I’m looking forward to a trip to Sage Valley in South Carolina that some of us from Coppinwood are taking with members.
It’s fun because the trip takes place after our golf season is over in Toronto. I didn’t get a chance to play with many members because I didn’t play much golf overall, so it’s nice to get down for a little holiday, not only for golf, but to socialize, as well.
This will be different than if I wanted to pick up a Saturday morning foursome at Coppinwood. This will be a laid-back, fun atmosphere that allows me to get to know a lot of members a little better socially.
My buddy, Ian Crebbin at nearby York Downs, does a good job of doing this too. I’ve always admired him for doing that because it’s very easy at the end of the season to mail it in and say `I’ve done my duty.’
A lot of the people who go away with members form a better bond. They get to know a lot about the members and they get to know a little bit about you too.
Dennis Firth, our head professional, has started to do this and the trip to Sage Valley was organized by Dennis and he’s doing a great job. We’re thinking about going to Scotland next year.
When I was younger, we did a lot of member trips and pro-ams. I don’t know why there’s been fewer of them in recent years, but in the last year or two, I’ve seen more people trying to get back into it, which is a good sign.
It’s a great way to get to know your members.