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Tee It Forward

Nancy Story - Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 

In her 30 years as a Golf Professional, Crystal Mountain's Ina Davis has taught lessons and camps for both adults and juniors, besides working with several area golf teams. Recently, she was named by Golf Digest Magazine as one of Michigan’s Top Teachers In The State, #12. As a Crystal Mountain golf professional, Davis developed and continues to teach Mini-Camps for juniors ages 7-12. Davis also implemented the PGA’s Play Golf America Program, Get Golf Ready. This program teaches beginning to intermediate golfers the fundamentals of swing, golf course etiquette and rules, plus supervised playing experiences. By implementing and hosting Play Golf America programs, Davis became a member of the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game.  In 2006 and again in 2011, Davis was awarded the Michigan Section PGA President’s Plaque in recognition of her impact on golf instruction and extraordinary commitment to grow the game. Here's a tip from Ina:

Do you wish your approach shot to the green was just a bit easier? Would you rather hit an iron into the green vs. a fairway wood or hybrid? If you want to play faster and have more fun, go ahead and move up a set of tees - meaning, TEE IT FORWARD.

When you TEE IT FORWARD, you hit more lofted irons into greens, putt for birdies and pars more often, play faster and score better. TEE IT FORWARD is a national initiative by the PGA to make golf more fun by playing the tees that best suit your game. It’s dependent on how far you hit your drive. The TEE IT FORWARD chart below suggests what tees to play. Crystal Mountain is behind this initiative 100 percent. We want you to have fun!

LENGTH OF DRIVE

YARDAGE TO PLAY

275

6,700-6,900

250

6,200-6,400

225

5,800-6,000

200

5,200-5,400

175

4,400-4,600

150

3,500-3,700

125

2,800-3,000

100

2,100-2,300

 

If you currently play from the forward-most tees, are new to the game and feel a full length course is too long and intimidating, try our family tees, also known as the short tees on the Betsie Valley.  It’s even okay to start at the 150 or 200 yard marker.

When my Dad and his buddies started playing from the forward red tee, they loved it.  They were having more fun using shorter clubs into the green, not fairway woods and hybrids. 

So let’s have some FUN playing golf!  Join your friends and enjoy a new, positive experience on the golf course - move up a set of tees and TEE IT FORWARD!

If that doesn’t work, take a golf lesson from me.


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