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April 14, 2010

Introduce a Friend to Golf through Get Golf Ready!
Do you have a friend, family member or colleague who's interested in learning to play golf?  Encourage them to visit our website at and type in their zip code to find a program and click on the link next to the facility of their choice.  Or click on the picture above to view and print out the above flyer and pass it along. Classes are currently running in select parts of the country and many new and returning facilities have begun posting their schedules for the spring.
Get Golf Ready is on Facebook!
If you haven't already, you can now become a fan of Get Golf Ready on Facebook!  Find out what instructors are saying, post photos and comments, and read feedback from students on their Get Golf Ready experiences.  This is an ideal way to bring the Get Golf Ready community together and best of all, share your experiences and get ideas on how to improve your game or find events and playing partners in your area.  You can also start discussions about Get Golf Ready or golf topics that you would like to discuss and share with others.  Click on the logo above or the link to the right and find our page today! 
Monthly Tips
This month's tip comes from Don Cook, PGA Member, in the form of a rules question:
Question: Stroke Play - Players "A" and "B" are standing on the 5th tee when Player "A" notices that there are 16 clubs in Player "B's" bag.  What is the ruling? 
Choose the correct procedure:
A.  The fellow competitor may allow the use of 16 clubs
B.  Continue to play with 16 clubs
C.  Declare two clubs to be out of play at that time
Rule/Definition: Rule 4-4 (a)
Penalty: Two strokes for each hole for which the breach occurred.  Maximum penalty per round is four strokes.
Procedure: C.  Declare two clubs to be out of play at that time.

An Interview with a Get Golf Ready Participant
Kim MacEwan provides her thoughts on her Get Golf Ready experience at the Slammer & Squire Golf Course in St. Augustine, Florida in 2009 
Q:  What was the best part of the Get Golf Ready experience for you?

A:  I came away from the experience not being intimidated anymore.  At the end of the fifth day, I felt comfortable in the clubhouse and on the course.   My instructor, Brennan James, got us out on the course and it really helped. 

Q: Have you played much golf since your session ended?

A: I played my first 18-hole round with my husband and two colleagues last year.  It was a Scramble so it was fun!  Since then I’ve played three other times and have gone to the driving range a few times.  I am a mother of two young children, so time is at a premium, but I look forward to enjoying this game with family over the years.

Q: What equipment or clothing have you purchased since your lessons?

A:  I bought golf shoes and a glove to prepare for my lessons.  Last month I received a nice surprise when my husband gave me my first set of golf clubs for my birthday!

Q:  Do you have plans to get out and play this spring?

A: Now that I know how to make a tee time, I am going to make one for an upcoming Saturday morning to play with my husband.  It will be a great way to spend some time together. 

Participant Appreciation
What the Get Golf Ready program did for Richard Faria
I went to the Get Golf Ready Program opened minded. I didn't expect much but to my surprise it was a first class event. The instructor, Joe Pack from Turtle Bay Golf, took us through the steps. It wasn't easy but the steps were as easy as you could make it. He took us from nowhere to actually being able to play a round. I've played a lot of sports, but golf is the most difficult to master. Joe made it relaxing and helped us gain the confidence to play with our cohorts. I have recommended this class to others and I hope this goes on for years to come.

Richard Faria
Kahuku, HI
Did You Know?
Our first year goal was to have 700 certified Get Golf Ready facilities and we have exceeded that goal by 60% with 1,150 Get Golf Ready facilities.
The Get Golf Ready graduates are playing golf, with 75% of the participants playing a minimum of one round.  The average number of rounds played by a Get Golf Ready graduate is 10.8 rounds.
70% of the Get Golf Ready participants had very little experience.  61% of the participants were women and 25% of the participants were minorities.
Get Golf Ready has over 400 fans on Facebook. 
Become a fan today!       
Corporate Golf Starter Kit Introduced by Club Car
Since 2004, Club Car has introduced more than 250 new players to golf through an innovative grassroots employee program and now wants to encourage other companies in the industry to follow its lead.  To help them get started, the golf car and utility vehicles manufacturer has developed a corporate golf starter kit that was introduced at the 2008 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. The free “Let’s Go Golfing” kit includes detailed program information and collateral materials that will help companies launch their own programs.
Fred Palmer, Vice President National Account Sales of the Augusta, GA based company stated that "the 'Let’s Go Golfing' program has three benefits: 1) It is great for employee happiness and morale; 2) it helps the employee understand the business of golf; and, 3) as a company we feel we have an obligation to the industry to help grow the game of golf."
Club Car’s “Let’s Go Golfing” program provides free lessons to new players and beginners and has grown to include a league component to keep employees involved in the game after they’ve completed their lesson series.
Fred went on to say “A terrific follow-up to this is the Get Golf Ready program.  The five lesson program with the on-course experiences and the graduation outings will make a significant impact in golfer retention.” First year Get Golf Ready statistics are showing that 89% of the participants intend to continue playing and 75% say they have already gone out to play. 
Club Car continues to be an industry leader in growing the game and supporting Get Golf Ready.  With the entire golf industry working together, Club Car is making a difference.  
In This Issue
Monthly Tips 

An Interview with a Get Golf Ready Participant

Participant Appreciation
Did You Know?
Corporate Golf Starter Kit Introduced by Club Car

PGA of America


This month's featured sponsor is Club Car. Click on the image below to view the website and find out more.


Ray Winer, Assistant GM/Membership Director of The Golf Club at South Hampton in St. Augustine, FL, promotes the Get Golf Ready program at a local plaza.  
Advertising efforts in February for Get Golf Ready at The Golf Club at South Hampton included a display at the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville, FL.  Stay tuned for next month's e-newsletter to read more about South Hampton's Get Golf Ready promotional efforts.
       The Slammer & The Squire Golf Course, St. Augustine, FL
Get Golf Ready Certified Facility
    Oceanside Municipal Golf Course,
    Oceanside, CA
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Bear's Best Golf Course
Las Vegas, NV
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