Mon, June 17
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Social Swing of Golf


DJI – The Derrick Golf & Winter Club

Golf, a globally adored sport with over 60 million players worldwide, is more than just a game of clubs and balls. This sport, dating back to the 15th century, is a mix of precision, patience and strategy. However, beyond the fairways and bunkers, golf serves as a catalyst for social interaction and community building. 

The appeal of golf lies not only in the challenge of the game itself but also in its ability to bring people together. From friendly weekend matches to high-stakes professional tournaments and community fundraisers, golf has a unique way of fostering connections. Its slow pace allows ample time for conversation, making it an ideal setting for both business networking and personal bonding. 

Let’s take a closer look at two golf courses that exemplify this spirit of togetherness and see how the world of golf is more than just a game—it’s a community. 

“The Links Golf Course in Parkland County stands out for its tremendous customer service, scenic community setting, challenging layout, quality course conditions, affordability, accessibility from major roads, well kept facilities and community atmosphere – all of which we feel helps to make it an ideal destination for golfers from Edmonton and surrounding areas to make the drive out to Spruce Grove,” says Vee Thephasouvanh, head golf professional. 

“Golf is often played in groups, providing ample opportunities for socializing and forming connections. Whether it’s through casual rounds with friends or participating in tournaments, golfers often bond over their shared experiences on the course. Additionally, golf has long been associated with business networking. Many deals and partnerships are formed or strengthened on the golf course. The relaxed atmosphere of a round of golf provides a conducive environment for building professional relationships.” 

Thephasouvanh also sees golf as a place of learning, bringing together teachers and students, new golfers and mentors. 

“Golf is a sport that requires tremendous skill and technique. Experienced golfers often teach and provide guidance to newer players, creating mentorship opportunities and fostering a supportive learning environment.” 

When it comes to fundraising, Thephasouvanh knows golf is an ideal vehicle to bring together people with important causes. 

“The combination of broad appeal, networking opportunities, high perceived value, community engagement, brand exposure and flexibility make golf fundraisers an effective and successful strategy for many charitable organizations and causes.” 

What does Thephasouvanh wish more people know about the benefits of hitting the greens? 

“Golf is a sport that emphasizes etiquette, respect, and sportsmanship. Players are expected to adhere to a code of conduct that promotes fair play, honesty, and integrity. Learning and practicing these values on the golf course can translate to other areas of life. Playing golf teaches valuable life lessons such as patience, perseverance, discipline and resilience. Golfers learn to deal with adversity, manage emotions and problem-solve on the course; skills that are applicable in various aspects of life.” 

Over at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club, the year-round activities and family-friendly atmosphere bring people together in different ways. 

“The Derrick strives to create a home away from home for all members. More than a golf course and athletic facility, there is a strong community that makes our club a special place for all members to fit their lifestyle. At the club, all ages can find likeminded people and build lasting relationships through shared participation in club activities and unique social opportunities,” says communications coordinator Izzy Agostini. 

Being a club that offers winter activities means plenty of choices for families, individuals, teams and groups of all kinds. 

“Each season offers something different,” Agostini continues. “Experience skating, cross-country skiing and special holiday events like brunch with Santa, the summer kick-off party, and our Halloween party. Seasonal camps are offered during school breaks for junior members to keep active and social. With an extensive recreation guide for every season, all members can find new activities to take part in or participate in their favourites.” 

Agostini also values how golf and fundraisers are so compatible. 

“Golf is an excellent opportunity for business owners to support local charities. This is successful because of golf being inclusive to all ages, creating a fun way to give back to the community for all.” 

Agostini wishes everyone knew that, “Many people assume you must start golf at a young age. Golf is a game you can start playing at any age! It is never too late to learn the game and to enjoy it. Golf is a great sport where people of all ages, from different walks of life and different skill levels can enjoy time together.” 

As we wrap up our journey through the greens and fairways, it’s clear that golf is much more than a sport. It’s a social institution that fosters camaraderie, builds community and bridges generations. From the casual weekend golfer to the high-stakes professional player, the golf course remains a unique arena where relationships are forged and strengthened. So, whether you’re drawn to the call of the course for its challenge, its tranquility or its social allure, remember that each swing, putt and hole-in-one is part of the larger narrative of connection and community in this wonderful world of golf. Here’s to teeing up togetherness in every game!