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Changes at Ontgolf.ca

Regular readers of Ontgolf.ca, G4G and Fairway Stevie will notice a big changes in coming days.

First of all, there will be a general overhaul of the look of the site, including the home page and individual blog pages. The aim was to “clean up” the look of Ontgolf.ca to make it easier to navigate and find the increasing amount of information contained on the site.

Secondly, a great amount of new content is being added to the site. That includes new blogs in addition to G4G. Ontgolf.ca is welcoming top Canadian teacher, and former Galt G&CC head pro, Dave Smallwood on for regular golf tips and instruction. Starting in the Spring, Dave will be running a remarkable golf academy at Whistle Bear Golf Club that will has indoor hitting bays and the ability to fit clubs from all major manufacturers. It is an ambitious project and we at Ontgolf.ca are pleased to have Dave and his associates providing readers with insights into the game. Watch for Dave’s instruction blog postings starting soon.

We are also pleased to have the pointed commentary and musings of our own “Old Pro,” Gary Slatter. A professional since 1966 (and former Captain of the CPGA), Gary has worked in Canada, the U.S., Bahamas, Jamaica and Greece. Once head pro at Bayview CC, Gary has favoured the resort business, specifically the Westin adn Sheraton Lucaya Resorts. Gary is long on experience and opinion, so I know this will be one worth tuning into regularly.

Additionally, we will soon be adding our “Unsung Hero,” a blog written by a superintendent of one of Ontario’s more established private courses. Providing anonymous insights into the way a golf course is run, and offering readers a look at the difficulties of maintaining a top quality club, Unsung Hero will dish the dirt, quite literally, on greens and fairways. Look for this one soon.

As some will have already noticed, starting in May our new Weekend Hacker feature will appear to offer public golfers completely unbiased reviews on value-priced golf from across Ontario. Utilizing a clear ratings system, the Weekend Hacker will tell players where to tee it up during their precious free time — and where to avoid.

Also new is Gear Head, a section dedicated to equipment news and reviews and supported by all members of the Ontgolf.ca team, with a focus on equipment by gear junkie Steve Waxman.

You’ll also notice a new forum where Ontgolf.ca readers can debate and dissect the nuances of the game from a variety of perspectives. In order to draw attention to this new section, watch for a variety of prize contests in coming weeks.

In all, a lot of changes at Ontgolf.ca. These will allow a better user experience, with more insight and more information in as we continue to strive to get better. Like the game of golf itself, we’ll occasionally hit one out of bounds, but we’re also hoping to make a boatload of birdies on the way in.

As always we appreciate your feedback — positive and negative. Let us know if there’s something you’d like to see on the site, or if there’s something you’d like to contribute. We’re always open to ideas.

Thanks for making us a regular stop, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of you in the future.

RT

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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