Leduc Golf Club steps up game with new clubhouse, tee box improvements

Leduc Golf Club steps up game with new clubhouse, tee box improvements  By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf When people hear of upgrades to a golf facility their first thought is likely along the lines of the tees, fairways, or greens getting a facelift. But, remodelling a golfers hangout can go further than something in the great outdoors, as shown by the Leduc Golf Club. After consultation with the City of Leduc, the two entities came to a land swap agreement to partner and in doing so, a major upgrade was made to the decades old clubhouse.…

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The Links at Spruce Grove continues to live up to its well deserved reputation

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf Considered as one of the top public golf courses when it opened back in the early 1980s, The Links at Spruce Grove has done nothing to dispel that reputation since then. In fact, it may be getting even better as it grows older. While many golfers shied away from this 18-hole layout early on because of the fear of whacking a shot, or two, into the surrounding residential neighbourhoods, the old growth fir trees that line the majority of the fairways here have largely taken that fear out of play. Of…

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Family run Course is Family Friendly

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf As a second generation family operation, the Fort in View Golf Course welcomes everyone with a family-friendly approach, meaning regardless of your ability at the game, you can enjoy this 27-hole facility no matter which nines you combine. Located just outside Fort Saskatchewan, and a short drive from all the suburbs surrounding Edmonton proper, Fort in View is one of only three courses with three different nines to tee it up on. And that, says General Manager Gord Hayward, means finding a tee time here that fits your busy schedule isn’t…

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Goose Hummock softens its playability for all to enjoy

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf True story: I told some friends I had recently played Goose Hummock and their reply was almost in unison: “Oh, I’ve never played there. I hear it’s really hard.” Well, it used to be. But now, after some yardage and layout changes, The Goose as it’s known, is a fun play. Yes, it has water and it has trees, but then don’t all good golf courses have those elements? Based just outside of Gibbons, this 18 hole track built in 1988 was originally designed to challenge the best because it was…

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The Barrhead Golf Club is not one to be overlooked

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf Every golf course has at least one hole that becomes etched into your mind after a round of play. Then there’s a course like the Barrhead Golf Club where at least three, and maybe even four or five holes become embedded in your memory bank. These particular holes don’t have to be overwhelmingly hard or overly pretty to look at. Rather, they need a touch both of those characteristics to stick in your mind long after you’re finished your appointed round — and which make you want to head back to…

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Jagare Ridge Covid-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Please notify your playing partners of our Covid Protocols to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe day. Please PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Power carts will not be issued until 30 minutes prior to tee time. Snack Shack is NOW OPEN-Hours are 11am-7pm Daily. Hotdogs, Smokies, Sandwiches, Beer, Pop, and Snacks available. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL CAN BE BROUGHT ONTO THE PROPERTY. If alcohol is found, it will be confiscated and you will be asked to leave the property immediately. Power carts may carry two sets/bags of golf clubs; golfers should maintain appropriate distancing when accessing the bags. You may have…

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Matsuyama Gives Major Boost to Japan’s Golf History

Hideki Matsuyama’s historic win in the 2021 Masters Tournament was also a triumph for his entire homeland. The game in Japan is revered by huge segments of the population, and the Masters is admired there more than any other golf tournament on the planet. As a result, the victory will be wildly celebrated and the 29-year-old who made it happen will be feted as few athletes ever have in that country. That was evident as the Masters concluded Sunday evening in Augusta, and Japan was watching as the week began Monday morning, 13 hours ahead of Augusta’s Eastern Daylight Time.…

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JT Wins The Players Championship

PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP Players 2021: How Justin Thomas stayed calm on a crazy, chaotic Sunday at TPC Sawgrass PONTE VEDRA BEACH — On this most chaotic March afternoon, Justin Thomas found a moment of tranquility. Three minutes and three seconds of it, to be exact—the time between his birdie on 16 and his turn to hit perhaps the scariest shot in championship golf. The ever-shifting leader board at the 2021 Players Championship had begun to crystallize. THOMAS -14 sat one slot above the rest, and he knew exactly what he needed to do: Find. Dry. Land. The fans are back but…

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Bryson DeChambeau wins 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot as lone player under par

Bryson DeChambeau’s pre-tournament strategy to go full bore and hit the golf ball as far as he could to conquer the West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club and win the U.S. Open was met with doubts and even a few laughs. The blueprint to win the national championship, after all, is to avoid penalizing rough and survive by hitting narrow fairways and firm greens, especially at punishing Winged Foot. It was on the West Course where the 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy won at 5 over and the 1974 U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin won at 7 over,…

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Collin Morikawa wins classic duel at 2020 PGA Championship with one of golf’s greatest shots

Morikawa joins Jack, Tiger and Rory as the last three players to win their first PGA Championship at age 23 The 102nd PGA Championship ushered back sports in a major way. When Collin Morikawa hoisted the Wanamaker trophy as dusk dusted TPC Harding Park Sunday evening, it was a triumph for him, the PGA of America and sports fans everywhere after an enormously entertaining final round. While Covid-19 still lurks, this championship, which was moved from May to now, was a major step toward normalcy. There were no spectators, but the millions who watched on TV and through live streaming were…

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