Cordillera, Vail hold golf clinics
Whether you’re a 30-year-old with an 18 handicap or a 7-year-old brand-new to the game, golfers of all ages have an opportunity to improve their golf game in the next week.
It’s tee time for junior golfers in the county when Cordillera hosts Oakley Junior Golf Day on Saturday. And starting Monday, the Vail Golf Club will be kicking off its popular Adult Clinics for beginners and intermediates.
Youth will be served at Cordillera on Saturday at the Oakley Junior Golf Day, with clinics for kids 7-17 and an afternoon nine-hole tournament on the Mountain Course for some of the more experienced players.
The clinics are free and will cover all aspects of the game taught by golf pros from around the county.
“All the kids will be receiving instruction in everything from putting through the full swing here at the Short Course,” Short Course at Cordillera head pro Ed Marzec said. “We have the younger kids here and they go through five different stations – putting, chipping, pitching, full swing and bunker play. The older kids will be traveling to the Mountain Course for their instruction. They’ll be going over the same things at a more advanced level.”
The youngsters – 11 and under – will be at the Short Course. The clinic for 7- and 8-year-olds will be from 9-10 a.m. For 9- and 10-year olds, instruction runs from 10:15-11:15 a.m. From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 11-year-olds will take to the links.
At the Mountain Course, the 12-13 age group tees off from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Instruction for 14- and 15-year-olds will be from 11 a.m.- Noon. The 16- and 17-year-olds finish things up from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
After all the clinics, there will be a barbecue. And for the older kids there is a nine-hole tournament after lunch at the Mountain Course. The entry fee for golfers 10-and-older is $20. For more information, call (970) 926-5550.
“The idea is to give instruction to upcoming players in the valley ages from 7 to 17, to give them some direction and some instruction as well as getting them out on the course,” Marzec said.
Meanwhile, adult golfers can work on their game with the Vail Golf Club’s Adult Clinics. The first of seven sessions during June and August kicks off Monday. Each session is broken down into one-hour segments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a maximum of 10 students per class to ensure individual instruction.
“We cover the entire golf game from pitching, chipping, putting, irons to woods,” Vail head professional Sean Riley said. “This is really popular with the beginners as well as more experienced golfers who need to brush up their game.”
The Adult Clinics cost $90 for a week. For more information, call the Vail Golf Club at (970) 479-2260.
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