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86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The Woodlawn Golf Course is holding golf classes instructed by Bruce Loome, a Woodlawn golf pro and a member of the British PGA.
The course staff ensures the lessons are fast, fun and affordable for aspiring golfers who have little to no experience.
“(The classes are held) at Woodlawn Golf Course, Ramstein, both on the course and on the driving range. There is a private teaching area that I use for the instruction,” Loome said. “We begin with putting, chipping, pitching then full swing. This method of teaching is called backward chaining; it’s very good for the learning of any skill.”
From April to October on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Loome offers 90-minute lessons to those interested in learning more about golf, with equipment provided to students. These classes are used to bring adults together who have an interest in golf, focus on teaching basic skills and provide information on the rules of golf.
“It’s a really fun, stress-free environment,” said golf student Lynne Wilson. “The instructor makes it a fun learning environment.”
Many great players have needed a little help on their journey to becoming professionals.
“I started playing at an early age but could never afford private lessons when I started unfortunately. I began taking lessons as a teenager and although this sport can be very frustrating during the learning phase, I was determined to succeed and continued with the coaching for many years,” Loome said. “I am proud to have achieved what I have to date.”
Training with a professional can help a beginner advance very quickly, but sharing that love of the game with others is what Loome said he really enjoys.
“(Golf) is a wonderful sport. It will take a lifetime to master, but it is played in some lovely surroundings, you meet many different people all with a love for the game,” Loome said.
For more information on the classes offered, call 06371-47-6240, 480-6240 or visit www.ramsteingolf.com.