Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Golf Scrambling Challenge at Alameda's Chipping Practice Area

Alameda's Chuck Corica Golf Course's got one of the best short game practice greens ever and now we're giving you the opportunity to check up on your skill level in our Short game Challenge!

From 10 am to Noon this Saturday, December 6th anyone can come out and play the ten hole course we set up. And the best part is that we have a handout with all the averages of the various skill levels from top PGA Tour player to a 36 handicap. Depending on your score you'll see if you have work to do or if you should be working on other aspects of your game like driving.

Kris Moe our Player Development guru will be out there offering free short game tips to help you improve your score.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Alameda's New Golf Practice Membership

The Bay Area's Premiere Golf Practice Location

If you're looking for a great place to practice in the Bay Area we've created a great place for you to work on your game.

Even better, for about $100 a month it's unlimited!

Our Premiere Practice Club Membership

We are very excited to introduce the Premiere Practice Membership, which will highlight our new world-class practice area. Members will access to the practice range, par 3 course, short game area and newly built grass tee at the back of the range (opening January 1).

Become a Practice Club Member and receive benefits including:
  • Exclusive Access to the New Private Turf Grass Tee (opens January 1) ….. Up to two practice ball bags (120 count) per Primary Member visit
  • Unlimited Range Balls on the Practice Mats
  • Unlimited Access to New Short Game Practice Area ….. Includes chipping, putting & practice bunkers 
    The best short game practice place in Bay Area
  • Complimentary Play on the All New Mif Albright Par 3 Course
  • Preferred Guest Days (opportunity to invite guest at preferred rates)
  • Member Complimentary Golf Clinics (Tips & instructions to lower your scores)
  • One complimentary Flight Scope Swing Analysis Voucher ($99 Value)
  • Joining Voucher Valid for – One Club Logo Hat or Dozen Golf Balls 
2015 Practice Club Price – $500 joining fee | $100/mo.**
** Family membership option, only $50/mo. for each additional immediate family member (spouse and children up to 18 years of age)

Special Bonus for First 20 players to Join as Founding Members
  • Pay 2015 in full ($1,200) and receive waived joining fee ($500 savings)
  • Expanded Initial Term, valid thru March 2016 (Join early for best value)
  • VIP Invite to Play Redesigned South Course Prior to Public Opening…(Must be current member in good standing at time of course opening)
  • Par 3 Exclusive Outing with PGA Tour Player James Hahn (priceless)
  • Recognition on Founders Club Dedication Plaque

Premiere Practice Club is Limited so Don’t Delay… Join Today by Contacting Club Manager John Vest at 510 747.7820 or

Premiere Practice Club is Limited so Don’t Delay… Join Today by Contacting Club Manager John Vest at 510 747.7820 or

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Shotgun Start on the Mif Par-3 in Alameda November 15 at 8am!

Mif Shotgun Saturday, November 15

This Saturday we're having a fun shotgun start at 8:00 am on the Mif Albright Par-3 Course. The cost is just $15 and includes:
  • Green fee 
  • $5 credit at Jim's to use for a drink (mimosa, bloody mary or soda) or toward breakfast
  • Prizes for top team scores
  • Prizes for closest-to-the-hole on three different holes
So bring a group or we'll pair you up to get a great start to your weekend!
Contact Kris Moe at or (510) 747-7827 to book your reservation today!

Titleist Demo Day Saturday, November 15th

From 10:00am to Noon try the new Titleist 915's that just came onto the market. 

Thanksgiving Day 9:00 am Shotgun on The Earl Fry (North) Course

$50 per player includes:  greens fee, shared power cart & breakfast combo at Jim's On The Course
Breakfast combo includes: breakfast sandwich or burrito & small coffee
Play golf and get home in time to carve the turkey!
Space is limited so click here to book your reservation today!

Cleveland Wedge Clinic - Saturday December 6th - 1:00-2:30pm

$150 per person includes:  1 RTX 2.0 Wedge, 1 Dozen Srixon Golf Balls, Personalized wedge fitting by NCPGA Fitter of the Year Greg Ciavarelli & 90 minutes of expert short game instruction!  Contact Mike Winkenbach at (510) 747-7828 or to sign up today!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

What's Happening at Chuck Corica Golf Course (aka Alameda Golf Course)

Remember Our Veterans!

This day each year, we stop to reflect on the American heroes who have fought for our freedom. We are proud to support our veterans and want to invite everybody out to Chuck Corica Golf Complex this Veterans Day, as we recognize how fortunate we are to live in this country. Come visit us on November 11, and enjoy a round of golf with family and friends!

Veteran's Day Special on The Earl Fry (North) Course
$30 per person includes: greens fee, shared power cart & a little fun sized bucket of range balls

Free Golf Clinics from Kris Moe for Veterans November 11
Our Director of Instruction Kris Moe will be offering a free chipping clinic at 10:00 am and a free full swing clinic at 11:30 am for active and retired military!

Also only $7 for the Mif and 50% off range balls all day November 11
*Monthly/Annual Passes are not valid on Tuesday November 11th

November Twilight Specials on The Earl Fry (North) Course
$35 after 10:30am - $25 after 1:00pm - $15 after 3:00pm

$45 after 11:00am - $34 after 1:00pm - $20 after 3:00pm
*Rates not valid on November 27th or 28th  

Thanksgiving Day Shotgun at 9:00am on The Earl Fry (North) Course
$50 per person includes: Greens Fee, Shared Power Cart
& Breakfast Combo at Jim's On The Course
*Breakfast Combo Includes: Breakfast Sandwich or Burrito & Small Coffee
Space is limited so book your reservation today! 

Check out the new Titleist 915's November 15th
Titleist just released their new driver, fairway metal and hybrid line. They do this every couple years and now they're just hitting the shelves. Here's Kris Moe showing the club.
We'll have our staff out with a launch monitor and you're welcome to try all the 915's with the different shaft types to find your fit.

Cleveland Wedge Clinic - Saturday December 6th - 1:00-2:30pm
$150 per person includes:  1 RTX 2.0 Wedge, 1 Dozen Srixon Golf Balls, Personalized wedge fitting by NCPGA Fitter of the Year Greg Ciavarelli & 90 minutes of expert short game instruction!  Contact Mike Winkenbach at (510) 747-7828 to sign up today!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Contest to win green fees at Alameda Golf Course

Here's a chance for you to win four rounds of golf for the Mif or the North course in Alameda!

Just click the link below and like us on our Facebook page.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Golf Deals in Alameda, the East Bay's Home of Golf!

Specials through October on the Range, Mif and Short game!
We've got some specials for you the rest of the month

  • Early-bird special on the range!  Half price range balls Monday through Friday from open until 9:00 AM
  • Tuesday through Fridays - After 3 PM $10 for a small bucket and Mif 9 hole greens fee
  • Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM, free golf clinics with Kris Moe (just buy your range balls)
  • Fridays- All-day short game practice pass for just $10!
If you haven't been out to Alameda Golf Course lately (aka Chuck Corica Golf Complex) you're going to be amazed at all the improvements. This includes a new driving range, par three, short game practice area and last Monday we officially closed the South Coure's front nine to build the new Rees Jones designed golf course (opening in 2016).

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Set the course record at Alameda's Mif Par Three Golf Course

Set the Course Record 

First off if you haven't had a chance to play the "pitch and putt" in Alameda then you are missing out. It is a
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treasure of a golf experience and it will challenge you at whatever ability level you're playing at.

Each week we've started a program for golfers to set the course record for their age group and gender. So for a week if you shoot the "low score" we'll take your picture, get your name and post that along with your score and date for others in your age category to beat.

Then each week we'll start all over again, giving everyone a change to get up on our "wall of fame".

Pitch and putt may be over simplifying what this golf course offers. The holes aren't 30 or 40 yards they actually range from 85-155 yards and the greens are shaped so there are no flat spots for better drainage. Marc Logan the golf course's designer, who I call the "grass whisperer", since he is truely one of the world's leading experts in growing any grass but especially bent grass

I may lose a few of you out there that aren't geeks about putting green surfaces, but I am, because any experienced golfer knows that bent grass greens are second to none for putting surfaces. Mr. Logan is going against conventional wisdom that he can grow and then maintain bent grass in Northern California. Alameda's golf courses are going to prove to everyone that he can with his systems.

We're already really excited the conditions at the new Mif par three and the our new chipping and putting. Come out and check them out and while you're out it keep your score because you may set the course record for the week!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Get Better at Golf Fast!

We're really excited about having a new launch monitor in Alameda (radar system that measures everything to do with impact with the ball and golf club). 
And you know, if you can measure it, you can improve it

Step 1: These days I'm offering what we call "club-gapping" to get golfers excited measuring and how it will catapult you're game to another level. 
In club-gapping you'll hit ten balls with the clubs you want to measure.  This will give us a direction and distance profile (notice the oval in the image below, this golfer's pattern is biased to the right of the target line).

Below is this golfer's ten drives. We can see a general shape of direction, spin and trajectory.
Step 2: At first most of these numbers won't mean much to you. I'll coach you decipher them so you can make the appropriate adjustments to create your desired ball flight because there is a formula for any ball flight you wish. Let's say for instance that you want a high draw with your driver, no problem, I'd have you swing 8 degrees right with your club path and have your club face four degrees left of that path. And for the desired heighth you'd hit it on the upswing two degrees.

Funny part is, I don't care how you do your formula and nor does the radar system. Of course if you are stuck that's where I can nudge you in the right direction :)
 Step 3: A few repeat trips to instill your feel-with-what's-real. And then boom, you're calling your shots!
I'm in Alameda Wednesdays through Saturdays for $125 an hour.
Keep in mind the launch monitor is the ultimate club fitting tool. So if you're looking to improve your clubs we've got most of the top brands and our pricing is competitive.

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Golf Technology to Improve Game

Hi, Kris Moe here, I've just found a new toy called Game Golf (shot tracking software, yes cyber-metrics is coming to golf). I'm fascinated to see how as a coach I can make this work with my students.


Anyone is welcome to join me for a round this Thursday at Stevinson Ranch to test it out. I'm teeing off at noon and all you have to pay is the $50 green fee and that will include range balls. Just call or text to grab a spot or two.

I'm planning on making trips down to Stevinson through the year. It is 90 miles from Alameda so it's a drive but it's truly a great golf course and has one of the top practice facilities in California! I plan having a few golf schools there through the year and they have lodging there if you want to make it an over-nighter.

BTW- we just started doing regripping at Alameda so if you like to come over I'll show you all the grips we
have, fit your hand then have one of our staff put the grips on while you putt or hit some balls (about $8 a club). You can always reach me at or check out our website,

Here's a superb video if your digging too deep of a divot or leaving the ball out to the right, Trackman Maestro on Handle Dragging-

Friday, February 14, 2014

Radar Technology is Disrupting Golf and Golfers are Going to Benefit

New radar technology is disrupting golf

With the constant advancement of technology in golf it's never been a better time to be a golfer. Improving your ball striking and optimizing your equipment has never been easier (yes easier).

Why you may ask? You can thank the military for this since this new technology was originally designed by the military to track bullets and missiles and those systems have finally made it to golfers tracking their golf ball's flight and the specifics of the impact collision.

As a golf pro, long time golf teacher and golfer myself  I'm really excited to share these advancements with you to improve your game and equipment. In my own teaching I've de-prioritized the swing style of a golfer to focus on the impact numbers the radar gives us. And it's not just me, friends and colleagues, who were the "early adopters" and investors in the technology tell me the same thing, they teach less about swing style now and more about the bottom line, what's happening at impact. Nor more guessing and straight to the fix!

The Alameda Golf Complex is on the verge getting this technology delivered so you'll be able to see your measurements like launch angle, face direction and club path (over 20 data points). Even more you can cross that information with your actual ball flight onto our range rather than see it go into a net four yards in front of you. This is huge as any advanced player will tell you. Numbers can lie and don't necessarily create the perfect match for you since there so many other variables to consider for you to love your equipment (sound, flight, feel and trust).

We'll be fitting and teaching with the Foresight system so you too can get optimized like a tour player and get the most out of your game and your equipment.

Some fitting facts that directly benefit you that we in the industry didn't even know or had to guess at until the last year or two is the massive affect of missing the sweet spot by as little as 1/2 inch can cost you 7 yards in distance. And here's a few more fun facts about the new ball flight laws:

  • If you strike down too steeply on your irons you actually lose energy with contact on the ball
  • By simply moving more weight toward the inside of the club (the heel) you will hit more draws or hooks and visa-versa. You'll see this adjustment now on the new Callaway driver for instance
  • There is a ideal match of launch angle and ball spin that is different for each golfer and can make immediate distance gains of 15 yards plus
This week we're just getting in all the new equipment for fitting and demos. We'll be carrying all the top brands in drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges. And we hope to have it all available by mid-March.

So plan a visit soon to our Chuck Corica Golf Complex driving range to see the radar technology. It will blow your mind and get you excited for playing more golf this year.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Great Senior Golfer, Gordie Kono of Alameda, Back in Action!

Gordie Kono, back doing what he loves and poised to break age in scoring

Inspiration is always a good thing. Recently I spent a few hours with an old friend from Alameda High School (1979, go Hornets), Kirk Kono and his father Gordie Kono. Time with them inspired me and I hope will you too.

Quick background, Gordie is a very good golfer and even at 80 can shoot in the 70's. Kirk is a chip-off-the-old-block and even with a 12 hour work day with a big company in Los Angeles can roll out of bed and hit a three iron onto a green from 190 yards. I usually visit with the Kono family during the Christmas holiday. Last year during our visit, Gordie had told me he had to stop playing golf because of a pain complication in his neck and doctors couldn't give him a clear answer at the time if he could play pain free again. If you can picture a sad dog, that was him. Everything about him sort of drooped with sadness not really knowing if he could ever play again. Fast forwarding a year,he had a successful surgery, no pain and he's hitting balls again.

So here we are on the range and I get to see him hitting the ball again. He was hitting nice little draws with his driver and I'm pumping him with compliments. But he didn't look really pleased. "Gordie, what's up, you didn't like that one? What's wrong with that?" I said. "They're only going 180 if I could only get another ten yards...". And that is what I'm going to share with you, who doesn't want ten more yards?

First off that's the funny thing about golfers, even if he was hitting it 300 yards he probably would have said gosh if only could get another ten years. Really more importantly, and big picture of this article, he's back doing what he loves and wants to get better and now he's asking me as a coach, what I can do to get better? And that's the beauty of passion but it also ties in with readers who are looking for a better golf game for 2014!

Now let's start with the time of year, it's winter and unless you live in Hawaii or Florida you're probably not thinking a lot about golf right now (unless you've been out of the game a year like Gordie). Most of us are in a hibernated golf state and that's fine this time of year. Still you don't want to completely regress and have to rebuild from the ground up in May. This will be about doing exercises in three phases so you ready to play well whenever you ready to get back at it.

Word of caution, whether you're coming back from a long lay off or an injury take it slow coming back. Going full speed at drivers is explosive and getting to 100% is a process, so be patient. Case in point, when Tiger was rehabbing back from his surgically repaired knee he hit balls at 20 to 30% speed for months (that's great for timing practice by-the-way).

Now to hit it further there is a formula for maxing out your distance and it is a combination of these factors:

  1. Physics of Ball Flight- Are you compressing the ball in the middle of the face with optimum club delivery into golf ball (approach angle and path)?. Analysed by ball flight and launch monitor this would also help determine if you have the right driver.
  2. Kinetic Sequence- Are you maxing out your kinetic sequence (timing of power transfer from hips to
    shoulders to arms to club)? A $5 app called Golf Mtrx will let you know. The "step drill" shown in this drill by Sean Foley is a great way to dial in the timing of your power sequence.
  3. Fitness Level- What's your horsepower? Can it be improved?

One of the great golf resources is the Titleist Performance Institute's library of videos and articles on fitness and bio-mechanics. It really has everything you need to know for golf fitness and bio-mechanics whether you are tour player or annual hacker. I'm a certified trainer for TPI and I'm still a huge fan of what is available (and it's FREE).

TPI is overwhelming at first but hang in there and think you'll find it worth the time. The button "Advanced Filter/Search" will get you to where you want to be (eg this search was for core exercises). BTW- If you're a member of gym already and invest in a trainer. Aside from him prescribing a personalized regiment for you he will motivate you to stay on your program and help you manage the ramping up progression.

  • Phase 1- Off-season and assuming you are like most golfers, you are not playing much. This phase is about light work outs to keep up a modest base or foundation so moving to phase 2 isn't such a shock to your system. 
  • Phase 2- Tampering into on-season. Increase work- out effort and hitting more balls.
  • Phase 3- In-season work outs and a full schedule of golf and golf events.
So where ever you I will give you a general strategy on to move forward. Let's start with Phase 1.

I'm in this phase right now. I have played a couple times in the last two months and have been going to the gym maybe two days a week for 30 minute light workouts. My keys to maintain fitness this time of year is light cardio such as walking briskly or the like on a trend mill, trail or on a bike. Hey if you can do more, great but just getting your heartbeat up for some time is good.

During the walk I'll usually doing some push-ups or push-up planks (for core), stretches and squats (for glutes). The trail that I hike is uphill so I get a cardio workout too.

In phase 2 I'm simply building up frequency of work outs while also hitting range balls more often. In this phase you should you have good basic strength and flexibility and you could be doing more explosion drills like box jumps or jumping jacks.

In this phase I may cross train by tossing footballs, a Frisbee and playing tennis. These sports will force me to start doing more explosive type actions to hit or throw the object.

These days the new rage from top trainers is having their golfers walk a tightrope to develop strength and balance (try that).

Phase 3 just continues the progression. You are able to do your workouts at a high level without being sore for a week after. I feel comfortable now swinging all-out at a driver and I feel energized walking and playing 18 holes.

So back to Gordie, my advice for him to get ten more yards is to find a few exercises through the TPI site that address more power. In this link I created a search for "power" and for the the "core" part of the body, here was the result which has some helpful exercises,

So for some of you this may be too much work, no worries, just go out and play :)