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The Learning League

Nancy Story - Wednesday, May 15, 2013



 Guiding the learning curve for Crystal’s Monday Learning League is PGA Golf Professional Ed Laprade. A seasoned veteran of the links, Ed has been teaching players of every level for over 20 years and has been at Crystal Mountain since 1999.  Named one of the Best Teachers in State (#5) by Golf Digest, Ed will be instructing Learning League golfers on how to get in the game.  Here’s what Ed has to say:

Crystal Mountain’s Monday Learning League is a great way for new golfers, as well as those getting back into the game, to learn golf’s fundamentals and make some new friends in the process. Beginning Monday, June 10th, the League will meet each Monday from 6-7:30pm for five weeks.  Offered in a fun, unintimidating environment, this all-encompassing, five-week program provides instruction in the full swing, short game (putting, chipping, pitching and bunkers) and all the necessary skills to begin playing golf.  It starts with the very basics – like, how do you check in for your round?  What do the terms “chipping”, “pitching” or “bunkers” refer to?  With our Learning League, you won’t be clueless for long. 

After working on golf swing basics, we’ll head out on the course in week three, where players will apply their new skills to the course with supervised play. After five weeks, players receive a Membership Card stating that they are members of Crystal’s Learning League.  This card has a greens fee rate available for three holes, six holes and nine holes on the Betsie Valley course, and can be used for playing the rest of the season.  It provides new golfers with an opportunity for improving new skills while increasing play a few holes at a time.  So – whether you have some golfing experience already or are brand new to the game, come and join the Monday Learning League! 

Here’s the schedule:

Week 1: June 10- Instruction at the Learning Center

Week 2:  June 17- Instruction at the Learning Center

Week 3:  June 24- Instruction on the course

 Week 4:  July 1-Instruction on the course/ Play scramble/ alternate shot, family tees

 Week 5:  July 8-Instruction on the course/ Play scramble/ alternate shot, family tees


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