THE CLUB AT FLYING HORSE AND COLORADO GOLF PROFESSIONAL, GARRETT FROGGATTE, JOIN NETWORK OF GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS
Garrett Froggatte, the Head Teaching Professional at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs, Co., has been named a lead coach for Golf Channel Academy.
Froggatte, an accomplished player and coach who played alongside 2016 PGA champion Jimmy Walker at Baylor University, is the most recent addition to Golf Channel Academy (GCA), a dedicated network of teaching facilities operating with the active support of Golf Channel, the game’s leading global multimedia and golf entertainment source.
“I’m very excited to be among this group of highly successful, motivated and influential teachers,” said Froggatte, who has been at Flying Horse since 2008 and has since grown the junior and women’s golf programs many times over. “This is a great opportunity for golf coaches to work together and learn from one another, adopting best coaching practices to better serve their students. My goal is to help clients learn to play better and enjoy playing golf more.”
From the desk of Phil Smith, Golf Course Designer
Growing up in the central plains of Kansas can have its advantages.
While Hutchinson, Kansas may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of the ideal place to learn the trade of golf course architecture, it had a huge influence on my career.
I had the greatest job any youngster could have. Working summers on the maintenance crew at Prairie Dunes Country Club gave this curious kid a great chance to experience what many of us know as one of the truly great golf course designs of modern time. I remember hearing a story of Perry Maxwell’s famous quote after first walking the raw site that consisted of majestic sand dunes making up the hallowed grounds of Prairie Dunes. He said, “Today, I found 118 great golf holes, my job is simply to eliminate 100 of them.”
I’ve kept that famous phrase in the back of my mind over the last 35+ years as I’ve traveled the world looking at nearly 100 sites with my mentors Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Never have I been able to find a site that reflects those words as succinctly as I did in 2012.
In my opinion, Flying Horse North sits squarely on such a site. Rarely, do we as golf course architects find a combination of scenic distant mountain views, majestic trees, open prairies, undulating terrain, natural drainage-ways and rock outcroppings. It became paramount in my mind that above all, the land would need to dictate the flow and strategy of each hole.
In 2012 I began visiting the site dozens of times to be certain each hole at Flying Horse North was placed properly. Jeff Smith, Doug Stimple, Fredo Killing and Dan Hawkins have been by my side every step of the way, ensuring each hole’s proper placement in the overall Master Plan. Above all, the vision of Flying Horse North is that each golf hole will appear as though it always existed… all we did was clear a few trees and grass the fairways. Simply put, the purest form of golf should pit player versus nature. No more … no less.
Today, we see the fruits of our labor. Construction of the golf course is running smoothly. Most of the holes are shaped, and we can now see the flow of the golf course. I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress of the design.
The course will stretch over 7,150 yards from the tips as a traditional par 72. The fairways meander through the natural contours and the greens are merely an extension of each fairway. The bunkers will have an informal naturalistic form that enhances the natural look of the site. Grassing will begin the spring of 2018 with the final completion and grow-in projected for the summer of 2019.
I hope you have the opportunity to come witness the progress and maybe you’ll even be able to find some of the 100 holes that got away!
-Phil Smith, Phil Smith Design
About Phil Smith Design
After 10 years designing with Jack Nicklaus and 14 years working as Tom Weiskopf’s exclusive architect, Phil’s design career has been shaped by two of the top names in golf. Drawing inspiration from these two great legends, Phil has had the opportunity to absorb a lifetime’s worth of knowledge while contributing to some of today’s premier golf course developments. Phil’s philosophy of design has been shaped by the traditional values of golf. Whether designing a new 18 hole course, updating existing features, or restoring a historical classic, Phil’s 25 years of experience designing many of the world’s top golf courses has given him the skill set to meet the real challenges associated with any new golf course design or restoration project.
To learn more about Phil Smith, visit www.philsmithdesign.net. Click here to view his portfolio.
Looking to make your 2018 golf game better than ever?
Consider fall/ winter training (October-April) with our golf professionals at The Club at Flying Horse to have some fun and improve your game.
We have new tools such as an indoor putting green, state of the art MEGSA swing shaping machine, and dynamic putting training aids.
With our one-of-a-kind Learning Center, we have the ability to train regardless of weather in our heated hitting bays. Coming soon... an uneven lie practice aid!
What do I need to do to be a lot better when the next golf season gets here?
1. Find a motivating reason of why you want to be better – goals, events, fun
2. Take lessons to learn the how
3. Create a plan of improvement with professional help
4. Make a habit of showing up at the practice area
Here are a few lesson options:
No Embarrassment Golf School- Winter Group Lessons: (Group size limited to 4)
Saturdays at 11:00-12:00 (5 week sessions)
Session 1: November 4,11,18,25 Dec 2
Session 2: January 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10
Session 3: February 17, 24 March 3, 10, 17
Cost: $175 Non-member: $195
5 Lessons (2 People): Special Rate
All 5 Lessons must be used by March 31st, 2018
Per person rate (must have 2 people)
Adult: $262.50 Non-Member: $275
Junior: $212.50 Non-Member: $225
5 Lessons (1 Person): Private 1 on 1 lessons
All 5 Lessons must be used by March 31st, 2018
Adult: $425 Non-Member: $450
Junior: $325 Non-Member: $350
A dynamic combination I observed this summer was watching people take private lessons AND group lessons. The private lessons served as a way to hone the swing, the group lessons provided an avenue to cover each area of the game.
Not a member? Not a problem! The Club at Flying Horse offers golf instruction for members and non-members, alike.
For questions or to sign up call or text Garrett at 719-201-0240 or email him at email@example.com. If you're looking for information about Group Clinics, please visit The Club at Flying Horse Golf Instruction page for featured group clinics.
Introducing Flying Horse North. Just north of Flying Horse, you will soon find a luxury golf course community nestled in the trees of Northern Colorado Springs located between Black Forest Road and Highway 83 just south of Hodgen Road. Upon completion, Flying Horse North will feature 283 luxurious custom & semi-custom homesites, a stylish clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect, Phil Smith. The clubhouse and golf course will be managed by The Club at Flying Horse. Development plans also call for a park and open spaces. Flying Horse North offers the rare opportunity to enjoy golf course living on large acreage (minimum of 2.5 acres) homesites with homes built by the area’s most respected homebuilders. Homesite sales are expected to begin early September, with construction beginning in 2018. Lot sales are managed and marketed by Flying Horse Realty. Golf course construction is underway with plans to open for play in 2019. To learn more about Club Membership opportunities, please contact Jennifer Weis at 719-494-1222.
This one-of-a-kind community is in the early phases of development. We invite you to be among the first to learn about development plans, golf course & clubhouse updates, membership opportunities and lot releases. Members of our interest list will receive information in advance of the general public. There are several ways to join the interest list:
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There's Still Time To Enjoy Our Swing Into Spring Golf Lesson Package!
The Golf Season is just getting started and it's time to dust off those clubs and swing into action. The Club at Flying Horse has a golf lesson package that is designed to help you do just that! The package includes five 1-hour sessions that focus on your swing, short game, and play on course. Bring a friend for just $20! Lessons must be used by May 31, 2017 -- so don't delay!
Drop Garret an email to learn more.
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The Club at Flying Horse Recognized for Environmental Excellence
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Club at Flying Horse has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.
Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
"The Club at Flying Horse has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
The Club at Flying Horse is one of 44 courses in Colorado and 892 courses in the world to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2013. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.
This year the recertification process, coordinated by Devin Mergl, 2nd Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Joe McCleary, President of the Colorado Golf Association, was given a tour of the course and sent his observations to Audubon International. “The Club at Flying Horse’s commitment to the environment enhances the lives of wildlife, golfers and everyone that spends time on the property,” McCleary reported.
“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Donadio. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”
About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.
For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, 1-844-767-9051, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.
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Discovery Canyon Thunder claims the Class 4A boys state golf championship! This is the first state title in school history for Discovery Canyon Campus (DCC)! The epic win took place in Carbondale at River Valley Ranch Golf Club with a final score of +6 (438). Discovery Canyon's Luke Trujillo won the individual title in a playoff over Jackson Solem of Silver Creek. Trujillo's final score was -4. The DCC team, coached by Club Member, Mark Liggett has had a great season, including wins in the Spartan Invite and the Cheyenne Mountain Invite. The state championship has been a goal for Liggett and the team. A goal that was achieved with well deserved recognition. Congratulations Thunder! The entire team at Flying Horse is proud of you all! To learn more about DCC's Thunder and their new state championship, visit https://chsaanow.com/2016-09-27/discovery-canyons-luke-trujillo-wins-playoff-win-4a-boys-state-golf-title
This is Ozzie, he will be 12 years old in July. He vigilantly keeps the golf course safe by chasing geese, coyotes & squirrels. In his free time he enjoys attempting to catch squirrels (no success so far), hiking at the Monument Work Center and swimming in a spring fed pond halfway through his hike. In his younger days he loved to go mountain biking with his dad, Dan Hawkins, he still loves to do that but just at a bit slower pace! He loves being pet and is super friendly, so feel free to say hello!
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The results of Colorado Avid Golfer's 2016 CAGGY Awards, presented by Gentleman Jack, for the Best of Colorado Golf was determined by a record 3,862 online votes. We are pleased to share that The Club at Flying Horse was recognized in several categories!
Best Southern Private Club – Reader’s Choice
Second place, Best Overall experience – Colorado Avid Golfer Staff Pick
Best for families – Colorado Avid Golfer Staff Pick
Most Underrated Club – Colorado Avid Golfer Staff Pick
Best Locker Room – Colorado Avid Golfer Staff Pick
Best Clubhouse – Colorado Avid Golfer Staff Pick
Best food – Colorado Avid Golfer Staff Pick
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A few words of winter wisdom from the Golf staff...
The Flying Horse Golf Shop would like to remind everyone who is playing or using the range during the winter months to please check-in with the golf shop before they play or practice in order to receive daily news about the course. (Plus… your golf staff misses seeing you during the off season.)
As always, please contact the Golf staff with any questions you have about the course, golf shop or golf instruction. It's never to early (or too late) to improve your game.
Golf Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
The golf course is open with the use of temporary greens whenever the snow coverage allows. The golf course is closed on days when snow build-up or new snow accumulation does not allow for play, please contact the golf shop for updated course info.
Outdoor Driving Range Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
The outdoor driving range is open with the use of mats Tuesday through Sunday. The outdoor range will be available on all days including days in which the range is covered in snow until the point in which only three den caddies of balls remain or the point in which the driving range tee is more than 75% covered in snow; at this point the learning center will be available to hit balls into nets.
Learning Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
The learning center is available to hit balls Tuesday through Sunday. The doors to the learning center may be opened and balls may be hit from indoors to outdoors on all days regardless of snow coverage. Balls may be hit onto the outdoor range until the point in which only three den caddies remain; at this point the learning center will be available to hit balls into nets only. The reason for this is so that we do not run out of balls before the next time we are able to retrieve them.
For more information about winter golf opportunities at Flying Horse, please contact the Golf Shop at 719-487-2620 or email email@example.com.