Ko Olina Golf Academy Monthly Newsletter: July 2011
Summer is in full swing after a great 4th of July weekend, and what better time to continue the PGA's efforts to support or military service members worldwide. August is recognized by the PGA as Patriot Golf Month, and we at Ko Olina are proud to be leaders in this great initiative!
What is Patriot Golf Month?
Patriot Golf Month is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children and spouses of military men & women killed or disabled serving our country. Beginning in August and culminating with Labor Day weekend festivities, Ko Olina Golf Club, in association with the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association, will be participating in Patriot Golf Month activities to raise funds for the Folds of Honor. As part of our ongoing efforts in giving back to the military community, the golf club is also offering FREE 1/2 hour golf lessons to Wounded Warriors. Along with this great fundraiser for our troops, we at Ko Olina Golf Club are also offering many other programs and promotions.
Greg Nichols, PGA
General Manager/Director of Golf
Here is a look at what's going on in the next month or so
Customer Club Fitting: Sign up to be custom-fit for your golf clubs & receive a complimentary $25 gift card.
"Get Golf Ready" Group Lessons: This is the best learning value in the game. For only $99, receive 6 full hours of instruction in 5 sessions. Visit our Academy page for more information and how to register for our next session which begins July 12th! Interested in a women only session? Get a group of four or more ladies together and we'll create a special Get Golf Ready Session just for you!
Ladies 9-Hole League: Join other women every Wednesday after 3:30PM. Membership includes 1 hour of group instruction per month, a free 15 minute clinic each Wednesday before your round, and $30 9 hole fees! For additional information and how to sign up, visit our Women's Only page
Free 1/2 hour lessons for Wounded Warriors: During Patriot Golf Month (August through Labor Day weekend), Ko Olina Golf Club will be offering FREE 1/2 hour golf lessons to Wounded Warriors as part of our ongoing efforts to give back to the men, women and families who have given so much to our country. Please call our golf shop at 808-676-5300 to book a lesson with our PGA Professionals.
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Free Pace of Play Clinic "Fast Play Makes Fast Friends!"- July 16th
Saturday July 16th from 10:00 - 11:00AM. Open to the public, no registration required. Learn how to play faster, more efficiently, and have more fun! Clinic taught by PGA General Manager and Director of Golf, Greg Nichols.
Tee It Forward Initiative - July 4th through 17th
Speed up play by utilizing tees which provide the greatest playability and enjoyment. Call for a list of the PGA's recommended yardages (based on average driving distance)
Ko Olina Kidz Club - New session begins Sunday, August 14th
Get Golf Ready in 5 Days - July 12th
New sessions begin this Tuesday, July 12, Thursday the 14th, and Saturday the 16th. Still spots available, sign up now!
Get Golf Ready Graduate Outing - Saturday, August 20th - 3PM
This is the perfect opportunity to get on the links with others at your skill level, at a great rate, and it will only take a couple of hours out of your day! Golf professionals will be on hand to provide guidance and course management suggestions. To sign up go online at http://www.koolinagolf.com/ggr.
Tip of the Month
How to Make More Short Putts
We as golfers often struggle with missing short putts. This can lead to disappointment and mental anguish.
Often times short putts are missed due to the player pre-maturely lifting his or her head before the stroke is complete.
To make more short putts you should focus your attention more on the ball and stroke, and less on the results of the shot. Rather than looking up to see if the ball is on your intended line (which will tend to cause a putt to be pulled offline), you should instead listen for the ball to drop into the hole.
Practice this technique, and you will be making more short putts in no time!
Below, PGA Golf Professional Ryan DeBois demonstrates how he keeps his head down through the putting stroke: