D'Arcy Ranch is a public golf course located 15 minutes south west of Calgary. It offers a challenging and rewarding golf experience for golfers of all levels. Ideal venue for corporate golf tournaments and private group bookings.
Ball marks (also called pitch marks) are the bane of smooth-putting and healthy greens on golf courses.They are little depressions, or craters, sometimes made when a golf ball descends from the sky and impacts the putting surface.
Repairing those little depressions is very important.Equally important is doing it the right way.Because many golfers fail to repair ball marks, there are also many well-meaning golfers who do “repair” the marks, only to do so incorrectly.
A ball mark can cause the grass in the depression to die, leaving not just a scar, but also a pit in the putting surface that can knock well-struck putts offline.Repairing a ball mark restores a smooth surface and helps keep the grass healthy.But “repairing” a ball mark incorrectly can actually cause more damage than not attempting to repair it at all.
A study has shown that incorrectly “repaired” ball marks take up to twice as long to heal as those that are properly repaired.
So let’s all start fixing our ball marks, and doing it the right way.If you have a moment and there isn’t another group behind you waiting for you to clear the green, take the time to fix one or two other ball marks.
Repairing ball marks isn’t just important for the health of the greens, and for smooth-rolling putts, it is a matter of golf etiquette.
The ball mark repair tool is an essential piece of equipment and every golfer should have one in his or her bag.
A trick for teeing off if you are a “slicer”, is to tee the ball on the right side of the tee box then aim down the left side of the fairway.This allows for the biggest margin of error.That way if you hit it straight, you are in the fairway, and you can still have a little bit of a slice and keep it in play.Of course it is the opposite if you are left handed.Try this tip and see if you find the fairway a few more times.
Are your grips ready for the season?If they are at all slick, try washing them with warm, soapy water and a mild scrub.If they remain slick, your clubs will not perform properly.Talk to the D’Arcy Ranch Professionals about replacement.
Speed of play is the #1 issue for golf courses. A casual round of golf should not take longer than 4 hours. Here are some tips to speed up your group;
play ready golf
prepare for your shot while others are taking their s
read greens while walking up to your ball
only look for golf balls for up to 2 minutes
play lost balls as a lateral hazard- 1 penalty stroke point of entry
try not to hit more than one tee shot
Also try and have a little mercy on your playing companions and allow for some gimmies. Maybe the odd foot wedge or hand toss. Remember this is a game and its supposed to be fun.
One of our most challenging responsibilities on the golf course is bunker maintenance. We spend as many of our resources maintaining bunkers as we do maintaining greens and the greens are the most important aspect of the golf course. Bunkers receive a lot of attention for an area on the course that is classified as a hazard. I will briefly talk about our philosophy on bunker maintenance and focus mainly on consistency and playability of bunkers.
It is impossible to get every bunker to play the same. In order to get bunkers to all play the same they would have to be built exactly the same, have the same amount of sand, receive the same amount irrigation, have the same amount of sun, wind, rain and so on. Realistically this is just not going to happen on a golf course so we have to come up with a compromise.
What we need to do is work on the things we have control of such as, make sure the bunkers have adequate amounts of sand, they are raked daily, the edges are maintained appropriately and fairway bunkers play firmer than greenside bunkers. This is where we can run into some differences in which some greenside bunkers may be firmer than others and some fairway bunkers maybe softer than others. This is related to the different locations of the bunkers throughout the golf course.
In order to allow for good playability, it is important to have an adequate and consistent depth of sand throughout the bunker regardless of firmness or softness of the bunker. People who play a lot of golf say they can tell how they will play the bunker shot just by the way the sand feels under their feet, the only concern they have is if there is the same amount of sand under their golf ball. Our goal is to try to make sure that each individual bunker is consistent within itself and by doing this the bunker (hazard) will be fair to allow the golfer to hit a good shot.
We go through the bunkers every spring and continually monitor the sand depths and top them up as needed. We also encourage golfers to let us know if they find any bunkers that are in need of attention and we make sure they get attended to.
For all of you golfers out there gearing up for the season come by and check out the Pro Shop at D’Arcy Ranch. We have all the newest products in the top brands including, Titleist, Taylormade, Cleveland, Adams, Ping, and more. Not to mention when you come by, you will notice that our prices are extremely competitive and we will beat all other stores on 2011 golf clubs by at least 10%. We definitely have some clubs worth coming out and trying.
If its clothing you’re looking for then we also have the latest fashion in the golf industry. If you’re looking for the latest trends and the newest fabrics come by and check out the shop while it is fully stocked. These items don’t last long at the prices we are offering. Some of the brands we are carrying are: Puma, Quagmire, Sligo, Greg Norman, Ashworth, and Sun Ice. For you ladies we have added a few new brands to our shop, Abacus, NIVO, EP.We even have a few items that are geared toward those little golfers, shirts that change color and some flat brimmed fitted hats as well.
Ultimately if all you’re looking for is a golf game, please ask one of our CPGA professionals about lessons. If you’re just looking for a refresher or some goals that you want to achieve throughout the season we have something for every level of golfer.
We look forward to seeing you and hope that we can fit you into whatever you’re looking for in the upcoming golf season.
Hidetoshi (we all call him Heidi or Hida) lives in Calgary with his wife, Kuniko. He was the Executive Chef at Jr Hokkaido Hotel in Obihiro, Japan and Seasons in the Park in Vancouver. He was the Sous Chef at the Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver and recently was the Head Chef at Marcel's Market and Deli in Calgary. Hide has 3 kids, one son lives in Tokyo and the other two live here in Calgary. Hide is excited to meet everyone and is planning on learning to golf. Come visit us this weekend as the lounge and Dining Room will open Friday, April 22- see you then.
It has been an honour to have been a part of D'Arcy Ranch the past seven years. My time here has been filled by great memories and great people - D'Arcy Ranch is a special place. As I ready to leave my second home to follow my dream, I do wish I had the time to say good bye to everyone. You have all made my experience at D'Arcy Ranch full of laughter and smiles. I would love the chance to welcome all of you to enjoy a fabulous meal at my new restaurant Cora Breakfast and Lunch opening this summer at Sunridge Mall.
Thank you and I hope to see you soon
The spring of 2011 has been unseasonably cool with an exceptional amount of snow cover. The staff has been out clearing snow to access some of the areas on the golf course. We have not been able to get a real good look at the course up to now, but the small areas we have been able to see look like they wintered quite well and this is promising.
We thought this may be a good time to highlight the changes you will notice at D’Arcy Ranch for the upcoming season. The biggest change will be greens # 3 through # 9 and the west practice green. They have been completely renovated and re-grassed. The renovation included the removal of old grass and organic material, 4 - 6 inches of new root zone mix added to the green cavity, re-grading of greens surface, new bent grass sod, and dual irrigation heads installed around greens. We have also extended cart paths on holes 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9. A new washroom is being relocated and constructed behind the black tee at # 6; this will also provide shelter for the beverage cart. Finally we removed some trees on the left side of hole # 11 exposing the whole bunker and green complex making it visible off the tee. This will also assist with speed of play for golfers will be able to see if their ball has entered the hazard.
We are looking forward to another exciting year at D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club and will do our best to make sure your golfing experience is as enjoyable as possible, we are looking forward to getting some cooperation from Mother Nature, it has been a long drawn out winter.
We would like to welcome our new chef Hidetoshi Nishino from Calgary. Chris Howard who has been with D'Arcy Ranch for 7 years will be leaving to open a Cora's in Calgary. We are very excited as Hidetoshi (we call him Hide pronounced Hiedi) has worked extensively in all different cuisines. We look forward to seafood nights, japanese and french cuisine nights. We are also looking into doing an Easter Brunch April 24th - more information will follow.
We need help to name the lounge and dining room. Please email any suggestions that you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some suggestions include The Back Stretch, Hawk's Haven, Quarter Turn Lounge, Open Range Restaurant and Home Stretch Lounge. As you probably know the golf course was a quarter horse ranch with a racetrack on it. That is why we referenced some race track terms.