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What’s the best thing about golf in Whistler in June? Well in our opinion besides the great golf it’s the fact that you can play until 10pm!
Welcome to “Mid- Week Madness!” Through the month of June play any Monday to Thursday as many times as you like in a day. Our first tee off time is 7am so there is a lot of day light for you. Palmer’s Gallery Bar and Grill and our beverage cart will keep you going so come make a day of it.
- Go to www.whistlergolf.com and book online using promo code “golf” or call 604-932-3280 and ask for the “mid week madness unlimited golf special”
- Book your second (and third round for you really going for it) when you check in for your first round.
- Offer valid on the Daily or BC resident green fee rate. (cannot be combined with any other offers.)
HAVE FUN! Our new bent grass greens are in amazing shape as is the entire golf course.
March 14th…Here we go. Snow blowing started yesterday and already the guys have uncovered 1 tee, 18 tees and 17 tees. 18 green was the first green to get to get blown off and it looks great. We will be blowing greens over the next couple of weeks and hope to have them all uncovered by April 1st.
The mild weather throughout February allowed us to work on some well needed tree liming. You will notice a difference right away on your Drive down #3. We pruned up all the trees along the right side of the fairway to allow a sight line all the way to the corner from the blue and black deck. We also worked on sight lines for #8 green, you will now be able to see the whole right side of the green and surround from all tee decks. Other areas include 14 green, 3 green 6 green, 7 green and the putting green for shade management, and 1 Fairway and 16 tees for playability and pace of play concerns.
With the snow melting so fast it won’t be long before our neighbors start to awake from there winter slumber…Just a reminder to keep all dogs on leashes and to keep all garbage in bear proof garbage cans throughout the village. This year we will be working on our Environmental case study for Audubon International which will be on Bear management, habitat conservation and safety. Stay posted for a full Audubon update.
As the Olympics draw closer in our home town of Whistler and the excitement builds I am simply awestruck by the impact the Torch Relay has had on our communities throughout B.C. and Canada. Whistler saw over 10,000 people come out for the lighting of the community cauldron on Friday night. Steve Podborski, “Crazy Canuck” skied the torch down Whistler Mountain after Julie Murray from Whistler and a member of Canada’s Ski Cross team raced it up the mountain by snowmobile. My 8 year old daughter said to me that night- “Dad did you know Julia Murray went to our school!”- that sums it all up right there.
I had the honour of carrying the torch Saturday morning at 7:02 down Village Gate Boulevard and Northlands drive. The Torch Relay staff is simply amazing. There were 13 runners on the Whistler leg of the torch relay on Saturday as it headed to Pemberton. We met the staff at 6am where we were taken through a history of the Olympic Flame. What struck me was the fact at 7:02 I would be the only one in the world carrying the Olympic Flame! Don’t trip, don’t blow it out…… the heart started racing big time! We introduced ourselves and our connection to Whistler and the Olympics. Kate Webster from Whistler Blackcomb would lead us off at 7am, pass to me and I would then pass to Andree Janyk who’s accomplishments are to long to mention- but her most important one is that she is downhiller Britt and slalomer Michael Janyk’s mom! After a little practice on how we would cross our torches to light the next runner torch, we headed out to the lead bus as a group to drop each runner in position.
Andree and I shared a few laughs over me telling her that she would be crying her eyes out as I approached her- “no way” she said. But just then she got a text from Britt in Nikiska where the ski team is training saying- ‘Good luck mom’ and I knew Andree was toast from there. Just as the emotions of the day began to hit the staff showed us a video of the history of the Olympic Flame layered with the cold play song “Fix You” and that was it- “get out the tissue box” I said.
Here we go! The bus dropped off Kate to a big cheer. We wished her well and the bus then proceeded to drop me off. What an incredible sight. The sky was clear, the moon was out and all my well wished gave me a huge cheer as I stepped off the bus. After a bunch of photos with my family and of course the Whistler Golf Club staff as we awaited Kate and the torch, lots of people I didn’t know who by chance were heading to work on the hill or to their Olympic venue jumped in for photos. Then someone yells out- “here it comes!” I looked down Village Gate and there was Kate giving it up the hill with the flame flying high. I took my position, Kate took hers, I looked at her, tears coming down her face and we lit the torch. It looked so amazing I just stared it it for a while until the staff said “Alan time to run!” Oh yeah right!
Off I went with my kids runnung beside me “Go Dad Go” What a thrill. I was struck with how beautiful the torch looks while running I couldn’t stop looking at it. I thought about my family, friends, ex team mates, Coach Donohue, those I’ve lost- everything in that three minutes. I approached Andree to light her torch and sure enough she was crying ” I told you you’d cry I said” We shared a hug and off she went. The staff extinguishes the flame right away because of course there can only be one Olympic Flame. After some more quick photos they pick you up on the trail bus and one by one you follow the relay picking up the torch bearers. This was awesome because you get to see each runner fans and share their moment with them when they get back on the bus. The staff take your torch, open it up, take out the fuel and disable the flame system. From there the torch is all yours.
I can’t wait to see who will light the flame in Vancouver. It will obviously mean more to me now. I had the pleasure of meeting Terry Fox at Simon Fraser University where I was playing basketball and where Terry went to school. He is my hero and I hope his mom lights the torch- but whoever it is I can guarantee you I’ll be reaching for the tissue box.
Congratulations to the staff and volunteers of the Athletes Villages in Whistler and Vancouver. Two lucky volunteers were chosen to cut the ribbon and officially welcome the worlds best athletes to Whistler and Vancouver. Thank you for including me in the ceremony!
Thanks to Michel for the tour of the dining hall for the Athletes. What a facility. With seating for over 900 the athletes have access to the freshest foods whenever they need it. The back of house facilities are incredible. Staff work around the clock prepping foods from a variety of cultures. The food services staff displayed incredible enthusiasm and are truly excited to start feeding the world.
Athletes from around the world began arriving at 3pm today to begin their medal journey. A beautiful Spring like day greeted them with incredible views to West Bowl on Whistler Mountain. The athletes have access to great facilities that include a loaded games room- can’t wait to see the rock band competitions-, fitness centre, internet cafe, bank, retail stores, a hospital they hopefully won’t need, outdoor fire pit and lounge area, outdoor stage with live entertainment and more.
It’s officially “ON” in Whistler. Good luck to all. Stay tuned for updates on the Torch Relay. Can’t wait to run!
I must confess that when I got the phone call 6 months ago asking me if I would like to run with the torch in Whistler I had no idea what it meant. I have just returned from watching my mother-in-law run with it in Barriere BC (see below) and the impact the relay is having on our country is incredible. My National Basketball teammate and current Toronto Raptors Head Coach Jay Triano told me it was the greatest thing he’s ever done- this from a guy was one three Olympic Teams. Watching the run in person last week made me realize its not the thrill of carrying it that leaves the impact on you its the reaction of the people watching it come through their community that is so incredible. Thank you to Barriere BC for such an incredible day that my mother in law, my kids and I will never forget. I can’t wait to run on Saturday through Whistler as it heads to Pemberton. Friday night the torch comes into Whistler from Squamish. I’ll see you all in village square!
ATHLETES VILLAGE UPDATE
Final preparations are underway for the arrival of athletes from all over the world. Athletes will arrive to incredible accommodations with stunning views of Whistler Mountain. Services for theathletes include a 900 seat dining hall, a full hospital, 2 retail stores, a bank, fitness centre, games room and more. A Co-Mayor of the Athletes Village I will be part of the flag raising ceremonies and will meet and greet the VIP’s that visit the village. The Athletes Village is an improtant part of the athletes experience and it is imperative it can be a place where the athlete can focus, unwind, refuel and get ready for their event. I look forward to working with all the volunteers and staff of the village over the next month and watching the athletes try to achieve their dream!
P.S. Go Canada Go!
Alan Kristmanson is the General Manager of the Whistler Golf Club and former member of the Canadian National Men’s Basketball team. He is Co-Mayor of the Athletes Village in Whistler for the 2010 Olympic Games and Torch Bearer for the Torch Relay in Whistler February 6th.
Check out this article by Padraig Harrington on hybrids versus long irons- complete with photos. If you aren’t a scratch golfer and you are still hitting a two iron, you are leaving shots on the course. READ ON! AK
The Whistler Golf Club will be executing a complete reconstruction of it’s Practice Facility in 2010.
“Due to the lack of parking during the Olympic winter season our range was turned into temporary parking lot for day skiers” said Alan Kristmanson, General Manager of the Whistler Golf Club.
“We are excited to be able to redo our facility from scratch. It is in a unique location being right in the heart of the village and we are confident the new facility will be fantastic when finished”
“The Range” as it has been known to locals at one time sat all alone on the east side of the highway. But now the village of the number one ski resort in Canada surrounds it, thus making it walking distance from all hotels. With amazing views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, “The Range” host numerous Golf Schools and is home to those working on their game and the never evers alike.
Scheduled opening date for the facility is July 15, 2010.
For more information on lesson programs and Nike Junior Golf Schools visit www.whistlergolf.com
Okay I’m a golf professional and not the easiest person to buy for. But you should see some of the stuff I get for Christmas. Have no fear, I’m here to save you the embarrassment of “the bad gift” We constantly hear the same question in the Golf Shop; “What should I buy for the golfer in my family, he/she has everything!” There are some items the golfer can’t have too much of, and some that they just don’t need. Let’s start with what “NOT” to give.
THE CLICKER COUNTER
- This little beauty attaches to your golf bag and the idea is you click it after each shot so in theory it keeps your score for you. Here’s the problem. When you are up to you $%#@! in fescue, bush, or a water hazard looking for your ball the last thing you want to do is be reminded about how many shots you’ve taken already by “clicking” away. Sometimes it comes with a clip on towel as a bonus. Leave this one where it belongs- back at the store.
HOME PRACTICE RANGE
- I love this one. Usually comes in a box with “Everything you need to improve your game at home”- meaning some velcro wiffle balls and a target. Last time I checked I could only hit a velcro wiffle ball about 18 yards.
THE GOLF BALL BIRD HOUSE
- Click here if you don’t believe me!
THE GOLF TOILET SEAT
- no golfer is complete without one! Seeing is believing.
THE PUTTER SHAFT BALL PICK UP
- Apparently we can walk 18 holes but can’t bend over to pick the ball out of the hole. This piece of magic attaches to the end of your putter. After putting out you turn your putter around and push the shaft onto the ball and walla, out is comes. Haven’t seen a lot of these on tour yet. Even Arnie bends over to pick the ball out of the hole.
ANTI SLICE TEES
- I’ve got news for you. It’s going to take a lot more than a funny shaped tee to fix his/her slice. See below for a better tee option!
ANYTHING YOU CAN BUY WITH “THREE EASY PAYMENTS”
- This frustrates me the most. ‘You will hit it 30 yards further guaranteed if you buy the ‘I know it looks ridiculous but if it helps me hit it 30 yards farther- I’ll wear that- Teaching Aid” -oh forgot- for only three easy payments of $59.99. “Order now and we’ll throw in the Bazooka Three Wood that only goes straight- that’s right- it will never hook or slice guaranteed or return for free refund” shipping fee of $299 not included.
YES! Here’s what you SHOULD give.
CLUB FITTING SESSION
- I’m continually shocked how golfers purchase equipment. All the technology in the world won’t help if the equipment doesn’t fit. Visit your local Pro and purchase a gift certificate for a Custom Club Fitting session. At the end of the session the golfer in your family will have their club specifications for any future club purchases including shaft length, lie angle, shaft flex and grip size.
- This might be obvious but again it’s amazing how many golfers play in low end shoes. Spoil the golfer in your life with a great pair of shoes. They will be shocked how much more comfortable a good pair of shoes is and how much more support through the swing they will have.
GORTEX RAIN JACKET AND PANTS
- Sure this is a pricy gift but the die hard golfer needs good rain wear. A good Gortex suit will last years and is worth the investment.
FIVE LESSON PACKAGE
- There are a lot of good teachers out there but none of them can perform a miracle in one lesson. If you are tired of listening to the golfer in your life complain about their game, buy them some lessons.
- An inexpensive gift but a great one for the golf bag. This pouch will become home for the car keys, watch, wedding ring, wallet and more. Gone are the post game antics of digging through the bag looking for their valuables.
BEN HOGAN’S FIVE LESSONS: THE MODERN FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF
- Great stocking stuffer. THE book every golfer should read.
- I can pretty much guarantee you the gofler in your life can’t hit their three iron. Get them a Hybrid Club and they will cook you dinner for the rest of the year.
Those are just a few suggestions. Be good to the golfer in your life.
P.S. Exploding golf balls aren’t funny.