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Golf Newsletter | July 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
July is Parks & Recreation Month
 
VBPRSince 1985, Americans have celebrated national Parks and Recreation Month in July to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining the quality of life for, and contributing to the physical, economic and environmental well-being of communities. Check our Facebook Page for ways that you can Experience the Fun of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation!
August Group Golf Lessons
 
Learn from the pros and others around you in our group golf lessons. Classes are offered at all three courses: Bow Creek (BC), Kempsville Greens (KG) and Red Wing Lake (RWL). Click the course number for additional details and to register!
 
Beginner Golf Classes
Age 7-17 | Tuesdays, 8/3-24 | 10-11:30 am | BC | #95049
Age 18 & up | Tuesdays, 8/3-24 | 5-6:30 pm | BC | #95057
Age 18 & up | Saturdays, 8/7-28 | 5:30-7:00 pm | KG | #95060
Age 50 & up | Fridays, 8/6-27 | 9-10:30 am | BC | #95063
 
Intermediate Golf Classes
Age 7 to 17 | Saturdays, 8/7-28 | 10-11:30 am | RWL | #95068
Age 18 & up | Wednesdays, 8/11-9/1 | 5-6:30 pm | RWL | #95069
Age 18 & up (Women) | Tuesdays, 8/10-31 | 5-6:30 pm | RWL | #95070
Age 50 & up | Tuesdays, 8/10-31 | 9-10:30 am | RWL | #95071 
Hello, Summertime.
 
The heat is on and the morning tee times are at a premium. With highs in the upper 90's in the afternoon, the mornings at our courses are at capacity nearly every day. To avoid long waits, we would recommend calling our Pro Shop to schedule a tee time on the day you wish to play. For those of you brave enough to take on the afternoon heat, we are offering a twilight rate at all three courses beginning at 1:00 pm throughout the week. Our website has the current list of rates for all courses.
Working to Maintain Healthy Greens
 
SprinklerProper water management is the first line of defense when combating heat stress on bentgrass greens. During the dog days of summer, you may see staff members running around the course with a water hose. The proper application of overhead irrigation and hand watering is essential to the greens' health.
 
Staff will water localized dry spots on the greens in the morning to supplement the irrigation system and will provide a cooling mist (syringe) in the afternoon. They will do their best to not interfere with play, but syringing the grass is a very time sensitive and they may try to sneak in between foursomes to provide the much needed cool down to the green. If you happen to encounter a team member syringing during your round, remember it will only take a few minutes and they will quickly be out of the way and on to the next green.
Make a Tee Time!
 
Bow Creek
3425 Club House Rd
(757) 431-3763
 
Kempsville Greens
4840 Princess Anne Rd
(757) 474-8441

Red Wing Lake
1144 Prosperity Rd
(757) 437-2037

Pro Tip: Placing Your Tee Shots

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

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If you are playing a dogleg right, it might help to tee off on the left side to open up the fairway to you more.
 
If there is danger on the left (water or sand or out of bounds) then tee up on the same side and aim away from the danger.

Always try to find a level place to stand when making a tee shot.  Uphill, downhill, and side hill lies will have an effect on ball flight.
Quick Links
 
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Fun Fact: Carpe Diem! 
 
In 1985, while playing the par-3 17th hole at the Bangkok Country Club in Thailand, Dave Hickler hit his tee shot into a water hazard. Amazingly, the ball bounced out of the water and onto the bank. In an incredible stroke of luck, the ball had struck a foot-long carp that was swimming near the surface of the water!
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 fun@vbgov.com.
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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association