August 19, 2015

We have had a barrage of Hole-In-Ones at the beautiful Red Deer Golf and Country Club. Saturday August 8th Joe Gascon turned the trick on #5, a social member Jeff Conklin made one on #17, and on Monday this week both Brian Wimmer (a 7 wood on #5) and Andrew Clark Marlow (a 6 iron on #2) made aces. I am not sure that there has ever been two in one day before?? Let’s hope the pattern of great shots continues!!
There is still lots of chatter about Mike McAdams amazing streak of 9 birdies in a row, from number 7 through 15. What an accomplishment on his way to a round of 65. Mike played with Byron Kindopp and Ian Rattan that day and I asked Byron what it was like to play with a guy that was obviously hitting it so well and on such a streak. “Well” he said “I knew when I bogied one and he parred that, that I was in for a tough match, I kind of lost count but I think he edged me by a stroke or two”. “It was a treat to watch”.
All Adult members will be receiving a survey in the mail within the next couple of weeks. It is similiar to the one we did 7 or 8 years ago, and intended to guide and assist the board in making this place as good as can be. The surveys are to be completed and returned to the admin office, and one lucky member who returns theirs on time will be entered to win dinner for 4 ($200 value) 2 power carts and 2 green fees.
The board is also in the process of reviewing our membership categories and numbers. We have to review membership regularly to reflect our current make-up, and to allow for growth. We also have to maintain our integrity as a private facility and ensure tee time availability. We will keep the membership informed of any changes as soon as they are made.
I played in a foursome yesterday afternoon, 3 of us walked and Bill Olafson took a power cart. What a great example of golf cart etiquette and course respect he is. He stayed 20 or 30 feet from greens, always parked on the paved areas rather than pulling up on grass and near tee boxes, parked back from greens and took his sand/seed bottle with him while chipping then walked back to his cart and stayed a good distance from fringes and traps. He would arrive at the greens first and repaired ball marks etc. Walking with the group all day his habits and respect for the property were easy to see and set a standard we all should follow. Other than the fact that he was a little too happy when we settled our debts, Billy O was a pleasure to play with.
Think Sunshine!
Don McFarlane
General Manager
PGA of AB Executive Professional

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