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Golf Creates Lasting Friendships Among Strangers

When a group of ladies, some who had never met before embarked on a destination golf vacation nobody expected to leave with lasting friendships. But that is exactly what happened for our group of ladies when we travelled from Halifax to Grand Bahama this past April. Golf is what brought us there, but we left with so much more!

I would accompany them as their golf pro helping them navigate the picturesque golf course and offering tips when called upon.  Many of the ladies had only taken up the game last year, while a few others had been playing for a while. We were so fortunate to be playing golf against the most beautiful backdrop that we decided as a group that scores were not important.

Our golfing group was comprised of women of all ages – from the 30 somethings to very active 70  somethings. We were connected by the golf, but soon bonded over our shared experiences. That is the power of golf. Golf has a way of creating a community of people and the hours you spend on the course can be valuable relationship building time. As we played golf we opened up about our careers, family, travels and laughed a lot.  This spilled into our social time, dinners and lazy afternoons by the beach.

Here are my 4 Tips for a planning a worry-free golf destination vacation:

  1. Leave it to the experts. We were fortunate to have a professional travel expert plan our trip, research the resort and answer our questions. We were treated to many upgraded features that made our experience even more memorable.
  2. Research golf fees. Ensure all golfers know what the prices will be at the golf course so there are no surprises. Ideally, find a resort that includes golf in the overall price. Don’t be shocked by cart or caddie fees – call the golf club directly for the information. Golf club rentals and green fees can be expensive and varies by destination.
  3. Make it fun! Ensure all playing partners know beforehand that scores will not be kept. Then everyone will feel comfortable moving their ball away from obstacles (palm trees and turtles). If you wish to keep score that is fine, but don’t expect your playing partners to play by the rules. Our group planned a fun 9 hole tournament where we had prizes for closest to the pin and most bunkers hit.
  4. Plan a few social events together. This could be dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail party or drinks in the resort lounge. Here you have a chance to reminisce about the day’s golf round and make plans for your next tee time.

We have stayed in contact since the trip, sharing pictures and social media updates. We have even decided that some stories are best not shared (what happens in the Bahamas…)  We look forward to playing golf together this summer, but I must confess,  we are already planning our next destination golf vacation. Jamaica anyone?

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I guess my most favourite week of 2020 will be November when The Masters returns! A little something to look forward to this week.Updated statement from Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club:

"In collaboration with the leading organizations in golf, Augusta National Golf Club has identified November 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters Tournament.

While more details will be shared in the weeks and months to come, we, like all of you, will continue to focus on all mandated precautions and guidelines to fight against the Coronavirus.

Along the way, we hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport."

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Had a little extra time on my hands today! Enjoy a few moments from 2019. Miss everyone! Stay safe friends. Enjoy- was lots of fun remembering the laughs ... See MoreSee Less

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How exciting the Par 3 at Cabot is going to be ready in 2020!We are thrilled to reveal the logo for our third course at Cabot Cape Breton, The Nest!
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The Nest is a Par 3, 10-hole routing perched on the highest point of Cabot Cliffs, affording some of the best views on property. A short course with all of the thrills of a traditional round, we are very excited for the variety it has in store for golfers of all skill levels! ⛳
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The Nest is scheduled to open July 1st. 🇨🇦 Until then, stay tuned for updates including photos, routing information, tee time bookings, and more!
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Thankful I can get outside to practice these days.
If you struggle with the Chip shot try these tips:
✅ open stance
✅ weight on front leg
✅ ball forward (for me off left heel)
✅ hands slightly behind ball at address
✅ soft hands
✅ stay loose
✅ think smooth tempo
❌ wear your painting PJ’s

What shot do you struggle with? What can I help you with?
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A little Sunday Scrabble fun! I challenge you to fill the board with golf words only. I had 8 tiles left! #golf #quarantinefun

Disappointed for the athletes, coaches and all involved in the postponement of the games, but understandable in these difficult times. Looking ahead our #golf team will be ready to compete in 2021! #coach #hopeyouarethere #naig2021 @hfxgov

The basement putting green is complete! Thanks @GolfSupplyHouse for the amazing turf and cups. Think I need flags? Practice made better with @CallawayGolf @odysseygolf #strokelab putters. Think I need a few posters @tommyjdunn @BruceCarroll11 to finish the studio? #golf

Those thinking about going to a public golf course and playing should stay away but donate a % of your green fee to keep the people that will be there when we all come back to play afloat. Private members, please pay your dues...same applies. We need golf to survive this period!

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Thanks to this club, I am enjoying meeting new golfing ladies! Not many of my friends play, so I am grateful to be able to get out and play with other like-minded ladies in Halifax. Plus I am not wasting my time getting a group together.
Gladys Whyte

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Sara Wilson Director & Coach

E-mail: metroladiesgolf@gmail.com

Phone: 902-449-2062

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