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Why Fort Lauderdale Country Club is Best for Women
It doesn’t take long to realize that Fort Lauderdale Country Club is unlike most places. There is an air of sophistication here—of poise—and not simply due to the fact that it operates in the recreational hospitality industry. From the moment you step through the towering wooden doors, you’re part of a family—you’re home. That was the overwhelming response from the women when asked what it was like to be a member at FLCC. Their responses echoed each other almost verbatim: It’s like coming home.
For Tamara Pope, a small-town farm girl from Ohio, golf just wasn’t something you grew up thinking about. She’d had no interest up until 20 years ago when her husband, Rick, retired and decided he wanted to take up golf and thought it would be something they could enjoy together. They’d heard about Fort Lauderdale Country Club from a fellow passenger on an airplane in 2004. They joined immediately upon their return to Florida. When Tamara’s husband passed away less than three years after joining FLCC, her new family embraced her. She recalls how surprised she was by the support and how many club members were in attendance at her husband’s funeral. “They took me under their wing,” she said. Instead of shying away from the game that her husband had turned her onto when he passed, Tamara embraced FLCC and golf as much as it had embraced her, playing an impressive 106 rounds of golf in 2017.
Beyond the welcoming family feel, the Fort Lauderdale Country Club amenities, particularly those catering to women, are outstanding. With two 18-hole championship golf courses, weekly throw-in games, and scheduled activities just for ladies, finding a tee time any day as a woman is never a problem. And while many golf courses offer limited opportunities for tee times for women, the ladies at FLCC are welcome and able to play anytime they want. Before joining FLCC, Pat Colbert, with a group of six women, visited all the golf clubs in Broward County. That’s a lot of bargaining power. At each of the clubs they visited, the women asked the same question of the golf professionals: “When is a good time for us to play?” And at each of the clubs, the answer was similar. The men played on Saturday and Sunday mornings, but select afternoons were okay. And the best time to golf at one club? “On Wednesday afternoons when the kids eat free.” Then, Pat says, the group came to Fort Lauderdale Country Club and asked Mark VanDyck, Director of Golf, the same question. His response was simple: “You can play anytime.”
Whether you’re just starting out like Cherie Marshall, who didn’t begin playing until age 69, or you’re an aspiring LPGA professional, Fort Lauderdale Country Club’s golfing facilities offer a variety of playability. You’d be hard-pressed to find a match anywhere in Broward. Just ask LPGA Tour Professional and 2016 Rio Olympian Paula Reto, who calls FLCC home when she’s not on the road. Reto commented on how the courses are always in great shape and the pace of play is good. She even finds time to play with the members and appreciates the challenge they give her in her off weeks and their friendly support when she’s on tour. “I’ll be out on tour and one of the guys will text me after a game saying, ‘Great match,’” Reto says.
Fort Lauderdale Country Club has the largest Women’s Golf Association in Broward County at more than 135 strong. The ladies of FLCC are active golfers and members of the community at large. Women comprise an impressive 27% of all rounds played by members of FLCC, and about one in three active golfers at FLCC are women. You’d endeavor not to see the women on the course any day of the week. Every Tuesday morning is Ladies’ Day, which typically sees nearly or upwards of 100 women on the courses. Where other clubs may have trouble engaging their ladies to participate in events, the women of FLCC are chomping at the bit. FLCC was well represented by a large team at the Broward Summer League this past year, winning for the third time (many clubs saw less than a dozen participants), and the Club hosts an annual ladies’ golf trip that sells out every year. This May, nearly 40 women are headed to Santa Fe for five days on an arranged golf trip.
Debbie Day says, “I’d have to stretch to find a drawback [of being a member at FLCC].” The Club provides a fun and competitive atmosphere for players of all levels. The women here don’t care how advanced your game play is. They just want to get to know you and have a good time. FLCC is a very social golf club. It’s easy to pick up a game. “You’ll get more out of it the more social you are. The more you join in at events, the more into the family you’ll be,” says Colbert. While the Club is home to some great players, for those that may just be starting out and may find the game a bit intimidating, don’t fret! There are activities for them, too, and Cherie Marshall confirms that there’s “never an awkward moment.” On Wednesdays, the ladies gather for the Nine & Wine. A 5:30pm scramble has the women out for nine holes of golf, followed by a happy hour to mix and mingle with dinner afterwards. Thursday mornings, the Nine Hole ladies gather for golf and lunch. The Nine Holers Association encourages women new to the game of golf to learn and have fun and meet new people without the pressure to impress, and the Women’s Golf Association hosts 18-hole rounds for newcomers and seasoned players alike.
If golf isn’t your thing or you’re looking to indulge in a well-rounded lifestyle, Fort Lauderdale Country Club also has an active social calendar with weekly card games, the opportunity to participate in charitable events, try your hand at bocce ball, or take part in any number of dining events.
Fort Lauderdale Country Club invites you to become a part of our family and welcomes you to your home away from home.
Fort Lauderdale Country Club Is The City’s Hidden Gem For Women Golfers
, Gold Coast's Fort Lauderdale Daily (January 19, 2018)
Fort Lauderdale, FL (November 14, 2017) – Press release from PGA
: An Evening of Honors - 2017 Annual Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner.
Fort Lauderdale Country Club to Host The First Tee of Broward Starting September 28, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 20, 2017) – Youth in Broward
County will soon be able to make a difference in their lives through the game
of golf! Beginning
Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Fort
Lauderdale Country Club will partner with The First Tee of Broward to
provide learning facilities and educational programs to students in greater
First Tee aims to help young people build character with Nine Core Values
(Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance,
Courtesy and Judgement) as well as Nine Healthy Habits (Energy, Play, Safety, Vision,
Mind, Family, Friends, School and Community) through the game of golf. This
after-school program will teach one value and habit each week for a total of
is the first time this program has been brought to Fort Lauderdale Country Club,”
said Angela Cohen, a Fort Lauderdale Country Club member and First Tee volunteer.
“We are so excited to offer a golf program that teaches leadership skills to
children in our community.”
program has been expanded to also include veterans, children with learning
disabilities and autism programs.
in 1997, The First Tee has 180 chapters worldwide. Each
chapter of The First Tee is an independent entity responsible for raising their
own operational funds; it is reliant upon charitable contributions to facilitate
and grow its programs. Fort
Lauderdale Country Club’s head pro, Mark VanDyck, will
be spearheading a charity tournament on December 9, 2017. The tournament, which
will be hosted by the Fort Lauderdale Country Club, will raise money for The
First Tee program.
approximately 30 charity golf tournaments per year, we strive year-round to
make a positive difference throughout the greater Fort Lauderdale community,”
said Michael O’Brien, General Manager of the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. “Golf
is a fun way to get children active and teach them important life skills.
are proud of our partnership with The First Tee and are confident that it will
have a positive impact on our area youth.”
learn more about The First Tee of Broward, please contact the Pro Shop at Fort
Lauderdale Country Club at (954) 587-8040. To learn more about the Fort
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