||Grand Niagara GC News
A warm welcome to our valued Members and Guests of Grand Niagara Golf Club as we start the 2015 season! The course is open for play Wednesday, April 22nd.
The new Green Tees are now complete and in play. Measuring out at approximately 5,200 yards, our junior golfers, ladies and seniors will be able to enjoy the Rees Jones golf experience to its fullest.
The Pro Shop is fully equipped with clubs and balls as well as men’s, ladies and junior’s clothing. Choose from leading brands like Titleist, FootJoy, Adidas, Second Skin and Sligo, as well as our Grand Niagara Signature Label.
Upcoming Schedule: We
are holding the Golf Association of Ontario’s new Team Ontario Cup,
April 24th to 26th. Seventy-three of Ontario’s top juniors
representing Team Ottawa, Niagara, Waterloo, Essex Kent, York and the
Ontario Provincial Team will be completing physical and game testing then
competing in a two-day tournament. STUN (Spring Tune-up Niagara) Golf
will be making their annual visit on May 2nd. This will mark the
eighth year the field of one hundred golf enthusiasts will be coming to
Grand Niagara to get their season started in the right way.
For our 2015 daily rates and information on joining Grand Niagara as a Member or Flex Member, as well our enhanced 2015 Frequent Guest and Corporate Pass Programs, please visit our website: http://www.grandniagaragolf.com
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The Masters always gets
golfers pumped for the golf season and it especially gets turf crews pumped
as well! Grand Niagara has come out of another long, cold winter in great
condition with the greens, tees, fairways and bunkers all looking good. We
have been very busy getting the entire course ready for opening day and
everything is on schedule.
Over the winter many Ash
trees were pre-emptively removed from the course as the Ash tree will soon be
eliminated from Ontario due to the Ash Borer insect that damages then
eventually kills the tree. We concentrated our efforts on areas that would
affect safety such as along cart paths or in-play areas. Our crew has also
installed two major drain lines, one behind the 7th green and one along the
cart path to the 9th tee where ponding occurred. We will be repairing and
seeding the drainage areas and grinding tree stumps and repairing areas
affected by tree removal this spring.
The unseasonably warm and dry
weather is really helping with getting the turf moving and we hope to have
the course in fantastic shape very quickly this spring!
John Taylor, Property Manager & Golf Course Superintendent
||Bob Culig's Spring Tip
What a winter! For those who stayed north
and shoveled their fair bit of snow, the golf season cannot get here fast
enough. So what is the best way to prepare for your opening round of the
The answer is two-fold. Firstly, (and
most necessary) do a great deal of stretching prior to hitting any shots.
The winter layoff will have likely been very unkind to those big muscles
required for the golf swing. Take 20 to 30 minutes to stretch your body
before swinging away as to prevent injury and to regain your lost
flexibility. Secondly, muscle memory will have you swinging the club like
you always do. So limit your swing thoughts and tinkering and just focus on
‘staying on your feet’ – keeping your balance. Allow
yourself to feel the swing and be natural all while maintaining your base,
posture and balance. Follow these two spring tips and you will be surprised
how quickly the results will follow in the early rounds of the year.
Here's to a great 2015 season!
Bob Culig PGA, Head Golf Professional
A few years ago Bobby Culig and I had a
little three day get away with our families. Well you can’t have a
chef and golf pro away together without good beer, so we made the
pilgrimage to the tiny village of Creemore. Creemore Springs Brewery was
pretty small at the time and truly led the way for craft breweries in
Ontario. Their lager has been a go-to favorite of mine for over 20 years,
so when they released their latest delicious lager, I knew I needed to
bring it to Grand Niagara.
And so this year we will introduce
Creemore’s latest creation, named after the “Mad” and
“Noisy” Rivers that collide just outside of the village, a big
5.3% hopped up lager called…
“Mad and Noisy Hops and Bolts India
Pale Lager” – boy that’s a mouthful. And we will be
pouring those delicious mouthfuls to go along with our great food real
soon. See you inside the Riverside Grill and here’s to a great
Chef Mark Hand, Food &
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Rules of Golf: Removing Loose Impediments
Loose impediments are defined as natural
objects including stones, twigs, leaves, branches and the like; dung, worms
and insects; objects that can be brushed aside or removed anywhere on the
course. Sand and loose soils are also loose impediments but only on the
Here are five “yes” or
“no” questions to help you better understand this Rule:
1) May a player use a towel to remove
loose impediments on the putting green?
2) May a player use the head of their
putter to remove loose impediments from their line of putt?
3) Is a player penalized for removing a
loose impediment from a hazard if their ball lies in the same hazard?
4) Does a player incur a penalty for
moving a loose impediment that might influence the movement of a ball
already in motion?
5) Is a player penalized for pressing
down on their line of putt while removing loose impediments?
Did you correctly answer
“Yes” to all five questions? Rule 23 deals with loose
impediments and any breaches incur a two-stroke penalty in stroke play or
loss of hole in match play. Note that there is no penalty for causing your
ball to move while removing a loose impediment on the putting green, but
there is anywhere else on the course.
Kevin Poole PGA, Director