We had our first golf game of the season Sunday. Each got a par on a par 3. Won’t talk about the rest of them. Only played 9 holes, so it could have gotten better, maybe!
Back at Cedar Glen in Williamsburg, our golfing playground for quite a few years. Less than an hour’s drive down south from home, but still worth it, even though it is a lot smaller this year. Owner Dennis Casselman had to sell the back nine to a farmer neighbour, so now it’s back to nine holes, like it used to be years ago.
A family enterprise totally, with loyal following of golfers mostly from the Winchester region plus stragglers from the big O. (Ottawa, that is).
We use a power cart, mainly to avoid pulling weighty golf clubs, and walk when we can. Have done 18 holes in 3 ½ hours on a normal day.
Dennis, the hardest working golf club owner we know, has done much of the heavy grounds work himself, with help from others, operating an amazing variety of tractors that keep the course in top condition over the season. Asked if there is anything he doesn’t do around the club, he has a ready answer: “Just about everything, except play golf. I don’t have the time.!”
Friendliness of Dennis, Kathy and other family and staff characterizes Cedar Glen, which is why we love to go there even though we don’t take part in its many competitions or special events. We drop in for an after game Smirnoff on ice once in a while, but usually drive off for home along highway 31, or on side roads when not in a hurry.
That longish drive tempts us sometimes to check other courses closer to home, but none come close to Cedar Glen’s modest senior couple membership and cart rental rates. The extra kilometres are well worth it.
An added bonus is access to the cheapest gas prices charged in the whole area. Every second golf day finds us pulling into the Pioneer gas pumps at Winchester, topping up the tank at prices as much as 10 cents lower than the top rates charged in Ottawa. The Pioneer dealer prides himself on beating competitors all along the highway. The answer, he says, is “location, location, location.” It is near the highway 43 intersection, and the main road into Winchester. Lining up there is the nearest thing to a traffic jam in that area.