To mimic Captain Obvious, these are strange and stressful times. Our new reality is “self isolation” and “social distance” for the foreseeable future. As winter slowly loses its grip and there is evidence that spring is right around the corner, most of us start thinking about golf and how wonderful it would be to play and be on the grounds of our beloved Red Deer Golf and Country Club. This year, more than any other in recent memory, golf would be so welcomed in that it would provide us with an escape and something positive, albeit for a few hours, from all the news about COVID-19, closures, quarantines and flattening the curve. Being able to be outside and golfing might lift our spirits and prevent us from going stir crazy.
However, there are some obstacles and challenges for RDGCC and the golfing season. If we are allowed to open, we may have to adapt to a new set of rules such as elevated cups on the greens so nobody touches the pins, no rakes in the bunkers, walking and carrying our own clubs and trying to maintain a proper distance from each other. A more comprehensive list will be forthcoming closer to our opening date.
RDGCC will be challenged financially this year. With no certainty to the golfing season, there is a decrease in memberships. With this virus hanging over us, functions and gatherings in the lounge have been cancelled so the F&B Department might fall short of budget. With the slowdown in the economy, that might have a negative effect on the sales in the pro shop. Undoubtedly there will be some tournaments cancelled as well, so it all adds up to some financial stress. As our GM, Mike Kenney, already mentioned, the board and management have taken prudent steps to be fiscally responsible. We have deferred buying new carts even though our existing carts are showing their age, as well as delaying purchases in turf care equipment. In these difficult times, we know it is imperative to save as much money as possible.
In our new normal, we need our members to exhibit patience and understanding. We hope our members continue to support RDGCC in all areas. We will survive this but we need to do it together.
GOLF SHOP UPDATE:
I hope this golf shop update message finds you all in good health. Thank you to all the Health Care Professionals and front line workers during this global crisis. At this time we have decided for the safety of our staff and members to temporarily close the golf shop. We will have a professional staff member on site while we are closed. Golf Shop Hours will be Monday – Friday 10am-4pm.
We will continue taking orders for all 4 for 3 dozen golf ball promotions. All orders can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are working toward an online golf shop and hope to have it up and running in the next few weeks. That being said, if there are products that you would like for the upcoming golf season please email email@example.com.