June 19, 2020

Thank you for such a successful May.  We had a robust uptake on memberships, which will help all aspects of the Club’s business moving through the balance of the 2020 season.  The tee sheet continues to be full throughout the day, with the F & B team keeping busy with serving you in both the Snack Shack and Dining Room.  You will have noticed in yesterday’s F & B eblast that the Beverage Cart will again be offered to you to help assuage any hunger or thirst issues you might be having.  It will be stationed near the washrooms between the tees on holes 4 and 16 daily, weather permitting, from 1 to 7 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, the Club had a great May financially.  We did exceptionally well on membership dues and other revenue areas, but we also cut back on our labour spend as much as we could without severely affecting your experience.  These reductions have affected all departments, but I wanted to make a special mention of the Turf Care team at this time.  They are getting by with about 15 less seasonal staff than what they usually have.  I believe they are doing an admirable job of getting and keeping the course in good condition even with reduced staffing levels.  We ask for your continued patience as our team does the best they can to provide you with a superior golf experience under reduced staffing levels.  The extra work being done with fewer staff, in all departments, will help produce the best financial result possible this season.

Stage 2 Changes

As a reminder, the locker rooms and showers are open again, along with the full club storage service.  Please let the admin team know if you want a locker or club storage, and we will arrange it for you.  The cost for a locker is $40 and $120 for club storage service for the balance of the season.

Previously, for two people to ride on a cart together, you had to be living at the same address.  The new rules refer to those people living in cohort families.  When you tell the golf shop staff that you are in a cohort family, we will allow you to share a cart; otherwise, we will not.

Things in the dining room haven’t changed much yet.  We don’t have the restriction of 50% capacity.  However, we are still required to ensure physical distancing, so we won’t be changing the layout or service in the dining area until we receive further clarification.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and good-will as we work through this COVIC-19 relaunch process.

Junior Members

We are excited to announce some scholarship opportunities for our Junior members who are either currently in or soon to be going to university. Please CLICK HERE for the application form for the PGA of Alberta program and HERE for details about the various scholarships available through AB Golf.  Finally, CLICK HERE for the scholarship application form for the AB Golf scholarships.  Let us know if we can assist further in the application process.

Canada Day

Canada Day falls on a Wednesday this year.  Due to the demand for tee access and physical distancing requirements, we have decided to forego the usual Canada Day activities and treat the day as we would any holiday with tee times starting at 7 a.m., and with the usual weekend restrictions in place.  There will be no group bookings or men’s night on Canada Day this year.

We are very excited to be having a Canada Day BBQ for our members.  It will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in front of the Snack Shack, and will include your choice of hamburger or hot dog, chips and a pop.  We hope you will include the Club as part of your Canada Day activities.

Driving Range

We have added a few more hitting areas to the driving range to help with the demand of members wanting to hit balls.  You will need to book a time(s) with the golf shop if you are not playing.

Save the Date for our Member-Guest Events

We feel that the Men’s and Ladies Member-Guest events are critical to our golf program.  As such, we have rescheduled them for September 11th for the Men and the 14th for the Ladies.  We are still working on the logistics of these events and will share what they will look like for the 2020 version in the upcoming weeks.  Please contact the golf shop staff to reserve your spot.

Club Championships

Please save the date for the 2020 Club Championships.  This championship will take place on the weekend of August 22-23.  Due to health regulations, we are making a variety of plans to ensure we can make this as unique and fun a weekend of golf and camaraderie as possible – more details to follow.

98th RBC Dominion Securities Central Alberta Amateur

We are excited to confirm that this long-standing event will take place on the August long-weekend.  The member entry fee is now $150 plus tax, a 20% reduction from 2019.  Additionally, the field is reduced to 144 players, so please register early to confirm your spot by emailing our Head Professional Dean Manz at dean@rdgcc.ca. The detailed tournament announcement will be available shortly.

Dining Room Hours

Just in case you missed this in yesterday’s email from the F & B team, the dining room opening hours are now changed.  The new opening hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday              9 a.m.

Tuesday, Weekends and Holidays                           8 a.m.

Snack Shack opening hours remain the same.

Monday – Sunday                                                8:30 a.m.

You can get coffee in the golf shop every day before these other concessions open.

Reminder

As mentioned previously, we need a current picture of you for our records. The picture will be used by our staff to get to know your name and thus provide more personal service.  You can either email a current photo to Pam at pam@rdgcc.ca or stop by the office, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and we will take a picture of you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mike Kenney, CCM, CCE, PGA
General Manager & Executive Professional

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