Golf Club up­grades

New cart paths will make course more ac­ces­si­ble

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY SAMAN­THA GAR­DINER

The Grand Falls-Wind­sor Golf Club re­ceived a grant to help with up­grades to the fa­cil­ity.

GRAND FALLS-WINDOR, NL – Some much-needed up­grades are com­ing to the Grand Falls Golf Club in prepa­ra­tion for next year as the 2017 sea­son came to an end Oct. 11.

The club is pay­ing for these up­grades through an $41,000-grant it re­ceived from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA) this past sum­mer. The club must match the grant, so in to­tal up­grades to the course will cost $82,000.

The club is putting in a new cart path that will lead carts closer to the t-box. Given the old cart path was ac­tu­ally a work road put in when work was hap­pen­ing on the back nine, the new, up­graded paths will ac­com­mo­date mem­bers who are mo­bil­ity chal­lenged.

The Grand Falls Golf Club has 20 mem­bers who are over 75 and one mem­ber who is 91 years old.

The club will also re­ceive heat and air-con­di­tion­ing units to help reg­u­late the tem­per­a­ture in the steel build­ing. The hall at the course is used year­round for dif­fer­ent func­tions from meet­ings to wed­dings. In sum­mer the build­ing gets quite hot and in win­ter, quite cold; these units will reg­u­late those sea­sonal tem­per­a­tures mak­ing for a more en­joy­able space, said club ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mike Browne.

“It’s go­ing full tilt all year round, and that will (im­prove) the ex­pe­ri­ence here,” he said. “We’ve got thou­sands of peo­ple com­ing to the golf club ev­ery sum­mer, ei­ther to play golf or for func­tions. This will cer­tainly im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Money will also be spent re­do­ing the park­ing lot in class A, resur­fac­ing the mem­bers’ cart cor­ral, and pur­chas­ing some new equip­ment.

“The course equip­ment is get­ting a bit older,” said Browne.

The club will pur­chase a spreader and an over seeder – two big pieces of equip­ment im­por­tant for main­tain­ing the course, ex­plained Browne.

SAMAN­THA GAR­DINER/THE AD­VER­TISER

Up­grades to the cart path at Grand Falls Golf Club.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Grand Falls Golf Club has re­ceived an ACOA grant to pay for course up­grades. Coast of Bays—Cen­tral—Notre Dame MP Scott Simms (mid­dle) vis­ited the club this past sum­mer to present the grant to club ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mike Brown (left) and club pres­i­dent Dr. Doug Evans.

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