Golf News for Thursday, May 2, 2013 | Instruction

Ohio's Longaberger Golf Club offers spring instruction programs

NASHPORT, Ohio -- Longaberger Golf Club, managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG), has released a series of affordable golf classes open to the public, starting May 7.

The four programs - Get Golf Ready, Golf Fore Women™, junior clinics and the Instant Golfer - provide basic instruction and equipment for beginners who wish to start playing golf this year.

"We take the intimidation factor out of learning to play golf," says General Manager Danny Ackerman. "Within five lessons, a beginner can advance from the driving range to the golf course. It's a fun way to stay active, network, and enjoy time outdoors at any age."

Registration is now open at longabergergolfclub.com for the following:

Get Golf Ready ($99):
Developed through Play Golf America and endorsed by the USGA, PGA and LPGA, these five-lesson sessions teach basic techniques, from chipping and putting to full swing and bunker play. Fundamentals covered include maintaining golf clubs, keeping score and navigating the course.

This program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May (starting May 7), June (starting June 4), July (starting July 9) and August (starting August 6).

Golf Fore Women ($99)
These women-only, five-lesson series take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning on May 15, July 10 and August 21. Working women who wish to use golf as a business tool can enjoy this shorter, weekly time commitment through a trademarked program designed by Billy Casper Golf.

Junior Golf Clinics (Free)
Children ages six through 13 can participate in either of two 90-minute clinics at the Longaberger practice facility, scheduled for June 15 and August 17. Registration is required for the 10:30 am - noon demonstrations.

Instant Golfer ($249)
Adult beginners receive a complete set of Top-Flite golf clubs (woods, irons and putter); a $100 gift card towards purchase of golf shoes, gloves, golf balls and other supplies; plus a five-bucket driving range pass and discounts on twilight golf through the season. The considerable savings provides more than $500 in total value.

All events take place at the extensive practice facility at Longaberger Golf Club, which includes a driving range, putting green and chipping/short game area. Golfers in Get Golf Ready and Golf Fore Women will also have a chance to play the club's course during lesson time.

Comfortable clothing and tennis or golf shoes are recommended for all classes. No other equipment is needed to participate.

Ranked the No. 1 public golf course in Ohio since its 1999 opening, Longaberger Golf Club has been touted as a "Best Value," with green fees under $99. The Arthur-Hills design is located less than one-hour's drive from Columbus.

For more information: www.longabergergolfclub.com, 740.763.1100.

About Longaberger Golf Club
Opened in 1999 to rave reviews, Longaberger Golf Club features a 7,243-yard, par-72 parkland style layout designed by Arthur Hills. Located within an easy drive of Columbus, Ohio, the course is open to the public and is consistently recognized by leading publications, including "No. 1 Public Course in Ohio" (Golfweek), "America's Top 100 Courses You Can Play" (GOLF Magazine), "Must Play Courses in Ohio" (GolfStyles),"Top 10 Public Access Courses" (GolfWorld). The club is owned by the Longaberger Company and managed by Billy Casper Golf.

About Get Golf Ready
Celebrating its fifth year, Get Golf Ready has introduced the game to thousands of adults who have never played golf or who have minimal experience in the game. More than 170,000 students have participated in Get Golf Ready since its inception in 2009, including a record number of 75,900 in 2012, a 47 percent increase over 2011.

Following the completion of the program, a smooth transition into Get Golf Ready graduate outings, and other free and low-cost programs offered by Play Golf America (PlayGolfAmerica.com), are available. Of all Get Golf Ready program graduates in 2012, 83 percent continue to play and practice in their first year after completing the program.

For more information: www.getgolfready.com

About The Longaberger Company
The Longaberger Company is America's premier maker of handcrafted baskets and offers a variety of other home and lifestyle accents such as pottery, wrought iron and fabric accessories. There are tens of thousands of independent Home Consultants in all 50 states who sell Longaberger products directly to customers.

For more information: www.longaberger.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Shepherd, Buffalo Communications
703.891.3320, dshepherd@buffalocommunications.com

Janeen Driscoll, Buffalo Communications
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