Golf season on the horizon

Haymaker offers skills brush-up courses

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— Golfers can't start signing up for the Haymaker's May programs until later this week, but club pro Hank Franks is already eager to swing back into the season.

"We've got some great things happening this May," Franks said. "I just can't wait to get things rolling."

Franks will offer a series of Spring Instructional Programs in May designed to shake off the rust and remind golfers about some of the basics of the game before the season gets into full swing.

The first and third sessions will take place on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The second and last sessions will take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Franks said the sessions are staggered so that they will appeal to a wide range of golfers with different schedules. There is also a single session rate ($70) for golfers who can't make it to all the sessions. That rate, however, does not include the Sunday play day.

The first sessions are May 3, May 5 and May 6.

The second session will run May 7, May 9, May 11 and May 13. The third week will shift back to the Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday schedule and is scheduled for May 15-20. The last session will take place the week of May 21. Class sessions are scheduled for the 21st, 23rd, 25th and 27th. Each four-day clinic includes six hours of instruction and nine holes of play.

Hanks said the first session will cover driving and putting. The second includes chipping medium irons and fairway bunkers. The third session will cover short irons and pitching. The last session will include fairway woods, chipping, green and side bunkers.

Cost to take part in the instructional sessions is $50 per session or $140 for the entire session.

The groups will be limited to the first 10 students and all instruction will be administered by trained golf professionals.

The clinics will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon each day. The Sunday sessions will include golf on Sunday.

Hanks said the Spring Instructional series is designed for the purpose of aiding all levels and abilities to reach their playing potential.

In addition to programs for the adults, the course is also gearing up for its junior programs, which will also begin in May.

Junior Golf Director Jason Deigert said he will be passing out fliers at the schools this month with information about the clinics.

Haymaker will offer two sessions in May: the first on May 12 and the second on May 26.

Deigert said the clinics are designed as a set. Deigert said young golfers can do one clinic or the other. But the content of the two sessions are designed to work as one unit.

The clinics are designed to introduce young golfers to the staff and course. The first clinic will cover the basic fundamentals of the game. The second session will be a continuation of the first. Clinics include equipment check, instruction, rule book and refreshments

"Jason has designed a good program that introduces young players to our course," Franks said. "Then he follows it up with playing camps later in the summer."

Last year Haymaker drew 150 golfers to the programs.

"We really stress the fundamentals of golf with our programs," Deigert said. "But we also make it fun for them and follow through the entire summer."

This summer, the highlight of the junior program will be the Haywhacker Golf Tournament July 31. Deigert is hoping to draw some regional players and has listed the tournament on the Colorado Junior Golf Association schedule of events this year. Last year, more than 60 golfers competed in the tournament.

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