GOLF 707- Famous courses as close as Petaluma
By Bruce Meadows
If you have the desire to play golf courses such as Merion, Olympic Club, Congressional, Royal Troon or Torrey Pines but couldn’t find a way to come up with air fare, accommodations and green fees, you might want to check out Mulligan’s Indoor Golf in Petaluma.
Mulligan’s, located at 345 Lakeville Street in Petaluma, features four simulators and more than 15 world-renowned golf courses.
The new enterprise is the creation of Rachel Moren and her son, Kyle, and had its grand opening a few weeks ago.
Mulligan’s offers four kiosk simulators where golfers can play or practice on famous courses.
“We have 15 courses right now and hope to add more,” said Kyle, 26 and an avid golfer. Mulligan’s wants to add courses such as St. Andrews and Pebble Beach and others in the future.
The 10×10 simulator screens, located 12 feet from the tee area, show golfers where their ball is headed, you can play 9 or 18 holes and golfers can determine conditions such as rain and wind if desired.
“You can also create your own account so you can map out your progress,” said Kyle. “You can post your score, and there is also a replay camera so you can study your swing.”
As Kyle suggests, “it’s a lot of fun but it also can help to improve your game.”
Mulligan’s is open seven days a week with a variety of hours, and you can even book a tee time. The web site is mulligansig.com and if you’re interested, I would suggest going to the site to check out prices, times, etc.
Leagues will be starting and Mulligan’s is also available for parties and other get-togethers, not to mention golf dates.
Lessons are also offered, with Sonoma State golf coach Val Verhunce available by appointment. The phone number for Mulligan’s is 707-762-4653 and you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve played on simulators before and they are a lot of fun and can be helpful when the weather is too hot or cold or wet to play outdoors. And you aren’t likely to lose golf balls !
Mulligan’s Indoor Golf is definitely worth checking out. If you do, let me know what you think.
Daryl gets it done in Tennessee . . .
Santa Rosan Daryl Rossi was born without a right arm, but that hasn’t slowed him down in life, and that includes the golf course.
Rossi, 54, competed in the Paralong Drive Cup at the University of Tennesee in Knoxville Monday and performed well.
“This was a regional event and I won my division,” said Rossi, whose best was 222 yards on what he described as wet conditions and hitting to an uphill slope.”
“It definitely wasn’t my best but it was good enough to win,” he said. “Everybody was hitting shorter than they usually do.”
Besides claiming the division title, Rossi also got an invitation to play in the National Amputee Golf Association in August at Pumpkin Ridge GC in Plains, Ore.
“I missed the sign-up deadline but I was still offered a spot in the tournament,” said Daryl, who plays to an 8.5 handicap. “It’s closer to home and a regular 18-hole tournament so I am seriously considering going.”
He said he was “very happy with my hitting and most of all the experience was beneficial. Connecting with this ever-growing sport this way helps me forge relationships and keeps me in tune with future events.”
This was Daryl’s first long-drive event, but don’t look for it to be his last. He has launched drives up to 270 yards in dry conditions.
Daryl, a longtime employee for Comcast, said it was good to see how he stacks up against national competition and reinforced his feeling that “I am on a mission to show I can play with anyone.”
The way Jess sees it . . .
We like to ask local pros about various things and appreciate it when they respond. Here is what Bennett Valley pro and Montgomery High golf coach Jess Stimack thinks about getting kids into the game.
“Start the kids early as possible, get a club in their hands ASAP. Let them whack it whenever they want, and if they have an obsession for the game, make sure they are gripping it right and know where they are aiming.
“The rest is up to their hand-eye coordination development and muscle memory.
“Private lessons for anyone under the age of 7 or 8 is too much, in my opinion. The most important thing at that age is just enjoying it.
“That being said, the North Bay is flooded with amazing junior golf instruction, and instruction overall. Bennett Valley often has room available at their junior golf camps so call 707-528-FORE for information.”
Jess also thinks “the floodgates have opened for Dustin Johnson and I think he is well on his way to a Mickelson or Faldo type of career.”
Jess finds it “awesome at what he overcame with the timing of and the actual ruling that took place on the fifth green on the final round of the U.S. Open when you consider his near-misses in the recent past. He just went out Sunday and took it.”
What are your thoughts about when youngsters should start playing? Is the pro you take your kid to honest with you or just out to make a buck?
Busy times at Wine Country golf courses…
Windsor Golf Club is offering three-day junior camps July 12-14 and Aug. 2-4, while other Wine Country courses are also staging junior instructional camps.
Adobe Creek’s camps are Tuesdays and Thursday, July 12-28 and Rooster Run’s two remaining camps are July 25-29 and Aug. 8-12.
Windsor pros Jason Schmuhl, Patrick Steiner and Demian Reddy are entered in the Baywood Pro-Am July 17-19.
Reddy reminds us that Windsor’s “yellow tees” are in use with a separate scorecard available in the shop. He calls it “a great opportunity for new golfers of all ages to begin enjoying the game” playing from sensible, reasonable distances.
Fairgrounds offering classes…
Fairgrounds Golf Course has a Thursday Beginner’s Class Sept. 8-Oct. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
“Learn basic fundamentals whether it’s full swing, chipping or putting,” says lead instructor Daniel Stewart. The class is for beginners as well as anybody who wants to hone their skills, “especially if you have been away from the game for a while.” Cost is $100 for the five-week session.
There will be a Ladies’ Golf Class Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. from Sept. 7-Oct. 5. The five-week session is for all women at any level who want to improve, with each session focusing on a different aspect of the game. On-course instruction will also be included. Cost $100.
A Junior League is planned at Fairgrounds from Aug. 24-Oct. 5 on Wednesdays, 4-5:15 p.m.
Each week the team will meet and learn different aspects of the game along with the rules before going out on the course to play a few holes. Juniors will keep their scores and keep track of what they got on each hoe in an eclectic format.
Juniors will be separated into age groups and some may be separated based on skill level. Cost $150. Call 707-292-3917.
I think not just juniors, but all golfers should consider the eclectic approach and try it at their favorite course. The goal is to eventually par each hole on the course, or come close, even if it takes a while. It’s a fun way to play the game.
Short putts . . .
Rob Watson called to let us know that Danny Maier now holds the record for lowest round at Petaluma’s Rooster Run. Maier shot 65 July 6.
If you have any records to report at your course, let us know.
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