Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Very Funny Video

I just had to post this short, and very funny, video. Enjoy. And thanks, Harry!

And Away We Go...

Victoria Park East Golf Club officially opened today... at least, as much as we could! All 18 holes are in play, but some severe ice damage has restricted play on about 6 of our greens, and the 3rd green is still temporary. I'll update conditions daily on the website. Pictured above are three of our fine members: Harry, Bob and Don, getting ready to tee it up.
So far, Easter weekend is looking good. Friday is basically booked up. Good to see! The Clubhouse is also now open.

Monday, March 29, 2010

And Now, for Something Completely Different

Pardon the indulgence, but I have to brag a bit about my daughter's hockey team, the Guelph Thunder Bantam BB. They had a great season, finished first in their division, won two of four tournaments (and one to go), and just last Saturday, took home the Silver medal from their league's "Final Four". Easter weekend they're playing in the Brampton Canadette's tournament, the biggest women's hockey tournament in the world. And finally, the weekend after they'll be in the Provincials - they had to win their way into that one. Way to go, ladies & coaches!
Okay, back to golf. We may open the course on Wednesday... stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Re-Birth of Tiger

Of course, the blog-0-sphere is abuzz with the impending return of Tiger Woods to the Tour. Here's an interesting video from the Golf Channel:

Personally, I believe any athlete that posseses the paramount degree of skill in their sport - like Tiger - will survive any PR disaster (with the right professional help!), short of killing someone or espousing hatred. That is, as long as they can maintain that skill level and chalk-up wins. It's happened before in other sports, and it will certainly happen again.

Anyone want to start a pool? I bet Tiger wins 2 majors this year, and by the end of August nobody will be talking about his past infidelities... and he'll patch it up with Elin.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Temporary Layout is Open

It's dry enough to open our Temporary 9-holes. There are no greens in play - we cut a hole just below the green - and no powercarts on the course yet. The holes that we use are numbers 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16. $12.00 all you can play. Of course, the driving range has been open & busy, but we're still hitting off the mat only.
So far, the weather is looking decent until Saturday, then it looks like it's back to March!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Driving Range Open!

Finally... as you can see from the pic here, the snow is gone (well, like 99% gone). Jay walked the driving range today, and we have decided to open it tomorrow (Tuesday the 16th) at noon. It's dry enough to run the range picker, but the golf course is still too wet for play.
Still, it's good to get the clubs out.
Check our website for more details:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

It Keeps Getting Better

This has been the best "snow-melting" day so far: sunny sky with a gentle warm breeze from the south. Here's our 1st tee again, but now you can finally see some fairway grass. I took a walk this morning, and of course there's still more snow to go, and lots of drying-up to happen.
We've been getting some calls from anxious golfers about a potential open date, but it's still too early to call. Environment Canada says the daytime temperature will hover at around the 8°C mark for the next 5 days, with the night time temp not going below minus 1. So, my best guess is... two more weeks. But this is March, so don't hold me to it! In like a lamb, out like a lion?

Lots of work happening in the Clubhouse, great job re-decorating our 19th hole. I'll post some pics soon.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Oh, what a Beautiful Day!

This is, what, the 3rd day in a row of sunshine and above-normal temperatures, and it's supposed to continue for another few days. Of course, that means the phone's been ringing with the inevitable question, "will the course or driving range be open this weekend?"
As you can see from the pic (our first tee, taken this morning) there's still quite a bit of snow out there, plus the ground has to dry sufficiently. So, we'd love to be open, but it's looking like a couple of weeks yet (if the weather continues to behave).
However, you can phone us anyways, we'd love to hear from you!
For those of you who like to Tweet, I've set up a Twitter account specifically for the golf course:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Being John Daly

This looks like it'll be entertaining. Coming to The Golf Channel:

Got a dump of snow again last Friday, but it looks like a mild spell coming, starting at the end of this week.

And yes... Team Canada... the fans know it! Gold!

Golf will be in the 2016 Olympics, and Canada is actually the
defending champion (George Lyon, 1908). Okay, so it's been awhile!