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Knollwood Fairways & Midlands Country Club Offers An Approachable Way to Play Golf

By Pamela Sosnowski

Everyone is welcome to play golf at Knollwood Fairways & Midland Country Club and for residents that live in the active adult community that abuts the course?Knollwood Village?all they have to do is walk out their back door.

All residents are members and we allow them to walk out their back door and start from their house," explains Dale Briggs, Director of Golf and a PGA instructor at the club. "All they do is call the golf shop to make sure the path is clear and off they go for 1 or 2 or 9 holes."

The 9-hole course can be played in most cases in an hour and a half, and is described as "friendly and challenging" on its website. Situated just minutes from the historic Village of Pinehurst, it features plush fairways, bent grass greens, and the right amount of obstacles for any age player and skill level. "We have very few bunkers and the course is mostly flat," says Briggs.

"All skill levels can enjoy our course. The small greens offer a challenge to the skilled player and the beginner is not intimidated by the degree of difficulty. The course requires accuracy more than power." And while it's been designed to encourage walking, carts are available for an extra fee for those players that need them.

Knollwood also offers the largest practice area in Moore county, an all-grass (no mats) driving, chipping, and putting range that is open daily from 8 AM until dusk. A pro shop on the premises specializes in the latest golfing equipment from quality brands including PING and Wilson Staff.

Briggs and three other professional staff members are available to teach golf lessons, whether one is holding a club for the first time or is a seasoned pro that could use some fine-tuning with their game. The affordable lessons may be taken privately, or as a group including Meetup events and corporate outings.

Briggs says the club can accommodate group lessons and players' needs. Lessons for junior players (golfers still attending school) are available at a reduced rate and run a half-hour long. Each summer the club also hosts a three-day long junior golf camp to introduce budding players to the game or help them work on their swing.

Knollwood has also developed a reputation for its club fitting services and was recognized in 2010 as PING Golf's National Club Fitter of the Year. They do this using the Full Ping Fitting System with FlightScope Launch Monitor technology which analyzes a golfer's swing speed, ball speed, ball spin RPMs, launch angle and more. The data helps them determine which clubs will work best for each player, enabling them to achieve their best score on the course.

With its features and friendly atmosphere, the course is attractive to players of all levels, says Briggs. "The expert is challenged by the need for accuracy and the beginner can find success in the fact that the few bunkers on the course and the accessible length works in their favor," he says. "What makes us attractive is our welcoming atmosphere. We are visible and open for all."

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