Happy New Year from Osprey Valley Golf

Looking Ahead to 2018!

As great as this past year has been, we can't help but look ahead as we find ourselves on the verge of 2018. We love our courses, the beauty of our surroundings and our fantastic community and - most of all - we love sharing them with you.

This coming year promises to be an exciting one here in Osprey Valley. We have some big things planned that we know you are going to love and can't wait to tell you about them throughout the coming year.

As tempting as it is to spill everything, today we'll start with something that we know will bring a smile to many faces. Of all the feedback we get, there is one recurring request that we hear over and over. After much thought and planning, we're ready to announce that we will be offering Osprey Valley Golf memberships in 2018!

Don't worry, OVG will remain a public facility, but membership offers different opportunities (and some fun perks) that many of our regular visitors have expressed interest in. You asked for it - you've got it!

Details and pricing are being finalized. Look for full details and our official announcement in January!

January Means the Return of the Fire & Ice Festival and Alton Millpond Hockey Classic!

Over the past eight years, the Alton Mill has played host to the Fire & Ice Festival weekend and it's auxiliary fundraiser, the Alton Millpond Hockey Classic. This year the Festival takes place on the weekend of January 20th and will transform the venue's grounds, both inside and out with winter fun and flames, highlighted by ice carvers, unique arts, pottery, delicacies and an evening fire sculpting demonstration on Saturday night.

Throughout the day on Saturday, cozy up by the bonfires on-site and watch as local skaters take to the ice in support of the Millpond Rehabilitation Project. Since it's humble beginnings, starting in 2010 as a single game between the "Alton Volunteer Firefighters" and "Caledon Notables", the event has grown into a one-day tournament that includes a minor hockey format, women's challenge game, and the main tournament for the Millpond Cup.

After the final game, players, volunteers and fans alike can make their way to the Millrace Room and the Hot Stove Lounge Pub. Those attending are encouraged to wear their favourite hockey jersey and cheer on the Maple Leafs as they play the Ottawa Senators on the big screen.

Millpond Classic: Info, Registration and Tickets

Even if hockey isn't your thing, there is lots to see at the Fire & Ice Festival. Last year's event had everything from fat biking to a (live) ice-crystal sculpted garden and even a super snow slide! Don't miss Saturday evening, as the 2017 main attraction featured fire sculpting artist/performer Brian Oates' unique performance with accompanying music in the courtyard. We can't wait to see what they have in store for this year!

Read More About the Fire & Ice Festival

Winter Pro Tips for Keeping your Game in Shape

With winter’s cold and dreary days now in full effect, many Canadian golfers believe there isn’t much they can do in advance of next season, other than storing their clubs, grabbing a book and waiting for spring. 

You could try arranging a quick getaway with friends - who wouldn’t want to escape for a week in Florida, California or the Caribbean? - but for most of us, the shorts, flip flops and the sweet sound of golf balls being hit are a few months away. So what do we golf-lovers do to ensuring we come back more prepared for 2018? Head Professional Trevor Hay has us covered with some winter tips!


A golfer's flexibility is often overlooked, but remains one of the most important aspects of a proper swing; maintaining and improving distance and allowing the body to turn through the swing plane. Incorporating a few stretches into your daily routine this winter could be the key to knocking a few strokes off your game this season. 

Focus initially on hip-flexors, hamstrings, back/shoulder and general core stretches as you begin to build a daily program. 

Weights & Cardio

Some golfers would be surprised to see cardio included on a list of winter tips, but cardio plays a pivotal role throughout each golf round. If you’ve ever found yourself getting fatigued in the latter stages of your golf round, try building up your cardio output throughout the offseason through swimming or jogging. Start off with a reachable goal and build upwards each following week. By the time golf season arrives, you should find yourself having a more consistent and durable golf-swing throughout your round as your body is less fatigued. An additional bonus, as cardio goals are achieved, you should find yourself gaining more mental toughness and strength.

Cardio is only half the battle when it comes to the gym. For those looking to add a little distance, it’s time to hit the weights! Squats are one of the best workouts a golfer can do in the gym. Don’t consume yourself with lifting incredible weight totals, as most professionals recommend a training program built around higher repetitions and lifting roughly 50% of your maximum. A consistent winter squat program should lead to a stronger pivot on your next visit to the tee-block. 

General Tips
It might be winter outside, but that doesn’t mean that golf season is over! Golf season is the one sport where the professionals have tournaments year round. While it might not be time for the Masters just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t submerge yourself with everything golf related! There are new rookies on the tour, weekly tournaments to watch and even fantasy golf via the PGA Tour! If that’s not enough, grab the putter, a ball and cup, and find a long hallway or open room in your house to practice your putting. Spring will be here before you know it!


Welcome the New Year in Style

Where does the time go? As incredible it is to believe, New Years Eve is here! Do you have plans? If not, be sure to highlight some of the festivities - all FREE! -  taking place in Downtown Brampton.

Streets throughout the downtown core will be shut down to play host to the multiple venues and a variety of activities. There will be something for all ages with events beginning at 5:30pm, live music throughout the evening including headlining act “The Sheepdogs”, and everything culminating with fireworks high above the Garden Square at midnight.


City Hall and Gage Park will be the site of skating, marshmallow roasting, craft stations, food vendors and a dance party for the children in your life, but be sure to make your way towards the Garden Square as it too will have family friendly fireworks launching at 9pm and performances throughout the evening by Guiness World Record holder (Youngest Professional DJ) Brandan Duke! 

The Garden Stage will also include local musical acts “The Downturns”, “Pryde” and “Delhi 2 Dublin” who will all get the stage rocking, followed by a special performance by “The Sheepdogs” just prior to midnight. Established in 2006, the Saskatchewan based band has released such hits throughout the years as “I Don’t Know” and “Feeling Good” and describes their style as “pure, simple, good-time music”.

More Info on Brampton's New Year's Event
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