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New Port Richey's Fox Hollow Golf Club adds short course for kids

At Fox Hollow Golf Club in New Port Richey, they'd love to have whole families teeing off together. With the addition of a short course for kids ages 4-11, they might be seeing that very soon.

According to the course's pro, Matt Coté, Fox Hollow has added two sets of tees to its par-71 course: a set of blue tees for 4- to 7-year-olds and a set of gold tees for 8- to 11-year-olds. The two will give kids a 2,374-yard and a 3,878-yard, par-71 course, respectively.

"The thinking was that they get to play a real golf course," Coté said. "It is like a big course because the bunkers and water hazards are still in play and they get to use the fairways and real greens."

This is no temporary thing, Coté added. The new tees are permanent so that kids have a chance to play with their parents on a routine basis.

"Kids love to compete," Coté said. "They love to do what their parents do and even beat them at it once in a while. Kids can now keep pace with their parents instead of using the same tee box and then picking up their ball and hitting it from the parents' spot. This lets the actually play golf."

JUNIOR GOLF: Fox Hollow Golf Club also has a junior program that meets every Saturday and will host five summer camps in the upcoming months.

On Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., junior golfers can learn instruction and golf etiquette for $5 per child and, starting this week, there will be camps from Monday through Thursday. The cost is $125 for members and $175 for nonmembers. The last weeklong camp starts Aug. 10 and includes lunch, a scramble and an award ceremony at the end of the week.

For more information, call (727) 376-6333.

LEAGUE: The Oak Hills Golf Course in Spring Hill has formed a nine-hole Ladies League that will run this summer and winter.

The league will be run by Barbara Dohm, with summer tee times every Monday at 8:46 a.m. and winter tee times every Monday at 2 p.m. Dohm asks that golfers arrive at least 20 minutes before teeing off.

Membership dues will be announced later. Sign ups are available at the course.

For more information, call Dohm at (352) 596-9930 or Oak Hills at (352) 683-6830.

ANOTHER LEAGUE: The Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville will host a Women's Summer Golf League every Monday at 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers and includes a round of golf, lunch and weekly prizes.

For more information, call Christi Adams at (352) 540-3807.

MORE JUNIOR GOLF: The Groves Golf and Country Club in Land O'Lakes has an AAU Junior Golf Club that offers two-month sessions and an inexpensive way for junior golfers to play on the course regularly and participate in tournaments.

Run by instructors Hal Yost and Jan Johnson, this golf club offers one-on-one instruction, video and swing analysis, golf etiquette clinics and additional golf equipment.

The cost is $60 per session and the club meets Tuesdays and Fridays at the Groves, where juniors work on the range and then play three holes.

For more information, contact Johnson at (813) 996-0161 or Yost at (813) 949-4653 or e-mail grovesaaujuniorgolf@yahoo.com.

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New Port Richey's Fox Hollow Golf Club adds short course for kids 06/15/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 15, 2009 10:31pm]
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