By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterMay 2, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 2, 2013) -- Some would argue that golfing is an expensive sport to get into, but folks at the Silver Wings Golf Course are giving an introduction into the sport for a price that everyone can agree on -- free.
Silver Wings Golf Course offers its Operation Golf 4 Life program every Tuesday in May from 5-6 p.m. at the driving range as a way to get people on the installation and surrounding community interested in the game of golf, according to Stan Tanna, SWGC assistant business manager.
"This is a great opportunity to get people interested in the game of golf," he said. "If it piques their interest, they can continue coming to the sessions or even come out to play a round of golf."
The sessions are one hour long and are designed to teach the basics of the game to people who aren't familiar with the ins and outs of golf.
Janice Erdlitz, Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing director, said that the program is the perfect opportunity for people to get involved in something new.
"Golf 4 Life is a great program for our Soldiers and Families," she said. "Oftentimes, first time golfers are a little overwhelmed with the game, so Golf 4 Life is perfect for novice players to learn the basics."
Tanna said that there are normally different sessions for different levels of players from beginner to intermediate, but these sessions will cater to beginners who have very little knowledge of the game, adding that people don't even have to bring their own equipment.
"All they have to do is bring some comfortable shoes to wear, they don't even have to be golfing shoes," he said. "We will provide all of the equipment -- golf balls, clubs, everything."
Ronnie Mobley, Professional Golfer's Association professional instructor, will be conducting the classes and giving participants individual instruction throughout the sessions.
"[Mobley], who is our teaching professional, will give a short class on what to do, then he will have the participants hit the balls as he walks up and down the line giving individual instruction," said Tanna.
The program is open to all authorized patrons, but active-duty military get priority sign-up, he added.
"We have a great staff at Silver Wings Golf Course that are looking forward to [this year's] Golf 4 Life program," said Erdlitz. "They love to teach people to love the game of golf, and we hope our Soldiers and community will take this opportunity to learn the game."
Silver Wings Golf Course also offers paid golf instruction for those who wish to continue learning from a PGA professional after the sessions have ended.
For more information, call 598-2449.