Just for the ladies

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Leaving the men behind, over 100 women headed out to the Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills in Westminster for Ladies Night Out sponsored by Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District and the Colorado Women’s Golf Association.

The evening on July 11 featured lots of golf and lot of fun for the ladies.

“Ladies Night out is a time for women to meet other women who play golf,” said Lorna Vallad, a volunteer with the Colorado Women’s Golf Association. “There’s no pressure at all and for women who are trying to get back into golf, this is a great place to start.”

This is the second year Hyland Hills has partnered with CWGA for Ladies Night Out.  Director of golf Allen Brown said the mutual relationship between CWGA and the Hyland Hills golf courses is focused on growing the game of golf and making the sport accessible to all women interested in playing.

During each Ladies Nigh Out event, Brown said CWGA staff provides etiquette and rule training for beginners to help ease the intimidation factors that can sometimes come with golf, a tough game to master at the beginning. Golf pros are also available before and during the event to give golf instruction and tips, Brown added.

“The women have two courses all to themselves, so there is nobody breathing down their necks,” he said. “The beginners can learn the game of golf in a relaxed environment, taking their time. You won’t find this kind of environment on a Saturday morning.

Any Ladies Night Out wouldn’t be complete without some specialized beverages. Julia Stoumbaugh, concessions lead at the Greg Mastriona Golf Courses, said she offers drinks just for the ladies, keeping the calories down without lacking in flavor.

“I offer two drinks using Little Black Dress Vodka, which is only 90 calories per shot. They are delicious and the women really love them,” she said. “I even break out the pink cups for the ladies and one thing is for sure, during the Ladies Night Out events I sell the most wine than any other night.”

Although some women are there to practice a serious golf game, many come to the Ladies Night Out to get away and spend some quality time with friends and family. Vallad said the serious golfers play on the more difficult course, while the beginners play on the easier course allowing them to take their time playing golf while enjoying time together.

“The Ladies Night Out events are really just a time for women to get together and have some fun while playing golf,” she said. “It’s open to all levels of golfers, which is great. And the courses at Hyland Hills are great for women because some are shorter giving the beginners a good place to start.”

Following the nine-hole round of golf, the women enjoyed a free drink and light appetizers at Ciancio’s Restaurant in the club house.

Future Ladies Night Out events at the Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills are July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 29, Sept. 19 and Sept. 26. Cost is $25 per player. Registration is required and as a popular event, the early registration is suggested. For more information or to register, call 303-428-6526 or call 303 426-4653 or visit www.golfhylandhills.com.