President's Message 2018

It hardly seems possible that our season is drawing to a close. Following an extended winter, Ryan and his grounds crew concentrated their efforts on course conditioning resulting in a remarkable improvement over the summer.   On behalf of the Executive Committee, I’d also like to thank Ryan for his efforts in securing funding to replace the 15th green next year.

Off the course, in addition to operating the well-stocked Pro Shop, Kevin and his committed team continued their outstanding service and assistance to the Membership. Congratulations to Rob on a successful inaugural season and significantly improving the quality of the food and beverage offerings in the Clubhouse.

Finally, I’d like to thank all those Members who volunteer to serve, as a club, we are lucky to have such generous members who put in their own time and expertise and I look forward to working with them in the future.

Best wishes to all Members during the off season.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM will once again be scheduled in March 2019. A formal notice will be e-mailed in the New Year

Marco Marchitelli 

Redwood Meadows Members Club - President

Hole in One's 2018

We had a few Hole in One's recorded this year.  They were:

      Howie Dunbar - June 29

     Garth Anderson July 25

     Ken Schnell Aug 9

     Brian L'Heureux Sept 15 

     Randy Mah Sept 23.

Congratulations

Club Captain & Tournament Chair-October 2018

It’s a sad time of the year when our golfing days are limited or over for the season. After a slow beginning to the season, I write this after the Calgary area received over a foot of snow, and it’s not even Thanksgiving.

 The course opened late with some severe winter kill.  Ryan and his crew worked diligently and hard to get our course in good shape, which he did, and a special thank you goes to Ryan and his excellent team.

 All our tournaments went ahead without any weather setbacks - none were cancelled, although the men’s closing was reduced to a one-day event (due to bad weather).   A thank you goes out to all participants in the tournaments.  The more entries we get, the better the tournament.

Congratulations to all winners of the tournaments.  Names and photos of all winners are posted on GGGolf under Tournaments/Tournament Results or from the www.redwoodmembers.ca website under Men's Events.  Check them out.

 I would like to thank Kevin and his pro shop staff for all their work and support with the tournaments (both Ladies and Men).  Also, men’s Wednesday nights and the men’s member guest, both of which were great events organized by Kevin and his staff.

 Next year the rules of golf will have some significant changes. Here are some changes that will only effect senior members (55 years and older);

 Rule 9.k.34(a): If a tree is between the ball and the hole, and the tree is deemed to be younger than the player, then the ball can be moved without penalty.  This is so because this is simply a question of timing; when the player was younger, the tree was not there so the player is being penalized because of his age.

 Rule 1.a.5 - A ball sliced or hooked into the Rough shall be lifted and placed on the Fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the Rough with no penalty. The senior player should not be penalized for tall grass which ground keepers failed to mow.

 Rule 2.d.6 (B) - A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed NOT to have hit the tree.

This is simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled if it had not hit the tree, and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.B.3(G) - There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, thereby making it a stolen ball. The senior player is not to compound the felony by charging himself with a penalty.

 Rule 4.c.7(h) - If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The Law of Gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

 Rule 5 - Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be blown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three inches from the Hole. No one wants to make a mockery of the game.

 Rule 7.G.15(z) - There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should float. Senior players should not be penalized for any shortcomings of the manufacturers.

On a more serious note, with the new changes to the rules commencing 1st January 2019 I encourage everyone to familiarize themselves.

Here’s a few links that help explain the changes

http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/major-changes/major-changes.html

https://www.golfdigest.com/gallery/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-new-rules-of-golf

http://golfcanada.ca/rules-of-golf/#2019-rules-of-golf-publications

Whether you stay around Calgary for the winter months or travel to a warmer climate, I wish you all a wonderful “closed” season and look forward to seeing everyone for another fun packed year in 2019.

Dave Wattleworth

Club Captain and Tournament Director

Treasurer's Report October 2018

The Members Club finances are in good shape. We will close this season with slightly less reserve we have carried forward in previous years. Official financial statements will be available at the AGM.

 Our membership consisted of 399 adults plus a few juniors. This was about 6% less than last season. Tournament participation remained on a par with past seasons although the Men’s Closing was down no doubt due in part to the dismal weather forecasting being correct. Further to that, it would really help our volunteer organizers if members were a bit more diligent in registering and paying entry to our events.

 The GGGolf handicap module allows scores to be entered directly into the Golf Canada from the GGGolf calendar. GGGolf and the Golf Canada systems are synchronized; however errors can occur (mostly wrong date) if a member alternates entering Redwood scores between the two.

 Finally, kudos to all involved with the operations at Redwood Meadows. This season had a late start and an abrupt ending. Never the less, thanks for the great course condition, pro-shop service, well done to our chefs and servers in the lounge. Thanks everyone!

Erik Bundgaard

Treasurer

Ladies Delegate October 2018

Our 2018 golf season didn’t end with our usual warm September but at least we were able to get the Solheim Cup tournament in before the weather changed.  We had a good turnout for the Solheim and congratulations to the Red Team on their win this year. 

Thank you to all the volunteers (and sponsors) that organized our tournaments and leagues!!  I am pleased to let you know that we have all our volunteers in place for the 2019 golf season.  A big thank you to Kevin and the pro shop staff for keeping us organized, the lounge and restaurant staff for great service and fabulous food and to Ryan and staff for all their hard work after the brutal winter we experienced last year!! 

The final game of our Country Interclub was played at Highwood on a chilly September 12.  I am pleased to announce that Redwood won the 2018 Country Interclub taking the trophy away from Priddis who have won for the last 27 consecutive years.  Congratulations to all the ladies that played in our Country Interclub League this year!! 

Congratulations to our Club Champion - Meg Nicholson and our Senior Club Champion - Sharon Colbert.  

Be sure to check out pictures of all this years’ ladies events on the Members website (www.redwoodmembers.ca) under Ladies Events.  See the Redwood Members web site  and in particular the Calendar of Events in the spring of 2019 for all tournament/interclub dates. Updates on the 2019 season will be sent via email from Redwood Admin. 

Thank you to Wendy Morrison who will be taking over the Ladies Delegate position in 2019!!  Wendy will represent the Ladies section at the Redwood Members Club. 

Have a very healthy and happy winter!!

Have any questions or comments please contact us at ladiesclub@redwoodmembers.ca

Colleen Borggard

Ladies Delegate


Pro Shop Info

It’s too early to be writing a wrap up.  After a slow start, we we’re on a good run, the course was playing great and then September….    I am very proud of Redwood Meadows and thank all of the staff and volunteers for their efforts this year.   Thank you to all of the members for your support and well wishes.   I’m sure many of you didn’t play as well or as often as planned but I hope you enjoyed your time here this year and are optimistic for next season.  Over the next few weeks we will be cleaning up and securing our merchandise for next season.  We are excited to see what new equipment the manufacturers have come up with to give us a just a little more hope that next year we will finally figure this game out.

Mike will be offering lessons at the Golfdome again this winter.  You can get in touch by email at mikefahey75@gmail.com  or by text a 587-435-2185.

On behalf of the Proshop, I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy offseason and we look forward to seeing you again in 2019.

Sincerely,

Kevin Black

Head Professional

Turf Department

15th Green Renovation

The 15th green renovation that I was trying to have done this fall will have to be postponed due to the Bentgrass sod not being available. With all the winter kill in Alberta this year the sod was all bought up earlier in the season. We will still be doing it next fall. The reason for not doing it in the spring is it will take to long to get established. I'd rather have it done in the fall so it won’t disrupt play as long. With our short golf season around here it makes more sense to do it in the fall. It will also give me a bigger budget to get the project done properly. We will still go along with the tree removal this fall. Getting more sunlight on to that green allowing for faster snow melt next spring.

Thanks
Ryan Whitney

Superintendent