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Message from the Pro
 
Our first week back under COVID-19 modifications has been very successful. I'd like to thank everybody for working collectively to ensure a safe and healthy season. I'd also like to welcome Karen back to the Pro Shop for another year. It's so great to have her on the team.
  • Power carts are now available on a limited basis. Carts are being sanitized between each use and are limited to single riders or pairs from the same household.
  • The driving range will be open as of Saturday May 23. Occupancy is limited to 5 golfers at a time. The greens crew has installed markers to clearly delineate individual spaces to ensure physical distancing. All balls must be purchased from the Pro Shop and buckets must be returned after use.
  • We are expecting a shipment of touchless sanitizer and soap dispensers to be installed at the clubhouse and washrooms. We ask that you continue to keep sanitizer in your golf bag to disinfect your hands often.
  • Tee times are stretched to 15 minute intervals to adhere to distancing guidelines so make sure to book ahead on our website, on the Chronogolf app, or phone the Pro Shop (705-887-3144).
  • Stay tuned for news about our Junior Camp program...we are waiting for more information about Stage 2 reopening guidelines to determine whether we can run the program this season.
  • Private and semi-private lessons will be available starting in June once the Pro Shop is fully staffed.
  • Re-gripping is an ongoing service we provide. Enquire in the Pro Shop for details.
  • You can look forward to some great new merchandise coming soon!
  • We'd like to extend a warm welcome to all our new members and express our gratitute to all returning members for their dedication to the club. Memberships will be processed in the coming weeks.
Thanks everyone! We're looking forward to a great golf season.

Mike Gascho
PGA of Canada Class A Professional
Our new irrigation system is up and running!
Message from the President

Irrigation System and Fundraising Status

It is great news that the course was able to open last weekend and we are finally able to get out and enjoy some golf (albeit with a few restrictions).

At this time, I'd like to provide an update on our irrigation system and related fundraising. As reported earlier, the main part of the system was installed last fall. The irrigation company, Blue Jay Irrigation, has been back this spring to do clean-up of the areas of the course impacted by the installation and get the system up and running. They worked well into November to complete the install; continuing to work even with several inches of snow on the ground. I was at the course on Wednesday and happened to be there as the system was tested for the first time.

For those that have already been out on the course, you will see evidence of the work done during the installation with the impact being relatively minor. It will take some time for our Greens Superintendent, Jim Myerscough, and Mother Nature to work their magic, but we are hopeful that in the next month or so the course will be back to top notch condition. The good news is that the tees, fairways and greens will be well irrigated for many years to come!

Highlights of the new system include:
  • All new in-ground pipes and new sprinkler heads on all holes and at the driving range tee deck and practice green.
  • New water line from the lake.
  • Rerouted mainline pipe behind the 2nd green to replace the line previously running under the green.
  • Automated intelligent sprinkler heads throughout the course to allow remote operation of the system.
  • Sprinkler heads are fully self-contained in plastic housing, including electronics and wiring terminations, to ensure easy maintenance and remediation of any system issues.
  • Surge protection and grounding throughout the system.
  • New VFD drive and pump controls that will save energy for the club.
With the final pump upgrades being completed and the system getting started up this week, we will be good to go for the rest of the season. Since we last corresponded, we made the decision to proceed with upgrading the existing irrigation pump system as it could not function automatically as needed. This was not part of the original scope of the project. These pump upgrades are expected to provide additional energy savings that will pay us back over the coming years.

Here is how the overall project costs breakdown (all amounts include tax):
  • Irrigation system install  $321,498
  • Irrigation system consulting  $5,085
  • Sand, topsoil  $4,333
  • Pump system upgrade  $16,734
  • Misc. expenses  $900
  • TOTAL COST  $348,550
On the fundraising front, thanks to many of our members, our matching partners and friends of the course, we have raised $321,762 to date! This total includes pledges for donations in the 2020 tax year that have not yet been received. Given the expenses listed above, we need to raise another $26,800 this year to close out this fantastic project for our club. 

The National Sport Trust Fund project for our irrigation system remains open and donors will continue to receive a charitable donation receipt for any donations received through October 2020, and our matching partners will continue to match donations. If you have pledged a donation in 2020, have not donated yet, or would like to add to a previous donation you can do so HERE.

Please send any questions to info@sturgeonpointgolf.com.

In the meantime, get out and enjoy the course, and encourage your friends and family to come out as well, but please remember to follow the course rules and stay safe.

Thank you and see you on the course!

Bill Baker
President

 
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