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4 Reasons to Use Golf Club Head Covers

The jury is out on the benefits of golf club head covers. You’ll get as many points of view on if, how and why to use them as the number of golfers you ask. In the end, it’s up to your personal preference.

The Benefits of Golf Club Head Covers

Whether you choose to use them constantly, regularly or just occasionally (like for travel), here are just some of the benefits that golf club head covers offer.

1. Protect Your Clubs

This is the basic reason for using head covers. When woods were actually made of wood, they were easily bruised and scratched. Head covers not only protected them from that damage, but also from the elements.
Still, even today’s metal woods can benefit from head covers. The graphite shafts on many woods are susceptible to damage that can be prevented by covers that feature longer necks for the shaft. Covers will also reduce damage to the face of your clubs; damage that can affect the shots you make.

2. Stop the Clanging

Golf is a game of etiquette and consideration for others on the course. The clanging of clubs, whether you carry your bag, use a pull cart or even a power cart, is silenced when you use head covers. Remember, every single clang you hear from uncovered clubs is potentially another bit of damage to them.

3. Club Identification

Simply put, you can choose head covers that let you quickly spot the club you need for your next shot.

4. Add a Bit of Personality

Considering the variety of materials and designs used for club head covers, many golfers put covers on their golf clubs to reflect a bit of their personality on the course.

You Don’t Need to Use Them Constantly

Like we said, the jury is still out on the benefits of head covers. Even if you are not convinced of their benefits and like to play without them, you can still protect your clubs between rounds and remove them before you head out on the course.

If you’re looking to get a set of golf club head covers to protect the investment you’ve made in your clubs, be sure to visit the Pro Shop here at Royal Ashburn Golf Club.

Small Group Bookings A Big Golf Tournament Feel

You might have done small group bookings or set up a ‘mini’ golf tournament before. But it probably just meant reserving some consecutive tee times and a table or two in the restaurant afterward.

But any small group of three foursomes or more can enjoy many of the perks that you thought only come with larger corporate golf tournaments.

Who Can Take Advantage of Small Group Bookings?

Any group of 12 to 56 golfers can set up a small group booking or mini tournament here at Royal Ashburn.

Small Businesses

If your staff loves golf, but you don’t have enough for a full-on tourney, you can still set-up a special golf event for your company.

Team Building

Large tournaments are great, but now you can reward your team, office or division with their very own golf tournament.

Private Leagues

It’s always fun to meet new people in league play, but it’s nice to set-up and run a regular league among your close friends, family or work colleagues too.

Charity Events

Everyone is in a giving mood at a charity golf event and now you can have one for groups of almost any size.

What do You Get with a Small Group Reservation?

You’ll be surprised at what’s included in our small golf event packages.

Dedicated Event Manager

A staff member is assigned to your event and will be available to you from the moment you book your golf event to when your event concludes.

Valet Bag Drop-off

We told you it’ll have lots of big-tourney perks!

Your Own Registration Space

You can let your guest know where to meet and register.

On-Course Contests Available

If you want to add a little extra competition, try adding a ‘Closest to the Pin’ or ‘Long Drive’ contest.

Access to Our Locker & Shower Facilities

Have a place to leave your valuables while out on the course and clean up before going to socialize after your round.

Customizable Meal options at Butler’s Pub & Grill

Set up a nice meal for after your group has finished your rounds. We have many meal options so everyone can find something they enjoy.

Custom Scoring and Scorecards

Keep track of how you played and adapt to every game style with custom scoring and scorecards.

So all you have to do is find a group of golfers and/or a reason for the tournament. After that, just Contact Us here at Royal Ashburn Golf Club.

It’s Been a Great Golf Season at Royal Ashburn

We always have lots of great golf events, promotions, and tournaments, but so far this year it’s been particularly busy, and we’ve had a few events that we’ve never seen before.

What we’ve been doing so far in 2018.

The Royal Ashburn Fitting Centre Opens

We were very pleased to officially launch the Royal Ashburn Fitting Centre early on the season. This brand-agnostic facility specializes in fitting your Titleist, Callaway, Ping, and TaylorMade clubs. If you have an investment in your clubs, or you plan to make one, a club fitting is the best way to make that investment pay off big time.

Whitby Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

It was a bit of hockey at the golf club on April 28th. As the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took places here at Royal Ashburn. This year’s inductees included renowned hockey broadcaster Bob McKenzie, former Toronto Maple Leaf Jay Harrison, and former captain of the Whitby Dunlops, Peter MacKellar.

Epilepsy Durham Region’s 4th Annual Epic Golf Challenge

On May 10th, 40 golfers took to the course to play 27 holes. To not only see who was the best golfer but to raise over $100,000 for Epilepsy Durham Region.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

In order, they are “All You Can Eat Pasta Day”; ‘Wing Day’, and ‘Half-Price Appetizers Day” all summer long at Butler’s Pub & Grill.

Flip the Chip™ Fore the Cure Program

To help raise funds for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Royal Ashburn has partnered with Flip the Chip™ Fore the Cure. For $5.00, you get a Flip the Chip ball marker, a course guide with discount offers, and a chance to win a 2018 Mazda 6 or a round of golf. How cool is that?! The program runs until September 9th.

We’ve enjoyed hosting all the events so far this golf season at Royal Ashburn. All that’s left is for you to create your own ‘event’ by booking a tee time.

A Club Fitting Is An Investment Into Your Clubs

As much as golf clubs are an investment in your game, a club fitting is an investment into your clubs. Countless golfers are playing clubs that aren’t designed for them and are quite possibly the cause of poor golf shots on the course. A good swing with a bad club can be a recipe for disaster and undue stress.

With modern golf clubs being priced as they are, a proper club fitting assures that you are getting the most value for your money, as well as a product that best suits your swing. Fitted clubs are sized correctly for you and have various characteristics that help you hit the shot shape you desire and can lead to increased distance, accuracy, and consistency.

What we Track?

Here at The Royal Ashburn Golf Club we use the Trackman radar system to measure your club and ball data  accurately and efficiently choose the correct equipment for you. Trackman measures how the club and ball are interacting at impact and then tracks the golf ball for its entire flight. This gives us immediate and precise feedback that clearly shows how one club is performing when compared to another. Trackman allows both the fitter and customer to see why and how come one product performs differently then another and why we choose the equipment we do.

Fittings are performed with the entire product line-ups from Titleist, PING, Callaway, and TaylorMade. Whether you are specific in what equipment you choose to play or would like to try out multiple offerings for multiple manufacturers; we have all the options you desire.

Our goal is to provide you a 1-on-1 personal experience with the highest quality equipment and a superior level of service and customer care.

Pricing for fitting sessions:

$100+hst for woods or iron sets

$200+hst for an entire bag (Woods, Irons, and Wedges)

Those looking to book an appointment or have any questions about the service, please feel free to email our Head Club Fitter Rob at clubfitting@royalashburngolfclub.com.

Proudly serving Oshawa, Whitby, Port Perry, Pickering, Ajax, Clarington and the GTA

The Benefits of Junior Golf Camps for Young Golfers

If there is one big benefit of enrolling your budding golf pros in junior golf camps. It is that it gets them out of your hair for at least a week in the summer.

If that isn’t reason enough for you, then consider all the benefits of learning the game from an early age.

Unique in all of sport, golf combines the physical health benefits of the extended outdoor activity. With the challenges of playing ‘against’ oneself. If you didn’t start to play golf until you were somewhat older. Then think of how good your game would be if you started sooner. So why not give your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews the opportunity you would have loved and enrolled them in a junior golf camp.

Benefits of Junior Golf Camps

Here are just some of the other benefits they can enjoy in a junior golf camp.

1. Learn the Game Properly from the Start

Unless you took lessons from the moment you started playing golf, you know how damaging bad habits can be to your game. Imagine how much more enjoyment your children will get from golf throughout their lives when they know how to play the game properly from the start.

2. Improve Focus & Concentration

In an online, digital world of instant information and short attention spans, golf can help improve a player’s powers of concentration and focus across hours of play.

3. Benefits for a Future in Business

Who knows what your children will do for a living, but the golf course is well known as a place to foster business relationships.

4. Sharpen Socialization Skills

Golf helps young people learn more about etiquette, fair play and simply communicating with others.

5. Develop Tools to Deal with Adversity

If you play against yourself in golf, sometimes you make a bad shot. How you handle those times are as important to your game as making a good shot. And the same skills can be used elsewhere in life.

If you would like to learn more about the Junior Camps and/or Junior League here at Royal Ashburn Golf Club, contact us today.

4 Warm-Up Stretches to Do Before You Tee Off

Whether you do or you don’t, warming up, or improving your warm up, before a round of golf can have a bottom-line benefit on your scorecard.

Even if you visit the driving range before a round to get your swing in gear, warming up can speed up the process and get your swing into mid-round form even on the early holes.

Warming up also helps minimize aggravating any soreness or minor injuries too. You should definitely warm-up if you have any sensitivity in your shoulders, knees or just about anywhere because golf is truly a full-body sport.

To get a better idea of what stretches to do before golfing, think of every part of your body that you use in a golf swing from the ground up. Now stretch each part. ( NOTE: If you feel any pain, twinges or sensations while warming up, stop immediately.)

1. Legs & Lower Body

Squats and lunges are great for your legs, hips and lower back.

A. Squats

A good squat starts with your legs shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back straight, bend at the hips, pushing your butt backward. Lower your hips to the ground. Do not let your knees move forward past the ends of your toes.

B. Lunges

Keep your upper body vertically straight, hold your shoulders back and your chin up while staring at a point straight in front of you. Step forward with one leg, and lower your body until both knees, are at about a 90-degree angle. Don’t let your lower knee touch the floor. Push back up to a standing position and repeat the lunge with your other leg. Try 10 reps to start.

2. Core

While just about every warmup you do will engage your core, you need to stretch it too. A few side bends will do the trick. With your legs shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips, bend at the waist, first to the left, then to the right. Repeat 10 to 15 times. You can try the side bends while holding a club across your shoulders with both arms.

3. Arms & Shoulders

Standing straight, legs shoulder-width apart, hold your swing arm straight across your body, towards your other arm, parallel to the ground. Using your other arm, pull your extended swing arm close to your body. You can add a turn at the waist to the direction your swing arm is pointing. Do the same for the other arm. Repeat three to five times.

4. Neck

Neck rolls are always a good way to stretch your neck. Facing forward, slowly rotate your head in a circular, clockwise direction. Repeat the full rotation three times, then do the same for a counter-clockwise rotation.

Every little bit helps in golf and warming up can make a big difference. Why not reserve a tee time here at Royal Ashburn Golf Club so you can practice your new warm-up routine!

8 Gorgeous Golf Course Weddings at Royal Ashburn

Spring and summer aren’t just golf season, they’re golf course wedding season too. Many people are surprised to learn that for three generations the Royal Ashburn Golf Club has helped brides and grooms celebrate their love and union in the unique beauty of a golf course setting.

And the setting is just the first feature of a wedding at Royal Ashburn. From your choice of landscaped bridal gardens for an outdoor ceremony, to beautifully appointed reception rooms and complete catering services for weddings of all sizes, everything you need for a dream wedding is right here at Royal Ashburn.

Here are just a few gorgeous weddings and receptions held here at Royal Ashburn to give you an idea of how you can celebrate your nuptials.

Montana & Lucas

Spring time golf course weddings | Royal ashburn golf course

When your engagement photos were shot at a conservation area. The setting of your wedding better turn it up a notch on the natural setting. Our beautiful Cedars Garden provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.

Jaycé & Brady

 Winter golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

Not all weddings can happen in warm months. But a snow-covered setting can be be just as beautiful. You can schedule your wedding year-round at Royal Ashburn.

Jake & Laura 

Golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

The rain held off for Jake and Laura’s outdoor wedding ceremony at Royal Ashburn. The clouds and pink blooms made for a dramatic backdrop for photos on our beautifully manicured grounds.

Gerry & Monica 

Golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

June has been the preferred month for weddings since Roman times. A little more recently, Gerry and Monica enjoyed a perfect June day. For the outdoor wedding ceremony and indoor reception at Royal Ashburn.

Sarah & Mike 

 Outdoor golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

We talked about enjoying year-round wedding celebrations at Royal Ashburn and September is no exception. Just ask Sarah and Mike.

Valene & Kyle 

Beautiful chapel for golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

A picturesque setting for your wedding is just one benefit of holding your ceremony and reception at Royal Ashburn. Having everything in one place, from a wedding garden. To stunning settings for your wedding photography and well-appointed reception rooms. This gives you more time to enjoy your special moment, instead of travelling all over town.

Camille & Rob 

Golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

The colour green was present throughout this beautiful ceremony. From the beautiful green bridesmaids dresses, set against the natural greenery of a golf course, to the colour scheme for the reception.

Brian & Jacqueline 

Sunset golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

Imagine celebrating your union with your family and friends among the trees, flowers and beautifully maintained grounds here at Royal Ashburn. Brian and Jacqueline did, and then they made it happen.

If you would like to learn more about enjoying your special day in the special setting of a golf course wedding ceremony here at Royal Ashburn, get in touch with us today.

 

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How the Weather Affects Your Golf Game

We sure have had some wacky weather this winter and spring here in Whitby and the Toronto area. It started with people being able to enjoy rounds of golf into November last year, went to a minus 20 degree celsius deep freeze at the start of the year and now spring time seems to have stalled.

It all got us thinking about how the weather can affect your round of golf. In addition to the overall effect weather trends can have on delaying or extending the golf season, and the ever-present influence of the wind, or the lack of it, weather conditions on any given day can be a factor in the distance you get from the tee and on the fairway.

Temperature

Warm air rises because it is not as dense as cold air. That produces three major effects on your golf game.
First, the thinner air reduces drag on the golf ball, which increases driving distance. Second, there is less lift from less dense air, so the ball won’t get the same loft. Finally, the lower trajectory reduces slices and hooks.

Barometric Pressure

If you never pay attention to the barometer readings on weather reports, you should if you’re heading to the golf course. Lower barometer readings mean lighter air which produces the same effects on your shots as warmer air.

Humidity

When the weather person talks about ‘relative humidity’, start listening. The humidity reading is a reflection of the moisture content of the air. Drier air is denser, which creates more drag on the ball and reduces the distance it travels.

Don’t expect these weather conditions to change your golf game drastically. For example, testing using a swing machine showed an increase of 1.3 yards for every 12 degrees C increase in temperatures. But when you include other variables like the wind, the effects can be amplified.

Trackman Radar Tracking

It has arrived! Our Trackman radar tracking is here!

We have recently taken delivery of our Trackman radar system, and have partnered with Titleist to become a regional fitting center for the Durham area. We would like to introduce Robert, our new Head Club Fitter here at Royal Ashburn. He has recently been visiting the Titleist National Fitting Centre at Eagle’s Nest and has been trained by Titleist staff to deliver the highest quality fittings to our valued customers. That combined with his Trackman training has provided him with the tools needed to find the right equipment to fit your swing.

Anyone who is playing off the rack clubs, or even in some instances, hasn’t been fit recently enough is potentially leaving strokes on the course. Whether its consistency you’re after or you are simply looking to gain some distance, a proper club fitting is the fastest and easiest way to make a noticeable change in your game. We invite you to come see our new fitting facility at Royal Ashburn where our helpful staff can help you improve your game and lower your scores.
If you are interested in a fitting please visit our website and fill out our assessment questionnaire

6 Tips for a First-Time Golfer

The biggest mistake anyone who wants to learn the game of golf can make is to avoid taking up the sport because of concerns about being a ‘first-time golfer’. Everyone on every golf course was a first-time golfer at some point.

Maybe you’re really interested in learning the game, or it would be a good career move, or you want to share yet another activity with your partner, family or friends. But whatever the reason, you owe it to yourself to learn the game properly and start to enjoy all the fun, healthy activity and companionship that golf has to offer.

To help you get into the swing of things (forgive us for that one!), here are a few tips to remember when you’re just starting out in golf.

1.Don’t Buy New Clubs Right Away

From the moment you start to golf, your game will constantly improve as long as you play regularly. Golf clubs can be a big investment. Good quality clubs are designed to help experienced golfers make better and/or more consistent shots. But their benefits will not help a first-time golfer learn to play any faster or better. And you have no way of knowing which are the best clubs for you until you learn more about the game and your style of play.

Instead, borrow a set of clubs or buy a used set to learn with. Then wait until you know more about the game and how you play it before investing in a new set of clubs.

2.Take Lessons

Hitting a golf ball properly means developing a good swing, and a good golf swing comes from developing good mechanics. If you start on your own, you can adopt bad mechanics that will be difficult to correct later on. Making the investment in lessons from professional instructors as soon as you begin to play the game will pay off in boosting your confidence, avoiding mistakes and learning the game faster and better.

3.Learn the Rules of the Game

If you think ‘hitting a birdie’ means you injured one of our fine feathered friends, well, you should brush up on the rules of the game. The more you know about the game and how it’s played, the more you will understand what you need to do and why you need to do it. And the more fun you will have.

4.Watch Golf on TV

There’s no better way to learn about the rules, how to swing and other parts of the game, like club selection, than by watching the best players in the world. They make it all look easy. But after you start to play, you will appreciate their level of skill and get a better idea of the direction you need to go with your own game.

5.Play!

Like anything you do, practice makes perfect. Take every opportunity you get to swing a club, whether it’s on the course or on the driving range. Especially if you invest in golf lessons, practicing helps you put into play everything you learn.

6.Let it Happen

Golf is a game in which you compete against yourself. Everyone learns to play at a different pace. If you feel you haven’t improved after your first few rounds, try not to be frustrated or discouraged. Regardless of what happened the last time you played, focus on having a better round next time.

If you would like to take private or semi-private lessons from the trained and certified golf instructors here at Royal Ashburn, get in touch with us today.

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