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Featured Course: Asheville Golf Club
226 Fairway Dr • Asheville, NC 28805
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Mountain Aire Golf Club Named Ashe County, NC 2020 Small Business of the Year
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Asheville Golf Course is a true gem and one of the oldest courses in Western North Carolina. This classic layout was designed by famed course architect Donald Ross in 1927 and it accomplishes the difficult double task of being challenging and fun. The front nine of the par 72, historic course spans 3,246 yards from the back tees. Its scenic design allows for the use of a driver on most holes. Meanwhile, the 3,194 back nine favors accuracy over distance. Although not long by today’s standards, the course proves length does not make a great course. Since taking over the management of the course, Pope Golf has made great strides in improving the experiences of area golfers and those travelers who have discovered Asheville Golf Course.

The par-36 front nine spans a scenic 3,246 yards from the back tees, and it includes a flat, wide-open style that allows for the use of a driver on almost every hole. Meanwhile, the 3,194-yard back nine has narrow fairways that also play to a par 36. The back nine favors accuracy over distance. (All tees are a par 72)

Championship: yards 6420, rating 71.1, slope 122
Middle: yards 5939, rating 69, slope 116
Senior: yards 5110, rating 65.5, slope 110
Ladies (Red): yards 4568, rating 67.2, slope 115

Often, as a very basic lesson, I may get some of my pupils to explore with clubface control. This is so that they get a better feel for the clubhead, and start developing ways to self-edit their swing, as well as a better procedural understanding of how to manipulate ball flight.

So, the lesson may take the form of me saying "open the clubface and see if you can hit the ball to the right". What immediately follows is the pupil opening the clubface by perhaps 2-3 degrees, and then struggling to make a noticeable ball flight change.

Then I take over and say "Why not try this", before opening the clubface up a massive 40 degrees. They look horrified and say "I didn't think I should open it up that much". I ask "why not?"

So many people are so frightened to try something dramatic during their practice. They stick to the same movement patterns, or thereabouts, hoping that one day they will 'learn golf'. This isn't going to happen. You have to explore, you have to push boundaries, you have to get out of your comfort zone.

So why do people not do this? I know exactly why, because I have a confession - I used to be that person. Often, a fear of making a mistake holds someone back from trying something wildly different. They are so frightened of topping a shot, or hitting a duff that they never really explore. This is a remnant of our evolutionary past, where an ancestor climbing a tree in a wildly different way may have fallen to its death. Luckily, you are not going to die by hitting a poor shot. Allow yourself to explore, fear free, during training sessions.

The other reason is a mis-belief. It is a common misconception that "perfect practice makes perfect", one which has been unfortunately popularized by many recent books. But research in motor learning is showing that practicing 'wrong things' intentionally can serve a beneficial purpose. The fear of "I don't want to mess up my swing by practicing something wild" is a belief I also used to have, which I have gladly tossed away.

My story as a teacher ... One of my first lessons as a teacher, I tried to demonstrate a topped shot in front of a bunch of beginners. I couldn't do it. The best I could manage was a slight thin which still flew high in the air and placed the spectators in awe. I wasn't any good at being bad. This sounds, on the surface, to be a good problem. But it wasn't - I lacked adaptability. That night, I chose to no longer worry about my own swing, and simply focus on making my players better and become better at teaching. So I went to the range late at night and practiced topping the ball. I also practiced shanking, fatting, toe-ing, slicing and hooking. "My game is going to go to pieces" I thought. But, what happened over the next few weeks was astounding. I could now sense the clubhead with an extraordinarily heightened sense of awareness. I could hit any spot on the face I desired. I could move my divot forward and backwards at will, and I could hone in on a clubface and path which would send the ball flying to the target - all with ease. It was like I could see the golf matrix. I had my first lesson in skill development. Many years later, all of the scientific literature in variable, random and differential learning confirm that I was doing the right thing. My mind was blown.

Leaping walls ... Most golfers are destined to live the same poor golf week in week out, never improving. It is like there is a wall in their way that they just can't get over. However, maybe they should jump over the wall and hit it from the other side. This is where extreme's come in. By doing something in its extreme form, you may have the epiphany/light-bulb moment which allows you to leapfrog your old, poor golf. Doing something in its extreme form may open up a new world of skill or understanding to you that you never had before. For example, I have had slicers (who have an open face to path relationship) shut the face 45 degrees or more at address, until the ball is moving right to left in the air. I have had people who are constantly fatting the ball (hitting behind it) make a swing where they go clean over the top of the ball - leaving it there and making a divot in front of it. I have also had players who struggle with a shank to develop their ability to hit the toe of the club.

"None of these are desirable traits, but the ability to do them is a desirable skill which helps to hone in on the correct way" You just have to let yourself do it. You have to get rid of the fear holding you back, get massively outside of your comfort zone, and allow yourself to make whatever mistake may come. Encourage the mistake even. Leap OVER the wall!

Note ... This type of training does not need to make up a big part of your overall session. If you are doing an hour, maybe 10 minutes of experimenting with extremes can be enough to push the boundaries of your skills levels. The long term benefits of this type of training are huge, but be warned. In the short term, it may open up Pandora's box. For that reason, save it for a training session earlier in the week. And maybe abstain from doing it around tournament times, unless you are experienced in it. Used wisely, experimental forms of practice, such as variable, differential or practicing something in its extreme form can be very powerful tools, helping you speed up learning and leap over old boundaries.
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By Adam Morris Young
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The Ashe County NC Chamber of Commerce has named Mountain Aire Golf Club of West Jefferson 2020 Small Business of the Year. The award was given for Mountain Aire Golf Club's support of numerous charitable causes and for enriching life in Ashe County. Now a third generation family business, the golf club has been serving residents of and visitors to Ashe County with high quality public golf since 1950. Opened by Carl and Pearl Hagel, then owned by Mark and Lu Hagel, andnow owns and operated by Philip and Laura Shepherd, Mountain Aire has continued to operate with passion for the family's legacy of charitable and community involvement. Fequent hosts and supporters of non-profit fundraisers, they have had tremendous impact on many local organizations for more than five decades. They encourage education, holding many free golf clinics for men, women and children. Mountain Aire ardently champions youth, offering free course use and supplies for middle and high school golf teams. Their dedication to kids is further exemplified in their building of an abbreviated course with free golf to juniors. Whether offering monetary donations, volunteering their time for others, or supporting local initiatives, the team at Mountain Aire Golf Club serves as a staunchly benelovent partner to the area they serve. Congratulations Mountain Aire Golf Club. To learn more about the club, CLICK HERE.
There are some sports out there that most people can play at any age. This sport is also one of most growing global sports in the world. The game of golf is one of the sports that anyone can play for anyone. Most people think that golf is a stuffy sport for old overweight guys. Golf has been become a game that is accessible for anyone. There are 34,000 courses around the world, and 15,375 of those inside the US. Golf is also one of the games that helps with exercise and a great way of a cardio of workouts.

The game started in the 16th century in Scotland at St. Andrews golf links; a course that still operates today. It was once banned in Scotland because they needed the fields for military practice, but the ban was lifted shortly after. The game has grown since then when Kings and Queens of Great Britain took an interest in the game. Golf first entered America in 1729 when the governor of Massachusetts started playing the game on his private estate.

One thing that the golf has to offer is a game that is safe for all ages and is safer. With the recent concern growing over youth football, baseball players tearing their arms apart, and basketball almost limits itself to those over 6 feet. These sports have been rising in injuries have been causing issues for people as they enter adulthood. Golf is one that can be played by many individuals, and including girls. There are some youth programs like The First Tee, and PGA jr. that help out those wanting to get introduced to the game. With that, golf is one of those games that you can continue to play throughout time. There are even baseball players that play golf as a way to stay in shape during their offseason. If child does so to choose to stick with golf, colleges are always giving out scholarships to play the game. It's become an international affair too with youth players from all over coming to the USA to play at some of the top universities.

The same goes people that want to start playing their adulthood. The Play9 program was introduced by the USGA, and it will be used to help those get started in playing. Most people complain that golf takes longer than 4 hours and is a waste of time and money. Play9 is a way to give people a better alternative. This allows individuals or groups to have fun at half the cost and the time needed. Even talking to your local golf shop pro is a good way to get introduced. They have all the tools and lessons needed to help you to play better and more often.

Golf is one of those golf-oriented games where you want to achieve more out of the game. It is a frustrating game at times but it also challenges people to get better. Players will try to beat their competitor all the time for bragging rights or the sometimes the loser has to buy the beer after the round. There are times when a better is highly sought after. I can speak from personal experience the amount of charity golf scrambles I've played in. People want to have an Ace on their team to make them and their company look good. Business people use the game a way of socializing with their colleagues, talking the game and business of golf all in the same setting.

Business people have always enjoyed the game and the amenities that come with it. For some reason, it seems like the term CEO and country club are supposed to go together. Therefore, it's not unusual for there to be a business transaction or discussion on the course. It is also a good time to do it. You have a common interest in golf itself, and if you're a good player the prospect will want to play with you more often. They like trying to beat the bigger and better player. You're on talking to the prospect or client for at least 4 hours and it's plenty of time to talk personal stuff and business as well. Even those who you're introduced to you will find out more about them in that 4 hour time frame. It's plenty of time to ask questions about business and offer any proposal. It is suggested that the proposal is done after the round. During the round could be a distraction from the enjoyment of the game itself. And if you're a member at a local club, that is a way to help invite the prospect or client to a place that they have never been before. They will usually like the place they visit and want to play or be engaged with you more often.

There is also the health benefits of playing golf. It is one of those games where you do not be a large athlete or have to workout everyday in order to enjoy. It is recommended that serious golfers do exercise to help with staying fit for practices and all the rounds involved. It's a great source of cardio and staying fit without any heavy listing or being completely sore the next day. During a 4 hour round, the average male will burn about 2500 calories while a female will burn about 1500. It's also a great way of heart health, memory and mental health, and helps those with trying to keep up with all of the step meter bands. The natural layout of the course is a challenge for walkers and exceeds more that 10,000 steps per round. There is always the factor of low injury risk as well. A person may be a little tired after the round or the next day, but will not feel like they just ran a 5k or got done playing a game of flag football.

Golf is a sport that gets looked over from some people. It is an enjoyable game with many different fun challenges. There's all types of courses out there for people to explore and enjoy as well. People plan personal and business trips around the different courses around the country. From Pebble Beach to Myrtle Beach, there's always a place to business and pleasure at the same time. Golf is a fun game to grow with and enjoy in life. The benefits are plentiful, and likable. It's a good way to get out and to relax for a day out of the house. You may hit a bad shot during the round, but it happens all the time. After the round, no one walks away angry and upset about how they played. The ones that do this for a living aren't even mad because they get to play golf as a career. Golf is a game that is growing, and needs everybody to help it grow as well.
Golfer: Think I'm going to drown myself in the lake.
Caddy: Think you can keep your head down that long?