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How to Get the Most out of Your Golf Practice

Posted by Alison Lillie on Jul 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to golf practice, I’ve found that many people don’t know how to go about it in a way that will help them improve. It takes more than mindlessly hitting balls on the driving range to become a better player. Golf is all about having a well-rounded game so that you can minimize your mistakes. This means putting as much time into your short game as your long game. Some would even argue that shots from 100 yards and in are the most important, since they separate those who can score from those who can’t. It wasn’t until I began playing Division I college golf that I really learned to get the most out of my practice sessions, thanks to my coach who told us that it is important to always have a plan, and to remember that quality is what matters, not quantity. Here are some golfing tips that can help you get the most out of your practice session and improve your golf game.

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Topics: Avid Golfers

How to Make Golf Fun for Your Junior Golfers

Posted by Alison Lillie on Jul 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Unlike team sports, golf can be pretty boring to a youngster. It is difficult, requires a lot more practice than soccer, football or baseball and can be lonely if you don’t have friends to do it with. If you want to get your kids started in golf, the most important thing to remember is to make it fun. With this theme, you and your entire family can enjoy all the game has to offer and make timeless memories together for years to come.

So what can you do as a parent to keep the game light and fun for your junior golfers? Here are my tips to help you keep your kids engaged and excited about golf.

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Topics: Junior Golf

5 Reasons Learning to Play Golf Empowers Women and Girls

Posted by Alison Lillie on Jul 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

An important part of growing the game of golf is growing women's golf. Whether you are aware of it or not, the fastest growing group of golfers is women. Out of the 27 million golfers in the United States, women account for 6 million. While 6 million women is a lot, more women should be introduced to this great game. Here are 5 reasons learning to play golf empowers women and girls. 

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Junior Golf Tournament Tips that Will Help You Earn A College Scholarship

Posted by Alison Lillie on Jul 5, 2016 9:32:34 AM

When you are a junior golfer or the parent of a junior golfer, college recruiting can seem like a confusing and murky process. How do you know what coaches are looking for, and more importantly, what kind of tournaments do they want you to play? Take it from a current Division I college player, it’s not easy navigating the process. Hopefully this article can give you some helpful tips on how to plan your summer golf tournament schedule strategically in order to attract college coaches and earn a college golf scholarship.

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Topics: Junior Golf, summer golf, Avid Golfers

The Essentials of Earning a College Golf Scholarship

Posted by John Hughes on Jun 29, 2016 11:20:14 AM



So you’re one of the top players on your high school golf team, maybe even the top player, and you’re wondering what it’s going to take to earn a college golf scholarship. Only about eight percent of high school boy golfers actually play college golf, and nine percent of girls, and a large percentage of those are not playing on a full scholarship. Because colleges can offer more dollars to girls teams, they have a better chance to get a golf scholarship than boys.  There are no guarantees, but here are some tips for how to increase your chances.

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Topics: Junior Golf

5 Things to Look for in a Course’s Golf Culture if you Want to Improve your Game

Posted by Alison Lillie on Jun 27, 2016 12:56:43 PM

Deciding where to play and practice golf can be a big decision. It is important to find a course that not only fits your current skill level, but one that has the ability to make you a better player in the long run. Seeing improvement in your abilities can help you enjoy the game more and get more value for your money.

The most important factor that contributes to individual game improvement is a course’s golf culture. A course’s culture is made up of the attitudes and behavior characteristics of the people that play and practice there. Here are 5 things you should look for in a course’s golf culture if you want to improve your game.

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Topics: Insider

Three Hacienda Tour Professionals U.S. Open Bound

Posted by Alison Lillie on Jun 27, 2016 12:51:59 PM

This year Hacienda Golf Club will be well represented at the United States Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania and the United States Women’s Open at CordeValle Golf Resort in San Martin, California. For the first time in club history, three of our tour professional members will compete in tournaments that are regarded as the toughest tests in golf. Mark Anguiano (23), Angel Yin (18), and Jenny Shin (23) all call Hacienda “home” thanks to our Tour Professional Playing Privileges Program established years ago by our Board of Directors. The goal of this program is to leverage our unique golf culture at Hacienda by attracting and developing elite players. It also adds tremendous value to our member experience, particularly our growing junior golf corps.

Hacienda has long been a friend of junior golf. The difficult golf course attracts many families looking to give their kids, or associate members, a place to practice, play, and improve their games. In recent years, Hacienda has had a large group of these associate members excel in the game. We now have multiple AJGA champions, and Division I college players at our club. Last year, we even had one of our associate members, Beth Lillie at age 16, play in her first U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club. One year later, we have three more players from Hacienda competing for the National Title!  

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Topics: Insider

3 Ways That Golf Courses in Southern California Have Changed the Game

Posted by John Hughes on Jun 27, 2016 10:38:46 AM

Over the years, Southern California golf courses have proven themselves exemplary terrain for pursuit of the Grand Pastime of golf. Generations of players have found both relaxation and challenge in the diverse rolling landscapes.

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Topics: Golf Course

The Best Junior Golf Tournaments in Southern California

Posted by John Hughes on Jun 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

With its top-notch private clubs and vibrant golf culture, Southern California has earned a reputation as among the foremost golf destinations in the nation. From casual play to local competition to nationally recognized tournaments, Southern California offers an outstanding experience at every level of play.

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Topics: Junior Golf

College Golf Scholarships: 9 Recruiting Questions

Posted by John Hughes on Jun 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

So you’ve got a pretty good  game, and you want to be a college golfer. Well, in order to get a scholarship to play golf, there’s more to it than just good scoring. The fact is, you may be competing for scholarship money with several other golfers with similar scores to yours. So when a college golf coach shows interest in you, be prepared. Here are just a few of the questions a college coach might ask a potential recruit.

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Topics: Junior Golf

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