December’s Most Improved Player- Julie Hong

julie hong on a putt putt course in castle rock to practice putting
Julie Hong practicing on a putt-putt course in Castle Rock.

Julie Hong is Etching Hill’s December most improved player! Julie is a resident of Castle Rock Colorado where she cleans homes and offices for a lliving. Mrs. Hong wanted to get better at golf so she could join her husband out on the course. She tried to join her husband, Brian Hong, but found that she was just slowing the game down! Julie has been taking lessons at Etching Hill for around 6 months and really hit her stride towards the end of January when her coach, Dan Timbers, gave her some somewhat unconventional advice. Coach Timbers told Julie to skip Etching Hill for two weeks and instead to focus strictly on her short game by playing putt-putt golf! Coach T explains his unusual advice, “Mrs. Hong naturally has a great long game but you really can’t enjoy this game unless you feel confident in both the short and long games. Julie just wasn’t confident and wasn’t able to follow through with the great drives she would deliver. Believe it or not, putt-putt was the answer.”

Julie was happy for the change of pace but after a week she was ready to come back to Etching Hill. Julie golfed her first sub-90 score at Etching Hill just before this December’s snow. Mrs. Hong had this to say about her success, “My goal is, and always has been, to beat my husband,” she said with a laugh.

Etching Hill has lessons and coaching for all levels. Mrs. Hong works long hours for a Castle Rock house cleaning service (click here to go to their website) where she acts as a supervisor. Mrs. Hong said she was worried she wouldn’t have time for lessons. She is required to inspect the work of all other house cleaners to ensure quality. “Not only do I have be on the road quite a bit but I also have to be on my feet for long hours scrubbing floors or washing windows. I was worried that I wouldn’t be up for golfing after all that! Etching Hill was able to work around my schedule so I was actually able to practice my swing between house cleaning!”

For more information on Etching Hill coaching email us at with a subject line of “lessons” or call us at 303-555-0119. When you call or email mention Julie Hong the house cleaner and get a 15% discount off your first lesson!