We are fortunate to have our practice range, putting green and short game area in very close proximity to the first tee and clubhouse. The practice tee includes a large bentgrass teeing area and the range with multiple targets at varying distances, allows players to practice all aspects of their game. The short game area includes a green with a large bunker where members can practice their sand play, and a fairway area for work on wedge play.
Given the time constrained society that we are in, our club's number one golf course improvement priority is the development of a new short game facility. This facility will include a new 9,000 sq/ft putting green, a 5,700 sq/ft chipping green with two bunkers and a large fairway area. When complete, this will be top short game facility in the area.
According to Graham Cooke, our golf course architect:
“The changes and additions shown in the plan offer an ideal use of this land. With a growing membership and the demands of more golfers, more lessons and clinics, the need for expanded and updated facilities becomes a necessity. The new age of golf boasts far more time practicing than 15 or twenty years ago. Many golfers’ schedules don’t allow the typical 2-4 hour window for golf all that often and instead will opt for an hour of chipping and putting instead. The new putting and chipping greens will provide an excellent and attractive passive use feature that all can enjoy.
“The chipping green, as shown, provides excellent utility and a practice opportunity that is easily accessible. The chipping green, as shown, does not interfere with the course or create congestion. This green and turf will reflect the high conditioning of your other course greens and thus will add interest and finish to this area of your property.
“Few courses have the advantage of space to undertake a project of this nature. Fortunately, this course work can proceed with only a minor interruption to the traffic flow in this area. Having these additional attractive greens should satisfy the important putting and short-game practice demands of your membership for the long term.”
Rivermead Golf Club recognized for Environmental Excellence
The Rivermead Golf Club was proud to host the CPGA Centennial Golf Tournament.
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. holds the Rivermead Cup for being the low Canadian at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf And Country Club in Vancouver, July, 24, 2011. RBC Canadian Open winner Sean O'Hair looks on in the background.(Richard Lam/QMI Agency)