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How to Prepare for your First Golf Tournament

A guide for your first golf tournament

Signing up for your first golf tournament is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You may question your training on how to play in a golf tournament, the rules of the tournament or even worry about the others who have signed up. The best thing you can do is relax, and you can grow your confidence by preparing for your first tournament early.

Here are four golf tips to follow when you’re playing in a golf tournament for the first time:

  • Know the Course – Once you know the location of the golf tournament, make sure you visit to familiarize yourself and observe your surroundings. You can even practice on it so you’re comfortable with every hole by the time you compete!
  • Expect Different Playing Abilities – Not only is golf a physical sport, it is also mental. The key is not to feel intimidated and get to know the players around you. Everyone is looking to sharpen their skills, and many of the players may have different skill sets than you.
  • Arrive at the Golf Course Early – Try to arrive at the golf course about 45 to 60 minutes prior to make sure you’re prepared. Be sure to go through your typical warm up on a range if it’s open to physically and mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead.
  • Know the Rules – It’s important to remember every tournament has its own set of rules. If you’re playing a golf tournament for the first time, knowing those rules can help put you at ease and make you a better competitor.

If you’re looking for beginner golf lessons in Niagara, you can find them at Rockway. Book a tee time online or contact us to learn more.
 

Five Cocktails to Say "Cheers!" to the Long Weekend

Serve these fruity and fizzy cocktails at your next socially distanced barbecue

Long weekends are for creating new memories, relaxing, and soaking up the last little bits of summer! While you’re relaxing or socially distancing with friends, here are a few drink ideas, whether you plan on taking it easy at home or the cottage.

We’ve got you covered with a range of simple, delicious drinks and cocktails:

  • Fizzy Fruity Floats – Ice cream floats are a summer essential. These fruity floats, made with orange, grape, or blackberry soda, are even more refreshing on hot, humid days. Try it with Canalside’s Orange Bean soda for a local treat!
  • Citrusy White Sangria Margarita – A pitcher of this orange, lemon, and lime sangria is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Be sure to make your sangria margarita with Rockway’s 2016 Small Lot Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Raspberry Rosé Sangria – With just a few fresh garnishes and a splash of soda, a bottle of rosé gets transformed into a summery sangria.
  • Grapefruit and Rosemary Spritzer – Stay healthy in the heat with this grapefruit spritzer! Add stevia simple syrup to your spritzer to skip the bitterness of grapefruit and to ensure your sipping remains guilt-free.
  • Summer Crush Mimosa – This mimosa is the best way to start the day!

With five cocktail recipes in hand, you’re ready for an amazing long weekend!
 

“Fore” Surprising Health Benefits of Golf

How golf can improve your mental and physical well-being

Golf is a great way to spend an afternoon with friends, however, it’s more than just a relaxing day out. The sport is more than just standing around, golfers have to be physically fit and mentally tough each round. You may not be running back and forth and getting winded, but both your body and mind are engaged in ways you might not have realized.

So, what health benefits can you expect when playing a round of golf this weekend?

  • Mental Health – The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes and often leaves individuals feeling an increase in stress and anxiety. Being physically active has a huge effect on your mindset and having a task you must concentrate on improves your focus and takes the mind off of negative thoughts.
  • Low Injury Risk – Golf is a game of minimal contact and it’s also a game where players aren’t putting their bodies under large amounts of stress like in hockey, volleyball, tennis, or basketball. Due to the low risk of injury provided by golf, players of all ages can play the game. Golf has also been known to improve core strength because of the bending and twisting motions the body endures - get a workout in while reducing injury risk simultaneously!
  • Social Interaction – Social interaction has a huge impact on mental well-being. Individuals, including seniors, may lose touch with others as they grow older. Golf gives them the opportunity to reconnect and spend a day enjoying the great outdoors and each other’s company.
  • Calorie Burn – Not only does walking burn calories, but it enables weight loss and improves heart health. Add in the physical aspects of the game – bending and swinging – and there are more calorie burning movements golfers do during a round. Carrying your bag while playing contributes to the calorie burn as well.

If you’re looking to enjoy some of the benefits golf has to offer in the Niagara Region, visit Rockway’s golf course. Check out Rockway’s tee times online and experience the health benefits of Rockway’s golf course for yourself!



Build The Perfect Charcuterie Board

How to assemble the best charcuterie board to impress your guests

Meat and cheese boards or charcuterie boards are great for relaxed, no stress summer entertaining. You can load them up with all your favorite cheese, cured meats, fruit, nuts and spreads. Top off the board with some wine and you’ll have happy guests!

The best thing about serving a charcuterie board at your party is that you can keep it simple or dress it up with fresh or dried fruits, a variety of artisan breads and crackers, olives, spreads like honey, preserves or jams. Here are four charcuterie board essentials for your next social distancing party:

  • Sweet – Include fresh or dried fruit such as grapes, strawberries, dates, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and figs. Spreads like apricot jam, fig spread, and jellies can be sweet too!
  • Savoury – Have at least three different varieties of meat and cheese for your savoury portion. Our favourites are mozzarella, blue cheese, brie, prosciutto, salami, and ham.
  • Salty – It’s important to remember that when you add cured meats to your board, they will be salty. To add variety be sure to use salty cheeses, crackers, and nuts.
  • Spicy  – Using spicy spreads or cheeses like habanero pepper jelly or pepper jack cheese can add heat to your board. Be sure to let your guests know there will be a kick!
     

Are you vegan or vegetarian or are you hosting a vegan dinner party? Load up your board with a rainbow of veggies, fruits, hummus, and vegan cheese.

Remember to pair your charcuterie board with wine! We recommend Rockway Vineyard’s 2018 Pinot Gris especially if you’re using a creamy cheese like brie or camembert. To bring out the fruity side be sure to include orange marmalade with the cheese on your charcuterie board.

To see a wide variety of our wine with pairings please visit our website.