Tips from the Pro

Ryan Kartchner | PGA Head Golf Professional

Even though the season is just starting, it seems like we have been at it for a while. With April in the rear view mirror we are into a great part of the season with many events and opportunities to play coming up. As I usually do at this point, I am asking for everyone to assist in keeping the course in the great shape that it is in right now and also help with enforcing the rules of the club with guests and family members. We have had an increase in non-members trying to use the range, especially in after hours. Please let non-dependent children and friends know they cannot use the facilities unless they are paying a guest fee. We are starting to issue warnings and want to avoid the awkward conversation and issues this causes. This has become a bigger issue and one of my biggest headaches. Most of the issues are children of members that no longer are on your memberships. Please help, it’s your range and costs each one of you, it shouldn’t be free for your neighbors.
Our range is so awesome and so used, please don’t forget to sand your divots when you are finished hitting range balls! We also need to help out the maintenance staff by fixing all our ball marks/pitch marks on the putting greens. During the hot summer months, a ball mark not repaired within 15 minutes will kill that spot and take weeks to heal. A properly repaired ball mark will heal itself within 48 hours! A good rule of thumb is to repair yours and two others. Please do your part to leave the golf course as you would expect to find it.
We have our first Sunday Couples event on May 7th to start off the season for the couples. The 9 and 18 Hole Ladies Opening day is Tuesday the 2nd. We are looking forward to another great season with the girls. Our first Play with the Pro will be Wednesday, May 3rd at 12:00pm, get your group and come join me for a fun round, maybe a little bit of free instruction. There is a couples clinic on Thursday the 11th at 6pm and we will also be conducting a “Short Game Clinic” on Saturday, May 27th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.! The annual “DEMO DAY” will be on Saturday, May 13th, from 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Come check out the latest equipment from all the top manufacturers. The Ladies Charity event is May 16th. Look for opportunities to participate or donate. Call the Golf Shop at 571-2951 for more information or to sign-up.
I have had a request to advertise the member trip schedule for the next year. Here is what I am looking at with other trips in the future:
This October is the Whistling Straits/ Erin Hills trip. Oct 13-18
April 2018 – Masters – This will be a Sunday to Saturday trip with some golf.
October 2018 – Ireland (including Royal County Down)
Please let me know if you are interested in any of these trips, most of them require a deposit and long term planning. We would love to have any member and their guests come. In the hopper is South Africa, New Zealand, South Carolina and Pinehurst. Look for advertisements to future trips in the weekly email blasts that Kaitlyn sends out.
Thank you in advance for the support of the events that we will be having. We are looking forward to a great 2017!

Many Birdies and Pars!
Ryan Kartchner
Director of Golf

Swing Tip |  Get Athletic

The set up with your lower body is very important for the success of your golf shot. Alignment of your feet and distribution of weight is a key part setup set up and should be a part of your pre-shot routine. Make sure most of your weight is not on your toes or on your heels but on the balls of your feet. Slightly bend your legs and get in an athletic position like a shortstop in baseball. For me, it feels like I am pushing down into the ground with my feet. Create this solid base each time and this will help with consistency.