Our Titan Bud is on the Move!

Developing Titan bud

It’s true! We have peeked below the soil surface and discovered a developing bud! It has grown approx. 3″ over the past two weeks.

It may not seem much, but we’re expecting the growth rate to increase. We will be watching the development carefully to determine whether it is a bloom or leaf. A bloom bud has a rounded shape, whereas the leaf is slender.

Regardless, it will be several weeks to watch it unfold. Stay tuned for updates, but in the meantime check out last year’s bloom to see what we could be in for.

Major Predictions, by Niagara Parks Golf

Whirlpool Golf Course hole with photo

Major Predictions

As the Masters has officially kicked off the 2015 golf season it’s a new year and anything can happen in the world of golf. Jordan Spieth has won golf’s first major, the most prestigious event in golf and one of the most celebrated events in all of sports. He has also blossomed before our eyes into a role model and ambassador for the game along with the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy. The 21-year-old Texan equaled Tiger Woods’ 1997 record winning score of 18 under par to win the Masters and realize his childhood dream of donning the green jacket. He also became the second youngest winner in Masters history – behind Woods who was 155 days younger – and only the fifth player to have led all four rounds Thursday through Sunday.

While the young Texan dominated the Masters wire-to-wire, it was a leaderboard that could foretell a season of rivalries and breakthrough champions unlike any other we’ve seen in a great many years. With Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and a renewed Paul Casey all with top-10 finishes at the Masters, the next three majors will all be something to look forward to where golf history will be made.

Other Predictions to Follow

Earlier this year veteran sports writer Rex Hoggard, a senior writer for GolfChannel.com predicted that Phil Mickelson would win the U.S. Open in June to complete the career Grand Slam. After his performance at Augusta it would be hard to count the left-hander out. If he does, Mickelson will be only the second player in history to win the U.S. Open title past his 45th birthday. He turns 45 just two days before the first round at Chambers Bay, the first time the event has been staged in Washington State. Hale Irwin won his third U.S Open in 1990 in a Monday playoff at the age of 45, 15 days. Continue reading

Spring Openings & Starting off your Season

Whirlpool Golf Course and Niagara Gorge

Enjoy Great Spring Rates Until May 22

Battlefield Opens April 17, Ussher’s Creek and Whirlpool Open April 24

With warmer temperatures now upon us and golfers throughout Southern Ontario anxious to start the new season, the Battlefield course at Legends on the Niagara will open April 17th. Not far behind, Ussher’s Creek and Whirlpool are scheduled to open on April 24th. With favourable spring conditions so far this year all of the Niagara Parks courses appear to have wintered well without any significant winter turf damage.

Spring rates will be in effect at all Niagara Parks courses until May 22nd with weekday rates at $55.00 plus tax and weekend rates at $60.00 plus tax. Green fees include golf, power carts and use of the practice range when playing at Legends.

Masters Week Insider

By Rick Janes, Manager, Business Development, Niagara Parks Golf

One of the most remarkable things about the Masters is that no matter how much it changes behind the scenes, what the Patrons see remains the same year after year. The golf course is always in immaculate condition. The clubhouse is as majestic as any in the world of golf, the food is always great and you can spot golf royalty of one kind or another at every turn. If you can’t attend the Masters it remains one of the best televised sporting events of the year and a tradition enjoyed by golfing families and friends throughout the world. If you are lucky enough to score tickets, here are a few insider tips: Continue reading