Golf Club op­ti­mistic on com­ing sea­son

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The Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try Club is op­ti­mistic for the com­ing sea­son af­ter a great year of golf.

The club is fol­low­ing up on a suc­cess­ful 2015 sea­son, which saw some up­heaval, but in the end was stronger for it.

Last spring they saw some de­par­tures of staff and board mem­bers, but they were for­tu­nate to also have some op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We were with­out ques­tion for­tu­nate in our tim­ing to con­tract Colin MacKen­zie as su­per­in­ten­dent,” said board pres­i­dent Greg Mor­row. “We have no changes in our key staff at all from last year.”

With th­ese changes, they were able to make progress fi­nan­cially. He says the staff and man­age­ment were able to stick to a struc­tured bud­get and in the end fin­ished the sea­son in strong shape.

“We ac­com­plished as a board and our man­age­ment team what we had as­pired to do, which was to re­duce our ex­penses. We set up a very ag­gres­sive bud­get last year and we sur­passed, that goal” he said.

This was de­spite some chal­lenges with the weather. While for the most part, the sun shone on the course there were op­por­tu­ni­ties marred by rain, lead­ing to lower re­vues.

“For ex­am­ple, the Au­gust long week­end, that is prob­a­bly one of the best op­por­tu­ni­ties for a golf course to make money, and it was a re­ally hor­ri­ble week­end,” said Mor­row.

There were more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the course last sea­son. They were able to work with In­ter Pipe­line, who were do­ing a pipe­line pro­ject on the course, were able to col­lab­o­rate on in­fra­struc­ture projects.

“They have been so won­der­ful to work with,” said Mor­row.

They are tak­ing a bal­anced ap­proach to the 2016 sea­son, look­ing to con­tinue their fi­nan­cial re­straint and re­spon­si­bil­ity, while at the same time make im­prove­ments to the course. They are look­ing to make im­prove­ments to their ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems, and im­prove the prac­tice fa­cil­ity

There is pos­i­tiv­ity look­ing for­ward. Al­ready they have had strong up­take over last year with early bird mem­ber­ship pro­gram.

The fo­cus is go­ing to be on the needs of the golf course for playa­bil­ity,” said Mor­row.

On the ser­vice side, they are look­ing at con­tin­u­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on cater­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and al­ready are hav­ing tour­na­ment book­ings com­ing in.

They are also look­ing at grow­ing the ju­nior pro­gram.

“Al­ready we are get­ting in­quiries for our ju­nior pro­gram. What we want to do is make sure it is af­ford­able,” said Mor­row. “It is the ju­nior pro­gram, it is the fu- ture of golf.”

Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try Club’s AGM is com­ing up on March 22 at 7 p.m., at the club­house. There are three board po­si­tions avail­able. The An­nual Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try Club Auc­tion is com­ing up April 9. For in­for­ma­tion on how to get in­volved, call 403-823-5622.

Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try Club is look­ing for­ward to an­other great sea­son of golf.

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