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posted: 7/18/2012 3:06 PM

Family-friendly tees come to Old Orchard Country Club

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Old Orchard Country Club is excited to announce that it now features the PGA Family Course which allows kids and families to enjoy the game more by playing from appropriate yardages based on ability.

The program, which was launched in a partnership with the PGA of America and U.S. Kids Golf, gives families the chance to play golf at Old Orchard Country Club in a non-intimidating environment.

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The PGA Family Course Program enables Old Orchard Country Club to turn the regulation golf course into a "short course" course experience through the use of PGA Family Tee Markers. The Family Course Tee Markers are set at yardages that allow golfers to reach greens in regulation, shoot lower scores, play in less time and most important, have fun.

"The traditional golf course setup is not conducive to families enjoying the game together, because most regulation golf holes are far too long for kids and beginners," said Dan Van Horn, founder and chief executive officer of U.S. Kids Golf. "We're delighted that Old Orchard Country Club has adopted the Family Course Program to make the golf experience more inviting for the whole family."

The introduction of shorter, family-friendly courses coincides with Play Golf America's Family Golf Month and Get Golf Ready initiatives, both of which are designed to make the transition into the game easy for golfers of all ages.

Old Orchard Country Club becomes one of more than 1,400 golf courses nationwide that have installed the PGA Family Course.

For information on Old Orchard Country Club visit, www.oldorchardcc.com or to learn more about the Family Course Program, visit www.uskidsgolf.com/FamilyCourse. Information on Play Golf America can be found at www.PlayGolfAmerica.com.

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