||Grand Niagara GC News
Previous Events: The month of June was a very busy one at the course! Some major events we hosted were the Vesuvius Canada VIP Golf Event, the Owens Corning Corporate VIP Golf Tournament, Friends of Mainstream Charity Golf Event and the Knights of Columbus/Primetime Charity Event just to name a few.
Upcoming Schedule: Titleist Demo Day (July 12 11:00am to 3:00pm – all are welcome), Scotty Cameron Canadian 2-Day Convention/Golf Event (July 18 to 19), Niagara District Tour Event (July 22), Sherman Williams Corporate VIP Golf (July 23) and the Niagara District PGA Stop (July 28).
Bob Culig, Head Golf Professional at Grand Niagara was invited by our good friends at the Marriot Fallsview to appear on CHCH TV on Canada’s Day. Click here to watch!
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||Bob Culig’s Tip on Practicing
We have all heard the old adage “practice makes perfect”. While there is no way to attain actual perfection on the course, the more one practices, or should I say properly practices, the better their results should be.
For those who are fortunate to have time to practice on a consistent basis, a routine should always be followed. It is not about how long or how many balls you hit, but rather how you follow the same routine each time you practice. I recommend that your routine starts off with 5 minutes of stretching to loosen all the muscle groups. Then start with hitting your wedge a short distance then longer and longer until you are hitting a full length shot. From here move through your irons at random hitting at different targets, with different trajectories and shot shapes. All shots should have a purpose just as if you are playing on the course! When you finish hitting your irons pull out your driver and woods and imagine you are playing dog-leg lefts and rights and have to hit the fairway.
After you are finished hitting balls head to chipping green and spend a lot of time being creative and trying new shots as well as the standard chip shots. Then take out your putter and practice your lag putting, your mid-range putting and especially your three to five foot putts! Again, practice your short game like you are on the course so it is much easier to bring what you have practiced to the course.
With a good practice routine you will be pleasantly surprised with how your game improves and your handicap goes down. We hope to see you practicing at the Club!
Bob Culig PGA, Head Golf Professional
||The Riverside Grill
Cider Cider Cider!
I know we all love beer, and when you golf like I do it is a big part of the game. However, Cider is grabbing a bit of market share in the Great White North like never before. Made from a variety of apples you may not be familiar with like Tom Putt, Watson’s Dumpling, Hoary Morning and Slack ma Girdle apples, (I am not making these names up). These forgotten varieties may not satisfy our palate in an apple pie or for simply crunching but, when pressed, processed and fermented it’s a different story.
As the cider adds say, “Dare to be different”. Come in to the Riverside Grill and try a deliciously refreshing pint of cider, or if you can’t say no to beer, cut it half and half with our Grand Niagara Gold for a “Niagara Snakebite”!
Remember, an apple a day…
Chef Mark Hand, Food & Beverage Director
Golf Course Sustainability
A few weeks ago we were treated to history as the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens were contested back to back on the same course at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. As big a story as the tournaments was, the bigger story may have been the renovations to the classic No. 2 Course by architects Coore and Crenshaw. The concept for their work was simple; restore Pinehurst No. 2 to the original design built by Donald Ross in the early 1920’s. Much has changed in the world since the 20’s and certainly golf course design and maintenance has come a long way as well.
What we saw in regards to the design of Pinehurst No. 2 was a golf course with no rough, only native areas outside the fairway lines. In having no rough the watering system can be maintained and maintenance is greatly helped. However, having no rough outside the fairway lines may work in the sandhills of North Carolina, but cannot be achieved in most other locations where the native soil is not extremely sandy.
Everywhere around the world Golf Course Superintendents have been actively making golf courses more sustainable for quite a while now. This has been brought upon us by the economic times that we are experiencing. The cost of everything from fertilizer, pesticides, fuel and labour has forced Superintendents to make things last longer, to change grooming practices and to look for alternative ways to produce a quality product. The USGA commercials that ran during the U.S. Open trumpeting the sustainability factor at Pinehurst were nice, but in reality we are already ahead of the curve in that department.
John Taylor, Property Manager & Golf Course Superintendent
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The Top 10 Animal Encounters on the PGA Tour
Due to a group of Grand Niagara GC members having a little run-in with a curious fox at the course recently, I thought we would have a little fun to end this month’s Newsletter.
Here’s a video of the top 10 animal encounters on the PGA Tour: Click here to watch!
Kevin Poole PGA, Director of Golf