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Free golf being offered this summer at Incline courses

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. ” Free golf in Tahoe? No way.

Well, this summer, it will be a reality in Incline Village.

In a move geared to offer solace during the nation’s economic downturn, to encourage a later-day golfing crowd and to teach unskilled players the game, the Incline Village General Improvement District announced this week it will allow free golf, after 5 p.m., for three days a week at either the Championship or Mountain golf courses.

Dubbed the “Incline Village Golf Stimulus Plan,” it allows anyone to golf the Championship Golf Course for free after 5 p.m. on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday; likewise, at the Mountain Golf Course, after 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

“The motivation behind this is that we realize the economy is bad, and some people may have lost their jobs or just can’t afford to golf anymore,” said Angie Rodriguez, head golf professional at the Mountain Course. “We don’t want them to suffer; we want them to be able to get out and golf if they want.”

The free golf is for walkers only, although people can purchase a cart if needed, Rodriguez said. Both courses also will provide golf clubs to those who want to golf, but are without equipment.

Furthermore, a beginner-focused free clinic will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays at the Champ Course Practice Range. The stimulus package is being offered to anyone, Rodriguez said, including nonresidents.

Not charging during the stimulus times, said IVGID General Manager Bill Horn, shouldn’t cause financial burdens for either course.

“The idea is (for) people who want to play golf that maybe can’t (this summer) because of the economy, to encourage those who have never played golf to learn the game and get increased rounds during that time,” Horn said. “We chose these times, because typically after 5 o’clock on those days, very little golf has happened. If we get more golfers that want to golf during that time in the future, then that’s just a result of the stimulus package.”

Funding extra staff hours shouldn’t be a problem with the package, Horn said, as no additional staff will be needed.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any extra costs, and if there are, they will be very minimal,” Horn said.

Golf staff isn’t worried about additional wear and tear to either course, Horn said.

Early this year, the IVGID Board of Trustees approved a series of criteria for golf staff to follow regarding the Championship Golf Course Business Plan, of which the main goal is to increase rounds played the course.

One of the criteria approved was to reduce the number of Golf Club shotguns, which allows for a “grow in mode” for the golf course, a period of time when the course could receive heavy maintenance and grass seeding.

“(Wear and tear) won’t be a big issue,” Horn said. “We did 26,000 rounds (at the Championship Course) last year, and we have the capacity to go up to 29,000-plus and still be within the grow in mode.”

Anyone with further questions about the stimulus package should call (877) GO-VIEWS or visit http://www.golfincline.com.

People can take advantage of free golf as early as this weekend, as the

Mountain Golf Course is slated to open Friday, May 8.

“Personally, I’m ready for golf season and I’m guessing there are more

residents ready to golf,” Rodriguez said.

The course originally was slated to open Friday, May 15, but favorable

weather conditions and a fast snow melt bumped up the opening date,

Rodriguez said.


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