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NEWS | Nov. 18, 2013

Services spotlight: 'Tee off' at JBLE

By Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Traditionally hailed as a "gentleman's game," golf is sometimes viewed as an elitist sport. However, anyone in the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community can try their swing on the greens at two world-class golf courses on Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis.

The Pines Golf Course offers both new and experienced golfers a chance to experience 27 holes that highlight the natural beauty of Fort Eustis, while Eaglewood Golf Course at Langley provides players the opportunity to test their skills on an 18-hole facility designed by golf-legend Arnold Palmer and award-winning golf course-architect Lester George.

"Both courses offer a challenge for golfers at any skill level," said Andy Weissinger, manager of both courses. "They provide players some of the best championship golf on the peninsula."

The Pines Golf Course

In 2011, The Pines underwent a major renovation to make it compliant with U.S. Golf Association standards. Today, the course offers players completely reseeded holes, as well as a 400-yard driving range, chipping green, practice bunker and putting green, with a view of the Warwick River and affordable membership packages, said Weissinger.

"The prices for membership are based on rank," Weissinger said. "Players can select a package that fits their needs, without worrying about paying a lot of money."

At The Pines, membership is divided into three levels: gold, silver and bronze. Golfers can choose whatever package best suits their individual or family play needs.

In addition to membership packages, The Pines hosts various player-development options for individuals wanting to improve their game, or for those learning to play for the first time. From private golf lessons to clinics and even a junior golf academy, The Pines has worked to ensure golfers at any skill level have an opportunity to improve.

"Golf shouldn't be a frustrating game," Weissinger said. "We want people to learn at a pace where they are comfortable."

For players looking to test their skills, The Pines offers various tournament packages that give golfers a chance to challenge other players. All packages include 18 holes, range balls and prizes. Certain tournament packages offer catering by Reggie's Bar & Grill, the on-course eatery that also allows golfers a place to stop in and grab something to eat before or after their game.

If standard tournaments don't appeal to more athletic players, Weissinger said The Pines has found a way to combine physical training with golf. In a fast-paced form of team golf, players take on nine holes while running the course and competing against other teams. The goal of PT Golf is to hit the shot, then have the entire team run past the flag on the green. The team with the lowest combined score and time total is the winner.

All these features are present on one of the most impeccable golf courses in the region, Weissinger said.

"The Pines offers players the same kind of experience they would get a high-end country club, without paying high-end prices," Weissinger said. "It's a great way for the entire family to get out and have some fun."

Eaglewood Golf Course

When Hurricane Isabel struck Langley in 2003, several structures were damaged or completely destroyed - including Eaglewood. After the storm passed, Palmer and George partnered with the base to completely redesign and rebuild what had been one of the U.S. Air Force's premier golf courses. It reopened in 2008.

Today, the course boasts a 24-hour driving range, pitching, chipping, putting and practice greens, as well as a frequent player card program.

"Everyone who pays a daily rate to play receives a frequent player card," Weissinger said. "Get it punched each time you play, and after 10 rounds the next one is free."

For players looking to enjoy the benefits of membership, Weissinger said Eaglewood offers a three-tier program that calculates rates based on rank.

"We want to encourage both new and experienced players to come out to Eaglewood," Weissinger said. "If you golf regularly, you actually save money by becoming a member."

While membership does have its perks, Service members ranked E-1 to E-4 can always enjoy free club rentals from the fully-stocked pro shop. Players can choose to take part in the Get Golf Ready program, a series of sessions focused on learning the basics of golf and applying those skills on the course. The program is $99 per person, and includes five sessions in a group setting and instruction from a certified Professional Golfer's Association of America trainer.

"The GGR course offered at Eaglewood is held in a friendly and casual setting," Weissinger said. "Classes are small and limited to six people to ensure players are getting the most from their instruction."

As new players learn the finer points of the game, more experienced golfers can take part in one of the tournaments held at Eaglewood. Golfers can test themselves against a course that hosted the 2010 Air Force and Armed Forces Championship. Packages vary based on amenities offered; however both include 18 holes of golf, range balls and a cart.

"We offer tournaments year round," Weissinger said. "Golfers are fortunate to live in an area that allows them to play throughout the year."

After the tournament ends, players can relax at The Game Time Sports Grill, conveniently located next to the pro shop.

While both The Pines and Eaglewood offer several options and amenities for golfers of any skill level, Weissinger said the true value lies with the professional and courteous staff who work to provide each player with an individual and memorable experience.

"The staff members at both courses are some of the best in the area," said Weissinger. "They really make the overall experience incredibly enjoyable, all year round."

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