Is this too much for a Golf Website?

Photo Provided by Rossland Tourism | Photographer: Dave Heath

The headlines today from business websites paint a difficult road ahead for Canada, and perhaps the world, from an economic standpoint. The Canadian dollar reaches a 12 year low at 70 cents and change. Some top analyst have the cdn dollar going to 60 cents and oil prices going to $20 a barrel before we see a turn around. The truth may be slightly less but all in all it’s a difficult scenario. While we lament our forgone trips to US hotspots and come to grips with higher lettuce prices we need to not lose sight of the opportunities.

Does this sound like too much info for a Golf Website Blog? Beer drinking and fun loving golfers are also keenly aware of how prices affect their ability to recreate and spend their hard earned dough. Why read on? Simple! Redstone and Rossland in Super Natural BC is one of the most beautiful places in the World and now it’s on sale. Everything from Golf to real estate is on sale with no specific ending date. Rossland B.C., the home of Redstone, is constantly being touted as one of the last great places. The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and Sunset Magazine have all done articles on Rossland with the same theme ; a genuine town with super people and loads of recreational opportunities.

Malcom Gladwell has written many insightful and thought provoking books over the last ten years. Gladwell’s “Tipping Point” is a book I have read twice. I am obviously not a writer, nor would I presume to condense his book into a single sentence, but here it goes anyways… The book reveals a set of conditions that need to exists for a small number of people start to behave differently causing a ripple effect. Gladwell refers to “Mavens”, “People Collectors” and “Salesman”. You know a Maven. They meet someone on a chair lift or at the golf course and invite a perfect stranger to a potluck thus collecting another friend. You also know the salesman. The person who tells all their friends that they discovered Rossland and encourages or sells the idea that you should ski, golf or mountain bike in Rossland. They are so passionate about it that their enthusiasm encourages people to act. There are external conditions that also need to happen to make all of this work. I believe that there are Mavens and Salesman in our midst and perhaps the drastic drop in the Canadian dollar is exactly the condition that causes the cocktail to fizz and flow over the top.

For those of you that don’t know, in the late 80’s you could buy a home in Rossland for $10,000, the ski hill was owned by a club, the golf course was a 9 hole community run course and mountain biking was just starting to develop. On top of that Black Jack Nordic Trails were operated by a small group of volunteers pulling a small groomer with an old sled and downtown had empty shops and the infrastructure (pipes in the ground) were rotting due to age and neglect.

Fast forward to 2016. The ski hill was sold to private hands and has added 4 new lifts and renovated the day lodge. A couple hundred condos were built, Grey Mountain was added, a new hotel is being built. Redstone golf course was built with 51 new homes in the subdivision, downtown was renovated and upgraded and new specialty shops have popped up everywhere. Mountain biking has become an industry with 100’s of kilometres of Trails and Blackjack Nordic club has new day lodges, a biathlon course and has been upgraded with modern grooming equipment. With 600 plus members.

Have we tipped yet? Not yet. Our population is about the same as it was in the late 80’s but we have extended our reach. In other words, with all of the infrastructure built in the last 26 years and the capacity planned and developed for the next 100 years, Rossland is at the cusp of a giant step forward. The average person in Rossland does not see it, but they feel it. Especially this ski season. The lines at the grocery store are longer. The variety of languages in the check line are not as familiar. The faces at restaurants, shops and liquor stores are ones we just can’t place.

Have we tipped? Not yet. I predict (yes this may be stupidly bold) this winter is the year that Rossland, B.C. tips. Why? Over the years, all of the impressive articles written about the place were developed through the eyes of someone that could see the future. In many ways it has taken 26 years for Rossland to develop and fulfill all the promises that so many people have written about. The lower Canadian dollar will be the catalyst for a next wave of growth. I believe this impending growth includes population increases and increased development of services that people require. That’s the opportunity part.

Yes the dollar and lower commodity prices are painful, and will require adjustment to the Canadian economy, but Rossland has matured and planned for the next phase.  If you’re ready to live in the “Recreation Capital of Canada” then don’t hesitate, because once we do “Tip” you may find yourself saying, “I remember Rossland when it was X$’s to buy a home.”

I have loads of anecdotal evidence to support this but this is just a Golf Blog,


Rossland Museum Tournament

Join us July 11th for the first annual charity golf tournament for the Rossland Museum Renewal Project.
It is a shotgun start at 3pm, best ball. There are lots of prizes and a chance to raise some money for a great cause. Call the Golf Shop at 250-362-9141 to register you team.

Strangest thing ever turned in to the lost and found

Well this is a mystery. We get all sorts of things turned in to our lost and found but this one takes the cake! Our members are so great about turning things in that they found on the course and we are always finding stuff in the golf carts that have been left behind but this one is the strangest. Does anyone know what it is and the story behind it. Would love to know who it belongs to and what it means or is used for. What are your guesses? My guess is a bird leg of some sort and it’s use….back scratcher????

Maglio Mixed Open

We are on the countdown to the Maglio Mixed Open make sure you get your registrations in by June 22 so you dont miss out. Here is one of the many great prizes that are up for grabs this year. Thank you Pacific Coastal Airlines for sponsoring with a flight for 2 from Trail to Vancouver return!!!

Register your twosome on our website or call the Pro Shop at 250-362-9141.

Social Time

Here is the Teck Lead Refinery Social club teeing off on Friday. Thank you Chris and Tony for letting us host you this year, see you on the 25th!

June is a busy social month we are hosting lots of groups and have some great events coming up. Not only is there great golf but we also have amazing food just ask the Teck boys they had an incredible steak buffet dinner for their visit. There are still a few prime dates available give me ( Darby) a call at 250-362-9141 and I can tailor an outing for your group specific to your needs.

This weeks Mens and Ladies night sponsor is The Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland. They have given a night stay for each club to give away as prizing this week. Good luck!!

For the Ladies since our fashion show last week was rained out we are holding it this week along with a 5:00 shot gun. Call the pro shop and get you name on the list. As always we still have $35 Ladies night special for the non members this includes your green fee, dinner voucher and prizing.

Group Golf and Great Friends

Kelly St. Jean brought 7 of his friends from Calgary to celebrate a few birthdays and play some great golf. We enjoyed hosting them very much! What a great group of guys.Kelly booked early and was able to take advantage of our great rates.
There is only 6 days left to book our $129!? Are you out of your mind? Special. This package is $129 per person plus tax based on double occupancy and must be booked before May 31st, but can be used anytime during the 2015 season. This package gets you 1 night stay at the Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland and 18 holes of golf. To book this before time runs out you can call me (Darby) at our toll free number 1-877-362-4555 or email

Live it Up at Redstone Resort

I have been living at Redstone for the past four years and absolutely love it.  I golf, Ski, hike and Bike.  There is more to it than that though.  The Massive number of Trails connecting Rossland is just outside my back door.  In fact everything I LOVE TO DO IS WITHIN 8 MINUTES OF MY HOUSE.  There was a moose on the green on 16 this morning.  I wake up early just to watch the sunrise.  I have no alarm clock waking me up to tell me to go to work.  I have no 45 minute commute.

I feel like one of those lottery commercials where the person can’t believe they won it.  I am inviting you to check out the homes on our website.  Better yet call for a visit and SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.  The value is unbelievable and the local amenities are world class.  If your not from the area check out the deals page on our website for a stay and play.  I guarantee we will not put the hard sell on you.  The locals here don’t boast about what they have but when you ask they will get a wry smile because they have something here that few people in North America have and they really do Live it Up! at Redstone.

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2021 Redstone Tournament Schedule

Opening Day Front Nine

May 1st

 Opening Day Full 18

Mid May

XL Quality Products Members Opening Scramble

May 15th

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Canadian Tire Jumpstart Tournament

June 5th

Trail Youth Baseball Fundraising Tournament

 June 26th

Forget Me Not Mixed Scramble

July 3rd

The Ruby Ladies Tournament – sponsored by The Josie

July 24th

Harry Pepper Senior Open

August 7th

Groundkeeper’s Revenge

August 14th

Men’s Club Championship

September 12th

Fly Wide Open

September 18th

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Closing Scramble

October 9th