GNN, APRIL, 2017
With Canada 150 celebrations happening in communities coast to coast this year, the Canadian golf industry has partnered with ParticipACTION in designating Sunday, May 28 as Get Out and Golf Day.
The ParticipACTION 150 Playlist—introduced this year in honour of Canada 150—invites Canadians to participate in 150 activities throughout 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
As part of Get Out and Golf Day, avid players and newcomers will be encouraged to participate in a round of golf (No.14 on the Play List), learn more about the sport or take part in golf-related activities at facilities in their communities.
Canadian golf industry partners – including NGCOA Canada, PGA of Canada, Canadian Society of Club Managers, Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and Golf Canada in addition to Canada’s 10 provincial golf associations – are all supporting Get Out and Golf Day.
“Partnering with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List in designating May 28 as Get out and Golf Day is a great way to celebrate the tremendous health, social, charity and economic benefits golf delivers in communities from coast-to-coast,” said Golf Canada interim CEO Jeff Thompson.
Participating golf facilities across Canada will be offering golf activities including tournaments, clinics, free golf for juniors, skills contests and more.
For NCGOA Canada CEO Jeff Calderwood, the day provides an opportunity for golf facilities to build a connection with golfers and community sport enthusiasts.
“We’re excited to collaborate with our industry partners, ParticipACTION and most importantly the thousands of golf courses across the country as Canadians celebrate our nation’s 150th Anniversary,” said Calderwood.
“There is no better way to develop sense of community than hitting the links with family and friends,” he added.
PGA of Canada professionals across the country are also preparing to deliver a golf experience to players of all interests and abilities.
“The PGA of Canada is happy to join our Canadian golf industry partners in supporting ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List with Get Out and Golf Day,” said PGA of Canada CEO Gary Bernard.
“I encourage everyone from coast-to-coast on May 28 to celebrate golf in Canada and take part in this great initiative,” he added.
The sport of golf is listed on the ParticipACTION 150 Play List in addition to other golf-related activities, disc golf and mini-putt.
“The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is a physical-activity movement, inspiring and motivating Canadians everywhere to move more and sit less, and we are thrilled to have the Canadian golf industry’s support,” said Elio Antunes, president and CEO of ParticipACTION.
“Modern life, with busy schedules, sedentary jobs, hours spent in front of screens and a love affair with convenience, has left little room for physical activity in everyday life. The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is helping Canadians sit less and move more by reminding us that being active is part of who we are,” said Antunes.