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Hacienda Leaders Featured On The Cover of The Boardroom Magazine

Posted by Russell Sylte, PGA Master Professional on Oct 20, 2020 1:47:17 PM

Hacienda is proud to have its leadership team on the cover of Boardroom Magazine and featured as the cover story.  Boardroom is an industry leading magazine that focuses on operating and governance best practices for private clubs throughout the world


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Topics: Industry Trends, Golf Club Membership, Avid Golfers, Southern California Golf, Championship Golf

Mindful Leadership Program Produces Measurable Results Amidst Uncertain Times

Posted by Russell Sylte, PGA Master Professional on Aug 11, 2020 9:16:54 AM

Hacienda Golf Club management team earns distinction as the 1st corporate team to be certified as mindful professionals

Source: Prevo Health Solutions

Arroyo Grande, Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Hacienda Golf Club is setting the bar for other private clubs during the pandemic – member tee times are booked solid, takeaway dining is booming, and its entire management team is thriving. Why? When other clubs were more focused on survival in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, General manager, Russell Sylte, and his team who had begun Mindful Leadership training months earlier were unknowingly ready for this unprecedented event. All 13 of Russell’s department heads, recently became the first graduating class of an in-depth mindfulness certification program from Mindful "U", which Sylte claims have helped them chart an innovative course, even amidst the unprecedented ongoing challenges.

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Topics: Industry Trends, Golf Club Membership, Avid Golfers, Southern California Golf, Championship Golf

How to Prepare for a Golf Tournament

Posted by Hannah Ro on Aug 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Whether you’re an inexperienced first-timer or a veteran tournament hopper, preparing for an upcoming golf tournament must be planned if you expect to play well. After all, there are many variables that can influence your game-- the weather, course conditions, and even your attitude. In an attempt to simplify these variables, professional golfer Jack Nicklaus once said, “Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.” By confronting these two “ultimate adversaries” with the advice below, you can expect to find success at your next golf tournament.

The Course

In any scientific experiment, the number of times a procedure is repeated directly corresponds to the accuracy of the results. Likewise, success in golf depends heavily on your knowledge of the course. Book a practice round at the host course a few days before the tournament and play with these tips in mind.

  1. Take Notes: Bring a small notebook along and take notes on the hole layout, possible hazards, and your club selections. You can also take notes on green speed, bunker conditions, and overall climate. Although specific course conditions may change from day to day, reviewing these notes will increase your familiarity with the course and reduce the element of surprise on tourney day.
  2. Experiment: Take advantage of the time and relative freedom you have in a practice round by experimenting with your shots. For example, try several tee shots at a par 3 hole, aiming at the front, the middle, and the back of the green. Drop your ball in a bunker and test the consistency of the sand. The practice round is your time to predict and prepare for any situation you may land in during the tournament.

On tournament day, arrive at least an hour before your tee time to familiarize yourself with the competition atmosphere. When hitting practice shots at the range, try to imagine yourself in course situations so that you’ll feel less nervous once the tournament begins. For instance, you may want to pretend as if you are on the first tee box while practicing your driver shots. Next, head over to the putting green and practice 10’ - 15’ on a flat lie. Putts at this distance will help you gain a feel for green speed.


Your own mental game is critical when it comes to competition pressure. Although your shots remain relatively constant, slips in concentration can turn an easy hole into a difficult one. While you can improve your shots on a practice range, you gradually improve your mental confidence as you participate in more tournaments. Personally, I’ve found success at tournaments by keeping the following ideas in mind.

  1. Practice moderation: When you’re stuck in a difficult situation, such as choosing between taking a penalty or rescuing an unplayable, you may be tempted to go for the risky shot. However, it’s a lot less stressful to take a one-stroke penalty and hit from a location that provides relief. While taking the penalty will ease the condition of your next shot, trying to rescue your ball could cost you multiple shots.
  2. You are your own opponent: Tournament golf is difficult because keeping your opponent’s score prompts you to compare his or her progress with your own. Avoid adding up your opponent’s score and instead measure your progress with either your performance during the practice round or your average score. As a result, your own game won’t be influenced by the level of your opponent and will remain consistent no matter who you’re playing against.

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Hacienda and the PGA Championship Turn 100

Posted by Alison Lillie on Jul 29, 2016 10:18:49 AM

As we watch this week on TV as the 100th PGA Championship is held at Baltusrol, we commemorate not only its century celebration, but Hacienda Golf Club’s as well. 100 years ago, The first PGA Championship was played at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York, and the PGA of America was formed. 96 years ago, Hacienda Golf Club was founded by Alphonso Bell and 200 other investors in the Hacienda Land Company for $250 per share. Aside from their age, the PGA of America and Hacienda Golf Club have a lot in common. Both were established by a few good men with a passion for the game and championship golf.

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The Top 5 Brands in Women’s Golf Fashion

Posted by Alison Lillie on Jul 18, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Women’s golf fashion has come a long way over the years. Now more than ever, women have a variety of options to choose from before they head out to the links. Although female golf attire has come a long way, most pro shops around the globe still skew toward providing mostly men's gear. If your local club does not have an appealing selection, check out super stores like Roger Dunns and the PGA Tour Superstore, or shop online from a retailer or brand's website. Be sure to look for the 5 brands that are listed below! They are my top picks for the best brands in women's golf fashion, each of them combining style and function. Read on below for more information--because you know what they say: if you look great, you'll feel great and play great! 

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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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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, Avid Golfers, summer golf

Sharpen Your Golf Game with These Drills

Posted by John Hughes on May 27, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Perhaps you are struggling to make improvements to your game recently, or maybe have you been setting goals and falling short of them. Or maybe, even though you may be an avid golfer, your game just isn’t as sharp as it used to be and you want to get back to where you were. Well, we’re here to help. If you are willing to put in a little practice time, these techniques can help you play much better golf.

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Want to Truly be an Avid Golfer? Attack Each Day Like This

Posted by John Hughes on May 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Great golf doesn’t just happen, and mere practice isn’t enough. Make no mistake: Practice, practice, practice...it certainly helps. But there’s more to it than that. An avid golfer lives the game all through the day, continually creating a mental image of the next stroke.

What does the avid golfer’s day look like?

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7 Golf Swing Basics That You Need to Practice

Posted by John Hughes on May 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM
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