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Golf Newsletter | October 2009 |
Fall has officially started and that means limited day light to play golf.  You may find it harder to get in nine holes after work, but you'll be happy to know that our winter rates take effect in November.  Also beginning November 1, the twilight special will start an hour earlier at 12:00 noon. Our maintenance staff has already shifted their hours and will be on the course until 3:00 pm.
A big thank you to all who provided suggestions for our golf newsletter. We will strive to incorporate your suggestions and ideas in the coming editions. Our winner of the Bow Creek Golf Course drawing is Molly Feine. She received a free round of golf with a cart to Bow Creek Golf Course. Congratulations Molly and thanks for your comments!
Tell Us What You Want!
Are you interested in playing in a golf league this spring or summer?  Tell us what you want and we will strive to develop a league around your ideas!  Share with us your choice for course, day, time and whether you want a 9- or 18-hole round.  Simply reply to this newsletter, or email your ideas to
Golfers Rave About Red Wing Lake
Red Wing Lake Golf CourseThe Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation hosted their golf tournament at Red Wing Lake Golf Course on September 18 and those that participated raved about the conditions of the course.  Now in the third year since the renovations were completed, the course offers full, lush fairways and the best greens in Tidewater!  Five teeing areas are available on each hole to challenge all skill levels.
Mark your calendar now; the Foundation tournament will be hosted again at Red Wing Lake Golf Course on Friday, September 17, 2010.
Learn from the Pros!
Learn from the Pros!Need a little help with your game?  Each Virginia Beach Municipal Golf Course has pros available to give private lessons.  Contact the pros at the numbers below for rates and to schedule a lesson.
Ed Collins at Bow Creek: 739-3381
Reynolds Dawson at Kempsville Greens: 572-0329
Sue Vreeland at Red Wing Lake: 724-2466
Todd Wise at Red Wing Lake: 437-2037
Golf group lessons are still available in October. Most classes are beginning this week, so register today if you want to learn to play golf!
Why Play Alone?  Consider a Group
Golf GroupCompetitive: If you want some competitive golf action, try the "Blitz" Saturday mornings at Kempsville Greens. You do not have to be a member, just show up, sign up, and teams will be formed based on the number of people there. Singles are welcome. Arrive early as the teams are picked at 8:30 am and the first team goes off at 8:45 am.
Women's: Beginner ladies meet at Bow Creek each Thursday evening at 5:30 for nine holes.
At Red Wing Lake, women meet each Wednesday for a relaxed and fun nine holes of golf beginning at 5:30.  Some ladies play their own ball while others play a best ball format. 
Ed Collins at Bow Creek and Sue Vreeland at Red Wing Lake are coordinating the play.
October Greens Aerification
Please pardon the disruption as we perform greens aerification on two of our courses in October.  Bow Creek is scheduled for October 5 & 6 and Kempsville Greens is scheduled for October 13 & 14. Weather could factor into this schedule. Though two days are scheduled, the maintenance staff hopes to complete the aerification in only one day for each course. Both courses will remain open, but only 9 holes will be available until the entire 18 have been completed.
Want to know more about the reasons for aerification?  Check out a great article on the topic.

Pro Tip: Firm Up Your Foundation

by Sue Vreeland, LPGA instructor at Red Wing Lake Golf Course 

Golf Stance

A firm foundation will give you a better chance at keeping impact consistent.  In the backswing, the upper body coils over a stable foundation- your legs.
The back leg is the foundation of the backswing and the target side leg is the foundation of the finish. If your back leg is moving during the backswing, then your potential impact position is changing. If the foundation is shifting around, then you have to make compensations with your hands and arms in order to get back to the ball. 
To firm up your foundation, take your set up and before swinging, constrict the muscles of the back leg. Take a swing and keep that back leg firm and flexed and in its address position. It might feel a little stiff at first, by you will find that the stable base gives you more solid contact through the ball. Make sure that you turn and pivot to the target on the forward swing.
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Bow Creek
3425 Club House Road, Virginia Beach
(757) 431-3763
Kempsville Greens
4840 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach
(757) 474-8441

Red Wing Lake
1144 Prosperity Road, Virginia Beach
(757) 437-2037 
Fun Fact: Improving Your Golf Game is Good for Business
A New York Times study of 51 CEOs revealed that the lower their handicaps, the better their companies' stocks performed.  Tell that to your employer the next time they bust you for heading out early to hit the links.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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