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Muni Minute

Hello Everyone

Hopefully this Monday starts the stretch of some nice weather!!. The staff is out today trying to get everything cleaned up after the massive storm on Friday and luckily the course sustained very little damage. We have not been very lucky in the rain department though and it has forced us to keep carts off the course for most of the year and the range closed, I apologize to anyone this has affected or kept off the course. Today we are finally letting the carts back out but we have mark off wet areas and tried to direct carts the best we can, please respect these signs as carts can do a lot of damage to the soft turf. We also finally were able to also pull out the range net and try to cut the extremely long grass but it still remains very wet, I am praying and hoping that this dries a lot today and we can have people out hitting balls Tuesday!!

Last night we saw our Men’s League Captains pick the teams for our Wednesday night league. Thank you to all the Captains for coming out!! I will be putting the teams up today via the golfscoring.net website with the league schedule, I will also post a team list in the clubhouse on the info board. You can find this info by going to our website and clicking the link under the men’s league header or by going to www.golfscoring.net/stratfordmuni.

Lastly our Members Opening Scramble is coming up this Saturday, sign up deadline is Wednesday and the sheet can be found at the pro shop counter. It is a fun day of golf starting at 11am followed by a Lasagna, Caesar Salad meal. Cost $15

Hope to see lots of members out.

 

Dates to Remembers:

Tuesday May 8th- 4pm-6pm- Ladies Night starts

Wednesday May 9th- Men’s Day starts

Wednesday May 9th- Opening Scramble registration deadline (register at Pro shop counter)

Saturday May 12th- 11am- Members Club opening scramble

Kyle

 

Muni Minute / Men’s Night

Hello Everyone

Just a quick remark about Men’s night, our league is about to start next Wednesday May 9th. I have had 125 guys say or have one of their group members say that they will be playing in the league this season but have only had 95 actually come in and pay. If you are one of the remaining 30 could you please make an effort to contact me so I know your a firm yes and we can get our list together for our Sunday night draft. Also we are still looking for about 4 captains to help pick the teams. Captains responsibilities are very minimal as all it requires is to have a fun night this Sunday at 6:30pm selecting players to a team, and giving your team a name. Lastly if you are new to the league I do require some sort of estimate on what your handicap would be so we can get you into the right flight faster. I have caught a few of you but if I haven’t a quick email with an average score would be great.

Also don’t forget our Members Opening is also coming up very quickly, registration deadline is Wednesday May 9th for the Saturday May 12th event. The sign up sheet can be found at the pro shop counter and I hope to see lots of our members out for a fun day of golf.

Dates to Remembers:

Sunday May 6th-  6:30pm Men’s Day Draft

Tuesday May 8th- 4pm-6pm- Ladies Night starts

Wednesday May 9th- Men’s Day starts

Wednesday May 9th- Opening Scramble registration deadline (register at Pro shop counter)

Saturday May 12th- 11am- Members Club opening scramble

Kyle

Muni Minute

Hello Everyone

What a first weekend open! Even with the cold temperatures and no carts people had the itch to be out and we saw a steady amount of golfers. It was still a little wet and cold for myself but I totally understand having to scratch that itch. The course has been drying up nicely and we will officially let carts out as of today. (Please remember to follow all cart signs and keep carts 30 feet from tees and greens)

I still can’t give a firm date on the range opening, I know there are a lot of people wishing to get out and work on their swings but it still remains wet and we still need a little bit of work done at back on range before we can get net up and open. I apologize for any inconvenience but in the end we will have a way better range.

This is the last reminder for all the guys looking to play in the Men’s league we have a bunch of players signed up already but I have seen a lot of names who play every year that have yet to make their way in to register. We know its a late start to season and some of you chose to register first time at course but please try to make an effort to get in before Wednesday’s deadline so we can be ready for starting May 9th.

Dates to Remembers:

Wednesday May 2nd- Men’s Day Registration Deadline

Tuesday May 8th- 4pm-6pm- Ladies Night starts

Wednesday May 9th- Men’s Day starts

Wednesday May 9th- Opening Scramble registration deadline (register at Pro shop counter)

Saturday May 12th- 11am- Members Club opening scramble

Kyle

Muni Minute

We are Open!!! After what has been the longest winter ever, yesterday we were able to get the pins in and have golfers playing. The course still remains very wet though and today’s high of 4 is not helping the course dry up, so carts will remain off the course till at least Monday. Thank you to anyone who came out this week and helped rake a few piles, it has gone a long way in helping us get the course cleaned up as even the staff have been battling with the wet conditions.

A quick reminder that Men’s day registration is due by this Wednesday May 2nd, so that I can have time to put players list together and have our team draft. We are still also looking for team captains so anyone interested please contact me.

 

Pictured below are Mark Nelson and Jack Brooks the first golfers of 2018 at The Muni

Dates to Remembers:

Saturday April 28th- 10am- Ladies night meeting and coffee

Wednesday May 2nd- Men’s Day Registration Deadline

Tuesday May 8th- 4pm-6pm- Ladies Night starts

Wednesday May 9th- Men’s Day starts

Saturday May 12th- 11am- Members Club opening scramble

Feels good to be OPEN

Kyle

Muni Minute

Hello Everyone

The weather has finally broke and the sun and warmer temperatures have started to arrive. Golf season is knocking!! With that our grounds crew has been out frantically trying to clean up the course and getting it ready for the season, but the course does remain very wet and has kept us from getting any machinery out.

The clubhouse is open this week from 9am till 3pm for anyone who wishes to drop in for coffee or to pay for memberships etc.. and I am going to open for walkers this FRIDAY!!!  Yes you are reading that correct this Friday at 9am will start the 2018 golfing season at the Muni. I still can’t give a date for carts and the range as they will fully depend on the course drying up.

Our annual Men’s day meeting on Wednesday night was successful and we have already seen lots of players signed up for the league. For anyone who missed the meeting and would like the information please feel free to contact me. The deadline for league registration is Wednesday May 2nd so that we can have time to draft teams before league play starts May 9th.

Dates to Remembers:

Monday April 23rd- Clubhouse OPEN!!!  9am-3pm

Friday April 27th- Course Open (walkers only) 

Saturday April 28th- 10am- Ladies night meeting and coffee

Wednesday May 2nd- Men’s Day Registration Deadline

Tuesday May 8th- 4pm-6pm- Ladies Night starts

Wednesday May 9th- Men’s Day starts

Saturday May 12th- 11am- Members Club opening scramble

Golf is finally here

Kyle

 

Muni Minute

Hello Everyone

Just a quick mention of our member clean up on Saturday. Due to the fact I don’t think all the snow will be gone by tomorrow, we will be postponing it until till further notice. With that being said  if the snow does disappear and anyone does wish to walk out on course with a rake and make some piles you are more then welcome to as any little bit helps. Just make sure to have on some rubber boots as I can only imagine how wet it will be. Weather from here on in looks great moving forward and we can’t be far away from some golf at the Muni now.  Keep watching these newsletters and our Facebook page to see when the pins will go in.

See everyone soon

Kyle

Muni Minute

Hello Everyone

What a brutal weekend for weather, and another major set back to the season. I’m still hoping that all this snow and ice will be gone come Saturday and we can push forward with our Member Spring clean up, but as for opening the course for play it is now looking like late next week hopefully!!! I will however have the clubhouse open starting next Monday no matter what from 9:30am till 3pm for anyone who wants to stop in and have a coffee and catch up with some friends until we are able to get out and play.

Quick reminder that tomorrow Wed April 18th at 7pm is our Men’s day meeting, we will go over things such as tee sheet, league protocol, and sign up. I encourage as many interested players new or old to attend.

Dates to Remembers:

Wednesday April 18th- 7pm- Men’s Day Meeting in clubhouse

Saturday April 21st- 10am- Member spring clean up day (volunteer BBQ to follow)

Monday April 23rd- Clubhouse OPEN!!! 

Saturday April 28th- 10am- Ladies night meeting and coffee

Tuesday May 8th- 4pm-6pm- Ladies Night starts

Wednesday May 9th- Men’s Day starts

Saturday May 12th- 11am- Members Club opening scramble

Still hoping to see everyone soon on the course

Kyle

Muni Minute

Spring is going to give us a little taste of warmth this Thursday only to follow it up with a Colorado low for the weekend bringing cold temperatures and a ton of rain. I am keeping faith that golf is right around the corner though and we have been chipping away at the course (when the weather has allowed us) trying to make sure that once the golfing weather does arrive we can get you out as fast as possible!! For the time being I am really hoping that we can have our member clean up day on Saturday April 21st at 10am, the support the last few years has been amazing and its a huge help in getting the course cleaned up for the season.

We have had some great volunteers out this week planting 25 new tree on the property. Thank you Dan Martin, Dean Sharp and Carol Sharp for digging these 25 holes and putting in the trees. Also a huge thanks to Riley Walsh Construction for picking up and delivering these trees. (Photos on Facebook page)

Now for the good stuff Opening Day!!! I have my eyes set on hopefully being able to open Saturday April 21st at 12pm following our course clean up. This is a very tentative date and if the weather turns before this we will try and get open prior, but if it gets worst I plan on being open Monday April 23rd no matter what!! Updates will be given as these dates near including cart status and range opening.

I hope everyone is as excited for the 2018 season at the Muni as I am and even though April has not been the month we have all been hoping for the predictions once this cold breaks look amazing for Golf.

Dates to Remembers:

Wednesday April 18th- 7pm- Men’s Day Meeting in clubhouse

Saturday April 21st- 10am- Member spring clean up day (volunteer BBQ to follow)

Saturday April 21st-12pm- Tentative Opening*****

Monday April 23rd- OPEN!!!

Saturday April 28th- 10am- Ladies night meeting and coffee

Tuesday May 8th- 4pm-6pm- Ladies Night starts

Wednesday May 9th- Men’s Day starts

Saturday May 12th- 11am- Members Club opening scramble

See everyone soon.

Kyle

Muni Minute

Hello Everyone

Let me start by thanking everyone who has signed up for our Newsletter!! Subscriptions have been flying in and its a great way for me to get information to everyone about the Muni. I apologize to any one who signed up early and got the very blank Muni Moles email.  I didn’t realized that it even sent email notifications for events added to the calendar but that will be a useful tool moving forward in notifying members of upcoming club events, along with our newly modified Tee-on tee sheet reminders.

So far Spring has not offered up much golf friendly weather, and although Wednesday and Thursday look great the forecast to follow continues to disappoint. I promise the staff and myself will be doing everything possible to get you out golfing as soon as we can once we have some golfing weather. I will also be posting a member clean up day before we open for anyone interested in lending a hand with a rake for a few hours, but with the 14 day forecast I don’t see a suitable day quite yet. I hope maybe that forecast will change and we can have it on Masters weekend with a little clean up followed by a BBQ and some Masters viewing but I will confirm a date once I know the weather will cooperate. In the meantime I’ve had a few people ask if they could go out on course and rake on their spare time and that is perfectly fine. Huge Thank You for your help as it is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Dates To Remember

April 18th– Men’s Day Meeting 7pm in Clubhouse

April 28th– Ladies Day Coffee and Get Together 10am in Clubhouse

May 8th– Ladies Night begins

May 9th– Men’s Day begins

May 12th– Members Club Opening 11am shotgun

Hope to see everyone soon

Sitting Wishing Waiting

Kyle

 

Palm Springs Golf Vacation

Just over a month ago I was asked if I wanted to join two of our Muni Members and one staff member on a trip to Palm Springs CA. being as I have a very flexible winter schedule and last year I ventured south for a winter golf break for the first time to Alabama and ended up loving it so much that a month later I was on my way to Florida it was an easy YES!! With that being said I was worried about a trip to Palm Springs getting on the high side of a pricey golf trip, that left very quickly when I seen everything Palm Springs has to offer!!

We were able to secure a flight from Toronto to Palm Springs Direct/Return for $400 which was a steal, we really had to look and be flexible to find this but every Monday Air Canada does one round trip to Palm Springs making a Monday to Monday trip very easy. Palm Spring also has a million AirBNB offering mountain views, pools and when split 4 or 8 ways for a golf vacation become very cheap.

Now to the good stuff the Golf, now it may be a little basis as I can only speak for the course I saw or played but when Palm Springs says they are the golf capital they are not lying, it was very hard to go more then 2 or 3 blocks without seeing another golf resort or course.

The first course we ventured to was Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort which offers the Legends course and the Resort course. It was an easy 7 minutes from the airport and made for a great first round straight of the plane. It was $39 dollars for 18 holes with a cart and 2 draft beers. It was a fairly open course that only over seeded tee’s fairways and greens, but made for a great first round to knock off the winter rust, and still offered great mountain views and greens.

                                                                                               

Day 2 we where able to play Mission Lakes Country Club the course that our AirBnB condo was located on. (this was approx. 15 minutes from Palm Springs). Mission Lakes was located at the base of one of the 360 degree surrounding mountains and had 3 hole actually perched in the mountain which offered breath taking views of the Coachellla Valley and a par 3 number 12 that played a 140 foot drop from tee to green. This course was in fantastic shape and I highly recommend it on your tour of the area for a round. They over seed the whole course and nothing was out of place. The cost here is $69 for a non member for 18 with a cart but well worth it.

                                                                                                 

Day 3 was the Mother load of a golf day when we were able to play PGA West Stadium course home of the Career Builder Challenge won this year by Jon Rahm, and it was everything you see on T.V. and more. Mountain views unbelievable conditions, and the challenge of trying to post a score from where the pros play. (this is not easy, hitting the ball was fantastic but huge extremely fast greens with mountain influenced breaks made chipping and putting a whole new thing). We were lucky enough to find a Golfnow deal for $95 dollars but this regularly runs in the $200 range , but is an experience that can’t be beat. PGA West also offer 4 other course to play at the resort and all are in outstanding shape.

                                                     

Day 4 we played what I thought was the worst of the course we played but still offered a fantastic round at Desert Dunes by Robert Trent Jones Jr. It was labeled as a desert style links with natural desert feet off fairway and they were not lying. The course it self still played extremely well with views of the mountains, and a coyote that made an appearance but the natural vegetation and over growth just didn’t fit my eye and made many tee shots blind. With that being said though this course has held U.S. open qualifiers, and was around the $50 mark for a 7am tee time.

Day 4 we were also able to sneak in an afternoon Par 3 course a Cimarron Golf Resort this was fantastic and one of use was stated saying I didn’t realize we were playing a championship par 3 course whatever that is but it offered 4 sets of tees and par 3’s that ranged from 120 to 245 yards and a course that was manicured to the finest like it full 18 hole championship course beside it.

 

Day 5  we ventured about 45 minutes to Indio to play Terra Lago home of the  2001 skins game between Tiger Woods, Jasper Parnevik, Greg Norman, and Colin Montgomerie, this was a great golf course which was $53 for 18 holes with a cart, and offered a different look with rolling sand dunes and well placed water.

                          

Day 6 we made a made an hour drive to the town of Riverside to play Oak Quarry this is a must if your in the Palm Springs/ LA area. It was built on the side of a mountain and offered views that cant be beat. The cost of $55 for 18 holes and cart was worth every penny, just try not to lose balls off the side of some of the 200 foot drops just feet off the fairways.

                        

Day 7 saw us play a second round at Mission Lakes to end the trip and it was extremely nice to get a second look at a course and be more familiar with the breaks etc..

Courses that we had a chance to see and not play that need a mention are Escena, The Classic Club, Cimarron the Boulder course, and many many more.

Away from the golf for a second Palm Springs offered a ton of things to do with a weekly Thursday night market downtown which closes a whole street for 6 blocks, outlet malls just outside of town, and a tram to the mountain top with unlimited hiking biking etc. there is endless fun in the sun.

Till the next adventure or if 4 more want to join us next year.

Kyle

 

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