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05May

Where to Golf in Southern Idaho This Summer with Katie Somers, PGA

GOLF, NOT JUST YOUR DAD’S GAME

Katie learned to play golf at the age seven alongside her Dad, quickly discovering a love and natural ability for the sport.  She eventually set her sights on collegiate golf and attended Boise State University, a Division 1 golf school, on an athletic scholarship. Following graduation, Katie obtained a PGA certification in just 21 months – an achievement that often takes up to eight years to complete. She had the prestigious distinction of being the only female Head Golf Professional in the Rocky Mountain Division while at Banbury Golf Club, and now she serves as the only female PGA Director of Instruction in the Treasure Valley. Katie was also the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award in 2017, along with the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Women’s Player of the Year Awards in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

In 2015, Katie joined Banbury Golf Club as Head Golf Professional. While unusual to have a woman in the pro shop or as an instructor, the club had enough foresight and understanding of golf’s shifting clientele to hire women. While at Banbury, Katie designed and led many successful junior and ladies’ golf programs, focusing on making the game fun and accessible to everyone.

 

Now synonymous with women’s and children’s golf in the Treasure Valley, Katie recently joined River Birch Golf Course as Director of Instruction and launched her own golf academy, KTEE Golf. She typically teaches 250+ juniors between March-October, while also leading many ladies’ programs. She recognizes how intimidating golf can feel to newcomers and wants women and children to feel comfortable on the course and at the driving range.  She says that “golf is a great sport for everyone, and having a female instructor can make all the difference.”  As a female golfer, Katie sees things differently, pointing out that women are shaped differently, swing differently, and have different strengths – differences that she weaves into her instruction. She adds that “having a woman teach you offers subtle encouragement that you can do this and be extraordinary at it.”  

 

Katie also enjoys spotting natural ability and hopes to use her unique position as a female Director of Instruction to give junior hopefuls everything they need to be successful. She attributes much of her success to the coaches and mentors that guided her, and she now aspires to do the same for others. In fact, the second student she gave lessons to won the 2020 Women’s Amateur State Championship.  

 

For Katie, golf is a lifelong game. 25 years later, she still golfs with her Dad. She has a passion for teaching and loves interacting with her players - loves feeling like a part of their story. She developed KTEE Golf to promote all aspects of golf in a safe, fun, challenging, and happy environment. Katie ultimately wants to help her players feel at ease on the course, to foster a good network of friends to play with (over cocktails, of course!), and to teach her players how to play golf - the right way.

 

Katie Somers, PGA, created KTEE Golf to provide safe, fun, and challenging golf instruction to women and juniors in the Treasure Valley.

 

Book a lesson with Katie here,

Book a Lesson with Katie

Where to Golf in Southern Idaho

Treasure Valley Golf Courses

Membership Required

Indian Lakes Golf Club

The River Club

BanBury Golf Course

Hillcrest Country Club

Crane Creek Country Club

Boise Ranch Golf Course

Eagle Hills Golf Course

Lakeview Golf Club

Public Courses

Quail Hollow Golf Course

Warm Springs Golf Course

Pierce Park Greens

Shadow Valley Golf Course

Centennial Golf Course

Ridgecrest Golf Club

RedHawk Public Golf Course

Fairview Golf Course

TimberStone Golf Course

Falcon Crest Golf Club

Purple Sage Golf Course

River Birch Golf Course

Mccall Courses 

McCall Golf Club

Whitetail Club

Jug Mountain Ranch

Meadow Creek Golf Resort

Cascade Golf Course

Sun Valley Golf Courses

Sun Valley Golf Course

Elkhorn Golf Course

White Clouds

Sun Valley Golf Resort

Bigwood

Retail

GOLFTEC Boise

Golf Galaxy

Spikes Golf Supplies

Play It Again Sports

Golf 365

Thrasher Golf


 

To learn more about these courses and see more in the area, check out our page on Idaho golf courses here,

Idaho Golf Courses

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