Osprey Valley Golf August Newsletter
Osprey Valley Golf August Newsletter
Kids Golf Free at Osprey Valley Golf
A Word From The Executive Committee
As a family business, we are people who like to work together, but we also like to play together. So, there isn’t much we like more than seeing families playing here in Osprey Valley. For that reason, in recent years we have participated in the NGCOA Take a Kid to the Course program, a week-long annual initiative which allows children 16 or under to golf free with a paying adult. 

This year, we spoke with a number of families visiting us that week. You told us how much you appreciate the chance to come out together and play a round or three, something that is not always easy to do. After hearing your stories, we determined to implement our own “Kids Golf Free at OVG” program, which will run from now until the end of the 2015 season. 

The question of how to grow the game of golf is one asked perennially. Offering courses of distinction, with different challenges and rewards is great. Rules seminars and fittings can be terrific. The answers are innumerable, but here in Osprey Valley, we feel the best way is to offer families the opportunity to get out and play the game we all love, the way it should be played - together.

See you on the course!


Jerry and Roman Humeniuk

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Junior Golf - Opportunity Knocks
by Bob McClure, Director of Golf
I had the opportunity to play golf from age 10 at Acton Meadows, a short 20 minute walk from home. A junior membership, starter set of golf clubs and a tab at the snack bar were all the incentive I required to get started, but my love and appreciation for the game grew under the guidance of some early mentors, a group of very different characters.
John Goy, my brother-in-law and legal guardian was influential in every area of my life, including golf. He let me try “his” clubs at first and eventually my own set of TNT blades for Christmas. He is deceased now, but I think of him often.I was very fortunate to have Julian Zajac as a friend. Nothing about his swing, dress or mannerisms gave you the the indication that he was a golfer, but he knew how to score. Bob Salter, the “Natural” was a newcomer to Acton Meadows after moving adjacent to the 9th green. He had a country club grace and presence, could hit any shot required at will and graciously gave his time on Saturday morning to conduct junior clinics, which I attended without fail.

Lastly, I had the good fortune to be welcomed into “the game” by Stuart Macdonald, local athlete and perennial club champion. I witnessed some wonderful play by Stu and thank him for the inclusion, knowledge passed on and friendship. I hope he reads this.
Take A kid to the Course
This is why I am particularly pleased that after supporting another successful “Take a Kid to the Course” program this past July, Osprey Valley has taken the stand to support and embrace junior golf by extending “Kids Golf Free at OVG” for the remainder of the 2015 season.

I have researched some iconic or soon to be iconic players and found that they all started playing golf between 9 months and 10 years old. That’s right, the common denominator is that they all had the opportunity to play golf at a young age with some level of mentorship and guidance.

Jordan Speith

Jordan Spieth was born in 1993, in Dallas, Texas, the first of three children of father Shawn and mom Chrish, both former college basketball players. Spieth inherited his parents' athletic capabilities and grew up playing soccer, baseball, football and basketball, with golf eventually taking precedence in the pecking order.

At 9, Spieth mowed a section of the family lawn as low as possible to practice his putting, spurring his parents to join the Brookhaven Country Club to give him access to proper facilities. At 12, the budding champion began taking lessons from former golf pro Cameron McCormick.
Spieth Family
Jordan Spieth and Family
Photo: David Cannon, Getty Images

Mike Weir

The road to a storied Masters win began years earlier in the dreams of a young boy from Sarnia. Mike Weir’s early desire to play professional hockey began to drift away when his first set of golf clubs, three woods and four irons, were passed down to him from the son of his godfather.
Young Bob McClure
Bob McClure, 11, at Acton Meadows

His passion was undeniable as he spent entire days hitting balls at Huron Oaks Golf Course under coach Steve Bennett. With his original clubs, and a wedge purchased with his earnings as a caddy and pro shop worker, he won a junior tournament at age 12. The first prize was a complete set of irons, which would replace his original four.
Mike Weir
Mike Weir, 2003 Masters Champion
Photo: Harry How, Getty Images

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus was born and raised in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Upper Arlington and was a successful all-around athlete at Upper Arlington High School, whose team nickname, the Golden Bears, would become his own.

Nicklaus took up golf at the age of 10, scoring a 51 at Scioto Country Club for the first nine holes he ever played. His father Charlie had joined Scioto that same year, returning to golf to help heal a volleyball injury. Jack Nicklaus was coached at Scioto by club pro Jack Grout, a contemporary of golf greats Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan, who had played quite successfully on the PGA Tour, and would become Nicklaus' lifelong golf instructor. Nicklaus won the first of five straight Ohio State Junior titles at the age of 12. 
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Daniel Palmer was born in 1929, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The son of a greenskeeper/golf pro, Palmer picked up the sport as a toddler after his father, Milfred J. "Deacon" Palmer, shortened a set of regulation clubs so that his son could use them.

The game came easily to Palmer, and by the time he was 17, he had already captured two state interscholastic championships. He eventually earned a golf scholarship to Wake Forest University, where he won three Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.
Osprey Valley 2015 PGA Championship Pool
2015 PGA Championship Pool
After a Saturday practice round at Whistling Straits,Rory McIlroy
declared himself ready to defend his PGA Championship title. Is he?

After winning the Masters and U.S. Open, can Jordan Spieth
become only the second player to win three majors in a season?

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On Ball Marks and Bug Spray
Tips From the Turf
by Scott Brook, Superintendent of Heathlands & Dir. of Special Projects
We are happy to be able to report that excellent course conditions have continued throughout the summer, and we are also pleased to announce that other than some solid irrigation, all that was needed to get the driving range back into great shape after BizBaz was an aeration of a single tee deck (or the tee deck the beer tent was on)!

We often get questions from golfers about how we take such good care of our courses here in Osprey Valley. We appreciate your interest, as we take great pride in keeping all three courses looking fantastic.

The truth is, players play an important role in keeping the golf courses in great shape! So, this month we thought we’d give you a couple small tips for helping your trusty turf department!
As most golfers know, the indentation made by a ball hitting the putting green is commonly called a ball mark. Although thought to be made only by long, high approach shots, the truth is that even low-trajectory chip shots can impact the putting surface.

Opinions vary on best tool and technique to fix ball marks. In our Pro Shop, we sell some pretty spiffy Osprey Valley “pitch fix” tools, but the truth is that proper method is more important than the proper tool, and almost any sharp, pointed tool will work.

The goal, of course, is to restore a smooth surface to the putting green, and to allow the turf to heal quickly.
Here’s how: Insert your tool behind the rear of the ball mark. Then gently pull the top of the repair tool toward the center of the mark until the hill moves to fill in the indentation. Move around the indentation and continue pulling toward the centre, 3 or 4 times. Don’t use a lifting motion, because it can tear living roots and lift too much soil. Even spike-less shoes can cause damage to the green, so when you’ve finished, use your putter head to flatten the fixed mark. Courteous players will usually fix their own ball mark and at least one other.

Most golfers don’t realize it, but insect repellent can also harm the turf. Spraying your legs and ankles in the grass often results in green footprints, surrounded by straw-colored, injured grass. Sometimes this grass recovers in one to four weeks, but sometimes the damage is extensive enough to require complete replacement! You can help us with this by using bug spray only on the cart paths, or before you head out onto the course.
Osprey Valley Golf Pitch FixThanks so much for helping us to keep Osprey Valley beautiful! We look forward to seeing you here!
Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour
Ontario Series, August 15-16
OVG is thrilled to welcome the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Ontario Series to Hoot again this year! The MJT is Canada’s number one played junior golf tour, offering the nation's first college golf recruitment service for its members! MJT strives to create champions not only in golf, but in life, and here in Osprey Valley we are pleased and proud to be part of it!
You can follow the tour on FacebookTwitter or check out their website to sign up and register! 
Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour
From the Cutting Board
Beer Braised Cheddar Brats with Cranberry & Pickled Jalapeno Relish
The 97th PGA Championship begins this week, and this will be the third PGA Championship held at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

Here in Osprey Valley we find it impossible to think of Wisconsin without pondering the virtues of their beer, brats, cheese and cranberries, and this month we have a great late-summer recipe for you featuring all four of these Wisconsin treats! 

Beer Braised Cheddar Brats


1 dozen cheddar brats (we like Johnsonville or Lilydale - but if you want to splurge and add some extra kick, you really should try the Organic Beer Sausage with Jalapenos and Cheddar from the Healthy Butcher in Toronto.

½ stick of butter
1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
2 12 oz. bottles or cans of dark, German beer.
(Both the Beer Store & LCBO carry some terrific options that are fun to try in their own right as well as with this recipe!)
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried thyme, leaves or ground
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
12 hoagie buns, split and toasted or grilled

How to do it:

In a Dutch oven, heat your butter over medium heat. When it foams, add the onion and stir for about five to seven minutes until they are tender and translucent.

Add the beer, brown sugar, vinegar, thyme, caraway seeds and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. 

Add the brats and reduce the heat to simmer until the brats are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the brats and set aside the beer mixture.

Grill the brats until they’re golden brown, then return to the beer mixture until you’re ready to serve.

To serve, place grilled bratwurst in a hoagie bun, and using a slotted spoon, top with some of the beer braised onion slices and the Cranberry-Pickled Jalapeno Relish!
Beer Braised Brats
Photo: Midwest Living

Cranberry & Pickled Jalapeno Relish

The from scratch recipe follows, but we’ve also included a quick and easy version further down!


1 bag fresh (or frozen, thawed) cranberries
¾ cup pickled jalapeno peppers plus juice to taste. 
2 garlic cloves, peeled
½ to ¾ cup sugar
     (depending on how sweet you want it)

How to do it:

Place garlic, jalapenos and a little juice from the jalapeno jar in food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not pureed.
Add sugar and pulse 3-4 more times
Add cranberries and continue to pulse until the berries are roughly chopped. Again, do not puree! 
Adjust seasoning with sugar and jalapeno juice to taste.
Put the relish in a bowl, cover and chill in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to meld, for at least 30 minutes and up to two days. 

Easy-Peasy Cranberry-Pickle Relish


1 can canned whole cranberry sauce
½ cup sweet pickle relish

How to do it:

Combine the cranberry sauce and sweet pickle relish in a bowl. Stir. Serve!
From Our Patio To Yours
The Wisconsin Brandy Old-Fashioned
The Old Fashioned originally got its name as the result of the first definition of the very word “cocktail” in 1806 as a “potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water and sugar.” Later, in the 1860’s and 1890’s various specific “Old Fashioneds” began to be defined in various periodicals, using bourbon or rye. For most, the “official” version of this original craft cocktail uses some kind of whiskey. 
In the Badger State, however, the Old Fashioned isn’t just a cocktail, it’s an an institution, served in corner bars, basements, and at Friday night fish fries for more than 100 years. For decades, when you couldn’t find an Old Fashioned anywhere except in the annals of memory, Wisconsin was still cranking them out like Coca-cola, and they continue to, to this day. And in Wisconsin, the Old Fashioned is made with brandy. You can choose to muddle or not. You can choose to use maraschino cherries or brandied cherries. You can use one slice of orange or two. But you’d better use brandy. Brandy. Anything else is apparently sacrilegious.

In honour of the PGA Championship beginning this week in Whistling Straits, Osprey Valley Golf offers a recipe for the Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned:


8 - 10 oz rocks glass
2 oz. brandy 
2 dashes Angostura bitters 
(LBCO doesn’t carry Angostura, but almost any major grocery chain in the GTA will)
1 sugar cube
1-2 orange slice(s)
2 maraschino or brandied cherries
sweet, sour or seltzer wash 
(ie. club soda, 7-Up, or something with a bit more sour kick, like San Pelligrino’s, Limonata or  Pompelmo)

Wisconsion Brandy Old-Fashioned
Wisconsin Brandy Old-Fashioned

How to do it:

In your empty rocks glass, lay down your orange slices, cherries, sugar cupe and Angostura bitters. Add just a single dash of your prefered seltzer wash. Take your muddler and get muddling!

When everything is happily pulverized, add ice to fill the glass. 

Add your brandy of choice.

Top with your preferred seltzer and stir gently.

Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry, and enjoy, preferably while watching the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and sampling some beautiful cheeses! 

PGA Championship Facts
The inaugural 1916 PGA Championship was played at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y. It was played as a 36-hole elimination match-play tournament and saw James M. Barnes emerge as a 1-up victor over Jock Hutchison. The tournament was not played in 1917 and 1918 due to the First World War. When it resumed in 1919, Barnes again triumphed.

Walter Hagen won the PGA Championship five times, including four consecutive wins from 1924 to 1927. Jack Nicklaus would later match his record for wins with his fifth title in 1980. Following close behind is Tiger Woods with four PGA Championship titles.
Walter Hagen
"Sir Walter" - Walter Hagen
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In 1986, Bob Tway won the PGA Championship, his only major victory, in one of the most memorable walk-off endings in golf history. With eight holes remaining, Tway trailed four shots behind Greg Norman, who seemed unstoppable, but somehow they arrived at the 18th tee tied. Both players went awry with their approach shots, but when Tway holed his 25-foot bunker shot, it seemed like destiny.
Bob Tway - 1986 PGA Championship bunker shot
Bob Tway, 1986 PGA Championship

Since 1994, the PGA Championship has featured the most players in the Top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings and boasting the strongest field in golf.
When Tiger Woods won the 2000 PGA Championship, he became the first repeat winner since Denny Shute over 60 years earlier. Woods battled Bob May on the final day in an exciting round and three hole playoff that ended with an iconic Tiger celebration.
Tiger Woods - 2000 PGA Championship
Tiger Woods, 2000 PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth has a chance at the 2015 PGA Championship to become the first golfer to win three majors in a season since Tiger Woods in 2000.

2015 will be the third PGA Championship hosted by the Straits at Whistling Straits. The previous occasions were 2004, when Vijay Singh triumphed over two other players in a three hole playoff, and 2010, when Marin Kaymer topped Bubba Watson, also in a three-hole playoff.

Whistling Straits was named by Herbert Kohler, who was inspired by walking the land on a blustery day during the early days of construction.

13,000 truckloads of sand were brought in to create Whistling Straits’ innumerable bunkers.
Whistling Straits Bunkers
Photo: Getty Images

Be sure to check out the video flyover of the spectacular Whistling Straits golf course on the PGA website.

And don't forget to sign up for our 2015 PGA Championship Pool.
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