In golf, it is a challenge to sink a 1.68 “ball into a 4.25” pinball over a surface of grass. It comes at the end of a course and there are 18 holes in a full game. It’s called putting and it’s one of the most difficult parts of the game. It requires “reading” the grass surface and tapping the ball correctly.

Practice creates masters? How about improving your putting skills at your own address? It can happen in Legacy Leisure Residences. A putting green for golf enthusiasts will be integrated into the huge 70 percent open space of the facility, where world-class amenities such as an Olympic swimming pool, a spray park for children and other various sports and recreational facilities will be created.

The mental and physical exercises of outdoor club and ball sports can be addicting. For gamers, the challenge of playing better is omnipresent, but the game is also relaxing, a stress reliever. Socially, it improves both business and family relationships. The latter reason was what Imee Garcia brought into play more than 30 years ago, in the 1980s.

Imee Garcia is the daughter of avid golfer parents Antonio M. Garcia, former Director of Mindanao for the Golf Association of the Republic of the Philippines (now the National Golf Association of the Philippines) and Baby Quindoy-Garcia.

At the height of her amateur golf career, Imee had an 8 handicap at Apo Golf & Country Club, where she also became the company secretary and youngest female club director. She is the record holder of most club champion trophies in the RPVGA (women’s division). Imee is one of the very few in Davao City who has ever built a double-headed eagle (punched in two holes in a par 5) and is probably the only woman in Davao to have achieved this feat. She also represented Mindanao at the Arafura Games in Australia in Class A.

“Life in my youth was full of golf. My father and mother, both avid players, used to watch the golf course when we were young. It was our playground. Then they took us on golf vacations and tournaments. They inspired me to get into the sport, ”said Imee.

“Practice, practice, practice. After years in the sport, I may have won titles like club champion and the grand prize in individual competitions in my class both locally and nationally, hit a hole in one, made a double bogey, hit a two on a par 5, but it did there is still so much to learn and master in golf, ”she said.

How important is putting in a golf game? Imee said that it is a never ending exercise for both driving and putting, and the other strokes like pitching, chipping, blasting, etc. But if you can hit far but can’t putt well, it’s not good at all . Golfers have this adage of “You drive for the show but putt for the batter”. Putting exercise is key!

“Having a putting green in a gated community like Legacy Leisure Residences will be a huge asset for golfers like me. I can practice my putting at any time. I won’t have time to go to the driving range or golf course every day. But if there is a putting green in my apartment, I am very grateful. Bad putting in the course? No problem. When I get home I can practice and correct my mistakes as there is a putting green to practice on. “

Regarding family ties, Imee emphasizes that she grew up playing with her father and mother. Golf strengthened the family.

“If there is a practice green in my apartment, I would be happy if my children and grandchildren watch me practice. I can teach them to play or give them a tip or two on how to play better. And hopefully they will visit me in the apartment and we will have something else to do than stay inside. “

Visit the Legacy Leisure Residences showroom along Ma-a Road and find out what to expect as a resident. (PR)