March puts the ‘sun’ in Sun Valley as days grow suddenly longer and brighter, the snow on the mountains begins to turn to corn, and the party at River Run, Roundhouse, and Warm Springs moves outside. Think bluebird skies, lots of live music, the sun on your face, and nothing to do but play all day. Lucky for so many that spring break falls smack in the middle of this munificent month. This year, the pleasures of a family spring break in Sun Valley are even more palatable with a Kids Ski Free special in March. Yes, you read that...
The golf season started off in style last weekend with great weather and solid conditions. Despite it being the earliest opener ever, the spring sunshine made for the nicest opening weekend in a long time.
There were strong showings on the course, as well as the driving range and putting area at the Sun Valley Clubhouse to kick off the golf season. And everyone seemed to have a little extra hop in their steps. It’s tough to top wonderful weather for opening day.
“Great opener. This is the nicest one I’ve seen in at least seven years, “ said Dominick Conti, Sun Valley’s Head PGA Pro. “We’re definitely back in the swing of things.”
To help you get your golf game back to into the sweet swing of things after another long winter, here a few early season tips from Dominick.
Work On Your Short Game
“My biggest tip to start the season is to practice your short game, chipping and putting,” Dominick said, explaining that it’s easier to regain your more powerful long game, drives and fairway irons, than it is to get back in touch with the finesse parts of the sport.
“The golf swing is the golf swing. It’ll come back to you, “ he said. “The biggest thing you lose during the winter when you haven’t played for a while is your touch. So it’s always a good idea to get on the chipping and putting practice areas and work on regaining your touch.”
Adapt to Spring Conditions
The early season course conditions can offer anything from soft and soggy to rock solid after cold nights and anything in between. So it’s always a good idea during the wacky weather days of spring in the Northern Rockies to check in at the Clubhouse to find out how the greens, roughs and fairways are playing.
“The greens tend to be slower in the spring, and overall the conditions tend to be pretty firm, because it still gets really cold at night here,” Dominick said.
He also advises that golfers dress appropriately for weather of all kinds, as it’s not uncommon to have an April or May day in these parts feel a little like spring, winter and a summer all within a few short hours.
“Always have layers, because it can be warm and sunny or get cold quickly, so you want to be prepared for a little bit of everything,” Dominick advised.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Advice
One of the great things about golf is that there’s always room for improvement. Even the best golfers constantly need to work on some aspect of their game. That’s what golf pros like Dominick and the staff at the Sun Valley are for.
They’re there to offer advice and guidance about things like conditions or getting new clubs—which is recommended every few years for those who golf a lot and is a must for anyone with clubs close to 10 years old. Sun Valley also offers demo clubs rentals for those interested in upgrading their gear as well as top-notch lessons for golfers of all abilities.
As Dominick said with laugh when asked what his ultimate tip for the early season is, “Go see your local PGA professional!”
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