Forest Highlands Golf Club

2013 GRAA Top 50 Golf Range / Private Facilities

Forest Highlands Golf Club

Matt Bailey, PGA Director of Golf

2425 William Palmer

Flagstaff, AZ 86005


Facility Amenities:

  • Grass Tees (Canyon 1, Meadow 4, total 5- heated stations 50)
  • Accurate Yardage Measurements on Tees to Targets
  • Short Game Practice Area
  • Grass Putting Green

Additional Amenities:

  • Pro Shop (800 Sq. Ft. Canyon, 1200 Sq. Ft. Meadow)
  • Ball Flight Monitor

Type of Range Targets:

  • Flags
  • Bunkers
  • Built-up Greens

Instruction provided.

Number of PGA Professional Instructors: 9

Number of LPGA Professional Instructors: 1

Clubfitting services provided.

Total number of visits to range per year: 33,000

Number of range balls dispensed on range per year: 3,000,000

Number of range balls in inventory: 38,800

New balls are acquired: Once a year

A list of technologies used in instruction: Ball Flight Monitor

Best range promotion: This past season we did several clinics, lessons and junior programs. We held a weekly women’s and men’s clinic which touched on a different facet of the game. These clinics averaged 5
students per class. We promoted the clinics in our calendar of events, newsletter and weekly emails. We also held a Ladies 3-holer mini-clinic. This clinic was established for our beginning lady members, giving them a
chance to learn the basics of golf on the range and then taking these skills on the course for 3 to 9 holes. This clinic also gave the ladies an opportunity to meet other golfers of like ability. This clinic averaged about 4 players per week and was also advertised in the calendar of events, newsletter and weekly emails. The junior program started with our Junior Golf Academy. This was a new program that was designed to help juniors of
all ages. We used instructional booklets from the US KIDS Golf Instructional Program to serve as a guide for juniors to learn to play golf along with instruction from our PGA staff. The three levels in the booklet offered the basic fundamentals and target scores from the appropriate Forest Highland Family Tees required to move to the next level. Junior Golf Days are clinics designed for juniors between the ages of 6-17. The weekly two hour instruction focused on fundamentals of the swing and rules of the game. Each clinic consisted of 60 minutes of instruction followed by on course play or a skills competition on the range. Junior advancement clinics was designed for juniors who were playing competitive golf or serious players looking to improve their game. These 5 clinics were two hours in length and worked on the range and on course management. We held two week long golf camps and an advanced junior camp. These camps focused on all facets of the game in a
fun filled environment. Another clinic we held was Golf 101 for new players. This clinic was for members interested in learning the basics of golf. We took the players on a comprehensive tour of the golf facilities, showing them the bag drop, golf shop, locker rooms, how to book a tee time, golf course and the basic fundamentals of the golf swing, along with explaining policies of the club and the rules and etiquette of golf.

Special programs: As part of Forest Highlands way to give back to the community, in the spring before the golf course opens, the golf staff conducted a golf clinic for a local elementary school. We brought our SNAG golf equipment to be used in the gymnasium during the 2.5 hour clinic. We taught them the fundamentals of the golf swing the first four weeks of the five week program. The final day was a field trip to our golf course for a clinic on the range, putting green and chipping green. This was the first time several of these kids had held a real golf club and hit a real golf ball. We team up with The First Tee of Phoenix, who provided the equipment and local golf professionals from our area to help with instruction. We get hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages donated for the lunch which is provided to the kids after the clinic. The 100 students weren’t only given golf lessons but were given an life lessons through the game of golf by The First Tee of Phoenix.