I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Kjersten over these last few months. The flexibility, strength, and stability in my golf swing have improved by leaps and bounds. I have become more efficient in delivering seemingly effortless power to impact because I now understand how to synchronize my body to produce this power correctly. I am at least one club stronger throughout my bag, in some cases more. A double digit handicapper should not be able to carry a 7 iron 180 yards or hit a 5 iron 220 yards off a tee–but thanks to Kjersten, I can now.
The power gains aren’t even the best part of my work with Kjersten. She has effectively eliminated back pain not only from my golf game, but also from my personal and professional life. Kjersten was quick to recognize that my back pain on the golf course was an extension of the way I move and carry my body in my day job as a surgeon. The initial sessions working on core awareness and posture easily translated to my work in the operating room. I found my core strength and stamina to perform long operations improved after only a handful of sessions. Our work together will likely extend my career by years. The best payoff is I now come home after a full day in the operating room able to spend meaningful time with my family rather than going straight to bed for rest and recovery.
Working with Kjersten has been life-changing. Her superior professional expertise is only exceeded by her genuine passion for helping her clients reach their fullest potential. I am happy to give Kjersten my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation.”
I met Kjersten during an informational session she held at Wildwood Green Golf Club. When she started explaining the role the body and muscles play in “Move Better, Feel Better, Play Better”, everything just clicked.
I thought I already had good “core stability”. Little did I know that the exercises I had been doing (sit ups, crunches, etc.)were all being performed incorrectly. My body wasn’t in the “right” positions, so I was actually training the wrong muscles. I had been training my muscles to compensate, rather than do the work they are designed to perform. All because my body and muscles were not starting in the correct positions.
Under Kjersten’s guidance, over an approximate 2 month period, I learned and practiced a number of different “core” exercises. Correctly. This really did improve my stability and posture. During that time, we began to apply my new-found knowledge to my golf game. With slight changes to my golf address position that focused on the feet, knees, hips and glutes, I was able to increase my driving distance by an average of 30 yards. Increases in distance also translated down to the other clubs in my bag. My shot dispersion has also narrowed. My golf swing didn’t change at all, only my posture at address.
As a result of hitting it farther and straighter – needing now from 2 to 3 clubs less for the second shot – my handicap index dropped below 7.0. This after being in the 8 to 10 range over the last year or so. I now break 80 on a more regular basis, and swinging the golf club has become much easier since I am having the correct muscles do the work. I am having fun playing “golf”. I am not frustrated playing “golf swing”.
A very satisfying part has been that fellow golfers have noticed the difference in my game, especially the added length off the tee. These gains were accomplished in 15 to 20 minutes of exercise per day for four or five times a week, occasionally using a flexibility band or a 5 pound weight.
I continue to utilize Kjersten for building up my golf strength and power. With her help and guidance, I know improvements in my game will keep progressing. I have been playing golf for almost 40 years. I wish I had this knowledge that I now possess a long time ago. For any golfer serious about improving their golf game, I don’t understand how they would not want to use Kjersten’s knowledge and experience. To me, it is all so simple – improve your body, your muscles, and your motion. Let the body and muscles work the way they are supposed to do. The improvements in your golf game will follow. It did for me.
Thanks for the hard work in putting together the Member-member tournament this past weekend. The golf and food were good, and you guys did your usual great job in keeping it organized (even with the frost delay on Sunday). Thanks!
I am a member of the Wildwood Green Interclub team that recently traveled to the Willow Creek course at High Point Country Club that competed in a recent playoff match for the 2016 CGA Interclub. I want to thank and express my appreciation to you for whatever assistance you may have provided “behind the scenes” that ultimately allowed us the ability to compete at a such a fantastic golf course and facility.
The level of service from the staff at Willow Creek that I personally received, and I am sure other members of the Interclub team received, was exemplary. To the point that I can say it rivaled or nearly rivaled the level of service that is demonstrated by the staff at Wildwood Green – every single time I set foot on the property.
Thank you, once again, for all that you did for the Interclub team and for all that you do for the members of Wildwood Green.
From my house I see you working hard to keep the course open under difficult conditions. Your staff is so friendly and helpful. Just taking a minute to thank you for all you do.
Hi Jeff and everyone at Wildwood,
I have just enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at your course and wanted to say thanks. I know that the greens are not as you would want them but I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon. Everyone I met was so helpful and friendly and when I am back in the Raleigh area, I would love to pay another visit. Thank you also for the shirt and cap which will always remind me of Wildwood – there really was no need to do that but I am very thankful.
Hope all is well with you & that your summer has been going well! Just wanted to pass this on to you. We played Wildwood last week and we found it to be in the best shape we have ever seen! That says a lot in July. With all the heat & humidity we have had, the overall condition of the course was wonderful & the greens, fantastic! I do not know what Rick & the crew are doing different, but it is working. Usually at this time of the year we have expected & usually see the Bentgrass greens not in great shape, and under stress, not this year! After our round, I tried to find Rick at the maintenance area but he was out on the course so we passed our compliments on to three course maintenance workers who were in there! They were very appreciative of what we said. I then went in & passed on our observations & good words to Jeff in the clubhouse. We know what you, Rick, & Jeff may hear, for the most part may be complaints, but not this time, KUDOS to you and the entire staff at WGCC for a job well done!! There is something special about hitting an iron to a well conditioned bentgrass green, seeing it spin, and actually going up on that green & having to repair a ballmark!
Thanks so much,
Hey Jeff and Mindy!
Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that both the range and pro-shop looked really good today. It was great to see the Titleist AP2s on display (although it made me want to hit them) and the new merchandise as well. Also, the grass on the range was in very nice shape and it is evident that you have put in some significant time and effort to improve the overall experience for members and guests. Not sure how much feedback you get, but wanted to let you know that I definitely noticed it.
Thanks for all you do and continue to do out there.
See you Saturday,
Jeff, you and your staff did a great job with the tournament this weekend. I cannot imagine how many hours go into the preparation for one of these events. Everything went smoothly for those of us involved. We were able to just play and have a blast!! Thank you for everything you guys did to make it a great time!
In the words of an old Irish poem, “May the best you’ve seen be the worst you will see!”
Thanks to the staff’s efforts in making Wildwood Green one of the most enjoyable places in Raleigh to play golf. People working at the course and members are what makes a golf course great.
Wildwood Green is the best golf bargain in the Raleigh, NC area. This is our fouth season as members and we really like this club. The course provides a challenging golf experience for novice golfers but is not so hard as to be overwhelming. The greens have just been aerated so they are a little rough right now, but past experience has been that they are excellent once they recover.
Overall the course is in good shape after a rough (wet) winter, and will only get better as things green up. The overall facility is excellent – there is a practice green, practice chipping area, practice sand trap and a driving range as well as a nice grill and clubhouse. All are well maintained and very servicable for a reasonable membership fee. The staff is courteous, friendly, very knowledgable and very helpful. Overall, Wildwood Green should be experienced – Judge for yourself.
The course is convenient and is a good challenge. It is somewhat tight and not overly long. The staff is knowledgeable and courteous. The professionals are excellent teachers. I suppose the most appealing aspect of Wildwood Green to me are the continuous tournaments run by the staff and by organizations within the club. These games promote goodwill, fun and comradarie. It should be noted that the condition of the course has steadily increased since the arrival of Rick Durham a few years back. The condition is like night and day from 4 to 5 years ago. It’s a pleasure to be a member at Wildwood Green Golf Club.
I’d like to thank the staff at Wildwood for a job well done. They’ve taken hospitality and golf to another level. You always look forward to the many golf events and now there’s poker and bingo. Gentlemen your timeless efforts are certainly appreciated. Thanks again for making this place so great.
I joined as a member just 2-3 weeks ago even though I’ve been coming to Wildwood Green quite a few times in the past 2 years that I’ve golfed. One reason is due to the proximity of the golf course to my house, but there are so many more reasons to come here. The course layout is challenging and fun, with tons of variety. The staff is friendly and accommodating. I have also been taking lessons with John Budwine and he is great as a instructor. Highly recommend this golf course.
March 2nd, 2013
Quality Very good
My wife and I have been members of Wildwood Green Golf Club for 20 years. Overall, the course has a challenging, tight layout that calls for shot-making over power. Given the fact that I would guess that the course sees about 50000 rounds of golf each year, I think it is in great shape, especially the greens – the current superintendant works wonders in a really challenging environment. The practice facilities are somewhat limited (especially the driving range) due to the restrictions of available geography. Also, the pace of play can be less than ideal on weekend afternoons.
The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly & professional. I am especially pleased with the “continuous improvement” that I have seen over the past few years – better bunkers, seeding of thin fairways, elimination of some wet areas, cart path maintenance, and great food – to mention just a few. Wildwood Green is certainly not a high-end country club, and it doesn’t pretend to be one. The course has a number of strengths, and some continuing opportunities for improvement. I think that for the price of membership, you get a pretty good deal, and I would recommend this course to anyone who loves to play golf. Overall, I think it does a pretty good job of living up to its motto – “if all you want to do is golf, then all you want is here”.
March 3rd, 2013
Quality Very good
I’ve played Wildwood Green for 10+ years and the location is second to none. The course is not long but a combination of tight fairways, uneven lies and difficult greens make it anything but an easy play. The fairways, tee boxes and bunkers are usually in excellent shape. The greens are great in the offseason, but due to a lot of play (mainly people not fixing ball marks) and hot, dry summers the greens can show some wear in peak season. The course is very walkable which appeals to those looking to get some exercise and enjoy a round of golf. The practice facilties are decent, but the range is usually mats only, and I think most golfers prefer to hit off grass. The staff is friendly and always available for assistance if needed. I’ve never taken a lesson from the pros on site (though I probably should) but I have heard nothing but good things from those who have. All in all you’re not going to find a better course with a more convenient location in Raleigh without shelling out thousands of dollars to join a private club.
February 17th, 2013
I have frequented Wildwood Green over the past few years and have seen the course improve. Earlier in 2012 the course was in terrible condition but I decided to go back later in the summer with a group and was surprised to find that all the trouble areas around the greens were sodded and fixed. It was a dramatic turnaround from earlier in the year. The staff has always treated me well and I have enjoyed my times there. For the majority of my rounds the course has been in overall good condition, a 3/4 in my estimate, but the overall experience is typically very good.
March 6th, 2013
I joined as a member just 2-3 weeks ago even though I’ve been coming to Wildwood Green quite a few times in the past 2 years that I’ve golfed. One reason is due to the proximity of the golf course to my house, but there are so many more reasons to come here. The course layout is challenging and fun, with tons of variety. The staff is friendly and accommodating. I have also been taking lessons with John Budwine and he is great as a instructor. Highly recommend this golf course
March 7th, 2013
Quality Very good
Course conditions are generally good. Staff is professional and friendly – they will go the extra mile to make your experience better. The course needs more marshalls to help eliminate slow playing times. For the money, one of the best deals in the Raleigh area!
August 14th, 2012
Wildwood Green is looking excellent for this time of year (late Summer). It is nice to look out of my window and see all of the activities going on. Thanks to the team for doing a great job to keep the course up and making it the best value in the Raleigh Area.
Wildwood Green resident, member and head of the North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation
October 19, 2010
Director of Golf
Wildwood Green Golf Club
3000 Ballybunion Way
Raleigh, NC 27613
I’m a Golf Digest course rating panelist, and four years ago I visited several old friends in the Raleigh area. We played golf a few times. One course we played 4 years ago was Wildwood Green Golf Club. It was a nice course, but nothing special or nothing I remembered. I would have ranked it a 2 ½ Star course as far as course condition, playability, and guest services.
On my return visit in September my friends & I again played Wildwood Green Golf Club. WOW, what a difference four years have made.
I was greeted by a smiling PGA Golf Professional, Kevin Hamski, at check in. When I checked in with the Starter, I found out he also was a PGA Pro, and during our round we were greeted by the course Ranger, another PGA Pro. I later learned the club has 6 PGA Professionals on Staff.
I learned they hired a new green superintendent three years ago, and the golf course was in excellent condition. This green superintendent has done a remarkable job in improving the course condition. The fairways are full & emerald green, the putting surfaces have good speed & putt true, and the sand traps have been renovated.
Over the years while visiting friends on the east coast I’ve played several golf courses managed by the Carolinas Golf Group, and every course has provided our group excellent guest services with great value. It appears to be a positive growing Golf Brand.
I could continue sharing the fabulous golf day I experienced with my friends at Wildwood, and I think a few of them will join. The membership brochure I read shocked me at how affordable the monthly dues are. If I ever move east from Utah to Raleigh, I’ll join Wildwood Green.
Golf Digest Panelist
This a long over-due email… The golf course at Wildwood is in unbelievable GREAT shape. With the dry, HOT weather we’ve had, I don’t see how Rick and his staff have managed to keep the course in this condition. The greens are great… the sand traps stay raked, and the fairways are in better shape than ever despite the dry, hot weather. The guys I play with are in total agreement, regardless of whether or not they let you know or not.
The steps on number 4 are a real asset… three Chinese Boxwoods on each side of the steps would look great and add to the beauty of the green. I think the starters and rangers set up is working out great. They all seem to handle their jobs well. One thing the rangers are doing that is a real asset to the members and and guest is carrying ice and water in their cart, especially during this extremely hot weather.
Willis, your staff in the pro-shop and snack bar are ALL and asset to the club. Even YOU are doing a GREAT job. Keep us the GOOD work and thanks for everthing..
Willis: I just would like to say that the course is looking and playing great. The work you folks have done and the money you reinvested into the course seems to be paying off. I am also impressed with the quality of leadership your new staff has achieved. It’s always a pleasure talking to them and hearing their opinion on equipment, and the general state of the game.
The new addition of Erica and Kelly show that you are truly needing and wanting to improve customer relations and help the members with their playing ability.
As I voiced by displeasures early in the year, it now allows me to praise your efforts. I know there is more work needed but to this point things are really looking up! Besides paying my dues on time, if there is anything I can do to improve my membership, please feel free to let me know.
So my friend, KUDOS to you and the staff at Wildwood.
Willis and Rick,
I wanted to write a quick note thanking you for your efforts in getting the course in the best shape I have seen since being a member. I know you have made some investments in equipment that make maintenance on the greens and fairways easier. Thanks much for reinvestment in the course. Thanks the most for listening to your members and responding back by implementing some of the suggestions for improvement. Very nice work gentlemen.
I just want you to know that your contact and identification of me as a member of Wildwood helped me gain a resident green fee and savings of $65.00. The local Pro immediately recognized your request and made me feel very comfortable. It is also a beautiful place to play (North Sound Club – Cayman Islands).
I wanted to spend a few minutes telling you about my experience with the Eric Bryant Memorial Golf Tournament that we held at Wildwood Green Golf Club just yesterday. My Wildwood contact throughout the planning of the event was Jeff Engelhaupt. He was always accessible, always patient, always friendly and always delivered what he said he would. We held the tournament to honor my nephew, Eric Bryant, 25 who killed himself on campus at UNC in April of this year. This tournament was beingheld to raise funds for Active Minds which is a newly-formed non-profit chapter at UNC. The program promotes awareness about issues such as mental health, depression, and suicide. With the funding that we raised, Active Minds will be able to hold several on-campus events that will allow students to understand mental health issues better, recognized warning and risk signs of suicide, and no where to go locally for resources.
I started planning for this tournament less than a month from the time that Eric killed himself and needless to say, this was a very emotional and sensitive time for me and other family members. Jeff was always respectful and made it clear from the outset that his main goal was to help us put on a successful tournament. I realize that most of what I am telling you about how great it was to work with Jeff is simply what is required/expected of him in the job that he has. In today’s world, it seems to me (I must be getting old) that I most commonly find that people really do not know how to be kind and treat their customer with timely service and in a professional manner. In other words, Jeff’s consistently positive demeanor and supportive role stood out to me inparticular, but to other family members as well. I wish there was something that I could do for him personally and I will keep thinking of a way to help him know how much his support meant to our family. More than what I can do though, I wanted both of you to know just how valuable a member of your staff was to me for the past several months. If you happen to know Jeff’s favorite restaurant or favorite store to shop in, please share that with me. Likewise, I hope you will find the time to thank him for his efforts as a Wildwood employee and I encourage you to find a way to reward him even if it’s simply with a pat on the back. Thanks for your time.
John, you may not know it but you saved my life today! Thanks for the help on the range. Golf is a big part of my life and when I cannot get it going, life feels like a big frustration! Willis, you need to know what happened today..I think it will provide a chuckle but it should also bring you and your team a great deal of pride. My dad, wife and kids bought me some new wedges for my birthday earlier this month. My irons have been measured for lie angle and are bent upright a degree or two so I took the new wedges in to have them bent. I could not make a swing good enough to hit the impact board or hit the ball solidly! Needless to say it was embarrassing for me and the guy at the shop. I have been fighting the shanks and hooking the ball this year since the start of the season and the worst of my swings were coming out as I tried to hit the impact board.
I headed to Wildwood Green in desperation and met Erica at the desk. I explained to her what was going on and that I needed someone to look at my swing and help me figure this out…I had had enough of the shanks! (Please keep in mind I have read what Harvey Penick had to say in his Little Red Book, Golf Digest articles and watched the Golf Channel for clues to fix my swing and although it was improving it was still not the swing that I had going last year and at times not one I can play with.) Erica listened closely, offered assistance and ultimately she and John figured out how to take care of me on the practice tee right away. I ate a quick lunch (great sandwich, too by the way) spoke very briefly with John about the problem and took a few balls to the range. Promptly at 2:00 (imagine the temperature out there) John started a 10 minute life saving lesson..and my shanks are gone as long as I keep his words in my mind..”Work the hands inside theball.” Guys, John did a great deal in those 10 minutes as an instructor. He sized the problem up, gave me a few set-up cues to start with and a swing thought that works and I am sure will keep working for me. He gave me confidence that the rest of my swing is good enough and he has me back on a path of confidence that I know will allow me to enjoy the game again. John, you took me from panic to calm and collected over the ball again. I cannot really thank you guys enough but I will tell you that Wildwood Green has a great team of folks that work hard to make the most of the golf experience for its membership. I really enjoy seeing the entire team and look forward to seeing you whenever I’m there. Thanks Again! Sincerely,
Good Afternoon, Just wanted to let you guys know that I could tell a big change in the staff, the course and everything in general. I golfed twice over Memorial day weekend and both days the play was right on pace, and the staff was very friendly, and the course was in the best shape I have ever seen. These are just a few thing that I noticed over the last few weeks that are great changes.
Staff very attentive and friendly. ( I have never had any problem with this)
Matching shirts very professional
Club house looks cleaner and more organized.
Better customer service at snack bar.
Better customer service at check in desk.
Course in excellent condition.
More attention to the actual course (rough fairway definition, sand bunkers upgraded etc.)
Oh yea the fact that there is a female on the staff is nice.
As a paying member nothing makes me more happy than to tell that some of the money I am paying each month is being put back into the course. I was most impressed when we played on Memorial Day and we had 20 golfers and when we finished the lady at the snack bar rolled out a cooler full of beer. Now that is service. She asked us if we wanted some fry etc while we where waiting and she brought everything out to the table. again nice service I also noticed that the beverage cart was out and running all weekend. Again just wanted to say as a member I like all of the changes !!! I was not going to do the member guest because I thought it was a little expense for what we got last year , but with all of the changes I am looking forward and proud to bring a friend from out of town to come play at the course.
Scott G. Newman
John, I just completed my first lesson with Jeff, the lesson was very good, Jeff payed very close attention to my swing and gave great advice for me to improve my game and took the time to explain the changes to me. Thanks
Dear Willis & WWG staff and personel:
You have made a tremendous difference over this last year, breathing fresh air into an operation that had exhausted itself by doing very little. Every member is indebted to everyone of you for taking the helm and moving WWG forward, making it a much more enjoyable/sociable place to play golf. Thanks!
All good wishes – Tom Regan
Thank you for the Annual Report and sharing in detail the improvements and aspirations for Wildwood Green Golf Club as we go into 2010. I am very pleased to be a member of this club and want to thank you personally for your leadership and communication as well as the great attention I receive from all of Staff at Wildwood. I look forward to the warmer weather and golf ahead in 2010.
All the Best,
Hello Willis, I hope you are doing well. I just wanted to send you an e-mail to let you know from a customer’s perspective that you have a top-notch staff. Everyone on the WWG team is always so courteous and helpful but I want to take a minute and thank two individuals who have provided me with outstanding customer service. A few months ago John Budwine went out of his way to order a monogrammed/logo bag for me. I am proud to carry the WWG bag especially when I play in tournaments at other clubs and I have received numerous compliments on the bag. Give a big “thank you” to John for me again.
But this is only half of the story. Having a good looking bag to carry clubs that are not quite getting the job done is not optimal. This is where Kelly Malott comes in. Kelly has really helped me improve my ball striking. I was having some problems with my irons about a month ago. I was on the range and my long irons kept hooking…nothing I tried straighten the shots. After pounding away for about 30 minutes, I called into the clubhouse and Kelly answered the phone and listened to my problem. He asked me bring a couple of irons in so that he could check out my setup. He identified that the lie of the clubs were one degree off (even though I had the clubs fitted by “Company Name Omitted ” when I bought them). He took the time to thoroughly explain the physics behind the problem that I was experiencing. I’m glad I took Kelly’s advice. I made the decision to have the clubs bent down one more degree and I’m striking the ball much better now. I really appreciate the knowledge and individual customer attention shown by both John and Kelly, Thanks again,
This letter is long overdue. You and the staff of Wildwood Green are to be complimented on the fine facility you run. The course is in great shape, the staff is friendly and helpfull and I have enjoyed my membership. I particularly want to compliment Erica Gonzalez. As you may be aware both my grandson and I are taking lessons from her and she has been terrific. She is patient, knowledgeable and a damn good instructor. She is truely an asset to Wildwood. Keep hiring staff like her and Wildwood will continue to flourish.
Good morning Willis. I would think that this is the type of Email any manager would want to receive. This is about Erica. I have been a student of hers this past summer and the results she produced were tremendous. I am hitting the ball further and with more accuracy. My hole in one is only the tip of the Iceberg. In September I came from behind to beat two other low handicap players in the EMC Golf League to win the League Championship. My new swing, I refer to it as the “Gonzalez Technique” has been a real “game winner” for me. I will continue to promote the teaching efforts of the Club and Erica.
You should be extremely proud of this woman and her contributions to Wildwood Green Golf Course. I would consider her to be your TOP INSTRUCTOR! Respectfully Yours in good standings,
After shooting a personal best of 87 today, I wanted to write you and sing the praises of all your staff, and especially John and Erica from a teaching standpoint. I had a morning session with John about 6 weeks ago that really helped straighten out my drive and start to work on my irons. John was great about focusing on making adjustments to my current game without changing every aspect of my swing – it was a great experience and John, of course, is fun to work with.
About 2 weeks ago, I took a lesson from Erica , who really focused on adjusting my posture and swing with my irons. Her advice to “square my shoulders”, “relax my arms” and “hold my finish” really allowed me to leverage my swing and gain accuracy and distance. Erica’s teaching style is clear, encouraging and produces results. In addition, Curt took a moment to encourage me to play “smart golf” and stop over-using my driver. His candid advice caused me to rethink my tee shot club selection and I believe contributed to my lower score. There is great insight available from many who love and play the game of golf. My husband Glenn and I joined Wildwood this past spring and have enjoyed our membership immensely. The customer service of the staff, the camaraderie with the other players and the consistently improving course conditions have all contributed to a great experience.
Now, if I can just break 80…..