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The Future of Golf

GOLF, WHAT NOW?

What are golf courses and business owners thinking now? Well firstly, we are astonished that it took a pandemic to bring the opportunities and benefits of this amazing game to fruition. The overwhelming response to tee time bookings, membership enrolment, returning players, newcomers and lesson inquiries has been extraordinary. This is all considering it has been years, since many clubs have seen this type of action and engagement.


SO WORTH IT!

When the green light was given by government authorities that golf courses would open for the 2020 season, it was imperative that new policies and procedures be implemented in order to ensure a safe and positive experience for employees, golfers and guests. We’d like to take a moment to commend all industry staff on adhering to safety policies, while working tirelessly to constantly sanitize, disinfect, check-in guests, serve guests, perform their employee duties and provide the utmost outstanding customer service. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it! It was an honour to help give our communities an outlet to enjoy the game we all love so much and provide a safe way for people to come together during these unprecedented times.

 

FOR THE LOVE OF GOLF!

The pandemic has definitely played a major role in the resurrection of the golf industry. There’s no denying that 2020 was an amazing year for golf, but can we expect the same for 2021? Most golfers will tell you, once you’ve acquired a taste of an amazing golf experience, there’s really no removing yourself from this game. It becomes a lifestyle and part of who you are. It’s the only game where you can have a completely unsalvageable hole, but drop a massive 40 foot putt for a quadruple bogey and celebrate like you holed it from the tee deck.

With that being said, we are most definitely preparing ourselves for another year like 2020! We are gearing up to create more amazing memories for our golfers and we believe we are not alone in our thought process.

 

Royal Ashburn Golf Club designed unique memberships that give golfers the flexibility of pay as you play with the Royal Ashburn Member experience. There’s so much golf to be played, we want you to have the opportunity to experience it all!

(VIP MEMBERSHIP & ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP)

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SO WHAT NOW?

Where do we go from here? Now we continue to grow the game of golf like we’ve always planned. We welcome the newcomers, we stay grateful to our loyal and returning members, customers and guests and we find ways to improve our teachings so that those who love this game can continue to play it as long as possible.

At Royal Ashburn Golf Club, we are continuously discovering new ways for golfers to enjoy the game of golf. We are evolving with the game and designing new lesson programs that utilize the most innovative technology. Our goal is to continue to help golfers grow their game potential and provide a safe and comfortable environment for those interested in beginning their golf journey. We have no doubt that you will fall in love with the game of golf but at Royal Ashburn Golf Club, we want you to fall in love with the entire experience that golf brings with it. We are looking forward to an amazing 2021 and can’t wait to see you out on the course.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CLIVE BARBER

 

CONTACT US

 

More about Royal Ashburn Golf Club and our Golf Services can be found on our website. We’d be happy to answer any questions regarding this post or any questions or concerns you may have in regards to golf operations during the pandemic. Take care!

 

Being engaged during a pandemic

LOVE CONQUERS

2020 was quite a year for engagements, wedding ceremonies and receptions. As an event venue, we found it extra special and endearing to listen to our couples engagement stories and what it’s like being engaged during a pandemic. The more they spoke about their experiences, the deeper in love we fell as their stories brought with them hope and light during darker times.

The pandemic has had us all re-evaluate how to run our businesses safely and successfully during these uncertain times. In an effort to ensure the safety of the public and help curve the spread of COVID-19, government authorities insisted all banquet halls and event venues restrict the number of guests for events, forcing venues to develop creative ways to preserve their livelihood.


SHIFTING THE FOCUS

Many event venues shifted their efforts into the development of outdoor spaces, smaller event spaces and focused on micro style weddings and mini ceremonies. The basic thought process here was, what can we do to help our couples move forward with their wedding dates without compromising their overall wedding vision and experience? After all, this was (is) one of the most important days for any couple. It’s the beginning of the rest of their lives together and that is something to be celebrated. 

 

We at Royal Ashburn Golf Club created wedding packages to suit the needs and wants of our couples
(INTIMATE ROYAL WEDDING or READY-SET WEDDING).

 

PHOTO CREDIT: PRECIOUS PHOTOGRAPHY


THIS IS YOUR ENGAGEMENT

So as newly engaged couples, where do you start? First we say, start by enjoying it. Couples often forget to stop and enjoy their engagement before diving into the wedding planning process. By all means, share your announcement through virtual experiences! Share your love and excitement with the world through social media platforms, we could all use more positivity and we will definitely be celebrating along with you, but don’t forget to share special moments together and celebrate with each other. Talk to each other over dinner, take some time think about being engaged, think about what that means to you both and live in that amazing feeling before hitting up that to do list.


WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR YOU

When you’re both ready to begin planning, we recommend starting with the guest-list. Decide the number of people you want celebrating this beautiful day with you, that will help set the stage for future decisions including timing and venue choices. Notice we said want? Not how many you can have. Times have changed due to unprecedented circumstances but that doesn’t mean you need to compromise your wedding vision to adhere to someone else’s plan or standards but most of all, don’t stress the things you can’t control and focus on the things you can.

PHOTO CREDIT: ROSENLEE PHOTOGRAPHY

If you’re working with a wedding planner or a wedding venue, make sure to voice your concerns, wants and must haves from the get-go and find out if your venue is willing to be flexible with all things considered. Remember this is your day and you get to decide as a couple what is most important. Is it the amount of people that celebrate this day with you? Is it the intimate experience of marrying your best friend surrounded by close family? Perhaps an elopement at your nearest chapel or a quick trip to City Hall? It is during these most uncertain times that positive direction is most desired and that love truly does conquer all. So whatever direction you happen to deem right for your wedding day, make sure you enjoy every minute of it! 

 

CONTACT US

 

More about Royal Ashburn Golf Club and our  Wedding Packages can be found on our website. We’d be happy to answer any questions regarding this post or any questions or concerns you may have in regards to wedding planning during the pandemic. Take care!

Start Planning Corporate and Charity Golf Events for 2020!

The new year is around the corner. If you want to make sure that your organization hosts a few great corporate and charity golf events in 2020, then it is crucial that you start planning now.

Golf events are not only a great way to raise money, but these events are also a great way to reinforce relationships with existing clients, supporters, staff and stakeholders. When you invite people to a golf event, they will be together for around five to seven hours – a lot of time and opportunity to cement existing partnerships and relationships.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you kick-start your planning:

Location, Location, Location

Location is very important because your stakeholders need quick access to the facility. It is also important to opt for a golf course that has a good reputation, a great layout, friendly staff and all the facilities you need.

When you visit a few Durham golf courses, pay attention to how the staff operates. Are they looking forward to being a participant in the event? Or are they merely taking orders? Also, make sure that the facility has adequate food and beverage space and that it is convenient if the weather turns.

Plan in Advance

Allow enough time to plan and execute the event. Corporate and charity golf events usually take at least three to six months to plan well.

Gather a Team

Identify potential committee members, staff and volunteers to support your event.

An unbelievable tournament experience awaits you at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club. We offer beautiful banquet rooms with picturesque views of the golf course, talented chefs for outstanding meals and an exceptional golf course that your golfers will love. We offer packages to help your event go smoothly. Contact us for more information today.

Why a “Club Fitting” Could be Just What Your Game Needs

Whether you are part of a men’s or ladies golf league or whether you have just begun playing the incredible game of golf, you may want to consider “club fitting” if you are keen to enhance your swing and accuracy. While many people worry that the process may be costly, there is no doubt that it is certain to make a massive difference to your game in the short and the long run. 

What Is “Club Fitting”?

Club fitting takes place when a person trained in this ‘art’ creates a set of clubs that is perfectly matched to your swing. When club fitting, the person responsible will look at every single part of the golf club and tailor it to suit you, including the head, lie angle and more. 

The Benefits

So, aside from being able to brag to your friends about your new personalized set of golf clubs, is “club fitting” really worth it? And, what exactly are the benefits? 

The answer is yes. Club fitting is definitely worth it – just as long as you think of yourself as a serious golfer who is going to enjoy and play the sport for a while to come. 

Ultimately, club fitting makes it easier for you to play at your best. Not only will you have a better grip and have a set of clubs perfectly suited to your height and swing, but you will also notice that the clubs ‘feel’ right in terms of their weight and how you are able to manoeuvre the ball. There is no denying that if the clubs that you are using have been specially customized to suit your needs and playing style, your game will improve!

Looking for more information about men’s and ladies golf leagues? And, do you want to know more about custom club fitting, such as where the best place to get fitted for golf clubs is? Perhaps you would like more details about the Royal Ashburn Golf Club’s golf deals and memberships? Whatever your query, do not hesitate to contact our team today! 

Banquet halls for the Perfect Christmas Party

Christmas is just around the corner. It is a beloved holiday and the perfect time to show your employees just how much you appreciate all their hard work. One way in which to do this is to treat them to a spectacular end of year Christmas party! The question is where are you going to host it? You will undoubtedly be looking for a perfect venue to host your party, and one that also fits in with your budget. The best venue you can possibly choose to host your Christmas party is the Royal Ashburn Golf Club banquet halls in the Durham region. Along with information about our special venues which are ideal for hosting an office Christmas party, we would also like to share some tips on how to go about booking the right venue for the do. 

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club Event Venue

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club is well-known for creating the best all-around golf and banquet experience in the GTA area. A big part of our success is our menu selection – no matter what, you can rest assured that the food served to your guests is going to meet and exceed all expectations! Our menus are also incredibly versatile. Not only do we offer a wide range of strategic pre-planned menus, but we also make it possible for you to create a customized menu specific to your event, tastes and requirements.

We also boast handy accommodation at our Christmas party venue: lovely, luxurious little cabins that can sleep up to 25 people. Great news if the party is really good and some of your guests are not quite fit to get behind the wheel. 

Another reason why so many companies choose the Royal Ashburn Golf Club as their event venue is the fact that we offer you a variety of different venues to select from, each varying in size and function. Whether you have a large group to accommodate or only a small party to host, we have the ideal venue room for you!

Our venues on offer include:

  • The Compton Room: 

This is our biggest and most impressive venue. If you own a business with a large number of employees, this is definitely one to consider. With seating for up to 240 guests, The Compton Room is a must see for anyone planning an event!

  • The Ashburn Room: 

This is another one of our most popular venues. While it is slightly smaller than the Compton room, it can still accommodate a large number of guests – 160 guests in total. It also boasts an incredible view with a beautiful patio overlooking the Golf Course.

  • The Butler’s Room: 

This one is great for small to medium celebrations. While Butler’s can accommodate up to 100 guests, it is ideal for smaller groups of between 24 and 60 golfers while still providing a private experience.

  • The Conference Room: 

The Conference Room is another more intimate venue. However, just like the Butler’s Room, it can accommodate larger groups of up to 100 guests if need be. It also offers a breathtaking view of the lush golf courses and landscaped gardens. 

Whether entertaining two or two hundred guests, The Royal Ashburn Golf Club offers just the right mix of business and pleasure. Your guests will be impressed by the elegant facilities and great service, not to mention the challenging 18 holes of championship golf. 

We also offer special Christmas party catering packages. In other words, even if you do not host your office Christmas party at our venues, you can still take advantage of our amazing food! 

Here is an example of what our famous Christmas catering packages may include:

  • Package 1 – $175

Serves 8 to 10 People

  • 12 – 14 lb Turkey (Carved & Packaged)
  • House-Made Turkey Gravy
  • House-Made Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Ontario Potatoes
  • Roasted Root Vegetable Medley
  • (Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Turnip & Squash)
  • Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls 
  • Traditional Stuffing
  • Our Famous House-Made Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Drizzle
  • Package 2 – $340

     Serves 20 People

  • 25 – 30 lb Turkey (Carved & Packaged)
  • House-Made Turkey Gravy
  • House-Made Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Ontario Potatoes
  • Roasted Root Vegetable Medley (Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Turnip & Squash)
  • Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
  • Traditional Stuffing
  • Our Famous House-Made Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Drizzle

We also offer delicious package top-ups:

  • Mixed Green Salad – $40: Red & green pepper, tomato, onion, shredded carrot, cucumber with balsamic dressing on the side
  • 8 lb Glazed Ham – $80: Dressed with pineapple
  • Roast Beef – $85: 5 lb thinly sliced roast beef with mushroom gravy

Now that you know exactly what to expect from the Royal Ashburn Golf Club Christmas party venue and food, we are thrilled to share some tips for a stress-free planning experience. 

  • Choose the Venue Early 

Most of the perfect Christmas party venues are up for grabs as early as the middle of the year. So, if you are keen to lock down one of the favourites, like the Royal Ashburn Golf Club, you will need to be quick off the mark. Make a decision regarding the venue as early as possible and get in touch to make your booking. Also, be sure to include all of the necessary details regarding your party, such as how many guests will be attending, what you would like the menu to look like, what time you would prefer the event to take place, any special requests, etc.,so that the planning phase is able to run as smoothly as possible.

  • Know What You Want 

Before you even look for a great Christmas party venue, you should already have a good idea of the type of party that you would like to throw. Do you want it to be a low-key social event? Or do you want everybody to really let their hair down and experience some top-notch entertainment? Either way, it will definitely help to take note of this in order to streamline the party planning as you lead up to the big event. Take notes as you go and get in touch with various suppliers to compare costs. The earlier you get in touch with suppliers, the least you are likely to pay for the services offered. 

  • Choose within Your Budget

Budget is the key to choosing the perfect venue to host your Christmas party. Be sure to work out exactly how much you can afford to spend on a venue, entertainment, food, etc., and look within your means. If you do not do this, you are likely to be tempted into spending more than you can actually manage, and while the party is sure to be lavish and memorable, your employees would probably prefer to still have their jobs come next year! 

  • Chat with Your Employees

The goal when it comes to organizing an office Christmas party is to ensure that your employees have an awesome time, right? Well, it makes perfect sense then to approach them directly to find out what they want. This will make your job of planning a party that everyone will enjoy a lot easier. You may even get some valuable venue ideas from them by asking them where their previous companies chose to hold their end of year celebrations. Jot down some of the ideas that you get and make a list of the top likes and dislikes. Be sure to refer back to your list as you visit venues and proceed with the logistics of the party. Perhaps even consider presenting your employees with a set of options and asking them to vote for their favourites. 

  • Make Sure That the Venue Matches the Theme 

A Christmas party is a special end of year event and, although it revolves around employees spending time together and celebrating a year of hard work, you definitely do not want it to be too corporate. With this in mind, you should pay attention to the atmosphere at the various venues you are considering. What kind of ‘feel’ does it give off? Atmosphere is everything! You will definitely want something relaxed and light-hearted as this will ensure that the party gets off to a great start. Obviously, do not forget to make sure that the venue you choose is big enough to accommodate all of your guests. You will also want to steer clear of anything that is too big. 

  • Look at the Packages 

Some Christmas party venues may offer you a selection of different packages that could help you to save on the overall cost of the event. Here at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club, we have a wide range of packages to choose from. All of these packages have been carefully tailored to suit your needs, budget and preferences and can be customized further if you so wish. 

  • Know Where to Cut Costs

Let’s face it – planning a Christmas party definitely is not a cheap affair. There are plenty of costs to consider aside from the cost to hire the venue. Because of this, you are likely to want to find ways in which to keep prices to a minimum. While this is wise, it certainly pays to know where to cut costs and where to pay a little bit extra. For example, while it may be cheaper to order take-out as your catering option, it probably will not impress your guests very much. The food is a massive part of the Christmas party, after all, so it should be incredible. Eating cheap take-out while sitting at a perfectly decorated table will not go down well. Things that are purely aesthetic, such as centrepieces and wall décor, are great places to save some cash. Yes, they look nice and may enhance the atmosphere somewhat, but will people really even notice if they are not there in abundance? Your employees are sure to appreciate a gorgeous venue and delicious food a whole lot more! 

  • Get Help

There is no need for you to endure all of the stress that goes with planning an end of year Christmas party on your own! If you would like help, ask for it! Many of your employees will be thrilled to be a part of the planning process and will often be more than happy to take some of the work off of your hands. 

  • Visit the Venue

It is extremely easy to make your venue look like the most amazing venue in the world online. All that it takes is a talented photographer, great lighting and some convincing content! Do not be fooled by what is shown on a venue’s website. The only way to know for sure whether or not it is as incredible as it seems is to visit it in person. Before making that booking, always be sure to scope out the venue and chat with the manager about potential packages. Finally, when at the venue on the visiting day, do not be afraid to ask questions and make requests. A quality venue and its managers will always be willing to do their utmost in order to accommodate your needs and expectations. 

If you are looking for the best Christmas party venue, contact us, Royal Ashburn Golf Club. We look forward to making your end of year party the very best that it can possibly be! 

5 Reasons to Get a Golf Membership this Summer

Considering treating yourself to a golf membership this summer? Good for you! We have put together a list of five reasons why you should definitely go for it:

You’ll Get Great Exercise

Playing golf is wonderful exercise, especially if you are not someone who enjoys intense sport or workouts. You will get just enough exercise to feel refreshed and energized and start living a healthier lifestyle. 

You’ll Get Incredible Benefits

A golf membership is sure to grant you access to a number of exclusive benefits. For example, when you take out a golf membership at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club, you will receive:

  • 20% discount off all regular priced soft goods in the Pro Shop
  • 10% discount at Butlers Pub & Grill
  • VIP rates on non-member playing times
  • Members can bring family and friends any day of the week after 4:37 pm for $33 (time is seasonally adjusted)
  • Entry fee for the Club Championship (excluding Monday & Practice Members)
  • Golf Canada Gold Membership 
  • 3 Guest Passes for your friends allowing them to play at the VIP Member rate
  • All Members are eligible and encouraged to play in the Monday League
  • Advanced tee time bookings

You’ll Have the Opportunity to Spend Lots of Time Outdoors

What better way to spend the summer than outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air? A golf membership will be the perfect excuse to spend as much time outdoors as possible – great for the body, the mind and the soul!

You’ll (Probably) See an Improvement in Your Game

Unsurprisingly, golfers who have a golf membership are statistically known to be better golfers. Must be all the extra practice!

You’ll Meet Like-Minded People

If you are a lover of the game (of course you are!), then you are sure to meet new friends on the golf course when making the most of your golf membership. 

For more information about the various affordable golf course memberships available at Royal Ashburn Golf Club, be sure to get in touch with our team. 

Golf Club Membership is More Than Joining a Club

If you’ve been considering a golf club membership as the next stage of your enjoyment of the game, your thoughts have probably revolved weighing the costs versus what you get from membership.

Of course, membership fees are a very important consideration. Golf club memberships aren’t like joining the local gym. Maintaining a golf course and facilities means an ongoing investment. Needless-to-say, you wouldn’t want to be a member at a course that didn’t make that investment.

But the importance of membership fees as part of your overall consideration of joining a club means you owe it to yourself to also consider everything that you’ll get from your investment. Without thinking about all of the benefits that come from membership, you may be robbing yourself of a level of participation and enjoyment of the game you love so much.

The Benefits of Golf Club Membership

When thinking about joining a club, many golfers consider the savings they get on greens fees and other golf club privileges against the cost of their golf club membership.

As important as they are, savings on greens fees and other club features are just the start of the benefits membership can bring. Here are just some of the other benefits, privileges and advantages of becoming a member here at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club:

Choose Your Membership Option

Different golfers may want different things from their golf club membership. At Royal Ashburn, we have recognized this by offering a broad range of membership options based on how much you want to play, when you want to play, and even membership packages for youth and seniors.

Take Advantage of Pro Shop Discounts

Every membership includes a 20% discount of all regularly-priced soft goods at the Royal Ashburn Pro Shop. The Shop is open year-round (so you can start using your discount right away) and carries a wide variety of top-quality equipment and apparel as well as specializing in tournament and corporate gifting.

Get Into Tournaments and Leagues

All our members are welcome to play in the Monday League and they don’t have to pay the entry fee for the annual Club Championship (excluding Monday and Summer members). Most golfers have enjoyed tournament play at some point in time. But club tournaments and leagues take that enjoyment to a new level of friendly rivalries and competition.

Become a Member of Golf Ontario

Indulging in your favourite pastime means more than just getting on the course. Your membership at Royal Ashburn includes membership in Golf Ontario. With a history dating back over 80 years, Golf Ontario helps build and promote the game of golf across the province and, in partnership with other provincial golf associations, across Canada.

Bring Your Family & Friends

As a member of Royal Ashburn you will make many new connections with people who also love the game. But that doesn’t mean you can’t include your family and friends.
First, every member is welcome to host family and friends at the Club any day of the week after 4:37 p.m. for discounted greens fee of $33 + hst. Second, every member receives three guest passes that allows them to play the course any time for the VIP member rate.

From advanced tee-time bookings that gives members access to tee-times before the public, to other golf-related and social events throughout the year, there are many more advantages to membership at Royal Ashburn. If you are considering joining our Club, you owe it to yourself to learn more about everything that membership brings. Please contact us we will be happy to answer your questions and even show you around.

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