Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Ladies Golf in the Lehigh Valley

Simply playing an 18-course is not always the easiest (or most cost-effective method) way to learn to play golf, regardless of your gender.

But having worked at a golf club, I know the stereotypes about lady golfers well... slow, no etiquette, bad tippers for beverage cart girls. A lot of men immediately wince when they see women in front of them on the course, and will ask to play through so they don't have to wait.

In an effort to combat these negative sterotypes, and to teach us how to play in a friendly, collegial environment, some Lehigh Valley golf clubs have developed programs just for women.

  • PGA Professional Marc Csencsits is teaching a series at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course (400 Illicks Road, Bethlehem) this spring and summer. His Ladies Night Golf School covers the fundamentals of each shot in golf and provides information on how to execute each shot for beginners or returning lady golfers. For nine consecutive weeks for 60 minutes each session, there will be a variety of topics covered but no two weeks will be exactly the same. $20 gets you a lesson and a large bucket of golf balls. Thursdays, April 29 – June 24, 5:30 p.m.
  • The Morgan Hill Ladies Golf Association at the Club at Morgan Hill (100 Clubhouse Dr., Easton) invites beginners and seasoned players enjoy golf, clinics and social events. A $50 free goes towards food and prizes. On Tuesdays, ladies have an option to play 18 or 9 holes. Ladies who are non members will be charged $40 to play 18 holes and $20 to play 9 holes. There are also clinics and social events throughout the season. Morgan Hill is beautiful and the views from the course (and the clubhouse patio) are completely breathtaking.
  • The Brew Works' popular Girls Gone Golfing summer series will meet every Wednesday beginning in May. Participants will learn the basics in golf fundamentals from Zach Fischal and then relax on the patio overlooking the Allentown Municipal Golf Course (3400 West Tilghman Street, Allentown). The course can provide golf clubs if needed. $35 includes a one-hour lesson and a glass of wine. For $20, participants in the Girls Gone Golfing League get 3 holes, a cart rental and a glass of wine. Teams are set each week so you can sign up with a group of friends or come solo and get matched up with other women.

I'm trying to decide what I'd like to do... any suggestions?

2 comments:

  1. Let me know what you decide!!! I haven't been on the course in 2 years because of a shoulder injury, but I'm all rehabbed and really want to get back into it!

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  2. Anonymous6/10/2010

    Hello, Ladies.

    I work at Olde Homestead Golf Club, and I just wanted to drop by to tell you and your readers that we have one of the best practice facilities in the region, with two sets of tees, a large putting green, and a great par3 course that has a wide range of distances and challenges. For those who are looking for more of a challenge, our 18-hole regulation championship course is likewise the most inviting and unique layout in the area, and we have state-of-the-art GPS systems in each cart to help you get the most from your experience there.

    We do offer a special for ladies on Wednesday's, $34 w/cart. That includes a bottle of water, free range balls, a free pack of tees, and a free lunch afterwards.

    Hopefully we will see you there.

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