Monday, February 19, 2018

James Francis (Arby) ARBUTHNOT Obituary

Very sad to report on the passing of Whitevale Member Arby, who joined Whitevale in 1979!

On behalf of the entire club, our thoughts and prayers are with Theresa and her family at this time.

ARBUTHNOT, James Francis (Arby) Peacefully at Markham Stouffville Hospital on February 16, 2018 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of the late Jean O'Hare for 51 years. Dear father of Theresa. Brother of Bill and the late Bob. Also remembered by his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Longtime member of Whitevale Golf Club. Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street North (Markham Road), Markham, on Thursday, February 22nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Patrick, 5633 Highway 7, Markham. Reception to follow at Church. Donations may be made to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mid-Winter Update

Having temperatures, bouncing back and forth above, to below freezing, is one of the worst winter weather patterns for healthy Spring turf-grass. This winter we have experienced an abundance of these fluctuations, however, we have had one saving grace that has prevented any issues so far, this is the lack of snow.

So far this season, 99% of the greens surfaces are free of ice because the small amount of snow we had either melted off when we had mild weather or were helped off the surface with shovels and squeegees. As of February 2nd, the greens are healthy, and we have minimal ice in some low pockets on fairways and some tees. The tarps are really paying for themselves this year keeping the cold, drying north winds off the putting surfaces. We still have 6 or 8 weeks of winter left, and we know that weather patterns can do anything this time of year, so we still have the second half of winter to get through, but we are looking great as of today.

The new Turf Care Center build was put on hold just before Christmas as we ran into a small challenge. There is an area where the ground must come up about 10 feet, so that we have a large enough flat area to build on. The soil had a high moisture content and we couldn’t get adequate compaction to build. We researched buying aggregate from a quarry and pouring a 12 or 15-foot concrete wall in that corner to keep on schedule, but this would have driven costs up substantially; with no guarantee the material would have met our compaction requirements. After several on-site meetings, it was determined that prudent decision was to put the earthworks on hold until April or May when we have weather that will dry down the material allowing the 100% compaction we need to ensure success. 

As with most big projects, certainly the last few at Whitevale, we encounter unexpected challenges, delays and headaches. As a club we will prevail past these challenges with patience and understanding.

The week of February 5 through February 9 I will be at the Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Texas. The educational program is second to none and the networking and access to new technologies in turf management helps me keep moving Whitevale and its course conditioning forward to keep pace with our competition in the golf market place.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Obituary for Paul LaCour

LaCOUR, William Paul

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Paul on December 29, 2017 at the age of 69. Loving father of Jefferson (Sue), Robin (Siobhan) and Johanne (Melvin) and proud Papa of Saoirse and Andie. Paul is survived by his sister, Ellen Bozzo and her family. He will be missed by longtime friend, John Toman. Predeceased by his parents, William and Dorothy.

Paul retired from Ontario Power Generation and enjoyed spending the winter months in the Dominican Republic and his summers golfing at Whitevale Golf Club, where he will be missed by many.

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life on January 20, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. at Whitevale Golf Club, located at 2985 Golf Club Road, Whitevale.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Obituary for Jack Payne

We much sadness we must report that the Whitevale Golf Club, Club Champion for the years, 1959, 1960 and 1961 and a member of our Wall of Fame passed away peacefully at Uxbridge Cottage Hospital on October 19th 2017 at the age of 96. Beloved husband and best friend of Eleanor Payne.

Jack will be fondly remembered and missed by his many friends and his golf family of friends in Canada and in the United States.

Visitation will be held at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Wednesday October 25th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. A memorial service honouring Jack’s life will follow in the Barnes Chapel Wednesday at 1:00pm.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation or a Charity of Choice.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Whitevale Artisan Show and Sale

The Whitevale Artisan Show and Sale is quickly approaching. Invite your family and friends and plan on attending this wonderful event to be held on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  

We have some amazing vendors who will be set up in the dining room selling their hand-crafted items. You will find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list! Then relax in the bar area or Grill Room and enjoy a beverage and a bite to eat. We will be having a Pancake Special as well, to pair up with our very own Andrew Jackson’s Maple Syrup which will be on sale at the show! Hope to see you there. For more information contact Kandice Brackenbury.

Here is a list of our Vendors:

Kandice Brackenbury – handknit hats, scarves, headbands; handmade greeting cards and Christmas tags; antique window frames upcycled into mirrors, noteboards etc. 

Facebook page: Kaprice’s Kreations 

Steve Flude – handcrafted wood items – cheese boards, jewellery boxes, wine glass and bottle holders 

Ruth Catterall – wreaths, pine cone creations 

Doug Bruce – handcrafted pepper mills and bowls 

Pat Fedosen – quilted items 

Suzi Snow-Liska – baked goods 

Teri Courchene – handmade dolls, wallets, passport holders and math kits 

Andrew Jackson – Jackson’s Maple Syrup 

Walt Lemon – “Fore! Nine! – A History of Whitevale Golf Club” – Have your book signed by Walt 

Chris Robinson – stained glass creations 

Nicole – My Best Furend – handcrafted items for your four-legged family members
Facebook page: My Best Furend 

Krista Goddard – Dragonfly Design Studio – unique jewellery

Fiona Mascarenhas – Dashes and Donuts – mugs with sayings

Dale Smith – Serenity Soaps – handmade soaps using pure essential oils

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Women's Closing Field Day

Today was our women's closing field day and what a day it was. Even with a frost delay todays weather was the best anyone could remember in the most recent years. With the sun shining and perfect temperature the team of Tina Robinet, Gail Pimm, Anne Hill & Elke Oley were the winners today for the step aside scramble format.

For complete results from todays event please click on the link below:

Congratulations also go out to a few special ladies who had personal bests this year:

First Hole In One - Lisa Brewer #4
Broke 100 - Sandi Milner-Docking (91)
Broke 90 - Diana Packer (89)
Most Improved Player - Diana Packer

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Men's Closing Field Day

It's hard to believe that 2017 is almost done in the terms of the golf season but the closing field day is always a great final event of the year. This year the team of Tony Iordanis, Dave Denysek, Howard Cooper and Steve Hewitt finished in top spot with a great score of 59.

1st - Tony Iordanis, Dave Denysek, Howard Cooper & Steve Hewitt (59.0)
2nd - Wade Brackenbury, Colin Dunne, Steve Pawson & Wes Brown (59.4)
3rd - Jody Bevan, Glenn Davis, John Thompson & Art Pingree (60.0)
4th - Chris Couch. Mike Harris, Ron Stoneburgh & Dave Whiting (61.0)
T-5th - Al Swartz, Alex Maggiacomo, Larry Aicken & Mike Cann (61.1)
T-5th - Paul Dobner, Doug Bruce, Pat Burrell & John Mikula (61.1)
T-5th - Steve Campbell, Ken Oley, Paul Thackeray & Craig Daigle (61.1)
8th - Bob Doyle, Will Harris, Glen Shaw & Wayne Carpenter (61.3)
9th - Chris O'Brien, Dave Convery, James Munroe & Kevin Ashe (61.5)
10th - Chris Cummins, Ian Vaudry, Joe Dotchin & Brian Sharp (61.9)
11th - Jim Glover, Doug McIntyre, Mike Doria & Tom Kelly (62.0)
T-12th - Dennis Matton, Mark Crerar, Mike Gritzan & Peter Wieser (62.1)
T-12th - Kevin Hughes, Steve Rodriguez, Dominic Burns & John Fleming (62.1)
T-12th - Dave Sutton, Brian Fee, Steve Major & Greg Haley (62.1)
15th - Andrew Jackson, David Bird & Don Pickthall (62.8)
T-16th - John Trimble, Clayton Spahn, Stan Lam & Bill Fox (62.9)
T-16th - Bernie Docking, Pat Lamanna, Dan McPherson & John Pullam (62.9)
18th - Michael Woolgar, Brandon Wieser, Aris Medeiros & Peter Brandt (63.0)
19th - Bob Nebel, Paul Dunphy, Brian Guenther & Nigel Rennie (63.1)
20th - Michael Harris, Jerry Kimber & Tom Budgen (63.3)
21st - Brad Haley, Joe Beninato, John McCormick & Tim Charlton (63.4)
22nd - Mark Doyle, Gerry Lawrence, Brian Morran & Pat Convery (64.0)
23rd - Craig Burrell, Stephen Flude, Stephen Stuart & Damian Leach (65.3)

Thank you to everyone for the support in all of our club events and enjoy the rest of the golfing season.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Men's Night Shot-Gun

As the end of the season approaches we held our final men's night shot-gun yesterday with a great turn out of 105 players. Congratulations to the team of Bill Grant, Stan Steinwall and John Carter who ended with a fabulous score of -23. For the complete results from yesterday's event please click on the link below:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Match Play Update

This past Sunday we had our Champions Day for all of the final matches in each of the different categories. This year long event is a true test to any golfer as many matches are played to see who comes out on top. Congratulations to all participants who took part and a special tip of the hat to the winners in each section:

Men's Match Play - TBD
Women's Match Play - Norma Columbus
Women's 4-Ball Match Play - Jacquie Dunne & Darlene Doyle
Mixed Match Play - Lisa & Glenn Mackie
Men's Weekday Match Play - TBD
Weekday Men's 4-Ball Match Play - Gary Reeves & Frank Steinhausen
Weekday Women's Match Play - Margaret Chew

Friday, September 15, 2017

Club Trade In - Friday September 22nd

It's our final visit of the year for our trade in program and why not take advantage of a great opportunity. On Friday September 22nd from 1 - 3 pm Excel Golf will be at Whitevale accepting club trade-in's. The value of your trade-in will be returned in pro shop credit that can be spent as you please. It's a great way to get rid of unused equipment and put the proceeds towards that new driver or set of irons you've been thinking about. If you have any questions please get in touch with the golf shop.