March 2024 Niakwa News

The Member Newsletter is distributed to our Members, via email. Should you not receive your copy, please contact Kayla-Rae for enrollment. In this thread, you will find general updates sent to all members.

Click Here – Member Update – March 30, 2024 – Niakwa News
Click Here – Member Update – March 22, 2024 – 2024 Access to the Tee Initiative
Click Here – Member Update – March 21, 2024 – 2024 Membership Update
Click Here – Member Update – March 19, 2024 – 2024 Niakwa Majors – Save The Date
Click Here – Member Update – March 14, 2024 – Important Update from Niakwa

February 2024 Niakwa News

The Member Newsletter is distributed to our Members, via email. Should you not receive your copy, please contact Kayla-Rae for enrollment. In this thread, you will find general updates sent to all members.

Click Here – Member Update – February 13, 2024 – Niakwa News
Click Here – Member Update – February 6, 2024 – 2024 Chick Duncan Award
Click Here – Member Update – February 1, 2024 – Niakwa News

January 2024 Niakwa News

The Member Newsletter is distributed to our Members, via email. Should you not receive your copy, please contact Kayla-Rae for enrollment. In this thread, you will find general updates sent to all members.

Click Here – Member Update – January 18, 2024 – 2024 Chick Duncan Award
Click Here – Member Update – January 12, 2024 – Menu Tasting & Presentation

2023 Member Updates

The Member Newsletter is distributed to our Members, via email. Should you not receive your copy, please contact Kayla-Rae for enrollment. In this thread, you will find general updates sent to all members.

Click Here – Member Update – December 28, 2023 – Upcoming Hours of Operation
Click Here – Member Update – December 23, 2023 – Holiday Hours of Operation
Click Here – Member Update – December 20, 2023 – Niakwa News
Click Here – Member Update – December 8, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – December 4, 2023 – 2023 President’s Message & Annual Report

Click Here – November 21, 2023 – Please join us on December 9th for the Annual Pro Shop Wine & Cheese Party
Click Here – Member Update – November 21, 2023 – 2023 Annual General Meeting
Click Here – Member Update – November 13, 2023 – 2023 Nominating Committee Report
Click Here – Member Update – November 10, 2023 – Weekly update
Click Here – Member Update – November 8, 2023 – Membership Status & 2024 Dues
Click Here – Member Update – November 4, 2023 – Clubhouse Interior Renovation

Click Here – Member Update – October 13, 2023 – Join us for the Presidents Soirée
Click Here – Member Update – October 13, 2023 – Join us for the Presidents Soirée
Click Here – Member Update – October 5, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – October 4, 2023 – 2024 Board Nominations

Click Here – Member Update – September 27, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – September 23, 2023 – Niakwa Business Directory
Click Here – Member Update – September 23, 2023 – Join us for Oktoberfest
Click Here – Member Update – September 16, 2023 – Thanksgiving Take Out Special
Click Here – Member Update – September 16, 2023 – Member’s Closing Results
Click Here – Member Update – September 14, 2023 – Member’s Closing Starting Tee Times
Click Here – Member Update – September 14, 2023 – Special Operating Hours, Friday Sept 15, 2023
Click Here – Member Update – September 13, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – September 12, 2023 – Join us for the Member’s Closing Dinner
Click Here – Member Update – September 8, 2023 – Weekly Update

Click Here – Member Update – August 31, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – August 25, 2023 – Members Closing 2023
Click Here – Member Update – August 24, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – August 17, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – August 4, 2023 – Club Championship 2023

Click Here – Member Update – August 31, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – August 25, 2023 – Members Closing 2023
Click Here – Member Update – August 24, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – August 17, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – August 4, 2023 – Club Championship 2023

Click Here – Member Update – July 27, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – July 18, 2023 – Important Update: Hole #7
Click Here – Member Update – July 19, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – July 18, 2023 – Please join us for a Mixology Event
Click Here – Member Update – July 17, 2023 – 2023 British Open Pool
Click Here – Member Update – July 6, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – July 4, 2023 – 2023 Senior Club Championship

Click Here – Member Update – June 29, 2023 – 🍁Last chance to join us for Canada Day! 🍁
Click Here – Member Update – June 28, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – June 22, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – June 20, 2023 – Join us for Canada Day – 100 Year Blast!
Click Here – Member Update – June 15, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – June 12, 2023 – The U.S Open Pool
Click Here – Member Update – June 10, 2023 – Thompson Cup – Men’s Ryder Cup Event
Click Here – Member Update – June 3, 2023 – Fore Ever Fund: WIN A PERSONALIZED PARKING SPOT
Click Here – Member Update – June 2, 2023 – Weekly Update

Click Here – Member Update – May 26, 2023 – Fore Ever Fund: WIN A PERSONALIZED PARKING SPOT
Click Here – Member Update – May 25, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – May 18, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – May 10, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – May 9, 2023 – Entrance Driveway Closure
Click Here – Member Update – May 5, 2023 – Let’s Car Pool Tonight, Friday, May 5, 2023
Click Here – Member Update – May 4, 2023 – Special Operating Hours, Friday, May 5, 2023
Click Here – Member Update – May 1, 2023 – Course and Practice Facilities

Click Here – Weekly Update – April 27, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – Weekly Update – April 19, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – April 18, 2023 – 2023 Chick Duncan Award Winner
Click Here – Weekly Update – April 13, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – April 8, 2023 – Updated Easter Holiday Clubhouse Hours
Click Here – Weekly Update – April 5, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – April 4, 2023 – 2023 Niakwa Majors – Save The Date
Click Here – April 1, 2023 – Masters Pool

Click Here – Weekly Update – April 27, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – Weekly Update – April 19, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – April 18, 2023 – 2023 Chick Duncan Award Winner
Click Here – Weekly Update – April 13, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – April 8, 2023 – Updated Easter Holiday Clubhouse Hours
Click Here – Weekly Update – April 5, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – April 4, 2023 – 2023 Niakwa Majors – Save The Date
Click Here – April 1, 2023 – Masters Pool

Click Here – Weekly Update – March 29, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – Weekly Update – March 22, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – Weekly Update – March 21, 2023 – Niakwa Opening Cocktail Party
Click Here – Weekly Update – March 15, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – Weekly Update – March 9, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – Weekly Update – March 1, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – March 1, 2023 – President’s Message

Click Here – February 23, 2023 – Join us for our Whiskey Tasting and Casino Night
Click Here – February 20, 2023 – Weekend Dinner Menu Feb 23, 24 & 25
Click Here – February 17, 2023 – Weekend Dinner Menu
Click Here – Weekly Update – February 16, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – February 11, 2023 – ❤ VDay Dinner ❤ Limited seating available ❤ Book your table today! ❤
Click Here – Weekly Update – February 8, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!
Click Here – February 7, 2023 – Join us for Valentine’s Day Dinner
Click Here – Weekly Update – February 1, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!

Click Here – Member Update – Jan 27, 2023 – 2023 Chick Duncan Award
Click Here – Weekly Update – Jan 25, 2023 – here’s your weekly update!

Construction Updates – Winter 2023

Renovations are underway on the clubhouse interior, including the member’s dining room, bar, and private dining room. It’s important to note that this area is now a full construction zone. To maintain safety and minimize disruptions, we kindly request that members do not enter this area, which spans from the double door in the foyer to the back stairs going from the locker room to the golf course.

Click Here – Member Update – November 10, 2023 – Construction Update
Click Here – Member Update – November 4, 2023 – Clubhouse Interior Renovation

Course Update Sept 25

This past Monday September 25th the course was closed to allow the Turfcare team to perform the fall aeration program to greens, tees and fairways.  With the timing of aeration we did not pull a core rather we stuck with the heavy sand, needle tine and fertility program on greens. As the week progresses we will continue to finish up aeration on collars, approached and tee boxes until the program is complete across all prime play features. 

Mowing frequency has reduced across all prime play areas.  Greens heights of cut are beginning to increase to set the stage for winter.  With this we will no longer be able to provide consistent putting experience across all 18 greens.  From day to day ball roll and speed will vary.

Driving range is off of the mats for the remainder of the season as we work to establish turf on the deck for next season. 

The battle of leaves has begun across the property.  Daily we send blowers to clean the prime playing surfaces.  When we have wind it is difficult to keep the playing areas free of leaves.  We blow most of the leaves in the morning into tree lines.  This can create difficulties finding a ball that is not hit into a fairway of immediate rough.  When labor allows and when weather allows we will be in the tree lines mulching leaves to keep the course as playable and enjoyable as possible.  Hopefully the leaves will drop quickly and we can get them all cleaned up sooner than later.  Please be patient as we battle through this annual aspect of course maintenance.

Course Update September 5, 2023

Some excessive heat and wind to start September had the course very dry and in need of rainfall.  Monday night and into Tuesday we received this rainfall totalling just shy of ¾”.  The rain unfortunately did have a negative impact on course conditioning on Tuesday morning.  This with the loss of the maintenance day on Monday to the long weekend will have the Turfcare team behind in most mowing detail across the property this week.  Strong winds have begun to blow leaves off trees.  The trees are slowly beginning to turn for the fall.  We will continue to blow the property daily and when we can mulch leaves to keep the course as playable and presentable as possible through the fall.  Please be patient as we work to get back on top of all items this week for some great fall golf ahead!

Captain Corner August 2023

Take Pride in Our Golf Course!!!!

Hope everyone is having a great year at the club.  We are truly blessed to have THE best conditioned course in Manitoba that seems to get better every year!!!!

However……Recently we have seen some issues that need to be addressed by the members in order to help our Turf Care Team keep things moving forward.   The 3 concerning issues we are seeing are: 

  1.  Cigarette Butts.   There appears to be an increasing number of butts showing up all over the course.  Cigarette butts can take up to 14 years to decompose.  The back shop has secured ashtrays that smokers can put in their carts.   It is very important that all smokers make an effort to use these ashtrays.  If you are bringing guests who are smokers, please supply them with ashtrays and stress to them the importance of using these ashtrays. Please do not use the divot mix bottles.
  • Un-Repaired Ball Marks.   We are seeing these on all greens.  Please take a moment to review the attached link on the proper ball repair method.  While repairing your own ball mark, please look around and fix any other marks that may have been missed.  Attached is a link to a short video on proper ball mark repair techniques.   https ://youtu.be/SJ6CegCUPfw
  • Unfilled Divots On The Fairways.  Every cart is supplied with a bottle of divot mix.  Please take the time to fill your divots.  It takes no time at all to fill any other divot you see.  For those who carry their clubs, there are small sand bottles that can be attached to your bag.

Please remember, even though our course is great, it takes an effort from each and every one of us to make it even better!!!

Keep It On The Fairway!

Captain Bill

Course Update August 29, 2023

With the arrival of September at the end of this week it is unfortunately time to say goodbye to the majority of the Turfcare team as they return to studies.  We would like to thank these team members for their hard work and dedication to Niakwa this season. Their efforts assisted in providing the members a great 100th year on the golf course.

With the reduction in team members and a property that is still in full swing, there will be challenges in keeping up with all the details.  There will be a reduction in mowing frequencies, weeding, trimming, and bunker raking.  With this reduction and to keep the property up to standards now would be a great time to get full cooperation from all membership and guests with basic game of golf etiquette items.  We continued throughout the season to have bunkers not raked, ball marks not repaired and divots not filled.  The Turfcare team will no longer have the resources to care for some of these items daily and it is your responsibility to ensure the course is left in the same if not better condition than when you went out to play. If you are playing in the evening please rake your bunkers as we will not be capable of raking bunkers Monday to Friday in the morning as has been the case all summer.  Your cooperation with this will ensure that we finish the 100th year in great condition for all members and guests to enjoy. 

Men’s Season long Match Play winners

The final of the 2023 Niakwa 2-Man Best Ball competition was played yesterday between the team of Dustin Marks/Carson McCallum and the team of Brandt Butt/Brendan MacDonald.  We did have some delays in getting the final match played this year due to some injuries and work commitments….. but the wait was worth it as we had two good teams in the final.  Both first-timers I might add!!!

Dustin/Carson started out very well winning the first three holes to quickly go 3-up.  Carson was still probably feeling that “high” from coming off a top 10 finish in the Club Championship the previous weekend….. but Butt/MacDonald settled down and won the 4th hole….. and the teams tied the next three holes.  But Dustin/Carson finished off the front nine in style winning both the 8th and the 9th to take a 4-up lead.

Butt/MacDonald came out firing on the back nine and won both the 10th ….. and then the 13th …. to cut the deficit to only 2-down and the battle was on!!

The 14th hole is the shortest hole on the course….. but it always seems to have a lot of “drama” to these matches as usually all four competitors are putting for the win.  There were several birdie attempts but none went down…. and Carson won the hole with a par to give them a 3-up lead with 4 holes to play.  Needless to say….. the 15th hole was played by BOTH teams with no regard for playing it safe and there were some tee shots that I am sure showed up on the NASA equipment. Dustin’s blow will stick in my mind for a long time….  but the hole was tied so it was off to the 16th with Marks/McCallum holding on to a 3-hole lead with 3 holes to play.  While Butt/MacDonald did have a chance to win the hole and prolong the match – the hole was eventually tied and Marks/McCallum won the match 3 and 2. 

So another 2-Man Best Ball competition has come and gone and I want to congratulate the winners….. but also want to thank ALL the competitors for signing up and getting in on the action.

Harold

The final of the 2023 Niakwa Bissett Trophy competition was played today between Brian Mackenzie (a +2 handicap) and Jason Macdonald (a 6 handicap).  It was a beautiful day for golf and the caliber of the golf was at a high level.

Jason was able to get out to a quick 2-up lead and was able to maintain that for most of the first nine.  But his tee shot on the 9th was truly outstanding and he had a kick-in birdie that gave him a good lead after the front nine was over.  Brian hit some “monster” drives on 10/11/13 but….. Jason was able to keep the pressure on by his steady tee shots that always seemed to give himself a chance to make a par and force Brian to go for birdies.  Jason won the 13th and the match concluded on the 14th

This concludes the Bissett Trophy competition for 2023.  Thanks again to ALL of you for signing up and participating this year.  I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to meet some new club members you have not played golf with before….. and you got to enjoy the fun of match play golf. 

Enjoy the rest of the golf season at beautiful Niakwa Country Club!

Harold

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