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    Just Relax, Wildcats: Local golf oasis offers students an activity to unwind

    Zi Yang Lai

    Tucson’s Randolph North Golf Course on Monday, Sept. 28. The golf complex is located at 600 S Alvernon Way.

    Spend a day on the fairway and drive your stress away at Tucson’s Randolph North Golf Course.

    The golf course, which opened in 1925 and is now Tucson’s longest golf course, shares its green, gracious space with the entire community. Upon entering the course, guests are greeted with extensive views that reach thousands of yards wide and are full of trees, fairways and obstacles including water hazards and sand pits.

    Randolph North Golf Course encourages students to visit the course and experience the benefits of getting outside and participating in physical activity. The course welcomes expert golf connoisseurs, as well as beginners and rookies who have never touched a golf club, to schedule a tee time with their friends on a sunny weekend morning for a day away from campus.

    Matthew Boepple, Randolph North Golf Course employee, said he thinks that there is no better place for a student to relax after a busy week than on the course.

    “We have affordable rates which make it easy for students to come and play,” Boepple said. “We are also conveniently located near campus.”

    Golf is a game full of challenge, concentration and improvement. Students who take advantage of these qualities can find a sense of reward and accomplishment that not many other activities can provide.

    College, at times, feels one-dimensional, taking on and adhering to a constant routine that never changes. Students who become overwhelmed by the pressures of college should try investing their time in hobbies and activities that are not related to school.

    Jerome Shumway, a psychology senior, has avidly practiced his golf game for the past two years. Shumway transferred to the UA during his sophomore year and came across Randolph North Golf Course while hanging out with friends.

    “After my first time visiting the course, I knew golfing was a hobby I would enjoy for the rest of my life,” Shumway said. “The course is quiet and relaxing. It feels good to be in a natural environment where you can set your mind apart from school while also learning a craft you may have never thought about pursuing.”

    Shumway said that one of the best parts about taking time on the weekends for golf is noticing his personal improvement and being proud of his accomplishments.

    “It’s a good feeling to find something other than school to invest your time into,” Shumway said.

    Besides reaping the benefits of fresh air and physical exercise, students can enjoy the course’s other options in the way of merchandise from an on-site golf shop, a delicious brunch from the course cafe and a relaxing ride on provided golf carts as customers make their way through all 18 holes.

    Golf is known for being a sport for those who seek peace within their long weeks, and there’s is no reason a college student shouldn’t also experience this healthy outlet. Be sure to check out Randolph North Golf Course for a relaxing, yet challenging, hobby outside of everyday study endeavors.

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