Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I want to extend my very best wishes to all members for a special holiday season. 

The Landings Golf Professional Staff and I would like to thank you for visiting with us to work on your golf skills, course strategy and game development through our lesson and group programs. I'm currently planning many wonderful new and returning programs to complement The Landings Club experience. 

Over the next few weeks, information will be available on the Club's website ( and other avenues for some very exciting new programs including:
  • Junior Programs
    • Spring After-School
    • The Landings Club Junior Big Break
    • Middle School & High School Practice Sessions
    • Play Series 
  • Golf Fitness
    • Revamped TPI screens
    • Group programs
    • TPI Mini
    • Swim & Swing
    • Get Fit for Distance Core Golf
  • Golf Schools
    • Short Game
    • Read & Putt Southern Greens
    • Member & Guest Golf School Experience
    • Using a Belly or Long Putter
  • Special Guest Speaker & renown sport psychologist Dr. Rick Jensen on Monday, February 27
  • Dinner with the Pro
  • PGA Get Golf Ready Levels 1 & 2
  • Complimentary Video Sessions with Tad Sanders & Mike McNutt
  • Golf Talk on March 30

This is only the beginning of a wonderful year! Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kiawah Island Club Event Recap

One of my favorite aspects of being a golf professional is giving back to the game and helping educate adults and juniors in its life lessons. 

As a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Division, I had a really neat experience Tuesday at the Cassique Crouse at the Kiawah Island Club. At this event, nine LPGA members and associates teed it up to each play 100 holes of golf to raise money for the LPGA Foundation. This fantastic foundation helps support LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. We each had mats to hit our shots from to minimize divots on the course and played anywhere from 3-5 balls per hole per person (lots of ball marks and balls on the greens). Due to daylight, it was from a shorter distance. 

We raced around the course and tried to better ourselves on the 2nd 18 and had lots of fun. I had a feeling someone would get a hole-in-one and sure enough, Carole Clarke did.  The greens were rolling quickly and we didn't line up our putts but rather played speed putting. My birdie tally wasn't as high but it was fun, great weather, a good cause and the Club took great care of us with breakfast and lunch. It was just an overall neat experience.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters Clinic Photos and Recap

As I announced earlier, on Saturday, December 3, The Landings Club hosted a special golf clinic at Deer Creek Golf Course for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire.

It was an amazing event! We were able to make five matches (5 Bigs and 5 Littles) with children ages 10-14. We had great weather and the kids enjoyed working with Deer Creek Head Professional Ty Weller & Kate Gordon of Big Brothers Big Sisters on putting, chipping and swinging. We even walked one hole, playing alternate shot and doing a Golf Scavenger Hunt.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Enjoy a sampling of photos below. If you want to see more, you can visit the full Facebook photo album by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Golf Instruction Gifts

Wow, the holidays are here already!  Today, I was playing golf with the Medal Tee ladies and one player had a terrific new Garmin wristwatch (sold at Marshwood) that shows yardage without having to point and shoot the range finder. 

It made me think of some fun thoughts for holiday gift ideas, so here is my Top 10 List of Golf Instruction Gifts that might help you find the perfect gift for a family golfer!

10.  Skill Assessment (an hour of swing, short game, putting and sand assessment to help guide golfers in their development)

9.  "Easier Said than Done" by Dr. Rick Jensen (awesome book by our former guest speaker on how to get the shots on the range to hold up on the course)

8.  Ball of Steel (great putting aid to help center contact and acceleration)

7.  Tour Tempo (terrific metronome I use a lot with students for swing, short game and putting, as well as
developing swing speed for more distance off the tee)

6.  Course Assessment (an hour of course play to observe technique, strategy and other golf areas to help with ideas to lower scores)

5.  The Light Refresher Program (either 4 half hour or 4 hour lessons that include 1 session each of putting, short game, swing and course)

4.  Orange Whip Trainer (great training tool to help develop tempo, speed, lag and more)

3.  Lessons with a Friend (2011 individual rate and 2nd person is still just $10 extra... split the cost for great savings!)

2.  Practice Series (attend Nicole Weller's Practice with a Purpose session Tuesday afternoons... learn effective drills and get feedback on skill areas)

1.  Series of Lessons (Buy 5 up front, 6th Lesson Free... either half-hours or hours)