Road to Glencarin
03 OCT 2018
The season-long competition for the ClubLink Players Club wraps up October 11 at Glencarin Golf Club, and there is already a buzz of excitement for 2019.
The CPC’s “Road to Glencarin” was a thrilling summertime sprint through many of ClubLink’s fabulous courses. Daily fee players were able to also play at Platinum-level clubs like Wyndance and Heron Point, giving them unparalleled access to the finest facilities in Ontario.
The program underwent some major transformations in 2018, says Dustin Johnstone, the program director with ClubLink, which made it a more valuable experience.
“We took some time to listen to our members and made some changes based on a lot of that feedback,” says Johnstone.
“We think a lot of those changes this year have been for the better of the program.”
With just over a week left before this year’s year-end celebration at Glencarin – a sprawling 27-hole Thomas McBroom links style masterpiece - it’s a perfect time to sign up for 2019 for the ClubLink Players Club.
You’ll get tremendous value at fabulous golf courses, plus the opportunity to make new friends while playing some of the best courses in Ontario at the best price, via ClubLink.
“We’re being a lot more cautious that our Players Club is the best rate,” says Johnstone.
ClubLink Players Club members have access to the tee sheet up to six days in advance, beyond just the standard five days, for spots that weren’t already reserved for a full ClubLink Member.
They also enjoyed additional perks in 2018 including complimentary driving range access, and access to the nine-hole academy courses at some private clubs.
Existing members of the CPC were looking for a league-type opportunity, and ClubLink has delivered in spades.
Don Hyslop recently retired from the finance industry, and was thrilled at the upgraded CPC program in 2018. He says the variety of the courses combined with a competitive, yet fun aspect of the CPC made it a summer to remember for him.
“One thing about golf is that a lot of people who play enjoy the integrity of the game, and they’re quality people,” he says. “I’ve definitely made some new friends.”
Hyslop says the value – even for someone who is retired – is unmatched. Everything from 18-hole rounds to weekend escapes to ClubLink destinations like Muskoka to play Rocky Crest and Lake Joseph didn’t break the bank.
During the weekend in Muskoka, which Hyslop calls a, “fabulous deal,” he captured one of the first-place trophies. He will participate in the season finale next week at Glencarin.
Golfers were able to earn a spot at the year-end celebration via either competition success, like Hyslop, or number of events played throughout the season. Golfers can be play their way in, or be rewarded for their longevity.
The Road to Glencairn gave 52 golfers the opportunity to compete in the finale, as two qualifiers from each league event played their way in, while those who consistently played all summer increased their chances to earn their way in. The 26 players who participated the most got a chance to join in on the fun with great golf and food and drink.
“It was a friendly competition,” says Johnstone. “We’re going to have all degrees of golfers, so the thought was to ensure this was a league for all Players Club members. It’s not going to be driven off low-digit, highly competitive golfers or by high-handicappers who are just looking to go and play. We wanted to include both sides of the equation.”
Johnstone says the decision to bring all the ClubLink Players Club members together at the end of the year to celebrate a great season was an easy one – and it’s already something to look forward to in 2019.
“We wanted to bring all these people back together and bring them into an environment with fun competition at a top-notch golf course. Many of those clubs… they wouldn’t be able to play otherwise,” he says.
The clock is ticking on this year’s ClubLink Players Club season, but the 2019 program is just around the corner.
You wouldn’t want to miss out on a joining such a wonderful league, meant for all skill levels.
“I would definitely do it again next year,” says Hyslop. “There’s no question.”