Wrap up your summer with these great September Deals!

BOOK ONLINE & TAKE $5 OFF YOUR 9 OR 18 HOLE ROUND OF GOLF!

That’s right! Everyone gets $5 OFF! 

BUT YOU MUST BOOK ONLINE! You can’t receive this special rate over the phone or in person! Book Online Now!

 

We’re excited for the 2018 Club Championship this weekend! If you are a Season Pass Holder, don’t forget to sign up! The deadline is this Thursday at 6 PM! 
While the Club Championship is only for Season Pass Holders, we will have plenty of open tee times on the weekend of the Club Championship, August 18th and 19th. We hope to see you golfing!

Calling all Teachers, Active Military, Police, EMS, Fire Fighters…

Teachers, Active Military, Police, EMS, Fire Fighters take $5 OFF your round of 18 holes at North Star Golf Club from now until August 16th!

To receive special offer, play a round during the week, Monday – Friday, between 10 AM – 4 PM.

Discount will be taken at check-in when you present your occupational ID. Cannot combine with other offers or discounts.

As all golfers know, a game of golf is both mentally stimulating and physically challenging. Golf may not be considered a physically demanding sport, but one round will likely mean you are outside and moving around, walking at a pace of 6-7km, for several hours at a time and constantly using your brain for the many mental challenges you face. There are many stated health benefits of golf, from scientific and anecdotal sources, but just how good is the game for the body and mind?

Seven health benefits of golf

  1. Heart health – any form of physical exercise helps get the blood pumping to your heart. Walking, carrying your bag and swinging all increase your heart rate and blood flow. Your risk of a stroke and diabetes are reduced, and there can be positive effects on reducing blood pressure and harmful cholesterol, especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. The Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) found that during an 18-hole round, a player will have an average heart rate of 100 beats per minute, over a two to five hour period
  2. Brain stimulation – regular daily walking strengthens the brain’s memory circuits. Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, says: ‘Whether it is going for a jog or walking the golf course, keeping physically active is a great way to keep your heart and your brain healthy. By keeping active you make sure your brain has a good, strong blood supply, which is essential to help it function better now and in future.”
  3. Weight loss – the golden number of steps per day needed for weight loss is 10,000. An 18-hole round easily exceeds this recommended number, especially when you walk and do not use a golf cart. The Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) found that recent research projects (referring to those in Norway, Japan, Germany, the US and Sweden) revealed that a male golfer burns around 2,500 kCal during an 18-hole round, and female players burn approximately 1,500 kCal (read 9 Holes for Better Health – in Norwegian)
  4. Reduces stress – the pleasure of walking in fresh air, socialising, with an added mental challenge means golf releases endorphins, the natural mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain, which make you happy and relaxed
  5. Improved sleep – exercise and fresh air are a powerful combination for improved sleep. Walking the course will give you a good workout. Regular exercise helps you sleep faster and remain in a deep sleep for longer. Sleep helps your muscles rest and repair
  6. Low injury – golf is a low-impact activity in the sense that one walks on a soft, gently rolling surface. More mature players find this attractive as they can burn calories with a low risk of injury
  7. Live longer – a Swedish study by the Karolinska Institutet led by Professor Anders Ahlbom, found that golfers have a 40% lower death rate, which corresponds to a 5-year increase in life expectancy (read Golf: A game of life and death – reduced mortality in Swedish golf players)

“The health benefits of golf are far greater than most of us seem to believe, and may have a much greater and broader impact on our wellbeing than we may have realised. Considering how well a good golf facility can appeal to people of all age groups, golf is a wonderful way to encourage exercise,” says Edwin Roald, EIGCA Council member.

In addition to the scientific research above, the NY Times ran a story in July 2015 following two studies which found there are many health benefits of golf: “A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the progress, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.” (read this blog post).

Golf carts are not a fundamental part of the game

The use of golf carts is widespread and it can be all too easy to jump in a cart rather than take a leisurely stroll. While golf carts are useful in terms of enabling the elderly and people with disabilities to enjoy golf as a form of recreation, their extensive use has likely contributed, as much as anything else, to golf‘s apparent elitist image. Whenever possible, golfers should say no to a cart and play golf on foot, as it was meant to be played, and reap the rewards of the health benefits of golf.

Source: European Institute of Golf Course Architects

Book your tee time online for play during the specified time below and each person whose name is on the reservation will get one FREE range token for a bucket of balls! 

Be sure to “refer a friend” when you book so that every name on the reservation gets the range token!

Book A Tee Time Online

MON – THURS,  JULY 23 – 26

10 AM – 3 PM

 

Need help booking online? Don’t know who to refer a friend? Watch this short video for help!

SATURDAY, JULY 21

Plan some golf into your Golden Days Activities and join us for some G’OLD Fashioned Fun!

$5 OFF Green Fees ALL DAY!

  • 9 Holes
  • $19
  • 18 Holes
  • $29

Spark the passion for golf!

LEARN FROM A PRO: This is an incredible opportunity for youth to have fun while learning or improving their golf and life skills by working with LPGA Golf Professional, Bernadine Stump, in a small group setting.

The weekly camp program includes: Safety & etiquette, SNAG games, the short game, full swing, course strategies, play on the course, physical fitness and FUN! Please come early on the first day so that each child can be outfitted with the correct size of golf clubs.

Details:

Ages:  6 – 14 years old

Session Fee: $100 includes all necessary equipment and instruction

Days: Tuesday -Friday

Times:  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, except for Session #7 (10 to 11 AM).

  • Session #6 – July 24th – 27th – Ages 6 – 14
  • Session #7 – July 31st – Aug 3rd – Ages 5, 6 & 7
    • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • $65 per child
    • Parents should stay on site

Puttin’ on the Ritz: Christmas in July Ladies’  9 Hole Scramble Golf Tournament is a fundraiser for Girls Junior Golf Scholarships!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Check in 4:45pm  |  Dinner at 5:00pm

Group photo at 5:50pm  |  Shotgun start at 6:00pm

Dessert and awards at 8:30pm

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COST

North Star Golf Club Members  – $23 Per Golfer

Non-members –  $42 Per Golfer

Cost includes dinner, green fees, and shared power cart

Scoring

Scramble with one Tee shot per player required.

Flights

Flight One is for Experienced Golfers

Flight Two is a team with one or more Novice* or Junior golfers*

*Novice: golfer without a handicap and scores of >60 for 9 holes

* Junior: girl age 7-17 & will use age appropriate family tees

THE FUN AND GAMES

Each participant please bring a wrapped golf or Christmas theme gift (~$10) for the gift exchange.

To be purchased at check in:

  • Rudolph Putt (anywhere on the green into the hole for 1 stroke) $10 & only 1 per team
  • Santa Drive (Drop at the 150 yard marker or white stake and count as 1 stroke on hole number 2, 7, 13 or 16) $10 & only 1 per team.

Prizes:

  • Low Team score
  • Best Individual Christmas Costume
  • Best Team Costume Award

And by “Best” we mean Ritziest, Ugliest, Cutest, Most boring, etc!

Judging of Costumes and theme shirts at picture station.

I could talk for weeks about my 50-year infatuation with all things putting. But I figured I’d just give you the CliffsNotes instead.

1. Putting is important.

Regardless of skill level, putting accounts for approximately 43 percent of your total strokes, taking into account your good putting days and the ones where you’re ready to snap your flatstick over your knee. Lower this percentage and your scores will go down. Allocate at least one-third of your practice time to becoming the best putter you can be.

2. Aim is critical.

You can’t dominate with your putter if you don’t know how to aim it correctly, or how much break to play. Nail these fundamentals first.

3. Keep your stroke “on-line” through the impact zone.

If you hook or cut-spin your putts, your chance of success goes down. If your putts roll off the face in the same direction your putter is heading immediately after impact, that’s good. If your putter moves one way and the ball another, you’ve got problems.

4. Face angle is even more important than stroke path.And not insignificantly — it’s six times more important. Even if your path is good, unduly opening or closing the face at impact spells doom.

5. You’re only as skilled as your impact pattern.

Catching putts across the face produces varying ball speeds. Find one impact point. My recommendation: the sweet spot.

6. Putts left short never go in.

When you miss, your putts should end up 17 inches past the hole. If you roll them faster, you’ll suffer more lip-outs. Roll them slower and the ball will be knocked off line by imperfections (footprints, pitch marks, etc.) in the green.

7. Proper putt speed comes from proper rhythm.

At our schools, we incorporate rhythm into pre-putt rituals, then carry that same rhythm through the stroke. Rhythm is the harbinger of consistency. You’ve got to find your own, and groove it.

8. Putting is a learned skill.

Having the “touch” in your mind’s eye to know how firmly to stroke a putt (so its speed matches the break), and then also having the “feel” in your body to execute that touch is gained only through experience and solid practice. See No. 1.

9. Be patient.

Sometimes poorly-struck putts go in and well-struck putts miss. Sometimes badly-read greens compensate for poorly struck putts. Results can confuse golfers when they don’t understand the true fundamentals of putting. Having the patience to learn to be a good putter is an incredible virtue for a golfer.

10. Putting is like life.

You don’t have to be perfect, but you can’t do any of the important things badly. My advice? Believe in yourself. Becoming a great putter isn’t easy, but it’s possible (Phil Mickelson, at age 48, is enjoying the finest putting season in his career). Maintain a good, hardworking attitude as you work through items 1 through 9. I’ve seen success stories happen thousands of times. Everyone is capable of improving.

Source: golf.com

Spark the passion for golf!

LEARN FROM A PRO: This is an incredible opportunity for youth to have fun while learning or improving their golf and life skills by working with LPGA Golf Professional, Bernadine Stump, in a small group setting.

The weekly camp program includes: Safety & etiquette, SNAG games, the short game, full swing, course strategies, play on the course, physical fitness and FUN! Please come early on the first day so that each child can be outfitted with the correct size of golf clubs.

Details:

Ages:  6 – 14 years old

Session Fee: $100 includes all necessary equipment and instruction

Days: Tuesday -Friday

Times:  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, except for Session #7 (10 to 11 AM).

  • Session #1 – June 5th – 8th – ADVANCED Players
    •  How to improve your game. 1/2 hour instruction on range, 1 hour on course playing
  • Session #2 – June 12th – 15th – Ages 6 – 14
  • Session #3 – June 26th – 29th – Ages 6 – 14
  • Session #4 – July 10th – 13th – Girls Golf Camp – Ages 6 – 14
    • Please ask about $25 scholarships from Puttin on the Ritz Ladies
  • Session #5 – July 17th – 20th – Ages 6 – 14
  • Session #6 – July 24th – 27th – Ages 6 – 14
  • Session #7 – July 31st – Aug 3rd – Ages 5, 6 & 7
    • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • $65 per child
    • Parents should stay on site

Register: https://northstargolf.com/youth-golf-programs/

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