A Golf Club ‘Fore’ the Ladies
Guests playing with the golf simulator Thr3 Jack

A Golf Club ‘Fore’ the Ladies

North Loop sports bar Thr3 Jack is launching a women-centered golf club. “We want to change the narrative around golf,” says co-owner Lucy Robb.

North Loop sports bar Thr3 Jack this week will launch a new women-centered golf club. The aim is to make the sport more inclusive and approachable, says president and co-owner Lucy Robb.

According to the National Golf Foundation, nearly 25 million people played golf on a golf course in 2019, but only 23 percent were women. The pandemic has spurred more interest in the sport, though it still tends to skew toward male players.

Robb says she grew to love the game in her 20s. From conversations with other women, though, she saw that many didn’t know where to begin. She started thinking about hosting her own golf club at the bar back in fall 2019. It didn’t start taking shape until Thanksgiving 2021.

“We have three primary goals with Thr3 Jack’s Ladies Club,” Robb says. “First, we want to get more women on the course and excited about the game of golf. Second, we want to change the narrative around golf and show women that golf can be cool, inclusive, and fun. And finally, we want to bring women together to have a good time and make meaningful connections.”

During the colder months, the club will meet at Thr3 Jack and play on the bar’s golf simulator. Along with the general tips and tricks, the Thr3 Jack Ladies Club will offer three different types of golf events: free swing sessions, hour-long group instructional sessions followed by lunch and free swing time, and two-hour instructional sessions for beginners.

Emily Farrell, a Professional Golfers’ Association golfer and founder of apparel line Abendroth Golf, will lead instruction for the Ladies Club.

As the weather starts to warm, Thr3 Jack plans to take the Ladies Club to an actual golf course. The bar is currently working on a collaboration with a local podcast, Save Par, to host a summer tournament.

“At the end of the day, the biggest barrier always seemed to be the intimidation factor,” Robb says. “I set out to create a more comfortable setting to learn and play. A club designed specifically for women with an emphasis on casual, laid-back fun, seemed like a good place to start.”

The Ladies Club starts off with its free swing sessions Wednesday at Thr3 Jack, followed by a lunch and learn session on Thursday.

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