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New Ulm Country Club Growing the Game in Unique Fashion

May 19, 2016

New Ulm Country Club (NUCC) is catching the attention of the local community through their new initiatives to grow the game of golf. After a successful golf season featuring the “Year of the Junior,” the facility will continue the trend with this year’s theme “Year of the Women.”

2015 marked a rewarding campaign for NUCC with the junior golfers in the area. “We wanted to grow the game at our facility, and the best way to do that was to give these juniors a little nudge to get them playing,” Head PGA Professional and General Manager Tim Huffman said. “Also, we wanted to create an atmosphere that was both relaxed but competitive as well.”

Juniors 006NUCC has created multiple junior programs within the facility to cater to members as well as junior residents interested in the game this past year. The facility has three different junior programs: the Junior League, the Little Golfer League, and junior clinics and camps.

The In-house Junior League is for all skill levels and based on your playing ability you will be placed in one of two divisions. Girls have their own division. The three divisions will have competitions and games throughout the summer, earning points per competition. At the end of the summer, each player is seeded for a Match Play tournament based on his or her performance during the competitions. All participants are members of the club.

The Little Golfer League is a six-week-long program that includes weekly practices with coaches providing instruction and weekly matches in a scramble format. This league is for up to 40 players of all skill levels, ages 7 and up. The principle of the league is to introduce golfers to the game with professional instruction but also include friendly competition. Mankato State University Golfers attend the practices to help out and encourage the juniors. This league is open to the public.

In addition to the two leagues mentioned above, the facility provides junior clinics and camps. They have month-long junior clinics for members that run from mid-June to mid-July for an hour and half each week. NUCC hosts spring and summer camps for any junior golfer. These camps teach juniors all aspects of the game including rules and etiquette.

Building off the success and attendance of the leagues, clinics and camps for juniors, NUCC has dubbed this year as the “Year of the Women.” With that being said, NUCC will be hosting a Ladies Golf Academy and a Sunset League strictly for women.

The golf academy will be a month-long instructional school in the four months: May, June, July and August. This is for the beginner golfers, mostly those who have not touched a club before. There are four lessons per month, once a week; up to 10 golfers per month. The lessons include knowledge of equipment, set-up, short game and swing.

The Sunset League attracts the more advanced and competitive female golfer. The league format is a two-person scramble with handicap. Therefore, in order to compete, you must form a pair. You earn points based on performance, playing different pairings each week. After the end of the eight-week-long league, the two pairings with the most cumulative points will compete in the Sunset League Championship. NUCC’s chef provides three appetizers following the matches each week.

NUCC is using many different types of leagues and clinics that appeal to all skill levels, ages and genders. The most productive way to get people involved and grow the game!

For questions regarding these programs, contact Tim Huffman.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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