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225 Country Club Drive - State Road, NC 28676
(336) 835-2320
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Cedarbrook Country Club was designed by one of North Carolina's most noted golf architects. Ellis Maples, who studied under Donald Ross and whose family has perhaps the deepest roots in North Carolina golf, sculpted Cedarbrook out of rolling countryside, thick forests, and sparkling lakes. The result was another Maples classic.

The course offers a unique and thrilling test each and every time you tee it up. From the font nine's majestic, undulating greens to the back nine's requirement of shotmaking precision, Cedarbrook continues to withstand the test of time. No matter your ability, Cedarbrook has a different challenge for everyone with its four sets of tees and variety of course setups. One thing is certain...you will always enjoy your rounds of golf here.

Club History
Built among the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cedarbrook Country Club is the creation of one of golf's legendary architects. The demanding Ellis Maples design is shaped out of land once reserved as a private hunting retreat for the founders of Hanes Hosiery, and their invited guests.

The beautiful, undulating terrain was home to the Blue Ridge Lodge, a Quail hunting retreat built by the Hanes family in the 1920's. The Blue Ridge site was adjacent to two other hunting lodges which, along with Blue Ridge totaled more than 1200 acres of prime Yadkin Valley property.

In 1962, Cedarbrook Country Club, for many years located in adjoining Yadkin County, moved to its current site near Elkin, NC. The move was made possible by Chatham Manufacturing Company, which provided the land and oversaw the construction of the new golf course. The original Blue Ridge Lodge was used as the Cedarbrook Clubhouse. It is fitting that one of the leading names in golf course architecture, the late Ellis Maples, design a golf course on land with such a distinguished history. The Maples family roots in golf course construction date back to the first four courses at Pinehurst Country Club, including the famed Pinehurst No. 2.

Ellis Maples apprenticed with his father and later became renowned for his own outstanding designs, including Grandfather Golf and Country Club, The Country Club of North Carolina and Pinehurst No. 5. Ellis saw potential for an outstanding golf course on the Blue Ridge Lodge site, and created a fair but demanding nine holes of golf. The Maples reputation was built with golf courses that are at once strategically interesting and fair. Cedarbrook Country Club is no exception. Seven years after the first nine was completed, Maples returned in 1969 to complete the second nine.

Today, Cedarbrook members and visitors enjoy a beautiful clubhouse completed in 2005. The classic clubhouse features clapboard siding, shingled gables, and a distinctive rooftop cupola, paying tribute to the early 1900's origins of the location. After a round of golf on the challenging Ellis Maples design, enjoy a meal in our main dining room, or on the veranda overlooking the golf course and picturesque foothills. Or retire to the second floor "Crows Nest Lounge", offering an even more spectacular view of the property. Fully appointed Men's and Women's locker rooms, a well-stocked golf shop, a comfortable Grill Room and Lounge, and a welcome staff, all contribute to a memorable visit to Cedarbrook Country Club.

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How To Make Your Best Golf A Habit
By Dave Johnson
 
On The Side of Humor ...
Dave has taught the game for a living since 1984. He has taught over eleven-thousand lessons. Based on personal frustration with traditional instruction, he decided to forego a career in psychiatry and devote his career to helping "average" golfers overcome the biggest roadblock to improvement; the obsession with proper technique.
How long have you been driving? One year, three years, ten years... The chances are, that you've been driving long enough to trust your instincts and drive by feel.

Do you recall the learning process? Let's see how this process applies to building an effective golf swing.

There are three fundamental stages inherent in mastering any skill. While the boundaries between the stages are often blurred, I think you'll be able to relate.

For the novice driver, the first stage is developing a feel for the steering wheel, braking system, mirrors, etc. The process usually begins on a quiet street or parking lot, driving in slow motion. This is the mechanical or conscious stage, where the student tries to recall the exact position of the brake, steering wheel, signals, etc. At this stage, speed is irrelevant.

Have you ever been stuck behind a student driver?

Stage two in the learning process is gradually applying the new knowledge under real-life conditions; driving on a residential street with oncoming traffic, stop signs, pedestrians and traffic lights. The student gradually learns how to trust their instinct and react automatically to the incessant flow of information.

The third stage in the process is driving safely at highway speed. At this point, the student has (hopefully) practiced enough to focus exclusively on the best way to reach the destination and react quickly to potential detours.

Every elite athlete can be identified by a unique rhythm which lies beyond conscious control.

How does this learning process relate to building a consistent golf swing?

In the optimal learning environment, a neophyte would begin developing effective muscle memory by rehearsing essential positions in slow motion, without a club. This is analogous to the student driver in a parking lot.

The next stage would find the student on a practice range, learning how to pick a target and develop a feel for their ideal swing. It is essential that the student focus on the feel of the good shots rather than analyzing the poor ones.

In stage three, the scratch golfer has developed triggers which enable him/her to quickly switch from conscious (mechanical) mode to unconscious (feel) mode; they focus exclusively on the target and trust their muscle memory.

The key to developing effective muscle memory, is rehearsing the three essential positions described below on a daily basis. In the next article, we'll look at each position in detail.

There are three fundamental positions found in every effective swing:

(1) Feel the weight of the club at address.

(2) Turn your back to the target.

(3) Left hand opposite left leg at impact.

The Magic of Muscle Memory
By Dave Johnson
Have you ever wondered how you can hit shots like a pro during practice then struggle to break ninety? Every golfer, at every skill level, has experienced the wild discrepancy between practice and playing.

What happens to all the "good stuff" during the ten-minute walk from the practice range to the first tee?

The answer is simple: on the practice range, you've been trying to fix effects (ie. swing mechanics) without addressing the underlying cause(s).

Feelings are causes - mechanics are effects.

If you can hit solid shots on the range, then you have the ability. The key to re-creating those shots is reinforcing the optimum feel.

Every consistent swing contains three common checkpoints or positions.

The first checkpoint is the impact position. For a right-handed golfer, the left hand is opposite the inner left thigh at impact. The second position is the end of the backswing. In a complete backswing, the player's back is facing the target. The final checkpoint occurs when the hands are approximately waist-high in the downswing. At this point, a line through the shaft of the club is pointing at the ball.

Are you familiar with the axiom "only perfect practice makes perfect?" The phrase sounds logical, but how do we achieve perfect practice? Rehearse these three positions accurately on a regular basis and you achieve perfect practice.

Effective muscle memory is developed by consistently re-creating key positions and their accompanying feel. Your unique feel is the secret to continually improving swing mechanics.

A common misconception is equating the rate of improvement with the number of hours spent on the driving range. It's not uncommon to hear golfers lament that the more they practised, the worse they played.

For the golfer well-versed in the nuances of swing mechanics, the three positions described above may appear overly simplistic.

Study frame-by-frame photos of your favourite players and you'll see the above positions. Variations in grip, stance, takeaway and length of backswing are idiosyncrasies a player has adopted to help re-create the three positions.

The ideal time to create new muscle memory is during the off-season.

Mind and muscles need time to accept fresh ideas and "forget" comfortable patterns. A full-length mirror will accelerate your progress by helping you visualize the positions while you develop a unique feel. As your comfort level increases, rehearse the three positions with your eyes closed.
Top Tips to Remember When on the Golf Course
By Achal Mehrotra
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.