Area about their fleet of covered carts. Patrons are raving about their warm and comfortable rounds of golf on the chillier winter days. Several patrons indicated that they would normally not be playing in the winter but now they are because of the warmth, comfort and convenience of the fleet of covered carts. Green fees are $23 Monday through Thursday and $29 Friday through Sunday. Tee times are taken seven days in advance by calling 303-755-3550 or online at http://www.GolfClubAtHeatherRidge.com. Annual passes and tournament information are available at 303-755-3550 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Golf Club at Heather Ridge will be offering an Exclusive Expo Special of 4 rounds of Golf for only $55* at the 2011 Denver Golf Expo. (see the ad in this edition for more details) Visit Booth #1009 to learn more about this great new public course in the heart of the Metro area. D
Nick 'The Hammer' Herrera Finishes 3rd at the 2010 Re/Max World Long Drive Competition
ach year over 10,000 competitors attempt to qualify for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Finals. Qualifying events take place in over 200 locations around the globe. There are six divisions all competing for prize money. The world finals are held in Mesquite, Nevada each year in October. This last year Colorado resident Nick 'The Hammer' Herrera had the privilege of competing in the finals in the Super Senior Division, ages 50 and up. “Competing against so many former world champions was very exciting,” stated The Hammer. “When I made it to the final round along with seven other competitors, it was surreal. It was a total thrill to be in the final round with so many legends.” When it was all said and done, The Hammer came in 3rd in the world in the Super Senior Division. Nick wants to send out a special thanks to his sponsors, including Total Beverage, Krank Golf and House of Forged. “I would also like to thank Mike
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Gorton for all of his support. What a great competitor,” Nick commented. He went on to say that competing in the 2010 Re/Max World Long Drive Championship was one of the most awesome experiences in his life. The sportsmanship and camaraderie was amazing. D
Equipment Review By Ed Buckley DIVOT Writer
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$89 Complete Including Grips EVERY SHAFT HAS A SPINE THAT CAUSES OFF CENTER HITS.
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I seldom recommend one golf magazine over another, but after reviewing this years equipment issue of GOLF DIGEST, I am making an exception. The February equipment issue, is one of the most informative issues I have read in some time. Besides the usual recommendations, listing rules, tips, and lessons, they have listed about every golf club of every brand on the market, with most, if not all of the physical characteristics of every club and every brand, including most of the performance characteristics. A key recommendation is that the one club that should be in every bag, is the Fairway Wood, that can be used for almost any fairway shot. Performance features are also listed for most clubs. I was also interested with the use of new materials , and the move to lighter shafts that usually provide for faster swing speeds. Had this information been available back in my club making days, I would be a rich man today Hit em long and straight! D
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Colorado Women's Golf Association News
2010 Season Wraps Up for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Aurora
By Amanda Schweda USGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern nother fun-filled season of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Aurora program has come to an end. Throughout the 2010 season, 20 girls participated in the program. The goal of the program is to promote golf to girls, ages 7 to 17, of all abilities, in a fun and supportive environment where they can build friendships. The Colorado Women’s Golf Association (CWGA) administers the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Aurora program held at CommonGround Golf Course. Funding of this program is made possible in part by the generous support of CWGA members, so a big thank you goes out to all of these women. Through professional instruction and time on CommonGround’s Par-3 Kids Course participants learned important golf and life skills. The girls were able to learn from Elena King and Gary Davis, some of the best instructors Colorado has to offer. Elena is a Class A member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division. Elena is a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division and a graduate of the University of Iowa. She is an accomplished player with many individual titles both as an amateur and a professional. Gary has been a
member of the PGA of America since 1995, and is a graduate of New Mexico State University. He has enjoyed success playing the game competitively at both the collegiate and professional levels. Both Elena and Gary have a true passion for helping others discover their potential. Each girl in the program receives one-on-one instruction to ensure they grasp the skills taught during each event. Besides learning golf skills, girls in the program had a ton of fun playing in scramble tournaments and participating in fun-themed days. Some of the most memorable activities included a Mother’s Day event, Bring a Friend Day, a breast cancer awareness event, and an end-of-the-season party. Games, prizes, and snacks were never lacking and neither were the smiles. During the events girls had the chance to dress up in Halloween costumes, make crafts, make new friends, and giggle.
The CWGA will be again be funding and administering the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Aurora program in 2011. Themed days, games, prizes, and fun are already in the works. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Aurora program or any of the other statewide LPGA-USGA Girls Golf programs, please contact the CWGA at 303-3667888 or 800-392-2942. D DIVOT Magazine
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By the Rules
Can Your Golf GPS Lead You Astray? You can be disqualified from the competition by using a device that measures distance, wind speed, wind direction, local temperature or slope. By Kim Nissen CWGA Director of Rules and Competitions hen buying a range finder or golf GPS, buyers beware! In an attempt to help your game by using a range finder or golf GPS to measure distances, you may inadvertently harm your game by using a device that does not conform with Rule 14-3 of The Rules of Golf. First of all it is important to know if the tournaments or league in which you play have adopted the Local Rule to allow the use of distance-measuring devices. If determined that your events allow the use of these devices, the Local Rule allows only distance to be measured. By using a device that measures distance in addition to providing information like wind speed, wind direction, local temperature, slope and/or gradient, you can be disqualified from the competition. The rationale behind disallowing these additional factors is that knowing some of this information could potentially assist you in making a stroke or gauge conditions that might affect your play. The same rules apply when purchasing a distance-measuring application for your cell phone. In addition to considering the features of these cell phone applications, you also need to be aware of other features installed on your phone (unrelated to golf such as a compass, level, or wind gauge, just to name a few) as these might help you in making a stroke. Even if
these features installed on your phone are not used, you still are not permitted to use the device. Here is a sample of devices and applications already tested and known to be non-conforming: • The iPhone 3GS is non-conforming due to an uninstallable compass. • The GolfLogix or OnPar downloadable applications are non-conforming due to their ability to suggest a club to use in making a stroke. The bottom line is that you can receive only distance information when using a range finder, golf GPS, or cell phone. If the device or cell phone provide information like wind speed, wind direction, local temperatures, a compass, slope, gradient, or even suggests what club you should use for your next shot, the device is considered not to be in compliance with The Rules of Golf. If you have any questions whether a cell phone application or other distance-measuring device is in compliance with Rule 14-3 you can always call the Colorado Women’s Golf Association. As a member service, the CWGA is always willing and able to answer your Rules questions. We also provide our member clubs with Rules seminars upon request.
If you are not a member and are looking to become one, please contact the CWGA. For all inquires please call 303-366-7888/800-3922942 or email cwga@COgolf.org. D DIVOT Magazine
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Published on Jan 1, 2011
Your Guide to Golf in Colorado! Experience the very latest golf news, events, deals, resorts and lifestyles that Colorado golf has to offer.