06/30/2011

Vail Golf Club SummerIn celebration of the Fourth of July, the Vail Golf Club is offering some of the best rates in the mountains with its Special Season Rates. Beginning tomorrow (7-1), guests will enjoy nine holes for $47 or 18 for $74, including cart; Eagle County residents can play nine holes for $42 or 18 for $69, including cart; and Vail residents can enjoy nine holes for $42 or 18 for $64, including cart. The Vail Golf Club is also considered one of the most walker-friendly courses in the Vail Valley and guests will be able to walk the course and play nine holes for $35 or 18 holes for $55. Eagle County Residents can walk the course and play nine holes for $30 or 18 holes for $50, or Vail Residents can walk the course and play nine holes for $30 or 18 holes for $45. The course and driving range are open from 6:30 a.m. to dusk daily (driving ranges closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays).

Golf lessons continue to be offered daily by appointment and Happy Valley Grill is also open offering its full menu of Rocky Mountain fare at its best. 

For more information or to book a tee time, click here or call the Vail Golf Club at 970-479-2260. For information on Happy Valley Grill, located within the Vail Golf Club, call 970-479-7321.

July is Family Month at the Vail Golf Club 
The Vail Golf Club is hosting Family Golf Month in July and will host three different events during the month. Events require advanced registration and are scheduled as follows:
  • July 10: Bring Your Daughter to the Course Day
    Enjoy a clinic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. where parents and their daughters will learn and improve their skills. Cost is $15 for adults and free for children.
  • July 17: Bring Your Child to the Course Day
    Parents and their children will enjoy a clinic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. where Vail Golf Club professionals will work with families on learning short and long game techniques. Cost is $15 for adults and free for children.
  • July 31: Family Golf Day
    Parents and their children can make a tee time from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and play nine holes of golf, including cart, range balls, soda and a hot dog for $50 per parent/child two-some.  
For more information or to book a tee time, click here or call the Vail Golf Club at 970-479-2260.
Fourth of July Sale at the Vail Golf Club Pro Shop
The Vail Golf Club Pro Shop is offering deals and discounts throughout the holiday weekend including 25 percent off soft goods for those wearing red, white or blue; 25 percent off Nike and FootJoy shoes; and 40 percent off Adidas and Puma shoes.
 
The pro shop, which is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, also offers golfers a wide selection of clothing, accessories and equipment to help take a golfer's game to the next level. Call 970-479-2260 for details.
 
WEEKLY TIP FROM THE VAIL GOLF CLUB PROFESSIONALS
This week's tip is from Vail Golf Club Assistant Professional Matt Prowse

Unwind the Ball
Do yourself a favor this year and start your golf season around the chipping green. Building body rotation in the short game will spill over into your full swing. After a season of non-rotational activity such as skiing or snowshoeing one may develop great rotational inflexibility. The majority of golfers hit at the ball with their dominant side, which in most cases is their right side. If a player can start to unwind their body more effectively that player can improve contact and control of their swing. There is no better way to start unwinding at the ball after a long winter than with short shots around the chipping green.

Be patient with your first few practice or warm-up sessions and start with a good dose of the short game. Use the short shots as a stepping stone to the full swing. A simple and effective drill is to place a towel under your arms and across your upper chest while hitting short shots. By keeping the towel in place your arms and hands will be more passive while the rotation of the torso leads the charge. Start with short shots and work up to a greater distance, around 50 yards depending on flexibility. Make sure your hands and arms are passive while the torso generates the rotational force for striking the ball. The golf swing is a blend of body parts in motion and the torso is usually forgotten. This summer get loose and relaxed by unwinding at the ball.

For a better understanding of all aspects of the game, we suggest a lesson with one of our PGA Professionals at the Vail Golf Club. For details, click here or book a lesson by calling 479-2260.
 
Mark Your Calendars: Leagues, Lessons, Events and Clinics
Ping Demo Day, 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, July 1
Check out the latest gear from Ping including clubs and bags. Ping Demo Day is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 970-479-2260 to sign up.

Bridgestone Ball Fitting Day, Noon to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 7
The Bridgestone fitting team will be in Vail on July 7 and help golfers learn how to get the most out of their golf ball. The fitting process is free and takes about 15 minutes per person. Advanced registration is required. Additionally, all Bridgestone golf balls will be 20 percent off during the event. Call 970-479-2260 to sign up. 
 
Players Clinic, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Every Other Sunday
Golfers can take advantage of a small class setting and receive instruction on how to shoot lower scores through focus on ball striking, chipping and putting, chipping and pitching, bunker and wedge play and more. Costs are $100 and require 48 hours advanced registration. Class size will be limited to five participants.
 
Senior Clinics, 11 to Noon, Tuesdays
The Vail Golf Club will once again offer Senior Clinics for those ages 50 and older. These clinics are limited to 10 participants and will be offered every other week. Instruction will include tips on balance and motion, maintaining or adding distance, using the latest technology in clubs and balls, learning scoring shots around the green and more. Happy Valley Grill will offer lunch entrees at 30 percent off to participants following the clinic and the Vail Golf Club pro shop offers 20 percent off of all merchandise to participants the day of the clinic. 
 
Coors Light Coaching Hour, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Tuesdays
This weekly program is limited to 25 people and includes unlimited range balls, two drink tickets and instruction from the Vail Golf Club professional staff. A perfect opportunity to practice golf prior to the Tuesday night free concerts at the Ford Amphitheater.   
 
Ladies' 9er, 4:40 p.m. Tuesdays
The Ladies' 9ers offer ladies an opportunity to play a nine-hole round at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the summer. Costs are $35 for those who don't have punch cards or season passes, plus a one-time fee of $70 will be assessed for the 12 week program, which covers handicap and league fees. It is limited to 28 players and includes golf and range balls.  
 
Ladies' Clinic, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Thursdays
The weekly classes will take place throughout the summer and are limited to 16 women and offer a variety of instruction including short and long game, equipment needs and course management. Costs are $25 per clinic. Happy Valley Grill will offer participants $3 glasses of wine following the clinic.
 
2-Day Adult Golf Camps: Aug. 27-28
These two-day camps will feature three hours of instruction. Cost is $150 per participant and include instruction on short game, full swing, video analysis and lunch each day.
 
3-Day Adult Beginner Camps
Cost is $75 per participant and perfect for those who want to learn the game of golf. Camps are as follows:
- 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday, July 22-24
- 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 29-31

Junior Golfer Development Clinics: Ongoing through July 29 (No clinic on July 8)
An opportunity for juniors, ages 12-18, to receive help on their golf game in a fun, group setting. $25 per clinic or $125 for all six.  
 
The Youth Foundation's First Tee of Eagle County Junior Golf Program
Join Vail Golf Club staff for this unique junior golf program that teaches children ages six to 17 life lessons through the game of golf. Camps take place throughout the summer and cost is $60 to 85 per child, per session. Camps are filling quickly, click here for details.

Many lesson and clinics require advanced registration. For details, click here or call the Vail Golf Club at 970-479-2260. To book tee times, click here.
 
Turf, Earth and Tree Tips from Vail Golf Club Maintenance
Today's Tip is from Vail Golf Club Superintendent Steve Sarro

6th Green IrrigationAudit your Sprinkler heads
Now that we have arrived at the heat of the summer, be sure to walk your property and check all of your sprinklers. Turn them on long enough so that you can assure they are working properly. Make adjustments if needed and fix all leaks. Most irrigation occurs at night, you should audit at least once a month. Auditing your sprinkler heads will minimize water waste and help solve dry area issues.

Just remember, no watering on Mondays in the Vail Valley.
 
Information about course preparation and maintenance is available on Vail Golf Club Superintendent Steve Sarro's blog by clicking here.
 
About the Vail Golf Club
The Vail Golf Club, which is operated by the Vail Recreation District, is nestled at the base of the Gore Mountain Range and presents golfers with a unique 18-hole, par 71 experience at 8,200 feet elevation. The golf club is open to the public and offers a full service golf shop, group and corporate outings, professional instruction, launch monitor, driving range, practice area, club storage, golf swing analysis, club rentals, demo days and an on-site restaurant, Happy Valley Grill.
 

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