||Grand Niagara GC News
June Recap: Last month concluded a very busy corporate and events month at the Club. A huge thank you to the committees and participants for all their efforts and we look forward to hosting you once again in 2016. Congratulations to Members Bob Redd (Hole No. 11, 102 yards with a SW, June 21st) and Dale Smith (Hole No. 15, 153 yards with a 6-iron, June 22nd) on your Hole in Ones!
July News and Events: We welcome to the Grand Niagara Golf Club new members Gregory McCaughey, Evan McCaughey and Bob Harris! Our July calendar is made up of small VIP and corporate outings. Grand Niagara GC celebrates its 10th Anniversary on July 19th and to commemorate this occasion we have Matt Denzer of the David Leadbetter Academy in Florida coming up to hold mini-camps and private lessons July 19th, 20th and 22nd. We are hosting the Niagara Men's Tour July 26th and the Niagara District Junior Tour July 28th.
Noteworthy: September golf looks to be extremely busy at Grand Niagara this year. We encourage anyone that is looking to host a VIP group or Event to call Bob Culig, Head Golf Professional, as soon as possible so as to not be disappointed.
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||Matt Denzer of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy
In honour of Grand Niagara's 10th Anniversary, we are absolutely thrilled to have Matt Denzer, Director of Instruction at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, coming up from Palm Beach, Florida to host a series of Mini-Camps and Private Lessons. Here is the schedule of events and pricing:
Sunday, July 19th
Monday, July 20th
- 8:30am – 10:00am (Full Swing Fundamentals)
- 11:00am – 12:30pm (Putting and Chipping)
Wednesday, July 22nd
- 8:30am – 10:00am (Full Swing with Focus on Driving)
- 11:00am – 12:30pm (Pitching and Bunkers)
- 8:30am – 10:00am (Full Swing Advanced Shot Shaping)
- 11:00am – 12:30pm (Positive Practice)
Mini-Camps – $50/person (max 5 participants per camp)
Mini-Camp plus same day golf round – $130/person
Mini-Camp plus 1 hour private lesson – $175/person
Mini-Camp plus 1 hour private lesson & same day golf round – $250/person
For more information speak to Bob Culig by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (905) 384-4653 ext. 222.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a great teacher, improve your golf game and have fun!
Bob Culig's Tip on Hitting out of a Divot
"Rub of the Green" – Four words that golfers may be unfamiliar with, however it makes golf the sport that it is. You hit it there – you play it from there. How many times has a good shot been 'rewarded' by landing in a divot? It doesn't seem fair, but hey that's golf. Here are my tips for hitting out of a divot.
First things first, almost always use an iron. A metal or rescue club is never the smart play. With your iron of choice play the ball back in your stance and grip down on the club. Your angle of attack will be similar to that of a bunker shot. Be steep and aggressive. Make a point to catch the ball first and follow through. The follow through is key since the club may want to stick due to the nature of the lie. Be aggressive and hit it!
Next, be sure to assess your shot and limit the damage. The lie, the distance and the trouble lurking ahead will dictate the shot you wish to try. If bad luck occurs and you find yourself in a terrible situation, take your lumps, play for a bogey and move on the next hole. Eliminate the big number!
Remember, the Golf Gods work in funny ways. You didn't deserve that lie but there is no time to pout and shrug your shoulders. Make the proper play and proceed to the next shot. "Rub of the Green" – it's just part of the game that makes golf what it is.
Bob Culig PGA, Head Golf Professional
An update on some of the maintenance that has been ongoing at Grand Niagara, as well as some information on upcoming maintenance.
This past week we completed a bullet tining and topdressing of all greens. This process puts a ¼ inch hole about 5 to 6 inches deep in the green's surface, and we follow that up with a light application of sand. The purpose of the tining is to allow air and water into the soil profile while allowing gasses to escape. The application of sand helps to smooth the surface and control thatch accumulation. When done properly this process is hardly disruptive to the performance of the green's surface but highly beneficial to the overall health of the green. Bullet tining is performed monthly through the growing season.
Most of our weed control and spring fertilizing is now complete. We have sprayed for weeds in fairways and all bluegrass roughs as well as some fescue areas. We still have some ongoing crabgrass control as well as spot spraying of weeds. This cool, wet weather makes weed control a challenge. The weather has also affected the growth rate and mowing of the rough. It can be a challenge keeping up with so much heat and moisture creating a great environment for growth.
We are currently grinding the stumps of all the tree work performed over the winter months. These areas will be levelled and sodded in the coming weeks. Next on our agenda is some bunker work. It is hard to believe we are already into the second week of July!
John Taylor, Property Manager & Golf Course Superintendent
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Rules of Golf: Damaged Clubs
During this past weekend's PGA Tour Event at the Greenbrier Classic, a somewhat obscure rule of golf played out live on television. Robert Streb broke his putter on the ninth green and ended up putting the rest of the round with his 56 degree wedge.
Rule 4-3 Damaged Clubs: Repair & Replacement states that if a club is damaged in the normal course of play, (i) the golfer may use the club in its damaged state for the remainder of the round (if the damage is minimal such as a scratch or the loft/lie has been altered but not if it is substantially damaged); (ii) the golfer may have the club repaired without unduly delaying play; or (iii) the golfer can replace the broken club with another club (although, not by borrowing a club selected by play from another golfer).
However, this rule states that if a golfer's club is damaged other than in the normal course of play (in anger or simply bad luck), you may not replace the club until after the round is finished.
Robert Streb tossed his putter towards his caddy/bag after the ninth hole when he left a 12-foot birdie putt 3 inches short. "I was a little frustrated I left it short…I meant to land it next to the bag… and the head went flying" said Streb. Since this was not in the normal course play, he played the back nine on Sunday without his putter. When his round was over, he was able to replace the broken putter before the four-man playoff started. That's right; he made four birdies putting with a wedge on the back nine to tie for the lead. Check out Robert Streb's incredible wedge putting out here!
Kevin Poole PGA, Director of Golf