2016 in Pictures – The Ladies Golf Club

In an effort to step up my photo game this year I am pleased to share 10 of my favourite golf images over the past year.  With a healthy layer of snow already in southern Ontario I hope this brings back good memories from your 2016 golf season and stokes the fire of anticipation for 2017!

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The Story: The word golf enthusiast is not appropriate for Tiffany Chaisson because it simply does not properly reflect her love for the game of golf (I defer to her choice; Golf Passionista).  I have never met a golfer more passionate about the game then the CEO of Fairways Fund (which is its own fascinating story).  This is the second fellow blogger I was able to tee it up with in 2016.  Hosted by Paddy Kelly and the fine people at The Ladies Golf Club for a summer round, this photo was not staged.  No, instead, I was photobombed and the result is quintessential Tiff.  Great memories of one of the more fun rounds of golf I experienced in 2016.  The course, I would argue, is one of Stanley Thompson’s more underrated courses I have played; I loved it.

 

 

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2016 in Pictures – Banff Springs (part 1)

In an effort to step up my photo game this year I am pleased to share 10 of my favourite golf images over the past year.  With a healthy layer of snow already in southern Ontario I hope this brings back good memories from your 2016 golf season and stokes the fire of anticipation for 2017!

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The Story:  As one would expect, my excitement to play Banff Springs was sky high.  Early on a cool mid-week morning the starter was able to stagger singles like myself and twosomes off at a relaxed pace.  Playing alone, I was surprised when a golf cart arrived behind me when I got to the 4th hole.  Called the Devil’s Cauldron, this is one of the country’s greatest golf holes.  The group in the cart were not golfers but tourists and asked if they could watch me tee off.  Not having issue with this, I asked in turn if they’d take a picture of me as I finished hitting the ball.  The one gentlemen was a photographer and that is how this photo came about; perfect timing really.  Captures the tranquility of my golf experience at Banff Springs exceptionally well.  It’s a round, and a picture, I’ll never forget.

Click here for my full review of Banff Springs

 

 

2016 in Pictures – Cataraqui Golf and Country Club

In an effort to step up my photo game this year I am pleased to share 10 of my favourite golf images over the past year.  With a healthy layer of snow already in southern Ontario I hope this brings back good memories from your 2016 golf season and stokes the fire of anticipation for 2017!

 

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The Story: Cataraqui Golf and Country Club will be 100 years old in 2017.  This Stanley Thompson design is located in Kingston, ON.  And while I don’t play many private courses, the chance to play this course with two friends en route to the 2016 Penn Classic in New York State was a treat.  I loved that I was able to meet the Snell Golf Canada team here as well, as they’re based in Kingston.  It was a hot, sunny day…perfect for a round of golf on a classic Thompson course.  Here, I’m glad a double didn’t rattle me to forget to snap this picture.  I guess when you’re last to tee up there’s time to notice the beautiful surroundings.

 

2016 in Pictures – Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club

In an effort to step up my photo game this year I am pleased to share 10 of my favourite golf images over the past year.  With a healthy layer of snow already in southern Ontario I hope this brings back good memories from your 2016 golf season and stokes the fire of anticipation for 2017!

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The story: Stewart Creek is located in Canmore, AB and is surprisingly close to Banff.  For those, like me, who are always seeking to get in 36 a day this was my second round following a stunning morning at Banff Springs.  This was the view off the opening tee and the image does not do justice to the significant drop to the fairway below.  I was grateful there wasn’t a group behind me because it took me forever to tee off, seriously.  I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a more beautiful setting off the first tee.  The course, the conditioning, its people and mountain views like this are all reasons why Stewart Creek is set well within top 100 course lists in Canada.  I can’t wait to come back.

Click here for my full review of Stewart Creek

 

2016 in Pictures – Calgary Golf and Country Club

In an effort to step up my photo game this year I am pleased to share 10 of my favourite golf images over the past year.  With a healthy layer of snow already in southern Ontario I hope this brings back good memories from your 2016 golf season and stokes the fire of anticipation for 2017!

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The Story: There are so many stories, really.  The incredible privilege to play Calgary GCC, a private club, and one of the country’s top courses is special in itself.  But the real treat was connecting with Josh Strukoff whom many may know for his outstanding blog Golf Is Mental.  An exceptional golfer and even better guy, Josh was kind enough to host me at his club on a late May afternoon.  To me, Josh is one of the best blog photographers and borrowing my iPhone he was able to capture this artistic shot of me teeing off on the 15th hole.  Calgary GCC is a venerable course that is a stern yet fair test.  This picture captures so much that I love about this course; while in the heart of the city there is a feel of isolation and tranquility.  The elevation changes are surprising throughout this course as evident with the Elbow River set far below.  The chance to meet someone whom I consider a friend and has done much to support my efforts as a golf blogger was one of the true highlights of my 2016 golf season.  Thanks to Josh and his wife Beth for hosting me for a most memorable afternoon.

Click here for my course review of Calgary Golf and Country Club.

 

 

 

 

2016 in Pictures – Talking Rock Golf Club

In an effort to step up my photo game this year I am pleased to share 10 of my favourite golf images over the past year.  With a healthy layer of snow already in southern Ontario I hope this brings back good memories from your 2016 golf season and stokes the fire of anticipation for 2017!

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The Story: Talking Rock Golf Club is in beautiful Chase, BC and wasn’t even on my radar until I began exploring options to squeeze in 36 within driving distance of Salmon Arm.  Sagebrush was closed early this May and I had window of time to explore something off my bucket list.  Talking Rock is part of the Quaaout Lodge set on gorgeous Little Shuswap Lake in the Little Shuswap Indian Band community of the Shuswap Nation.  The area is a postcard and the course was simply beautiful.  Water is only prominent on holes 15 and here on 18.  The tranquility of this picture looking at the 18th green reflects my experience at Talking Rock; understated, peaceful and beautiful.  The Thompson-Nicola region of British Columbia is worth exploring…bring your clubs and make time to visit Talking Rock.  It was an amazing discovery for me.

Click here to view a link of review of Talking Rock

 

2016 in Pictures – Chasing the Sun

In an effort to step up my photo game this year I am pleased to share 10 of my favourite golf images over the past year.  With a healthy layer of snow already in southern Ontario I hope this brings back good memories from your 2016 golf season and stokes the fire of anticipation for 2017!

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The Story: First, the course: Hornby Glen is in Milton, Ontario and it’s one of the most comfortable places to play golf.  A relaxed setting, open to a fault off the tee but with enough length and challenge on the greens to make scoring honest.  Playing in the height of summer with a good friend, we made an impulsive decision to play.  Teeing off with about 3 hours of daylight this was the view on the 17th green.  A great shot from a great day, we were able to get the round in.  I love rounds that take place early and late in the day, there is an air of solitude which I always enjoy.  If you look close enough you’ll see a ball on the green.  Not mine, regrettably.  Joel Cartner gets the photo credit here while I was trying to chip in for par.  Chasing the sun and seeking to get a full round in late day is one of my favourite things of the summer.