Aspen girls take a swing at LPGA Girls Golf Club

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Girls are taking a swing at the game of golf, courtesy of a program at the Aspen Golf Club.

The LPGA Girls Golf Club, run in unison with Aspen Junior Golf, offers complete golf instruction to girls ages 7-14 at the Aspen municipal course along Highway 82.

“It’s an environment for young girls only,” said LPGA teaching pro Dede Cusimano of the Aspen Golf Club. “This program is all about the girls — teaching them golf, teaching them the game of golf and it’s also about the camaraderie.”

Cusimano, a decorated instructor with 20 years of experience, said there are junior golf opportunities.

But they can be intimidating for young girls, she said.

“This is just playing golf with the girls,” Cusimano said of the program that runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Aspen Golf Club.

She said the players have a chance to learn the various swings.

“They learn the clubs … the learn to play on the golf course,” Cusimano said, adding that golf etiquette is part of the teaching curriculum.

“We make it as much fun as we can while they’re learning to play golf,” said Cusimano, the 2013 LPGA Western Section Teacher of the Year.

She said additional information on the girls golf program is available online at


Cusimano said the introductory program for adults golfers will start next week at the Aspen Golf Club.

The Golf Academy at the Aspen Golf Club will offer the “Get Golf Ready” comprehensive program for beginners.

The program runs on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Cost is $125 to learn to play golf.

“We’ll stress the fundamentals of all of the swings,” Cusimano said. By the end of the program, the students will play a round on the course.

“This can take the pressure off,” she said, and you can go and join a golf outing.

For more on “Get Golf Ready,” contact the Aspen Golf Club at 970-429-1949.


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