Education/Mentoring

Spring Golf Clinics at Knollwood Golf Course March and April 2017

Spring Golf Clinics are coming up soon! Get your game ready before the golf season is in full bloom.

Friday March ,24  11am Full Swing

Friday March, 31  11am Short Game

Friday April, 7       11am Full Swing
Friday April, 21     11am Short Game
Friday April, 28     11am on course/trouble situations

 
All clinics are 1 hour long and will cover a variety of topics and are open to all skill levels.  We encourage beginners to attend. 
 
Cost for clinics:
 
Members: $8 per clinic
Non-Members: $10 per clinic
 
Golf instructors are Dale, Fred, Melissa, and Bob. 

Each session will include instruction and a range coupon for a small bucket of balls for a future practice session.
 
Participants must sign up in advance. Sign up now in the Knollwood Shop or call 910-692-3572 
 

Knollwood Golf Course
1470 Midland Rd.
Southern Pines, NC 28387

  We may add more clinics to the May Schedule- Keep looking for any adjustments

 
 

 

The Sandhills Chapter offers golf lessons, clinics, and other educational opportunities, directly and through partners.

Chapter Programs


Chapter Pro Charlaine Hirst

LPGA Pro and EWGA member Charlaine Hirst is the Sandhills NC Chapter Pro.

Our Spring 2017 educational offerings included "Golf 101", a lesson series for beginning golfers, and five skills improvement clinics.  We're off for the summer, when Charlaine is busy with the Girls' Golf program, but please check back for potential Chapter-hosted educational opportunities come fall.   

Meanwhile, we invite all members to visit Charlaine's website, http://www.golflessonsnc.com, for information about her regularly-scheduled group instruction programs, individual lessons, "practice with the pro" sessions, etc.  Please mention the EWGA if you do sign up for any instruction with Charlaine.

About Charlaine:
Charlaine Hirst is a highly skilled instructor (formerly Director of Instruction at the Pine Needles School) and competitor.  A three-time national college champion and four-time All-American, she competed on the Futures Tour, in the US Women's Open, and won the Southeast Sectional Championship of the LPGA Teaching Pro division.  Charlaine also manages/teaches a program site for LPGA/USGA Girls' Golf, and was inducted into the Women's Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame. 

Fairway Friends Mentoring

If you've just finished beginner lessons, or have just been hitting the range since you did ...
We invite you to try out your skills on the course with a "Fairway Friend" from our Chapter.  We'll pair you with a supportive member who'll show you the ropes.  By which we mean things like safety, etiquette, where to park the cart, and how to play speedily despite hitting a lot of shots.  We're not pros, we can't fix your swing, and shouldn't be trying to.  We'd answer your questions about tournament rules if you ask us why we just added a penalty stroke or measured where we should drop.  But the official rules of golf exist ONLY to govern competition, so no one who's just getting started needs to follow or even know them.  The only rules a beginner needs to follow are:
1) Stay aware of where other players are and what they're doing so you don't hurt anyone or get hurt.
2) Don't distract anyone who's hitting, including players on other holes.
3) Don't waste time.  Chat while you're getting to your ball or the next hole, not when you or your partner should be hitting or preparing to hit.
4) HAVE FUN!  Enjoy your good shots, the company, and the pretty surroundings. 


As a beginner, you'll have more fun if you make it easier on yourself, and whatever that takes is perfectly OK.  You can tee up anywhere on the course, give yourself a fluffier lie, or drop a ball where you wish yours had gone instead of looking around in the junk where it probably did go.  Toss your ball out of the bunker if you didn't hit it out, move it out from behind a tree, and so on.  You'll need to do these less as you get better - and when you realize you hardly need to at all, you can start keeping score and learning the rules. (Which your mentor will also help you do!)

You can request a Fairway Friends "mentor" for any of our weekend or weeknight golf events by simply commenting on the Evite!   If you'd like a mentor for casual play, please email our Golf Programs Director, Ronda Powell (golfeducation@ewga-sandhills.com), or any other Board member. 

Download the "Fairway Friends" flyer here.



Other Sandhills and Chapter Partner Programs

Another option for new/beginner golfers is the PGA's "Get Golf Ready" program.  Area courses that have offered this program in the past include the Stryker course at Ft.  Bragg, and Carolina Lakes in Sanford.  You can check for upcoming programs near you at:  http://www.pga.com/play-golf-america/find-program

If you're an experienced golfer who wants to sharpen up your game, please contact our Chapter Pro, Charlaine Hirst at (910) 603-8700, or email her - charlaine@golflessonsnc.com.  She's terrific, as are her rates for private lessons and "practice with the Pro" sessions!