Golden Age Redux – Shawn Smith & Todd Fyffe at Westmoreland CC

WESTMORELAND COUNTRY CLUB An Interview & Course Tour On the way from my house to the highway sits Westmoreland Country Club.  For years, I drove by and peeked through the fence at the course, with its gorgeous clubhouse overlooking the perfect green fairways.  When I finally had the good fortune to play Westmoreland, it wasContinue reading “Golden Age Redux – Shawn Smith & Todd Fyffe at Westmoreland CC”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 15b (Metra Corner Update)

After all of the improvements that we have made to the 15th hole, it is really shining right now.  I took a quick walk this morning to grab final photos of the bunkers in the bright summer sunshine to complete this update on our work on #15. The larger Metra Corner Makeover project (as outlinedContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 15b (Metra Corner Update)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 16 (Super Changes)

There is only one constant in life – change.  Life at Canal Shores is no different.  The course continues to evolve, as do our plans for its future.  This season, those plans changed when we learned that our team was not going to be the same.  Tom Tully, our Superintendent, decided to relocate to Colorado.Continue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 16 (Super Changes)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 15a (Metra Corner Makeover)

Our generous volunteers and donors helped us complete pilot projects along Sheridan Road at our north end (6th hole) and on Central Ave in our middle (12th hole).  We are grateful for their support and dedication. Our attention has now shifted to the south end of the property, or what we call the “Metra Corner”.  ThisContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 15a (Metra Corner Makeover)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 14b (More Volunteer Power)

What a difference a year makes.  In my previous JATS post, I shared about the efforts of a group of our volunteers – the NSCDS Boys.  They, along with dozens of other volunteers, contributed hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to the successful completion of our makeover of the 12th green complex. The CanalContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 14b (More Volunteer Power)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 14a (The Power of Volunteers)

The contributions that our volunteers make to Canal Shores continues to warm my heart and blow my mind. In the fall of last year, among various off-season projects, we decided to rework bunkers and clean up around our 12th green.  That little project has become something much cooler, and it is all because of ourContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 14a (The Power of Volunteers)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 13 (4 Course Concept Revisited)

Our Lead Architect David Zinkand has completed his Preliminary Design of the new Canal Shores (below), bringing to life the 4 Course Concept that we have been discussing.  It has certainly come a long way since the idea’s inception. This design is considered preliminary, rather than final, for several reasons: We are committed to continuingContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 13 (4 Course Concept Revisited)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 12 (Good Geeky Fun)

Yesterday was one of the best golf days I have ever had.  With a little nudge from some of the members of GolfClubAtlas, Pat Goss and I put together a day for good, geeky golf fun.  It began with an outing for the Honourable Company of Reverse Jans Golfers, and ended with a Gathering ofContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 12 (Good Geeky Fun)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 11 (Blue Sky Findings)

Over the summer, the initiative to transform Canal Shores along the lines I outlined in my previous posts (4 Course Concept & Inspiration for the New Canal Shores) gained significant momentum.  That gain is primarily attributable to my good fortune in connecting with Pat Goss.  Pat is the Director of Golf for Northwestern University and Luke Donald’sContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 11 (Blue Sky Findings)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 10 (Off-season Projects)

The season is slowly drawing to a close, and the Canal Shores Grounds Committee has made a decision to tackle several projects between now and May 1, 2016. We have scheduled the first batch of volunteer days (sessions are 9am-noon): Sat 10/31 Sun 11/15 Sat 11/28 All are welcome, and it takes no particular skill toContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 10 (Off-season Projects)”