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Tour De Force Longmont native takes his game to the next level By Nathalie Winch Charlie Soule is a grounded golfer. He’s not looking toward super-stardom or claiming to be the next Tiger Woods. But one thing is certain, besides his humility, Soule possesses an unmatched resiliency. His resolve has allowed him the title that few mortals can bestow upon themselves, the distinguished title of professional golfer. It’s hard to imagine someone who was cut from the golf team both his freshman year in high school and his freshman year of college could ever turn pro, but that’s exactly what Soule has done. He started playing golf quite casually. In fact, he only started playing golf because he missed baseball sign-ups shortly after his family moved from Houston to Longmont. Since the Soules were new in town, and Charlie had not much else to do, he took his mother’s golf clubs and hit the Twin Peaks Golf Course. After playing around by himself, he had the courage to try out for the golf team his freshman year in high school. But he hadn’t honed his skills enough to make it onto the team. This didn’t discourage him. He continued to work on his game throughout the next year. And after a lot of practice and some lessons from Keith Martin, the pro at Sunset Golf Club at the time, he made the team his sophomore year, a feat that carried him through high school. “There was a great junior program at Sunset with Keith Martin when I was growing up,” Soule says. “We had a bunch of kids from that program that have gone on to play golf through college.” It would turn out that his golf career in college would look much the same as it did in high school. When Soule tried to walk on to the college team as a freshman at the University of 6
After Charlie Soule was cut from his high school and college golf teams, he returned in following years only to become the teams’ top player. (Courtesy University of Denver Clarion)
Denver he was turned away. But that was not the last DU’s coach, Eric Hoos, would see of the Longmont golfer. Soule was far from discouraged by being cut from the team. “I generally am pretty stubborn, and if somebody tells me ‘no’ it kind of makes me want something that much more,” he says. The tryout his sophomore year resulted with a place on the golf team. Soule attributes his drive to succeed to his stubborn nature and the values his parents taught him. “It’s just been something that’s been instilled in me through my folks. If you work hard, then you’ll see some success. And if you’re not going to work hard, there’s no need to do it at all.” Soule lived by those words throughout his FRONT RANGE GOLF
college golf career. Working with Hoos, Soule became a vital member of the Pioneers golf team. “I went from being the third or fourth guy on the team to being the No. 1 guy and being named All-Conference.” Soule not only received All Southwest Region honors, but he was also named All Sunbelt Conference and received national recognition during the rest of his remaining three years as a Pioneers golfer. “It was great, I enjoyed it,” Soule says. “But even when I won something or got an award, I never really sat around and enjoyed it. I was always like, ‘OK, what’s next?’” What was next for Soule was enough hard-earned success to acquire sponsors and tally up enough earnings on the mini-tour circuit to become a professional golfer. It might have been luck according to Soule, but it was his mental fortitude that acquired him one of his sponsors. “There’s a mental aspect of the game that I’ve always excelled at,” Soule says. “One of the sponsors, a gentleman with ties to DU, enjoyed my outlook mentally and wanted to help.”
This mental strength also got him in to three different nationwide tournaments since graduating from DU three years ago. He competed among 200 golfers for 14 spots in order to qualify for national tournaments in Kansas City, Kansas, Oregon and Omaha, Neb. “I think we’ve all choked at one point or another, but I don’t get shaken that easily. It’s kind of what keeps allowing me to play golf,” he says. “Good things don’t get me too high and bad things don’t get me too low.” His talent, sponsors and passion for golf has allowed him to make the sport his fulltime job for the past three years. He has called Arizona his home since January of this year while he competes in tournaments throughout the Southwest. “I’d like to win on the mini-tour circuit and be able to work my way up and play full time and on the nationwide or PGA tour,” Soule says. Until he makes a nationwide name for himself, Soule will continue to chip away at his goals with a level head and undying motivation.
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Junior golf programs a great way to learn golf By Summer Stair Learning and playing the game of golf can seem daunting. From the fundamentals to the mental strategies involved to the etiquette used on the course, a person can be quick to learn that golf is more than just a game. Because of the different facets of the game, starting at a young age can be beneficial. A great way for kids to be introduced and learn about golf is through junior golf programs. “Golf is parallel to life in so many ways and the discipline you have to acquire to become good requires so much mental discipline and patience,” says Keith Martin, PGA Class A-1 Head Professional at Twin Peaks Golf Course in Longmont. Most junior golf programs begin at the age of 5 and can range from two-day summer camps to individual lessons. Kids can learn the basics from PGA professionals and grow from there. Learning golf has many lifelong benefits. Tray Shehee, the 2008 Colorado PGA Junior
Kids have fun at junior golf camp, while learning the basics of golf. (Courtesy Longmont Junior Golf Program) 8
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Golf Leader and PGA Teaching Professional at Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont, says golf has so much to offer kids aside from the physical activity. “It teaches kids life skills, such as honesty, integrity, leadership, dedication and perseverance,” he says. “The kids really get a lot out of it, and it can lead to other things like college scholarships or eventually a career as a pro.” Martin agrees. “You can see a lot on the golf course,” he says. “Because you have to be accurate, it promotes honesty which is something we can never have too much of.” If kids or parents are interested in getting involved, both Martin and Shehee say to make sure they are learning the game from a PGA professional. “Good fundamentals are important,” Martin says. “If you let the professionals do their job, you will have a lot of kids who love golf.” While golf may seem like an expensive sport to start, it’s not. Shehee says kids don’t even need their own golf clubs for camp. “They just need to come with a smile on their face, tennis shoes and be ready to rock ‘n’ roll,” he says. Once a kid gets more serious about the sport, they can often purchase used clubs at a discounted price and kids can practice for free at golf courses, too. “Just give kids the opportunity,” Martin says. “Once they’re at the golf course practicing and just being around it, they’ll fall in love with it.” For more information on junior golf programs visit your city Web site or contact local golf courses. FRONT RANGE GOLF
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By Nathalie Winch There can often be nothing more stunning to a golfer than a well-kept course. A golf course’s conditions are scrutinized around the world so certain courses are lauded for things such as playability, design variety, aesthetics, conditions, ambience and resistance to scoring. Local golfers are lucky enough to enjoy several award-winning courses throughout the Front Range. Three public courses held in particularly high esteem are Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden and The Dunes and The Knolls at Riverdale Golf Club in Brighton. When Fossil Trace was built in 2003, it was named one of the Top 10 New Courses You Can Play by Golf Magazine. Since then, the course has been recognized by a variety of people from all four corners of the country. “We’ve been very, very blessed,” says Fossil Trace’s PGA Head Golf Professional Jim Hajek. ESPN named Fossil Trace the No. 1 golf course in Denver in 2007. The course has consistently achieved a number of other honors throughout the years by Colorado Avid Golfer, Westword Magazine, State FRONT RANGE GOLF
Golfweek, Golf Digest, Golf Inc. Magazine and PGA Colorado Professional Golfers Association. Besides being kept in perfect conditions, Hajek says the course’s No. 1 trait is its immeasurable character. “People say, ‘Man, that was just a good time.’ And that’s what golf is supposed to be – fun.” The name Fossil Trace comes from the more than 60-million-year-old trace fossils that can be found at the 12th hole. In addition, three pieces of ancient clay-mine machinery embedded within the ground were left intact at the 11th and 15th holes to further adorn the course and honor its rich history. A giant triceratops skull (it’s teeth measure about 6 inches long), called “Miss Terri Triceratops,” is one of the several trace fossils excavated during construction and is currently on exhibit along with other fossils in the clubhouse. Riverdale Golf Club can boast two of Brighton’s top golf courses, The Dunes and The Knolls. The Dunes, being the more famous of the two, was designed by the acclaimed Pete and Parry Dye as a Scottishstyle links course along the South Platte 11
River. It has been honored by Golf Digest, Avid Golfer and has been chosen as the site for many tournaments throughout the years. Golf magazine named The Dunes as one of America’s most affordable courses, and Colorado Golfer awarded it the No. 1 public course in the state. “People come from across the country to play it,” says Riverdale Golf Course PGA Head Professional Jeff Meeker of one of the state’s most famous destination courses. The Knolls was constructed to be in direct opposition from The Dunes in both playability and affordability. It is a park-style course known for its great dollar value and good course management, according to Riverdale’s Web site, www.riverdalegolf.com. And although it has been called “the forgotten course” at Riverdale, it is still respected for having great hazards and beautiful greens. Both Riverdale and Fossil Trace, although honored for their courses’ benefits, can also boast beautiful views from their clubhouses’
The Knolls Clubhouse at Riverdale Golf Club in Brighton offers great opportunities for golfers to enjoy. Below: The Knolls boasts beautiful views from hole No. 8. (Courtesy Riverdale Golf Club)
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Guy Mertz gears up for a big year
By Summer Stair For Longmont resident and avid golfer Guy Mertz, 2010 could be a big year. This is the year Mertz has targeted for his first U.S. PGA Senior Tour tryout in the fall. “I took 18 years off competitive play,” Mertz says. “Hopefully, I can now win as a senior.” Mertz has been competing in the Colorado State Amateur Golf Association the last couple of years and has made his name known around the circuit. In fact, last year he was high in the rankings, but ended up losing in the state finals. Mertz is no stranger to golf though. It was in Rochester, Minn., at the age of 8, when he first started playing golf. Mertz’s father, an avid golfer himself, taught him. From the beginning, Mertz loved golf. He always sought out challenges and worked on making his game better. For Mertz the best part about golf is improving. “I play golf to get better every day,” he says. “I enjoy the challenge of getting better.” Mertz played on his local high school team and got a partial scholarship when he headed off to college. By that time it was the late 1980s and Mertz was enjoying the competition. In 1988, he won the state golf championship. And in 1990, he played in the U.S. PGA Amateur Association. Even though Mertz was playing and improving his golf game, there came a FRONT RANGE GOLF
point when he had to make a decision about his career. Mertz chose a career in dentistry over turning golf into a full-time job and eventually opened Mertz Family Dentistry in Longmont. “School was always my No. 1 goal. It is tough to make it as a professional and I knew I wanted a family.” In 2003, Mertz tested his competitive skills when he went to Portugal to see if he could qualify for the annual European Tour. After the experience, Mertz says he realized he could be good enough to compete, but that he needed to make golf a full-time job and not just a hobby. That’s when he decided he would wait a couple more years until his kids were grown. Now, after an 18-year hiatus from competitive golf, Mertz is hoping to transition from the Colorado Amateur Golf Tour to something bigger. With his kids grown and starting lives of their own, Mertz wants to get back to what he loves about golf: the challenge of competition. “Everyday is different and that’s the challenge of the game,” he says. “To be a good player you have to be able to make adjustments on the course and
know your course. You do this by competing and getting better.” Mertz’s long-time friend and fellow golfer Todd O’Donnell, a CPA at O’Donnell, Fowler and Plaster in Longmont, says Mertz has always known his priorities. “His family has always come first and golf is a close second,” O’Donnell says. “He’s got a burning passion for the game and is competitive in a fun way. He is very sportsman like, but loves a good challenge.” O’Donnell first met Mertz on the golf course and instantly liked him. “You can play 18 holes of golf with someone and know more about them than if you spent a couple of weeks with them,” he says. While O’Donnell is impressed with what Mertz has done with his golf game, he knows that Mertz has a strong drive to be competitive at the highest level that he can. “His sights are set at a higher level,” O’Donnell says. But as far as Mertz goes, as long as he is playing and improving he will be happy. “I am going to play golf until I die,” he says.
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Golf simulator offers lifelike play By Summer Stair Inside the building of Leonard’s Golf in Erie I can feel the concentration, see the swing and hear the club hit the ball. Then right before my eyes the ball is in the air soaring across the greens displayed on the giant screen in front of the player. Even though I’m inside a building, the PGA Tour Simulator pulls me in as four women play the rugged-terrain of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Yes, the world-renowned Pebble Beach in California, but the difference is these women are playing it in Colorado. “We would never get to play there otherwise,” says Paula Sinn-Penfold, as she motions toward the simulator. “So it makes it a lot of fun.” The cost of travel and the green fees on courses, such as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews in Scotland, are not a reality for many golfers. That is one reason why Leonard Hermosillo, owner of Leonard’s Golf in Erie, wanted to provide the simulator for local golfers. The PGA Tour Simulator is known for its FRONT RANGE GOLF
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The right equipment can shape your golf game
Gear Up By Kristi Ritter There are many types of golf equipment you can use that will improve your game. However, finding those pieces may be a little daunting with all the choices available. One step inside a golf shop and you’ll be presented with options ranging from golf clubs to putting greens to shoes. In fact, every piece of equipment you buy will help shape your game on the course. But where do you start? Shawn Walsh, golf merchandise manager at Colorado Ski & Golf, says golf experts at pro shops can recommend equipment pieces that will lend greatness to your game and help propel your game to professional status. Here are some tips from Walsh on some of the essentials for the game. Clubs When it comes to purchasing golf clubs, Walsh advises to “spend your money on the part of the game that will make the biggest difference on your game.” For beginners in the sport, the first thought may be to buy a starter set of clubs. But in Walsh’s experience, buying the cheapest clubs isn’t the best investment. “Purchase something that you can grow with,” he says. While most golfers will purchase clubs they can use for a few years, there are some golfers who want the latest and greatest clubs to hit the market, sending them to stores annually to snatch up that year’s goodies. However, choosing golf clubs is an extremely individual task, one best determined between the golfer and a professional club fitter. It will also help for a golfer to know his or her personal style, giving the club fitter the information they need to find a set of clubs that will best fit their golfing style and swing. Once a set of clubs is chosen, be sure to select a golf bag that will house the new clubs, along with all the other gear for the game.
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Garmin Approach Golf Balls G5 GPS-Enabled Golf balls are not created equal, Golf Handheld and in order to sink them people GPS (Courtesy will need to match their swing Garmin) and level of play with the type of golf balls they use. Walsh described three common golf ball types. The first are the value golf balls, which are ideal for beginners in the game not only for their cheap price, but also because they are made to provide great distance on the course. Quite often beginners have a slower swing as they’re developing their game, so the rubber core in these value balls will help transfer the energy from the swing to the ball. These golf balls will also sound almost metallic-like because they are made of a more durable material. And at only $8 to $10 a dozen, these golf balls are easy on the wallet. From the value balls, golfers will move up to a mid-level golf ball that runs around $30 a dozen. “The majority of golfers will benefit from these balls because they won’t spin as much, but they are still good on distance,” Walsh says. Finally, premium golf balls run $40 to $50 a dozen and are composed of a softer material that gives top amateurs and professionals better, higher spin and softer The size of tees have also dramatically feel on the ball rather than durability and the changed throughout the years, with the standistance from lower priced golf balls. dard length of 2 inches in the past. Today, the standard length is more around 23/4 inchHowever, the feel of the ball isn’t referring es, but Walsh says the biggest seller at Colto the touch of it, but instead the sound the orado Ski & Golf is 31/4 inches. So why the golf ball makes when hit with a club. “The longer size overall in golf tees? Walsh says biggest difference in golf balls is the feel of it’s because the size of the driver has gotten the ball versus the durability and distance,” larger, thus making its stand for a longer tee. he says.
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determine the distance to the objective much easier. “It’s the fastest growing part of the golf market,” he says, adding that the USGA made certain models legal to use in tournament play within the past few years. For the casual golfer there are non-rules conforming models. These high-tech gadgets make determining angles and distances easier on the golfer, taking the guess work out of deciding what clubs to use. Clothing Many golf courses have a dress code, making it easier for golfers to choose attire. But even with a dress code, selecting something comfortable for nine, 18 or even 36 holes of golf may require some shopping trips. Walsh says many golfers turn toward technical and synthetic fabrics that breathe and wick moisture away from the body. Quite often these fabrics are light weight, hold their shape and are wrinkle resistant. The style of clothing also depends on how a person likes it to fit. Walsh says the majority of golfers still want a looser fit, but some professionals desire tighter fit clothing.
The 2010 footwear collection from Nike includes great choices for men and women golfers. Above is the Nike Air Academy for men, and right the Nike Delight II for women. (Courtesy Nike) 22
The men’s and women’s collections from Nike for spring 2010 include a variety of options for every golfer. Left is the women’s Color Block Polo and right is the Sphere Print Polo for men. (Courtesy Nike)
Shoes Specifically designed golf shoes are necessary and will make a difference in performance, especially as people improve their game. Having a good pair of shoes has a lot to do with the stability under a person’s feet, Walsh says. “Your swing will benefit from having a solid pair of shoes.” Golf shoes are designed to be responsive to the golfer’s movements, helping to determine the amount of energy reserved for a good swing simply through the way the person stands or puts pressure on the shoes. “You’re putting a lot of movement into your swing, so having that lateral stability in the shoe will help your game,” Walsh says. FRONT RANGE GOLF
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Golf game success starts with building strength By Kristi Ritter Two years ago, Matt McMullen figured he could use some fitness training to improve his golf game. When he discovered Boulder’s RallySport offers golf fitness courses, he signed up. McMullen, a Boulder resident, suffers from a herniated disc in his back and has had cortisone shots to help with the pain. However, he knew with a third shot he’d be looking at surgery, which wasn’t something
Front to back: Barb Frey, Keith Nichols and Don Frey do a side to side speed ladder drill that helps in coordination of the feet and body, as well as side to side weight transition. (Paul Litman) 24
Bob Crouch and Nick Johnson do a single leg rotate and pass partner drill that focuses on rotation through the hip, balance and generating power. Right: Nick Johnson does a side lunge with a rotational arm finish that develops power through the lead arm, and spinal and shoulder rotation around a stable base. (Paul Litman)
he wanted to go through. The classes addressed McMullen’s back flexibility to gain more movement around his spine. Class instructors also noticed his hips were tight, causing unnecessary strain on his lower back. Looking further into his history, he realized he was using his back more than his abs. “In my first year I gained core strength and balance for my golf game,” he says. “I also dropped six strokes in my handicap, from a 14 down to an eight.” McMullen was so pleased with the results that he went back for a second year, this time focusing on gaining extra distance for his game. Dillon Johnson, PTAG-CPT, TPI, director of golf and customer service at RallySport, started the classes as a way for golfers to train for their game, which can be extremely taxing on a body. Back pain is a common problem with golfers, who often feel it half way through and need to turn to pain medicine to make it through. However, Johnson says by building strength and working out the muscles, most people can play several rounds of golf in a day, all pain free. After six years in the golf business, Johnson turned to the Titleist Performance Institute, a leading source for golf fitness, for a foundation for his classes. The TPI compiled information from more than 10,000 golfers as to what type of strength training, Pilates, yoga and other exercises FRONT RANGE GOLF
General tips for golf fitness Dillon Johnson, director of golf and customer service at RallySport in Boulder, recommends golfers focus on these areas when getting in shape for golf. • Develop your balance. • Work on hip mobility, including exterior and interior rotation of the hips. • Develop your glute, abs and oblique strength. This is your rotation power and your foundation to keep your back where it needs to be. • Develop the stability of your muscles in your mid- to upper-back. By securing those muscles your back will feel relief. By developing stability throughout your body, you will gain mobility to help your game. 26
Left moving clockwise, Don Frey, Carol Ziegenhagen, Dillon Johnson, Barb Frey and Keith Nichols. The two sets of partners are doing oblique side bends with band resistance that focuses mostly on the strength of your obliques, but also involve the core, shoulders and entire body. (Paul Litman)
helped to address fitness needs and training for golfers. Johnson also uses a function movement system called Kinesis (Greek for movement), which is a series of movement cables designed of constantly changing routines that create unique energy addressing balance, flexibility and strength. By combining the best elements from those areas, he designed the classes to address overall golf and body fitness resulting in a better golf game. “It’s golf training, but it’s also life training,” he says. “And it’s a program that makes sense for golfers, and it isn’t intimidating.” The training starts with an assessment protocol that looks at a person’s body to evaluate different points that cause restrictions throughout the golf swing, resulting in swing faults, such as over the top, early extension, reverse spine angle and casting. Johnson says he can tell how a person’s swing will look just by looking at the physical assessments. Keeping those restrictions in mind, Johnson looks at exercises that can correct the swing faults without even picking up a golf club. McMullen says the TPI regime is similar to what the professional golfers use for their training, which he feels has completely improved his game. “The classes have allowed me to be active again, and do the things I love – run, play basketball and golf.” In his second year of classes, McMullen has been focusing on power and speed. With more speed behind the club and good timing, it translates into hitting the ball farther.” There are two ways golfers can work on their game: on the course and through fitness. Johnson says fitness is equally important to the game of golf. “In order to do what your golf pro wants you to do, your body has to be able to do it.” The golf fitness classes address three stages of training. First is mechanics, movement and endurance, where golfers develop the FRONT RANGE GOLF
“Golf is a game of timing, but if there is not timing with the muscles, you can’t perfect your game.” Dillon Johnson foundation needed for the game. Second is working on balance, strength and consistency, and finally power, speed, timing and motor skills. “Golf is a game of timing, but if there is not timing with the muscles, you can’t perfect your game,” Johnson says. Boulder resident Michael Greenwood enrolled in the classes to help eliminate back pain. Not only did he do that, but he’s also in overall better shape, he lost weight and gained strength. “I have better control of my swing now,” he says. “Now, I’m looking to bring my handicap down.” The classes run in six-week sessions during the off season, from the first week in November through late-April. At the end of each of the three sessions, Johnson says they cross train and gather swing data for participants at Leonard’s Golf in Erie. Through a systematic video analysis, people can look at their club head speed, efficiency/“smashfactor” and swing to see how their game has improved and what restrictions are remaining that need to be addressed. By the end of the three sessions, class participants are ready to hit the course and put their training into action. However, Johnson cautions that the fitness training shouldn’t end there. RallySport offers a Golf Conditioning Summer Maintenance Program that keeps the body fit throughout the season and on top of the game. McMullen didn’t enroll in last summer’s program, but by the end of the season his body didn’t feel as strong. This summer he’ll enlist in the summer program to keep his body in the game. Find out how RallySport golf fitness classes can improve your game. Call 303-449-4800 or visit rallysportboulder.com. FRONT RANGE GOLF
Following Etiquette Maintaining the pace of play is vital to the game By Kimberly Crater Golf is a unique and chivalrous sport where, for the most part, players are responsible for themselves. While there are rules and a code of ethics, it is up to the individual players to be honest and accountable. It is important for golfers to use proper etiquette to ensure a fun game for everyone on the course. Pace of Play One of the most important and violated rules of golf etiquette is maintaining the pace of play, or how long it takes to play a game, says Steve Miller, the pro at Haystack Mountain Golf Course in Niwot. On average it should take two hours or less to play nine holes and four or less to play the full 18. Here are a few tricks to help stay on pace especially for beginners. • Cut down the pre-shot routine. Once a
player gets better, a pre-shot routine can be helpful, but for beginners it is better to hit the ball. “Don’t overthink it, just hit it and go chase it,” says Miller, who has a master’s degree in transitional counseling psychology from Naropa University in Boulder. • Set a shot limit. It is OK to set a number of strokes to take per hole, and if you can’t make it don’t worry about picking up the ball and moving on to the next hole. It is technically against the rules of golf to pick up the ball, but other players will be more appreciative if you are willing to move ahead. “The reality is in golf nobody cares how you play, they are too worried about how they play,” Miller says. • Keep up with the group in front of you. If it is a busy day, keep the other players in mind. If the group behind you is playing faster, let them play through. It should take between 13 and 15 minutes to finish each hole. • Cut down on wasted time. Pay attention to where you place your bag and think a few steps ahead to reduce the time spent walking back and forth across the course. Bringing your own bag so you do not have to share clubs can be a huge time saver. Many of the
little things add up to wasted time. Take Care of the Course Another important rule of golf etiquette is to maintain the golf course. “It’s every player’s responsibility to do as best as you can to improve the course,” Miller says. “Everyone behind you has to play through the wake of destruction you may or may not leave.” • Fix ball marks. Help repair the course and leave it in excellent condition to make it more enjoyable for other players. • Repair dibits. If you make a dibit, put the grass back in the ground as best you can. “If people knew how much went into taking care of the course, they would naturally want to help out,” Miller says. • Be careful on the greens. The short grass on the greens makes them the most labor intensive part of the course and the easiest to destroy. Walk on the green as if it were “sacred ground,” Miller says. • Fix more than you destroy. While you
fix a ball mark or dibit, if you see someone else left one, fix it as well. “Just because you didn’t cause it, doesn’t mean you can’t fix it,” he says. Be Friendly Golf is often characterized by bitter rivalries on the course. When the game ends though, the friendship should remain untarnished. “Friendly interaction with people is really what golf is all about,” Miller says. • Respect the space of other players. When someone else is playing, give them enough space and try not to move around. • Be quiet. Golf often relies on individual reflection. Give the other players time to think through the shot. • Think about what you would want. Treat other players with the same respect that you would want. If you are confused about how to act, Millers says ask yourself, “How would I want myself to behave?”
Clubs offer chance for socializing By Kristi Ritter Socializing is part of the game of golf, as men and women take to the course with friends to enjoy a round of golf and conversation. However, for new members who join a golf club or are looking for a pickup game, acclimating to the local course may be more difficult if you don’t know anyone. Many local courses have organized men’s, ladies and couples associations that come together for games and social activities. Mike Ball, the head golf professional at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, says the men’s, ladies and couples associations have been a part of their club for quite a few years. “We try to accommodate both our women and men golfers in a more organized fashion,” he says. “The associations create a structure and basis for the events for the season.” The associations expedite new members and guests to get into the club by playing in events and meeting friends within a short time. They also allow for structured tournaments, as well as social gatherings throughout the year. The men’s group organizes a signature event annually called the Ptarp Shoot. This four-day member/guest event attracts participating members and their guests from all over the nation. “The guys work on their 30
games to gear up for this event, which includes 144 players,” he says. “It’s a huge social and competitive event. And it’s a big honor to win this.” In recent years, the ladies association has had a big invitational. However, this year they’ll be starting their own member/guest event, but on a smaller scale than their counter parts. Ball says the ladies do a lot of their events on Wednesday, which is the designated ladies day at the club. The associations have extensive calendars throughout the year made up of golf and social events, which keeps members busy and involved. “It’s a great combination of competitive and social golf,” Ball says. The social aspect of the men’s and ladies clubs are key at Lake Arbor Golf Club in Arvada. Bobby Quaratino, golf professional at Lake Arbor, says the men’s and two ladies clubs (one for a nine- and 18-hole club) easily have 350 to 400 members combined. “While there is a little competition in the game, the clubs are more of a social aspect than anything,” he says. “It’s an opportunity to get out and play with friends, get a little exercise and have fun.” The clubs at Lake Arbor have been around since the early 1970s when the course was bought out by the city of Arvada. They’ve definitely grown in size throughout the FRONT RANGE GOLF
years, mainly through word of mouth. Quaratino helps with the clubs organization by helping to plan special events throughout the year, from golf tournaments to banquets. The ladies club has an annual Carousel Invitational that is a big event for the entire state. â€œItâ€™s another option for them and another opportunity to play golf,â€? he says. â€œIt also gives them an opportunity to meet new people and socialize.â€? Having the specific gender clubs also gives some people an opportunity to learn the game at their own speed. Ball says he notices that specifically with the ladies, who on average have higher handicaps than men, tend to relax more when they have their own day and time on the course. â€œThey can learn the game on their own terms and play with the players of their own ability,â€? he says. But then again, there are also some men who are new to the game and may feel intimated to play with more advanced players. The associations also give them the opportunity to play and learn the game at their own pace.
The menâ€™s club at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins participate in many activities, from social hours after a round of golf to organized tournaments. (Courtesy Ptarmigan Country Club)
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Restaurant offers golfers great food, a place to relax By Summer Stair After 18 holes there’s nothing better than sitting down with friends, tallying up score cards and having a drink or grabbing a bite to eat. That’s where golf course restaurants come into play. They’re not only a great place to dine, but often a great place to socialize. Stone Ridge Grille at Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland is one such place that caters to the likes of golfers, as well as the public. Stone Ridge Grille opened its doors in May 2009, and has continued in the off season finding support from surrounding neighborhoods. Surrounded by the Thompson Valley and Thompson River, the views offered by the restaurant are spectacular. When the weather is warm and the patios are open, diners can choose to sit outside with views of Thompson Valley on one side and the Colorado Front Range with Longs Peak and Mount Meeker taking center stage on the other. And if they’re lucky, Pikes Peak can be seen from the restaurant windows on a clear day, says co-owner Dan Timm, who owns the restaurant with Scott Kintz. The restaurant serves breakfast burritos during golf season with lunch and dinner year-round. But what makes the restaurant unique is a menu centered around ingredients that can be found in Colorado – fondly referred to as Colorado Casual by Timm. Unique and popular entrees served at the restaurant include the Pepper-encrusted Elk Tenderloin, Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Sirloin and the Stuffed Jumbo Prawn served on Fettuccini with roasted red pepper cream sauce. The buffalo burgers and Colorado sausage remain popular, as well as the Rocky Mountain Oysters, which are served as an appetizer, sandwich and entree. 32
Stone Ridge Grille located at the Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland has a Colorado inspired menu. (Paul Litman)
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Irwin succeeds in golf, in life By Kristi Ritter Growing up in Baxter Springs, Kansas, a small town in the southeast area of the state, Hale Irwin started learning the game on a nine-hole sand green public golf course. His dad also enjoyed the game for recreation and gave his son coaching tips on the technique and etiquette of the game. By the time he was 14 years old, Irwin had already broken a score of 70 on the course. But his future was changing, as the family relocated to Boulder. He was immediately ushered into the sports culture in Boulder, including baseball, basketball, golf and football. In his spare time he found what is now called Flatirons Golf Club, and scoured the grounds for golf balls and other novelties. As the quarterback of Boulder High School football team, he led the team to a state title, earning him a scholarship to the University of Colorado. His game of golf wasn’t far behind, with numerous state championships under his belt. “I liked the individuality of the game,” Irwin says. “You didn’t need other players. And there was something in the challenge of the game that allowed me to overcome other challenges in life.” He entered the university playing two sports, an unusual and challenging task for
Hale Irwin played both golf and football for the University of Colorado at Boulder during the 1960s. (Courtesy University of Colorado) 38
Hale Irwin at the 2004 FORD Seniors Players Championship at the TPC Michigan in Dearborn. (Courtesy Stan Badz)
any young athlete. But with Irwin’s strong upbringing and the support of his family, he succeeded. He was a four-year letterman in golf and won the Big 8 Conference Championship two years running and the 1967 National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. As a football defensive back, he was a two-time All Big 8 selection. Irwin was a three-time Academic All-American who earned a spot as a member of Colorado’s All-Century Football Team. His uncanny achievements in both sports allowed him to be inducted in to the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. While his football game got him into the university, he knew he wasn’t going to be a professional. Golf on the other hand was his dream. “I even remember writing a paper in the eighth grade about wanting to grow up and be a professional golfer,” he says. Following his dream, golf became his main sport, although he admits that football kind of helped his game since he played FRONT RANGE GOLF
individual positions that were out on their When Irwin and his wife moved to own. “All the sports kind of meshed together Paradise Valley, Arizona, the business partto help my outlook on sports,” he says. nership ended and Irwin continued with his design work. Today, Steve, a Denver resident, During his junior year at the university, is an intricate part of the business, helping to Irwin met his wife-to-be, Sally. When he spearhead new projects. graduated in January 1968 with a degree in Irwin’s ties to marketing, he signed Colorado continue, with the Professional including being supGolf Association tour in portive of the CU sports April and started department throughout playing in May. Sally the years. His family is finished her degree in another main part of his physical therapy, and in ties to the state – his September they were parents were Boulder married. residents until they passed away, his brother The newlyweds setis a Boulder resident tled in St. Louis, Mo., and Steve lives in where they had a daughDenver. ter, Becky, and a son, Steve, who followed in While there are many his father’s footsteps in golf courses along the the game of golf. Steve Front Range that Irwin was a second generation remembers fondly, three University of Colorado Denver courses (Cherry student who played on Hills, Denver Country the golf team and won Club and Columbine), numerous champias well as Flatirons Golf Hale Irwin has won numerous awards onships. Course in Boulder – throughout his golf career. (Courtesy where he searched for Irwin went on to play Steve Irwin) golf balls as a child – are in a number of profesones that rank high in sional tours. He won 20 his memories. tournaments, including three US Opens. He Irwin continues to joined the Champions play on the PGA tour, tour in 1995 and but there are some became the all-time highlights that have a leader in wins, 45, and special memory, includearnings. ing his first professional win on the tour in Playing on many November 1971. “It was courses throughout his a very special time for a career, Irwin began to young kid starting out,” he says look at the designs with a new light. “In the beginning of my career I was playing all The three US Open wins were also these courses, and I was intrigued by the important to Irwin because they came in design,” he says. “I had all of these ideas for three different eras in his career. And the my own designs.” opportunity to play on five Ryder Cup teams was a great honor. In 1986, he founded Hale Irwin Golf Designs that allowed him to design golf On the family side of Irwin’s life, there courses nationwide. In the beginning, his was also success. “When Steve and I won the brother-in-law helped in the business by father-son event in Florida in 2003, that was managing some of the courses around the St. a very special time for the both of us,” he Louis area. says.
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Expert advice for beginners By Nathalie Winch Whether a person is young or old, athletic or not, golf is a sport that anyone can learn. “The best thing about golf is that you can start at any age,” says Pete Larson, a professional golf instructor who coaches throughout the Front Range. “Even if you have physical limitations, anyone can play this game at any time.” But before someone jumps into the game, beginners are likely to benefit from some expert advice. Larson’s No. 1 tip for beginners is to take lessons. A coach can teach a beginner the fundamentals of the long and short game and can help with common golf etiquette. Golfers are known to place a high premium on etiquette, Larson says. For example, every golfer – whether a beginner or expert – is expected to respect a particular pace of FRONT RANGE GOLF
play. Larson recommends beginners practice on nine-hole and par-3 courses because these kinds of courses don’t place as much pressure on pace of play. They are also less expensive. Arrowhead Golf Club General Manager and Ladies Professional Golf Association Pro Susie Helmerich recommends beginners call a golf course in advance to find out its slowest times. “One of the worst things for beginners is to feel intimidated or feel rushed,” she says. “The best atmosphere for beginners is to play when the course isn’t busy so they can take their time.” Helmerich says beginners should not be afraid to ask questions. “For example, don’t be afraid to ask where the driving range is located, or how to get to the first hole,” she says. “The staff is there to help, not intimidate.” 41
Beginners’ most common questions answered Arrowhead Golf Club General Manager and Ladies Professional Golf Association Pro Susie Helmerich answers some of the most common questions posed by beginning golfers. How long does it take to play a round of golf? One round of golf can take anywhere from four-and-a-half to five-and-a-half hours for 18 holes. It’s typically faster to play on weekdays when courses are not as crowded. How much does it cost to play a round of golf? It depends on the caliber of the golf course. A game can range anywhere from $10 to $300 dollars. There are even courses with green fees of $500. Which set of tees on the tee box should I use? Beginners should use the forward tees, which are typically referred to as the ladies’ tees, but are not gender specific. Forward tees make the course shorter and typically avoid hazards, such as water, a rough (where the thicker grass lies around the greens) or a ditch. How high should I tee the ball on the tee box? It depends on what club you’re using. If you’re using a driver you want to tee it up higher than an iron or a fairway. Where can I drive the golf cart on the course? It depends on the course. Some are cart-path only. Some have a 90-degree rule, which means you can drive down the side of the course and then drive over to the ball.
What is golf etiquette? Etiquette is the respect of certain rules and traditions of the game. For example, how you act, dress and treat fellow golfers are all encompassed in the game’s etiquette. 42
Do golf courses have dress codes? Some do, some don’t. For example, some golf courses request no denim and no cutoff T-shirts. Some require spikeless shoes. Certain courses have a collared-shirt rule, or shorts must be worn at a certain length. It depends on the course. What’s the proper way to rake a sand bunker? Enter a bunker from the low side to walk to your ball. Then, after you hit your shot, rake your footprints back the way you came in. Rake the sand level, and leave no footprint behind.
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Tailored clubs can improve your game By Nathalie Winch PGA professional golf club fitter Brian Lindstrom, of Collindale Golf Academy in Fort Collins, equates buying a set of clubs with choosing the right running shoe. “You want to have the right size shoe on before you run a marathon, don’t you? It’s the same for golf clubs.” In essence, Lindstrom and most other PGA professionals agree, golfers should have clubs that are custom fit to their size and swing. If golfers choose to play with clubs that are directly off the rack, they might compensate their swing to the angle of the clubhead or the length of the shaft, for example, which will cause the golfer to exert extra effort, Lindstrom says. “My job is to take that wasted motion out and to make it more fun and allow that effortless swing to show up,” he says. As a professional club fitter, Lindstrom specializes in fitting golfers to the right size clubs. “Part of it is being able to explain the technology of fitting clubs, the other part is getting golfers to experience it for themselves,” Lindstrom says. “It’s part science, part art form.” If golfers swing with the wrong size clubs for a long enough time, bad habits could develop, according to Lindstrom, who has more than 20 years of experience as a golf instructor. “Something that golf teachers understand is the relationship between the club and how it effects a golfer’s swing,” he says. “It really takes someone who has studied golf a great deal to know what’s going to help one player and not another.” The type of clubhead, its lie angle, the length and flexibility of the shaft, and the club’s grip size are all factors that Lindstrom measures when customizing clubs. Adjusting the different components of the club to perfectly match a swing can ultimately provide the golfer with the smoothest swing possible. “I really studied this for a long time, and if you can start to see a more simple swing with less compensation, you’re 44
PGA Professional, Brian Lindstrom, of Collindale Golf Academy in Fort Collins, demonstrates a golf club fitting with Robert Belmore of Longmont. (Paul Litman)
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April • April 12, high school boys (ages 15-18), Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-7731442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 15, middle school boys (ages 11-14), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 15, middle school boys (ages 11-14) and Li’L Linksters (ages 6-10), CommonGround Par 3 Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 19, high school boys (ages 15-18), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 22, middle school boys and girls (ages 11-14), Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 22, middle school girls (ages 11-14) and Li’L Linksters (ages 6-10), Indian Tree Par 3 Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 26, high school boys (ages 15-18), Foothills Golf Course, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 26, middle school girls (ages 11-14) and Li’L Linksters (ages 6-10), Foothills Par 3 Golf Course, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 27, high school girls (ages 15-18), Foothills Par 3 Golf Course, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • April 29, middle school boys (ages 11-14), Homestead at Fox Hollow, Lakewood, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com May • May 1-2, MAJOR OMNI Interlocken Spring Classic, OMNI Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, 888-763-5909, www.rmjgt.com • May 1, HP League Event, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • May 3, high school boys (ages 15-18), Homestead at Fox Hollow, Lakewood, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • May 3-4, CGA Four Ball, Legacy Ridge Golf Course and Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, 303-3664653, www.cogolf.org • May 3-4, CGA Net Four Ball, Legacy Ridge Golf Course and Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, 303366-4653, www.cogolf.org • May 4, high school girls (ages 15-18), Indian Tree Par 3 Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • May 6, middle school boys and girls (ages 11-14), Li’l Linksters (ages 6-10), Lake Arbor Golf Club, Arvada, 48
303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • May 8-9, Men’s Fox Hill Invitational, Fox Hill Country Club, Longmont, 303-772-1061, www.foxhillcc.com • May 15-16, Southridge Invitational, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • May 17, U.S. Open Local, Collindale Golf Course, Fort Collins, www.usga.org • May 17, U.S. Open Local, The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, www.usga.org • May 21, Greater Ram Club, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • May 22, Colorado State University Baseball, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • May 24-25, 5A Girls State Championship, Common Ground Golf Course, Aurora, 303-344-5050, www.chsaa.org • May 24-25, CHSAA Girls 5A State Championship, CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • May 26, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Qualifier, Meadow Hills Golf Course, Aurora, 303-3667888, www.cogolf.org • May 30-31, Mariana Butte Classic, Mariana Butte, Loveland, 888-763-5909, www.rmjgt.com June • June 3, Junior Series Event (10 and under division), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 4, Ruby Miller Scholarship Scramble, Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-366-7888, 303-421-8392, www.cogolf.org • May 5, Pando Memorial, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • May 5, US Engineering, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • June 5-6, Collindale Invitational, Collindale Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-221-6651 • June 7, Junior Series Event Girls and Boys Championship Boys 14-15 and 16-18, South Suburban Golf Course, Centennial, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 7, Junior Club, Junior Learning Center at Eagle Trace Golf Club, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 7-9, CWGA Mashie Championship, Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, 303-366-7888, www.cogolf.org • June 7, 15th Annual Optimist Jr. Golf Challenge Tournament, Boulder Country Club, Boulder, 303-6526088, 303-530-2226, e-mail email@example.com FRONT RANGE GOLF
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• June 8, Junior Series Event (11-13 division), Springhill Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 9, Girls’ Junior World Qualifier (11-12 and 13-14 divisions), Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 9-10, Girls’ Junior World Qualifier (1517), Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, 303-3664653, www.cogolf.org • June 9-10, Boys’ Junior World Qualifier (1517), Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club, Windsor, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 10, middle school boys and girls (ages 11-14), Lake Arbor Golf Club, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 11, Junior Series Event, (10 and under division), Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 11, Loveland Tee Off for Kids Golf Tournament, Fundraiser for Youth to Participate in local Parks and Recreation Activities, Mariana Butte Golf Course, Loveland, 970-962-2443 • June 11, Colorado/Wyoming Optimist Qualifier (1418), Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 12, Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Arrowhead Golf Course, Littleton, 303-305-9515, firstname.lastname@example.org • June 14, Colorado/Wyoming Optimist Qualifier (1013), Fitzsimmons Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 14, high school boys and girls (ages 15-18), Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 14, Junior Club, Junior Learning Center at Eagle Trace Golf Course, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 14-17, CWGA Junior Match Play Championship, Thorncreek Golf Club, Thornton, 303366-7888, www.cogolf.org • June 14-18, CGA Senior Match, Pre-Qualifier, Open & Super, Heritage Todd Creek, Thornton, 303-3664653, www.cogolf.org • June 15, Junior Series Event (10 and under division), Windsor Gardens Golf Club, Denver, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 16, Boys’ Junior World Qualifier (11-12 and 1314 divisions), Heather Ridge Country Club, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 17, Women’s Carousel Invitational, Lake Arbor Golf Club, Arvada, 303-366-7888, www.cogolf.org • June 17, middle school boys and girls (ages 11-14), Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 17, Li’l Linksters (ages 6-10, Indian Tree Par 3 Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 19, Mulligans, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com 50
• June 19, US Open Scramble, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • June 21-22, U.S. Amateur Public Links (also CGA PL Qualifier), Highland Meadows Golf Course, Windsor, www.usga.org • June 21, high school boys and girls (ages 15-18), Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 21, Junior Club, Junior Learning Center at Eagle Trace Golf Club, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 22-24, CWGA Stroke Play Championship, Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood, 303-366-7888, www.cogolf.org • June 23, middle school boys and girls (ages 11-14), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 23, Li’l Linksters (ages 6-10), CommonGround Par 3 Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 24-25, Colorado PGA Junior Championship, Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 26, DJM Classic, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • June 26, Brett Templeton, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • June 25-27, CGA Public Links Championship, Qualifiers, Courses at Hyland Hills, Westminster, 303366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 28, USGA Boys Junior Amateur Qualifier, Boomerang Links, Greeley, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 28, high school boys and girls (ages 15-18), Coal Creek Golf Course, Louisville, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 28, Junior Club, Broadlands Golf Course, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 28, Junior Club, Greenway Park Golf Course, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 28, U.S. Junior Amateur (also CGA Jr. Match Qualifier), Boomerang Golf Links, Greeley, www.usga.org • June 28, CGA Junior Boys Match Play Championship Qualifier (USGA Boys Junior Amateur Qualifier), Boomerang Golf Links, Greeley, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 29, USGA Girls Junior Amateur Qualifier, Valley Country Club, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 29, U.S. Girls’ Junior Sectional Qualifier, Valley Country Club, Aurora, 303-366-7888, www.cogolf.org • June 29, Junior Series Event (11-13 division), Southridge Golf Course, Fort Collins, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • June 30, Junior Series Event (10 and younger division), South Suburban Golf Course, Centennial, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org FRONT RANGE GOLF
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• June 30, middle school boys and girls (ages 11-14), Hyland Hills Golf Course, Westminster, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • June 30, Li’l Linksters (ages 6-10), Hyland Hills Par 3 Golf Course, Westminster, 303-7731442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com July • July 4, Firecracker, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • July 5-9, CGA Match Play, Pre-Qualifier, CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • July 5, Junior Series Event (11-13 division), Coyote Creek Golf Course, Fort Lupton, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • July 6, high school boys and girls (ages 15-18), Broadlands Golf Course Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 6, middle school boys and girls (ages 11-14), Kennedy Golf Course, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 8-9, Trusted Choice Big I State Championship, Boomerang Golf Links and Highland Hills Golf Course, Greeley, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • July 8, Junior Series Event Girls and Boys Championship Boys 14-15 and 16-18, Broadlands Golf Courses, Broomfield and Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • July 10, Cordova Memorial, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • July 12-15, CGA Jr. Boys’ Match Play, Pre-Qualifier, Bear Creek Golf Course, Denver, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • July 12, Junior Club, Junior Learning Center at Eagle Trace Golf Course, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 13, Junior Series Event (11-13 division), Lake Arbor Golf Club, Arvada, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • July 18, City Championship, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • July 19, high school boys and girls (ages 15-18), Kennedy Golf Course, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 19, Li’l Linksters, Kennedy Par 3 Golf Course, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 19, Junior Club, Junior Learning Center at Eagle Trace Golf Course, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 21-22, Mid-Season Invitational at Westmoor, The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, 888-763-5909, www.rmjgt.com • July 23, Buckaroos, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • July 26, Adults tournament, Lakewood Country Club, 52
Lakewood, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 26, Junior Club, Broadlands Golf Course, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 26, Junior Club, Greenway Park Golf Course, Broomfield, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 27, high school boys and girls (ages 15-18), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 27, Dave Askins Two-Player Team Championship, Legacy Ridge Golf Course, Westminster, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • July 28-29, The Challenge at Highland Meadows, Highland Meadows Golf Course, Windsor, 888-7635909, www.rmjgt.com • July 28, Bob Kelley Memorial Girls and Boys Championship Boys 14-15 and 16-18, Hyland Hills Golf Course, Westminster and Eagle Trace Golf Course, Broomfield, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • July 29, middle school boys and girls (ages 11-14), Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • July 30, Junior Series Event (10 and under division), South Suburban Family Sports, Centennial, 303-3664653, www.cogolf.org • July 31-Aug. 1, Boulder City Net Amateur Championship and the Boulder City Junior Amateur Championship, Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, 303442-7851, www.flatironsgolf.com • July 31-Aug.1, Hyland Hills Amateur, Hyland Hills Gold Course, Westminster, 303 428-6526, www.golfhylandhills.com/ August • Aug. 2-5, CWGA Match Play Championship, CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-7888, www.cogolf.org • Aug. 2, high school boys and girls, Fox Hollow Golf Course, Lakewood, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Aug. 10, USGA Men’s Amateur Sectional Qualifying, Saddle Rock Golf Club, Aurora, www.usga.org • Aug. 11, Denver Junior Open, Kennedy Golf Course, Denver, 303-204-7331, e-mail email@example.com • Aug. 12, Pro-Junior Championship, course TBA, 303-204-7331, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • Aug. 12-15, CGA Stroke Play, Qualifiers, Boulder County Club, Boulder, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • Aug. 12, Women’s Invitational, Greeley Country Club, Greeley, 303-366-7888, www.cogolf.org • Aug. 14, Frontier Printing, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • Aug. 14-15, The Experience at Murphy Creek, Murphy Creek Golf Course, Aurora, 888-763-5909, www.rmjgt.com • Aug. 23, high school boys (ages 15-18), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com FRONT RANGE GOLF
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• Aug. 26, middle school boys (ages 11-14), Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-7731442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Aug. 26, middle school girls (ages 11-14) and Li’l Linksters (ages 6-10), Indian Tree Par 3 Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Aug. 29, Heaven & Hell, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • Aug. 30, U.S. Mid-Amateur (also CGA MidAm Qualifier), Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, www.usga.org • Aug. 30, high school boys (ages 15-18), Lake Arbor Golf Club, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com September • Sept. 1, middle school boys (ages 11-14), Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 7, high school boys (ages 15-18), Homestead at Fox Hollow, Lakewood, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 8, middle school boys (ages 11-14), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 8, middle school girls (ages 11-14) and Li’l Linksters (ages 6-10), CommonGround Par 3 Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 9, middle school boys (ages 11-14), Foothills Golf Course Executive 9, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 11, Daddy’s Mistakes, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • Sept. 11-12, MAJOR OMNI Interlocken Fall Classic, OMNI Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, 888-763-5909, www.rmjgt.com • Sept. 11-12, RMJGT at Saddleback, Saddleback Golf Club, Firestone, 888-763-5909, www.rmjgt.com • Sept. 13, high school boys (ages 15-18), Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 15, middle school boys (ages 11-14), Foothills Golf Course Executive 9, Denver, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 15, middle school girls (ages 11-14) and Li’l Linksters (ages 6-10) Foothills Golf Course Par 3, Denver, 303-773-1442,
www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 16, middle school boys (ages 11-14), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 17-19, CGA Mid-Amateur, Qualifiers, Fort Collins Country Club, Fort Collins, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • Sept. 18, NCMC, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • Sept. 18-19, Fall Series Event (11-13 division), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • Sept. 18-19, Fall Series Event, All Divisions CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • Sept. 22-23, middle school boys (ages 11-14), Homestead at Fox Hollow, Lakewood, 303-773-1442, www.GoldCrownFoundation.com • Sept. 25, CGA Interclub Finals, CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • Sept. 25, Collins Cup, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail email@example.com • Sept. 25-26, Boulder City Amateur Championship, Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, 303-442-7851, www.flatironsgolf.com • Sept. 27, Mackenzie's Madness, Southridge Golf Club, Fort Collins, 970-416-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • Sept. 27, CWGA Club Team Championship, OMNI Interlocken Resort Golf Club, Broomfield, 303-3667888, www.cogolf.org October • Oct. 2-3, CWGA Brassie Championship, Heritage Todd Creek, Thornton, 303-366-7888, www.cogolf.org • Oct. 4-5, CHSAA Boys 3A State Championship, Boomerang Golf Links, Greeley, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org • Oct. 5-6, 3A Boys State Championship, Either: Boomerang Golf Course, Greeley, or Eaton Country Club, Eaton, 303-344-5050, www.chsaa.org • Oct. 5-6, 5A Boys State Championship, TBA, 303344-5050, www.chsaa.org • Oct. 9-10, Junior Ryder Cup (11-13 division), CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, 303-366-4653, www.cogolf.org To make sure your golf tournament is listed in future Front Range Golf publications, e-mail your information to email@example.com or call 303-684-5275.
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Pete Larson Private Golf Instructor Based in Longmont, and offering instruction throughout the Front Range Phone: 303-506-6358 E-mail: oneputtlarson@ yahoo.com Web site: www.petelarsongolf .blogspot.com Years Experience: 7 Services Offered: Adult lessons Fees: $60 Skill Lesson, approximately 1 hour $200 Series of four Skill Lessons $900 Season Package $100 Nine-Hole Playing Lesson
Pete, I am writing to let you know I have accomplished another goal this year regarding my golf game. The first was not to have the highest handicap on the men’s league at CNGC (done), the second was to have a handicap in the teens (19.2), the third was to post a round in the eighties (85), and the fourth was to beat both my brothers. Victory is sweet. I am the reigning family invitational champion with full bragging rights. I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve helped me accomplish. Sincerely, Nick
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Pete Larson has seven years of experience teaching all levels of golfers from the beginner to playing professionals. “I believe that the biggest gains are made playing and learning on the golf course, so that is why I take my students to the course. Other pros like to focus on how you swing, I like to focus on how you play. I understand the importance of fundamentals, and skill development for various shots, so I use the practice facility and video analysis effectively to get you back on the course, feeling stronger about your particular set of skills.” Larson can teach students how to play better bunker shots, flop shots, backspin, draws and fades, and how to think imaginatively around the golf course. Most of all, he will help his students shoot the best scores of their life.
Sam Linnenburger Head Golf Professional Head Golf Professional at Ute Creek Golf Course 2000 Ute Creek Drive, Longmont Phone: 303-774-4342 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.ci.longmont.co.us/golf Years Experience: 23 Services Offered: Private instruction, tournament operations (corporate and fundraiser) As the head golf professional at Ute Creek Golf Course, Sam Linnenburger oversees the operations of the only course on the Northern Front Range designed by Robert Trend Jones II, the world renowned golf course architect. Ute Creek Golf Course is par 72, with holes ranging from 5,509 to 7,167 yards. Ute Creek Golf Course is a premier facility to host a corporate event, with Linnenburger attending to every detail with years of experience behind him. Linnenburger also lends his 23 years of experience on the course by offering private instruction where students learn the fundamentals and personalized techniques in an individual teaching environment. GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Keith Martin Golf Instruction Head Professional at Twin Peaks Golf Course 1200 Cornell Drive, Longmont Phone: 303-877-4678 E-mail: email@example.com Years Experience: 18 Services Offered: Instruction to all level of players. Full service pro shop for all the right equipment. Growing up in Longmont’s golf community has given Keith Martin a high level of passion toward the growth of golf in Longmont. He shares the same passion for teaching adult golfers of all levels, from the raw beginner to the passionate player. Martin is also well-known for his commitment to youth golf and has taken a particular interest in helping girls’ golf succeed in the city and around the state. His charges say Martin shows them how subtle changes to their swing can make a huge difference on the leader board. His colleagues say Martin exemplified the game of golf in Longmont. To Martin, it’s best summed up in his favorite quote, “A leader stands out by the nature of their commitment, and the integrity of their character.” 56
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Mike Maydew PGA Teaching Professional PGA teaching professional at Ute Creek Golf Course 2000 Ute Creek Drive, Longmont Phone: 303-880-4602 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.ci.longmont.co.us/golf Years Experience: 24 Services Offered: Lessons for individuals, groups, juniors, corporate outings and clinics Mike Maydew is a PGA Teaching Professional with 24 years of experience in Colorado with players of all abilities. He is also the head coach of the Silver Creek High School golf team. Maydewâ€™s lessons focus on the fundamentals and are personalized to each individual. As a patient teacher who wants his students to have fun while learning the game of golf, Maydew will design a program especially for you. Video can also be incorporated into the lesson plan. Maydew played three years of varsity golf at Fairview High School in Boulder, before playing for the University of Northern Colorado. He has played in many Colorado PGA section events along with several Colorado opens. Maydew has been named Conference Coach of the Year three times.
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Danny Hughes PGA Head Golf Professional Instructor at Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club 8455 Heritage Drive, Thornton Phone: 303-655-1779 E-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.heritagetoddcreekgolf.com Years Experience: 16 in golf operations Services Offered: Lessons, tournaments and events, club fittings, member services Danny Hughes was introduced to the game of golf when he was 5 years old by his father. Although he played in a few junior tournaments as a child, his golf career started in San Diego playing at Palomar Junior College. After college, he worked at a few clubs. He became a Class A PGA Professional in December 2005, and began working at Heritage Todd Creek in April 2007. Hughes’ teaching philosophy is simple – find the first fault and fix it. He thinks it is important to make the game as simple as possible. The more complex the swing, the tougher it will be to achieve consistency. The most important thing is that golfers have fun and improve. GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Jeanette Heinle Golf Professional Instructor at Longmont City Golf Courses: Sunset Golf Course, Twin Peaks Golf Course and Ute Creek Golf Course, Longmont Phone: 303-651-8466 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Years Experience: 14 Services Offered: Adult and junior lessons Retired from the Ladies Professional Golf Association, Jeanette Heinle specializes in teaching golf to people with physical limitations or concerns to master the game. Whether golfers have dealt with a blown out knee or hip surgery, Heinle addresses these concerns in a unique style of teaching. She also focuses on having all the latest training techniques, as well as ongoing certifications to keep her up-to-date on the latest topics to teach students. Heinle is a believer in the “KISS” motto, meaning “Keep it Simple Sweetheart.” It’s a method she focuses on to allow golfers to relax, keep the golf swing easy and keep the body moving to enjoy the game. 58
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Tray Shehee PGA Golf Professional PGA Teaching Professional at Ute Creek Golf Course 2000 Ute Creek Drive, Longmont Phone: 303-875-5050 E-mail: email@example.com Years Experience: 16 Services Offered: Adult, junior and group lessons available Tray Shehee’s style offers more than golf instruction. Shehee possesses a unique gift that takes you out of the world you’re in, away from the stress, monotony and challenges of your life. “It’s all about people and building relationships.” When taking a lesson with Shehee, one can forget about what happened at work an hour ago. Shehee allows for specific consideration of the abilities and limitations of each individual, and is highly skilled in teaching the fundamental foundations and principles of the game. He is active in the city’s junior golf program and was the recipient of the Colorado PGA Junior Golf Leader Award in 2008. He enjoys making the kids laugh, learn and begin the process of enjoying golf. GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Rick Price Director of Instruction and Head Pro
Rick Price works with a student on developing the proper swing plane. (Paul Litman)
The Golf Academy at Bella Rosa Golf Course 5830 Weld County Road 20, Frederick Phone: 303-678-2940 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.bellarosagolf.com Years Experience: 25 Services Offered: Adult classes, private instruction, junior golf programs, custom fit golf equipment, club repair
When you hire Rick Price as your golf instructor, you have hired a strict fundamentalist. Price’s job is to familiarize students with the five fundamentals of golf and teach them how to practice them. Price was tutored by Hall of Fame golfer Paul Runyan, who was a firm believer in fundamentals dictating motion. Price has been teaching golf for 25 years in Arizona, Florida and Colorado. One thing his experience has taught him is that nobody lacks the ability to hit good golf shots, they simply lack the knowledge. FRONT RANGE GOLF
Becky Clark LPGA Professional Golf instructor at Leonard’s Golf 710 Austin Ave., Erie Phone: 303-828-1400 E-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.LeonardsGolf.com Years Experience: 17 Services Offered: Private instruction, golf lessons Becky Clark takes a golfer at their current level and builds them to the potential they desire. Clark has the ability and desire to look at the individual and access their body’s strength and weaknesses to help them reach their goal no matter what that is. Clark wants to help golfers learn and improve. Clark’s drills don’t always involve a golf club, but include exercises in balance, throwing, strength and flexibility. She will work with all ages and levels and will always focus on the positive, not the negative. Clark holds a certification from the Titleist Performance Institute, a leading source in golf fitness.
Scott Sommers PGA Certified Instructor Head Professional and General Manager at Sunset Golf Course, 1900 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont Phone: 303-651-8466 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.ci.longmont.co.us/golf Years Experience: 10 Services Offered: Full golf services at Sunset Golf Course “Every problem is really an opportunity. ... 10 inches of snow, 10 degrees, no problem!” PGA Head Professional Scott Sommers is one of nine PGA Certified Instructors in Colorado, but he is not your regular golf professional. Sommers believes golf is about failing, learning and trying again. And in the end, he knows it’s about the quality of life. “And you thought you were just playing golf.” Join Sommers at Sunset Golf Course for leagues, tournaments, lessons, equipment, food and beverages. But most of all, come out for the fun! 60
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Lois Ebel Owner of Haystack Mountain Golf Course 5877 Niwot Road, Niwot Phone: 303-530-1400 E-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.golfhaystack.com Years Experience: 45 Services Offered: Executive nine-hole golf course In 1964, the Ebels purchased 240 acres near Niwot, including Haystack Mountain, and built a nine-hole executive length golf course along Left Hand Creek. Now, 43 years later, the family’s tradition has continued with the Ebel’s historical purposes intact to respect the land, learn the game, to stay healthy through walking the course and for family enjoyment. Haystack Mountain Golf Course offers a large grass tee practice range, a relaxed setting, friendly service, food and a full bar. Private instruction and custom club making is available, as well as winter Nordic skiing. With the course being open year-round, it also offers special occasion rental facilities for up to 120 guests.
Haystack Mountain Golf Course SUMMER EVENTS
Scenic Executive 9-Hole
No Tee Times Required
Fresh Food & Full Bar
Live Music, Great Food Drink Specials Golf & Bucket Deals Prize Raffle Drawing No Cover Charge
Grass Tee Driving Range Rental Clubs, Pull Carts Lessons-Individual & Group
Different game each week! Drink specials and prizes!
Special Events Facility Open Year Around
Family Owned Since 1966
TUESDAY LUNCH & A BUCKET-$8/$10
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AURORA HILLS GOLF COURSE 303-364-6111 50 S. Peoria St., Aurora, CO 80012
BEAR CREEK GOLF CLUB 303-980-8700 12201 Morrison Road, Denver, CO 80228
BELLA ROSA MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE 303-678-2940 5830 Weld County Road 20, Frederick, CO 80504
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BROADLANDS GOLF COURSE 303-466-8285 4380 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020
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CATTAIL CREEK GOLF COURSE 970-663-5310 2116 W. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538
CENTRE HILLS GOLF COURSE 303-326-8674 16300 E. Centertech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011
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CITY PARK GOLF COURSE DENVER 303-295-2096 2500 York St., Denver, CO 80205
CITY PARK NINE GOLF COURSE 970-221-6650 411 S. Bryan Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521
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COLORADO NATIONAL GOLF CLUB 303-926-1723 2700 Vista Parkway, Erie, CO 80516
COMMONGROUND GOLF COURSE 303-340-1520 10300 E. Golfer's Way, Aurora, CO 80010
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FOOTHILLS GOLF COURSE-EXECUTIVE 9 303-409-2400 3901 S. Carr St., Denver, CO 80235
FOOTHILLS GOLF COURSE-PAR-3 303-409-2400 3901 S. Carr St., Denver, CO 80235
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FOSSIL TRACE GOLF CLUB 303-277-8750 3050 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401
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GREEN GABLES COUNTRY CLUB 303-985-1525 6800 W. Jewell Ave., Denver, CO 80232
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MARIANA BUTTE GOLF COURSE 970-667-8308 701 Clubhouse Drive, Loveland, CO 80537
MEADOW HILLS GOLF COURSE 303-690-2500 3609 S. Dawson St., Aurora, CO 80014
MOUNTAIN VISTA GREENS GOLF COURSE 970-482-4847 2808 N. E. Frontage Road, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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RACCOON CREEK GOLF COURSE 303-932-0199 7301 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123
RANCH COUNTRY CLUB, THE 303-466-2111 11887 Tejon St., Westminster, CO 80234
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RED ROCKS COUNTRY CLUB 303-697-8008 16235 W. Belleview Ave., Morrison, CO 80465
RIVERDALE GOLF COURSES-DUNES 303-659-6700 13300 Riverdale Road, Brighton, CO 80601
RIVERDALE GOLF COURSES-KNOLLS 303-659-6700 13300 Riverdale Road, Brighton, CO 80601
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ROLLING HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 303-279-7858 15707 W. 26th Ave., Golden, CO 80401
SADDLE ROCK GOLF COURSE 303-699-3939 21705 E. Arapahoe Road, Aurora, CO 80016
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SOUTH SUBURBAN FAMILY SPORTS CENTER 303-649-1115 6901 S. Peoria St., Centennial, CO 80112
SOUTH SUBURBAN GOLF COURSE 303-770-5508 7900 S. Colorado Blvd., Centennial, CO 80122
SOUTHGLENN COUNTRY CLUB 303-798-1656 1489 E. Easter Ave., Centennial, CO 80122
SOUTHRIDGE GOLF COURSE 970-416-2828 5750 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525
SPRINGHILL GOLF COURSE 303-739-6854 800 Telluride St., Aurora, CO 80011
STONEY CREEK GOLF COURSE 303-431-9268 13939 W. 96th Ave., Arvada, CO 80005
SUNSET GOLF COURSE 303-651-8466 1900 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, CO 80501
THORNCREEK GOLF CLUB 303-450-7055 13555 Washington St., Thornton, CO 80241
TWIN PEAKS GOLF COURSE 303-651-8401 1200 Cornell Drive, Longmont, CO 80503
UTE CREEK GOLF COURSE 303-774-4342 2000 Ute Creek Drive, Longmont, CO 80504
VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB 303-690-6377 14601 Country Club Drive, Aurora, CO 80016
WELLSHIRE GOLF COURSE 303-757-1352 3333 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222
WEST WOODS GOLF CLUB 720-898-7370 6655 Quaker St., Arvada, CO 80007
WILLIS CASE GOLF COURSE 303-455-9801 4999 Vrain St., Denver, CO 80212
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