Personal touch provides golfers an alternative to
large corporate clubs
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Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, located less than 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, has seen it all when it comes to competitors trying to market themselves to prospective members.
But, they continue to fall short.
Credit Valley is an idyllic combination of golf course and amenities, and for two friends, Brian Tenaschuk and Tim Haunn, who left a group of private clubs in the Greater Toronto Area together with a third pal in 2011, it was an easy decision to make.
“The proximity was a major driver for me to change. The course is four minutes away,” says Tenaschuk. “After 17 years (at the other club), I took a look around and heard Credit Valley had a trial membership. [After looking further, I] thought, ‘wow, it is truly night and day for what Credit Valley can offer.’”
Tenaschuk said his former home course was a great golf course, but to him, that’s all it was: a golf course.
“After six or seven months of golf operation, everything shut down. There were no other amenities,” says Tenaschuk. “Credit Valley has a fitness gym I’ve been using religiously for the last four years. There’s an indoor swimming pool, driving range and an indoor practice facility. The clubhouse is open all year round. There is much more of a social aspect and a feeling of community.”
The fact that the course has a notable and friendly atmosphere was a big reason why Haunn left his previous golf club as well.
“It was a facility that was starting to feel very corporate. It wasn’t a place you went to dine. It wasn’t a place you went to play nine holes. You didn’t practice. It was much further away,” he says of his former club.
“The whole feel is quite different. The membership is so casual… they’re so friendly and outgoing. The facilities I can use for exercising as well, and (Credit Valley) is close to home… 11 minutes away from the office. I use (the club) year-round, which has become important.”
Both Haunn and Tenaschuk wax poetic about Credit Valley’s offerings beyond just the fabulous golf course, including a swimming pool and workout room, along with banquet facilities for events large and small, and indoor hitting bays with all the latest technology for members looking to keep improving on their games throughout the winter. New this winter, Credit Valley has added two golf simulators to further add to the member experience.
The beauty of Credit Valley is also something they’re both proud of, and something that continues to be an important reason why they’re such happy members.
“It’s just spectacular beauty being in a river valley,” says Tenaschuk. “Fall. Spring. Winter. Every time I bring someone who hasn’t been there, as a guest, they can’t believe the club is in the middle of Canada’s sixth-largest city.”
While Tenaschuk chuckles when saying the course is just ‘eight stop signs’ from his home, he points out how happy he is to see his son have the ability to ride his skateboard to the course and be accepted by his fellow members.
“At the other club, they shunned juniors and tried to keep it like an old boys club. Here, he’s treated like an equal,” he says. “For the vast majority, it’s a great, friendly community of fellow golfers. There’s never been a problem getting a game, meeting new people, or hooking up with a junior wanting to play golf.”
Joining other clubs in the Greater Toronto Area would result in further drives and not as complete an experience like the one offered at Credit Valley, located less than five minutes from the Hurontario exit of the QEW. The service is unmatched and the convenience can’t be beat, either.
“If I wanted to play golf and my kids wanted to play golf, there was a lot of time spent on the road versus time spent on the course with your family,” says Tenaschuk of his previous club. “It’s nice to have Credit Valley right in the heart of the city.”
In the long run, both Haunn and Tenaschuk say they’ve saved money by joining Credit Valley, and have had a better experience than they were having before joining. A member of another golf club would be expected to purchase an additional fitness membership, and potentially an indoor golf membership throughout the winter if they wanted the all-in-one membership experience Credit Valley affords its members.
“Credit Valley has done nothing but improve its facilities since I joined, whether it be the practice facility, the course itself, or even the maintenance building,” says Haunn. “Credit Valley is always looking to see how they can improve the experience at the club.”
Less than 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, Credit Valley Golf and Country Club is a private golf club located in the heart of Mississauga nestled on the banks of the beautiful and serene Credit River. With a commitment to community, Credit Valley Golf and Country Club is the perfect place for your family to call home.