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Area Golf: GVL to highlight women's golf

While an assistant PGA professional in the Brainerd lakes, Tim Johnson created a reputation as a bit of a ladies man.

Now entering his second season at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Johnson is hoping his reputation will kick-start the new Golf Fore Gals Night.

Every Thursday night starting May 1, GVL will host a nine-hole golf event just for women.

This social golf will use The Pines and The Preserve along with Grand View’s social nine the Garden Course.

Tee times will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the championship course and 5:45 p.m. on the Garden Course. The green fees, which include nine holes of golf, range, prizes and food and drink specials, will be $30 for the championship courses and $15 for the Garden.

“It’s nine holes with different games and some fun themes throughout the season,” said Johnson. “One of the theme nights for example will be a bingo night. We’ll be able to use the GPS on our carts and play bingo. We’ll kind of give fun twists to the game of golf so the women aren’t so intimidated.”

Johnson said he didn’t want any conflicts with his previous women’s night at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. That was a Tuesday night special event. After honing the league for six years he said their will be similarities, however.

“There will be a lot of the same aspects like the food and beverage specials during the awards and I hope some familiar faces,” Johnson said. “We’ll have small contests during the night. This is a non-competitive and social form of golf since Joni Meyer (LPGA professional at GVL) has her leagues that can offer something different.”

The league will have all three nine-hole courses at the Pines as well as the two nines at the Preserve to offer a variety of play.

In order to introduce the new event as well as kick off the golf season, Johnson and the GVL golf staff will host an open house party 6 p.m. April 24 at The Pines clubhouse.

Johnson is also introducing a five-week course for women called “Get Golf Ready — For Women.”

This program is a PGA development program to help grow the game for women of all abilities and will begin April 13 with an intro to golf meeting and will follow with an April 20 chipping and putting course, an April 27 pitching and bunkers course, a May 4 full swing with irons and drives course and then conclude with a May 11 on-course experience.

The group will meet 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on those Sundays at the Pines clubhouse. The cost is $125 for the entire five-course program. Clubs will also be provided for those in need.

For more information on the women’s night or the intro to golf program contact Johnson at 951-541-4254 or email

GVL and Meyer will still be offering the Tuesday night Women’s and Coed Outings at the Pines and Preserve. It’s the 14th year of the Outings.

Outings will begin with a 5:30 p.m. shotgun and will be nine holes. The first outing will be May 6. Cost is $25 per player plus tax. The cost includes cart.

For women seeking more competitive play, Meyer is also hosting Chix with Stix 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Pines and Preserve. The 18-hole league costs $45 per player and includes cart.

“This league is more focused on game improvement,” said Meyer. “There won’t be any scramble formats. The games require players to have a GHIN handicap.”

Preregistration is required for both of Meyer’s events, which can be done by or calling 218-820-2607. May 8 will mark the 10th year of the Chix with Stix league.

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at or 855-5856. Follow on Twitter at

Jeremy Millsop
My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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