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May, 2012 - Issue #91
Valencia Country Club
Course Overview

Since 1961, Valencia Country Club has enjoyed a reputation as one of the premier golf clubs in California. Host site for PGA Tour and the Champions Tour events for 15 years, Valencia features a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. signature designed golf course, PGA Tour-quality practice facilities and an inviting and relaxing clubhouse. The par-72 championship course features tree-lined fairways and was originally built around the contour of the surroundings so it features very few home sites on the course. The greens are challenging yet fair and water comes into play on six holes. From the back tees, PGA Tour players are challenged but the forward tees offer a fair set up for the average or above-average country club player.

Valencia Country Club 799-1271
Valencia Country Club 799-1271
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Valencia offers a wide variety of memberships. Missy Skinner, Valencia's membership sales director, indicates the most popular memberships are the Premier, Summit and Signature. All memberships at Valencia are available as a family, single or junior (under 38 years old) and have a guaranteed no-assessments policy. Valencia is currently offering attractive 0-percent financing options for new member initiation fees.

All Valencia Country Club memberships include, full seven-days-a-week golfing privileges, a PGA-Tour-quality practice facility, a men's and ladies' golf association, as well as a year-round junior program. Both the men and women participate in the Los Angeles Metro League with clubs such as Bel Air, LACC and Lakeside Country Club. Valencia's chef and culinary team prepare all your country club favorites including the New England Clam Chowder, a VCC favorite for years. The Valencia Grill and Members Lounge is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Valencia offers full-service breakfast on weekends and holidays.

Valencia is undergoing a $1 million capital improvement program which will add a state-of-the-art fitness center, completely renovate the golf course bunkers and enhance the members' Grille Room experience. These improvements are all funded with Valencia's no-assessment guarantee and show the club's commitment to remaining among the top private clubs in the state. The new fitness center will offer full cardio, free weights, nautilus equipment and classes such as yoga, Pilates, spinning and more. The Valencia Grille will be completely updated to include indoor and outdoor seating with retractable walls, creating an inviting setting for both indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor seating will have fire pits that over look the 10th and 18th holes.
Valencia Country Club 799-1271 www.valenciagolfclub.com

Tournament Players Club Valencia 288-1995
Tournament Players Club Valencia 288-1995

TPC Valencia
Course Overview
With magnificent rolling hills, a majestic oak-tree preserve and meandering greens, the TPC Valencia provides an unparalleled golf experience for golfers of all abilities. Offering five sets of tees and 7,220 yards of play, this Stadium-inspired course demands length off of the tee, precise iron play and concentrated putting. The golf course's exceptional conditioning is unrivaled in the valley with impeccably-manicured tees, fairways, bunkers and greens. TPC's team of agronomy experts work vigorously to maintain and detail the hundreds of acres of lush landscaping to ensure exceptional playing conditions throughout the year. This incredible course takes full advantage of the natural landscape with wide fairways (several of them split level to best take in the views), multiple tees to ensure that all levels of players will enjoy the course and only 27 bunkers.

Tournaments & Outings
Boasting impeccable tournament-quality playing conditions and an experienced staff of PGA professionals to assist in the planning of your tournament, the TPC Valencia is unrivaled in the SCV for hosting corporate and social outings, competitive tournaments and charity events. The design philosophy for each Tournament Players Course is to create a tournament site that is challenging enough for the most seasoned professionals while still maintaining playability for all levels of expertise. This is the best way to play one of the best private courses in Southern California.

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Membership at the TPC Valencia will afford the unmatched opportunity to enjoy this exceptional facility, as well as additional benefits associated with the prestigious Tournament Players Club Network. Members to this exclusive club receive unlimited access to the 7,220-yard championship golf course and vast 65,000 square-foot practice facility as well as the amenities of the clubhouse. Membership also includes privilege to play at all of the courses in the TPC Network nationwide, including the famed TPC at Sawgrass. The staff at the TPC Valencia has developed an extensive social calendar of events for you, your family and friends to enjoy all year long, including holiday brunches and parties, tournaments and leagues as well as live entertainment.

The TPC Valencia also provides its members with a concierge service which extends special discounts and offers not available to the general public. The concierge is available to assist you with arranging transportation to and from the airport, vacation planning, reduced pricing on spa services, health club memberships, dry cleaning, floral arrangements and more.
Tournament Players Club Valencia 288-1995 www.tpcvalencia.com

Scratch Golf... Accelerated 775-0578
Scratch Golf... Accelerated 775-0578
Scratch Golf... Accelerated
Scratch Golf... Accelerated is a training and league competition center designed to bring the game of golf to everyone! Plus, they guarantee you will improve and have fun at the same time. Parents looking for another sport for their child or just the opportunity to introduce them to golf will find programs to meet that need in a manner similar to football, baseball, basketball and soccer - practices/training after school and league competition on the weekend. Adults frustrated with the inadequacy of traditional golf lessons will find a guaranteed program for producing a competent golfer. Leagues are played in several seasons during the year for adults at night. Compete against your friends on Scratch's simulators, which have many great courses - including Pebble Beach.

At Scratch, you'll find the only system in the world where every shot hit during training is recorded and placed into your own private database. This helps both you and your instructor to understand what is happening, where improvement is occurring and where it is not. Of course, if you are just interested in playing golf but don't have the time to devote to walking a course, Scratch has many different programs, including evening leagues. You'll love the 12,000-square-foot center's four stations: simulators for swing work, a putting area for putting practice and improvement, a short-game area with USGA bunker and chipping stations and a fitness room to work those golf muscles properly and help your swing improve.

Upcoming Scratch Events on the third weekend of the month...
(The Next is April 20 to 22!)

...Fridays are "Couples Golf & Dine" & "Couples Golf & Wine" Night
Get a babysitter and "hit" the town! You'll enjoy an evening of good eats, great company and fun. Call for details and registration.

...Saturdays are Family Golf Day
For only $5 per person, families play nine holes in the simulators. All ages and levels are welcome; introduce your children (And, perhaps, yourself!) to the game of golf in the most fun and friendly environment in Santa Clarita. Advanced registration is required.

...Sundays Feature a Free Family Golf Clinic
Learn the basic fundamentals in putting, chipping and full golf swings. All ages and levels are welcome. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and advanced registration is required. Register online to save your space.
Scratch Golf... Accelerated 775-0578
www.scratchgolfcenters.com

GOLF TIPS
from LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Walker of Scratch Golf... Accelerated
Brush the Grass on your Takeaway
Often, I see golfers begin their takeaway by lifting the club upward, which then creates a very upright backswing that later causes poor weight transfer and a chopping motion. A great way to start the backswing is to keep your clubhead low on the takeaway. Imagine there is paint on the bottom of your club and then paint a "brushstroke" on the grass. Brush the grass for the first few inches of your takeaway. This will activate your bigger muscles rather than your hands and wrist which will result in a body turn and a golf swing that's both more consistent and more powerful.

Choosing a Golfball that's Right for You
Having a ball that is matched for your swing can really help your scores! A less-skilled player needs a ball that spins less because they tend to put a lot of side spin that causes hooks and slices. A ball that spins less will reduce those hooks and slices. Generally a low-spin ball will create more distance for the less-skilled player, too. Here are a few suggestions. Want more distance? Try the Callaway HX Diablo or for women, the Callaway Solaire. Want more spin and feel? Try the Callaway Tour iZ or Tour iS.
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