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New team tees off at Crowsnest
Golf and Country Club
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Crowsnest Pass Golf and Country Club
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
There’s a new board, president, superintendent and chef at the Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club and they’re saying this season will be anything but subpar.
Too bad Mother Nature is refusing to let anyone play through.
Waren Gietz, the new golf course superintendent, moved to the Pass with his young family after working 16 years at Northern Meadows Golf Club in Goodsoil, Saskatchewan.
“The course has an outstanding layout with a great deal of potential,” he said. “We’re looking to build this into the kind of place that is member friendly.”
Gietz has 20-years in the golf and tourism industry, worked at Jasper Park Lodge and helped with the construction of several golf courses in the Edmonton area, including a Jack Nicklaus signature course.
His plan for the Pass’ golf course is more fairway, less rough and an easier playing course to accommodate more golfers.
“It’s naturally challenging and that’s the beauty of it. But we’re going to do everything we can to make it more player friendly,” he says.
To do that, his plan is to widen the fairways, shorten the grass and improve the greens by trimming them. He and his team are facing some challenges with the extended winter but they have a plan to overcome that: he’s purchased tarps.
Once put on top of the greens, the tarps are going to create a greenhouse effect to speed up growth.
Jason Roth, head professional for the last four years, says he’s lowered rates on all weekdays. He’s also offering a special rate for locals on Mondays and Thursdays and reminds out of town golfers that Tuesdays are discount days for everyone.
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“I just want to make the members and this community happy,” says Roth.
He is also offering early season rates, which are less than half the regular price for nine holes. If you bring your kids out, 12 and under, for a quick nine after 4:30 p.m. the youth can play for free.
The Ladies League clinic is happening on May 22, but it’s almost full. The Junior clinic, available to youth aged five to 17 is happening June 8 and the three Sundays after that.
The usual tournaments are also happening, including the Ricky Ryp and the Health Foundation’s annual events. All tournament information is being posted online.
The food situation is also changing. Alejandro Verdi, the head chef at the Blackbird Café in Coleman, is bringing his skills to the golf course this summer.
He’s preparing a modest lunch menu and a more elaborate dinner menu that should incorporate some of the flavours from his native Mexico. He says this could also mean margaritas.
Rob Amatto, the new president, says he’s happy the course will be improving and he might be calling on members for volunteer labour this season.
He says he’s looking forward to working with the new staff and executive.
The new board members are Ron Dercole, Brian Linderman, Doug Gunn, Jay Yanota and Roger White. Louise Dalziel is treasurer and Denise Coccioloni-Amatto is secretary.
The new team is waiting for the weather to turn so they can open the course. Roth says they were about ready to open this past weekend but the previous week’s snowstorm put a stop to that.
Roth is unsure when the course will be open. If they get a few days of hot sunny weather, it could be open as early as this weekend. But another weather event would push back the date.
He says this is the longest it’s taken to open the course in the time he’s been here.
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