2017 Golf Season
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff and all the present members, welcome to the Gowan Brae Golf and Country Club as a new member. We are pleased that you have decided to become a member of what we think is one of the finest golfing facilities in New Brunswick. In order to make you feel at home and more comfortable as a member we have prepared an information package for you which is as follows:
Access and Parking:
When accessing the property through the long entrance road, we ask all members to drive very carefully and be on the look out for golfers who may be in and around the roadway. Golfers cross the road at #11, which is just after you enter from Youghall Drive and again at #7 which is about half way into the club. You may drive up to the front door to drop off and pickup people or equipment, but parking is limited to the outside parking lot. Again, drive slowly and use caution when using the entrance road.
Club House, Pro-Shop and Lockers:
The club house is open at 7am every morning during the golf season. An excellent menu is offered for all members and guests including breakfast. Lockers are available for use down stairs for the men and ladies. Club cleaning and storage is also available for all adult members. For these services there is a small charge and arrangements can be made with the staff in the Pro Shop. We encourage all members to utilize the club for all occasions and you are welcome to bring friends into the club to enjoy our beautiful facilities.
The pro shop is under the direction of Head Pro, Adam Chamberlain and Assistant Pro Chad Townsend. Adam and his staff are committed to serving your needs. If you need any help with your game including lessons or equipment do not hesitate to ask Adam or Chad for help. You will find a full range of products available from the shop and if you need other service in this area, the staff are eager to serve you. Power Carts, pull carts, range passes and green fees can be booked through the pro shop as well. Also, Adam and Chad are both fully trained to offer club fitting to ensure you are using the proper equipment to play the game.
Power carts can be booked through the Pro Shop for a daily rental or for yearly or corporate rentals. Gowan Brae has a fleet of 60 golf power carts for your use, complete with fold down wind-shields, so you may want to take advantage of this service that is available to you as a member. Power carts are $14 per seat for members and $19 per seat for guests per 18 holes.
The Driving Range is located next to #1 fairway for use by all our members. This range is one of the best facilities you will see anywhere and can improve your game dramatically if you use it periodically. There are a number of packages offered for hitting practice balls ranging from warm up buckets to large usage packages for the season, so again see our staff in the Pro Shop for more information.
Tee times can be booked 48 hours or less in advance between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm. As an example, tee times for any time on Saturday can be booked after 7:00am but before 6:00pm on Thursday. For the day of play you can book directly with or call the starter. We ask all players to check in with the starter as soon as you arrive at the club and to be there at least 10 minutes before your starting time. Of course all golfers must register with the starter when they are on duty before beginning play. After 7:00pm at night we ask players to make their own groups and play on a first come basis. During peak times, there should be four to a group in order to maintain good pace of play on the course.
Speed of Play:
In order to ensure the best golf experience possible while playing at Gowan Brae it is essential to maintain a pace of play consistent with the club standard. This means that we allow 4Hrs and 10 minutes for a round of golf as a guide. Two hours are allotted for the front nine and 2hrs and 10 minutes for the back nine. There are a number of clocks located on the course to assist you in ensuring you are maintaining your allotted time. Each clock has a sign below that stated the alloted time to reach that location. If you have taken more than the alloted amount of time to reach that location you must speed up your pace of play.
Fundamental Rules of Etiquette:
Some fundamental rules of golf etiquette to follow at any club would include raking your sand trap after use, replacing your divots (ask for demonstration if not sure how), patching divots on tees with sand from the bucket provided, allowing the group ahead of you to clear out of range before hitting, keep power carts and pull carts away from the greens and tees by following the cart paths, using the proper dress code which is posted near the starters booth, keeping the pace of play as described above and by following the club rules as posted. The dress code prohibits men wearing tank tops, blue jeans or gym shorts. Ladies are prohibited from wearing short shorts.
On course services:
There is a canteen/washroom located on the course that can be used after playing #5 and #12 holes. In addition to this, we will have a convenience cart circulating at busy times during the season for your use where you can buy food and beverages. There is also a rain shelter located on the course at #15 tee that offers protection from heavy rain.
There are a number of weekly activities in which you can participate if you so desire. On Tuesday morning and Tuesday evening the ladies have golf activities which you can enjoy by checking with the ladies club captain. Thursday afternoon and early evening is men's night. This is a very popular day as a number of businessmen take advantage of this function to enjoy a round of golf and a fine meal afterward. See the starter for details.
Corporate Friday Afternoons:
Friday afternoons are quite often booked for corporate events. In order to allow our members to play a full round during these days, we have a shot gun start in the mornings at 7:30am. A shot gun start simply means players go to designated tees throughout the course and begin play all at the same time. Obviously, everyone will finish at the same time allowing the corporate event to begin in the same manner. These corporate events allow us to maintain our membership fees at a very competitive rate while offering our facility for community functions.
Also, a number of other club events are held throughout the year for both men and women. You can view the schedule on the bulletin boards or visit our new web site at gowanbrae.ca Also, there are news letters sent out by e-mail periodically with good information.
If you have any questions regarding the operation of the club, please get in touch with the Director of Golf Adam Chamberlain at 546-2707 ext#5.
Board of Directors:
Following is a list of the Board of Directors and their designated function within the club. We encourage you again to talk to the appropriate board member about any concern or positive comment you may have for your club.
Keith Assaff - President
Brian Fitzpatrick - Past President
Jamie MacLaggan - Mens Club Captain / Vice President
Kathy Grebenc - Secretary
Phyllis Roy - Ladies President
Shelagh Eddy - Ladies Club Captain
Todd Morrison - Finance
Colin Brewster - Personnel
Carl Kenny - Greens Committee
Tara Erb - House committee
Donna MacKay - Director
Pat Edwards - Director
Dan Boulay - Director
Rene - Blanchard - Director
Shaun MacDonald - Golf NB Govenor