Golf Fairfax Celebrates Women with Drive at Inaugural Women & Golf Reception

Golf Fairfax rolled out the purple carpet for 175 women who joined us to grow and celebrate the game of golf at the inaugural Women & Golf Reception, held June 13, 2018 at Laurel Hill Golf Club.

Women of all playing levels, from seasoned pros to those who had never held a golf club, enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere filled with music, laughs, lessons, and new and old friends.

LH Women and Golf_180613_0168The day was designed to encourage and build confidence to “swing like a girl,” take a lesson, join a league, attend a social, sign up for a tournament and create a golf network, because while the number of golfers nationwide may be shrinking, the number of women golfers is growing. And women have the power and influence to continue to grow the game. Women are 38 percent more likely than men to introduce children and teens to a sport.

The event showcased the Fairfax County Park Authority’s seven unique golf facilities (Burke Lake Golf Center, Greendale Golf Course, Jefferson District Golf Course, Laurel Hill Golf Club, Oak Marr Golf Complex, Pinecrest Golf Course and Twin Lakes Golf Course) and their offerings to women and junior golfers, including women’s and junior leagues, socials, tournaments, camps, clinics and classes.

Guests connected and networked with representatives from seven courses, LPGA Women Who Play, Women on Course, Women’s Congressional Golf Association and The First Tee, who joined in to support the mission to create an inclusive, fun, social community for women, kids and teen golfers of all levels.

LH Women and Golf_180613_0133Complimentary clinics hosted by our LPGA, PGA and USGTF professionals at Pinecrest Golf Academy, Everybody Golf School, Greendale Golf, Eisman Golf Academy and Callaway, excited and invigorated the crowd with tips and tricks on putting, chipping, driving and Yoga for Golfers.

Guests enjoyed light fare and were inspired by keynote speaker Donna Hoffman, Founder of Women on Course, and recently named one of “Golf’s 22 Female Disruptors” by the LPGA Women’s Network for breaking the “grass” ceiling and changing the game of golf. She took us through her journey and how she came to create the “fastest growing golf community helping women feel comfortable and confident to participate in the golf lifestyle.”LH Women and Golf_180613_0354

Ladies walked away with a goody bag filled with golf supplies to get the ball rolling, awesome giveaways donated by our sponsors, newfound confidence, and as part of a growing network of women golfers.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association recently wrote: “You don’t have to search long to see that the landscape in golf is shifting.”

Shifting to female focused groups, initiatives, organizations and efforts dedicated to welcoming, developing, celebrating and encouraging women golfers.

We at Golf Fairfax want to embrace that shift to create a comfortable, inclusive environment, women-specific events, out of the tee box programs and socials to celebrate current, potential and new golfers and to grow and connect our own women’s golf network through fun interactive events.

We are pleased introduce our new webpage www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/women, a one-stop-shop for all things Women & Golf Fairfax.

We want to extend a huge thank you to all who helped to make the day a success including our golf courses, exhibitors and main sponsors, Dominion Wedding Entertainment, Callaway Golf, Teeoff.com and The National Golf Foundation. Look out for more Women & Golf Fairfax events coming to a course near you!

Author Roberta Korzen is the Fairfax County Park Authority Golf Marketing Specialist.

 

 

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About Fairfax County Park Authority

About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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