It’s beginning to look a lot like ski season. Baldy’s slopes are clearly delineated in delightful winter white, the forecast this week looks wonderfully snowy (more than a foot of snow expected!), and anticipation fills the air. In just a week, at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 23, the lifts at the base of River Run and Dollar will spring into action, carrying the lucky first skiers and boarders to the start of what is sure to be an amazing year. This year, Sun Valley celebrates its 82nd season as America’s premiere destination ski resort...
Golf season in Sun Valley is in full swing, and the Resort is offering a special opportunity for women to get out onto the links, work on specifics of their game, and have a blast with friends new and old. One hour weekly lessons are being offered on the beautiful Elkhorn Golf Course beginning June 21 and running through July 26. If you’ve been waiting to take your golf game to the next level, now is the time!
Sun Valley is offering a special ladies-only clinic at the Elkhorn Golf Course, with a focus on fun, building skills, and learning this lifelong game in an intimidation-free way
Tyler Jones, Sun Valley Resort’s director of golf operations, said “The ladies-only program was developed to give women an avenue to learn golf in a stress-free and social environment. We invite women of all ages and ability levels to come out and learn new skills or enhance their existing ones.”
This five-week clinic is back by popular demand and swings into gear this week. It will be held every Wednesday during the prettiest time of day, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the award winning and beautiful Elkhorn Golf Course (and no, you don’t need to be a member to participate!). Each week focuses on a different skill including posture, grip, alignment, short game, full swing, rules, and etiquette.
The schedule looks like this: On June 21, the emphasis is on the fine art of putting. Participants will learn how to read putting greens, putting etiquette, and systematic putting. Chipping and pitching are the focus of the June 28 lesson. Here, participants will learn how to “bump and run” and how to hit higher shots that land softly on the green using various clubs. On July 12, practice will turn to Greenside Bunkers/100 yards and in. Instruction will concentrate on chipping out of the sands, and different lies and situations that present themselves from 100 yards and in. On July 19, get in the swing with instruction on full swing with irons, focusing on full swing mechanics using mid and short irons. Finally, the clinic will end with some long shots. Golfers will work on full swing with Drivers, Fairway Woods, and Hybrids, techniques to use to hit drives further or out of the rough.
The first lesson in the series will focus on the fine art of putting and progress, over the weeks, to long shots
Pro Mike Bryce said this clinic is geared toward beginner or low intermediate players who may be intimidated by the sport or who aren’t sure how to get started. “We like to do it in a way that’s a little more relaxed and fun than more traditional lessons,” he said. “It is very laid back and non-judgmental. We teach everything from proper grips to skill specific drills and fun games. Putting is our first stop because it’s at the green and where the flag is and we work from there. We start with small swings and work toward bigger swings further and further away from the flag. During the last class, we usually play a couple of holes and people are amazed at what they can do.
After your lesson, enjoy a glass of wine and some hors d’oeuvres at the lovely Elkhorn Clubhouse Grille. You’ve earned it!
It’s not all work for participants, though. After each one-hour lesson, the group is invited to gather at the lovely Elkhorn Clubhouse Grille to enjoy appetizers and wine. What better way to compare notes and enjoy time with like-minded ladies?
The cost for the Ladies Only Clinic is $250 per person and includes five one-hour weekly clinics, range balls, and wine and appetizers after each lesson. Membership at the Elkhorn Golf Club is not required to take part in the clinic and no experience is needed to join. Golf clubs are available during the lesson for participants who do not have them. To register, please call 208-622-2271.
Summer and golf are synonymous in Sun Valley. Be sure to enjoy some quality time on the links while building skills and confidence
For more information about all the many Sun Valley Resort golf courses, fees, and clinics, please click HERE.
Get the most out of your summer on the links by signing up for this clinic now. Fore!
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