In the world of golf, Melissa Kirkpatrick is about as rare as scoring a double eagle (making a hole-in-one on a Par 4 or getting down in two on a Par 5).

She is part owner of two Clermont County golf courses: Lindale Golf Club in Amelia and nearby Taylor Glen Golf Club. She’s been around the game for a while, but only been playing golf seriously a couple years and she’s never had a formal lesson.

Kirkpatrick is not afraid to do things the unconventional way.

She was in her 30s, working as a secretary in the adult education department at Grant Career Center in Bethel, when she decided to go back to school to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. She taught information technology at Western Brown High School for seven years.

About nine years ago, she and her husband, Dusty, teamed up with his father, Jim Kirkpatrick, to buy Taylor Glen. The elder Kirkpatrick ran an excavating business and had laid out both Taylor Glen and Lindale years earlier.

Then five years ago, she and husband acquired struggling Lindale and she gave up teaching to manage Lindale full-time.

Now she’s on a mission to get more women interested in the game. She talked recently with Cincy Magazine about golf and getting women involved.

How did you start playing?

When I quit teaching to do this full-time, I realized it was time to learn the game.

I was in my 40s, but you’d be surprised how many women have taken up the game later in life after raising kids and doing their thing with their careers. The cool thing is I’m playing with women who are in their late 70s and early 80s.

How are you trying get more women involved in the game?

We have established leagues for women, of course. But my intention is to be more of a golf coach and go out on the course and expose women to the game in a low-pressure situation. Maybe play two or three times and go over the fundamentals, etiquette and then just hit ball and understand what the yardages mean and things like that.

I’ve been around a lot of women who say, “I don’t know what club to use. I don’t know what it means to fix a ball mark.” So that’s what I’m looking at developing.

It is one thing go out with your husband or boyfriend and try to learn golf. It’s another thing when you go out with other women. I’ve found that way exposes more interest.

What do you enjoy about golf?

I look at it in terms of being able to accomplish something on your own. Golf relates to life so much. It’s like the line in the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance: “It’s a game that can’t be won, only played.” That’s what connected with me. You need patience and need to overcome obstacles. You have good days on the course and bad days. But making a good shot, and maybe making a birdie, brings you back.