Links, lunch, and laughs

Golf with friends is a fun pastime at Devonshire

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January 30th, 2020
Manju Sethi (left) and Nina Geilich enjoy a game of golf together. Nina started a women’s golf group soon after she moved to Devonshire at PGA National.

Manju Sethi (left) and Nina Geilich enjoy a game of golf together. Nina started a women’s golf group soon after she moved to Devonshire at PGA National.

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, “The number of women playing golf has grown approximately 7% over the past six years.” A group of female golfers at Devonshire, an Erickson Living-managed community at PGA National, are doing their part to keep the numbers in their favor.

Living at the sought-after community, the golfers enjoy membership privileges at the PGA National Resort & Spa, including its five championship golf courses.

“We are so lucky to play at beautiful PGA National,” says community member Nina Geilich. 

Soon after her move to Devonshire four years ago, Nina, a longtime golfer, began taking full advantage of her ability to play at PGA National. With her outgoing personality and skill on the greens, she soon joined a local group of female golfers.

“But before long, I started thinking, ‘Why don’t we start our own group at Devonshire,”’ she says. 

Sharing the passion

Recruiting friends and neighbors, Nina quickly found golf enthusiasts eager to join her for a weekly nine-hole golf game, including her good friend Manju Sethi.

“Having a fun time together is our main goal,” says Nina. “I tell people that skill level doesn’t matter with our group. We play our own game and don’t keep score unless someone wants to.”

“No one asks your handicap because no one cares,” adds Manju.

Nina stresses that new players are always welcome to join the group, who, after their weekly games, often enjoy lunch together at the resort.

“Even if you don’t play a great game, so what,” she says. “We are outside on a beautiful day doing something we enjoy with friends.”

Each week, Manju sends the golfers emails and text reminders for upcoming tee times.  

“We encourage each other,” says Manju. “It’s important to be as active as you can, and this is a fun way to do that. And if you can’t go every week, we all understand.”

Based on the success of the women’s golf group, Nina hopes to start a Devonshire couples golfing group. She and her husband Chick often join Manju and her husband Inder for a weekly contest.

“Life is beautiful,” she says. “Playing golf with friends is just one of so many ways we enjoy life at Devonshire.”

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