November Update - Winter Golf


Lowering a golfer's handicap is every player's wish.  Even if they don't keep a handicap or claim to only play for fun, everyone loves shooting lower scores and hitting GREAT shots. Here's a few things you can do THIS WINTER to make that happen!

  • Stay in touch with your clubs with periodic practice sessions.
  • Improve your own personal swing by taking some instruction.
  • Create a personal stretching program or go all out and add a golf fitness routine to your workouts.
  • Or go the Fred Couples approach and sit on the couch thinking about hitting great shots.  Unfortunately this last method has been somewhat unreliable.
Now where can you find such opportunities. Right here in Stowe.  The Vermont Golf Academy Winter Golf Program is gearing up and is a great way to stay in touch with your swing all winter and start lower your scores come spring.

This isn't bashing balls into a net. This is an advanced PGA instruction program designed to improve your swing come spring. Our students have averaged a 25% reduction in their GHIN Handicap. That's an Average folks...we've seen some students drop their handicap bu over 50%!

Here's what you get:

Take a COMPLIMENTARY analysis lesson to see what our program can do for you (or just kill an hour taking a golf lesson during beautiful stick season)
  • 10 - 1 hour Private lessons with a PGA instructor.
  • 1 Private lesson next spring out on range.
  • Unlimited practice sessions at either of our 2 locations.*
The fee for the 2012-2013 season is only $550

Do the math...that is the deal of all deals.

So what do you have to lose?  Schedule your Complimentary lesson and see what Winter Golf is all about.

To schedule your lesson contact Dan Lehmann at 802.224.6786 or

*space available basis.  

Winterizing a Golf Course

As Vermont gears up for winter, golf course superintendents are doing the same. An important part of turf management is preparing the course for the extreme climate changes of winter. The work actually began weeks ago with treatments designed to strengthen the turf for the long winter followed by slow release fertilization applications. But there is a long list of other projects that take place to get the course ready for the snow.

To reduce the chances of an irrigation pipe break or sprinkler damage we rent an industrial air compressor to clear the standing water from the irrigation system and supply water lines. There are thousands of gallons in the lines and well over 200 sprinkler heads that all need to be cleared or we’ll be digging up and repairing pipe breaks come spring.

This fall we also rented an excavator to pull over a dozen stumps from previous storm damage. We also rented brush hog to mow our naturalized areas around the course. While native areas are considerably easier to maintain than the general playing surface, you can’t just make a portion of a golf course natural in character and then not pay any attention at all to it. Natural or native areas still need to be maintained to prevent them from quite literally going out of control with unwanted growth. the crew also did some tree trimming and burning to get rid of some thick underbrush.

One of the most important, and expensive, projects is deep tining. We hire an outside contractor to deep-tined the greens which, unlike the core aerification that happened before the course closed, deep-tinning uses solid tines that fractures the earth by kicking a deep metal tine into the sub surface improving airflow and will aid in removing water from the greens surface, which can damage turf when it freezes.


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