The Country Club at DC Ranch: Incorporating Physical and Mental Fitness to the Game


The Country Club at DC Ranch will open its new Fitness and Performance Center in April, with an emphasis on golf fitness, as physical and mental fitness have become a necessity for golfers, of any age, aspiring to optimize their game. Here, golf professional JT Hamamoto and Director of Fitness and Wellness Danielle Fryer explore the topic of golf fitness.

AFM: Can you discuss the importance of physical fitness for the golfer? What about mental fitness?

DF: Developing a golf athlete’s rotational power is one of the most important functions to improving their game. There is a lot that goes into being able to swing with power from a physical stability and mobility aspect. As random fitness provides random results, the opposite is also true. Specific, physical fitness provides specific, physical results. Creating speed and power in the gym has a specific recipe. Physical fitness is not just about burning calories and losing weight. To create strength, cardiovascular, flexibility, speed and power, periodizing workouts is key. What we do to get mentally fit matters. This is true because the body follows the brain, not vice versa. Mindfulness practices are worth investing your time, energy and resources into. Take your mind to the gym, whether it be a home-meditation cushion, writing self-inquiries in a journal, cognitive behavioral therapy or enrolling in yoga classes that practice conscious breathing along with structural lengthening postures. There are numerous ways to connect, and that is what we are doing for our members here at The Country Club at DC Ranch.

AFM: How does the club aim to offer fitness to its golfers?

DF: The club aims to offer fitness for golfers with scientifically backed methods of exercises that are specific to golf athletes. Our fitness and performance professionals, along with our golf pros, want to improve drive, accuracy and overall wellness and golf game. In the gym, we are set to offer small group classes that focus on golf-specific exercises designed to help increase strength, flexibility, balance, rotary power, core stability, mobility, posture and endurance. We strive to create a golf fitness culture that is consistent with specific training, to maximize game consistency and decrease the risk of injury.

AFM: What will set the golf facilities and amenities at The Country Club at DC Ranch apart from other clubs?

JT: We have a lot of plans for The Country Club at DC Ranch. We plan to renovate the practice facility entirely. This includes increased tee space, enhancing the short game and putting green areas as well as plans for a player development center. We will add more greens and redesign our practice areas with our performance center in mind. In our Performance Studio, we plan to utilize cameras to video players’ swings, TrackMan and other technologies to create the most advanced teach center in the area.  We are working hard to develop programs that work well with the new fitness facility and all that it has to offer our golfers.

AFM: What sets your fitness golf program apart from other country clubs?

DF: Our team truly loves to work together! We pride ourselves on group-minded action plans to get the job done. It takes the Strength Coach, Sports Dietitian, Golf Professional and other health experts here at our club to shift the results. Leaning into one another as a group mind truly gives the member an advantage to facilitate change where desired.

To Learn More: Contact Melanie Halpert, Director of Membership and Marketing at or 480.342.7246. 

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