Building Your Golf Library

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If you have a golf library, or if you’re just starting one, there are some classics that no serious collector should be without beginning with The Story of American Golf by Herbert Warren Wind, one of the great books of golf first published in 1948. In the second half of the twentieth century, Wind took golf reportage to new heights writing primarily for the New Yorker and The Story of American Golf is just that—a great story. You can’t put it down, even though you know how it ends.

Wind also contributed to one of the very best instructional books of all time. Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf by Ben Hogan and Herbert Warren Wind is a timeless classic that outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport. Whatever your skill level it’s a must read for anyone who knows that good fundamentals are where great golf begins.

Not far behind Hogan’s masterpiece is the Little Red Book by Harvey Penick. Penick’s life in golf began as a caddy at the Austin Country Club in Texas and eighty-one years later he was still there, dispensing wisdom to beginners and pros alike. After sixty years of keeping notes on the things he’d seen and learned Penick’s Little Red Book (named for the red notebook he always kept) imparts simple, direct, practical wisdom that strips away all of the hyper-technical jargon to help golfers of every skill level play their best.

If there’s a book on the mental side of golf that belongs in every library its anything written by Dr. Bob Rotella one of the most sought after performance coaches in golf today. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game. His book Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect, for example, promotes an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer’s game, from mental preparation to competition. It can help anyone.
Another must read by Canadian golf writer Lorne Rubenstein is A Season In Dornoch his account of a summer spent in the Scottish Highlands with his wife in a rented flat in the center of town just steps from the Royal Dornoch Golf Club. He writes about the friendly, sometimes oddball people who love their town, their golf, and their single-malt, but most of all he writes about a summer lived around golf, in a community where golf is king. It is wonderful read and a great gift for any golfer.

Another book by Rubenstein is The Natural Golf Swing written with Canadian golf great George Knudson. A disciple of Ben Hogan, with a swing that many contemporaries compared to Hogan’s, Knudson gets at the root of what Hogan was trying to explain when it comes to actually swinging the golf club. While Hogan’s book The Five Lessons remains the benchmark in how to hold the club, Knudson gets to the heart of the swing motion, creating a golf swing that is in balance, physically pleasurable, and with a minimum of effort. It is a book you will want to read over and over again.

Celebrate #AeroCar100 with Niagara Parks

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This Saturday, we’re kicking off the celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of our Whirlpool Aero Car with a free pop-up concert featuring The Darcys and Modern Space at the Aero Car site! Niagara Parks Culinary will also be on location during the concert with a BBQ and beer garden that will be featuring our limited edition Aero Car Ale. If you’re joining us for #AeroCar100, here’s a few tips to help plan your visit.

 

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The Whirlpool Aero Car was designed by the Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo, and has been in operation in Niagara Parks since 1916. The cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and offers a spectacular view of the swirling Niagara Whirlpool, the Gorge, and the Class 6 whitewater rapids of the Niagara River. Guests can ride the Aero Car with their Niagara Falls Adventure Pass or purchase individual tickets at the attraction counter. The Whirlpool Aero Car is located at 3850 River Road in Niagara Falls.

 

 

 

Travelling to Niagara Parks

Coming from the GTA? Enjoy the comfort and ease of taking GO Transit to the Niagara Falls GO/VIA Station. Trains run Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until September 5, with stops at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO Stations, and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Stations. Find your schedule here.

Take the WEGO Green Line North from the main transfer hub at Table Rock Centre or from the Niagara Falls GO/VIA Station to the Whirlpool Aero Car. WEGO Green Line North departs the Niagara Falls GO/Via Station & Bus Terminal every 12 minutes and will be making additional return trips after the show. Some parking is also available on-site. Find your WEGO schedule here.

 

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Spending the day in Niagara Parks?

Arrive early and enjoy all that Niagara Parks has to offer. A daily parking pass, which includes unlimited in and out privileges at all of our parking lots along the Niagara Parkway for one full day, can be purchased at any paid parking lot or pay station in Niagara Parks for $25, tax included. All three of our Niagara Falls Adventure Passes include one-time admission to the listed Niagara Parks attractions, along with two days of access on WEGO, the hop-on, hop-off bus transportation system that connects Niagara Parks with your hotel and other tourist areas in the city. Choose your adventure: Classic, Nature, or Plus.

Looking to explore even more of Niagara Parks? Here’s a few more ideas:

If you’re looking for dining options near Niagara Falls, look no further than Niagara Parks Culinary. Our five full-service restaurants located along the Niagara Parkway are Feast On certified, offering guests the very best of Niagara food and beverage.

 

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Staying an extra day?

From August 5th to 8th, enjoy several events hosted throughout Niagara Parks during Mid-Summer Days! From #AeroCar100, to the Siege of Old Fort Erie (Canada’s largest 1812 battle re-enactment), to the annual Niagara Parks Golf Whirlpool Amateur Tournament at Whirlpool Golf Course, to the fireworks show over Niagara Falls at 10:00PM on Sunday night.

Share your experience with us on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #AeroCar100.

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Need extra help planning your visit to Niagara Parks? Check out our online Trip Planner for more information!

Titan Arum Youngster’s First Bloom Opening Soon

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A small Titan Arum surprised everyone at the Floral Showhouse several weeks ago by sending up a shoot that has become a flower bud. This Titan Arum wasn’t expected to bloom this year because the underground corm weighed only 27 lbs when it was re-potted. (Pictured above, this year’s first bloom, Morph, stood an impressive 57.5″ tall)

Titan Arums don’t typically bloom until the corm is 35 lbs. This “little guy” has grown steadily every day for the last several weeks and now stands 53.5” tall – impressive for this youngster’s first bloom.

The frilly pleated spathe is still wrapped around the purplish centre spadix on July 22, and the flower is expected to fully open early next week.

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The Floral Showhouse is open 9:30 am to 5 pm daily for visitors to see the Titan Arum and many other floral displays –orchids, cacti, succulents, annuals and tropicals.

For information call 905-356-2241 ext 2400 or follow along with the Titan Arum’s growth online: niagaraparks.com/titan