Win­ter Golf in Yuma, AZ

Golf Today Northwest - - Golf Tips - By KATHY GILDERSLEEVE-JENSEN, PGA

Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary, or even March is a great time to get away from the win­tery weather and head down south. So I did, in fact. We’re ex­cited to in­tro­duce a sec­ond lo­ca­tion for Golf Re­sults Now Acad­emy in Yuma, Ari­zona. I now have the priv­i­lege of be­ing the new Di­rec­tor of Golf In­struc­tion at Las Bar­ran­cas & Foothills Golf Com­plex in the beau­ti­ful foothills of Yuma. The Golf Com­plex is open to the pub­lic and has ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly need for the im­prove­ment of your game, skill level, and prac­tice rou­tines. The com­plex boasts all of the fol­low­ing: Las Bar­ran­cas GC is an 18 hole Cham­pi­onship golf course with five sets of tees of many dif­fer­ent lengths. The course’s Black Tees (or the tips) are 6888 yards and the Gold Tees with the short­est range at 4356 yards. There’s some­thing for ev­ery skill lev­els. Also no­table are the prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude a mas­sive grass tee driv­ing range, a gi­gan­tic 18 hole putting green, an­other very large putting green near the driv­ing range, as well as a medium putting green next to the first tee. Ad­di­tion­ally, the short game area has two dif­fer­ent large greens with deep bunkers—ideal to help you prac­tice all kinds of sit­u­a­tional shots. Foothills Ex­ec­u­tive Golf Course is an ex­ec­u­tive clas­sic nine-hole golf course that in­cludes sev­eral par 4’s and a par 5—for a grand to­tal par 34. All the golf cour­ses are in fab­u­lous shape and un­der­stand­ably ex­tremely busy. The fa­cil­ity in­cludes a large putting green near the first tee. The club house and pa­tio are fan­tas­tic for all kinds of gath­er­ings—from groups of play­ers to wed­dings and other party events. Foothills Par 3 Golf Course is per­fect for re­fin­ing all skills and for improving your shot-mak­ing score shots. It’s also great for the be­gin­ner or for a nice game with your bud­dies. The fa­cil­ity in­cludes a large grass driv­ing range and a large putting green near the first tee. If you think all of this sounds good, the prices are even bet­ter. The cost for the 18 hole green fee, cart, and prac­tice fa­cil­ity us­age is $44/per­son. It’s only $12 a day for ac­cess to the prac­tice fa­cil­ity only. And this in­cludes all the golf balls you want to hit. I also en­cour­age you to con­sider their rea­son­able combo prices dur­ing their peak sea­son. There is as much va­ri­ety in our golf pro­grams for game im­prove­ment as there is in the cour­ses them­selves. With a wide range of pack­ages to fit

ev­ery bud­get, our motto is to help you with your golf game, NOT re-vamp it. Pro­grams of­fered in­clude: les­sons and classes for the be­gin­ner, con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion, pri­vate in­di­vid­ual les­sons, golf in schools, ju­niors, and pre-happy hour group events. Let’s not for­get our FREE Saturday Demo Days, de­signed to give guests an opportunity to test and demo golf equip­ment, train­ing aids—and to of­fer a fo­rum to an­swer golf ques­tions. To find out more about dates and times, check out my web­site and so­cial me­dia out­lets at Golf Re­sults Now. One as­pect of Golf Re­sults Now Acad­emy’s main mis­sion is to give back to our vets with our com­pre­hen­sive adap­tive golf pro­gram, in which we adapt golf for in­di­vid­u­als with phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions or cog­ni­tive is­sues. In­spired by Yuma’s thriv­ing mil­i­tary com­mu­nity and size­able veteran pop­u­la­tion, our goal is to in­tro­duce and make golf ac­ces­si­ble to our veter­ans. What a joy to share this fan­tas­tic sport and grow a di­verse com­mu­nity of play­ers and en­thu­si­asts—re­gard­less of their abil­ity! Yuma’s warm weather and stun­ning panoramic views of the Gila Moun­tains make it an ideal des­ti­na­tion for any va­ca­tioner. It also of­fers a wide ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties in ad­di­tional to its great golf ter­rain. Off-road mo­tor sports, shop­ping, great food, casi­nos, old town Yuma, flea mar­kets, and stun­ning nearby lakes and re­sorts should all top the list of “to dos” dur­ing your visit. San Diego, Phoenix, and Tuc­son are also all within 190 miles. We look for­ward to see­ing you soon for some fun in the sun!

Kathy Gildersleeve-jensen is the 2014 PGA Na­tional Teacher of the Year.

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