High Hampton Inn’s golf professional Craig Hartle has worked in his field for 28 years, with 25 of those years serving as a Class-A PGA Professional. He brings to the resort years of experience that he has gained from working with, consulting for, and teaching at resorts and private country clubs.
Craig is a skilled teacher, and he will be sharing his tricks of the trade at High Hampton’s Spring Golf School May 15-18th. The golf school is open to 10 students, which will allow for plenty of one-on-one time with Craig to hone your skills!
He took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about the school and golf at the resort.
1. What is the inspiration behind the golf school?
The Golf School at High Hampton was designed for couples to relax and enjoy the wonderful mountain air and the hospitality of High Hampton while learning about their golf game and what they can do to improve their skills.
2. What are some of the most common mistakes people make when golfing? Will you be addressing them in the school?
One of the most common mistakes in golf is thinking you need a perfect swing. That is not the case. During the school, we will learn the basics of the golf swing and how to trust your swing so that you are more confident in your game.
3. What is the question that you get asked most often by golfers? What advice do you give them?
The most common question asked by students is, “how do I get rid of the ‘yips’?” The “yips” is the common term for a nervous jerk at impact, which usually occurs during the putting stroke. To stop the “yips,” you need to have trust and confidence in your swing. We will study this at the Golf School.
4. What is your favorite hole on the High Hampton course?
My favorite hole is our 8th hole. Located on a peninsula that juts into Hampton Lake, the scenic par-3, 160-yard 8th hole has been designated “One of America’s Great Golf Holes” by Golf Digest for its breathtaking panorama featuring 360-degree views of mountains, the lake, and the resort grounds. It’s a challenge, but its beauty makes up for its difficulty.
5. Are there activities available for non-golfers during the golf school?
For the non-golfing roommate, we will substitute spa services at the Hampton Health Club & Spa. Choices include massages and manicures and pedicures.
It’s not too late to sign up for the spring Golf School. Call (828) 743-2411 to reserve a place today.