Like Myra and I, Marilyn and Pearl order the delicious fish tacos. — Bill Flower photo

Column: New promotions at ‘Memorial’ in Qualicum Beach

Don’t miss the ‘Nine and Dine’

Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club – www.golfqualicum.ca

In an effort to reach the lofty heights of the beautiful golf course known locally as just “Memorial”, the adjacent Thalassa Restaurant has introduced a couple of new promotions.

The “Nine and Dine” is already a huge success and it’s no surprise that more than 1,000 golfers have taken advantage of this very attractive offer already this year. Now there’s a couple of other deals that may make your day a culinary delight as well as a ball striking one.

Tee off between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. for $24 and the early bird gets the muffin and a coffee, too.

At the completion of your round, it’s a great way to relax with your friends plus they are homemade. We’ll call this one, “The Sunrise 9”. While you’re there, you may be wondering what how your week may play out.

A return visit for the mid-afternoon “Happy Hour” choosing one of four meal choices and a cold one for $15 should free up a little more cash to play even more golf on Canada’s No. 1 9-holer.

I can whip up a great burger here at home on the George Foreman Grill, so for Myra and me it’s the fish tacos all the way.

No more driving to Tacofino in Tofino for us. You get two good-sized fish tacos plus a side along with a cold beer or wine as long as you place your order before the clock strikes 5, all for 15 bucks.

Nowadays, we are all used to the recorded telephone message we hear that states, “This call may be recorded for customer service and training purposes”.

Recordings of the team at Memorial would indicate that Class A CPGA teaching professional Steve Busswood is very friendly and efficient, old golden voice late shift Larry is straight and to the point, aspiring assistant professional young Tony poised to be mistake free and then there’s Head Professional Neil Bidewell.

Foreign diplomat, guidance counsellor and stand-up comic all wrapped up into one persona, Neil continues to carry the torch for all the uber-friendly golf pros of the world.

Eavesdrop on him when’s he’s on the telephone and you’ll see why golfers enter and leave the pro shop feeling as good as they can.

It’s also evident that it rubs off on the entire pro shop team. I think if it was politically correct Neil would hug every golfer that enters the pro shop, and a fine pro shop it is. I know because Myra’s closet looks like a mini version of it.

On Friday, Aug. 2, Memorial hosts the Quality Foods Senior Ladies Amateur.

Now, if there is ever a group of golfers you want to put out a good food spread for, it is these 64 golfers, most of whom have raised families and cooked many great meals.

After 18 holes of competitive golf, they’re sure to have a great appetite for a nice summer meal and dessert too, put on by Kalli, Oura and their friendly team at Thalassa.

From the Fairway

Here’s a rare sight, a greenskeeper crew that has not one, not two, but three qualified superintendents.

Morningstar now employs Rory Johnstone, formerly at Memorial, and Rod Siddons, formerly from Fairwinds. You talk about an A-team.

Both join Gord’s crew this year with lengthy pedigrees and are very welcome additions.

As always good golfing,

Bill

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