Club Pro Dee Brown charges $20 for a 30-to-45 minute lesson for children and $40 for hour-long lessons for adults. “You don’t need to be a member to take a lesson or play a round. The course is open to anyone. We have resort guests, people from the city and county and even people who come up from Tenn. to take advantage of our course.”
Brown offers lessons from Tuesday to Friday, every week. “Weekends are usually not a good time for lessons because the course is very busy.”
Taking his first lesson on June 22 was eight-year-old Blake Edmonson of Cadiz. “It looks like a good sport and something I want to do to challenge myself. It just sounded fun, and I don’t have to travel very far to play,” he said.
Brown began the lesson by explaining the purpose of each club in Blake’s golf bag. He taught his student the parts of the club, and the theory behind hitting the ball accurately. The rules of the game were also introduced in the first lesson.
Blake’s mother Amy Edmonson said that she thought golf lessons were a good idea. “It’s not a team sport, so we don’t have to worry about being able to attend regular practice sessions and games. We can schedule lessons and games when we want. At eight or nine years-old, some of the kids in team sports are already getting bloodthirsty.”
By the end of the half hour lesson, Blake was able to hit the ball close to 90 yards, and more importantly, consistently straight. “Middle of the fairway, you can’t ask for more than that,” Brown said, offering plenty of positive reinforcement.
Lessons will delve deeper into the mechanics of the club swing as Blake masters the basics. Brown said that the training becomes more of a fine-tuning process as young golfers progress.
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