Golf opportunities for young people from the region who are expanding at GHGC

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Young golfers practice their putting skills on the Green Hills Golf Course's large practice green.  From July 28th to 29th, GHGC is organizing a two-day youth golf camp.

Submitted by Todd Rodenberg

There have been many positive changes at the Green Hills Golf Course in Chillicothe in recent months, which supporters have been predicting.

These include a new management and improvements in the beautification and playability of the community square.

Russ Madsen is leading the operation on behalf of GreatLIFE Mid-Missouri, the city-appointed operator of the course. He has years of experience in golf management combined with a passion and expertise in teaching the game to thousands of juniors and adults.

Matt Rinehart has come on board as the new Assistant Instructor and his helping hands and knowledge are a welcome addition to Keith Kepner’s agronomic staff.

All of these changes are designed to provide a better golfing experience for the citizens of Chillicothe and the Midwestern golf community. Travelers from Iowa, Minnesota, and other northern states come every year to enjoy the beauty and challenge of the links-style golf course, a type of layout rarely found in this part of the country. Their annual return speaks volumes about how special the golf experience at Chillicothe is.

While it is exciting to see these annual golf enthusiasts, nothing is more exciting than seeing the golfing craze resurgence among the youth in our own backyard.

As the “tiger era” of big picture golf draws to a close a few months ago with possible injuries to legendary player Tiger Woods, new stars have emerged and fired the imaginations of young golfers, both boys and girls.

That’s why the Green Hills Golf Course, under the direction of Madsen and the Green Hills Golf Committee, has planned some of the most fun and exciting youth golf programs in the area.

These are designed to provide fun and golf learning experiences for children of all ages and skill levels, while being affordable and time-saving for parents.

GreatLIFE Mid-Missouri is so committed to this locally advocated cause that by the end of this month it is bringing all children in and around Chillicothe a FREE golf camp experience as well as a separate classroom (for a fee) exclusively for high school-age players in the coming Week.

The general and free camp is offered from July 28th to 29th and offers golfers aged 5 to 17 the opportunity to have a 2-day learning experience that is also meant to be fun. Rackets, snacks, drinks and loads of swings are offered to these youngsters at a price that nobody can argue with – nothing!

Madsen, the GHGC committee, and GreatLIFE Mid-Missouri will be accompanying this summer golf experience for local youth with suggested golf learning opportunities at the Chillicothe R-2 School District for exam this fall.

GreatLIFE is a leader in providing Starting New At Golf (SNAG) equipment and world-class professional golfer support for this dynamic program that enables children ages 5 and up to learn golf in an indoor environment with dedicated golf training aids to experience Fun and excitement.

These programs are currently offered in all school systems across the country and offer physical education teachers something new and different to add to their curriculum. The introduction to golf for younger students can then culminate in golf lessons on the course for older students.

The proximity of the Green Hills Golf Course to Chillicothe High School – just the proverbial “stones throw” away – provides a unique opportunity to provide local students with an experience not often available in other school settings. These opportunities, combined with GreatLIFE MidMO and the city-owned company’s commitment to affordable golf experiences, could ensure a bright future for both the Green Hills Golf Course and high school golf programs for girls and boys.

People with passion about the local youth and want to help make GHGC a special place in our community for children, families, friends and businesses to spend quality time together are invited and encouraged to attend this year’s Green Hills Golf Course Improvement Tournament early next month support (Saturday, August 7th).

By playing along or simply making a donation for this special purpose, you can help to further increase the civic potential of the place. On behalf of the committee, this is a great opportunity for companies to get the word out about their business while making a real and lasting difference for the children in our community. Donations are deductible and all proceeds from this year’s event will be used for new junior golf initiatives and course improvement needs.

To learn more about junior golf events and plans, as well as the annual tournament, visit greenhillsgolflinks.com or contact the golf course at (660) 646-6669.

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