Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year. The best gift cannot be wrapped in a gift bag. How can you wrap shared laughter and tears or talks that last for hours? They can only be wrapped and treasured inside our hearts.
Registration for existing members begins January 2, 2018. To register, select Early Bird Registration from the Members area. You will need to remember your username which was the e-mail you used when registering initially and password. We would appreciate you letting us know if you are not returning.
If a particular program and/or dates are important we recommend you get your registrations in as soon as possible. If you were a member previously and took a break you will need to contact us to get access to the member area.
The Beginners who are ready to move to the “intermediate” league, members who want to change golf leagues and Associates (Calgary Only) who would like to be a full time member are given the opportunity before we accept new members at the beginning of February.
If you are interested in the February Short Game Clinics or March Level I or II lessons please let us know by e-mail followed up with registration early in January.
Please note we open up registration to new members February 1. If you have friends or colleagues interested in joining Golfaround, please send them to our website so that they can inquire and we can get some information to them.
The indoor Short Game Clinics will run in a north and south location this year. Again at The Riverside Golf Centre in NW Calgary just off of Memorial drive at Point McKay & at Grand Slam Golf Academy in SE Calgary on Manitou Rd.
Tournaments & Weekend Get-a-Ways
We are working on the following and the website will be updated in January with the FUN we have planned for you next year.
- Social/Orientation Edmonton – April 23th
- Social/Orientation Calgary – April 27th
- Mystery Bus Trip – June 25th
- Play & Stay – Kimberley July 20 – 21
- Edmonton 1 Day Event &/or a Play & Stay July
Once the information has been updated we will communicate to the members, and then you can sign up by contacting us using the website or e-mailing us. This will be handled on a first come 1st served basis. We will once again be using the PayPal system to invoice and collect your money from you for the majority of the things we do.
Have you ever wanted to play Torrey Pines in San Diego or the Banff Springs? Well this you can do and more at a new establishment in Calgary, Grand Slam Golf Academy. This facility offers virtual golf at a number of prestigious golf course and much, much more. Grand Slam Golf Academy offers six of the most advanced virtual golf simulators on the market. You will be able to choose from over 80 of the world’s most recognizable courses. In addition to the golf they have a great short game area where you can practice and improve the finer points of your game. There are over 3,000 square feet of naturally contoured putting and chipping areas, where you’ll be able to conquer putts of any break and distance and master bunker shots from real sand.
If you like technology the RoboGolfPro takes your club and physically guides you through a perfect swing, tailored just for you. This piece of equipement allows your instructor to let you feel the perfect ergonomic, efficient and physically correct swing for your ability and physique. In addition to this you can try out the SAM Putt Lab which monitors and measures your putting stroke allowing you to develop training strategies and improvement, it will also provide professional putter fitting.
We are planning an outing at this facility in the New Year which will be open to the Golfaround gals and their partners so stay tuned for more news and plan to join us for a night of fun, food and friends.
Our weekly practice at the Eaglequest Golf Dome at Fox Hollow Golf Course will commence Jan 4th. The special is $26.00 and includes GST. We get 45 minutes of mat time and some choices for dinner, it is always very good. You will find us in the Dome on the upper level arriving about 5:45pm to 6:00pm.
This weekly activity started off initially as a way of staying in touch during the winter months. Little did we know this group would grow from 6 – sometimes 20 + and we still doing it 21 years later. Not only is it fun but it is the perfect time to work on improving issues we were having with a particular golf club or a swing problem. Practice is about a new move not about repeating the same move over and over. We should take our time between shots, going through our pre-shot routine, taking a couple of practice swings and picking a target. It is not about whacking 100 balls it should be about the quality vs the quantity. I know to start with a small club and work my way up through the clubs, i.e. a small swing, like chip shots with a wedge moving to some pitch shots, then some full swing shots with irons/hybrids and finally the driver. It is interesting to note that 2/3’s of our shots are short game shots so it makes sense that 2/3 of our time should be spent practice these shots.
Come a join us a the dome this winter and enjoy some camraderie and maybe some friendly competition.
Early in the New Year some of us will embark on a unique South-Eastern Asia adventure. Our journey commences with a brief tour of Hong Kong. This vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. These are places and sights that give Hong Kong its highlights and unique local color which we will have the opportunity of seeing. Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is the best place to look out over the towering city skyline offering us sweeping views of Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers, verdant trees, and walking paths. The Star Ferry is one of the best ways to enjoy the view of the skyline of Victoria Harbor. The Star Ferry has been used to carry passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. It is memorable to take a close look at so many towering skyscrapers while floating on the calm waters. We will observe the Clock Tower which is a landmark in Hong Kong. It is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Our transitory visit ends with lunch to experience Hong Kong dim sum. Dim sum literally means “to touch your heart”, and refers to a vast number of exquisite bite-sized dishes. They are steamed in advance in bamboo baskets and paraded around the restaurant in steam carts.
After this brief sojourn we continue our travels to Penang known as the “Pearl of the Orient”. The island of Penang sits off the western coastline of Peninsular Malaysia and boasts a rich cultural heritage blending Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Here we can embrace the sun, sand and sea at an idyllic Penang Resort. We will enjoy golf at two different golf clubs. Bukit Jawi Golf Resort is a superb golfing paradise set amidst a picturesque setting with lush tropical greenery. The brilliant blue sky and warm tropical sun will be an irresistible combination for great golf. Penang Golf Club boasts stunning panoramic vistas of the Island with Penang Bridge and the mainland in the distance. Although this course is surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city there are enough jungle clad hills to remind you that Penang Island is a lush and tropical destination. In addition to golf we will explore the area and no tour of Penang is complete without a stop in World Heritage-listed George Town. This cosmopolitan island capital boasts a diverse architectural heritage, its oldest sections packed with 19th-century mosques, churches, temples, and colonial buildings. George Town will be a treat of sights and taste with every lane, street or corner failing to surprise with sights of the infamous street art, heritage buildings and authentic street and restaurant food. We may ride a Trishaw or embark upon a foodie tour or maybe some water activities. After enjoying a week of sun, beach, golf and touring we say farewell to Penang and fly to Kota Kinabulu, Borneo for more adventures.
Thanksgving is on it’s way, but the sole purpose is really to be aware of what we are grateful for everyday in our lives. As humans we tend to take a lot for granted and some times it is easier to focus on what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Many of the things we have we may see as rights but in reality they are privileges. I am able to write this little blurb so I am literate and have been fortunate enough to have had an education and have the ability to write, not everyone has this privilege, it is a gift to be grateful for. We read the news every day and we are grateful that we live in a country that is safe and free of the war and violence that is in so many other parts of the world. On that note here are some the things that I am so very grateful for.
PEOPLE I am grateful for my family, both past and present each and every one of them will always leave an indelible footprint on my heart. I was fortunate to have been playing golf with my two daughters yesterday, what a special gift that was. My friends are also a gift for they are my companions for life and will be there for me through thick and thin as I will be there for them. Golfaround would not be what it is today if we did not have the support and appreciation from our members, I am very grateful for that. They have also brought us a lot of joy, accomplishment, pride and some memorable moments. Kind strangers can also brighten up my day when I least expect it.
HEALTH and our senses are a gift for sure. Sight allows me to appreciate the beauty we see every day; touch lets me feel the wind in my face and the touch of my loved ones; the ability to hear, even if it’s not as good as it used to be, lets me hear the trickle of rain, the voices of my family and the music of life; the sense of smell allows me to appreciate smells of a wet forest or the roses in the garden; taste allows me to savor all the things I love to eat and wine of course. I am lucky to have my health so I can still golf, walk and travel, others are not so fortunate, there but for the grace of God.
HOME is where the heart is they say and my heart resides in Canada where I enjoy freedom and safety. I enjoy experiencing other parts of the world and am grateful for that but it is always good to come home.
FAITH AND HAPPINESS my faith in God has brought us through tough times and has given us strength to overcome the obstacles of life. It has given us the gift of making dreams come true and striving to excel in what we do. Happiness is a result of all of the above and every day we realize we have many, many things to be thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving. I am sure you will be able to relate to the things I am grateful for.
And last but not least I have learned to be grateful for who I am and for what I can bring to the world I live in.
Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love, and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life. Danielle Duckery
Our theme this year was Bling Fling and our 7 Day, 26 Beginners, 28 Evening League and 9 Guests, showed up at Cougar Creek Golf Resort to play 18 holes in a fun Texas Scramble tournament. All teams were invited to dress up to reflect their gemstone names. The weather was 20 deg and sunny with lots of wind, particularly on the front nine. Ladies were greeted at registration with a glass of non-alcoholic wine, a beautiful cupcake, courtesy of Lynn Stolarchuk, who was unable to attend, and a glittery gift bag. We had a tie for Lowest Team Score with Team Citrine winning lovely crowns for their efforts. Team Amethyst won chocolate coal pieces cause you just know they will eventually turn into diamonds. Gloria Rogers won the blindfold putting contest and we are not sure what this says about her putting when she can see the hole. Cougar Creek put on a great spread of steak, lemon potatoes, beans, salads and desserts. Many thanks to the tournament helpers: Lynn Stolarchuk, Tammy Spink, Cindy Erdosi, Jennifer Dowdle, Kathleen McCabe, Lauren Savereaux, Lorie Baddock and Doris Blanchard. All in all, it was a great day and we look forward to next season. Patti Daye
We were traveling in Newfoundland a couple of weeks ago and found what we consider to be a spectacular golf course. We were staying in a beautiful five bedroom chalet which overlooked the golf course, what a hidden gem it was.
Humber Valley Resort’s 18-Hole, par 72 championship River Course measures 7,199 yards and affords dramatic views over the Humber Valley, including Deer Lake and the Humber River. The course was designed by Canadian Golf architect Doug Carrick, who is known for creating courses of great character and beauty, The River Course is no exception. Its layout, with gently rolling terrain, generous fairways and undulating greens, offers experienced golfers a welcome challenge yet also provides an enjoyable round for novices. Several holes are played alongside the tranquil Humber River or the shores of Deer Lake and a number of natural ponds and streams meander through the course. Sixteen of the holes provided water views and the beautiful scenery made it a pleasure to play.
Breath taking views were enjoyed from most holes culminating in the 18th where the backdrop rises to 400 feet in elevation up to the Eagle’s Perch, housing golf reception, changing facilities, lounge and banquet room where the spectacular scenery can be enjoyed at the nineteenth hole.
How about the weather this year? Sure was a huge improvement over last year. The sun shone, there were very few late day thunderstorms in Calgary and all in all we thought the season rocked. Some of you enjoyed the newest additions to league schedules, Serenity, Shaganappi Valley nine & Shaganappi Point.
We met some really nice new people this year that were totally into what Golfaround is all about and it was satisfying to see how far some of our beginner golfers have come. For instance Pam sent us the following which is another reason Golfaround exists. “My husband and I were out golfing with another couple last week near Fairmont Hot Springs. I golfed 4 days in a row, 18 holes (Trickle Creek – Riverside – The Springs in Radium & Radium Course). It was fabulous and sometimes awful! I never would have dreamed that I would feel comfortable and be able to enjoy this level and amount of golf. So thank you to Golfaround! So sad that it’s over for another year, but looking forward to next year!”
We enjoyed a fabulous Mystery Bus trip that had the most numbers we have ever had even if we did go to a “dry” location. We did make sure there were beverages available due a deliver made prior to the event. The Kimberley Play & Stay was also a great success we had so much fun we are going to do again next year and we found out we can enter a “fun” Bocci Ball tournament with a twist, costumes and beer that is. Our summers are so short that we want to experience it all and not miss a thing. A good example of this is the last group at Sirocco Aug 28 played the 9th hole in the dark and finished, even though we only booked 6 groups and gave everyone a pep talk to keep the pace “fast” so everyone would finish in the light.
Its was a clean sweep for the sundowners mixed league, this season we got every game played as scheduled. We really enjoyed playing with the new members this year you are a great addition to the group. It is nice to see everyone socialize following the round and sharing war stories. Also we have hole in one stories again and towel presentations. A good time was had by all. The Day leagues final 18 hole round was at Shaganappi Point and even though it was pretty smokey we had a wonderful round. The marshall was totally blown away with our pace of play, we were in the last group and we came in at 3 hours and 40 minutes, awesome ladies. Thanks again to everyone who helped us out this year it was very much appreciated.
Edmonton had a little more weather than us this year but all in all it was a great season. Sometimes you just have persevere as the day ladies will attest to, they are pretty hardy. We got off to a bit of rough start in Edmonton but thanks to some very dedicated people they turned it around and I think we had a strong finish. Thank you Lynn, Patti, Tammy, Chris and all the others that helped us this year. We grew the Edmonton membership adding some new courses to play, Fort in View and Cardiff come to mind. We are sorry that our Day Trip did not work out this year but certainly do plan on launching something early next year.
Some the beginners had a great day at Tofield Golf Course thanks to Mary, she didn’t think it was a big deal but it is absolutely a big deal!!! That is what the spirit of Golfaround is all about! The fact that she made 14 friends in her league is wonderful. A friend owns the golf course at Tofield, it’s a family owned and a nice little 9 hole country course. Mary asked if anyone would want to go out on a Saturday. Well 14 of them ended going on July 22. It was a beautiful day and they had a great time! A couple of them made nachos and cheese/meat tray for afterwards, and of course wine and beer.
A note from Lynn – “Well Ladies, I am not ashamed to say I started out this year feeling a little sorry for myself after I broke my wrist in February. I would miss golfing, definitely, but more importantly I would miss the gals. Over the six or seven years I have been with Golfaround, I have made some really great friendships, and through my past three years of coordinating, there is not an event or concert or golf course that I can’t go to and not run into someone I have met through Golfaround. So when Kristy asked me to coordinate the remainder of the season I heartily dove in as at least I would see my gals again. And so many new faces too! I love it. I am happy to say that I am golfing again and so I am going back to the ranks of member and not coordinator but I am really happy to have participated in this season otherwise there would have been some great women I would have missed out on meeting. We’ve had a great season and that is thanks to each of you who make Golfaround what it is.”
We end the Golfaround season with more MOB’s and I am pleased to see some from our Beginners. I had the pleasure of getting to know some of them a little bit better and they are getting hooked on the game. Debra chipped from about 30 yards right into the hole. Catherine gets a par – “the shots that keep you coming back” or as I always say it wants more of my money. Shelley had her best game ever and attributes it to a lucky penny she found that day. Michelle almost gets a hole in one, Colleen gets a par and a bogey at Heritage Pointe a tough golf course, Gloria gets 2 pars & Joanne gets pars and birdies at Blue Devil….well done ladies!!!
The gals in Edmonton are making their mark as well, Lindsey and Karena both get birdies at Dragons Head on August 9 – exuding lots of exuberance. Barb birdied the 12th hole of Twin Willows by canning a 45 ft chip! Unfortunately her game was cut short by lightning and torrential Alberta storms. “As you know, it just takes one shot like this to erase many bad ones” Barb