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Eco-friendly golf balls in the Vail Valley?

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Apparently, a golf-ball company is hopping on the green band wagon.

Dixon Golf announced an agreement Wednesday with the Beaver Creek Golf Club to carry the company’s Earth golf ball. The Eagle-Vail Golf Club is carrying the line as well.

The ball, says Dixon’s Web site, is environmentally-friendly because it is made from entirely recyclable materials, including packaging. The Web site’s suggested retail price is $39.95 per dozen.

According to Ben Welsh, Eagle-Vail’s head professional, the idea is that the Dixon Earth contains no heavy metals like lead, titanium, tungsten or cobalt, which might leak out of a ball, if on the offchance, a golfer might hit a ball into one of the many bodies of water surrounding local golf courses. Each box of Earth balls also comes with an envelope which golfers can return to the company to be recycled if they get scuffed on a cart path or elsewhere.

“I hit a couple of them and they go pretty far,” Welsh said. “They’re comparable to a long-distance Pinnacle or a Top Flite. They still have polymer plasyic, but at least, they’re made of recycled materials.”

Pascal Begin, the head pro at Eagle Ranch, said that he and the course’s director of golf operations, Jeff Boyer, met with a sales representative from Dixon and they tried the Earth ball last year, but passed on it for the club’s pro shop.

“I don’t know about the green gimmick behind it,” Begin said. “Of course, it doesn’t compare to a a (Titleist) Pro V1 or a TaylorMade TP Red, but it’s a very nice ball. It has a nice feel to it.”

Vail G.C. offering free lessons Sunday

VAIL ” The Vail Golf Club staff will offer one, free 10-minute lesson from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday in conjunction with the 12th annual Play Golf America’s Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) Free Lesson Month.

According to Vail Golf Club head professional Jeanne Sutherland, the free lesson month is designed to bring new people to the sport and help existing golfers improve their game.

“This is the second time we’ve offered the free lesson program and it’s a great opportunity for anyone, from the beginner to the scratch golfer, to learn something new,” said Sutherland. “A 10-minute lesson is sufficient to learn a proper stance, grip and how to aim. if you are new to the game or to ask any questions you have about your golf swing if you are an experienced player.”

Additionally, Sutherland says every golfer who takes a free lesson and sends in a free lesson card will be entered to win a two-day/two-night golf getaway to the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla..

To sign up for a free 10-minute lesson on Sunday, call 970-479-2260.

Vail Ladies League results

VAIL ” We invite all local golf courses to send us your league results and photos. Please send them to

The following are the results of Vail’s Ladies League on Wednesday:

Blind draw winners: Jan Wezwick and Lynn Gotlieb

Longest putt: Wezwick

Longest drive: Julie Hanson

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