Thursday, August 11, 2016


The Best Amateur Golfers Set Their Sights On The Villa Roma

    Knowing Villa Roma P.G.A. Golf Professional Matt Kleiner we are sure that he has the new pin placements all set up for the start today of the 35th Annual Sullivan County Democrat two-man, better ball golf tournament.
    The course as always is in excellent condition and Matt has noted in previous years that he tends to evenly distribute pin placements making some easy and others more difficult for this premier tournament that showcases the talents of the area's finest amateur golfers.  
  Built in the late 1980's and opened for play in 1988, the course features some of the best fairways and greens in the region and has been called by Golf Digest "A Little Slice of Heaven."
  This par 71 course has a total yardage of 6,458 from the black tees and most golfing experts agree it is a perfect challenge for the expert. The front nine total 3,183 yards and the back nice totals 3,275 yards. From the blue tees its 3,000 yards on the front nine and 3,034 on the back nine.
  The fairways, greens and tee boxes are ready for this outstanding tournament.
  The course was built by David Postlevaite.
  Kleiner has been the  PGA Golf Professional at the Villa since 1986 while the course was still under construction.
  The front nine of this course is very generous off the tee, but the greens must be read properly with their undulations. The front nine features two part 5's, three par 3's and four par 4's.
  Our previous golf outings at this fabulous golf facility gives some insight on how the 18-holes should be played.
  Hole No. 1 is a 365-yard par 4 which requires a straight drive off the tee and it's better to stay left center as the fairway slopes left to right. The key for a par here is club selection on your second shot.
  Hole No. 2 is a 213-yard par 3 with the fairway sloping downhill. A trap is to the right of this green and an accurate tee shot will determine the par here.Don't stray right here. 
   Hole No. 3 is a 533-yard par 5. Most of the fairway runs uphill and best to keep your tee shot in the center of this fairway. The green has undulations  and staying out of trouble here will get you your par.
  Hole No. 4 is a 408-yard par 4 downhill with a slight dogleg to the right. A good drive here and an accurate  pitch shot has you seriously looking at a birdie. The green slopes left to right .There is a deep bunker at the right front section of this green and a trap on the left side. A nice golf hole.
  Hole No. 5 is a 395-yard par 4. Keep it straight here and in the middle of the fairway. The second half of the fairway slopes slightly downhill. Good shot making will produce opportunities for a par or less here.
  Hole No. 6 is a 400-yard par 4, pretty much a straight shot. Traps are on the left and right front of this green.
  Hole No. 7 is a 171-yard par 3, the shortest hole on the front nine, There is a trap on the left side of the green but your club selection is important in recording your par,  Hole No. 8 is a 495-yard par 5 and is the most interesting hole on the front nine, Keep your ball right center as this hole plays a slight dogleg right, The important decision on the second shot is to succeed with a long iron or good fairway wood and go for the green or lay-up with the second shot somewhere about 10 to 20 feet from the pong and marsh area, The green has traps on the right and left sides of this green. An excellent golf  hole.
  Hole No. 9 is a 203-yard par 3 with traps on the left side and right front of this green. An accurate tee shot gets you your par.
  Hole No. 10 is a 385-yard par 4 with a tree lined fairway that opens up after the tee shot. The fairway slopes downhill and the key shot here is off the tee slightly off center to the left side of the fairway. There is water some 20 to 30 yards in front of the green and a trap on the left side of the green. A good wedge shot puts you in play for a birdie or par....a real nice golf hole for the start of the back nine.
  Hole No. 11 is a 545-yard par 5, the longest hole on this course. It takes a good tee shot to keep you away from the marsh wet area located center-right off the tee.Keep the tee shot center or left center in the fairway which slopes right to left. Keep it straight and this long hole rewards you with a par.
  Hole No. 12 is a 357-yard par 4 with a dogleg left and the fairway running uphill to an elevated green. Keep your tee shot left center for a good second shot to the green. A trap is located on the right side of the green.
  Hole No. 13 is a 174-yard par 3 which requires accuracy and good club selection. The tee is elevated high above the green so it is an all downhill shot. Traps are left and right of the green. Your tee shot will determine your birdie or par.
  Hole No. 14 is a 322-yard par 4 with the first part of the fairway sloping downhill and a pond confronting golfers off the tee. Keep your tee shot firm and to the left center of the fairway to avoid a fairway trap on the right. The second half of the fairway slopes uphill to the green which has a trap on the right front section.
  Hole No. 15 is a 513-yard par 5 with a dogleg right. Traps are on the left and right side of the green.
  Hole No. 16 is a 430-yard par 4 with an open fairway. Best play here is to the left side of the fairway. There is a trap on the right front section of the green....a nice par 4 here is reachable for many.
  Hole No. 17 is a 180-yard par 3 and the tee shot must go over a large pond. Take the water out of play and select the right club for putting the ball in the center of the green and you will have your birdie or par.
  Hole No. 18 is a 435-yard par 4 and some decision making is in order for the tee shot. The fairway runs slightly with a dogleg right and there is a pond about 195-yards off the tee. It's about a 240-yard long tee shot to clear the pond so many golfers prefer to lay up in front of the pond. A nicely hit fairway shot from in front of the pond puts you in a good position for the par 5. There are traps left and right of the green. The right decisions here make this an outstanding golf hole for scoring.

  Ed's Outlook

  Featuring this week the site of the 35th Sullivan County Democrat two-man better ball tournament we went right to P.G.A. Professional Matt Kleiner for his opinion on what are the two toughest holes on the Villa Roma course.
 Kleiner noted "the toughest par 3 is our 17th hole with water to carry and huge rocks on either side so hitting the green is not easy."
 The Villia Roma P.G.A. Professional also said, "the par 5 third hole seems to be the toughest of the rest due to its length and playing uphill the whole way, " and "having the out of bounds fence up the left side doesn't help either, your doing well to make a par on this hole. "
  In our previous rounds at the Villa we found that hole No 17 is a 180-yrd par 3 and the tee shot must go over a large pond. Taking the water out of play is key here and club selection will help putting the ball in the center of the green for a birdie putt or par.
  Hole No 3 is a 533-yard par 5 with most of the fairway running uphill and best to keep your tee shot in the center of this fairway. The green has undulations and staying out of trouble here will get you your par.

  Oops.......Wrong Caption Last Week

  The wrong photo caption was inserted under last week's photo of the toughest hole at the Town of Fallsburg Municipal Tarry Brae Golf Course. The caption should have read , "part of the fairway and green on the difficult No. 2 hole at the Tarry Brae Golf Course.                                                                                                              
  The Golf Tip                                                                                                                                    
  By Robert Menges

   Prepare our mind for a better game.
We all have different ways of doing things on the golf course, which is why one technique or strategy might work for one person but not another.
  For example, some of us will visualize the shot we want to hit in our mind, because it helps us execute the shot. For others, they have to experience the shot.
  With that said ( or written, in this case), it never hurts to try something new. So here are several "pep talks" you can create to help build your confidence for the next round.
  After each round of golf, take 60 seconds to sit quietly and replay your three best shots of the round. Visualize them in slow motion and lock every detail into your memory. They'll come back to cheer you on in the future.
  Tell someone about your best shot of the day, but never talk about your worst shots. Professionals can usually remember every shot during a tournament, but there is one shot they "just don't recall"--it's their worst shot.  Let the bad shots go, and never, ever talk about them.
  After every shot, remember to say, "great shot" and mean it when you say it. the results may not be exactly what you wanted, but the ball went where you hit it. So go and do it again.
  Breathe before every shot or putt, remember to breathe deeply and softly. It will relax your whole body and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
  Make it a part of your pre-shot routine to consciously expect a great shot. As you pull the club from your bag, smile. As you look down the fairway or line up your putt, smile. As you stand over the ball, smile. Expect the best.
  Finally, but perhaps most importantly , have fun our there. Golf is a game. Yes, it can be very challenging and frustrating at times, but it is intended to be a form of enjoyment. Enjoy the day, the weather and the time with friends, Chances are, you'll enjoy the wonderful game of golf as well.
  Robert Menges is the golf pro at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or via e-mail at

  Putting Tip Of The Week
  By Joe Bermel Jr.

  If you want to score well you must learn to putt well.
  Without a doubt the #1 key is "organization of your mind."
  To ask and answer the questions, "what are we going to do and how are we going to do it.
  Remember the challenge in putting, in golf, and in sports in general is coordinating the mind and the body.
  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His special edition DVD "How To Putt Well" is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at

  Ed Townsend is a Public Relations consultant to the sport of golf and brings  over 65-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or even shoot your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at or fax at 845-205-4474, View this column and Ed's photos at We are also on Facebook and Twitter,


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