We’re in Full Swing
The beginning of July marks the middle of our 2016 golfing season. For the next two months the course will be very busy, with members and their guests, and also with tourists and many other occasional golfers. With that in mind it’s useful to remember our obligations as member-proprietors of the club. Here’s a few points to consider as we share our facilities with the wider public at large.
Be a good host
Treat our visitors as guests. Not only is that the polite and appropriate way to interact with strangers but it is also a positive step for the business operation of our club. If your group is matched with a green fee guest, make them feel welcome and help guide them through the course if they need it. Revenue from green fees is an important part of our operating budget. Being polite and friendly not only makes everyone feel good but also helps the reputation of the club and builds more business for the future.
Be a steward of the course
We are privileged to be a member-directed club. The Picton Golf & Country Club has been in operation for over 100 years. We are the current generation of stewards for this great club. All of us need to literally take ownership by doing our part to keep the course in great condition. Just a few simple and easy habits, such as fixing ball marks on the greens, replacing your divots and properly raking the traps after each use, goes a long way to keeping our club in top condition. Our greens staff, while hard working and conscientious, can’t do it all. We may approach 10,000 rounds in the month of July and all of us need to make sure that we do our bit to keep the course in good order.
Observe the course rules
Rules and regulations on the course are minimal. After all, we are out there to have fun and relax, as well as to possibly relieve our playing partners of some small change. Whatever rules apply regularly, or just for a specific day, are there for a reason. Pace of play is important. If you can’t see the group in front of you, speed up your play or let the people behind you play through. Even on the busiest days, a round of golf at our club should take no more than four hours and fifteen minutes. Power carts should always operate on the "ninety degrees" rule. Rules can also change according to conditions on the course. If the day requires cart use on paths only, please do so. Carts on wet fairways can damage them. The cart direction signs on the fairways also need to be respected. Carts, unless they are clearly marked with a blue flag, are not to be driven anywhere near greens or traps and are not to be taken on off paths on par 3 holes or hole #12. Most importantly, take instruction from the marshals on the course if it is given. Our marshals are friendly and very tolerant. If they have something to say to you about pace of play or some other issue treat them with respect and follow their directives. Also, please observe the Picton Golf & Country Club Dress Code and ensure your guests are familiar with it as well. Click Dress Code to read.
The most important consideration is simply to have fun. Golf is a great game and we are privileged to be members of this historic, first class club. Play well and play often. Summer is fleeting so go out and enjoy your game in what promises to be a terrific season.
Pro Shop Update
The weather has been cooperating for golf. We had a very strong Canada Day turnout with the course seeing a 25% increase in rounds played on July 1st. Our guest rounds more than doubled and were up 113%. July 1st falling on a Friday really helped boost the course attendance. In addition, we saw a 4% increase in guest rounds over Saturday and Sunday. With the positive weather outlook and the onset of tourist season, we hope to see more visits to our club.
The month of June was very positive. Revenue from green fees and rentals were up 9.5% and Pro Shop sales were up 22%. This is a significant swing from May where the colder weather early on kept the visits and rounds played down.
The Pro Shop will continue with rotating merchandise promotions throughout the season. Check out the "Pro Shop Specials" now, and check our website often for more specials. Don't forget to drop in to the Pro Shop, it is well stocked and ready to meet your needs.
Our Club Championships are August 13th and 14th. There are several divisions for men and women based on handicap, so you don’t have to be a scratch golfer to participate. It’s our greatest event of the year and a lot of fun. Don't forget to make sure that your handicap is always up to date. Record all of your scores either on the computer at the pro shop or at home through the Golf Canada website. Make sure that you are familiar with our Handicap Policy.
There has also been some interest in reviving some of our older traditions related to the club championship such as the Friday night shootout and the Calcutta. If you have interest in either or both of these ancillary events, please let the staff at the pro shop know so that we can organize these activities.
Our Junior Club Championships are July 16 and 17th. Complete details and registration are available in the Pro Shop. There will be some really great golf happening at this event. Good luck to all our Juniors!
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