July 30, 2018

The Mason Martin Homes Ladies Member Guest teed off this morning with a full field and good conditions.  Linda Codd and her committee have worked hard to ensure all 48 participants have a memorable day.

Hats off to Matt Brown and John Young for their work organizing the RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities Central Alberta Amateur.  The tournament tees off Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Space is still available.  You can sign up thru Tuesday at the golf shop.

Brenda Pattison chairs the Red Deer Golf and Country Club Ladies Invitational which will be held Saturday August 11.  The Ladies Invitational is the Red Deer Golf and Country Club Ladies showcase event, and one all our members should take pride in.  You can enter as a team or individually.

On Wednesday August 8 we host the inaugural Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre Battle of Alberta.  Terry Loewen is chair of this one which features current and former players of the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.  Each 4-some will have an NHL’er join them in a team of 5.  There is an after party at the Sheraton following play Wednesday that will have live entertainment, and a couple of hot stove sessions with some of your favourite players.  Tickets and tables for the hot stove can be purchased at the Centre or at the Sheraton.

The day we host the Battle of Alberta (Wednesday August 8) I have blocked some times at the Ponoka Community Golf Course commencing at 12 noon.  If any members want to play there at a cost of $60.00 including power cart please contact Dean or myself prior to Wednesday August 1 at 5 pm.  After that I will call their Club and release the blocked times.

On Monday August 13 we host our annual Past President’s day of golf with tee times commencing at 11 am.  Past President’s play with our management and Board in a great day of fellowship, mentoring and idea sharing.  Our Past Presidents contribute to a fund that is periodically used for course enhancements.  The brick around the first tee, the start-up of our sand and seed program, the waterfall on 9 and the water feature as your approach the clubhouse were all funded by our Past Presidents.

The 100th anniversary of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club is fast approaching.  As part of our centennial celebration we will host the 2022 Canadian Senior Men’s Championship.  The Board has been banking some money that will be used in some commemorative and lasting way.  In addition Lynn Booth is chairing a committee to plan other events throughout the year.  That group consisting of Lynn Booth, Gerry Feehan, Chung Mah, Scott Robinson, Greg Atkinson, Darrin Steinke, and Don McFarlane are gathering memorabilia, photos and historical items.  Please feel free to contact any of us with ideas or collectibles.

In order to be given the 2022 Seniors we had to also agree to host a tournament in 2019.  We expect to get confirmation on that event early this week and will introduce it to the membership as soon as we are able.

What a fun time Chung Mah and his Club Championship Committee have planned August 25 and 26.  There will be a fun horse race, meals both nights, a skills competition…and Randi Boulton is confirmed to entertain Saturday night following the burger bar and horse race.  The Red Deer Golf and Country Club is helping out with special Club Championship pricing all weekend.  We hope everyone chooses to play…but even if you can not participate please plan on visiting the Club and join in on the fun.

We are a busy golf club with an active membership.  I take pride in the fact that our outside events and club functions are consistently supported by a terrific core of sponsors.  Red Deer Golf and Country Club members appreciate that successful tournaments rarely occur without terrific corporate and individual support.  A BIG thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers.  People like you make the Red Deer Golf and Country Club a better place.

Our next Discount Guest Fee Day is Monday August 27.  Members can bring guests at a fee of $60.00 plus GST.

Did you know that a local rule provides free relief from the flower beds behind 12 green, 15 green and by the flag pole on 18?  Drop within 2 club lengths no closer the hole.

The drop zone on #9 was created for ladies only who for one reason or another have difficulty clearing the water.  Count all applicable penalty strokes taken to the point it is necessary to advance to the drop zone and play from there.

The drop zone behind 6 green and 8 green are for those entering the hazard across the road.  If your ball goes over the road take relief at penalty of one stroke in the drop zone.  If the ball stops on the road your options are to play it as it lies or take your nearest point of relief.

Please note that 5-somes are not allowed for regular play at the golf club.  The only exception may be pre-approved outside functions or Club events.  This rule is in effect for all members and guests at all times.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Congratulations to straight shooting, smooth swinging Don Yamagishi on a hole-in-one on #17 Monday July 23.  Don hit a “sweet” 7 iron and was able to watch it enter the hole…something he couldn’t do when he aced #5 a few years back.

Our golf course is spectacular.  Heath Koch, Chris Miller, Rod Clark, Sonja Paradis and our entire crew deserve a pat on the back for providing stellar conditions on Alberta’s best golf course.

Come to think of it we are firing on all cylinders in every department. Chef Poole and our kitchen crew consistently deliver a quality product.  Robyn and Debbie and their girls serve it promptly and with a smile.  Your golf shop is professionally managed, well merchandised with Dean and Kirk focused on customer satisfaction.  Pam and Deb keep us all (members and staff) on track, and are as dependable as ever in the Admin Office.

Invite your friends and golf often.  Consider us first for lunches, meetings and family gatherings…we truly are Red Deer’s best setting.

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