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Are you harder on yourself than anyone else? Do you consider yourself to be a very inconsistent golfer? Have you thought, “Why do I keep doing this to myself?” Well luckily for you, so is everyone else!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of golf is when you finally connect perfectly on a shot that shows you what you are capable of. On the flip side, it can also be frustrating to know what you can do, but wonder why you can’t do it every time. I’m here to tell you that every.. single.. golfer.. goes through this rollercoaster of emotions that you are on. However, I want to tell you why you need to play golf through a lens of seeing the glass as half full

Did you know that the average score for an 18 hole round in the United States is 102? Yes, that means that if you shoot a 101 you are an above average golfer. See, doesn’t that make you feel better already?!? For a 9 hole round, this would mean that the average score is around 51 for those of you who love to play your rounds here with us at American Classic.

From a mental state though, it’s so important to play golf with confidence. Now we all can agree that this is the most humbling sport on the planet, but it’s extremely important to go into every shot with the confidence that you are going to hit it exactly where you want to. Instead of getting mad though when you miss your line, try to find the positive in the swing and build off of it. 

For instance, when you blade one off the tee and it rolls for 50 yards, be happy that it stayed on the fairway and at least was heading towards your target. More times than not, this means that you were set up correctly but maybe you rushed your swing or got a little antsy and looked up before connecting with the ball. When it’s a minor swing fault like that, there’s zero reason to beat yourself up about it and instead, use it as a learning experience to adjust for the next swing.

If you are unsure of what you did that caused you to miss your line and target, don’t be afraid to take a golf lesson. When someone inquires about lessons, their number one request is to be more consistent. Of course you can watch endless videos and read several articles, but every swing is different and having someone physically present to teach you about your swing can make all the difference. If you feel and know that you have it in you to play golf, there’s so much knowledge and experience to gain by scheduling a lesson to help your ball striking.

Now that we gave you our sales pitch on why you should take a lesson with one of our golf pros, we want to stress the importance again of playing golf as the glass is half full. In the history of golf, no one has ever mastered how to hit the ball perfectly straight every time and if you watch the tour players, they too have their share of chip shots out of the bushes and trees (Thank you Phil). That is why it’s important to learn from every shot, and allow them to help those bad swings be fewer and far between. Plus, golf is much more fun to play when you aren’t afraid to fail and learn. Learn from every shot, play with confidence, and always look for the positives in your round.

-Austin Ebersole, Head Golf Professional at American Classic GC

In part 1 of our starter pack blog, we covered what equipment new golfers must have to get started in golf.  This beginner golf “starter pack” included clubs, balls, and tees, and we talked about how these essential items can be acquired cheaply and quickly.  Now that you have a general idea of the equipment needed to get started, getting out onto the course is within reach!  

While the necessary equipment needed in golf is pretty straightforward and easy to acquire, it can still be challenging for new golfers who have never played before to smoothly transition into playing on public courses.  Between the extensive etiquette rules, confusing golf rules, dress codes, and other golf nuances it can seem overwhelming trying to start.  This can certainly be a lot to grasp, but it is really a lot simpler than it appears!

When looking to play on public golf courses, it is always best to call ahead and book a tee time (you can book online most places too) rather than just showing up.  During the golf busy season, most courses will not be able to get you out without booking a tee time in advance.  Golf courses make booking tee times a very simple process, and golf courses will allot four people per tee time slot.  This means that each tee time will allow for a maximum of four people per group.  Here at the American Classic we book our tee times in 10 minute increments, meaning that every 10 minutes a new group will tee off.  This allows for each group to get out ahead of the group behind them, which helps the course flow smoothly.   If you have a 9:00 tee time, it is best to get there at least 15 minutes early to ensure you can check in and get ready to start at 9:00.  The goal is to tee off at 9:00, and showing up exactly at your scheduled tee time can make that nearly impossible.  Late starts can hinder the pace of play on the course, so arriving early greatly helps the course!  To book your tee time, simply call the course clubhouse or book online if your course offers it.

Now that you have booked your tee time and are ready to head to the course, let’s talk about some golf course etiquette rules that can apply to all public golf courses.  To start, one of the most important etiquette rules to consider is pace of play.  Pace of play relates to how long it takes to play your round, and how fast each group plays affects this.  Since most courses will separate their tee times in 10 minute increments, it is important to aim to finish each hole in that allotted time.  For example, if you are taking 15-20 minutes to finish one hole, you will hold up the groups behind you and hinder the flow of the course.  Longer holes, like par 5’s and long par 4’s, will take some more time but these holes will also take the other groups longer as well.  With that being said, you do not want to rush around the course and constantly stress over how fast you are playing.  After all, golf is meant to be fun and relaxing, so finding a balance between keeping pace and rushing is crucial to your experience.  Here are some tips to help you keep it moving without overstressing!

  • Plan your next shot as you are moving towards your ball, not when you reach it
  • Don’t be afraid to drop further along in the fairway or elsewhere if you lose a ball out of bounds 
  • Consider playing alternate game formats like a scramble 
  • Play “ready golf”- whoever is ready to go should hit no matter what
  • Make sure to watch your ball all the way to the ground.  This helps you find your ball quicker and can avoid unnecessary looking time

Continuing on with course etiquette, many superintendents and course grounds crew workers would be upset if golf course care was not mentioned.  When playing on public golf courses, taking care of the course is very important.  This mainly relates to fixing divots and the ground in which you play on.  A divot is a piece of turf that is dug out of the course when playing a shot.  If you have torn up some turf on a shot (this is normal and will happen) replacing the chunk that flew out can speed up the recovery process and also fill in the hole left in the turf.  Many courses will also provide you with seeding/sand and ask you to fill the areas tore up to help the turf recover. 

The greens are the most delicate part of a golf course, so always be cautious and try not to damage them.   Do not drive your golf cart on the greens!  That may seem obvious, but I have seen some crazy things on the golf course.  Fixing your ball marks/divots on the greens is also a crucial aspect of taking care of the course.

A final thing to consider regarding etiquette is the course dress code.  Many courses will not allow clothing items like jeans or non-collared shirts, so make sure to ask before you head over.  Here at the American Classic we are laid back about this and do not have a dress code, so feel free to wear whatever you are comfortable with when playing here!

Booking tee times, showing up early, keeping pace, and taking care of the course while playing will ensure a smooth and fun transition into golf!  In the beginning, I would not stress over every little golf rule, and focus mainly on these etiquette basics while having fun with your friends on the course.  Golf is a great game, and following these basics will make getting out onto the course stress-free!

-Sam Cresta, Assistant Golf Professional at American Classic Golf Club

Book A Tee Time For American Classic Here!

For those of you looking for some inspiration to get into the game of golf, or just looking for an excuse to play more golf, here is a blog for you. There are many benefits of playing the game of golf, and hopefully you may be inspired by this post to get out there and play. 

Last week, we discussed why you should play 9, and talked about how golf is a great social event that can be enjoyed amongst friends and family. In my opinion, that is the greatest aspect of the game of golf and is one of the many reasons it is so great.  Golf can be enjoyed at any age, and it is one of the few sports in which you can play with people of varying ages, so that is a huge benefit to me.  In my life, I am still able to play and compete with my father in golf. While he is as healthy as most people in their 60s, let’s just say we are not getting out and running up and down the basketball court on the weekends.  This is why I feel that one of the biggest benefits of getting into the game of golf is because it is one of the only sports you can play for your entire life, and it’s a fun social activity which can be enjoyed for a lifetime.  

On top of being able to play golf for your entire life, it is also a great source of exercise!  Walking on the golf course is a great way to get your steps in and stay active and is great for you.  Many golf courses are on beautiful pieces of land surrounded by nature, so a round of golf can be a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active.  Even if you choose to ride in a golf cart, you are still getting great exercise in!  The golf swing itself is also good for you, and you will also take many steps in between shots and throughout your round.  For those of you looking for a creative way to exercise and stay in shape, pick up the game of golf!  This can also have many positive effects on your mental health and wellbeing, as you are constantly using your brain to strategize and plan your next shots.

Another benefit of playing golf is meeting new friends to play golf with. In many cases, golf courses will need to pair people up to fit the scheduling needs of the course.  This can be especially beneficial for those looking to meet new people and find golfing partners.  If you are someone looking to meet new people, playing golf is a great way to do it.  And what is great about golf is the fact that anyone can play together regardless of skill level or age, so regardless of who you get paired with at the course it can always be enjoyable. 

Between the fun social atmosphere and health benefits of golf, there is definitely incentive to give it a try.  Golf also allows for social distancing and can be played safely even during a pandemic. If you were looking for one final reason to get out onto the golf course, a study highlighted by heart.org explains that golfers are likely to live longer than non-golfers.   So, the next time a non-golfer friend questions why you have been at the course all day, share this blog with them and consider inviting them out onto the course!

-Sam Cresta, Assistant Golf Professional at American Classic GC

Revenge is coming to the golfers of the American Classic on Halloween….
And by revenge we mean totally off the wall, fun, & wacky golf! This day of golf is unlike any other. Obstacles will be on the course, maintenance workers will be frolicking about & more weird things could happen at any moment… Come see for yourself & book a tee time for the 31st of October today! This is the most fun day of the year! If you wear a costume you get a $5 off discount *wink wink* (only the costume discount will apply on this day)
Prices:
9 holes – $28 Greens Fee for public
9 holes – $15 Greens Fee (IF you are a passholder)
9 holes – $9 riding cart fee per person
9 or 18 – $3 pull carts
18 holes – $35 greens fee for public
18 holes – $20 greens fee (if you are a passholder)
18 holes – $15 riding cart fee per person
YOU CAN ALSO PLAY FLING GOLF INSTEAD for $19 (includes rental stick)
We do suggest you only play 9 holes on this day so that others can join in on the fun!
NO RAIN DATE FOR THIS EVENT

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT! Beginning on July 10th!

“Flinggolf Fridays” are a night every week where you can come and play flinggolf for just $10 & play with other cool flinggolfers! This night is A LOT of fun & a totally relaxed environment. THERE IS EVEN A HAPPY HOUR POST FLINGGOLF ROUND! Kids are more than welcome to play too. No dress code.

Cost: $10/person (includes stick rental)

Play Format: 9 Holes – 2 person scramble

Weekly prizes for the winning team each week!

SINGLE PLAYERS ARE WELCOME! — we will pair you up

TO REGISTER: Please email SamCresta8@gmail.com or call 302-703-6662 to add your name to the sign up list! AS ALWAYS, walk-ins are welcome too!

Please contact Sam Cresta, Associate Golf Professional, with any questions!

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WHAT IS FlingGolf??
Check out this video to learn more: https://vimeo.com/312202252

Want to buy a FlingStick?
Click this link: https://flinggolf.com/pages/shop

What are the Flinggolf rules?
Click this link: https://flinggolf.com/pages/rules

Something wicked is coming to the American Classic on October 28th…. And by wicked we mean totally off the wall, fun, & wacky! The Greenskeepers Revenge is a day of golf unlike any other. Obstacles will be on the course, maintenance workers will be frolicking about & more weird things could happen at any moment… Come see for yourself & book a tee time for the 28th of October today! This is the most fun day of the year! If you wear a costume you get a $5 off discount *wink wink* The event is from 7am – 4pm so make sure not to miss out on a spot; you can book as a single or as a group!

This event will really put your golf skills to the test as well as get you in the halloween spirit!

*only the costume discount will apply on this day

RAIN DATE: October 31st, 2018

Introducing the NEWEST Addition to The Classic!

We now have 4 GolfBoards available for rent at the American Classic Golf Club!

The greatest invention in golf since the graphite shaft, the GolfBoard is forever changing the way golfers experience the game. Powered by an environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery, the GolfBoard is an easy-to-ride fully electric vehicle that adds a whole new level of fun and excitement. Golfers of all ages can now “Surf the Earth” from shot-to-shot in a way that feels like snowboarding or surfing. We call it “GolfBoarding.”

Be sure to give us a call if you have any questions or would like to rent a GolfBoard, we would be glad to help you try out this new & fun way to play golf!

Before you can ride, you must watch a 7 minute long video to familiarize yourself with the GolfBoard. After you watch the video you can then fill out the liability waiver. After you are finished with those, one of our staff members will teach you the controls and how to use the GolfBoard in a quick session before sending you out to golf.

Please click the link to watch the instructional video & waiver: GolfBoard Video & Waiver

 

What are your plans for Mother’s Day 2018? Mother’s Day is just one week away! We know what we will be doing… We will be having an event called Mimosas For Mom! Bring your mom for a round of golf and you all can enjoy bottomless mimosas for just $10.00! The Classic Rock Cafe will be serving up breakfast & lunch (as always) on Sunday! Check out their menu at this link: Cafe Menu

 

Mother’s Day Drink Specials:

$10.00 BOTTOMLESS Mimosas

$6.75 Bloody Marys

$8.50 Champagne Mules

*anyone can enjoy Bottomless mimosas on this day*

1st Camp of the Year: 2018 American Classic Kids Camp!

Woohoo, it’s almost summer time, which means….. Kids Camp time! Our 4th annual American Classic Kids Camp will be held June 25th-29th from 8:30am-12pm. Ages 6-16 are welcome!

This year we will be teaching all aspects of golf, as well as, having awesome activities like baseball golf, a drive, chip and putt contest, and maybe even a fun obstacle course! This is a great camp for kids to get introduced to the game.

Lunch is included in the cost of the camp and clubs will be provided if needed.

Sign up today!

Registration: Kids Camp Form

If you have questions please call (302)-703-6662 or email us at info@americanclassicgolf.com.

April & May are gonna be busy months at The Classic! Below will be a list of all the happenings and events:

April 23rd – LONG Game Flex & Swing Clinic 3:30pm-5pm

April 26th – Camp Rehoboth’s 1st League Night of the Year! (every Thursday night) 3pm-7pm

April 28th – Pass holder Appreciation Day 2pm-7pm

April 30th – SHORT Game Flex & Swing Clinic 3:30pm-5pm

May 1st – ACGC Men’s League begins! (every Tuesday) 7am-10:30am

May 4th – ACGC Women’s League begins! (every Friday) 7am-10:30am

May 5th – Cinco De Mayo @ The Classic! ALL DAY

May 9th – YMCA Men’s League Starts! (every Wednesday night) 2pm-6pm

May 13th – Mother’s Day: Mimosas for Mom! ALL DAY

May 19th – Camp Arrowhead Golf Outing ALL DAY

 

*PLEASE SEE EVENT CALENDAR FOR MORE INFORMATION*

 

 

Events

Kids ages: 6-12

5-7pm

Cost: $150.00

To register purchase in the online store: CLICK HERE