Ever wonder what the valley looks like after 2 inches of rain?
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Ever wonder what the valley looks like after 2 inches of rain?
What a great afternoon for the men's night shotgun. Under hot and humid conditions 120 members and guest participated in the first mens night shotgun event of the year. Even a few rain drops didn't dampen the mood.
The Cracked Canoe team was stationed on the first tee with cold samples for all to enjoy.
For the first time ever, Whitevale Golf Club ran a guest giveaway hole in one contest. The contest was simple, each guest who participated in the event was eligible to save $1,000 on initiation if they join. If a guest hit the green on #14 their name was placed into a draw to win a free associate membership and if they actually got a hole in one the won a full Equity Membership.
Well, no one had an ace but 7 guests did hit the green and Mr. Joe Macima, who was a guest of Boxcar Hulme, won the free associate membership for the rest of the year. From this picture we're not sure who is more excited Joe or Boxcar.
That wasn't all the excitement. Bernie Docking donated a very large bottle of Crown Royal that was raffled off with all proceeds being donated to the Longest Day. The bottle was won by Jody Bevan and as you can see we think it was emptied before he left the building. Member Glenn Mackie doesn't look very impressed and Jody wasn't sharing the bottle.
The group of Kevin Huestis and Mark Brown with their guest came away as the eventual winners but I think it's safe to say that everyone we participated had a great time.
Thanks to all who participated. Blair and the greens crew who had the course in great shape, Tony and the pro shop staff for running the event and of course Shawn and Andrew for putting on such a great meal. The stuffed pork chop was one of the best meals of the year.
Of course these events just don't happen with the support of our sponsors. A HUGE thank you to members Peter Elsenaar and Randy Chew for sponsoring the night.
THE NEXT MEN,S NIGHT SHOTGUN IS AUGUST 18th and we're looking for sponsors. If you are interested, please speak with Tony.
Monday, June 21, 2010
The ladies of Social Committee kept busy all night long selling raffle tickets. It was a great day of fund raising and a special THANK YOU to Joan Store who announced her retirement from the Longest Day after 19 years, thank you Joan your enthusiasm, passion and dedication to the Longest Day has made Whitevale a better club.
Friday, June 18, 2010
However, once the equipment was on site and excavation began we quickly found two huge problems. The first being the soil in the area which was very high in sand and stone. This type of material is not stable enough to incorporate steep pond banks. The second problem was the high water table. Once we were about 2 feet deep we hit ground water, which had not been expected. So we faced two possible outcomes 1) do nothing and deal with the issues of weeds when it becomes a problem, or 2) approve a change order and go over budget on getting de-watering equipment, bringing in heavy soil to line the sides and possibly using a artificial liner. As you can imagine this second option was prohibitive. In the first few seasons plants were growing but were young and not well established. But like a toddler, you know it's only a matter of time before they grow up and become a teenager who takes up an entire couch! We have been manually removing Bull rushes from both ponds and we are currently investigating what options we might be able to implement to remove the weeds through the center of 4 pond. One last thing, a fountain will not control the weed problem.
4 Pond before construction Notice the excessive water in the base during to excavationAt the 150 yard post in the 5th fairway we have an area about six foot square which is painted as ground under repair. We cut the sod out of this area earlier in the season and seeded it to a new dwarf blue grass cultivar. Even though we have bent grass throughout most of our fairways we are beginning to investigate turf types that may replace bent grass in the future. Although bent is ideally suited for the fairways, there is a cost to keeping it healthy as it is susceptible to diseases such as dollar spot. With the new laws in place we need to show a reduction in pest control product uses year after year. And it is possible that in the future some or all of these products will be eliminated. Testing these new turf types now will give us experience in managing them, and allow members to hit off this turf before we ever make a possible change in the turf types we maintain on the golf course. This area will take about 4 or 5 weeks to fill in.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
With the Ireland yet again not making the World Cup tournament Dr. Padraig Darby now has now new team to cheer on.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Our annual Junior Clinic series began this past Saturday.These free clinics run every Saturday afternoon in the month of June and are open to all Junior members.
The hour long sessions cover all the basics - putting, short game, irons and woods.
We also hold a Super Junior session for the juniors aged 10 and under. In addition to the Clinics, we hold 3 golf camps over the summer for our Junior Members. These week long camps run from 9am to 3pm and include great instruction, 9 holes of golf every day and fun prizes.
July 12 - 16, July 26 - 30, August 16 - 20
Sign up for the Camps in the Pro Shop.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
NEW - Titleist, Cobra and Vokey Fitting/ Demo Day - Friday, June 11th from 12 to 5:00.
Why do I need to be Club Fit??
The simplest answer is "why change your swing to match your clubs when for the same money you can have clubs that match your swing?
Some of the variables to be determined:
Shaft - flex, length, material (steel vs graphite)
Head Design - offset vs in line, forged vs cast, cavity back vs blade
Lie Angle - the club head needs to be flush to the ground at impact - we can determine if your club needs to be upright, standard or flat
Loft - especially important for your driver - most players don't use enough loft in their driver.
Grips - size, material (wrap, rubber, cord)
Set make up - with the popularity of hybrids, iron sets now start at either the 4 of 5 iron.
All of these variables can be determined in approximately 30 minutes.
You get the clubs you want, that are made just for you! The lead time for these custom orders is usually 5 to 7 business days.
You don't have to wait for demo day to get fit - the Professional staff all are proficient in club fitting.AND - just a plug for the Pro Shop - our price on clubs beats GT on all custom fit clubs!!
Range TeeYear after year we struggle with the lack of turf on our range tee. As most members are aware, the size of the range is smaller then our members require. We have had discussions about increasing the size of the tee area for the range but as you can imagine, the cost is not something we can incorporate in our yearly capital improvements budget. As the strategic plan clearly laid out, practice facilities is a top priority. I'm aware that the Long Range Planning committee has this issue on their agenda. So WHAT DO WE DO IN THE MEANTIME? Well, we have increased our fertilizer rates for the area, we've increased the height of cut and we have installed a few flags to the East of the range in hopes that members will use this area for their higher lofted clubs.
practicing those short shots!