The beginners took on Lil Devil at Blue Devil this month. The 9 hole course is made up of Par 3’s, 4’s and a Par 5. The Par 5 is 245 yard and doable for a Par for any of us. This fantastic little track offers a bit more challenge to test their skills. It was nice to see the support for one another, after all we can always find something positive with our efforts. We finished up on the patio sharing some laughs and getting to know one another just a little bit better.
Well we did it again, fooled everyone, no one guessed where we were going. Our destination was Coyote Creek Golf Resort, just outside of Sundre in the foothills of the Rockies. It was great to travel a little closer to home and we also were able to have a shot gun start which was terrific. We boarded the bus at Signal Hill shopping centre and wow what a motley crew arrived, but they all had one thing in common, THE BEACH. We had bikini tee shirts, beautifully designed bikini golf shirts, grass skirts and leis and bathing beauties complete with fins and snorkels. When we arrived there was ample time for some to get very creative with their carts, it was so much fun. The format, which Nicki thought we dreamed up over wine, was creative and gave everyone a fair chance at winning it all. We really did appreciate all the help from those who gave us prizes we really did have some great ones. There were some amazing drives and a very long putt, congratulations ladies. Coyote Creek had a fabulous meal for us which everyone enjoyed. The food was great and the staff so helpful. We ended it all up doing the Limbo and the Macarena, thanks to Lorie who helped lead the dance. Now we just have try to fool you again next year. The loonies we collected will again be donated to the Children’s Cottage Society.
We were at Glen Eagles with the Day League this month and got to witness Jennifer Dennett hit the green on 16……what a proud moment, great shot Jennifer. Carol Sadler also hit the record books this month she had a wonderful birdie on hole #8 at The Winston. Cheryl Zaic and Jan Willis of the Beginner League finished up at Lakeview with two Pars, I guess the lessons are paying off 🙂
No shot in golf comes with more mental baggage than the sand shot. Just about all of us , upon climbing into a bunker, starts ticking off a mental checklist of set-up and swing keys — open stance, open clubface, hit two inches behind the ball, follow through, and so on. As a result, by the time we have to hit the shot, we are so loaded down with mechanical thoughts we end up either hitting it way over the green or back in the sand. Learning to master the greenside bunker will take strokes off your score.
Here are a few easy tips to help you get out every time:
Keep your approach as simple as possible.
Get into a comfortable set-up and simply focus on swinging the clubhead under the ball. Clear your mind and you’ll find more success in the sand. The only true fundamental for greenside bunker shots is getting the center of gravity of the clubface under the center of gravity of the ball. If you do this, the sand you displace will force the ball upward with enough loft for most situations. There are mechanical keys to playing extra-high shots or for generating a lot of backspin, but for a basic, get-on-the-green bunker shot, swinging the clubhead under the ball should be your primary thought.
We thought this was very appropriate as we just returned from our Mystery Bus Trip Life’s a Beach and beach it was, sooo many sand traps and didn’t my partner Edie almost hit them all
Whether you’re taking up golf as a new sport or looking to improve, Heritage Pointe is equipped with a fantastic practice facility that is available to all public players. We are fortunate to have a very unique setting for us to practise our game. We spend time on the range hitting numerous balls at different targets but when we get to the golf course it never seems to work as well. The remedy to this is maybe to go to Heritage Pointe and explore their 3-hole course “The Loop” with its full length par 3, 4 and 5. They also have a driving range, a 13,000 square foot practice green and bunkers – the perfect spot to practice and improve your short game.
As a member of Golfaround Steve has offered us a special discounted rate so we can enjoy what they have to offer:
DAILY PRACTICE FACILITY RATES-Loop Only (All Day)
DAILY PRACTICE FACILITY PACKAGES-Loop & Range (All Day)
In addition to this we have a Proshop discount of 10% off equipment and 20% off soft goods.
We are starting the season off with some great moments of brilliance, the first day of our 2018 season, Cindy Booth got an eagle at Heritage Pointe. She got this on hole 9 on Heritage the hole with the island green…..good job. Margaret MacFarlane shot a 46 at The Winston and it would have been much better if a par 3 didn`t chew her up….way to go Margaret. Rita Schmitt came out at Elbow Springs feeling a bit under the weather but guess what she had her best game ever… you just never know.
Keep up the good work ladies and have FUN.
As a beginner golfer it can be intimidating to play on a golf course for the first time. How do I book? Where do I go? What are those coloured stakes? and many more questions for sure. This is the reason we offer the Beginner Golf Course Orientation.
We held this at Heritage Pointe in Calgary and Dragons Head in Edmonton. They were very well attended and the weather was warm and sunny. Each group had an experienced mentor who did their best to introduce them to the intricacies of a golf course and offered suggestions for playing ready and courteous golf. After learning the basics of the tee box which is the starting point on each hole of a golf course and what the different sets of tees meant, the gals had fun hitting their balls down the fairway. The play was interspersed with advice on how to manage lost balls, balls in the rough and how to know how far away from the pin you were. Then there was the sand bunker and where you leave the rake after raking the trap. The putting green offered the opportunity to learn about the flag stick, minding it and being watchful of someone’s line and repairing a ball mark. We also had some dreaded water to contend with at Heritage, but all was well. Golf is a great game we don’t have to be athletic or strong we just have to be patient, persistent and thoughtful of others. Only about 15 minutes of a 4 hour round is spent actually swinging the golf club so enjoy the rest of the time appreciating you playing partners and the serene and scenic surroundings.
We finished the session in the club houses enjoying a bite and beverage a good time was had by all.
Most golfers do not know that their insect repellent will harm turf, especially when directed at legs and ankles. The overspray usually leaves a pattern of a green footprint or footprints surrounded by straw-colored injured turf. Now that the snow is finely gone and the leaves have opened up, armies of pesky bugs are coming out. Our first plan of attack is usually to get the cobwebs off that can of bug spray from the bottom of the golf bag. Turf crews work really hard at getting that carpet feel grass that golfers love so much. When you’re spraying on that bug spray for protection, it’s also showering the grass around you. It takes less than a day for that spray to ruin all those hours of hard work and leave your footprints behind. The solution to this problem is to spray legs and ankles on a cart path or other non-turf surface where the overspray will not contact grass. Depending on conditions and the amount of spray on the grass, these spots usually recover in 1-4 weeks. In extreme cases, though, they can result in the death of the patch of turf. Please be vigilant and use the spray in the parking lot or on paved pathways. The maintenance crews will thank you and other golfers as well. Enjoy your summer and stay bug free.