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Country Club of Whispering Pines
Whispering Pines, NC
Featured Course: Salem Glen Country Club
1000 Glen Day Drive | Clemmons, NC 27012 | (336) 712-1010
As the Triad area's one and only Nicklaus Design course, Salem Glen continues the legendary Nicklaus tradition of accentuating and amplifying the beauty of the natural terrain. The layout takes full advantage of the 150 feet of elevation changes, four and a half miles of creeks and nine lakes. With two distinct nines, the course offers fun and excitement for players of all skill levels.
Salem Glen is first and foremost a course designed for players who love the game, from expert to novice. The five sets of tees offer a challenge that ranges from 4,816 yards from the front tees to a full 6,810 yards from the back tees. Experienced players will continually find risks and rewards, yet the course is designed to have the ultimate playability for those still learning the game. The design assures enjoyable play round after round, while its craftsmanship reveals its intricacies the more you play it.
Thanks to the Nicklaus Design group, Salem Glen plays almost as if it were two courses. The front nine is a links-style layout with generous fairways and several strategically placed water hazards. Five of the front nine holes are set in the Yadkin River basin. The most dramatic is the signature fourth hole, a 566-yard par 5 with an elevated tee shot that must avoid a meandering creek to the left of the fairway and trees to the right.
The back nine is typical Carolina mountain-style with dramatic elevation changes. Most of the fairways are tree-lined. The 13th hole is a breathtaking par 4 where your tee shot must carry a 70-foot deep ravine. The challenging 14th hole is a 550 yard par 5 that plays over the ravine to a long, shallow green cut into the hillside. The four closing holes are the toughest on the course, as they should be. The 17th, a 193 yard par 3 flanked by creeks in front and behind the large green, is a player favorite. The course closes with a challenging par 4 where the ideal tee shot utilizes the gently sloping fairway from right to left to avoid the water hazard off to the left.
Overall, Salem Glen is a picturesque, playable jewel of a golf course that takes full advantage of its unique setting and abundant acreage. Our guests relish every shot and every hole. Visit the club's website (www.salemglen.com) for more information or call to make a tee time.
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Golf is such a sport which is very mentally demanding. A lot of mental preparation is required to successfully play this game as one is on his own once on the course and there will be nobody to give assistance. A positive mind with belief in oneself devoid of any kind of absurd thoughts is essential while playing this sport. Sports psychologists state that mental health or fitness is very much needed to grab winning scores in this game. Here some of the best tips to keep you mentally strong on the ground are discussed, applying which can bring effective results.
• Stay Strong: The strength or toughness of the mind is what helps the top players to perform impressively well. You must be mentally strong even in the toughest situations and under immense pressure and to be comfortable in those situations.
• Live in the Moment: It is a common practice among many to think a long way when they are only starting off. They start to decide on different strategies which can only be implemented if the desired results come out immediately. If you don't concentrate on the task of the moment you will never be able to achieve your desired goals or your planned next shot. And your scores will inevitably fall if you don't concentrate on the present.
• Forget the Past: There are many golfers who live in the past and brood over the poor shots they have taken. But this habit should be abandoned because it is impossible to change the past and this will only affect your game. There is one strategy which is used by many leading golf players; when you encounter a bad shot, you can let out the frustration inside till you have arrived at a ten yards point from the point of striking the shot. When the imaginary line is passed, the shot gets out of mind and you can concentrate on your next move.
• Be Flexible: It is a must to make your mind flexible just like your body. You will be successful only when you can adjust to every condition and course. It is the trait of a successful player to discover creative ways and embrace all difficulties and situations.
• Be Positive: It has been said by iconic players that to master this sport one, whether an amateur or a professional, must develop a mental attitude which will help one to be patient, forget the bad days and keep the hope in one's heart that success will surely come sooner or later.
Do you invest in regular instruction and practice diligently, but only see marginal improvement? Are you constantly improving, or have you hit the proverbial "glass ceiling"? It's a common lament among mid to high handicap golfers, that the more they learn, the worse they play. The key to transforming your knowledge into results is evaluating your fundamental beliefs about the game. One of the most difficult challenges for any golfer is learning to accept that the game is inherently unfair and the odds are stacked against you. There is always an element of luck that is beyond your control. Your golf game is a by-product of your beliefs. Perhaps the most difficult challenge for golfers at any skill level is accepting the belief that no matter how many lessons you take or practice balls you hit, there are no guarantees. How often have you hit shots like a tour pro on the practice range, and proceeded to play like a complete duffer? This ailment can afflict players at any skill level. A tour professional can shoot a course record 62 on Thursday and score 72 on Friday. There is no rational explanation. Even at the highest competitive level, the players' swing changes from day-to- day. For the once-a-week golfer, their swing changes from shot to shot. All you can do, is learn how to control your thoughts. How often have you hit a perfect shot that caromed off a rock out-of-bounds? It doesn't seem fair, but whoever said the game was supposed to be fair? All you can do is "hope for the best and prepare for the worst."
In other sports, we can allay some of the blame for poor performance on our opponent; he or she was stronger or faster. With golf, however, you have no one to blame but yourself. How can you overcome such outrageous odds?
Adopt the belief, that your score is a result of factors beyond your control. Poor shots are inevitable. Instead of searching for a technical panacea on the practice range, develop the mindset that allows you to accept and overcome a poor shot. Set reasonable expectations.
According to legend, Sir Walter Hagen (sorry, showing my age) achieved remarkable success without practicing. When asked for his secret, he replied that he expected to hit at least seven poor shots in a game. Why not adopt this attitude and stop beating yourself up? You might be pleasantly surprised at the results. Every golfer wants to be more consistent. The secret is setting realistic expectations and modifying them as you improve. Stop taking the blame for poor shots and you'll discover the ability that lies beyond swing mechanics.
Have you ever hit a perfect shot? Of course you have. Discovering the formula to re-create those shots is the greatest "hook" in all of sports. Dedicated golfers are the quintessential masochists; they willingly endure four to five hours of incessant frustration in pursuit of the elusive perfect shot, whose ineffable quality is often referred to as being "better than sex."
Golf is the only game where the majority of shots are mis-hits. The criteria varies from one player to the next, but even at the highest competitive level, the quality of "misses" determines the difference between winning and losing.
Which shot would you regard as the ultimate frustration? Is there a definitive answer? While the answer varies according to skill level, the natural response is measuring the degree of frustration in relation to results; a wild slice, dribbling tee shot and missed two-foot putt are a few of the possible candidates.
Why are these shots so frustrating? Because the underlying (faulty) swing mechanics are easily explained. A wild slice is the result of an outside-in swing plane, a topped shot is the inevitable result of lifting one's head too soon and the missed two-foot putt can often be attributed to mis-reading the slope of the green.
The longer one plays, the greater the tendency to focus on swing flaws. The underlying assumption, is that understanding your mistakes will, eventually, lead to permanent improvement. Poor shots are frustrating enough when one understands the cause(s), but how does a perfect shot become a candidate for the most frustrating shot in golf? Perfect shots are the raison d'etre for playing the game. I would suggest, however, that trying to figure out how to reproduce those shots on command is an exercise in futility.
Can you recall what you were thinking just before hitting the last perfect shot? Did you keep your head down, shift the weight and cock the wrist, or maybe, lock the right leg, turn the shoulder under your chin and pause at the top of the backswing, or...
Are perfect shots the result of a perfect swing? How do we account for perfect shots? The key to re-creating those shots is beyond conscious understanding. Attempting to recapture the feeling, by resorting to swing mechanics, is self-defeating; just when you believe the answer is within reach, it slips away. The missing ingredient is trust. You have to believe that a perfect shot is the result of "letting go". The first step to consistently playing to the best of your ability, is to trust your ability to forget right and wrong for one and a half seconds and just hit the damn ball!
I hope this article acts a catalyst, to help you develop the state of mind that is the one connection between you and the professionals you watch on television. Understanding how to create a perfect shot is the ultimate frustration. We can analyze a poor shot in terms of swing mechanics, but perfect shots are beyond conscious recognition.The first step to transforming knowledge into results, is learning how to trust yourself.
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