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Twin Warriors adds indoor golf facility

Often during the cold winter months, these two garage doors will be open and golfers will be able to practice at Twin Warriors’ new indoor facility. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Often during the cold winter months, these two garage doors will be open and golfers will be able to practice at Twin Warriors’ new indoor facility. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

It sort of looks like a two-car garage for golfers.

But Twin Warriors Golf Club prefers to call it one of the best indoor practice facilities in the state.

A year-round facility, to boot.

The club this week finally unveiled its new toy at the south end of the driving range, an area where golfers will be able to receive lessons and club fittings away from the sometimes harsh fall and winter elements.

The Santa Ana Pueblo’s director of golf, Derek Gutierrez, said it is the only indoor practice facility at what golf managers refer to as a “green-grass facility,” or what might be called a non-business location.

“This is a showcase for any director of instruction,” said Sandy Lemon, who heads up the teaching at Twin Warriors. “It’s a dream to have a facility like this.”

The 2,500-square foot practice facility has two hitting bays for Lemon and her staff to perform lessons throughout the cold of the winter.

Gutierrez said the facility will service both members and resort guests away from the peak golf season. The Santa Ana Golf Club board of directors wanted to add an indoor instruction facility to its already expansive practice areas.

Part of the driving factor for Twin Warriors to create this golf “school” was the ability to compete with sporting goods outlets and other golf instructional facilities that offer indoor lessons.

“Golf equipment sales remain extremely competitive and we wanted the ability to push those sales year round,” Gutierrez said.

Twin Warriors can also do periodic club fittings, as it did earlier this week.

“If we can show a golfer that we can get them 10 extra yards, they’ll buy a golf club,” said Vinny Falcone, and outside sales representative with Callaway Golf who handles New Mexico and West Texas.

Companies like Calloway and Taylor Made can offer computerized readouts of golfers’ ball flights, ball speed and launch angles – among 21 different categories – to help them find the right club, Falcone said.

“If we can get that right,” he said, “that equals more distance.”

Falcone said perhaps more than 50 percent of amateur golfers are swinging golf clubs that do not fit them properly.

There will be an assortment of discount holiday golf instruction packages at Twin Warriors over the next few months.

Starting in December, Lemon said, the club will begin golf fitness classes that include strength training, flexibility, cardio and balance. Golfers with physical limitations will also have the chance to work on their fitness, Lemon said.

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