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The First Day of Summer!

After the April showers turned into May torrents, we were starting to wonder if summer would arrive this year. It seems safe to say - *cross fingers*  - that the 2017 summer season is under way with recent run of beautiful days and unbelievable weekends.


With summer comes the annual National Golf Course Owner’s Association ‘Take a Kid to the Course’ week (beginning July 3rd) which inspired our own season-long Kids Golf Free program. It is inspiring to see what the NGCOA and others, such as the David Hearn Foundation and Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, are doing to support junior golf and grow the game in Ontario and across Canada. It also leads us to ask what more we can do.
 

New Junior Rate

Developing as a golfer means having access to top courses, which can be costly for young players. So, we're happy to announce that we are adding a new Junior Rate. Players from 17-20 can now play Osprey Valley Golf for 50% off.
See Our 2017 Rates


Introducing Cougar Collins


This month we are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring Cougar Collins, a 17 year old Caledon golfer who will be attending Eastern Michigan University on a golf scholarship this fall.

A thoughtful and mature young man, we have had the pleasure of getting to know him and thought you might like to as well.

Keep reading for a profile of Cougar later in this newsletter.

 

Kids Golf Free at OVG


We encourage players of all ages to join the game we love!
 
During the 2015 season we introduced our Kids Golf Free initiative, which allows kids 16 and under to play free when accompanied by a paying adult. Over the past couple years we have seen many young new faces take the course! 
 
Spread the news. We can't wait to see you in Osprey Valley!

Celebrating Our Community


The Yasin Wheelchair Project

Yasin Rehmanji, a grade 8 student attending Caledon Central Public School, was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at the young age of six years old. A rare and progressive neurological disease, F.A. can cause loss of coordination, curvature of the spine, heart conditions, and diabetes, among other symptoms. Previously, Yasin had tested a sit-to-stand power wheelchair with great results, but the $21,000 cost was too high for the family.

Hearing of Yasin’s story, students, faculty and parents wanted to help the young man and his family find a way to improve his condition. At the beginning of the 2016/17 school year, teachers and students of CCPS took on the daunting challenge of attempting to raise the $21,000.
 
Each grade was encouraged to develop a unique fundraising event, which included bake sales, talent shows, plant sales, dance-a-thons and most recently a craft sale/silent auction taking place this past weekend in Caledon Village.

“The community support has been overwhelming up to this point,” said Yasin’s mother Sakina.

Sakina is right. Watching the community come together for Yasin has been inspirational. The craft sale/silent auction raised over $5,400 dollars, and will allow the family to purchase the much needed wheelchair!
Follow Yasin's Story

How You Can Help!

Incoming donations will continue to be used towards Yasin’s ongoing medical needs, which unfortunately do not end with the wheelchair. As Yasin continues to grow, so to will the need for new equipment and various devices to aid his progress.
 
If you were unable to make it to the fundraiser, we encourage you to help support Yasin and his family through GoFundMe or the designated TD Trust Fund Account: 31602 004 6380686.

 
Yasin Rehmanji Go Fund Me Page

#Canada150 Long Weekend Specials


This Canada Day we are offering our second Play All Day Long Weekend Special of the season. With the purchase of any regular green fee, you will automatically receive a free upgrade to Play All Day.
 
In celebration of Canada 150, we have a few other treats in store for you on July 1st!

Our newly re-furnished patio will be rocking throughout the day with Canadian music. It will also feature a beer tasting by Moosehead Brewery - the perfect accompaniment to our $1.50 Canada Day hotdogs and Canadian flag cake - from 11am to 3pm.
 
And don’t forget to show your Canada Day pride with your festive red and white golf wear. At 1:50pm, we will be awarding our best dressed Canadian Golfers, male and female, each with a prize, a Play All Day Pass worth $150.

 
Book Your Canada Day Tee Time Now

A Cougar Sighting at OVG


Up and coming junior golfer Cougar Collins is no stranger to Osprey Valley. He has been playing our courses for years. Sitting in the clubhouse last week, he took the time to look forward to his future as an Eastern Michigan University Eagle and to reflect back on his time at Osprey.
 
“This is pretty much where it started,” he says. “This is what got me into competitive golf.”
 
Back in 2012, he was invited by our then Head Professional Bob McClure, who recognized his potential, to be his teammate in the 2012 PGA of Ontario Pro Junior Championship at Wooden Sticks. The duo won the day with a remarkable net score of 59.
 
Thereafter, he became a regular visitor at McClure’s Men’s Night event where Bob and Danny King, Head Teaching Professional at the Performance Academy, both took Cougar under their respective wings. “They were always great with me. They helped me a lot.”
Living his whole life in Caledon, Osprey Valley was a convenient place to play, but even better, “the courses are awesome and the practice facilities are awesome,” says Cougar. He appreciates them in part because he recognizes that it can be tough for young golfers to get access to quality courses. He has been very lucky in that regard. He only started golfing in 2010, mostly playing with his father near their cottage at the spectacular Rocky Crest Golf Club in Muskoka.
 
Having picked up the clubs only seven years ago, Cougar has made remarkable progress. When asked where his drive to succeed comes from, the topic turns - as it does for a lot of top Canadian pros - to hockey. He says was always competitive, but playing a lot of hockey refined a strong desire to win. “I always wanted to win, so I always tried to be the best. I loved golf and those things came together.”
 
And when did he realize that he was good? “I played a Maple Leaf Junior Tour tournament about four years ago. It was the only tournament I played that year and I won by seven strokes. That’s probably the point where I figured out I could maybe do something with it.”
 
He wasn’t the only one who thought so. Having played his way into an international junior tournament in Florida, he heard from the Eastern Michigan Eagles head coach, Brian Cunningham, who let him know that he would be watching. “I did pretty well,” Cougar says, “and he said, ‘Come up for a visit’.”
He liked Michigan right away - “it feels homey” - and being just four hours away from Caledon is a plus. He will be in good company. Eastern Michigan has a strong reputation for recruiting young golfers from Ontario. He is one of three joining the Eagles for the 2017-2018 season, the others being Ty Celone from Cornwall and Zack Mason from Toronto.
 
Even for someone as naturally competitive as Cougar, the step up to a Division One U.S. College is a big deal. “Oh, it’s serious,” he says with a huge smile. “It’s awesome!” But his great enthusiasm has a mature focus. His only golfing goal right now is “to have a great college career. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.”
 
Playing in the PGA or another tour on day sounds good, but the idea is tucked away in the back of his mind for now. What really excites him today is “the step up in competition, the chance to get into bigger tournaments.” Wherever it all leads, he knows he has future in golf. He will be studying Sports Management at Eastern Michigan and, if playing professionally doesn’t work out, a career in coaching sounds pretty appealing, too.
 
When you’re young and talented and driven to win, anything is possible. We’re going to have great fun following Cougar’s journey in the coming years and we look forward to sharing it with you.

U.S. Open Pool Results


You know your pool results are going to get a bit messy when the top three players in the world (and 8 of the top 10) miss the cut.
 
Erin Hills got the better of the big three - Dustin, Rory and Jason all headed home on Friday leaving the field wide open. Several players tried to capitalize, but in the end, it was Brooks Koepka who edged out the field and grabbed the trophy and the big bucks.
 
In the end, only three of over 350 entrants made the cut in our U.S. Open Pool and it was Chris Bird who edged out John Wereshuk for the win by a single stroke. Brad Splawinksi gets an honorary mention (along with a bonus prize) as our third place finisher.
 
Don’t forget - July is a two-pool month with the British Open Pool starting on July 6th and the anadian Open pool following on July 13th. Our advice: Be like Chris, John and Brad. Be bold and go for the green!

 
U.S. Open Pool Results
 
 
 

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Located in the picturesque rolling hills of Caledon, Ontario, Osprey Valley Golf features three distinctive 18-hole championship courses designed by acclaimed Canadian architect, Doug Carrick.

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