Sitting with the Level 1 beginners following their lesson this month reminds me why we started Golfaround in the first place. I remember only too well what it felt like to approach that 1st tee box for the first time and play with people I did not know. Feeling anxious, nervous and hoping I don’t make a fool of myself…my biggest fear is holding everyone up. It is so rewarding to see the transformation 5 weeks later, the apprehension is not quite as prevalent and they are looking forward to getting out on to the course with fellow golfers.
In the past we have had numerous inquiries about handicapping and this is something that Golfaround does not do at this point in time. I can recommend the Public Players Club as it is for golfers who are unaffiliated with a golf club and is available to people that would like a handicap. A handicap is required if you choose to enter AGA tournaments and events held at other golf clubs. For more information check out the Golf Canada website
The Play Golf Alberta Public Player’s Club is a “virtual” member golf club of Alberta Golf/Golf . It is just like any other club except it is not attached to a physical golf course and members typically play golf at public play facilities. The fee to join the vClub is $49.95 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Public Player vClub members can record acceptable scores, view their scoring records and maintain an official Golf Canada Handicap Factor from any computer that has internet access anywhere in the world. Members can also view the scoring records of any other vClub member, as well as the records of other Alberta Golf and Golf Canada members who are using the Golf Canada Score Centre as part of the peer review process.
In addition to recording and viewing scores on the Network, members have a secure communication program, game track abilities, information on clubs across North America and an event calendar that includes leagues and tournaments.
Benefits of a Play Golf Alberta Player’s Club membership:
• Alberta Golf membership
• Golf Canada membership
• an official Handicap Factor, recognized worldwide
• ability to enter Alberta Golf and Golf Canada events
• ability to play in club events requiring a Handicap Factor
• online community with built in Event Calendar
• online member profile and game tracking ability
• search capabilities for courses and events throughout Canada
• Equipment and travel protection
More accomplishments this month. Debbie Culhane gets two chip in’s at Woodside GC in Airdrie. Pat Squibb gets another birdie at Wintergreen and Julie Weston gets two at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club. You ladies will have to replenish your birdie juice. I just know the ladies in Edmonton have had their own accomplishments, don’t forget to tell us about them so we put your names in lights.
It is with a heavy heart that we share some very sad news. Suzanne Shutiak, one of the Dirty Dozen, passed away Sunday May 26th after a brief fight with ovarian cancer. Suzanne was a strong Golfaround supporter playing in the leagues, attending tournaments, get-a-ways and international travel. We will miss her fun loving spirit and spunky spirit. Now she will become a member of the golf course in the sky and get to play again with Alison.
THE GOLF COURSE IN THE SKY
As eighteen flags flew at half mast, and
Glasses were soberly raised high
The latest member was having a ball
At the golf course in the sky
Freed from the gravity of the situation
The first tee shot soared through space
Bringing a wondrous, beaming smile
To a kind, down to earth face
Surrounded by old club friends
Once thought never to be seen again
The infinity course beckoned ahead
Eighteen holes were for mere mortal men
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 1L2) on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Church hall. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. In lieu of flowers, Suzanne wanted donations to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, 322001 32 St E, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5, Telephone: 403-995-4673, https://www.countryhospice.org/. She commented almost daily that she was amazed she didn’t have to pay for her care at the hospice. When we explained that a large part of the organization’s budget was from donations, she knew she wanted this paragraph to be part of her obituary.
Edmonton ladies mark your calendars, our Day Trip this year will be held on Monday July 8 at the Coal Creek Golf Resort. Details will be on the website soon. If you haven’t played this course it is very unique with its black sand bunkers and references to its past life as a Coal Mine. Instead of me prattling on about it – I have gratefully borrowed some words of our member, Therese Kehlers’ blog to get you excited.
Welcome to Coal Creek Golf Resort, which up until 10 years ago was fully functioning, family-owned coal mine. In 2007, the owners of Dodd’s Coal Mine wound down operations at this site and moved to a more modern facility about five kilometres away. With acres of land soon to be sitting empty, reclamation options were discussed and the idea of a championship golf course with a coal-mining theme was born.
The black sand traps aren’t the only homage to the old mine. En route to the sixth tee box, you’ll pass the old processing plant — the site’s tipple — where coal mined from the pits was crushed down into usable sizes, then loaded into the trucks of its customers.
The mine’s last open pit forms the arena for holes 1, 4, 5 and 18. All the bodies of water were original coal pits. And around the course, pieces of retired heavy equipment are scattered between the fescue-lined fairways. As the course’s website states: “You are truly playing through coal mining history.”
To our members that have never taken one of our Day Trips – they are fun, very social and you get to meet so many members of Golfaround. Golfing well is not a requirement – but having fun is! Lyn Prop Edmonton Coordinator
Pat Squibb and Kristy get to hang there hat’s on the birdie tree after Pat gets her first birdie of the season May 6th at The Winston Golf Club and Kristy sinks a long putt at Blue Devil Golf Club May 26. pretty good for the beginning of the season. Melanie Shelley gets a personal best of 44 on 9 holes at Springbank Links.
Our Golf and Spa get-a-way in the beautiful Comox Valley was outstanding. Arriving at the Comox airport gave us a snow-meets-surf kind of vibe and I was wondering how great it would be to live here. We were met at the airport by Kevin and Pam from Ambassador Transportation for our transport to The Crown Isle Resort. What a great start, these people were so accommodating we felt so very welcome , they even made a detour so we could buy some supplies for our room, wine and beer that is and the odd snack. Our rooms at The Crown Isle Resort were roomy, comfortable and well appointed, we all had great views and balconies. The onsite restaurant served good food and ample portions, Beau, one of the waiters looked after our group very well. After an early check in for most of us and a bite of lunch we headed out for the Kingfisher Hydropath, my Vancouver Island Valhalla. When we arrived we explored the spa grounds, beach and enjoyed the wonderful gardens and flowers, we were sure the flowers were on steroids. We changed into our swimsuits, put on our robes and had time to take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub and checked out the sauna and steam cave before being led into the Hydropath.
We descended into what felt like an underwater sea cave and followed an indoor circuit of wellness pools. We encountered soothing mineral baths, a waterfall grotto, a scent-infused steam cave, stimulating glacial waterfall (optional!) and more. My favourite ‘station’ was the collection of four human-size tidal pools. We exfoliated and invigorated with a sand and seaweed body scrub which was presented on large scallop shell. Is this what it feels like to be a mermaid? Following the Hydropath we could relax on loungers in a tranquil room overlooking the ocean; it’s pure bliss.
By now we have worked up an appetite, so it was only appropriate to dine on locally sourced fish and fare at Kingfisher’s Ocean7 Restaurant before returning to the resort. We also got to enjoy the Serenity Gardens which were absolutely stunning. In the centre courtyard, there are ponds, streams, beautiful landscaping and winding pathways. Adirondack chairs and gas fire bowls are found throughout the gardens, a wonderful sanctuary to take in the natural panoramic ocean views, passing boats and soaring eagles.
The golf was great and we enjoyed unobstructed views of the Comox Glacier and Beaufort Mountain Range and beautifully groomed gardens and flowers when we were golfing. We played The Crown Isle 18-hole, par 72 award winning course in Courtenay twice and some also played Glacier Greens 18-hole championship course located in Comox
The free day was spent by many people doing many different things. Fifth Street is the local shopping mecca where you can find zany gift shops, timeless book stores, wilderness outfitters, cottage-chic home stores, on point fashions, eclectic coffee shops, restaurants and everything in between. Thanks to Lori Laily’s intel four of us went to the Art and Blooms Festival which was so unique and a perfect time to visit the gardens as many of the more than 3,500 rhododendrons and wildflowers were in full bloom. We enjoyed a fantastic display of work by artists and artisans who set up their booths throughout the nearly 24 acres of informal gardens.
As we strolled the many pathways, enjoying the blossoms and relaxed atmosphere, we discovered an eclectic mix of paintings, photography, pottery, works in wood, stone, metal, along with fabrics, jewellery and unique pieces that can add a touch of art to our gardens.
We dined at some outstanding restaurants and the gourmet fresh local food was a treat. The Black Fin Pub had outstanding oceanfront views and their Banana coconut cod breaded with crushed banana chips, toasted coconut, and mango curry cream was exceptional. Another gem was Locals, it is like an old english cottage situated on the river with pretty gardens complete with black rabbits. The woodwork is amazing, absolutely beautiful. The food was scrumptious especially the deserts, here were so many choices it was hard to choose.
This location truly is outstanding and we were so fortunate to have the weather gods on our side as we enjoyed sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Staying in a castle and feeling like royalty is a must when going to Ireland so how about Ireland’s most magical address, Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th Century. This was the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kinds of Ireland. The outside of the magnificent castle will be an imposing sight and you’ll find a world of historic grandeur supported by the finest modern comforts. The interior of the castle includes glittering chandeliers and grand staircases and the rooms are elegantly appointed in royal style. With lavish décor, indulgent dining, fabulous views and magnificent bedrooms, this is a place to feel at home.
We will appreciate the natural beauty as we stroll through the peaceful Dromoland Estate there are more than 400 acres to explore. Feed the ducks or take a boat out on the lovely lake. Why not try an archery class or enjoy a falconry experience?
We will tee off on the world class golf course. Set on the actual estate the parkland course combines gentle hills, ancient trees and unexpected water hazards, we are sure it will offer us a challenging and exhilarating experience.
KILLARNEY County Kerry
Killarney lies on the edge of the astoundingly beautiful Killarney National Park, with its three magnificent lakes and the spectacular MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. Killarney is a wonderful base for all manner of activities including angling and water sports, golf, riding, orienteering, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. The town itself is quite small but full of charm – this you will soon see as you walk down the brick footpaths and pass curious old-style shop fronts. Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. It is also renowned for its evening entertainment including many singing pubs, cabarets, dancing venues, and banquets. Traditional Irish music can also be heard in many of the local pubs on a nightly basis.
On the southwestern edge of Killarney Town lies an untamed, rugged & mountainous country. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here, where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands, you’ll discover the 26,000 acre Killarney National Park . The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies, lends the area a special scenic beauty. The Park contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oakwoods and yew woods, together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs. A profusion of bryophytes and lichens thrive in the mild Killarney climate. The native red deer are unique in Ireland, with a presence in the country since the last Ice Age. At the heart of the National Park is Muckross House and Gardens. The house, a late 19th century mansion features period furnishings and artefacts and is a major visitor attraction in itself.
Some of our golf experience here will be Killeen Golf Course. Killeen is a pièce de resistance at Killarney Golf Club, and there is very good reason for such a grand statement. The backdrop to Killeen is something very special indeed and provides golfers with a spectacle that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. The wonderful lake and mountain views make for a spectacular backdrop to one of the world’s most renowned golf courses.
We will also enjoy playing one of Ireland’s oldest links Golf Courses. Dooks is a a truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Experience breathtaking views and a unique links challenge that golfers have enjoyed since 1889. Dooks Golf Club, situated in a panoramic setting in a corner of Dingle Bay which is on the Wild Atlantic Way was founded in 1889 and is one of the ten oldest Golf Clubs in Ireland. Golf was first played on this particular stretch of true sea-side links by soldiers from The Curragh (where golf came to Ireland in 1883), who were billeted in nearby Glenbeigh for artillery practice on the Rossbeigh dunes. For the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy great golf, Dooks presents a convincing case. Dooks is not as exposed as some Irish courses and features an amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers, the “gentle” wind is never far away and the narrow genuine sandy fairways and well contoured greens offer you a real taste of traditional links golf at its very best.
This year we had a chauffeur, Gord Dodd, take us to the airport for our 6th annual Spring Training in Palm Springs. He did a great job but indicated that he didn’t get a tip. We were remiss in this so made a point to give him a tip on our return trip, a golf tip that is!!
Golf tips were not few and far between at our lessons at the Desert Princess Golf & Country Club, our pros, Rand, Patty & Bill were more than generous in providing us with many very useful tips. Everyone remarked how much they enjoyed the lessons and the valuable information they took away.
A wine & cheese meet and greet kicked off our training week and it is always great to visit with all the participants.
The instruction this year was planned at three different stations which we rotated through. The three pros each had a different teaching style which was a fresh approach to golf fundamentals. Patty offered some excellent drills that were very beneficial in assisting us to properly load our backswing and improve our driving distance. Rand gave some great putting and chipping advice as well as reinforcing the benefits of positive thinking and visualization. After our putting and chipping session Kristy had 6 one putts…I don’t 1 putt….hold on positive thought ……I got this…keep it positive. Bill reinforced the importance of practice, he suggested that we try to practice while listening to some tunes. He also showed us a new way to pitch which worked quite well….have to practice though. If we took anything away it was write it down; practice, practice, this should be our goal this year.
The Escena Nine and Dine was enjoyed by both groups again this year. Always a favourite, great track, Louise wanted to take one of the bunnies home, they are so cute.
We enjoyed the golf and the 19th hole on their gorgeous patio but it did get a bit cool when the wind got up, the heaters took the chill off though.
As usual the pool was a great hit so refreshing after our lessons or our golf, the sunshine felt good too. Even though the dollar sucks many of us found some great and not so great, but had to have buys at one of the many favorite shopping haunts. We found some new places to eat and drink which will definitely become do overs. In a grungy strip mall on East Vista Chino in Palm Springs a sign went up earlier this year between the smoke shop and a cannabis dispensary. It reads “Bar/Food,” and has locals descending in droves. Literally, on any given night, it’s difficult to find a seat at Palm Springs’ hottest new watering hole. Paul Bar was recommended to a couple of our group by their UBER driver
A group of us experienced Paul’s Bar which is partly the East Coast ambiance: plush beige bar stools, Asian artwork, walls painted in Manhattan blue, and an ornate mahogany bar with mirrored back. Plus, the “Dog Hall,” featuring black-framed photos of patrons’ pooches, on the way to the bathroom modeled after those in New York City subway stations. But it’s more so the classic cocktails made with precision by O’Halloran – and the bowtie-wearing owner himself. Watching the bar tender make the drinks was an experience itself. Mel tried the house specialty the CosmoPaul, He uses five-times-distilled Irish Boru vodka (not citrus-based, like many choose to incorporate) then adds triple sec, fresh lime juice instead of lemon, a hint of agave and “a whisper” of cranberry juice to create a non-sweet, dusty rose masterpiece served with a lemon twist. I do believe she enjoyed, yum yum. We will be back
We wrapped up with everyone coming together enjoying Sangria compliments of Lynn, Edie and Patricia.
Can’t wait for next year.