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The Overview

A dull start to what should become a sunny day this afternoon. Light breezes and cooler temps make it a great day to be inside or outside – your call. Everyone will remember it is not a normal Spring day. It is one to be enjoyed in our bubbles. We happen to have a 155 acre bubble on which we live, so we will walk about, sharing at a distance from others. When the sun breaks through this afternoon, Hendrik will want to get out and explore. He can socialize with you if you meet us on the course. We will be 2 metres away.

The discussion around mental health is now growing around the world. In the hardest hit countries, they are in for yet another 2 weeks of lockdown – and they started before us. The key word coming out is that people need to get outside. They cannot stay inside fore much longer. This is a marathon, and we are likely past the halfway point, but not near the finish line. We need to buckle down for the next 2 weeks and watch the numbers fall. But, people need to spend their emotional capital every day. Before C19, we could do this vicariously through our sport heroes by watching them on TV while remaining isolated. The sport channels, including golf, have used the re-run option to satiate this need. But the challenges continue to grow. While we joke about it, couples and families have likely not spent this much time together – ever. In the past, there were options like a round of golf to at least change the venue, if not the partners for a while. In golf, we have advocated to keep courses functioning on a safe level so that people have a release. This is not for everyone, but it can be for many. Bike riding, walking are advocated – not in groups. Sitting in driveways separated but chatting seems to be ok. This all blends in golf. And we are trying to figure out how to bring this to you soon. But until we can do this safely, we remain in the planning mode. And we need you to prove this can be done safely when we get to try it.
Remain committed to self-isolation with a reasonable edge. We are blessed that there is lots of room in PSM for walking and other activities. Maintain your mental health. Help others keep theirs. Keep an eye on your neighbour – especially if they are elderly (remember – there are more Canadians over 65 than under 16).

Remain committed to self-isolation with a reasonable edge. We are blessed that there is lots of room in PSM for walking and other activities. Maintain your mental health. Help others keep theirs. Keep an eye on your neighbour – especially if they are elderly (remember – there are more Canadians over 65 than under 16).https://business.google.com/photos/l/13796743035258181793?hl=en

The Radar Never Lies!

Our opening temperature starts at 2C(FL -2C) and will warm to 9C (FL 7C) in the afternoon and then chill to -2C (FL -4C) overnight. Riding the weather waves.
The UV index is MODERATE with clouds letting sunshine through after lunch.
The NW winds sail down GBay to Muskoka today and tomorrow, moving along in the 10-15kph range.

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Daylight Hours

Sunrise – 6:49 AM, Sunset – 7:50 PM. Lots of daylight, some sunshine this afternoon.

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Road Report

Road report – roads are all clear. Two plows out in all of Ontario – do you see one?

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Course Update

We walk on your course and so do our neighbours – at a distance. Things are drying very quickly with the breezes and sunshine combining to remove surface moisture. The cart paths are very dry so walking is a nice treat. The weather is warming, and the grass is greening. The course is quietly awakening fore your first visit.
We have been finding lots of golf balls in the roughs – they are popping to the surface of the matted fescue. Not many are Titleist balls. Which means that fewer Titleist have been lost than the other brands. Nothing says new golf season like a new batch of golf balls. We have our e-commerce portal where you can purchase the 4 4 3 Titleist ProV brand of golf balls as a Spring Special. We also have Callaway with the same offer at this time.
Golf ebooks will be on our site by week’s end. If you can’t actually golf, you can read about golf. And if you want to mentally play the course, you are welcome to pre-pay some rounds and dream that you are using them every day!

Are you of age less than 40? Ask about our graduated member programs. $10 per year under 26, $20 x age til you are 40. We know you need to keep some cash for living – so we have made this as affordable as possible. Call us – we will confirm this.

Think outside the normal golf tournament box. We have great options involving FootGolf and LawnBowling that can involve the non-golfer in your event! Call us – we some unique concepts.
Determination and hard work will make you a better player. A lesson helps! Let us know – we have great programs from the beginner to the player.

Course Wildlife - not the ones on the carts!

Golf courses are a nature preserve where we get all sorts of animals cruising about. You never know what you will see – keep the camera ready! With the ponds just about clear of ice, these creatures will be cruising the course – talk about slow play!!

The Dogs

Hendrik is quite content to be around us more than ever in this isolating time. He is loyal and stays around home. He keeps our Cortisol (stress levels) in check and fore this we are grateful. With the ponds now open, he is quite happy to watch any activity on them.

A Special Day In A Wonderful Setting

Weddings are a special day for many people involved. Here at Muskoka Highlands, we reduce that stress with attention to every detail.
But our distinguishing feature is our setting – both inside and out. The clubhouse is designed to hold about 85 guests and the picture shows how this can happen. For larger parties, we engage a tent professional to create a unique setting outside.

Do you want to feel the warmth of a timber-frame clubhouse? Drop us an inquiry – weddings@muskokahighlands.com. We will respond and we will work with you to make your day special.