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Golf Newsletter | November 2009 |
Winter rates went into effect at all courses on November 1. View rates for:

Also effective November 1, twilight rates begin at noon instead of 1pm.  Schedule an afternoon tee time for a great deal that includes a cart rental!

Now through March, walking is permitted at Red Wing Lake Golf Course at any time of day, seven days a week.  You'll enjoy the fall foliage along this beautiful course whether you walk or ride.
Having trouble with your swing?  You can get a FREE video swing analysis with PGA professional, Ed Collins using the coupon at the bottom of this email. 
Thumbs Up GolferPay for 18, Play All Day!
For a limited time, you can pay for 18 holes and play all day at any of our courses: Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake!  We started this promotion at Kempsville Greens during the construction this summer and have decided to implement it at all three courses. Hang on to your receipt for 18 holes and enjoy some more golf on us! 
Note: Upon completion of the first 18 holes, first round golfers will be given priority at tee off.
Course Highlight: Kempsville Greens
Kempsville Greens
The original Kempsville Meadows Golf and Country Club was built by a partnership of three men: Johnny Kelly, a PGA golf professional; Albert Bonney, a local business man; and Jesse Bloodworth, a well known real estate agent.  The three purchased 155 acres in what was then Princess Anne County from a local Mennonite farmer in 1952.  The golf course was constructed with the farm house serving as home to the pro shop and offices for the first few years.  In 1965, a clubhouse was constructed with a restaurant and lounge, complete with men's and ladies' locker rooms.

In 1984, Mr. Kelly was ready to retire and the course was sold to Mr. R.G. Moore, a local builder and developer.  Mr. Moore had the golf course re-designed to accommodate the residences that presently occupy the property adjoining the golf course.  Once the building and development had been completed, Mr. Moore transferred the newly designed golf course to the City of Virginia Beach.
After taking ownership of the course, renamed Kempsville Greens Golf Course, the City replaced the old clubhouse with a new building and made several improvements over the years.  The practice green was replaced with a 10,000 sq. ft. putting green, a 5,000 sq. ft. chipping green and 1,200 sq. ft. practice bunker; protective netting was installed along three holes and some tees were relocated.  Most recently, two bulkheads were installed on hole numbers one and eleven.  The course plays from 4475 to 5843 yards with a slope index of 109 to 122.  Learn more about the course.

Thank you to Michael J. Kelly and W.P. (Buddy) Fisher for providing the background information for this article.
Win a Round at Kempsville Greens!
We're giving away a free round of golf at Kempsville Greens Golf Course! You can enter to win by replying to this email by November 13th and telling us the following:
  • What are the most important factors when selecting a course to play? (example: location, rates, course conditions, difficulty, etc.)
  • How frequently do you play a municipal golf course? (municipal courses include Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake)

One winner will be randomly selected from the entries received. Only subscribers to the Golf Newsletter are eligible to win. We will announce the winner in next month's newsletter.

Memberships Available at Red Wing Lake
Red Wing Lake LogoGolfers can now purchase memberships at Red Wing Lake Golf Course.  Full memberships or associate memberships are available. All full memberships include range balls, Pro Shop discounts, full handicap services and special events for members. Pay only the cart fee. A full family membership includes up to two children (age 18 and under). Get the details.

Pro Tip: Greenside Bunker Shot

by Ed Collins, PGA instructor at Bow Creek Golf Course 

Greenside Bunker Shot

The first step in hitting a greenside bunker shot is to establish a firm footing that will support the swing. Do this by digging your feet in the sand a couple of inches. Maintain weight on the left foot (right handed golfers about 60/40).
Next, take an open stance to restrict backswing and to help cut across the sand. Open the clubface to match your open stance and play the ball forward of center.

Take the backswing with plenty of wrist hinge, match the length of the backswing and follow through. You should strike the sand about two inches behind the ball while maintaining the open clubface. Clubface should not close until after impact.

Lastly, accelerate through the sand to a natural finish.
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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 
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.
Fun Fact: Perseverance is Key
Ben Hogan never forgot the turning point of his life.  It happened in 1938 when he and his wife were down to their last $85.  "If I didn't win money at the Oakland Open, I was through,"  Hogan recalled.  "The night before the tournament started, someone stole the two rear wheels off my car.  I had to hitch a ride to play.  But I shot a 69 in the last round and tied for third.  The $385 I won enabled me to put wheels back on my car and keep going."  After that tournament, he began to win regularly.



Free Video Swing Analysis ($49 value) at Bow Creek Golf Course
This coupon is good for a free video swing analysis with PGA professional, Ed Collins at Bow Creek Golf Course. To take advantage of this offer, please make a reservation by calling (757) 739-3381.  Be sure to mention this coupon. Limit one per customer.
Offer Expires: 12/31/09
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