By Ed Townsend
ULSTER COUNTY July 11, 2003 The White Course at the Nevele Grande plays real tough and demands accuracy on every golf shot.
Framed by the fabled Shawangunk Mountains and located on Route 209 just outside of Ellenville, this Tom Fazio-designed course will get your attention if you dont keep it down the middle.
The well-kept fairways and greens are cared for by Course Superintendent Paul Jordan and Nevele Grande Resort Director of Golf and PGA Professional Jan Urso.
The Nevele White Course was redesigned in the mid-1980s by Fazio and in the late 90s, the Nevele 18-hole facility added the Fallsview nine holes to offer golfers a 27-hole golf complex.
These golf facilities are the host site for many Met Section PGA events. These facilities are also the summer home of the United States School of Golf.
Of the three nine-hole Nevele golf courses, we found the White Course the most demanding and a course that requires golfers to keep it straight down the middle or their golf ball will most likely go swimming.
The course plays from the blue tees 3,141 yards and is a par 35, featuring six par 4s, two par 3s and one par 5.
Golf reservations and information may be obtained from the Pro Shop at 1-800-647-6000, ext. 561. The web site is www.nevele.com
The first hole is a 426-yard par 4 with a slight dogleg right. Try to take your tee shot along the right side tree line. There is a fairway trap on the right side some 90 yards from the green. There is also a pond on the left side of parts of this fairway and traps all around the green. Again, accuracy is most important here.
The second hole is a 214-yard par 3 with water coming into play across the fairway some 40 to 50 yards before the green. Traps are found on the left front and right front sections of this green.
The third hole is a 499-yard par 5 with a dogleg right. Some 200 yards from the green there is water across the fairway so golfers must make a decision off the tee to go for it or play short of the water. Safe bet here for most average golfers is not to go for it. There are two traps one on the left front and one on the right front of the green. A long, demanding hole that requires a good mental game.
The fourth hole is a 331-yard par 4 and is a blind shot uphill. Better stay close to the center of the fairway and use the directional flag for help here. Shots left or right will get you in big trouble.
There are no traps on this green and the second shot on this hole determines if you make par.
The fifth hole is a 393-yard par 4 with a sharp dogleg right. Dont even think about using a driver off this tee. The fairway is lined with trees both on the left and right. There is a trap on the far left of the bend in the fairway.
A narrow opening to the green on your second shot with a trap on the left front section of this rolling green. A good golf hole which, again, requires some thinking on the part of every golfer. Club selection is a key to your success on this hole.
The sixth hole is a 297-yard par 4 with the fairway slanting left to right. Keep it straight as there is a sand trap on the right some 120 yards from the green. There is also a trap on the right side of the green.
The seventh hole most likely could be called the signature hole on this course, but many golfers probably would call it a nightmare with water everywhere and a good number of sand traps. Off the tee, you are shooting over a lot of water and a stray shot here will go into the water on the left and right. Golfers will find an elevated green which is surrounded on three sides by water. You must keep it straight on this hole as there is no room for error.
The eighth hole is a 214-yard par 3 with water on the left and two traps on the left side of the green. Good club selection off the tee can help getting your par.
The ninth hole is a 405-yard par 4 with water on the left and right sides of portions of the fairway. Traps are on the left, left center and right sides of this green. Keep the ball down the center of the fairway for safe play.
The White course again demands a good mental golf game and safe play to keep out of the water. Mark down a must play on these three Nevele Grande golf courses.
On Sunday, July 6, 17-year-old Alonzo (Lonnie) Ackerley Jr. became the third golfer in the history of the Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club to score a double-eagle ace on the 222-yard, par 4 second hole.
Technically in correct golf terminology the score is not called a hole-in-one. Because it is a par 4 hole, the correct term is double-eagle.
The double-eagle ace is a first for Ackerley, who will enter his senior year at Roscoe Central School in September.
Lonnie has been playing golf since the age of 11 and competed on the Catskill Junior Tour. He has been on the Roscoe varsity golf team since the seventh grade and has been one of the top three golfers on the team for the past several years.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Ackerley Sr. of Rockland Road in Roscoe.
Lonnie Jr. scored the double-eagle ace while playing with his father.
The score was made with a five-wood off the tee and the shot landed short of the green, rolled on the green and into the hole.
The two other golfers who have scored the double-eagle ace on this hole are Paul Stock Sr. and Leaman Bowers.
By Robert Menges
Prepare Our Mind For A Better Game:
We all have our different ways of doing things on the golf course, which is why one technique or strategy might work for one person but not another.
For example, some of us will visualize the shot we want to hit in our mind, because it helps us execute the shot. For others, they have to experience the shot.
With that said (or written, in this case), it never hurts to try something new. So here are several pep talks you can create to help build your confidence for the next round.
After each round of golf, take 60 seconds to sit quietly and replay your three best shots of the round. Visualize them in slow motion and lock every detail into your memory. Theyll come back to cheer you on in the future.
Tell someone about your best shot of the day, but never talk about your worst shots. Professionals can usually remember every shot during a tournament, but there is one shot they just dont recall its their worst shot. Let the bad shots go, and never, ever talk about them.
After every shot, remember to say great shot and mean it when you say it. The results may not be exactly what you wanted, but the ball went where you hit it. So go and do it again.
Breathe before every shot or putt, remember to breathe deeply and softly. It will relax your whole body and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
Make it part of your pre-shot routine to consciously expect a great shot. As you pull the club from your bag, smile. As you look down the fairway or line up your putt, smile. As you stand over the ball, smile. Expect the best.
Finally, but perhaps most importantly, have fun out there. Golf is a game. Yes, it can be very challenging and frustrating at times, but it is intended to be a form of enjoyment. Enjoy the day, the weather and the time with friends. Chances are, youll enjoy the wonderful game of golf as well.
Robert Menges is a golf pro at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club, Roscoe-Hankins Road, Roscoe. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 1-888-561-3935 or 607-498-5502 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Draw System Tip
By Nick Bayley
How To Hit Better Shots Out Of The Rough:
To hit better shots out of long grass, you first of all need to make sure that you swing on a steeper angle into the back of the ball. The more you sweep the ball out of long grass, the more grass gets in between the clubface. This not only slows the clubhead down but can also twist the clubhead either open, or closed, and this obviously causes inconsistent direction.
To learn to come down into the ball on a steeper angle, you need to take the club on a more upright swing path. And the second key factor that determines your success out of long grass is the strength that you have in your arms and hands. The stronger you are in the arms and hands the better youll do out of long grass. And heres a great way to build up the strength that you need to get out of the thick stuff.
Find a place that has very high grass and by very high, I mean about a foot high. Now, with a club simply swing back and forth through this long grass continually until you get tired. Once your arms get tired then have a rest and repeat again. Listen to your body when doing this because it is quite difficult.
And if you feel any pain, stop immediately.
You should repeat this exercise everyday, building up your strength slowly. If you do this exercise for 30 consecutive days, youll notice a huge difference in your ability to get your ball out of the rough. Not only that, youll notice that youll be hitting all of your shots longer.
Nick Bayley is the author and creator of a 21-day step-by-step system which he named The Draw System. More information about this system is found at the Web Site, http://www.fixgolfslice.com and Nicks Web site, www.nickbayley.com
July 16 Catskill Junior Tour Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
July 18 Country Store Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
July 19 Catskill Cup, Concord Monster. For more information, call 794-4000.
July 20 Billy Moran Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
July 23 Roscoe Kiwanis Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
July 27 Liberty Elks Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
Aug. 6 Kingston Hospital Charity Event, Nevele Grande. For more information, call 1-800-647-6000, ext. 561.
Aug. 10 St. Georges Church Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
Aug. 17 Jeff Lions Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
Aug. 17 Nevele Grande Ryder Cup Tournament, open to the public, Nevele Grande Golf Course, Call 1-800-647-6000, ext. 561.
Aug. 18 Kelly Poorman Memorial Charity Event, Nevele Grande Golf Course. For more information, call 1-800-647-6000, ext. 561.
Aug. 22-24 The 22nd Annual Sullivan County Democrat Golf Tournament, Villa Roma. Two-man best-ball tournament. Limit of 56 teams. Entry forms are printed in most issues of this newspaper. All fees must be postmarked no later than Aug. 4. Mail entry form and $390 per team to Sullivan County Democrat, PO Box 308, Callicoon, NY 12723.
Aug. 25 NYPD/LBA Tournament, Nevele Grande Golf Course. For more information, call 1-800-647-6000, ext. 561.
Aug. 28 Sullivan County United Way Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Villa Roma Country Club. Cost is $250 for amateurs and $200 for professionals. For more information, call 794-1771.
Sept. 6 Naniwa Group Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
Sept. 7 Callicoon Kiwanis Tournament, Tennanah Lake Golf Club. For more information, call Bob at 1-888-561-3935.
Sept. 15 New York American Legion Tournament, Nevele Grande Golf Course. For more information, call 1-800-647-6000, ext. 561.