Hall of Fame instructor Butch Harmon says this is the secret to golf

Butch Harmon is one of the most revered golf coaches on the planet — ever, really. The World Golf Teacher’s Hall of Fame member is an inspiration for golf instructors everywhere, and has helped thousands of golfers over the course of his storied career. When he talks, we listen.

This week, the legendary golf coach appeared on GOLF contributor Mark Immelman’s podcast, and dropped a series of fascinating, hilarious and utterly brilliant pearls of wisdom he’s learned through the years. There’s so many of them, and the only way to do it justice is to listen to the podcast in its entirety. Trust us, it’s well worth you time:

Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, Charles Barkley and all the other big names we would want to see tee it up with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have always made it clear this new partnership in made-for-TV matches would not be a one-time thing. On Sunday, they gave us the second installment, adding Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to the mix for The Match: Champions for Charity, which raised $20 million for coronavirus relief.

A few times this week, Mickelson has floated more ideas, most notably to the Los Angeles Times and the Dan Patrick Show. But who might be next? Who would we want to see tee it up with or against Tiger and Phil? We asked around and got some interesting responses, including the ultimate match. (Hint, think Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley).

Ian O’Connor, ESPN.com
Tiger Woods/Charles Barkley vs. Phil Mickelson/Michael Jordan

I might have gone with Brady and Belichick before Peyton Manning stole my Belichick thunder Sunday, but Jordan and Barkley would bring a ton of star power and tension to the table. It might take some convincing of MJ, since he apparently is no longer on speaking terms with his ex-good friend Chuck. But that strange dynamic would only add to the spectacle. Phil would loosen up Jordan, and Barkley would loosen up Tiger. Barkley would need a bunch of strokes to make this work, since he makes Brady seem like Ben Hogan. But coming off his “Last Dance” tour de force, Jordan would be feeling a lot of pressure on that first tee, as it has been a long time since he competed live with millions watching his every move. Can he keep it on the planet with Barkley needling him about his past big-money golf losses and a winning percentage, as an executive, that’s not in Jerry Krause’s ballpark? A lot of people would tune in to find out.

Tom VanHaaren, ESPN.com
Tiger Woods/Michael Jordan vs. Phil Mickelson/Steph Curry
I would’ve stuck with the rivalry theme and put Michael Jordan against Isiah Thomas, but we all know now that Jordan wouldn’t have played if Isiah was invited. I’ll see myself out. In all seriousness, the golf would be fun to watch, the trash talking would be outstanding and having Jordan and Mickelson on opposite teams means we also might get some added excitement from side bets. This match would have the star power needed to draw a big audience, and while it isn’t a rivalry, it would combine the old-school NBA with the new school in a fun competition. To follow up the success of the Brady-Manning match, you would need to go over the top and this matchup would check all the boxes to make for entertaining TV.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com
Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson vs. Rory McIlroy/Justin Thomas
There are numerous ways this can go, but I like the idea of a pure golf competition with two of the game’s legends against two of the game’s young stars. And this time, let a Tiger-Phil pairing be a positive instead of a negative, as it was all those years ago during the Ryder Cup. To spice it up, make the competition true alternate shot or foursomes, not the modified version employed in the match with Manning and Brady. Having to play your partners’ foul balls makes for a stressful way to play golf and can lead to some interesting scenarios. Based on the way he handled his role as an on-course commentator, you can bet that Thomas will fully embrace the trash-talking spirit. And given McIlroy’s driving prowess, it could make for an interesting, competitive matchup. As for a location, how about Bandon Dunes to make for an impressive backdrop?

Charlotte Gibson, ESPN.com
Tiger Woods/Annika Sorenstam vs. Phil Mickelson/Karrie Webb
Why should the men have all the fun? Seriously, if we’re even entertaining the idea of Match III, this time women better be involved. Of course, it would be phenomenal to watch Woods and Mickelson tee it up with the likes of Jordan and Curry, but wouldn’t it be equally as phenomenal to see them tee it up with two Hall of Famers with a combined 113 LPGA Tour titles? This time, let’s leave it up to the two biggest rivalries in golf both past and present. Sorenstam and Webb have one of the best LPGA rivalries that dates back to the mid-1990s.

Who else has that type of history? Woods and Lefty. The parallels in their careers are uncanny. And yes, I know that Sorenstam officially retired in 2008, and Webb took a break from golf for a few years before returning to the Tour last year. But the world hasn’t witnessed a co-ed pairing like this since 2001 when Woods and Sorenstam started their storied friendship while playing the Battle at Bighorn, a made-for-TV event, that also featured David Duval and Webb. We’re long overdue for men and women to face off on the course in a big, made-for-TV event — and why not do it with some golf legends?

Michael Eaves, ESPN
Tiger Woods/Matt Damon vs. Phil Mickelson/Will Smith
If you’ve ever spent time on their Instagram pages, you would know that Phil and Will would make a natural pairing. Plus, they are two of the biggest stars in their respective fields, who have cashed in on their fame and performances like few others, despite a few flops on the biggest stages.

On the other side, Matt could bring a little something to the match that Tiger has clearly been reluctant to do in front of the cameras: NSFW trash talking! Those who have played privately with Tiger tell tremendous tales of his R-rated commentary, so with Damon as his partner, he can leave the F-bombs to the South Boston native.

And lastly, most importantly, Smith and Damon could make up for the utter disappointment that was “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”

Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com
Tiger Woods/Michael Jordan vs. Scottie Pippen/Phil Mickelson
They could call it the “Last Match,” because either Jordan or Pippen probably wouldn’t make it to the 18th hole in one piece, given what was said during “The Last Dance.” The trash talking would be epic. Like MJ, Pippen is an avid golfer. Jordan gave him his first set of clubs as a Bulls rookie so he could take his money on the course. Pippen and Mickelson are used to playing in the shadows of MJ and Tiger, so the matchup makes sense. With Phil and Jordan in the foursome, there would be some serious cash being thrown around, which would make it mighty interesting. If Pippen won’t play, I’d settle for Isiah Thomas and Phil.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com
Tiger Woods/Chris Paul/Larry Fitzgerald/Mike Trout/Lexi Thompson vs. Phil Mickelson/Steph Curry/Patrick Mahomes/Justin Verlander/Danielle Kang
Hey, there are no rules here. So why not make it a one-day, Ryder Cup-style event? The Tiger/Phil Cup? Play three six-hole rotations of best-ball, alternate shot and singles. Look at those names … think they won’t have some fun? And all of them can play, too. Also, none of them are all that shy, so the trash talk should be strong.

SOURCE:  espn.com

Join us for our very first Junior Golf Virtual Lessons via our newly formed Facebook Group

To have you and your Junior golfer become a member of this closed group, please follow the link provided.  Once accepted, you will be able to access this page for great golf tips, tricks and information for you & your Junior gofer to enjoy.

ONE on ONE · Junior Lessons

Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

$15 per lesson
10 minute interval appointments

Our professional staff will have a video posted each week to help you
develop your skills while still practicing social distancing protocol.

When you check-in at the pro shop, you will receive two bags of the range balls, and that is for your practice after your 10 minutes lesson. While the junior is working with our instructors, we will provide all the golf balls. After your lesson, juniors may find a place to practice. Before you go, we will always set up a putting or chipping challenge.

Parents, please post pictures and videos from those challenges.
We will have prizes!

To promote social distancing and protect everyone’s safety, we are moving ALL bookings and payments online. The way you would book online stays the same, but with an added prompt to make your payment online as you secure your tee time.

If you have promotions to redeem, discount vouchers to redeem or a group booking, please call us at (740) 763-1100.

We’re Open with Important Changes

The Virtues Golf Club is taking the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. We are continuing to follow the recommendations of the CDC and the guidelines set out by Ohio’s health department officials. We have been making numerous changes to our golf operations to assist in providing the safest experience as possible for our members, guests and staff.

While understanding the severity of the current situation, we are also trying to provide some level of physical activity partnered with limited social interaction. Things are changing daily and we are adjusting accordingly. With an abundance of caution, we are implementing the following precautions below:

Please do the following when you come to the Virtues Golf Club
  1. Keep the flag in at all times
  2. Play preferred lies in the bunkers (there are no bunker rakes)
  3. We encourage walking and taking a single cart (walking is $36)
  4. The clubhouse is closed – please utilize the outdoor check-in counter
  5. Credit card transactions only
  6. We encourage online prepay
Here is what we do to keep you safe
  1. We sanitize the carts before and after use
  2. We sanitize high touch point areas often
  3. We have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes readily available
  4. We’ve provided an online booking with prepay option for minimal contact
  5. All staff wear gloves
  6. All tee times are 10 minutes apart

The Overlook is back and OPEN for carry out!

Call to place your to-go orders (740) 763-1111

Available for Carry Out
Thursday – Saturday
3 pm to 7 pm

Spring Rates are in effect!

Monday – Thursday
$60 for 18 w/ cart and $36 for 18 walking
Friday – Sunday
$74 for 18 w/ cart and $50 for 18 walking
Twilight starts at 2 pm 
$50 for 18 w/cart and $30 for 18 walking
Come spend some time & enjoy the great outdoors! Click the button below to book your tee time.

Spring Rates!

Monday – Thursday
$60 for 18 w/ cart and $36 for 18 walking
Friday – Sunday
$74 for 18 w/ cart and $50 for 18 walking
Twilight starts at 2 pm
$50 for 18 w/cart and $36 for 18 walking

Easter To-Go!

Get your Easter orders in! Enjoy one of our Prime Rib or Honey Glazed Ham dinners for this year’s celebration 
Pre-order by Thursday, April 9th at 5PM
Call to place your order (740) 763-1111

Kids Ride Free!

We know that some have children at home, so we want to make it easier for you to have even more fun with the family out on the course!
Kids ages 13 and under ride for FREE with a paying adult Monday through Friday after 1pm.
Click to book your family tee time!

We know that some have children at home, so we want to make it easier

for you to have even more fun with the family out on the course!

Kids ages 13 and under ride for FREE with a paying adult Monday through Friday after 1pm.

Bringing kids to the golf course is a great way to get out of the house for some fresh air and exercise. It is also an opportunity to expose your kids to the game of golf! See what they can do and let them hit a few shots or putts while they ride along with you.

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Introducing weekly and monthly online raffles at The Virtues Golf Club!

You have the chance to win..

The Stay & Play Grand Prize
Two rounds of golf, plus one night of stay for two players
Once a month
50% Off Golf Vouchers
Once a week
Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket. You may purchase as many tickets as you’d like. The more tickets you purchase, the higher the chances are of winning one of our prizes. We will be using an online random raffle selector to choose the winners.
Winners will be contacted via email.

Pick how you want to celebrate!

Enjoy one of our delicious dinners all in the comfort of your home.

Pre-order by Thursday, April 9th at 5PM

Give us a call at (740) 763-1111

NEW Spring Rates

Monday – Thursday
$60 for 18 w/ cart and $36 for 18 walking
Friday – Sunday
$74 for 18 w/ cart and $50 for 18 walking
Twilight starts at 2 pm 
$50 for 18 w/cart and $36 for 18 walking

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