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Like golf? And hockey? Then this is for you

Friday, February 08, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CRIMSON RIDGE
GOLF CLUB

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Soo Greyhounds announce Crimson Ridge Golf Club partnership

The Soo Greyhounds are happy to announce that Crimson Ridge Golf Club will be their home club moving forward.

The Greyhounds and Crimson have teamed up to offer a combination of golf and hockey for all you sports lovers out there.

“We’re very excited to have the Greyhounds onboard. Being in a massive hockey market, I can’t think of a better fit for us than the Greyhounds,” says Ryan Bastien, head golf professional. “We now have the unique opportunity to offer a year round sports package including golf at Crimson and hockey with the Greyhounds!”

The announcement comes a few days before the Greyhounds will host the Sarnia Sting in a very important conference game which has playoff standing implications involved and Crimson Ridge will be the game night sponsor.

“A big part of the partnership will be offering fans the opportunity to enjoy not only hockey in the winter but also golf in the summer,” says Chris Hulit, director of corporate partnerships. “Helping businesses succeed in this community through unique branding strategies at our games is only one of the small benefits of becoming a partner of the Greyhounds. We are more than excited to enter into this partnership with Crimson Ridge and have them showcase to our fans the type of high-level entertainment available through this pact.”

The Crimson Greyhounds membership is now available for purchase and it includes a 5 1/2 day membership at Crimson Ridge and one season ticket to the Greyhounds for the 2013/2014 season.

Crimson will have a table set-up during the game if anyone is interested in getting more information about memberships, housing, and green fees or you can contact Ryan at ryan@golfcrimsonridge.com

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sinikka 2/8/2013 10:22:17 AM Report

With the proposed increases they are planning for this year, crimson ridge better look for other avenues of getting traffic at their course. Ask the current members how they have been treating since the ownership change . Good luck to peter and his group as they are going to need it.
learningaswego 2/8/2013 10:38:24 AM Report

Probably a dumb question, but what is a "5 1/2 day golf membership"?
crimsonpro 2/8/2013 10:46:03 AM Report

5 1/2 day membership allows you to golf anytime during the week and after 12 on Sundays.
crimsonpro 2/8/2013 10:51:22 AM Report

@sinikka, as the new golf professional I can assure you that the level of service will be amazing and every member will be more then happy with the changes. As for the rate increase, 6 years of losing money and the rates must go up. All of our rates include cart and we are very comparable to the country club rates. Give me a chance this summer and I'll prove it to you.
Number One Son 2/8/2013 11:03:45 AM Report

But your rates aren't better than many nearby Michigan courses by far, .... that is the problem. I would love to golf at Crimsom Ridge as you are virtually in my back yard, but when I can golf at the Sault Michigan Country Club course for 18 holes with a cart for almost half of your price, ... I would be foolish to go elsewhere.
crimsonpro 2/8/2013 11:13:49 AM Report

I understand the price is so much better across the bridge, and it's impossible for us to compete with them. We have a much better golf course, better service, better condition, and conveniently located for the local residents. Crossing the bridge in the summer is a hassle (waits can be over an hour) and you may miss your tee-time, golf becomes up to 7 hours when you cross the border when you can stay here for 4 hours. Time is important to most people. Not to mention both sides of the bridge will be under construction this summer making the wait times even longer.
Darkwing 2/8/2013 2:45:09 PM Report

What is going to be the price for this package???
golfnuttt 2/8/2013 2:46:57 PM Report

@Crimsonprp

It's not just your green fee pricing that's too high. You have been gouging Hack n Slash every year with increases. Every other league is in the $20-25/week range why have your rates risen every year from $25 to $30 and up up again tis year??? Too rich for my blood I'm out......
crimsonpro 2/8/2013 2:56:06 PM Report

Hack and Slash league get a great deal from us. We close our golf course every wednesday afternoon to accommodate the 128 player's that the league have. We offer a very competitve price for 9 holes and a cart. I'm not sure you'll find too many course where you can play 9 holes with a cart for $30. The league is over full every year so I think the price is worth it.
Darkwing 2/8/2013 4:15:27 PM Report

Crimsonpro....you will find that it is difficult to reason with sootoday commenters
I'm In 2/8/2013 5:42:26 PM Report

crimsonpro: as long as you can compete with Sault Michigan, Pickford, Hessel, the Oaks at Kinross, and Tanglewood as a last resort you will do alright but I doubt it, and a Soo Greyhound Jr. A hockey season ticket is not worth a $500.00 a year, cause Branch won't let the Soo host another Memorial Cup Tourney. Good luck cause I'll only use the Algoma lung association 2 for 1 coupons at your club after 2 pm on the weekends.
crimsonpro 2/8/2013 6:37:34 PM Report

The Soo Greyhounds have a huge following and I'm disappointed to hear that you do not value their team. Watching OHL hockey is as good as you're going to get in Northern Ontario. The season ticket price is over $500 and well worth it. As for Crimson, we don't want to compete with all the courses you named, they are quite a few tiers down from us. We are a premiere championship golf course (ranked 13th best in Ontario 4 years in a row).
Norm 2/8/2013 6:40:10 PM Report

I'm In, Sometimes waiting on the bridge to go golfing can be frustrating in the middle of summer. Also the Soo will likely host another Memorial Cup, David Branch doesn't pick the venue on his own.
oil79 2/8/2013 7:09:13 PM Report

Crimsonpro ...from a longtime Saultite to somebody who is new to town ...it does not matter to the people here if Crimson is a ranked course or not as whoever has the best deal is who is going to be the busiest ...this does not just affect the golf industry here but all business as we are a blue collar town and people will stretch their dollars as much as they can ...also with you not being from here I take it you have not golfed any of the courses in this area as Sault Michigan is always is great shape and same goes with all of the other UP courses ...wish you nothing but luck in your new position.
oil79 2/8/2013 7:12:13 PM Report

Just noticed two spelling mistakes in my above so before all you grammar nuts and people who have nothing better to do than harp on peoples comments I apologize on behalf of my quick mistyping fingers.
crimsonpro 2/8/2013 7:43:16 PM Report

I was born and raised in Northern Ontario, so I'm a northern boy and have had the priviledge to play a few of the UP courses. I totally agree that some of them are good and some are what they are. In saying that we will offer an amazing experience and look for some great changes moving forward.
sumosah 2/8/2013 8:04:58 PM Report

@Crimsonpro

There is alot to make up for... the way not only I but a few avid golfers I know - have been treated in the past, and the whole renigging on the northern golf coupns thispast year left a bitter taste in a lot of peoples mouth.

It is a nice course but I will give the service another chance but price wise well im still on the fence whether its worth committing with certain considerations ...
sumosah 2/8/2013 8:04:59 PM Report

@Crimsonpro

There is alot to make up for... the way not only I but a few avid golfers I know - have been treated in the past, and the whole renigging on the northern golf coupns thispast year left a bitter taste in a lot of peoples mouth.

It is a nice course but I will give the service another chance but price wise well im still on the fence whether its worth committing with certain considerations ...
crimsonpro 2/8/2013 8:32:54 PM Report

I'm sorry you've had bad experiences in the past. Unfortunitely I can't control what's happened in the past, but I can promise the future will be bright. 2 for 1 coupons are a great tool to fill golf course when it's empty, but often times they over fill golf courses and slow down the pace of play which is not a good thing. They also devalue your regular rate, why would anyone want to pay full price if they can get a 2 for 1. Our rates are set and are the same for everyone, it's fair that way. As for sitting on the fence with certain considerations, feel free to email me and I'm sure I can resolve them for you.
I'm In 2/8/2013 11:15:35 PM Report

Don't get me wrong your course is a great course and I don't care if it is #1 ranked in Ontario, but the courses within a 50 mile radius of Sault Michigan are not second class to Crimson because the Oaks at Kinross was featured in golf magazine, your prices are too high - bottom line and like the one poster commented this is a blue collar town and we have to stretch our entertainment $.

P.S.: people wait on the bridge for a tank of gas, groceries etc., so waiting on the bridge to play golf for $40.00 cheaper than Crimson its worth the wait
crimsonpro 2/8/2013 11:39:02 PM Report

$40 dollars cheaper would definitely be worth the wait if the golf is similar. $60 including cart sounds like a good deal to me. Considering $55 and $62 with cart are the rates at wild bluff which is a comparable golf course!!
sinikka 2/9/2013 12:50:27 AM Report

crimsonpro i think you will do a fabulous job. however you have definitely been thrown into a hostile environment. The owner did not even take the time to meet the members last year.It is obvious that he is more interested in developing the real estate than dealing with the golf course and the members. Members never knew when there was a tournament at the course last year.I don't even want to speak about the club championship as it was an embarrassment. When you consider all that has happened with this golf course in the past 10 years do you really think that such an increase in membership cost was merited.I think that the new owners have definitely overestimated the soo market but all the power to them . Good luck to you as it seems that you are eager to do a good job and i am sure that you will.
crimsonpro 2/9/2013 11:09:42 AM Report

Thanks for the feedback, and yes I am eager to make this the best place to golf. As for the owner's, it's definitely not their responsibility to let members and guests know when a tournament is taking place, and also how to run a club championship. That's the golf professionals job and that's why I've been hired!! Being developers they are definitely interested in the housing aspect but they are also not forgetting about golf, we have lots of changes happening right now to better improve the golf experience and service.
Gives us 1 year under the new ownership and staffing, we'll prove how good Crimson can be. It's very difficult to take over a golf course in the middle of the season and not to mention a course that had no direction or management. 2013 is really like starting over!! This will be a new Crimson Ridge.
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