Get Golf Ready lessons designed to get new golfers from the parking lot to the fairways |

Get Golf Ready lessons designed to get new golfers from the parking lot to the fairways

A golfer tees off at the Haymaker golf course near Steamboat Springs last year. Haymaker professional Tom Taylor is hoping that the courses driving range will be open by the end of the week
John F. Russell

— For golfer Tom Taylor, grabbing his clubs and heading onto the course for a round of golf is second nature.

But the longtime professional at Haymaker Golf Course understands the small details surrounding the game are not familiar to everyone. He also knows new golfers are often intimidated by things most veteran golfers do without thought.

That’s one of the reasons Haymaker is offering the Get Golf Ready session this month. Get Golf ready is a series of five clinics that take golfers from the parking lot to the golf course. Taylor said the clinics are designed to help golfers with their swing, but is also — and perhaps more importantly — a chance to introduce new players to the course from the time they arrive in their car to hitting the first ball off the No. 1 tee box.

“Lots of people take lessons but never get beyond the driving range,” Taylor said. “These clinics are designed to teach them what to do, how to keep up with the group in front of them (and) basic etiquette of the golf course. A lot of new golfers get nervous just making a tee time. These clinics are designed to get them past that.”

The cost of the Get Golf Ready program is $99 for all five group lessons, presented by PGA-certified instructors Scott Sperry and Tim Dever. Players taking the clinics will learn etiquette, golf swing and course play.

The one-hour lessons will take place at the course Aug. 11, 16, 18 and 23.

Those interested in taking part should call the pro shop at 970-870-1846. Taylor said the clinics will be dependent on the number of golfers who register, adding there will be a minimum class size.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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