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Time For Fall Golf!
We hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Here in Osprey Valley, we are thankful for what has been a wonderful golf season so far and for the fantastic Fall Golf that lies ahead! It's a great way to work off some of that turkey and gravy and ...
October has seen the introduction of our Fall Rates. As the days are slowly becoming shorter, we have adjusted our hours to ensure there is always enough sunlight to find your ball! Tee times now begin at 8am and our kitchen is open from 11am-7pm on weekdays and 7am-7pm on weekends.
In June, we introduced you to Caledon's own Cougar Collins as the 18-year-old set off to Eastern Michigan University (EMU) on a golf scholarship. For the past seven years this determined teen has been a regular at OVG and we like to think we played a small part in feeding his golf dreams.
Although Cougar's education and golf journey has taken him four hours away, we have been closely following his progress with the EMU Eagles! With his school golf season in full swing, it seems like a great time to catch up with the Freshman to hear all about his recent success.
Cougar is pleased with his performance so far as an Eagle. His experience at EMU has been of commitment, passion and courage. These three key successful traits he has long demonstrated each time he takes to the tee. He recalls an exciting moment at a recent tournament when he was "coming down on 18 with the whole team surrounding the green and making a crucial 5-foot putt to secure a 4th place finish for EMU."
This highlight stands out for him and is a result of all the hard work and focus that the young player puts in and the support from his team members. Cougar explains the chemistry between the group is similar to "one big family" and a bond he wouldn't trade for anything.
With the majority of tournaments in the 2017-2018 schedule taking place next year, Cougar has already proven himself to be a vital part of the squad. The season began mid-September with the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This tournament hosted at Cedar Rapids Country Club receives national exposure through Golfweek Magazine and Golfweek.com. Cougar had a strong collegiate debut in the opening round shooting 71.
During the second tournament at the Cardinal Classic in Simpsonville, Kentucky, the school finished in 4th place at Louisville Golf Club. Cougar was described as the "model of consistency" by his school throughout the weekend finishing T-11 after pulling off three 73s, his first career top-15 showing.
Just this past weekend while we were celebrating Thanksgiving, Cougar was hard at work at the Windon Memorial in Skokie, Illinois, finishing the final round at Evanston Golf Club with a 68, making him one of the 13 players in the entire field to break 70.
When asked what piece of wisdom he'd share to a junior golfer trying to make it to the collegiate level he said to "practice efficiently, and put yourself into lots of pressure situations like chipping games, putting games, and especially tournament rounds." Cougar would also remind young players that "everyone will have bad rounds but try and come back stronger and practice harder." A fantastic piece of advice for all of us, on and off the course.
We will continue to follow Cougar's golf adventure and look forward to more great results results. The team will finish off the fall season competing in the Flyer Invitational in Kettering, Ohio on October 16-17th. Good luck to Cougar and the rest of the Eagles!
Erin Fall Fair
This Thanksgiving weekend, the Town of Erin hosted their 167th annual Fall Fair and there were plenty of activities for all ages. As one of the longest running agricultural fairs in Ontario, the Erin Fall Fair encompasses everything from judged livestock shows, baking competitions, truck pulls and a demolition derby to live music and an annual “Battle of the Bands” competition. Monday afternoon saw Taw Connors - son of legendary Canadian performer and Erin native, Stompin’ Tom Connors - gracing the stage.
With the small hamlet having a population of only 10,000, it is truly amazing to see the wide array of history and antiques brought forward by community members to share with others. Screams of joy could be heard throughout the park from the midway, drowning out the sounds of barn animals and antique tractors being judged throughout the grounds. This year even saw the breaking of a Guinness World Record for vegetable growing by John Nieuwenhoff's 695 gram green pepper!
The Fall Fair brings together the community and continues to show why this is such a special place to live. The dedication and pride of everyone involved can be seen by the level of care and enthusiasm when showing prized animals, restored antiques, or simple baked goods and vegetables.
Truly a sight for all to see and be entertained, be sure to swing through Erin on your next visit to OVG and mark the 2018 Erin Fall Fair on your calendar!
A Note About Frost Delays
Along with the beautiful fall colours, this time of the year also comes with inevitable frost delays. We’ve all been there. You open your eyes with the sun peeking through the blinds. It’s early morning and you jump out of bed, ready for a quick round before your day begins, only to arrive at the course and find ... oh no! A frost delay! (At least there is time for breakfast now though)
So, what exactly causes a frost delay and why do golf courses take a little bit of frost so seriously? Unfortunately, keeping traffic off the course while there is frost in the later season is critical to ensure that our turf conditions meet our (and your!) high expectations year round.
Turf grass (greens, fairway, rough) is made up of around ninety percent water. As the cooler temperatures begin to fall, the dew on the grass freezes easily, essentially freezing each blade of grass itself. Simply walking across a tee block or driving down a fairway will cause the grass to break and internal cells to rupture.
A quick dry and cut after a frost delay could easily prevent this though, right? Unfortunately, no. The biggest problem when dealing with frost on turf grass comes not only with the grass breaking, but also below and inside the plant’s membrane. Once a blade has been ruptured, future growth is essentially non-existent.
So, as much as you (and we!) don't like the inconvenience, the occasional frost delay is essential for us to provide the highest golfing experience possible!
Arts in Alton: Party at the Mill
The Alton Mill Arts Centre was the place to be on the evening of Friday, September 29th! The Big Blues Party took over the beautiful venue in part of the 2017 Headwaters Arts Festival!
You may be familiar with the name, Larry Kurtz, and if you’re not, we recommend listening to his work! Kurtz is a local music shining star and founder of the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. This highly talented musician alongside three of Canada’s greats made up the band, Larry Kurtz and the Lawbreakers, that rocked the night away. Joined by Rick Taylor (London Blues award winner) on guitar, Sam Carothers (Ronnie Hawkins, Little Caeser) on bass, and Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck, Fathead) these four had guests up out of their seats dancing the night away to their original blues pieces.
Throughout the night guests had the pleasure of eating delicious food made and prepared by Mono’s very own Lavendar Blue Catering. Tasty local beverages were also enjoyed from GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co., Pommies Cider Co., and Adamo Estate Winery. It was a fantastic night of music, food, friends and fun all backing a great initiative.
Proceeds from The Big Blues Party went towards Headwaters Arts, an organization that supports local arts and artists. This event was only one part of the 2017 Headwaters Arts Festival celebration. This year’s festivities kicked off with the Opening Night Celebration Reception where guests could discover artists from all over Ontario, the Annual Juried Festival Art Show & Sale, here jurors witnessed the works of artists over various mediums and finally the Monday Night at the Movies, a presentation of Cezanne et moi, this film featuring 19th century artists.
21 Years of Family Fun
at The Belfountain Salamander Festival
The 2017 Belfountain Salamander Festival provided fun for all ages and was a great opportunity to learn about Credit Valley Conservation’s (CVC) efforts to protect local green space and native species, including a unique salamander! On Saturday, September 30th the event celebrated it’s 21st year of bringing the community together for a day at the conservation area.
This one-day festival is named after the amphibian native to Ontario, the Jefferson salamander. Found in the Niagara Escarpment the Jefferson salamander has been a protected under the Ontario Endangered Species Act since 2011. Visitors had the chance to get up close and hold a couple of salamander’s while asking questions to the highly knowledgeable and friendly on-site CVC staff.
The Hamlet of Belfountain and the Belfountain Conservation Area had tons to see and do! At the Hamlet activities included everything from exploring the artisans’ market to discovering new local eats and everything in between! While out at the park families and guests were able to take part in the Kids Eco Zone Activity Centre, learn about electrofishing, visit exciting animal exhibitions and much more! In addition to all the entertainment, attendees were able to hike the trails throughout the park and get in touch with nature even further!
The festival was proudly presented by the Belfountain Community Organization and CVC, in partnership with the Town of Caledon, Belfountain Village Church, and the Belfountain Public School. Funds raised throughout the event will support local environmental awareness projects.
Thank you to all involved for such an action-packed and educational day!