Golf for Newbies Part 4 of 4

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Question: Is there a dress code?

Answer: No, there’s no specific “code” like a private course will have. Just be sure your clothes give you ‘room to move’ as you swing the club. You will want to wear comfortable soft-soled shoes (like tennis shoes) if you don’t have golf shoes. The newer golf shoes look and feel a lot like tennis shoes, but have different soles that give you better traction.

Question: Is everyone welcome to play?

Answer: Yes. There are different rates for playing 9 or 18 holes on the Arcade Creek course as well as rates to play 18 holes on the Championship Alister MacKenzie course. There are special discounted rates for ‘seniors’ and ‘juniors’ as well. Be sure to ask about the City Play Card that provides discounted rates at all the City golf courses – Haggin Oaks, Bing Maloney, Bartley Cavanaugh, and William Land Park. At Haggin Oaks, we have specialized handicap equipment.

Question: Can I try out clubs?

Answer: Yes … the staff in the Super Shop will help you select clubs to “try” on the driving range at no cost. By leaving your drivers’ license with them to secure the return of the clubs, they will give you a bucket of range balls so you can get the feeling of hitting different clubs. Note: Last clubs to go out to demo is 45 minutes prior to the Super Shop closing!

Question: I have clubs but how do I get balls at the driving range?

Answer: The golf ball dispenser machine is located near the center of the driving range bays – behind the Super Shop and near the food truck. We accept only credit/debit cards and you can select the number of balls you will need before going to one of the hitting bays.

Frequent User Bonus Card Program is designed for repeat customers, The Frequent User Discount Card is the best value in the Sacramento Area.

15% Bonus Program — Any purchase of $100.00 you will receive a 15% bonus. (Receive a $115 Bonus Card)

20% Bonus Program — Any purchase of $250.00 you will receive a 20% bonus. (Receive a $300 Bonus Card)

25% Bonus Program — Any purchase of $500.00 you will receive a 25% bonus. (Receive a $625 Bonus Card)

Question: How do I get on the course? Do I have to make a tee time?

Answer: Making a tee time is always the best thing to do. If you come to the course and “hope” to play without a tee time, you might be disappointed because there may be no openings or a big tournament might be going on. You can set a tee time on our website at or call the Pro Shop at (916) 808-2525. But if you’re here already, just stop in and ask at the desk. Our staff is always ready to help you.

You might want to start with 9 holes on the Arcade Creek course if you’re a newer golfer – it’s a lot easier than MacKenzie and is a great “teaching and learning” course. There are five sets of tee boxes so you can start closer at the “forward” tees to make your first few rounds a little easier. You don’t need to play from the furthest set of tees.

Question: What’s at the back of the driving range?

Answer: There is a road that runs along the side of the driving range that takes you to more hitting bays and the Academy Holes. These three “real” golf holes have tee boxes, fairways, sand traps, and greens. They are the perfect way to practice without being on a golf course and are available to rent through the concierge desk in the Super Shop.

You will be given a token for range balls that are included in the cost for the Academy Hole. You can also call (916) 808-2531 to reserve one of the three holes. Many of the clinics and classes use these Academy Holes as well as our teaching professionals.

Question: Is it safe to play golf during Covid?

Answer: Actually golf is nearly the only sport that has been allowed to continue basically uninterrupted since March 2020 because we are able to play with our own clubs (without sharing) and are able to maintain the six-foot distancing policy on the course.

The flag was left in the hole and not handled and rakes were removed from the sand traps. We are very careful to comply with the 6’ separation inside the facility and are able to remove masks when we’re outside. You are able to walk or take a riding cart as a single or share one with a family member. Safety is a priority for our staff and our customers!

And that concludes our Newbie Series, if you missed parts 1-3 check them out on our blog site

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