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Valentine’s Day 2020: The Couple That Plays Together, Stays Together!

It’s Valentine’s month again! Have you decided yet what gift you’re going to give to your partner this year? What romantic date have you got planned? It gets hard, as the years go by, to come up with new ideas to make the 14th of February special. Well, if you find yourself unable to think of something, we may have just the thing: join the Royal Ashburn Golf Club Couples League!

Whether you’re both dedicated golfers, both newcomers or 50/50, the Couples League is a great way to improve your game, bond, have fun and get to know other couples in the neighbourhood. It’s more than just golf; played every other Saturday, it runs for ten weeks and each couple league night is a themed occasion with the opportunity to have a wonderful meal, dress up and socialize. 

How Does the Couples League Work?

Each member gets nine holes of golf every second Saturday, together with a power cart and a two-course dinner at Butler’s Pub & Grill. Tee-off is at 3:30 pm. Winning teams receive credits to use in the Pro Shop or at Butler’s. There are also closest-to-the-pin prizes. You will also accumulate participation points for year-end prizes. All you have to do is book 10 days in advance of every League Saturday by contacting the Pro Shop. You can either play against another couple of your choosing or let the Pro Shop pair you at random (a great way to make new friends).

You don’t need to worry about scoring – the staff will take care of this. So, all you need to do is play your game and enjoy. This is a Fun League that is not intended to be too competitive. 

So, give the gift of play this Valentine’s Day – because the couple that plays together stays together. You could also consider a Royal Ashburn Golf Club membership and/or one of our gift certificates. Contact us for more information on how to join the Couples Golf League. 

Foster Young Talent at a Leading Junior Golf Academy

Is your child showing a keen interest in sport? Perhaps he or she spends the afternoon watching The British Open or the PGA Championship with granddad over the weekend? Maybe you are looking for a way in which to encourage him or her to spend more time outdoors rather than perched in front of the gaming console? Either way, there is no better consideration than letting your child join a junior golf academy – just like the one at Royal Ashburn Golf Club!

What is a Junior Golf Academy? 

A junior golf academy is essentially a program that is focused on teaching young kids how to play the incredible game of golf. Not only does it introduce them to the basics (like how to swing, the different types of clubs, and so on), but it also encourages a life-long love for this unique sport – as well as for the great outdoors in general. In a day and age where technology and smart devices are everywhere you look and it is difficult to get your kids to make the most of the simplicity of their childhood, this opportunity is every parent’s dream. 

What Are the Benefits of Joining a Junior Golf Academy? 

The benefits of letting your child join a junior golf academy are practically endless. But, we highlight a few of the main ones below: 

It Offers the Opportunity to Make New Friends 

This is especially true for children who really love sports. Joining a junior golf academy provides them with the chance to meet other kids with similar interests and build lasting friendships. What could be better than finding a close friend with whom you can enjoy a game of golf whenever you want to? Who knows? Friendships like these could last a lifetime! 

It Allows Them to Bond with Family 

Most junior golf programs revolve around a child being coached by a professional and playing together with their peers. However, if the rest of the family is also made up of a few other keen golfers, teaching your child to play the game could lead to a number of new opportunities to bond and play together outside of their coaching sessions. Just think of all the hours of refreshing family fun spent out on the golf course working on your swing together!  

It Ensures That Kids Spend More Time Outdoors

The great outdoors is so underrated these days! Fresh air and a good dose of Vitamin D can work wonders for one’s health and mood. Plus, it is an important part of childhood. It encourages healthier habits and gets the kids away from the lure of technology – at least for a couple of hours at a time! 

It Teaches a Host of Skills 

Many people think that junior golf programs will only teach a child how to play golf, but the truth is that these programs do so much more than that. When learning how to play the game, your child is likely to pick up a variety of other useful skills along the way. For example, they will get better at working with numbers and will constantly be employing and improving their problem-solving skills. Never mind the fact that, as they practice and see a noticeable improvement in their game, their confidence and self-esteem are sure to get a hearty boost too!

Everyone Is Welcome 

Many other sports out there come with an air of exclusivity. Golf, on the other hand, is known to be a fun-filled sport that anyone can take part in. It is a top choice for men, women and children alike, and is played in countries all over the globe. Thanks to the diversity that can be seen within the golfing realm, your child is likely to develop a broader and more open-minded view of the world and all its people. It also obviously teaches the important lesson of ‘practice makes perfect’. 

It Encourages Self-Improvement 

Golf is an individual game, not a team sport. Many parents place a lot of emphasis on team sports so that their child can learn to work well together with their peers. While this is indeed important, we often forget just how essential it is to teach our kids to continue on a journey of improving themselves and their own unique skills. When playing golf, children will learn how to analyze their performance, picking out what they have done well and where they can do better. In doing this, they will also gradually develop helpful self-analysis skills, learn how to receive and deal with constructive criticism and ask for help and advice when they feel they need it. 

It Teaches Good Values 

Golf is traditionally a ‘gentleman’s’ sport. In other words, proper etiquette and values are the keys to playing a good game. Because of this fact, allowing your child to join a junior golf academy will open them up to lessons on how to treat others, as well as how to develop good sportsmanship, determination and patience. 

Golf Boosts Health and Wellness

Fresh air, plenty of exercise and lots of sunshine (do not forget the sunscreen!) – there are many reasons as to why golf is such a healthy part of a child’s lifestyle. While it may not be as intense on the body as some other sports, it is certain to improve a child’s core strength, posture and spinal support, as well as their overall flexibility and fitness. 

Golf Teaches Kids How to Handle Their Emotions

There is no denying that golf can be frustrating at times. When you miss that all-important putt despite focusing to the best of your ability, or when you hit an inaccurate shot, it can lead to a massive influx of difficult emotions. However, golfers learn how to cope with these emotions and handle them in a healthy way. In junior golf programs, kids will have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, deal with their ‘failures’ with grace, and use their challenges to their advantage in an effort to improve their game. All of this builds emotional intelligence and maturity which can be carried forth into their daily lives. 

Golf May Encourage Kids to Take Part in Other Healthy Activities

If your child starts to show potential on the golf course, they will undoubtedly grow into active intermediate golfers. This often includes adding a number of other healthy activities to their daily routine in an effort to further improve their golfing skills. These activities may include flexibility-enhancing Yoga, core-strengthening Pilates, general fitness and endurance in the form of walking, swimming or running, and strength training in the form of weightlifting.

It Helps with Weight Management

If your child is overweight and you are looking for a way in which to boost weight loss without putting a strain on his or her joints, then golf may be the answer. It offers a low-intensity workout and is so enjoyable it definitely will not even feel like a workout in the first place! Furthermore, golf is also known to teach kids about the importance of proper nutrition and this could lead to them making healthier meal and snack choices, especially as they get older and become more serious about their game. 

Golf is Safe 

Many parents flinch at the thought of their child getting a concussion when playing a rowdy football match, or breaking an arm or a leg in another type of rough-and-tumble sport. Much to their relief, golf is a non-contact sport that will hopefully never lead to a nasty injury. 

Golf is Fun 

Probably most importantly of all is the fact that your child is sure to have the time of their life when learning how to play golf! Our instructors really go the extra mile to make sure that all teaching sessions are fun, relaxed and memorable. 

Why the Royal Ashburn Golf Club Junior Golf Academy? 

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club junior golf academy is a great choice for kids of various ages. We offer junior camps, a junior league, as well as a junior intermediate program.

Junior Camps 

The junior camps are suitable for kids between the ages of 6 and 14 years. They cost $299 +HST and take place from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm over a three-week period. 

Junior League Golfing Program

The junior league is our ‘learn to play’ program and is reserved for children between 7 and 12 years old. It costs $299 +HST and takes place on Saturdays at 9:00 am and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. The program encompasses skill development around the game of golf as well as skills to develop the entire athlete including flexibility, hand-eye-coordination and nutrition. The 4 stage program allows juniors to learn, play and have fun with the game as they make their way through each stage. The program lasts six weeks and includes:

      • a weekly one-hour practice every Saturday at the Royal Ashburn Academy starting at 9 am
      • a weekly one-hour game night every Thursday at Royal Ashburn Golf Club starting at 5:30 pm

Junior Intermediate Golfing Program

Lastly, we also offer access to a junior intermediate golfing program. This program also lasts six weeks and has been specially designed for young golfers from 13 to 15 years old who already have experience on the golf course and want to further improve their game. It also costs $299 +HST and is designed and conducted by Dave Castellan, Director of Instruction, to provide structured coaching with a focus on core fundamentals. The six-week program includes:

      • Three 2-hour sessions on our range and short game area
      • Three 2-hour sessions on course instruction 
      • Full swing technique
      • Short game – putting, pitching, chipping and sand work
      • Video swing analysis
      • Fitness and nutrition
      • Golf course management and strategy
      • Illustrated teaching manual

There is a junior golf academy program at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club for everyone, whether your child is a total beginner or whether he or she has been playing for a while. Our goal is to transform passionate and dedicated young boys and girls into well-rounded golfers. 

Another reason to join the Royal Ashburn Golf Club junior golf academy programs is the fact that all instructors at the RA Golf Academy are trained and certified instructors and are PGA of Canada Golf Professionals.

Here at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club, we are passionate about golf. We believe that golf is a game that your children can play and enjoy for the rest of their lives – it certainly is not reserved for adults!  Not only does it promote a healthy and active lifestyle, but it also teaches core values such as honesty, integrity, patience, sportsmanship and more.

If you would like more information about the junior golf academy at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club or about junior golf camps in the Durham region, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. Here is to healthier, happier children and growing gregarious little golfers! 

Everything You Need to Know About Ladies’ Golf Leagues at Royal Ashburn

Looking for a new way to get active, improve your golf game and socialize in 2020? Joining a Royal Ashburn league is a great place to start. In particular, we host an excellent ladies’ golf league. Here’s what you need to know to get involved in this league this year.

Who Can Play?

Our ladies’ golf league is open to all ladies who are members of the club, regardless of which membership package they choose. 

How Does It Work?

The league is played every Wednesday from 2 PM onward. It is a 9-hole league, although you can choose to play 14 holes if 9 is too few and 18 is too many. All you have to do is pay your registration fee of $99.95 and then call the Pro Shop to book your tee time. You may book for a group or a single.

As a member, you will automatically get a Golf Canada Gold membership, which will track your handicap and give you incident protection on golf equipment and power carts.

This league is intended as a fun and social event, meaning you don’t need to worry too much about scoring. Simply fill in your numbers as you play and the Pro Shop will do the rest for you. Once you step off the course, a glass of wine and cheese plates will be waiting for you at the clubhouse.

The league works on a two-person blind best ball basis, in which each player is randomly paired with another and the lowest net score on each hole makes up your team score. The random pairing makes the league a great social occasion that enables you to form and develop new friendships each Wednesday.

It isn’t mandatory to play every week. However, the more you participate, the more you will be in the running for our version of the Fed-Ex Cup point race. High participation could make you eligible for a prize at the year-end banquet.

Join our ladies’ golf league and meet new people, get the most out of your membership and improve your game. Contact us for more information.

6 Reasons to Get a Golf Membership As Your New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year from everyone at Royal Ashburn Golf Club. Whatever your resolutions we hope they last beyond the month! To help you tee the year off we present you with six reasons why getting a golf membership should be on your list of resolutions – if it isn’t already.

Maintain Healthy Living

The top resolution worldwide is to get healthy (or stay healthy) and playing golf regularly is right on track to doing so. It offers plenty of physical and mental health benefits. Swing into this year with one of our memberships to build muscle and strengthen your core, while also improving your handicap and learning to master a sport.

Socialize and Network

Both on the course and at one of our many celebrations and events you will be sure to interact with like-minded people. Whether you simply want to add more friends to your circle or widen your business network, the golf club is the perfect place to do either – both on the course and at the clubhouse. Joining one of our leagues is another way to bring lasting relationships and more fun into your year.

Learn New Skills

This is a pretty common item on that resolution list. And, what better skill to acquire than a game that not only improves conditioning and coordination, but that also adds years to your life? Our memberships help seasoned golfers improve their game by offering access to coaches and pros. It also enables newcomers to get started and fast-track their learning of this beautiful sport.

Relaxation

There is nothing more calming than being outdoors, and golf is a wonderful way to do that. The game itself is also highly conducive to a meditative experience: by focusing on the ball, hole-by-hole and stroke-by-stroke, you may put your mind at ease, and calm and centre yourself, making way for the answer to that problem you’re having at home or the office…

Get Access to Amenities

As a member of the club, you get priority access to our amenities – exclusive access in some cases. For instance, you have:

  • Unlimited access to practice facilities, 
  • Unlimited access to the Pro Shop, 
  • Priority tee times, 
  • A Golf Canada Gold Membership, 
  • Three guest passes, which allow your friends to play at VIP rates, and 
  • A variety of exclusive perks.

Save Money

Membership comes with a range of great savings, including the following: 

  • 20 % off all regular priced soft goods at the Pro Shop, 
  • 10 % discount on food and drink,
  • 10 % discount at Butlers Pub and Grill, and 
  • 10 % discount on the members’ playing rates.

This means you pay far less to play the game than you would as a visiting non-member.

A membership at Royal Ashburn is a worthwhile investment. Contact us today to find out more about our cheap golf memberships and the value they offer.

Why Buy Custom Golf Clubs?

Investing in custom golf clubs is a great idea if you are focused on improving your game and maximizing your experience on the golf course. However, there are numerous advantages that come with custom-fit golf clubs that go much further than simply enhancing your performance. We highlight three of these advantages below.

Custom Golf Clubs Feel ‘Right’ 

Did you know that the professional who handles your golf club fitting pays attention to your height, swing and unique playing style not only to ensure that your golf clubs feel ‘right’ but also to allow you to manoeuvre the ball with a greater sense of precision and ease? The clubs have been specially tailored for you. So, of course, they are going to feel a hundred times better than any regular golf clubs that you can buy at a store. 

Custom Golf Clubs Could Save You Money 

The chances of having to buy more than one set of golf clubs when buying them at a golfing store are quite high. This is because you will not know how they are going to adapt to your game until you try them. Finding a good set that works for you could involve trial and error, and this might even end up costing you more than investing in a set of custom golf clubs from the start. You are already planning on buying a set of clubs, so why not make sure that you are making a wise, long-lasting and fool-proof investment?

Custom Golf Clubs Will Help You Feel More Confident 

Knowing that you are approaching a game with a set of clubs made especially for you is certain to give you a hearty confidence boost, which could further help to boost your performance. 

Keen to get your own set of custom golf clubs? Contact Royal Ashburn Golf Club today to organize your custom golf club fitting with one of our experts!

How to Plan a Christmas Winter Wonderland Wedding

It is the ‘sparkle’ season and the perfect opportunity to say ‘I do’ surrounded by stunning, snowy scenery. If you are planning a winter wonderland wedding, you will undoubtedly be wondering how to make it as special and memorable as it can possibly be. You will be investigating various Whitby wedding venues, thinking about colour schemes, and dreaming about the occasion. Here are three tips to keep in mind to ensure that your winter wedding is everything you hope it to be and more. 

The Colour Scheme 

Most brides who opt to have their wedding during winter will opt for a classic ice blue and white or silver colour scheme. Others who are combining their special day with the Christmas season may opt for more Christmas-y colours, like red, green and gold. However, it is your big day, so do not let traditions force you into selecting a colour scheme that you are not happy with. You can make anything work if you put a bit of effort into it! 

The Dress 

If you will be conducting your winter wedding outdoors, you will need to choose a wedding dress that provides extra warmth. One with sleeves is obviously a better selection than a sleeveless princess dress! Also, remember to pay attention to the fabrics used to make the dress. Silk mikado, faille, gabardine, brocade, moire and velvet are much warmer options to consider. 

The Wedding Venue

There are many different options when it comes to choosing a wedding venue for a winter wedding. Having said that, one of the best-loved Whitby wedding venues is that of the Royal Ashburn Golf Club. A Royal Ashburn wedding offers you the chance to maximize on the beautiful winter scenery, along with providing an indoor function venue for you to get the party started after you have exchanged rings and said ‘I do’. We offer winter wedding packages that cost as little as $99 per person, and we are able to accommodate up to 240 guests. 

Would you like to learn more about a golf course wedding at one of the finest Whitby wedding venues? Then get in touch with Royal Ashburn Golf Club today!

Why Golf Lessons Are the Perfect Christmas Present for Mom and Dad

What to buy the people who have everything? Christmas is coming and you’re struggling to think of ideas for what to get Mom and Dad. Why not consider a gift certificate for golf lessons?

Whether your parents are already golf enthusiasts who would love to improve their game or have never swung a club in their lives, getting them involved in the golf scene and helping them to learn the game can be a gift that will keep on giving. 

Regardless of how old your parents are – middle-aged and still working or retired seniors – golf would be an excellent activity for them to get involved in. It has proven benefits for mental and physical health. It’s also a great social activity and can introduce them to new friends, as well as being a great stress reliever. 

Golf is a unique activity in that it is relatively easy to learn but virtually impossible to master. This means that you can acquire the basics in a few lessons and then spend the rest of your life trying to master the game’s intricacies and challenges, tweak your technique, correct your swing and lower your handicap. That’s the fun of it – the constant improving and exploration, the revelations of your strengths and weaknesses. This may frustrate some people but if you just relax into it, it’s the source of the game’s true joy.

If your parents are already dabbling in the golfing world, then a few golf lessons will help them focus and improve their game and bring major improvements in a relatively short time.

Golf is fun and healthy, and lessons would make a great gift for your parents. Royal Ashburn Golf Club offers lessons. Buy a gift certificate for them to start learning from one of our certified instructors – your parents will definitely thank you for it.

6 Great Themes for a Milestone Birthday Party

Are you planning a major milestone birthday party? It can be difficult at times to create an event that stands out from any other, but when it comes to birthdays that mark the passage of important eras in our lives, it’s worth staging something unforgettable. Here are six themes to help stimulate your creativity. Each one has lots of room for variation and ideas of your own and, hopefully, opportunities to steer clear of the well-trodden path.

World Travellers

We’ve all been to Paris and New York-themed parties. They have been done to death, and they’re not what we mean here. There are thousands of other destinations that can serve as the basis for a fresh, fun and interesting theme. Why not Moscow, Cairo or Tahiti? Every place presents opportunities for inventive costume, decor and activity ideas. Pick one location that appeals to you, and then pull out all the stops to recreate it. You could even generate some variety and invite guests to represent their favourite travel destinations.

Festive Cosplay

This one’s for the movie, book or gaming nerds. Science-fiction, horror, anime and fantasy – film, television, gaming and literature. They’re hardly new ideas for parties…  But, how would you personally execute them? Choose something that really appeals to you. Instead of a basic cosplay, ask guests to come as characters from your favourite novel or movie. If your guests are all of the same minds, you could even turn it into a role-playing party, with each guest playing their character in a scenario you devise. 

Golden Era

‘Roaring 20s’ or ‘80s’ parties have perhaps become a cliché. But, you can always choose another era – perhaps one you’re particularly interested in. Why not play at jousting (a safe recreation of it of course) and feasting in a recreation of the age of chivalry? Or have people don coats and wigs as they get into the spirit of the Age of Enlightenment, complete with Mozart and Haydn accompaniments and minuet lessons? Think big and do your research – you can come up with something unforgettable. 

Celebrating Your Cause

Is there a cause or charity that’s close to your heart? Why not make your party all about that? Go green with a lamp-lit, electricity-free party – either indoors or under the stars. Ask guests to substitute gifts with donations to your favourite charity. Turn your cause into a celebration rather than a struggle.

Field of Play

Sports parties are not uncommon, however, you don’t see quite as many of them as some other themes. You can stage your party around a local, national or international sporting event taking place around the same time, be it a major clash between your favourite hockey team and their biggest rival, the FIFA World Cup or the PGA Tour. You could even just ask guests to represent their favourite sports teams. There’s plenty to play with here.

The Month of my Birth

Why not commemorate your birth by celebrating the month and year in which it took place? Do some research about the month you were born. What were people wearing? What music was in the charts? What was happening in the world? Who was the Prime Minister? Who was the President? What movies and TV shows were on? It could be great fun to recreate that era at your milestone party, to see how far both you and the world have come.

Need a venue for your incredible theme party? The Royal Ashburn Golf Club has several to choose from. Contact us to find out which one of our event halls will be best suited to your celebration.

Plan Your Own Party at a Stunning Banquet Hall

Looking for a banquet hall in the Durham region? The Royal Ashburn Golf Club is one of the leading Whitby venues. With many events that warrant a party, be sure to book your spot with us so that we can help you host the most memorable party of the year.

How Many Guests Can You Invite?

Our rooms offer the flexibility to seat any number of guests, from small intimate groups up to 240 in any required seating arrangement.

Special Event Packages

Our special event packages include a professional event coordinator, uniformed staff, emergency generators, floor-length white table linens, choice of coloured overlays and napkins, Royal Doulton china and sparkling stemware, microphone and podium, and more.

Our elegant rooms include the following:

  • The Compton Room: 
    {seating capacity 240} 
    Completely devoted to entertaining, The Compton Room on the upper level features an adjacent sundeck, glassed-in terrace and walk-out patio – all providing a spectacular view of the golf course. 
  • The Ashburn Room: 
    {seating capacity 160} 
    The Ashburn Room has sweeping banks of French doors that lead you to the solarium, where the large fireplace and the view from the windows overlooking your private outdoor terrace make this room the perfect place to host your pre-dinner reception. 
  • The Butler’s Pub & Grill: 
    {seating capacity up to 115} 
    Excellent for entertaining, the Butler’s Pub & Grill is an ideal location for your next social event. With private seating available for up to 115 guests, allow our events team to assist you with planning your next corporate function, birthday party, anniversary dinner, shower or milestone celebration.

New Year’s even is just around the corner – why not host your party here? We also have a spacious and comfortable clubhouse with many amenities, which is the perfect setting to leave interruptions behind and welcome the New Year. Contact us if you want to book a banquet hall in the Durham region today.

5 Reasons to Choose a World-Class Golf Club for Your Wedding Day

Golf clubs aren’t only great for hosting corporate golf days or playing a round of golf with your friends – they also make a great wedding venue. Here are five reasons why you should consider a golf club if you are looking to get married in Whitby, Ontario:

  1. The Setting
    Most people want an upmarket setting for their weddings. And, a golf club usually has the white linen, crystal glasses and banquet room to meet this need. If you want a venue that has a luxurious and exclusive feel to it, the Royal Ashburn Golf Club is it.
  2. Avoid A Busy Atmosphere on Your Big Day
    The last thing most bridal parties want is to run into each other in the hallways or bathroom. With multiple spaces and ballrooms, you can rest assured that your wedding party will have its own dedicated space on your big day. 
  3. Perfect Pictures
    The long, rolling fairways, beautiful flowers and trees that you will find at a golf club make for the best wedding photos.
  4. You Don’t Need to Be a Member
    At Royal Ashburn, you don’t need to be a golf club member to host your wedding at the venue. 
  5. Culinary Feasts
    With expert chefs and a whole culinary staff, your menu can be tailored and perfected for your wedding day.

If you’re looking for wedding venues in the Durham region, look no further than Royal Ashburn. Our most popular wedding packages include a professional wedding coordinator, uniformed staff, cake, gifts, bridal gardens for photography, LCD projectors and screen, microphone and podium, complimentary menu and wine tasting for the bride and groom, and more. Contact us for more information now.

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