News Article | 3/1/2001

The Dave Pelz Scoring Game Tour Selects Spectacular Lost Canyons Golf Club As Los Angeles, Ventura County Home



SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – The highly-acclaimed Dave Pelz Scoring Game Tour has selected Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley as its Los Angeles and Ventura County home, with its first clinic scheduled for March 7-18, it was announced.“We are very proud to have been selected by the Dave Pelz The Scoring Game School,” said Jay Colliatie, director of golf at Lost Canyons. “One of our first priorities in opening Lost Canyons was to bring the finest possible instruction to the community. This is a giant step in that direction.”“The Dave Pelz Scoring Game Tour is delighted to have an outstanding facility such as Lost Canyons to call home in the Los Angeles, Ventura County area,” said Billy Neal, director of tour operations for Dave Pelz Golf.Pelz defines “The Scoring Game” as a combination of the short game, which includes all shots inside 100 yards to the edge of the green, plus the putting game, which is all shots on the greens. Pelz’ focus encompasses distance wedges, pitching, chipping, sand play and putting, which comprise 60 to 65 percent of the total number of shots per round.Each six-hour clinic, taught by instructors from the renowned Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, contains a three-hour putting session and a three-hour wedge session. Tour clinics begin with indoor theory presentations, then move quickly outdoors so students can practice under the staff’s supervision. Students learn proper set-up positions and techniques to make easy, repeatable swings for distance wedges, chipping and bunker shots. A putting session covers green reading, putter path, face angle, set-up and sweet spot impact. The student-to-teacher ratio is 6 to 1, with a maximum class size of 18. The fee is $350 per student.Pelz’ creativity and scientific approach are evidenced by his use of innovative and high-tech teaching aids. From Perfy, the Putting Robot, to computers and lasers, Pelz’ learning devices enable students to visualize and internalize a higher grasp of performance than ever before.The Pelz instructors are hand-selected and highly trained teaching professionals with a strong support staff responsible for administration and miscellaneous assistance. The 6:1 student/teacher ratio allows instructors to concentrate solely on their students and students on their instruction.Permanent Dave Pelz Scoring Game School locations are based at The Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida, the La Quinta Resort and PGA West, The Club at Cordillera in Colorado’s Vail Valley and Pinehurst, N.C., where Pelz’s staff hosts three-day schools.Lost Canyons, the new crown jewel of Southern California public golf courses, will soon boast 36 holes. The Sky Course, the first of two spectacular 18-hole championship layouts sculpted into the rolling foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains just 30 minutes northwest of downtown Los Angeles, has been operating fully booked for play since it opened Nov. 3. The Shadow course will open in mid-February.Both courses measure about 7,000 yards from the back tees. Greens fees range from $115 to $135 with special rates for seniors. The greens fee at Lost Canyons includes a forecaddie in every group. Gratuities are a recommended $10 and up per player based on their opinion of the service provided by the forecaddie. For a surcharge of $30, players can walk the course by reserving an additional forecaddie to drive the cart. Lost Canyons also offers extensive practice facilities, including a grass driving range, chipping area and putting green.There is much more to Lost Canyons than just golf. The center of it all is a 20,000-square foot ranch-style clubhouse, which has a fully-stocked golf shop, grill, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, an intimate bar and executive conference rooms. Also included in the master plan for Lost Canyons is an elegant lodge and estate home sites. Landmark National, a consortium of interests specializing in real estate investment, development and management, is developing Lost Canyons. Landmark National has developed more than 25 golf courses, including the famed PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, Calif., and Kiawah Island, S.C.Lost Canyons represents Landmark National’s debut in Los Angeles. Landmark National currently has golf course properties under development in Houston and Padre Island, Texas, Maryland, Mississippi and Ireland.Hillwood ( ), another member of the consortium, is one step ahead of a changing world, using technology and innovation to create better places to live, work, learn and play. Among Hillwood’s other projects are the dynamic 75-acre Victory project that includes American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas, Circle T Ranch in Westlake, Texas; Heritage in north Fort Worth; prestigious golf courses in Houston, Los Angeles and Westlake, Texas; and residential communities in Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii. Caddie Services, Inc., is the premier provider of caddie management services. Its clients include some of the most reputable names in the golf and resort industry, including the Augusta National Golf Club, The American Club at Blackwolf Run, The Cloister at Sea Island Golf Club, Kiawah Island Club, Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton.To enroll in a Dave Pelz Scoring Game Tour clinic, call 1-800-833-7370, or visit For tee times at Lost Canyons, please call (805) 522-4653. Visit the Lost Canyons website at contact: Toby Zwikel/Fred Robledo/Jordan MillerBrener Zwikel & Associates, Inc. (818) 344-6195 ext. 104/107/110