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A Month of Celebration

It’s been a great summer so far here in Osprey Valley with plenty more good golf to come in 2017!

This past July was no exception. We had a great time celebrating the 25th anniversary of Heathlands with Doug Carrick and around 200 of our closest friends. Keep reading below for a recap in case you missed it.


July also saw the release of the 2017 ScoreGolf Top 59 Public Golf Courses in Canada and we are again honoured to find all three of our courses on the list! With over 2000 public courses in Canada, we are humbled to be included in elite company. We couldn’t do it without our awesome staff and guests. Thank you again to everyone for helping make this achievement possible!
 
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PGA Championship Pool


Don't forget! The last major of the season begins tomorrow. That means you have until midnight tonight to enter our 2017 PGA Championship Pool for a chance to win Free Golf at OVG!
 
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25 Years of Heathlands


On Tuesday July 25th Osprey Valley celebrated the 25th anniversary of our original course - Heathlands. To commemorate the milestone, we offered a day of 1992 green fees ($25) and the opportunity to play the course in it’s original routing.

We knew the event would be popular, but even we were amazed when the event sold out in just under 15 minutes. With that, the pressure was really on to create a memorable day for all, and we certainly don’t think we disappointed!
 
The day began with course architect and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Doug Carrick taking the ceremonial first shot from the tee deck, set against the backdrop of the blowing fescue and Scottish bagpipes.
 
 
Like us (and many of you!), Doug confessed a soft spot for one of his earliest works: “Out of all of the golf courses I’ve designed, I probably get the most compliments about the Healthlands course,” he stated later in the day. Guests welcomed the opportunity to meet Doug and ask questions about his incredible career and the many incredible courses his has designed over the last 20+ years.

The goodwill and camaraderie out on the links was inspiring and a few balls lost here and there in the fescue didn’t dampen any spirits. There were also a couple treats waiting at the 18th tee as golfers were also invited to “toast the course” with a shot of scotch or enjoy a cold beer provided by our friends from down the road at the GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co.
 
After wrapping up their round, everyone joined together in the clubhouse for a delicious complimentary meal, drinks, and entertainment courtesy of “Your New Neighbors”, who played the night away with their take on classics such as Sweet Child of Mine, Rebel Yell, Summer of 69 and more.
 
Thank you to everyone who helped make the last twenty-five years so special. We’re blown away to see how far everything has come over the last quarter century and the future is bright here in Osprey Valley. We can’t wait to see what the next twenty-five years has in store!

 
Check out our Heatlands 25 Photo Gallery


A Night For the Ladies, Special Edition


Did you know A Night For The Ladies is going Italian? 

On Tuesday, August 15th, we will be saying ciao as we welcome the gals back to Osprey Valley! Although that may be one of the few Italian words we know, we DO know how to throw an unforgettable ladies night and create long-lasting memories! 

This monthly event features an open driving range, 9-holes of golf, a delicious Italian buffet dinner and tons of prizes. A Night For The Ladies continues to be one of the most popular tickets in Osprey Valley! This upcoming gathering is expected to be our largest of the season (so far) and we are looking forward to hosting again. 

Call us at 519-927-9034/1-800-833-1561 to claim one of the last spots for next week’s event, or book ahead to guarantee your reservation at the final ladies evening of the summer on Tuesday, September 12th!

Arrivederci!

 
A Night for the Ladies


August Nine and Dine


There are only a couple more chances to Nine and Dine with us this 2017 season!

We aren’t exaggerating when we sayour Nine and Dine events are the best way to kick-start the weekend! So, bring your friends or that special someone and join us on Friday, August 18th for a great evening including 9-holes of golf, a mouthwatering buffet dinner and live entertainment on the patio!

This month, our guests will be able to unwind to the sounds of the versatile vocal duo, Scott & Julian. All eyes will be on these two charismatic musicians with their outstanding talent and engaging stage presence. Catch a sneak peek of their music here!

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone from past events and thrilled to welcome new visitors. Call us now to book your spot at 519-927-9034/1-800-833-1561! Also, mark Saturday, September 23rd on your calendar as it’s our last Nine and Dine of the season!
Nine and Dine

The Future of Golf


Our Kids Golf Free program has gotten a lot of attention since we introduced it in 2015 and it is very fulfilling to see more and more junior golfers enjoying our courses each year.

It’s fascinating to witness children discover, learn, and grow passionate about the beautiful game of golf. 
Learn More About Our Kids Golf Free Program
Whether it’s a young one’s first time swinging a golf club or 50th time visiting a course, there are phenomenal resources available to help juniors understand the game, sharpen their skills and gain experience. That passage is the many fantastic junior golf tours/programs across the nation. After all, these young players may one day make major headlines, break records or even become one of Canada’s greatest golf sensations!  

This month we are celebrating junior golf and showcasing two very special and unique junior tours that come through Osprey Valley year after year, the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour and the BAGS Junior Golf Tour. We send a great amount of praise to both of these two organizations for their continued commitment to Grow The Game.

 

When the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) made its way through Osprey Valley on June 17th & 18th the weather wasn’t very cooperative but that didn’t stop any of the participants from giving the game their all.

The MJT is a national developmental tour that was founded in 1999 and is operated strictly by PGA of Canada Golf Professionals. This organization takes pride in developing young players and is dedicated to providing opportunities for young golfers to learn the game and play to the best of their abilities. Dave Smallwood, Tournament Director and National Player Development Director for the MJT says, “our goal is to help develop players but in a friendly manner, we’re trying to make them have fun first and we’re looking for an experience, not just a golf tournament.”

Through free clinics, the MJT introduces girls and boys as young as 4 years old to the game of golf. However, by the time juniors are on this tour they have already developed a passion and understanding of the sport and are ready for a higher level of competition. Across the country each year, the tour hosts over 60 events. Including free clinics, the MJT Mini Tour, the Junior Tour, Collegiate Tour and other multi-day events. MJT offers 7 age divisions: Girls 14 & under, Girls 15-19, Peewee Boys 12 & Under, Bantam Boys 13-14, Juvenile Boys 15-16, Junior Boys 17-18 and the newly added Collegiate Division 19-23.

The MJT also created the very first all-inclusive college recruitment program in Canada that aims to support juniors to further their education with scholarships and various other services.

 

Many benefits exist in the sport, but one that sticks out the most are the life lessons and key values that it offers. Smallwood describes “sportsmanship and etiquette” as a couple of the many lessons these junior golfers learn. He also noted an initiative the MJT introduced this year called Respect The Game. He explains the idea behind this program is to “make sure that juniors are getting back to what was the original concept of golf and that’s the gentlemen's sportsmanship, camaraderie, fun, that kind of stuff.” He breaks it down further into 3 different components to include: 1) Respect the facility and facility staff, 2) Respect your opponents and  3) Respect the tradition of the game.

“We’ve had some tremendous results,” Smallwood reveals with pride. An award is also given out at each tournament to the player who has demonstrated these traits the most. Osprey Valley Golf staff saw this initiative first hand back in June, well done!

 

Names that have come out of the tour include PGA Tour Players such as: Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin and Roger Sloan and LPGA Players Sue Kim, Samantha Richdale and Soo Bin Kim. Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Canada and Symetra Tour are a few other tours that the MJT alumni have go on to play.

Smallwood, who is also Owner of the Golf Performance Center at Whistlebear Golf Club in Cambridge, ON, tells us that he’s “always had a passion for junior golf,” which comes as no surprise as he works diligently with juniors and provides golfers who strive to be their best all the resources necessary to get to a level they want to be. An excellent example of how he and the rest of the tour work tirelessly to Grow The Game.

 
Learn More About the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour

The BAGS Junior Tour visited Osprey Valley on July 24th for Match Play Round 1. This season marks the tour’s 25th anniversary! Congratulations to this organization on reaching a significant milestone and their abundance of success over the years.

Established in 1992, the BAGS Junior Tour is one of Ontario’s regional developmental tours devoted to evolving players and giving them an opportunity to not only advance their golf skills but also showcase their talent on some of the province’s most admired golf courses. Alistair Orr, Tour Director explains, “when the kids first start competition they come to us, learn some rules from our official on-site from an instructional perspective. The whole idea is to prepare kids for the next level.”

 

The BAGS Junior Tour is geared towards young golfers between 10-18 years of age who have expressed a deep interest and level of skill in the game previous to entering. Thanks to Orr and his team, the tour is a safe space for kids to grow in the game, appreciate the sport but also make friends and have a good time. The atmosphere is described by Orr as “fun and nonthreatening so they [the kids] can learn competition but not in a high-stress competitive environment.”

Many skills development clinics and tournament preparation programs are offered to aid those juniors who are eager and ready to boost their game. Throughout the season the tour offers weekly single day stroke play events, along with match play rounds and other team challenge events competing against other regional tours and various junior programs. Age divisions for the tour include: Minor Bantam Boys 12 and under, Bantam Girls 14 and under, Bantam 13-14, Juvenile 15-16, Girls 15-18 and Junior 17-18.

 

Orr agrees the game instills some extremely important values for young golfers and illuminates an individual's true character. Golf is a great way for juniors to learn how to carry themselves both on and off the course! “You get to know what people are really like inside over the length [a round] of time,” he says. One’s character says a lot about them which is why core values are important not only to the rules of the game, but life in general.

Overall, he believes “honesty and integrity are the two strongest parts of the sport,” he hopes “as the game changes going forward, it’s getting a lot more relaxed with the rules and relaxed with the dress codes (all that’s good for the game,) but I hope that part [the values] of the game doesn’t get brushed aside as well.” On the tour’s stop in Osprey Valley we saw these positive attributes in the players, it is evident that these teachings run through the organization.
 

The BAGS Junior Tour has seen great success as alumni have gone on to earn golf scholarships and lead successful collegiate careers. Most recently, alum, Drew Nesbitt made his PGA Tour debut at the 2017 RBC Canadian Open!

Orr’s been involved in junior golf for decades; before his kids played on the tour he was a passionate junior golfer himself! Taking over the tour 12 years ago, Orr values the relationships built over time with players and their families and is fulfilled to see players go off to do great things with their golf careers! One of his goals for the BAGS Junior Tour is to “create an environment where kids can have fun in competition.” This is a great illustration of the kind of tours we need to help golf thrive. Thank you to the entire tour for their many years of dedication and influence on junior golf..
 
We can’t wait to host these events again next season. Let’s get together and help Grow The Game in every way we can!

 
Learn More About the BAGS Junior Tour


Family Fun Day in support of
Spenser’s Heart Children’s Charity


On Saturday, August 12th we will have the pleasure of attending and honour of sponsoring Family Fun Day, an event hosted by Spenser's Heart Children's Charity.
 
The charity was established with inspiration from a young boy with a loving soul, his name was Spenser William Mcfadyen. Sadly, 6-year-old Spenser died in a car accident in March of 2014. During his funeral the boy’s mother kindly asked guests to bring Lego instead of flowers which were later donated to local hospitals to help other children find comfort in their pain/trauma. The young boy was passionate about Lego and assisting others so this loving act of kindness was a true reflection of Spenser himself. It was also the beginning of Spenser’s Heart Children’s Charity.
 
The organization developed ‘Lego Rooms,’ a safe place to help children cope with traumatic events by playing and exercising their creativity. Kids dealing with trauma of any kind (ie: death of a family member, divorce, accident, etc.) are welcome to visit these locations and utilize the support provided. Adult workers are present to talk to the children as they open up about their feelings to assist them in gaining a sense of control, self-worth and accomplishment.
 
Family Fun Day is a fundraising event that takes place from 10am-2pm at the Grand Valley Community Centre in Grand Valley with activities for everyone to enjoy. Games, crafts and a silent auction are just a few items on the agenda, in addition the support provided by the charity will also be showcased to the community. The day will conclude from 2pm-4pm with a family friendly comedy show by comedian, Timmy Boyle.
 
We hope to see you at Family Fun Day on August 12th. If you are unable to attend, please visit Spenser’s Heart Children’s Charity to see other ways to make a contribution.
Spenser's Heart Children's Charity
The Lego Room, Spenser's Heart Children's Charity