Charlotte Happenings

MAY 2017

Charlotte Happenings is your monthly guide to events and things to do in and around Charlotte, NC.

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Perhaps you're not ready for the links yet. Hey, you may be the king of duffs or the designated cold one-carrying caddy—we're not judging. But Charlotte offers golf schools, lessons and driving ranges galore, which means you're just one great teacher away from finding your stride. Best of all, you'll be able to practice your swing in a patient and encouraging environment. The Golf Club at Ballantyne's resume doesn't end with its championship greens; it's also home to one of Charlotte's premier golf schools, The Dana Rader Golf School. The Carolinas' only Golf Channel Academy staffs a team of certified LPGA and PGA instructors ready to help your game soar from birdie to eagle. The school offers everything from new golfer programs to women's programs and junior programs—all in a state-of-the art practice facility. While Leatherman Golf Learning Center in South Charlotte may be best known for its double-decker driving range, putting and chipping green, and practice sand trap, housed within the center's grounds is a golf school led by PGA Class-A professional Chris Leatherman. Programs range from individual lessons to group sessions. Also popular at Leatherman are the demo day offerings in which golfers can try before they buy. Ease out of your learning environment by putting in some solo hours at the driving range. While most golf courses in Charlotte have an on-site driving range, some standalone driving ranges include Leatherman Golf Learning Center, Golf Depot in Pineville and Westwood Driving Range in North Charlotte. Pro Tip: Be sure to find a golf range that offers grass to tee off from, along with mats, as grass better simulates a golf course. Transitioning from the driving range to an 18-hole course can be quite daunting, which is why many instructors recommend dipping your club in the grass at a par-3 course first. Both Sunset Hills Golf Course and Paradise Valley Golf Course are county-owned par-3 golf courses. When you're ready to move up, Sunset Hills offers an 18-hole course. If you're looking for a place that has it all, from lessons to a driving range, pro-shop and a par-3 course, be sure to look into Mooresville Golf Range & Par 3. EVENTS Amateur Golf Events North Carolina State Amateur Golf Championship June 15-18, 2017 River Run Country Club North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship June 20-22, 2017 Pine Island Country Club Charlotte City Amateur Championship Aug. 25-27, 2017 Cedarwood Country Club, Carmel Country Club & Quail Hollow Club, respectively Dana Rader Golf School MAY 2017 23

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