May 29, 2020

To state the obvious, the month of May is nearly over.  One month ago, we didn’t know if we would even be able to open the course this summer, let alone in May.  Now we will do about 5,500 rounds for the month, which is nearly 10% more than May 2019.  This number represents an approximate 80% usage rate for rounds available.  The number of rounds played is quite impressive, considering the reduced number of times available due to the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your patience as we have slowly opened up access to the course for your use, it is very much appreciated.

New Shareholder
We are delighted to welcome our newest shareholder, Dr. Philip Ripley, and his wife, Shelley, to the Club. Dr. Ripley played previously as a non-shareholder member. He is an avid golfer, so we expect to see him out regularly. Please introduce yourself to him, and make him feel welcome to Red Deer G & CC.

Tee Access
The question I have received more than any other since starting at the Club is about access to the tee.  The concerns stated by members are primarily related to group bookings, but it goes much further than that.  At its meeting this past Monday, the Board committed to developing a Strategic Plan for the Club.  Through the process, all aspects of the Club will be reviewed, including tee access.  Nothing will change this season, but expect changes for 2021.  All these changes will be from the view of what is best in the long term interests of the Club and equitable access to the tee.

Strategic Plan
Your input will be sought out and is essential to the success of the strategic planning process.  This participation will come in two ways.  The first is a survey.  The survey will be focused on what you want and need from the Club and how successful we are delivering these goods and services to you.  It will take about 30 minutes to complete, and we hope to have it to you in about a month.  Secondly, we will have focus groups for all the various member demographics.  Taken together, we will get a significant amount of information/data from which the Board will develop a plan for the ongoing, long-term success of the Club.  More details to follow.

Early Morning Golf
Effective June 1, early morning golf will be open to all you early risers.  As a reminder, this program runs from June 1 to August 31.  You can play every day except Thursday mornings or when we host an outside golf tournament.  Should there be a frost delay, members with tee times have priority, meaning you might not get to play in a frost delay situation.  To cause as little a disturbance with the Turfcare team prepping the course for all those members with tee times, we ask that you tee off before 6 a.m.  Finally, the Turfcare team has priority on the course.  Please do not play a shot if there is ANY chance of you hitting a staff member.  Play around the staff, and do not make them work around you.

Driving Range
We have decided to open the driving range up to you using a tee.  I know this will be welcome news for all of us struggling with our driver.  Please use tees only you have touched.  More tees are available in the golf shop.

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 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.

Roster Books
The roster book will not be printed in 2020.  We have some extra 2019 books, which you are welcome to have.  All member contact information is in the “Roster” section on the members-only side of the website.

Club News
We archive on the Club’s website every email we send out to the membership.  You can find all past emails on the homepage of the RDGCC website.  You can find them under the heading “Club News” which is in the lower-left section of the homepage.

Locker and Club Storage Credit
For those of you that paid for a locker and or club storage, you will have or will so receive a 1/5 credit of the dues paid placed on your credit book account.  This credit amounts to $10/locker and $25/club storage space for May.  You can spend your credit book in either the Golf Shop or the Dining Room.

Due to the overwhelming demand for firewood, we are no longer selling wood for member use.  We will let you know once more wood is ready for purchase.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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

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