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ARE YOU PLAYING GOLF?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

TO PLAY GOLF OR NOT TO PLAY

Many of you are surely confused about what is going on with the rules of golf. Bodies like the R and A  and the USGA make sweeping decisions (that may be good decisions) for the 1% of the people who play tournament golf. But they do it in the public context of “The Rules of Golf” which makes the game even more intimidating for those trying to break into the game. For example when friends get together for a little pick- up basketball or shinny hockey, both sports can be enjoyed immensely without following the professional rules of the game. In golf, if someone “foot wedges” one out from under a tree or picks up after hitting two shots unsuccessfully out of a bunker, that person constantly wonders if that is okay?

As we see it the challenges to the paying public are three fold: time poverty, the difficulty of the game and the time it takes to play a round of golf. It is not whether or not a putter is fixed to my chin or not. The problem with our game is that the voices of golf tend to come from the traditional mindset. Are the “Rules of Golf” stopping your from playing? Does it bother you that someone has told you that you can’t use that long putter you spent $250 on last week?

 GOLF AS RECREATION

At the Whistler Golf Club we tell our students to leave the scorecard in the golf shop. Go enjoy “the course” What does that mean? It means play it anyway you want with any type of golf equipment you want. Play 5 holes, play 9 holes, skip a hole, tee off from the 150, play scramble, tee it up everywhere….- Enjoy the view and enjoy the game. As your game improves so will your desire to make it more competitive, but enjoy the game first and don’t let the “rules of golf” deter you from enjoying a great walk and a great game.

So, what can we do to address the main barriers to getting more people playing?

TIME POVERTY

  • Offer different ways to play. “Can I play 9 holes?”-  “Yes anytime”.  ”I’d like to play today but I’ve only got an hour or so”. With time poverty we started hearing this more and more so we came up with 5 holes after 5pm. Guests were shocked to hear they could get out for an hour. We started see people we hadn’t seen in years. A few 5 or 9 hole games gets our guests jazzed about playing golf again and soon they are back up to 18.
  • Juniors play for free. Anytime. Kid’s lives are busy, and being in a resort we want to ensure the families can afford to bring the kids out.

DIFFICULTY OF THE GAME

  • Keep the rough low. Very low. Our rough units cut none stop.
  • Encourage players to “play it forward”
  • Beginner tees no further than 175 out. The sense of relief on beginners faces when you tell them it okay to tee off from the markers in the fairway is amazing. “I can do that?” It’s almost like golf has made people believe there is a rules official in the trees of every course.
  • Easy pins. Nothing ruins a day like dumb pins. Course set up plays a huge part in pace of play.
  • I tell the maintenance crew every year “no one has ever come into my office and complained the course was too easy, but set pins on side hills, pump up the rough and push all the tee blocks back and my phone starts ringing.”
  • Encourage “casual golf” until the players are good enough to “play by the rules.” If you aren’t on the green in 5 shots, pick it up, drop it near the green and finish out.

TIME IT TAKES TO PLAY

  • Our best staff work as player assistants. No one–shift-a-week volunteers here. Slow play is the death of our sport. Sure we have our days but not without throwing everything we have at it. We try and set the expectation on the first tee, build a relationship on the course and guide them home.
  • Beverage cart training. We train our servers to be player assistants as well. Serve at the right time, and use some good wit to kindly nudge the group along
  • 10 minute tee times. Slow play is often a capacity issue not a slow play issue. 8 minute tee times? Guaranteed slow play.

Competitive tournament golf is so important to developing fans for the game. In our opinion we need a set of rules for tournament golf and a more relaxed atmosphere around the recreation of golf.

So tee it up, smack it, go find it and have fun!

 

Par 4 16th, “The Gallery” named one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest”

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Thank you to Pacific Northwest Golf Magazine for recognizing our 16th hole as one of the ”great holes of the northwest”. Named “The Gallery” as your tee shot is often watched by 10-20 tourists enjoying the great view and taking pictures from behind the tee, this 460 yard Par 4 will definitely test your game.

 WGC

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               May 10, 2012

 Contact: Tom Cade, PNGA Sr. Director of Communications

Phone: 253.214.2918 | Email: tom.cade@thepnga.org

 

Whistler Golf Club Recognized by Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine

B.C. course’s 16th hole selected as one of the ‘Great Holes of the Northwest’

 

Federal Way, Wash.In the current May issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-4 16th hole at Whistler Golf Club in Whistler, B.C. is recognized as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running golf publication. 

 

With four sets of tees stretching from 332 yards from the Forward tees to 460 yards from the Tournament tees, this is one of the great old-fashioned par-4s in all of British Columbia. The longest par-4 on the back nine, there is water all along the left side but a wide fairway provides several angles into the large green. This hole is the last great hurdle on a gracious course.

 

During this past winter, Whistler Golf Club completely overhauled all 18 of its greens, installing Bent grass to replace the original greens that were built 29 years ago when the course first opened. “We’re excited to provide (new) putting surfaces for the 2012 season,” said the club’s Director of Golf, Alan Kristmanson. “Bent grass has a much stronger resistance to snow and ice damage, and with the incredible amount of snowfall we receive in Whistler this species of grass will help us achieve summer conditions much quicker.” The renovation project at Whistler Golf Club began last fall with the growth of new grass from seed. Snow removal began in February and in April all 18 greens were stripped and replaced with the new grass. The course is scheduled to open for the season on May 18, weather permitting.

 

The Whistler Golf Club was designed in 1983 by the Arnold Palmer Design Company, and was Arnold Palmer’s first Canadian design. For more information, visit www.whistlergolf.com.

 

With a direct-mailed circulation of 123,000 households, the Golfer magazine has been the voice of golf in the Northwest for 17 years. It is the only Northwest golf publication with a verifiable demographic of its readership. The Golfer is all about golf, and dedicated to golfers. It is the official magazine of the British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, Washington State and Pacific Northwest Golf Associations, as well as the Pacific Northwest Section PGA. Published by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, a 501c3 charitable international amateur golf association, the Golfer is a member benefit delivered to those who utilize the USGA GHIN Handicap System through member clubs, either public or private. Visit www.thepnga.org for more information.

 

Attached photo courtesy Whistler Golf Club

 

Caddying for Paul Casey

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Thanks to Vittie Gomes and our great partners at Nike Golf I was given the opportunity to caddy for Paul Casey on day 2 of the Telus World Skins Game in Banff. Thanks V!! Day 1 saw a blue bird day in Banff but the morning of day 2 saw it rain as hard as you would see in the Rockies with- yes this is true- fresh snow on the mountains over night! The Pro Am in the morning was unfortunately cancelled so Paul and I were going blind in the afternoon I had played a few holes so overall no worries there.

I got to meet Paul for lunch before the round. He’s a big mountain biker and we chatted about Whistler and bikes- he has a few! He snuck up to Whistler Saturday for Crankworx during the Canadian Open to check it out and has riden here often. After lunch it was off to the locker room to get the bag ready. It was a caddies worse day. Heavy rain was forecasted so we loaded up the bag with everything he had. A brief meeting in the morning with the players, caddies and TSN regarding the back 9, a reminder about no foul language as everyone is mic’d up, that evenings travel and off to the range for warm up.

His clubs are pretty standard. Nike blades with a cavity back 2 iron, 3 wood, stock Nike VR driver, 10.5 loft, 73 Diamana shaft. Method putter, 52 and 58 degree sand wedges. Warm up was short and sweet. PC hits it DEEP. So does Jhonatthan Vegas. This kid is going to be a star. He’s still very young but once he figures it out he’s got the length and touch to be very good. Anthony Kim is just flat out skilled and can also move it. Lucas Glover hits a draw all the time and has a great sense of humour. He loved the two guys in the crowd dressed up as Santa??! and called them up to the tee for a photo. Steven Ames is also a great ball striker and was giving it to AK pretty good the whole way around.

Skins game courses are set up pretty short so it was driver/wedge most of the way around. Putts were lipping out from everywhere. The only tense moment was when the laser they gave us didn’t have batteries so it got a little tense for a hole or so until we solved that. Paul also had to remind me we were mic’d so the F bomb I dropped when the laser didn’t work wasn’t real popular!

Thanks again to Paul for being so accomodating and to Nike Golf for a great day. We didn’t win a Skin on day 2 so I think that’s likely the end of my pro caddy career but looking forward to hopefully hitting the mountain bike trails with Paul next time he is back in town. Thanks again guys for a great day! Thanks also to Rod Black from the TSN for the props during the telecast.

AK

Men’s Night August 8th.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Join us Monday August 8th for a fun afternoon of golf, prizes, food and yes a few beverages!  18 hole tee times start at 2:10 and 9 hole tee times start at 4pm. Call 604-932-3280 to book a foursome or we will pair you up with a group.

This event is a net par points so bring your handicap with you. Nestor if you win again you better run for the hills! Green fees are $39 for 18 holes. $20 for 9 holes after 4pm (we will double your 9 hole par point score). Passholders and staff are free (staff will clean up your mess!) Brother Twang will have the tunes playing after the round. $13 pitchers and 2 for 1 appies await you after 18 or try an entree from our new summer menu. Come on out for a fun afternoon of golf. You never know who might show up!

Canada Day parade: The Whistler Golf Club declares war on terror-ible waste!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

After a two year run of “float of the year” the Whistler Golf Club team had to get creative this year. The votes aren’t in yet but we like our chances. Continuing the theme of working towards zero garbage at our facility, the Whistler Golf Club’s float for 2011 declares war on terrible or terror-ible waste!
Merchandiser Suzanne Malone out did herself this year. She save all the egg crates from Palmer’s Gallery Bar and Grill over the season to make the body of the Humvee. The front window is made from salad packaging. The gun turret is an old irrigation catch basin with the gun being a piece of used irrigation pipe. The Canada flags were saved from the Olympics. The entire float will be recycled after the parade. The power for the float comes from one of our electric carts. Sales Manager Ro Davies is sporting his father’s official military jacket.

Our flags on the golf course this year are Canada Flags. Happy Canada Day everyone!!

SPRING RATES EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 16TH

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The Whistler Golf Club has extened it’s Spring rates until June 16th. “It has been a long cold Spring and our course needs a little more grow in time to get to Summer conditions. We thank everyone who has visited us to date. The usual Whistler Golf Club service and Whistler Valley views and bear watching will continue to make your day. We hope you will find good value in our Spring rates. Our greens have been double overseeded and are improving daily”

To book your tee time and for great online specials visit www.whistlergolf.com.

Alan Kristmanson

General Manager

18 green June 1st

OPENING DAY MAY 14TH!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Book now for opening weekend! The weather looks good so lets tee it up!

BOOK ONLINE AND SAVE! Visit www.whistlergolf.com and book your tee times online. There you will find green fee specials while they last. They go quick so book them up as soon as you can.

SIGN UP FOR SPECIALS  Don’t forget to “Sign up for specials” at www.whistlergolf.com. You will receive monthly ENews from the Whistler Golf Club. As a thank you for joining we will send you a two for one green fee!

THE RANGE  Our newly renovated Practice Facility is now open. Our C.P.G.A. Teaching Professionals lead by Head Teaching Professional Duncan Savage is ready to help you with you game. Click here to see our instructional programs. Custom club fitting is available with our Nike fitting system. Book your appointment to “get fit”

PALMER’S GALLERY BAR AND GRILL   “Palmer’s” will open May 14th. We are pleased to introduce our monthly fresh sheet with a focus on locally grown product. The deck at Palmer’s features free WiFi and is a great place to come by for a coffee and a muffin or a great meal.

GOLF SHOP  The shop is fully stocked with 2011 apparel from Nike, Lole, Adidas, Quiksilver, AUR, and more. Our award winning shop features both golf and lifestyle apparel. Come check it out!

THE COURSE!

Our crew has been working hard getting the course ready following a late Spring. Click here to follow our Spring preparations on our Facebook Fan page. For up to the minute information follow us on Twitter! It is amazing how fast the course goes from snow to green fairways but its not without a lot of hard work and expense. Thanks to our maintenance crew for their hard work this Spring. Check out the dates of the two photos below!!

MARCH 16TH

May 1st

JUNIOR PLAY FOR FREE  That’s right. The Whistler Golf Club is the home of free golf for juniors and our junior tees. Each paying adult may bring a junior free of charge. We have junior tees on every hole from 90- 165 yards. Super juniors can beat Mom and Dad from the adult tees.

WWW.WHISTLERGOLF.COM   -mobile  Visit www.whistlergolf.com from your smart phone. Tee times can now be booked from your phone! Golf course information including directions, rates, video flyovers of each hole and more can be at our mobile web site.

Have a great golf season everyone!

Duncan Savage promoted to Head Teaching Professional

Friday, February 18th, 2011

  Whistler Golf Club   THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF WHISTLER GOLF CLUB

DUNCAN SAVAGE PROMOTED TO HEAD TEACHING PROFESSIONAL

 

Alan Kristmanson, General Manager of the Whistler Golf Club is pleased to announce the promotion of Duncan Savage to the role of Head Teaching Professional. Duncan’s new role will see him in charge of all aspects of the Whistler Golf Club’s teaching programs that include private lessons, junior, ladies only, beginner and advanced programs as well as our popular Nike Junior Golf Schools. Duncan will oversee the Whistler Golf Club’s C.P.G.A. Professional staff as well as our Nike custom fitting and repair programs at our fully renovated Practice Facility.

“I’m excited for this opportunity” Duncan said. “One of my main objectives for the 2011 season is to ensure The Range at the Whistler Golf Club is the absolute best place to learn and practice all aspects of the game. Our newly renovated facility and our contemporary and fun teaching methods will ensure a great learning experience for all”

“I’m extremely pleased Duncan has accepted this new role” Alan said. “Duncan and his staff have grown all our teaching programs to a point of having and extremely loyal following of junior and beginner men and ladies who continue to come back to work with our pros on their game. Duncan’s and his team are also very good at helping the lower handicapper take it to the next level not only with their game but with custom fitting of equipment as well.”

Look for Duncan and his team to open The Range mid to late April.

 

LADIES ONLY CLINICS

 

Register now! 2010 was a sell out for these popular 1 hour group clinics. Our teaching pros will take you game to the next level or introduce the never evers to the game of golf. Our 2011 clinics will take place at our newly renovated Practice Facility and on course at the Whistler Golf Club. But that’s not all! Each clinic is followed by dinner in Palmer’s Gallery Bar and Grill- what there’s more!?? Yes! You also get 5 transferable Sunset green fees and free rentals to use any time during the 2011 season. $259 PLUS TAX. Click here to view our 2011 Ladies Only clinics schedule. Call 604-932-3280 to register or register online.  GENTLEMEN we have clinics for you to! Click here to view our INTRODUCTION TO GOLF clinics.

JUNIOR ACADEMY

 

NEW FOR 2011. JUNIOR ACADEMY PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CLINICS. These 1 hour group sessions are designed for the junior golfer who has good golf experience but is looking to improve their game. These clinics run weekly all season long and will work on all aspects of the game. 20 sessions for $199 or simply drop in for $25 a session. Click here to view the Junior Academy Player Development schedule for 2011.

JUNIOR CLINICS. Yes another sell out in 2010. These 5 session group clinics introduce your junior to the game of golf. Sessions are broken into Birdies (ages 4-6) and Eagles (Ages 7-14). $129 PLUS TAX

To register your junior golfer for any program call 604-932-3280 or register online.

NIKE JUNIOR GOLF SCHOOLS

 

Our four day schools will include golf instruction for the junior that focuses on fundamentals, safety, etiquette, rules and fun. Our daily activities include 2 hours of instruction in them morning at our newly renovated practice facility followed by nine holes of on course instruction after lunch. Juniors continue to play the back nine in the afternoon during our High Performance Schools. Each junior will receive a Nike golf shirt and hat along with lunch daily. $499 PLUS TAX. Click here to view our 2011 schedule. Call 604-932-3280 to register or register online.

3000 pounds of Food donated to the Food Bank from “Whistler Thanks” day!!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Over 100 golfers turned out for the Whistler Golf Club/ Westin Resort and Spa”s 1st Annual “Whistler Thanks” day in support of the Whistler and Pemberton Food Banks. Green fees were generously donated by the Westin Resort and Spa leaving our guests with the option to donate food and/or cash to the food bank. Thank you to Joanne Pershbacher, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin for the donation of green fees for the golfers.

Donations were overwhelming with Shaw Cable generously tripling the value of all cash and food received through their “Together is Amazing” program. Doug Sedgwick from Shaw Cable was on site to thank the golfers for their donations. Shaw also donated a HD PVR as a prize for the golfers attending today! Bruce Stewart at Nester’s Market stepped to the plate by furthering the value of the donations.

It was a great day for the Whistler and Pemberton Food Banks. Thank you to all our golfers for a great golf season and for contributing to this great cause.

NO GREENS AERATION UNTIL AFTER WE CLOSE

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The Whistler Golf Club greens are in great shape and will stay so until our closing date of October 11th. Greens aeration will take place on October the 12th.  With fresh snow on the mountains the views are amazing (see below) right now some come and join us for some great golf.

Please note The Range will close on October 3rd.

Whistler's first snowfall of 2010