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We hope you've been practising some of your skills over the winter from our last blog post.
It's time to get ready to golf! Here are some ways you can prepare and clean your clubs for next month's season opening.
Step 1: Warm bucket of Suds
Take a plastic cleaning bucket that you probably have around your home to a sink or bathtub. Squirt a little dishwashing liquid into the bottom, then add warm water to create suds. Do NOT make the water too hot, very hot water can loosen the plastic ferrule on your golf clubs. Keep the water a nice warm temperature.
Fill the bucket about 10cm (4 inches). You only need enough water in the bucket to cover the heads of your irons.
Step 2: Place Irons in the Bucket
For Woods/hybrids, leave them out for now, we will discuss those in Step 6.
Take the bucket, with its water and suds, outside to your garage, balcony, desk or a place you can safely work and make a mess without concern.
Set the bucket down, then place your irons in the bucket with the clubheads submerged. A good amount of water should have your clubs' ferrules just below the level of the water and suds.
Allow the irons to soak in the warm water for five minutes or so. This will help loosen any dirt in the grooves of the clubface and allow the suds to begin working on grease and oils that may be on the clubheads.
Step 3: Clean the Grooves
After 5 minutes of soaking time, take a club out one a time and use a soft plastic bristled brush to clean out the grooves on the clubface. This is the key step in cleaning your clubs, take your time and be sure to remove all dirt and debris from the grooves.
Be sure to also scrub the sole of the iron and over the back of the clubhead, removing dirt, grass and other debris.
Normally a soft-bristled brush should work fine but if your clubs are particularly dirty and dirt has built up in the grooves and hardened over the winter, you may need to allow more soaking time and then step it up a little using a stiff-bristled brush. Never use a wire-bristled brush during cleaning.
Step 4: Rinse
Use your garden hose or a tap or a second bucket of fresh water to rinse off the clubhead. When the suds are washed away, take a look at the club to make sure all dirt is removed from the grooves. If it's not, repeat steps 2 - 4.
Step 5: Dry the Clubhead and Shaft
Use your old towel to dry off the clubhead. Also drag the towel up the shaft of the club. This will remove any loose debris from the shaft and also ensure that the shaft doesn't go back into your bag wet.
Step 6: Cleaning Woods/hybrids
It's a good idea not to submerge metal woods or especially the classic persimmon woods in water. Metal woods can be hollow, often they have a nice, glossy finish and should not be smashing around in the bucket with your irons.
Instead, quickly dip metal woods/hybrids into the sudsy water, rub with a moist cloth, then dry with a dry cloth. Use a moist cloth to clean off persimmon clubheads, then dry immediately.
Use a soft-bristled brush, if necessary, to clean out the grooves on woods/hybrids.
Isn't the design of a golf ball pretty amazing?! Did you ever consider the effort the scientists put in to testing golf balls for maximize distance, direction and to reduce friction and drag. The placement of each dimple is just perfectly positioned to ensure the perfect shot. Well, perfect in their lab at least. 😄
The Truth: Having a bag full of dirty golf balls can drastically affect performance during your game. Yes, it's true you can always blame the equipment but cleaning your golf balls is an important part of ensuring that every piece of your equipment is performing at an optimal level during each and every round of golf that you play.
Golf balls experience a lot during an 18-hole round; they take a beating from clubfaces. They collide with the odd tree, visit the beach getting covered in sand and generally just seem to have a knack for finding dirt even with the beautiful course conditions found at Picton Golf & Country Club. It doesn't take long for golf balls to accumulate enough grime and dirt to need a good cleaning.
How to Clean Your Golf Balls
Despite all this information, many golfers still don't take cleaning their golf balls seriously. They believe that just a quick swipe with a towel or rub on the leg of their pants is enough to knock off the worst, and that's all that matters. BUT could it also be true that these are the same players that are baffled by the way their golf balls occasionally react strangely after a perfect stroke?
Here's some of the best ways to clean a golf ball, so when you pull a ball from your golf bag at our gorgeous #1 tee overlooking Picton Bay, it's a clean one. Let's examine and gather some tools. We suggest:
1. Cleaner - A mild dish soap will suffice for most basic washes. If your golf balls are in need of a deep cleaning, then use a diluted bleach or vinegar to cut that grease and grim. Do not mix any chemicals together as this can harm the coating on your golf balls.
2. Cleaning bucket - Add plenty of warm water to a cleaning bucket. Fill it up about halfway and remember to account for the displacement the balls will add before adding cleaning solution. Once you've mixed up the cleaner with warm water, place your golf balls into the bucket and let them soak for 15 to 20 minutes. This will save on scrubbing time later.
3. Scrubbing tools - Depending on how dirty your golf balls are, there are a variety of different scrubbing tools that can help you get the job done right. Cleaner-looking golf balls can always benefit from a soapy towel or sponge to clean the outer surface. Dirtier golf balls may need something gentler but more abrasive. An old toothbrush is a great option for scrubbing. A long bristle scrub brush found in most dollar stores for cleaning dishes is another perfect cleaning tool to clean your golf balls.
4. Dish Washing Machine - Hopefully everyone in your family golfs so they can appreciate the importance and relationship that a golfer has with their golf balls. If you've got a dishwasher and you're concerned with all the effort involved in all that we've described above, then you may want to try loading your golf balls into the top rack and cleaning them the easy way! Golf balls will not harm your dishwasher. More importantly your dishwasher will not harm your golf balls. We didn't list this option first because with this one, you won't even have to get your hands wet. Results will vary using this method especially for golf balls that could probably benefit from a little elbow grease.
5. Drying/polishing Towel - With the hard work behind you, it's time to take your golf balls and give them a final dry with a towel before putting them back in your 'clean' bag. Make sure your bag is clean (we may do another blog post on that!). Now is also a good opportunity to inspect each golf ball, looking closely at the dimples and making sure that no debris remains.
It's not just about the perfect, clean golf ball. Practicing how to clean golf balls the right way and taking this extra time to prepare will give you confidence in your equipment during your next round. Clean golf balls are better. They feel better to hit, they fly longer, they fly straighter and provide the consistency and accuracy that they were designed to provide golfers with from the start. Whether you’re a Leafs fan or a Habs fan. We hope this BLOG post provides you with some golf ball cleaning ideas will eliminate the excuse for any golfer to play with a dirty golf ball.
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Are you already missing golf? The snow has been slow to arrive this year and as I drive by Picton Golf & Country Club and look at the green grass still trying to hang on, I think about teeing off on #2 and finally hitting that elusive green.
So your golf game was likely better in September than it was last May. Playing more often improves our game and after a long winter of not touching the clubs, we often find ourselves starting over each spring trying to get our game back. Did you ever think about why? Did you ever think that if you could start in May where you left off in September you'd soon go pro?!
Soon there will be snow on the ground in Picton and the thermometer on my car showed -8 degrees this morning so we've got a long way to go before golf opens again in the spring at Picton Golf Club. So how can you prevent being rusty next spring (no offence to Mr. Gilchrist)?
The answer is fairly simple: Build a winter golf training program. Over the next couple of months we're going to suggest to you some different ways that you can help lessen the impact that the idle winter months can have on your golf game.
Our first suggestion is: KEEP YOUR PUTTER OUT!
• Leave your remote control golf caddy in the garage and trade it in for an electric auto-return putting cup. Set up a putting green on a carpet in any room of your home to practice because it’s all about maintaining that muscle memory for your swing or putt.
• If space allows at your place, you can also chip practice balls into a net from a turf mat. These are available online for a minimal cost.
• Putt down a straight line (perhaps a piece of masking tape).
• Place the ball on a coin when putting. Keep your eye on the coin long enough to determine whether it's heads or tails before looking at the ball path.
• Place 2 tees upside down balanced on their heads about 6 inches apart. Place the golf ball centered between the 2 tees and practice putting without knocking over the tees. This will greatly help ensure you are practicing for more consistent center hits which ultimately will result in better speed control and direction.
• Practice putting with 2 golf balls at the same time. For short straight putts, being able to roll 2 balls together at the same time will help develop a square face at impact.
We hope these activities motivate you to practice, over and over again this winter. Check back with us often and be sure to read our Blog at https://pictongolf.ca/blog
Looking For Things To Do In Picton? Give Picton Golf a Try!
It is safe to say that nothing about 2020 - the first year of a fresh new decade - has felt normal.
We've spent most of this year enduring an unprecedented global quarantine - hiding out from a virus that no one understands and health officials cannot predict nor control.
However, through it all, there has been one constant we have turned to time and again for comfort - NATURE. Fresh air. Sunshine. Getting outside. And, surprisingly - GOLF!
Golf has emerged as an oasis of reassuring normalcy this ear. Rounds played are up more than 25% nationwide! The game is also attracting more youth, women and novice players than ever before!
Golf courses have responded to the scare of COVID-19 with calm reassurance. Ensuring that safe, sanitary play guidelines are in place to welcome both new and experienced golfers.
Are you looking for fun things to do in Picton? Do you need to find a new recreational hobby to keep your mind busy and active this year? Keep reading to learn why people are falling in love with golf!
Picton Golf & Country Club is already taking on new members for our 2021 golfing season in the county as well! Do you need some fun summer activities lined up for you and the kids? Our beautiful golf course is one of Picton’s best attractions and activities! Register for your 2021 golfing season today!
Flexible and Virtual Working Hours Allow For Increased Hobby Time!
With increasingly staggered work hours and a largely virtual workforce, both avid and occasional adult golfers are finding some more time in their daily schedules for long lost hobbies and activities. Whether considered to be a recreational or a competitive hobby, it’s always good to work on and improve your golf game! Whether it be for business events, an outing with your father in law or a weekend activity with your family - golf will always remain a staple activity!
For young golfers who are being homeschooled, enrolled in virtual learning or staggered with on-campus hours, golf is a great solution to their loss of sporting events and other extracurricular activities. Looking for something fun to do in Picton? Our Picton Golf & Country Club provides fun activities for all ages and skill levels! Whether a beginner or advanced golfer, our Championship Course combines elements of fun and education to provide our young golfers with a great overall experience!
With the perfect balance of fresh air, sunshine, physical exercise, socially distanced socializing and comforting normalcy that this crazy year has ordered, Picton Golf course is the place to be. Just a short drive from Belleville on the beautiful Prince Edward County, it’s also the easiest to get to!
Golf Truly Is a Safe Sport During Coronavirus
As Golf News Now reported just this past month, a full 94% of golf courses polled stated they have had zero cases of coronavirus among staff or guests.
This information is backed up by "contact capture" measures that require one person per group (whether or not they are playing) to provide full contact information in the event that contact tracing compliance becomes necessary at a later date.
Numbers and measures like these indicate that everything about the golf model works to support the safety of social distancing when in public areas.
From staggered tee times to restrictions on equipment use, increased sanitizing measures to enforced mask wearing, golf courses are taking the threat of COVID-19 very seriously.
At Picton Golf & Country Club, your safety is extremely important to us! Our safety protocols are in place to provide you with a safe and fun activity, without the unnecessary stress of health concerns!
Golf Is Replacing Traditional Youth Sports During Back-to-School
It is an understatement to say that this year's fall school semester has gotten off to a rocky start. One of the hardest hit areas has been extracurricular activities for students - particularly sports.
Educational information consistently shows that participation in the arts and sports can enhance learning and retention. With so many activities still off limits, this handily explains the noticeable surge of youth athletes' interest in golf as a social and competitive sport.
In fact, more than half a million junior golfers throughout North American have tried their hand at golf for the first time ever in 2020 thus far.
As Golf magazine recently reported, junior golf has provided worried parents with a welcome suite of fresh options when faced with their young athletes who are understandably upset that COVID-19 has put their favourite seasonal sports on hold.
Picton Golf & Country Club has had many young golfers register for memberships this past year! Are you looking for a fun summer activity for summer 2021? We’re open and taking members!
Golf Is Now More Affordable Than Ever
If all this wasn't already providing enough incentive for people to take up golfing together, there is one more perk that has put golf back on the radar - LOW GOLF RATES AND FEES.
This year, golf has emerged as one of a handful of recreational and competitive sports that continue to run in Ontario, and Canadians report that they are the better for it!
Golfing gives individuals a reason to get outside, go for a stroll, enjoy nature and challenge their abilities!
Ready to give golf a try? Register for a golfing membership at Picton Golf & Country Club! Whether you are a beginner or an expert, competitive or recreational, Picton golf course is the perfect location for you!
Get in Touch With Picton Golf & Country Club!
At Picton Golf & Country Club , we take the health and safety of all our guests very seriously and invite you to review our COVID-19 "safe play" guidelines prior to your tee time.
Give our Pro Shop a call at 613-476-2222 or visit us online if you have any questions that we can assist you with!
Touchless Golf Provides COVID-19 Safety & Improved Play Experience
"Touchless golf." On the surface, it doesn't sound all that enticing, but touchless golf is the newest trend sweeping through the worldwide golfing community - and it is taking off for more than just simple safety reasons.
Touchless golf definitely provides an extra layer of precautionary safety measures so that you can get all the benefits of golf without worrying about COVID-19.
It is also delivering surprising improvements in many other important aspects of player experience, for players of all ages and experience levels!
Curious to give touchless golf a try? Read on to learn how it works!
What Is Touchless Gof?
Touchless golf definitely first came about as courses sprang into action to implement COVID-19 safety measures.
Social distancing, mask-wearing, use of hand sanitizer and other now-common safety guidelines are on full display here at Picton Golf & Country Club.
In addition, we are making use of these special safety features:
- Staggered tee times.
- Dedicated play times for senior and junior players.
- Occupancy limits for clubhouse, dining, pro shop and other special facilities.
- Occupancy limits for golf carts.
- Removal of high contact helps like ball washers and rakes.
- Sanitization of all public use aids like ride-on carts, pull carts, gas carts, etc.
- Modification of holes to make no-contact ball removal easy.
Each of these changes has created a fresh new experience of a timeless traditional sport in an unusual time period where both the novel and the familiar are much welcomed and needed.
Why Is Touchless Golf So Important?
The threat of contracting COVID-19 is universal, but how each person responds may look very different.
It is a very personal process - figuring out what feels safe and what doesn't feel safe right now in terms of recreation, social interaction, work space and many other daily life choices.
There is one thing nearly all health officials around the world appear to agree on: it can be beneficial for people to get outside, to be in nature and breathe fresh air and move, especially during such a stressful health crisis.
By the way, this handily explains why so many homes are sporting unusually lush-looking landscaping and garden beds this year. And it is why modern so-called "victory gardens" are cropping up on windowsills, balconies, rooftops and other unusual places all around Ontario.
Some media sources describe gardening as "almost therapeutic" in that working in the garden gets people outside into nature and offers an outlet in the midst of lockdown.
The same can be said of golf. As one of just a handful of sports open to athletes and enthusiasts of all ages, golf offers a unique combination of the very things most of us need most right now: fresh air, social contact, heart-healthy exercise and fun!
Why Golfers Are Loving Touchless Golf
Touchless golf is easy to love simply because it makes enjoying golf feel truly safe in a time when practically nothing feels safe.
You can get out into nature, enjoy Canada's all-too-brief warm season, challenge your mind and body and have some social connection with old and new friends.
But there is an extra added element that isn't apparent until you actually arrive at the course and experience touchless golf for yourself.
1. No Bunching At The Holes
With staggered tee times and additional staff on hand to provide guidance about safe social distancing practices, all the pressure is off to play throughout your scheduled tee time.
Each hole is your own since no bunching is permitted. While players who are brand new to the game of golf may lack the perspective to truly appreciate the difference, the feedback from experienced players has been all positive.
2. Squeaky Clean Golf Gear and Carts.
While there is no doubt the new safe play guidelines can make for more work for golf course staff and management, the players are getting all the benefits.
Golf gear and carts are squeaky clean and shiny. Washrooms and public use areas are similarly given the white glove treatment, which makes for a particularly posh play experience.
Patrons are also taking noticeably more care with the items they make use of during their golf outing so as to minimize extra work for the course staff.
3. Excited Golfers Who Are Thoroughly Enjoying Themselves
For many golfers, this is their first time experiencing golf - ever. This is true for new young golf members in particular who might otherwise be involved in their regular rotation of warm season group sports.
Adults and seniors are also taking up golf like never before. For some, it has meant digging through a storage unit or closet to unearth clubs they had nearly forgotten they owned!
The positive energy, enthusiasm and gratitude that players exude on the course right now is palpable.
It is great to have a way to get outside safely. It is great to move, to exercise brain and body, to breathe fresh air, to smile and wave at other players, and to have something new and fun to discuss with loved ones over dinner each night.
Why Touchless Golf Is Good for You
If all this isn't enough, today's health science also proves that golfing is good for you!
You can read more about this in last month's blog post.
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Get in Touch With Picton Golf & Country Club
We are now open for play! Kids golf free through July 31, 2020.
We take the health and safety of all our guests very seriously. To learn more and what to expect when you arrive, please review our COVID-19 "safe play" guidelines.
Going Stir Crazy with COVID-19? Golfing Is Your Sure Cure!
Have you been dreaming a bit too vividly lately of life before COVID-19? Are you missing your usual spring and summer cottage life routine? Does your Netflix queue roll its eyes at you when you tune in these days?
We have a solution - and it is one you may not have thought of - Golfing!
Golf courses received provisional permission to reopen in early May, well before most other businesses in our hard-hit province here in Ontario.
This is because golf courses are much better equipped to meet and even exceed the recommended social distancing and safety protocols than the majority of other public use recreational spaces.
Golf courses also give their patrons healthy doses of that one absolute essential - fresh outside air!
In this post, learn about why golf is definitely having its moment in the sun this year and how you can join in the fun!
Golf Is Good for You Physically, Mentally and Socially
How often do you hear the words "fitness" and "fun" used together in a sentence?
If you answered "not often," we are happy to say that is about to change.
In fact, the esteemed British Journal of Medicine (BMJ) is enthusiastic about the many health benefits of golf - so enthusiastic it asks the question of why more people are not jumping on board to reap those benefits.
The Golf and Health Organization states that one of golf’s main health benefits is to strengthen the respiratory system - a key need that every single person alive today has right now.
On that note, if ever there was a season to take up golfing, it would be now, in the year of COVID-19. Golf is quite simply tailor-made to get you outside and into nature with friends and family in a safe and healthy way.
Specific Ways Golf Can Improve Your Health Right Away
Take a look at these recent findings about golf as a source of healthy, fun fitness:
- Golf is known to reduce the risk of both heart attacks and strokes, by up to 40%.
- Golf is also linked with reduction in risk for 40 other serious health conditions ranging from cancer and diabetes to Alzheimer's and dementia.
- Golf is positively associated with decreased anxiety and depression, increased mental health and overall stress reduction.
- Golfers report feeling an increased sense of self-esteem and self-efficacy - in part because of the mastery of a new skill and in part because of increased opportunities for positive social connections (especially when you decide to join a golf league).
- Golf carries a lower risk of physical injury than many other sports while still providing moderate aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness opportunities, especially for golfers who choose to walk the course.
- Golf is now positively correlated with longevity (longer life span) - on average, golfers live seven years longer than non-golfers.
- Golf can also improve body composition, aid in weight loss, boost metabolism and increase muscle tone as well as reduce the risk of later-life bone density issues that can lead to fractures and breaks.
Perhaps most importantly, the player doesn't have to be "good at golf" to reap all of these benefits. They are available to every player right from day one on the course.
How Much Golf Should You Play to Get the Health Benefits?
As it turns out, golf hits high marks in a sufficiently large number of categories that BMJ has even issued "recommended weekly play" guidelines to help golfers of all ages and experience levels get the most benefit.
If golfing is your sole source of fitness.
If you plan to get most or all of your physical activity from golfing, then researchers recommend aiming for at least 150 minutes of play per week.
If you can and time permits, consider walking the course rather than using a power cart.
Always start with some basic warm-up stretches to get your major joints (shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles) ready to deliver your best stroke with every swing.
Be sure to use an appropriate ultraviolet blocking sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and protective clothing while you are out on the course.
If golfing is not your sole source of fitness.
With 150 minutes of total physical activity as your weekly goal, balance out what you don't get from playing golf with complementary strengthening or cardiovascular activity.
Follow the other three recommendations in the previous section here.
How to Get Started Learning to Play Golf
You may be reading this post because you played golf in the distant past, remember enjoying it and want to rekindle your golf skills.
Or perhaps this is the first time you will ever hold a golf club and you have questions ranging from what to wear to how to pilot one of those cool golf buggies.
It is true that instruction options are more limited right now due to COVID-19. But there is one easy, fun way to start learning right away - invite an experienced player to join you on the course!
Most golf lovers are happy to pass along their knowledge and love of the game to someone new. This way, you can experience some success and pick up some new skills right away and reap all the health benefits we just shared - right on your first day of golfing.
You don't have to purchase a membership or make a long-term commitment to get started, either. Just ask for Guest Rates Greens Fees to book your tee time.
Get in Touch
We are excited to announce we are now back open for play!
Please know that we take the health and safety of all our guests very seriously. To learn more and what to expect when you arrive, please review our COVID-19 "safe play" guidelines.