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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 15, 2013
Contact:

Billie Schmidt, Kitsap County Parks Department
360.337.5371 or bschmidt@co.kitsap.wa.us

No: 2013-049

Village Greens Golf Course hires golf instructor

(Port Orchard, WA) - Following the renovations of the Village Greens Golf Course, Larry Gilhuly, USGA consultant on the project, stated that the Village Greens Golf Course is ideal for families, youth and beginner golfers. “Village Greens is exactly what is needed in the area as a great way to introduce the game,” said Gilhuly. The course has a driving range, practice putting and chipping greens, and is an 18 hole executive golf course which most people can play in just under 3 hours. There are challenges on the course as well as shorter holes, all of which combine to make the course fun to play and less frustrating than some of the bigger courses.

Taking that information and running with it, the Kitsap County Parks officials have hired a golf instructor to provide individual lessons, group lessons, and junior golf camp. Michael Clark has 20+ years experience instructing all ages and levels in golf. He has instructed at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa in Warm Springs, OR; Sun Lakes Golf Course in Arizona; Sunnyside Driving Range, in Sunnyside, WA; Cherry Hill Golf Course in Granger, WA; Mount Adams Golf Course in Toppenish, WA; and at a Junior Clinic at the 700 Club with Steve Jones.

Clark started his golf career as a child of two parents who worked full time. He said his parents dropped him off at a golf course each day in the summer when he was a kid and he spent all day there all summer long. While in school he participated in the Washington Junior Golf Association, won 4 district titles, 2 state titles, and joined the PGA Apprenticeship Program in lieu of taking one of 2 full ride golf scholarships that were offered. Although he did not complete the PGA program, he has been an avid golf instructor for 20+ years and although he moved recently from the Toppenish area, still routinely receives calls from there seeking his talents. Clark customizes his lessons to fit the individual and works on traditional swing, single axis golf swing, and semi-single axis golf swing, as well as golf etiquette and the rules of the game.

Clark provided his first lesson at the course last week and already has a group of lessons set up for Special Olympics candidates beginning in June, and 2 junior golf camps set up for the weeks of July 22-26 and July 29-August 2.

In addition to contracting with a golf instructor, the Course, which is operated by the Kitsap County Parks Department, is partnering with the Golf Channel and Golfnow.com to produce a better website presence and to assist in marketing the hidden course. This website will have state of the art features including a fly-over of the course and GPS App for mobile devices so that golfers can see what the course looks like from above and be able to gauge how close they are to the pin. The golf shop is also now serving frozen snacks such as corn dogs, hot pockets, and ice cream. Village Greens Golf Course is open seven days a week until 9pm for the high season.

For more information about Village Greens Golf Course check out the website at http://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Parks/pages/communityparks/village_greens_golfcourse.htm
For more information about the renovations at the course or to sponsor a bench, contact Dori Leckner, Superintendent of Resources at 360-337-5362 or dleckner@co.kitsap.wa.us. For more information about partnering with the Parks Department on youth golf programs, contact Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Operations. For information about Kitsap County Parks Department visit http://www.kitsapgov.com/parks

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