Dinosaur trail Golf and Country Club held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 29. Annual dinner and auction coming up on April 21.
After a somewhat dismal season in 2017, the executive, staff and members of the Dinosaur Trail Golf Club are already planning for a better year financially in 2018.
Some 50 members attended the annual general meeting at the course, still snow covered, on Thursday, March 29.
A lot was on the agenda, as President Greg Morrow guided the meeting through the financial statements, aided by Treasurer Trevor Gough. The club experienced a loss, despite a lot of soul-searching and cutbacks, but the executive did a great job of still providing a well-conditioned course to the golfing public. Financial statements for the years 2016 and 2017 were approved by the members, and the statements will be emailed to members in the coming weeks.
Course manager Phil McCluskey reported on the challenging times facing the club, somethingis prevalent in today’s golfing industry. He told the meeting that there were several successful events held at the course, and the Mixed Open combined with the Alberta Golf Tour event, with entertainment and great weather was well received and will only get better. He thanked the Ladies golf group for their efforts on behalf of the club, selling 50/50 tickets at events, resulting in the club purchasing new pins and cups, and there will be some new deck furniture in the upcoming season. It was also mentioned the course has received approval to hire three STEP students this summer, for mainte- nance jobs to students returning to school in the fall. There will be family golf time Sunday afternoons, and a new and improved junior golf program directed by pro shop staff and volunteers.
He reminded the meeting the Annual Dinner and Auction is upcoming on Saturday, April 21, and that Community Day will be on Sunday, May 27.
Course Superintendent Colin McKenzie gave his report starting with the announcement that Randy Gwinner has been named Assistant Superintendent, and also he is looking at several projects including a rebuild of the bridge on hole 3, cleaning up the entrance to the course off the Dinosaur Trail, and some changes to the teeing area on 7.
Golfers will notice a big difference on the first hole, as a number of trees on the left side of the fairway have been removed. This was courtesy of Atco Electric’s Greg Smith and his crew holding a tree-cutting day of instruction for Atco Employees. As well, there is hope for a new putting practice green on the site where the old clubhouse stood. He would also like to pave some of the cart areas causing concern, but only if the budget allows.
New director Paul Tokarski joins reelected directors Mike Kostelecky and Wes Chung as a result of the election held at the end of the meeting.
Other directors who are continuing their terms are Greg Morrow, Tony Johnston, Landon Bosch, Tony Pliva, Linda Traquair and Amy Yavis.
The course is slated to open May 1.