ClubLife Blog


 

Congratulations to our new Superintendent Kaleb Fisher

Dear CGC Golfers,

We are excited to formally congratulate Kaleb Fisher on his promotion to the position of Golf Course Superintendent. Kaleb is already on the job. 

The Chilliwack Golf Club is “home” to Kaleb where he has now spent six years working for our facility, including five years in the Golf Shop. Kaleb takes a tremendous amount of pride, ownership and responsibility for providing a premium product to our members and guests.

“I would like to thank the membership and all the golfers at Chilliwack Golf Club for their continued support of my career goal of becoming a Golf Course Superintendent,” said Kaleb. “I’ve worked hard to prepare myself for this next step and could not be more satisfied to be at a golf course that means so much to me.” “I would also like to thank Duane Grosart for his support and encouragement over the past eight months.” 

Duane Grosart will remain on the Chilliwack GC Turf Care team through December 31, 2022. Duane is looking forward to stepping back from his role as Superintendent while he prepares for his official retirement at the end of next season. “I’ve truly enjoyed my time at CGC; the time is right, and I look forward to passing the torch on to the next generation. I have full confidence in Kaleb and look forward to seeing him continue to improve the course that means so much to me,” said Grosart. 

Duane will continue to work for the golf club in a reduced capacity role for the next 14 months cutting grass and providing assistance to Kaleb, if and when needed. 

Kaleb has a diverse background in the game of golf, where he has worked at several Fraser Valley golf courses and a top 100 golf course in Canada interning at Priddis Greens in the summer of 2020. He has risen through the ranks from washing golf clubs, shagging balls and cleaning carts to fulfilling a career goal of becoming a turfgrass agronomist. Kaleb is the only Superintendent in Canada who is both a member of the Canadian PGA and a Golf Course Superintendent. This combination, with his experience and background, will be a huge asset to our club and the way that Kaleb intends to maintain and set up the golf course for play each day.  

Kaleb will be tasked with several projects to improve our facility and the overall golf playability experience as he begins he tenure as Superintendent at Chilliwack GC. Details of his updated “winter greens program” will be released soon. 

Congratulations Kaleb; we look forward to watching you grow and developing your career at Chilliwack Golf Club!

2nd Annual Amparo International Golf Tournament

As many of you may know our Chilliwack Golf Academy, Director of Instruction, Connor O'Dell has been involved with a humanitarian project in Nicaragua for the last couple of years. He works with a small team trying to build a school in the very impoverished community of Mango. Due to the remote location of Mango, getting equipment and supplies to continue the build is quite costly.

Thanks to the generous support of clients, friends, family, membership, staff, and the golf club we raised over $20,000 for this project last year, which directly contributed to progressing the first phase of the build.

This year Connor hopes to raise even more funds to advance this project and continue towards our goal of bringing education to the impoverished communities along the Kukarawala River in Nicaragua.

Consider this your (late notice) official invitation and opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual Amparo International Golf Tournament.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
Time: 1pm shotgun start
Where: Chilliwack Golf Club
Format: 4-person scramble tournament
Base Price: starting at $600/per team

*Dinner, prizes, and silent auction to follow.

To register please CLICK HERE.

Your contribution, participation, and support is greatly appreciated. Space is limited so register soon if you would like to participate.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need any more information.

Thank you for your time and consideration! We can’t wait to see you out there!

Connor O'Dell - PGA of Canada - BKin
Director of Instruction - Chilliwack Golf Academy
604-786-3274  | connor@chilliwackgolf.com

 

Best Membership Offer of the Year

Pre-Pay your 2022 Full Play Dues and receive the rest of 2021 for free!

This offer is only available to the first 30 new members or until September 30, which ever comes first. Will you be one of our new 30 IN 30 members?

 

 

 

For further details on membership opportunities at Chilliwack Golf Club please contact:

Bryan Ewart, General Manager at bryan@chilliwackgolf.com.

Ashley Martin, Membership Services at ashley@chilliwackgolf.com.

Ryan Tofani, Head Golf Professional at ryan@chilliwackgolf.com.

Be a Pace of Play Advocate

Fast play isn’t accomplished by hurrying. It is accomplished by simply not wasting time!

Slow rounds are a result of an accumulation of tiny time wasters. Strategies like parking your cart beside the green (while keeping all 4 tires on the cart path); bringing the rake into the bunker with you and entering the bunker close to your ball; avoiding story-telling and jokes on the tee with an open fairway ahead; getting ready to tee off and realizing you broke your tee on the previous hole and now you have to go back to the cart to get a new tee; waiting for the group in front of you to clear the green just in case you hit the shot of your lifetime.

If the average round of golf for a foursome takes approximately four hours to complete and each player in your group shoots 90, that is a total of 360 shots for the foursome. If you break down the round by time, a typical four hour round consists of 90 minutes of travel time from tee to green, 30 minutes for delays such as looking for lost balls, stopping at the bathroom, ordering from the concession or beverage cart and general housekeeping on the course. This leaves 120 minutes or 20 seconds per shot, for each player to prepare and hit a shot. This may not seem like enough time to plan and complete your shot, but it is plenty of time if you are ready to hit when it is your turn. 

It’s the little things in life that count!

If each player in your group takes an extra 10 seconds to plan and hit a shot, that’s 3600 seconds more – we now have a FIVE HOUR ROUND! 

How can you and your group contribute to fast–paced golf?

  • Before beginning your round, make sure you have enough tees in your pocket to play the round (two or three should do it), a ball marker and a green/divot repair tool.
  • Be aware of your position to the group in front and keep up with that group.
  • Be an advocate in your group for staying on pace and alert other players in your group if you feel your group is falling behind.
  • Be ready to play your shot and be prepared to hit out of sequence if a player is not ready or able to hit.
  • Don’t start a conversation on the tee if the fairway is open.  
  • Watch intently in case you or your playing partner hits an errant shot so you can easily identify a landmark when looking for the ball.
  • Don’t forget to carry a second ball with you so you won’t need to go back to your bag/cart for another ball if you hit your first ball in a hazard (or out of bounds) and need to re-tee or hit a provisional ball
  • Shorter hitters should hit as soon as the group ahead is out of their way, regardless of the honors.
  • Park your cart or place your bag in a position where the group behind you can hit to the green after your group walks off the green and it is on your way to the next tee.
  • Place your spare clubs on the green on the exit route to your golf cart or bag.
  • The first player to finish the hole is responsible for replacing the flag immediately upon completion of the hole.
  • Record your scores on the card on the way or at the next tee, not at the green.


Chilliwack Golf Club has established an achievable pace of play of 4 hours. Maintaining pace of play should not be the burden of our Players Assistants; the responsibility is yours and your playing partners! Players Assistants are here to remind golfers to catch up should they fall out of position. If you are asked to play from the 150-yard marker on the next hole or to skip a hole entirely it is a requirement, not an option. It’s not fair for one group to ruin the golf experience of every group behind them.

Chilliwack GC is making an effort to master the art of fast play. Do your part so that our golf course can become an advocate and leader for proper pace of play.

Fast play isn’t accomplished by hurrying, it is accomplished by simply not wasting time.  
Thank you,

Charles Emard
Chilliwack Golf Club | Players Assistant

Summer Aeration Schedule

Sunday, August 22 - The last tee time will be at 2pm, this will allow the crew to start punching the first 6 to 9 holes. Getting a head start drastically improves the speed in which we can accomplish greens aeration and topdressing.

Monday, August 23 - The entire Facility will be CLOSED, including the Golf Course, Driving Range & Creekside Lounge. Greens will be core aerated and top dressing sand will be applied. Our crew will work as long as the weather holds on and there's still enough light to safely perform their work.

Tuesday, August 24 - Golf Course, Driving Range and Creekside Lounge re-opens (delays may occur). Some tees will remain closed to allow for aeration and top dressing sand to be applied.

We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as Duane, Kaleb and their crew will do their best to work around any inclement weather that crops up.

New CGC Member Dustin Boydell

Greetings fellow Members and Guests of Chilliwack Golf Club,

My name is Dustin Boydell and I am one of the newest members at Chilliwack Golf Club.  I would like to start by thanking the club for their incredible hospitality and generosity in welcoming an adaptive golfer to be a full play member.  You may be asking a couple of questions like, what is an adaptive golfer or why should I care?  An adaptive golfer is someone who plays with an acquired disability, whether through birth, illness or accident.  You should care because not many people with disabilities feel welcome on the golf course, either for social or more than likely financial reasons. When you suffer from a life altering disability your opportunities to live on the same social ladder as the able-bodied is incredibly reduced.  Either your limitations prevent you from working full-time, or they are so severe you struggle to find, or return to, work at all.  Recreational activities become harder and harder to find and it can lead to depression or worse.  My goal is to break down some of these barriers and help bring golf back to people of all abilities.

Three years ago I had to have emergency back surgery to remove an infection in my spine that compressed my spinal cord and left me completely paralyzed from the waist down.  When I woke up from surgery I was told I may never walk again.  I was off work for almost two years and because of financial pressures I attempted to return to work.  This led to a depressed state and me having to leave work again and collect disability, which for reference is about one-third of regular wages. During this time I was also going through intense physiotherapy and rehabilitation in attempts to walk again.  Fast forward to May 2021 and with my therapists we started to integrate golf as part of my therapy.  Golf was a huge part of my teenage years and was almost something I pursued after graduation, so when my injury happened I was afraid I would never golf again. 

I had heard of machines called paragolfers that stand a para/quadraplegic upright to swing a club, but with a price tag of 35k+ no way was that ever going to be an option.  On May 25, at my therapy clinic we video taped my first full swing since back surgery and my attitude was about to change!  I posted the video to twitter and got a like and REPLY from the real Phil Mickelson which made the tweet go viral.  Once that happened the organization Paragolf Canada reached out and explained world disabled golf rankings and how Canada finally has a national organization to help disabled golfers like myself succeed.  I immediately became a member and set out on a new path to make a comeback to the game of golf with a competitive and inspired outlook but with the financial barriers my dreams we quickly made reality.  I started with a couple of range sessions but was going to have a hard time getting out on the course due to the cost.  Luckily Paragolf Canada, Chilliwack Golf Club and a self organized go fund me have allowed me to purchase a full play membership to practice.  Once CGC heard about my story we developed a partnership to make it the go to course for adaptive golf in the Fraser Valley.  We now have plans to organize a clinic for disabled golfers to show that despite certain limitations golf can still be there as a great social outing, low impact exercise and mental escape.

I again want to thank the club for this amazing opportunity to not only represent Paragolf Canada but CGC as well.  The future for me specifically is to keep raising money through my go fund me for updated properly fit golf equipment, lessons to hone the inconsistencies and future tournament fees.  I have aspirations to be one of the best adaptive golfers in the country and am committed to the dream by pushing my body as far as it will let me.  After my first ten rounds since learning to walk again my index is sitting at 6.2: dropped from a 9.7(able bodied cap), which is hard to believe, even for me.  I also hope to lower my cap enough to challenge the PAT and potentially become a PGA teaching professional to develop training specifically for disabilities.  In the meantime, if I can raise enough money next season I hope to play the VGT and maybe even be able to walk portions of the course instead of needing a power cart everywhere.

In closing I cannot say enough how grateful I am for this opportunity to get back into the game of golf.  I look forward to helping organize the adaptive clinic for sometime late summer/early fall and bringing the game of golf to people who might have thought it might not be for them.  If you see someone walking like a flamingo or looking like they have had too many beers, that is just me!  Feel free to say Hi and introduce yourself as I look forward to meeting everyone as I am around the course more often.

Cheers,
Dustin Boydell

Visit Dustin's Go Fund Me Page.