Spotlight: Family friendly golf venues

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 6, 2011, 7:02 pm

Bayside Resort Golf Club, Delaware

Spokesperson: Laura Scrivner, general manager, Bayside Resort Golf Club

Introducing the game through family pitch and putt

-- Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island, Del., transforms their driving range into a nine-hole, par-3 course on Sundays during holiday weekends for complimentary family golf.

-- Holes are between 30 and 93 yards in distance, so golfers walk and carry a few clubs and a putter.

-- Families of two to as many as eight come out for about an hour of fun golf. 

-- Kids, teens, seniors and beginners are introduced to the game in a relaxed environment and golf professionals are on-site to give tips and of course encouragement.

-- The cost is free for members and accompanied guests.

Lake of Isles, Connecticut

Spokesperson: Derek Hooper, PGA, director of instruction, Hank Haney Golf Academy at Lake of Isles

Junior Scholarship Program

-- Each April, juniors submit a written application, complete a skills test and interview.

-- Eight juniors, boys and girls ages 11-17 are selected for the program. 

-- Scholarship holders receive weekly instruction with director of instruction Derek Hooper. 

-- Scholarship holders also receive complimentary access to the North Course, Lake of Isles practice facilities, a golf bag, polo shirt, jacket, cap and a dozen balls. 

-- Program runs May-September. 

-- Program started in 2006. 

-- To date, 55 juniors have participated in the program and six have earned college golf scholarships.

Lansdowne Resort - The Golf Club at Lansdowne, Virginia

Spokesperson: Ryan Wilson, club manager, The Golf Club at Lansdowne

Sharkbite Course

-- The Golf Club at Lansdowne transitioned to a private club in 2005 with the addition of an 18-hole course designed by Greg Norman and a family friendly nine-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman called the Sharkbite Course.

-- The par-32 course is longer and more challenging than most traditional nine-hole offerings, measuring 2,319 yards from the back tees, featuring five par 4s and four par 3s.

-- There are five sets of tees on Sharkbite with the shortest yardage playing just under 900 yards. 

-- The course can be played quickly due to its length and it’s perfect for beginners, juniors and families.

-- The cost is $65 for adults, free for kids 15 and under, with a paying adult. Sharkbite is an all day fee so you can play nine holes or unlimited golf if you choose.

Troon North Golf Club, Arizona

Spokesperson: Lon Grundy, general manager, Troon North Golf Club

Monument Express

-- Troon North Golf Club created an executive nine-hole golf course called Monument Express in 2010. 

-- It’s a ‘course within a course’ on the front nine of the highly acclaimed Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club. 

-- The course measures to more than 1,500 yards long and offers two different par options based on the skill level of the player. 

-- The course can be played quickly due to its length and it’s perfect for beginners, juniors and families.

-- The cost is only $20 for adults and free for kids 15 and under, with a paying adult.

-- The Monument Express is available every day, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and reservations can be made up to seven days in advance.

Troon Family Golf

Spokesperson: Tim Greenwell, senior vice president, global sales & marketing, Troon Golf

-- Juniors (15 and under) golf for free after 3 p.m. when playing with a paying adult. 

-- Juniors enjoy complimentary Callaway Rental Clubs all day. 

-- This program is available every day, all year long, at more than 70 Troon Golf-managed facilities worldwide.

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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

    Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm
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    Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

    That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

    In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.

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    Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

    Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

    Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

    In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

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