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.
Posts Written by Kristy Hutton
We kick start the season each year with the new member Orientation followed by a Social. I think we were all wondering if Spring would ever arrive. By the time I drove home from Edmonton the snow was definitely starting to disappear and some of the driving ranges and golf courses had started to open. Edmonton’s social was very well attend by existing members, it great to have them there to welcome the new comers. Calgary saw fewer existing members but you can always count on a few of the dirty dozen and some other supportive members. The Ranch Golf Club hosted us this year in Edmonton, Shawna, Shaun and Jeff did a great job, they wear many hats. Cottonwoods Carol, Kim and their crew did an awesome job as well, they always go the extra mile for us. Thanks for the Spring setup, loved the spring center pieces and thanks to chef for the special sweet treat. Little extra’s that are always appreciated. It was also great to have Tiffany Gordon attend to welcome the new and returning members.
Back by popular demand the oh so popular hoodie PTECH® FLEECE HOODED LADIES’ JACKET
It will be available in the 5 different colours (Black, Navy, Pink, Dark Grey & light Grey; Sizes Small to XXXL
Cost $55 + GST
We will taking orders at the Orientation/Socials in both Calgary and Edmonton. If you want to order without trying on this is an option.
“and suddenly you know………..it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings”
Although it is not something new for Tiffany Gordon, she has always been a fantastic teaching professional; in fact when any of our clients had lessons at Cottonwood they always hoped Tiff would be their pro. So after 27 years of being Head Professional, Director of Operations, Executive Professional and General Manager at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club, she has embarked on a new direction, doing what she has always loved, teaching. We have worked with Tiff for a very long time and she has always been incredibly supportive. It is going to be so nice to work closely together again and having her personally involved and doing what she is so passionate about ” Teaching”. She has always been very zealous about the game and believes in growing the sport and supporting the industry. Tiffany was always a strong supporter of women’s golf and as many of you know has been our mentor since our inception, 22 years ago. Over the years she has played a major role in the PGA on the Board and chairing the Golf Show. Giving back has also been part of her mandate and this has been evident in numerous charity events.
Her new venture is being one of the PGA of Canada Teaching Professionals at the Golf Academy at Heritage Pointe in Calgary. In this capacity she will be a major player in the lessons we do at Heritage Pointe. We are very excited to have Tiff back in a different capacity and able to enjoy what she does best, teach and mentor a major plus for Golfaround Inc.
Tiffany says ”as a golf professional in this industry we cannot lose sight of what’s important and must always take the opportunity to “step outside the box” to be the best at what we do ……….both professionally and personally.”
Check out her website
I know it doesn’t feel or look like golf season right now but we can always get ourselves in the mood by visiting the Golf Show. I like to go down just to see who I might run into and to see whats new. There is great information on golf courses, golf escapes, golf equipment and checking out Clearance Centre can be fun. You can also participate in a long drive competition or a chipping, putting and closet to the pin contests to test your skills.
Date: March 24 & 25, 2018, BMO Centre – Hall B
Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Date: March 10 & 11, 2018, Edmonton Expo Centre – Hall H
Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Winter practice at Eaglequest Golf Dome at Fox Hollow Golf Course has been very well attended and with the addition of a whole bunch of new faces. It is so nice to see and some of them are bringing out their friends so they can find out a little bit more about Golfaround. It is a perfect place to practice, get to know people and reminisce with old friends. We decided to change it up by having a mixed evening which was also well attended, so nice have the guys. We wanted to get a virtual golf evening together for a mixed group on a Friday evening but that is not going to happen this year. We might have a couple of the Pro’s walk the line for us one evening so that we can all get a tip or two.
We are very pleased to have Patti Daye take over as the Edmonton Coordinator for the 2018 golf season. She has been a member of Golfaround for 10 years and has been part of a team for the last 3 years, starting and playing with you at the golf courses. Along with the rest of the team she has been your voice to get feedback to us, as well as plan and participate in some great wind ups. Her love of Golfaround and what it does for women is why she wants to take on this role and she looks forward to the opportunity. We have worked closely for a few years and we like what we see, she is organized, has a great personality, works well with others and she is creative and fun. Patti will still need some help and Tammy & Chris will be there for her and you, we are also looking for a couple more volunteers to help us with starting and hosting a lesson from time to time.
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.
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.