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Golf Newsletter | December 2009 / January 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Greetings!

It's hard to believe it's already December!  As a reminder, all Virginia Beach Municipal Golf Courses will be closed on December 25. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!  Look for the next newsletter in early February.
 
Our contest winner last month was Robert Scola. He won a complementary round of golf at Kempsville Greens Golf Course. Congratulations, Robert!
'Tis the Season for Holiday Specials
 
Golf Bag with Santa HatCheck out the discounts on all merchandise in the pro shops (through Christmas Eve) at Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake.  Find great deals on holiday gifts, or treat yourself!

Ed Collins, PGA instructor at Bow Creek, is offering a free video swing analysis through January 31, 2010.  See coupon offer at the bottom of this email.

Sue Vreeland, LPGA instructor at Red Wing Lake, is offering two holiday packages for golf lessons: Package 1 is two, one-hour golf lessons, plus a two-hour on-course playing lesson for $199, which regularly costs $240; Package 2 is three, one-hour golf lessons for $140 (a $40 savings).  Call Sue at 724-2466.
 
If you haven't purchased a gift for your golfer, consider a gift certificate from one of our pro shops. Gift certificates can be purchased for greens fees, cart rentals, merchandise and for lessons.
 
Need a location for your holiday party? Kempsville Greens has two spaces available that can accommodate 25 people per room, or 50 people if the entire space is rented. Call the pro shop (474-8441) to learn more about reserving space in the clubhouse.
Prep for Cooler Temps on the Course
 
Zipping JacketThis time of year in Virginia Beach can mean unpredictable weather conditions. The temperature seems to change in an instant and you have to factor in the wind chill prior to dressing for golf.  Depending on the wind direction, it could be short sleeve or wind jacket weather. Remember that it's always better to use layers than to wear one bulky item. You can add or take away an article of clothing as the day progresses. A good wicking garment next to your skin is a good way to start.
 
In addition to dressing in layers, you want to be sure to use a sunscreen. Many people don't realize that the sun is actually closer to you during the winter than it is in the summer. Most sunscreens also protect your skin from the wind and help you retain moisture.
Pay for 18, Play All Day!
 
Pay for 18, Play All Day, space available, continues at Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake!  Take advantage of this great opportunity at our courses.  If you get out early, you can get an extra nine or even eighteen holes in before the sun sets. If you only want to play a few extra holes, that's fine too. 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.
Fun Fact: It's 'Snow' Joke
 
When a few South Carolina golf resorts took out rain insurance policies for their guests, many golfers thought it was funny when the word snow was added to their policy.  But it was no joke when Myrtle Beach was hit with two inches of snow in January 1992.  Forty-eight golfers at the Sands Oceanfront collected $7,100 from the resort for lost playing time.
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.

Pro Tip: Pitch Perfect

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

Pitch

A pitch shot is just part of a full swing. The distance the ball travels depends on the length of the backswing and the club that you choose. Dial in a distance by learning your distances from three different swing positions.
 
Take a swing where your target side arm gets to the pocket of your pants on the back swing. The forward swing consists of a pivot and just letting the club drop by gravity.  It should mirror the backswing in length, as inertia will let the club run out of gas naturally.
 
Once you get the hang of it, try a backswing that goes chest high, then try shoulder high.
 
Each backswing position will create a different distance. Try your backswing positions with a pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge.
 
Now you have lots of distances you can dial in. Tape your distances to the shafts of your clubs for a quick reference.
Quick Links
 
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Our Locations
 
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 

Free 

Video

Analysis
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: 1/31/10
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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