The popular 27-hole track in Chuckey wanted to expand their reach to female golfers in particular, according to Fred Stewart, the proprietor. So, he went out and recruited Vicki McClurg, who most recently was at Elizabethton. Vicki relishes teaching the most of all the varied duties PGA members have at their course. She is not particular either; she does men, women, juniors, groups, clinics and playing lessons. Fred wants her to liven up the ladies’ side of his course, and to that end Vicki will be getting the Ladies Association going with at least two leagues, one a 9-hole event. And to get couples playing together, she also plans to start a couple’s event with play either weekly or bi-weekly.
Vicki has been teaching since 1980 and has also held all the other assignments from assistant pro to head pro. She definitely knows her way around a golf course. Her approach to teaching is quite simple. She concentrates on fundamentals. Her philosophy is don’t change just for change sake. If it is not needed, don’t do it. And NO band aids. Fix whatever the problem is and get it worked in. That is how her students get better. She prefers them to self-describe their problem then let her do her thing and accomplish something. Vicki says there is a good – or at least better – golfer in all of us. She takes great pleasure in bringing that person out!
Graysburg Hills is a nice place to do that. The three nines are different, and they present different challenges. Designed by Rees Jones, all are fun to play yet can be quite challenging at times. It is a public golf course with reasonable rates. $40 on weekends, $35 during the week with discounts for ladies and seniors. My first time there I got paired up with three fellows about my age and we ended up having a wonderful time. I am sure you will too, so give Fred a call and schedule your tee time. Their number is 423-234-8061.