ARNPRIOR – The Montreal Canadians were the Stanley Cup champions, Jerry Pate was the U.S. Open golf champion, Rocky was the Oscar winner and the Madawaska Golf Club opened its doors for the first time.
This year the golf club located on the border of Ottawa and Arnprior will be celebrating its 40th anniversary all season long and staff have already been busy getting the course ready for the big year.
“Both courses (Twisted Pines and Sumac Grove) are in great shape and came through the winter in good playing condition,” owner Rick Munro said. “There will be good playing conditions from Day 1.”
Course superintendent Martyn Munro and his team worked hard during the winter to improve on the work done last year.
Martyn continued his trimming work from last year and now has Holes 1, 10, 11 and 18 are done.
“It’s pretty much done all the way around now,” Rick said.
Martyn has clipped the low hanging branches from the many hundreds of pine trees that line the courses holes. Not only does this make the Twisted Pine course look stunning, it improves the play of the course for those golfers who hit the ‘rare’ errant shot in to the woods.
The staff has also worked hard to improve the golfer experience off the course as well. Renovations to the clubhouse have allowed staff to move the pro shop in to the clubhouse.
“It adds some convenience and brings everything together,” Rick said. “There’s better access, it’s closer to the washroom, it just creates a better feel and improves the experience for our guests.”
Rick is also pleased to say Food and Beverage Supervisor Debbie Fraser and Pro Shop Supervisor Barb Mooney are back and there are no major staff changes this year, “and we think that’s a good thing.”
As to special celebrations honouring 40 years as a local, family-owned business – expect big things all golf season long.
“We’ve got some big plans for the 40th anniversary,” Rick said. “But we’re keeping that close to the vest for now.”
Rick says the driving range is clear of snow and will be open soon for you to groove your swing, and Sumac Grove and Twisted Pines will follow shortly after that to put that practice to good use.