Osprey Valley Golf - May Newsletter
Osprey Valley Golf - May Newsletter

An Unofficial Start to Summer

With April showers lasting well into May, we were thrilled to see the Victoria Day Weekend - the unofficial start to summer in Canada - arrive with the promise of a fine season ahead.
 
June is almost here and we are looking forward to sharing the summer with our old and new friends. We have a few more 2017 events to announce, including A Night for the Ladies and the return of the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival to the OVG patio. Keep reading for details!
 
And don’t forget, the second major of the season is fast approaching, so our U.S. Open Pool will be open for entries next week on Thursday, June 1st.

U.S. Open Pool

A Night for the Ladies

Please join us for our first ladies golf event of the season on June 13th, sponsored by Callaway Golf.
 
The evening includes 9-holes of golf with a cart on one of Canada’s top-ranked courses followed by dinner and prizes. And you can meet Head Golf Professional, Trevor Hay, who is profiled later in this newsletter.

The evening includes 9-holes of golf with a cart on one of Canada’s top-ranked courses followed by dinner and prizes. And you can meet Head Golf Professional, Trevor Hay, who is profiled later in this newsletter.

Nights for the Ladies will take place on June 13th, July 11th, August 15th and September 12th.
Price: $50 plus taxes
Start Time: 5pm (shotgun start)
 
To join the fun, call the clubhouse at 519 927 9034 or 1 800 833 1561 or click below to book by email.
Nights for the Ladies Booking

Blues and Jazz on the Patio


We’re pleased to once again be an official venue for the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. This year, we will be playing host to Dylan Wickens and the Grand Naturals.
 
“Wickens on both guitar and vocals leads his powerhouse trio like a general.”
Blues Rock Review
 
“The overall vibe here smacks strongly of classic British blues and Mr. Wickens’ vocals frequently evoke a Cream-era Jack Bruce.”
The Roots Music Report
 
The show starts at 3pm on the patio. Don’t miss it!
Dylan Wickens - Live in London (2015)

Around the Greens with Trevor Hay


Getting to know Osprey Valley Golf’s new Head Professional
 
When your hobby becomes your job, you need to find a new hobby. The old saying applies to golf pros as much as anyone. How do you keep your passion for a sport when your working day revolves around it?

For Trevor Hay, the move from British Columbia to Ontario helps. "Being here has invigorated me," he says.

In addition to the exciting opportunity to discover three new golf courses, the change from a private club to a public one has come with dividends. The less rigid structure allows more opportunity to "play with guests, people I've met in the community, visiting friends or staff."
A recent round brings to mind something else - a competitive drive - that fuels Trevor. Playing with friends for five dollars per hole may not seem like much to four fortysomethings with jobs, “but we were fired up!” he says. The reward of bragging rights among old friends is enough to summon the butterflies in the stomach that “remind you of why you love sports.”
 
That same feeling is why Trevor has always played tournaments. Recently, “I have started to play more and play the bigger ones.” He notes that the move brings him a little closer to the biggest, the PGA Canada Cup in Victoriaville, Quebec this August. It is a tournament he has been looking forward to for some time.
 
It also lands him nearer to the Toronto Blue Jays, the team he grew up watching (along with the west coast’s Seattle Mariners) while indulging his other sporting passion. In his younger days, Trevor spent as much time on the diamond as on the course, playing semi-professional baseball as a shortstop into his 20’s.
 
His new home at Osprey Valley Golf also offers opportunity to experience Heathlands, Hoot and Toot. While we have been getting to know him, Trevor has been getting to know our courses, which he knew only by reputation until last month. He admits to having a critical eye, even for good courses, and to wondering how that reputation would hold up when he finally got past the first tee.
Heathlands #1
“Everyone has been telling me that there are 54 great golf holes here and I agree,” he says. It appears that we have passed the test. He appreciates the uniqueness and diversity of each course, but also the characteristically Doug Carrick touches that unite them. “The are options off the tee. There is risk/reward. They can be played by all levels of golfers and each course plays so differently off the front and back tees.”
 
While he has had a taste of each and appreciates both Hoot - “spectacular … a lot of character” - and Toot - “Awesome! I didn’t play one bad hole” - he has had the most opportunity to play Heathlands.
 
Trying to figure out the unpredictable winds of our Irish-inspired links course is good fun to an advanced player and Trevor looks forward to seeing the fescue grow in and tighten up the fairways. His favourite feature may be the green surrounds. He appreciates holes that force you to be creative around the pin, “but every green on Heathlands is like that. And they’re extreme. I love it. You have five, six, seven different shots you can play. I can spin it, I can bump and run it, I can play it high or low, I can carry it over bumps and ridges …”
 
It is safe to say that Trevor’s love of the game is intact. But where did it begin?
 
He grew up not far from Cultus Lake Provincial Park, about an hour east of Vancouver and spent a lot of time with his best friend’s family, who had a cabin there. Starting at the age of eleven, they used to ride their bikes around the lake to spend the day at Aquadel, a small Par 3 course that has since closed to make way for houses. It was a full course, he explains with affection, not the pitch and putt variety. With holes from 70 yards to 235 yards, it “tested every part of my game.”
A watercolour of Aquadel Golf Course near Cultus Lake, B.C.
When he was old enough to play the country club with his his friends - the junior rate was $50 for the year - their parents used to sometimes drop them off at eight in the morning and pick them up at eight in the evening. On weekends, juniors couldn’t play until two in the afternoon, so from eight until two, they would practice. In their case, that mostly meant getting a bucket of balls and making it last for hours.
 
“We were playing games,” Trevor clarifies, “not practicing for a reason. We were just having fun.” It must have worked, because six of the ten friends still work in the golf industry and did pretty well competitively after those first few years in their own little world.
 
“We started playing tournaments,” he says, “and all of a sudden we realized we were really good. We didn’t know. We’d just been playing each other for dime skins.”
 
This experience informs his approach to teaching junior golfers: “Don’t just come out here and make it a four hour grind. It can’t all be regimented practice. Have fun with your friends.”
 
It also explains the irony that Trevor is a golf pro who doesn’t like to practice. “Isn’t that strange?” he says with a smile. “I’d rather be out on the course. I can’t just hit balls. I need to make a game of it, which goes back to the way I learned.” 
Of course, for a golf pro, work is not all fun and games. Along with the misconception that pros play golf all day, what many people don’t know is how many hats they have to wear as teachers, coaches, psychologists and managers, learning new products and technology, sales and accounting systems … the list is long. The biggest challenge, according to Trevor, is to always be flexible and ready to quickly change direction, instantly switching your brain from purchasing to giving a lesson and then back just as quickly.
 
Still, one of tne of the most fulfilling parts of his job comes from helping someone to improve their game. It reminds him that golf is a shared experience that unites us. For the young boy from the Fraser Valley who grew up watching Tiger Woods and taking from his friends with a swing modeled on Fred Couples, golf is a sport for everybody.
 
Whether professional or weekend player, on the golf course, “we all share the same euphoria and anguish.” The swing and the results may not look the same, but inside, we all get to be Tiger or Rory when we are out there. “We’re having the same experience and it bands us together.”
 
Welcome to Osprey Valley, Trevor!

In the Community


One more for the music lovers ...
The Caledon Concert Band’s Canada 150 Music Gala takes place this weekend - May 28th at 2pm at the Caledon Community Complex, 6215 Old Church Road in Caledon East.
 
For over 40 years, this inter-generational ensemble has entertained the community at fairs, farmers’ markets, parades, civic events, memorials, openings and fundraisers with an eclectic repertoire including everything from jazz to disco, swing to klesmer
 
Admission is $15 for adults or $10 for students or seniors. Proceeds help fund the Caledon Concert Band Association, a registered charitable organization.
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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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