06/10/2011

(Vail)-Throughout the summer, the Vail Golf Club is offering golfers of all skill levels an opportunity to learn the sport or improve their golf game through its clinics, lessons and events. Kicking off its learning season and returning for the fourth year, Free Lesson Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday (6-12) in conjunction with the 14th Annual Play Golf America's Professional Golf Association's Free Lesson Month. The Free Lesson Day will offer one, free 15-minute lesson per person and reservations are required. Also, new this year, beginning Tuesday, June 21, the Ladies' 9er will 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.  
 
Vail Golf Club Head Professional Chris Johnson says lessons, clinics, leagues and other programs are an excellent way to learn and improve everything from long and short games, to chipping and pitching. "Our goal throughout the season is to offer all skill levels an outlet to improve their game in a fun and non-competitive setting," said Johnson. "A group setting allows golfers to learn not only from the instructors, but other golfers in the group who are at a similar playing ability."
 
In addition to Free Lesson Day and the Ladies' 9er, a variety of clinics, lessons and camps are scheduled throughout the summer and taught by Johnson and other Vail Golf Club professionals. A schedule is as follows:  
 
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. The May 31 clinic will be free and the remaining clinics will cost $20 per person. 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' 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: June 25-26, 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:
- 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 27-29
- 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: June 17- 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.
 
Family Golf Month in July
Join the Vail Golf Club for an opportunity to have a family outing at the course while parents and children learn together. Dates are as follows: 
July 10- Parent Daughter Golf Clinic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Parents cost $15, children play for free
July 17- Parent Child Golf Clinic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Parents cost $15, children play for free
July 31- Family Golf Scramble from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Costs are $50 per family, including golf, cart,  
             range balls, hot dog and a soda.
 
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.
 
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.

Contact(s)

Contact:         Chris Johnson, 970-479-2260                  Alice Plan, 970-479-2260
                      Vail Golf Club Head Professional            Vail Golf Club Director

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