May 15, 2020

Dear Members,

We have struggled with the weather this past week, but it hasn’t kept many of you away as the tee sheet remains full most days.  Even with some bad weather days, we are over 77% tee time usage.  It might be an unrealistic thought, but a warm May long weekend would sure be lovely! Today is an excellent start to a beautiful looking long weekend.

Course Access Changes

We will be opening the regular greens on holes 8 and 10 this weekend and then hole 15 next week.  Please stay away from areas on all the greens that have weak/thin or freshly sodded turf.

As mentioned this past Wednesday, tee times move back to a 7:30 am start tomorrow and then proceed to 7 am on May 19.  Finally, on Friday,  May 22, we will move to 9 minute tee time intervals.  We are creeping back to “normal” and sincerely appreciate your patience as we work through this process.

On Thursday, May 21, with weather permitting, we will be playing the back 9 first to allow extra work to take place on the front 9.  Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday Morning Senior Golf

Due to Social Distancing requirements, we won’t be able to have a shotgun or crossover start until further notice.  Remaining compliant with these regulations means that Senior Tuesday Morning golf is on pause until the rules change.

Frost/Weather-Related Delays

The golf shop sends out an email to everyone on the tee sheet when there is a weather event that causes a delay in the starting times.  This email comes from dean@rdgcc.ca.  If you haven’t received a notification on a day with a frost delay, please check your junk/spam folder.

Member Pictures

We would greatly appreciate you sending us a current picture for us to install into our system.   Having your photo on file will significantly enhance our service levels by allowing our staff to get to know who all the members are more quickly.  You can send the picture to pam@rdgcc.ca. If you don’t have a picture to send us, we can also take a picture of you.  The office hours are now 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, not including holidays.

Driving Range

The driving range will move to the grass tee on Wednesday and Saturday, beginning next Wednesday, May 20.  There will be one space open to non-playing use throughout the day, and we ask that you call the golf shop to book you ½ hour of practice time. Due to physical distancing requirements, we will have a reduced number of practice spaces available. When using the grass tee deck, please review the graphic below and use the linear pattern when hitting balls off the turf.  Using this method will significantly enhance the re-growth of turf. Your cooperation is much appreciated.

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Tee Sheet Issues

We know you have been experiencing issues with booking tee times. I am including an email we received from our supplier, Jonas Software, yesterday as an explanation as to why this is happening.  We know this doesn’t make the situation any less frustrating, but we want you to understand the situation the Club is in and, again, thank you again for your patience.

Dear ClubHouse Online Client,

ClubHouse Online is currently receiving an unprecedented volume of traffic, and as a result, the system is experiencing some performance issues. Most notably, pages on your club website may be loading much slower than you would typically see.

We are treating this situation as our number one priority by focusing all available resources working toward a resolution. With this said, there is no single immediate fix that we can deploy, and as a result, a number of measures are being implemented in an attempt to improve your website performance. These include changing when some daily processes run, from peak to off-peak times.

We believe that the sudden increase in traffic is a result of the large number of clubs throughout the world beginning to reopen. As clubs take steps towards normal operations, we are seeing a significant spike in web traffic and online reservations, which is unlike anything we have encountered in the past.

We sincerely apologize for any issues you or your members may be encountering and thank you in advance for your patience as we work to enhance your website performance. We will provide more updates on this situation as information becomes available.

Thank you,
ClubHouse Online Team

Course Maintenance

I had the privilege of playing four holes on the front nine last night.  It was a beautiful night, but what I saw during play was depressing for me. EVERY greenside bunker had DEEP footprints in it, where the golfer hadn’t taken the few seconds needed to smooth out the sand.  EVERY green had numerous un-repaired ball-marks on it.  I know this message is going to all members but is actually limited to very few members who don’t treat the course like the owners of it that they are.  As members of the private Club, it is your responsibility to take ownership of your course and leave it in at least as good of condition, and hopefully better than you found it.

  • The bunkers are currently being raked by the staff every other day. We ask that you smooth over your footprints, as best as you can, when you finish playing out of a bunker.  Be considerate to the members and their guests, potential future members, playing behind you.
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  • Fix your ball mark, plus at least one more on every green you play. Excellent ball mark tools are available in the golf shop at no charge. Please take care of your greens.Bad green.jpg

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  • Replacing divots is a requirement for every golfer. Sand will again be available for your use starting tomorrow morning. The best option is to replace the divot and then sprinkle some sand around the edges of the divot. The next best option is to fill the divot with sand. The worst option is to do nothing.
  • We have garbage bins at the clubhouse and on holes 1, 2, 10 and 11. If you have garbage outside of these areas, please store it and place it in a bin at the locations mentioned.Garbage.jpg
  • Power Cart Users: With the physical distancing requirements, our cart usage has doubled.  Please stay on the cart path when near a green or tee box and drive down the fairway when playing a hole.  Your cooperation is critical to helping the turf thrive.

Food & Beverage

Thank you for your continued support of the food & beverage department. The dining room and snack shack are open for your convenience. Reservations are recommended upstairs as we have limited seating.  As well we are offering a hot menu for pick up at the snack shack on the turn. Please order from the 8th tee for pick up after 9.  We are offering Chicken Fingers, Chicken Club, Turkey Sandwich or Burger (no sides)

FOR RESERVATIONS, TAKE OUT OR SHACK PICK UP

ORDERS PLEASE CALL OR TEXT 587-679-6552

This week’s take out from menu starts at 12 pm Monday, May 18. 

Take Out Menu

Deep Dish Lasagna – layers of lasagna noodles, ricotta and cottage cheese blend, tomato and herb meat sauce, mozzarella and parmesan – portion sizes built for 2, with garlic toast and caesar salad kit – $28  (Made fresh – Reheating instructions included) 

House Cut AAA CAB Alberta NY Striploin steak – 10 oz avg – $12/each
(Fresh cut and vacuum sealed) 

House Ground Burgers – 6oz patty – $5/each
(Fresh ground, hand-made) 

Chicken Wings – $12/per LB
(Reheating instructions included) 

Cottage Pie – layered with red wine braised beef short rib, sautéed mushrooms, peppers and onions, buttery mashed potatoes and topped with puff pastry – portion built for 2, with house Tuscan salad kit – $26
(Made fresh – Reheating instructions included) 

Grilled Chicken Tabbouleh Salad Kit – included in this prepped meal kit, ready for cooking – Tuscan salad greens, couscous, diced tomato, red onion, cucumber, crumbled feta, chicken breast, Dijon tarragon vinaigrette, (grilling) mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, and red onions – $15
(Made fresh – Reheating instructions included)

Make it a great day!

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

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