Posts Written by Kristy Hutton
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.
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 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
This was written some time ago by Ken Stasiewich when he was Assistant Golf Professional at Pridis Greens.
The life of a Golf Professional… the dream of many! No one can escape from being asked “What do you do for a living?” As a Golf Professional, I know if I answer truthfully I will have to endure the long pause, the glazed over stare, the slow upward turn of the lips, and then patiently wait for the inevitable: “A golf pro, eh? Wow! I’d love to golf every day for a living! What do you do in the winter? Why am I slicing the balls? What is the best ball out there today? What exactly do you do?” It occurs to me that, number one: people LOVE to talk about golf and, number two: few people understand what Golf Professionals do. Listing the job’s responsibilities would read like a resume, so instead, let’s take a walk through the average day of the Golf Professional.
HONEY! WAKE UP! IT’S 4:45am YOU’RE GOING TO BE LATE FOR WORK!” my wife “calmly” wakes me. Reality strikes hard! My shower is quick, my deodorant is generously applied and SHOOT!” my cotton pants aren’t ironed! Thank goodness for summer wool! As I drive to work (work being the pro shop not the first hole at the Players Championship which some actually believe) I pray that the beating rain miraculously disappears by the time I get to the golf course. As I approach the club and the dark clouds part I lift my hands towards heaven and cry, “Thank you!” The weather can be a friend or foe to the Golf Professional. But for now the weather is cooperating, there is no chance of frost, and tee times should run smoothly. I take a quick look at my day timer to refresh my memory…morning ladies league start at 8:00, club fittings at 8:30am, meeting with a corporate tournament committee at 10:00, management meeting at 1:00, show samples of shirts for client at 3:45, lessons from 4:45 – 6:30.
I take a deep breath and look out the window at the first hole. The view is beautiful and it occurs to me how often I have taken this beauty for granted. My smile broadens when I see good old Carl walking toward the pro shop with his precious 30 year old clubs trailing behind him. “FOCUS”, I tell myself. I check my emails…ouch! “Okay, deal with one e-mail at a time!” I encourage myself. Here I go…and here Neal comes. Neal is a young new assistant to the staff and is a promising professional. He asks if I have time to review the work he has done on this weekend’s mixed tournament. I look down at my lengthy To Do list and answer “of course”! He accepts my praise with a humble smile and he absorbs my suggestions like a sponge. I return to the first “do” on my To Do list: Return Sandy’s call and confirm ball order and logo. As I pick up the phone Keith, a newer member, comes into the office upset about yesterday’s pace of play. I place the one on its cradle and we take a little time to rectify the problem. As we walk out of the pro shop together, I take note of our staff: Dean is changing a floor display, Janice is helping a member try on a pair of shoes, Brent is answering the phone and Craig is checking in a guest! At the range, the outside service staff are on task and the back-shop employees are providing good service. I think back to the intense training I put the staff through in the spring to get to this place today. Wow…it was well worth the effort!
As I work my way back to the office I look at my watch. I reads 8:15am. The day has just begun…
Lorie birdies #3 at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club in Calgary. Chipped in from about 35ft from the hole for a bird!!! Twas a brilliant shot!!! Nicki had a personal best of 46 the same evening with 1 mulligan.
Sharon chipped at Bootleg Gap in Kimberly from about the same distance but we missed the shot as we were knee deep in a bunker.
Thank you to Edmonton member Therese Kehler for giving us some great press.
On a grey evening in April, the snow was falling onto the fairways at The Ranch while the clubhouse buzzed with the sounds of 100 or so women drinking wine and talking golf.
The Golfaround golf league for women, now in its 21st year, is the brainchild of Calgary mother-daughter duo Dianne and Kristy Hutton. It started, Kristy told the assembled newcomers, with a “dirty dozen” golfing friends in Calgary for whom her newly retired mom was organizing tee times. Then someone suggested Di start organizing some lessons for women, and things just took off from there. The Edmonton chapter was started in 2004.
This year, more than 700 women golfers — 200 in Edmonton, 500 in Calgary — have joined the Golfaround ranks. I became one of them. And, just a few months in, it’s changing my whole view of the game.
I figure my golf skills peaked when I was about 27 and since then I haven’t gotten any better or worse. But I was very definitely losing interest.
Oh sure, it was always a fun vacation activity — we’ve hit the links from Mexico to California to Arizona, and from B.C. through to P.E.I. But when it came to golfing here in Edmonton, I was a whiz at finding reasons not to go. It was expensive. It took too long. I really needed to get the laundry done / weed the garden / read a book.
A recent study found the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon.” — from a Golfaround newsletter
Last year, a couple of friends from work joined Golfaround, and I was intrigued by their tales. They hadn’t struck me as being gung-ho golfers but both were inordinately enthused about this league. So when my circumstances — by which I mean a sudden lack of employment — put a whole lot of extra time on my hands, I thanked the golf gods, packed up my excuses and signed up.
As Kristy told us during our orientation night at The Ranch, Golfaround aims to be a “fun” league that gives its members many of the same benefits that club-based leagues provide — regular tee times, tournaments, travel and social functions.
Me with Golfarounders (and former colleagues at the Journal) Barb and Lyn, following our first game of the year at Victoria Golf Course.
Every Golfaround member must also sign up for a lesson package, which range from “what is a tee-box” lessons for beginners to spring tune-up sessions for seasoned golfers. As Kristy said, the league’s goal is to have fun on the course — “but it’s a lot funner when you can actually hit the ball.”
My Golfaround-organized lessons (two thumbs up for instructors James and Corbin at Jagare Ridge) are already changing how I think about the game and hit the ball.
Plus I’ve discovered that an evening, nine-hole round is absolutely lovely at this time of year. It’s even better when done in the company of women who are easy-going, interesting, funny, supportive and more likely than not to hit the lounge for a drink afterwards.
Oh, sweetheart. After six glasses, we start counting in bottles.” — Golfaround member Laurette during a recent round of post-game socializing
Golfaround also stresses the importance of knowing proper golf course etiquette, playing “ready golf” and picking up your ball at double par to keep the pace up.
Keeping score, on the other hand, is entirely optional; for some members, the most important statistic is how many times the beer cart makes an appearance. Both Kristy and Dianne are quick to say they are not good golfers — a recent newsletter congratulated Dianne who “has always wanted to break 100 and finally after 20 years she got 49 (on nine holes) so there is still hope” — and their attitude is contagious.
On June 2, I saw the deer-in-the-headlights panic on the face of a young member about to play her first ever game at J.R. Golf Club. One week later, she was hitting with confidence at Legends.
That doesn’t happen without a great deal support from friendly folk who won’t judge when you duff it and who will cheer like mad when you succeed.
Lyn lines up her putt at Twin Willows golf course on a breezy evening in May.
Putting the ‘around’ in Golfaround
Since joining the league, I’ve been chatting with other members about Golfaround and what they like about it. Pretty much everyone says the same thing: We get to play so many different courses.
During any given week in Edmonton between early May and Labour Day, there will be six blocks of tee times — one daytime round and five evening nine-hole rounds on as many as six different courses — that are set aside for the various Golfaround leagues (Day, Evening Beginner and Evening). Members sign up in advance for games assigned to their league, but can also request to play with the other leagues as well. More the merrier, right?
Are you going to blog about Golfaround? If you write about me, just say ‘Tracy, not her real name.’ “ — Golfaround member Tracy (her real name) during the April orientation.
Golfaround member Sunny says she golfs up to five times a week — once with the Victoria ladies league to which she belongs, and the rest with Golfaround. With an optimistic personality that befits her name, Sunny also says — with a giggle — that she believes all this golf will one day lead her into the LPGA.
Lyn and I at the April Golfaround orientation and in June after a round at Legends.
In the Edmonton area, there are 29 golf courses that have opened their doors to the Golfaround league, many of which I had never played at or even heard of before.
This year, Dan and I have tackled a summertime project that we’re calling “Drive Time,” which combined golf and road trips in search of Alberta’s hidden gems and we’ll write about what we find. In the same spirit, I’ll write about some of the nine-hole tracks that we’ll be hitting with our Golfaround league.
Two of the Edmonton gals ladies played with a couple of wonderful Goose Hummock ladies. They were complimenting Nancy on how nice she smelled. Turns out she makes her own mosquito repellent using essential oils. Thanks Nancy
2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: witch hazel or vodka
2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, or olive oil
½ teaspoon vodka as preservative (if not already using)
100-110 drops essential oils
Sample Bug-Repelling Essential Oil Blend:
55 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil (reported by the CDC to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects, but not recommended for use on children under 3 yrs.)
add 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil (if using, choose Lavandula angustifolia– “Lavender (40-42) essential oil” does not have the same insecticidal qualities)
15 drops rosemary essential oil
Add carrier liquids to small spray bottle (3 or 4 oz. works well so there is room for shaking). Add essential oils. Shake well before each use. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness.
Other Bug-Repelling Essential Oils: