President's Letter

President's Letter ~ November 2014

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November 1, 2014 Dear Fellow Members: It is hard to believe that another golfing season is drawing to a close. Although we experienced a shortened season due to the devastation caused by last year's severe winter, our new greens turned out to be one of the best decisions/investments that we have made in recent years. The playability of our new greens is exceptional and I can't wait to see what they will be like once they fully mature. The miraculous recovery of the rest of our golf course was extraordinary, due in large part to the hard work of our exceptional Greens Staff led by Dean Baker. Thanks to all for all your hard work. I am pleased to announce that John Stookes has been elected by the Board to be my successor and will act as your next president. John has been on the Board of Directors for 4 years during which time he served on a number of committees. Most recently John was a member of the Executive Committee and was our First Vice President. John chaired the Joseph Brant committee this year for another successful event The Club has continued to set records and exceed our contribution objectives to the local hospital during John's tenure as the chair. In past years John chaired our Membership Committee, served on the Golf Committee and was the Board representative on the Captain's Committee. I will be working with John over the coming couple of months to ensure that we have a smooth transition. I wish John well in the coming years as our next president. The second and final phase of our Bunkers and Cart Path undertaking is nearing completion as I write this letter to you. Thank you for your patience and exceptionally positive comments during the completion of this project. Everything is coming together as planned, and bunkers will have sand and depth consistency throughout the course. We will have improved visuals on many holes, while respecting the spirit of a traditional Stanley Thompson golf course. Less paved cart paths; however they are wider and bordered by natural stone. No more dust and dirt or gravel paths. When completed we will have a significantly improved sprinkler system around our new greens as well as better drainage in some difficult locations. All indications are that we will complete this project on time and on budget. There is no question that this undertaking will contribute to a much improved member experience as well as attracting new members to our exceptional golf course. I can't wait for next spring to arrive. The curling season has once again started with an exceptional number of members who have signed up. We now have 540 Active curlers and 46 Junior curlers. Hard to believe that just ten years ago we had less than 400 Active curlers in our club. A new curling floor, new rocks, new and more efficient lighting, and a very active membership make our facility the best place to curl in the southern Ontario. As per last year, a full calendar of curling and social activities is in the process of being planned by our very active curling members.

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