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Dear Lighthouse Fan,
I have been waiting to send you this note for 488 days. I promised you we would return and today I am shouting it from the rooftop of our historic town hall... we are back!
I have been vibrating with excitement for days waiting to share this news with you, and now that I have, I should paint the whole picture.
I knew at the beginning of this year that the key to summer performances was an outdoor theatre experience featuring some great one act plays and started immediately looking for potential partners who could help bring my vision to life. That is when Mark Stortini offered the use of the professional event tent he has on the grounds of the Links at Dover Coast. It is the perfect canvas for restarting the engine that is Lighthouse.
We will begin with a world premiere from Mark Crawford titled Chase The Ace, the story of Charlie King, a big city radio host that is forced to take a job managing a small-town station. Not only does Charlie quickly find himself embroiled in a story of municipal corruption, but a pandemic has swept across the globe on his first week. This hilarious one-man comedy is the perfect beginning to Lighthouse’s re-opening journey and I cannot wait to hear your laughter fill the tent.
The second show is by Lighthouse favourite Kristen Da Silva and is a Lighthouse commissioned play and world premiere titled Beyond The Sea. On a pier in a small town a pair of strangers begin a conversation that can change the destiny of two lost souls forever. Theo and Gwen explore love, loss and the importance of looking forward. With humour and heart, they show us that no one is perfect … and in the end, that may be the greatest strength that we all share.
We are eternally grateful to the community partners who have helped us reach this critical re-opening milestone. Thank you to Execulink Telecom for returning as the Season Presenter before we knew what our summer playbill would look like, to the McKeil family for their generous support and to the Links at Dover Coast for giving us a temporary home where we can get back to doing what we do best, making you laugh. We would also like to recognize the Province of Ontario, who provided funding during the pandemic to help us purchase the necessary health and safety equipment needed for re-opening.
The team at Lighthouse has been working towards this for many months and we are ready to welcome you back and share these funny and touching stories with you. We are also planning a production and hosting some incredible rental events for the fall and early winter if indoor capacities and regulations allow. But more on that down the road.
Now for the minutia...
Following the government’s re-opening restrictions, we can welcome 54 patrons for each performance with each pair of seats spaced six feet apart. Face coverings will need to be worn in the tent until you are seated, then they can be removed.
Tickets will be sold in pairs to match the seating lay out with 27 pairs available for each performance. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Tuesday July 20. Donors and subscribers will have access to a limited pre-sale prior to the tickets being available to the public.
The full details of our Covid-19 protocols and what to expect when visiting our tent can be found on our website at here.
I cannot thank all of you enough for your support and kind words over the last 16 months. Your positivity and commitment to be there when we returned helped me and my team remain optimistic. We start our journey in nine days with a small audience of 54, a couple of charming one act plays and with our sights firmly fixed on a full summer season of sold out shows for 2022.
Men's Club Champion Glenn MacNeil
Senior Men's Club Champion Les Edwards
Ladies Club Champion Marion Reid
Senior Ladies Club Champion Janelle Fairgieve
Junior Club Champion Jack Millard
To Our Valued Guests.
We are incredibly honoured to have served you and your family during the provincial lockdown, we are confident that we will have an exceptional social experience at our varied operations soon which will allow you to relax and enjoy a clean and safe space.
Our Mission has always been to provide our Guests with exceptional experiences in the safest environment possible. We have been following the guidance of Health Canada, Ontario Ministry of Health and the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit and taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our Guests and our team.
We also continue to use signage postings to inform guests prior to and at arrival to the general guidelines of obligations to you our guests.
We would like to share with you the enhanced steps we are taking in addition to our strict sanitation standards already in place at all operational locations
We value our Guests, Team Members and the communities that we serve. We may ask you for contact information, this is at the behest of the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit, for contact tracing purposes.
We kindly request that Guests refrain from visiting us if they feel unwell.
We will continue to monitor new developments, taking guidance from Health Canada, Ontario Ministry of Health and the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit and we will continue to evolve our safety and sanitation standards as needed.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Dover Coast Family
Order Groceria or prepared Take Out food online using the Pro Shop laptop computer.
Orders can be placed at the start or end of your round for same day pick up.
Place your order and select your pick up time for zero contact delivery to your vehicle at David’s Restaurant carport.
An outdoor licensed patio space adjacent to the Links Pro Shop
*This is a self order and self clear operation where guests can order from either the Pro Shop Counter of the Cutter Cut Window.
Beverage and snack foods are served from the Pro Shop
Prepared food orders from the Butter Cut Pub can ordered for either zero contact pick up or delivery to the Pro Shop
League night meal features can be ordered for either zero contact pick up or delivery to Links Pro Shop as well
*In an effort to reduce the amount of contact with materials and ensure the safety of our guests and staff we are introducing a process where by guests will come for counter service at either the Pro Shop counter of the Butter Cut Pub service window. When you have completed your visit please remove all items and dispose of waste in appropriate containers. Links staff will regularly treat areas with 100% food safe sanitizer to ensure a hygienic environment.
With the start of the new season we thought it prudent to send out some general information of where we are at with the construction of the “front 9” holes of the Links at Dover Coast.
We are happy to inform you that holes #2 and part of #9 that were seeding last season have begun to germinate. In having this seed start up we have now been able to stabilize the soil that was worked as to prevent any loss of shape due to erosion.
Holes 2 through 9 remain in various stages of completion. Number 2 being the one requiring only bunker sand and the green cavity yet to be filled.
Rough shaping has continue on holes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 tee decks, with a greater emphasis on holes 5, 6 and 7 through the past winter.
We performed a modest change on hole 7 to move the tee decks a little closer to the ravine to help create a moderate shape to this beautiful par 4.
The pond we constructed that is surrounded by holes 4 and 8 has stabilized as we had some concerns with water retention. The clay base has now sealed and our pond level is now confirmed.
A drain system from the pond at number 9/10 has now been joined to the pond at number 4/8 as a safety overflow and as a continuation to the primary drain through the ravine between holes 7 and 11.
The scrub brush along the ravine has been cleaned up as to provide additional air flow through this area to support and assist turf growth.
Due to COVID-19 when have stopped construction since March 15 and at this point we have yet to return to construction. Our hopes are that we can return to this as soon as possible.
Our commitment is to the completion of this project however it is important to note that the development of this project is linked directly to the development of our residential community. As there are some barriers we are trying to overcome with development issues related to residential water there is considerable patience required as our efforts are being focused on finding a solution to potable water issues with the County.
We thank everyone for your patience and we look forward to updating you with further information as we continue to develop the region’s premier Golfing and Lifestyle Community.
We look forward to seeing on the course in 2020.
Pictured is Glenn MacNeil (Men's Club Champion), Steph Halfpenny (Ladies Club Champion), John Lindsay (Senior Club Champion)
Drop by The Links at Dover Coast during the 2019 golf season for a taste of locally sourced cuisine from David's On Tour award winning food trailer!
Open Tuesday through Friday 11am - 8pm! Weekly All Day Features, as well as a set menu, available to golfers & the Public!
Check out this video of the pond construction taking place on holes #4 & #8
It is with tremendous pride that we announce that The Links at Dover Coast has been officially rated by Golf Ontario and by the results, the design is a testament to the goal of setting out to build a course that is fair to the uninitiated but a challenge to the seasoned.
Our Course Ratings range from a low of 120 to a high of 142 making this a very accessible course all the while being highest rated challenge of golf in the region.
Now get out for a round!
Amelie Chanda of Norfolk County Tourism dropped by The Links at Dover Coast on May 18th to do a live podcast! Amelie is the Active Living Ambassador of #GoNorfolk. Watch as she tours the golf course with Manny Borges, Golf Manager/Golf Professional at The Links at Dover Coast, and visits with members during a Thursday Night Mixed League shotgun match. Amelie & Manny discuss the community & how to get active by joining a golf league. See the semi-private golf course first hand as Amelie walks the course!
Stay up to date with The Links at Dover Coast on Facebook!
What a beautiful sight this morning!
Seeding of holes 10 & 18 has begun!
Let the 9 hole parade commence!!!!
Golf Course Irrigation?......Check!
Water pumping through the sprinklers?......Check!
Having a Superintendent (Rick Buttenham) who really knows what he is doing?.....PRICELESS!!!
What a difference a week makes when you irrigate the course none stop! A beautiful site!
FINALLY!!! The day has come to pump water from Lake Erie into our ponds. Massive irrigation will commence on the entire course!
Green plush course here we come!!!
Construction of the Pond on the 9th hole is underway!
On July 1, 2015 The Links at Dover Coast held its Grand Opening Ceremony. Below are some photos from the memorable day!
Join us on July 1, 2015 as we celebrate The Links at Dover Coast Grand Opening!
The Opening Ceremony begins at 9am and is followed by an outdoor bbq, vendors, and live music by The Dudes!
We will be offering 2 for 1 green fees and cart rentals, as well as Bocce Ball and a Pickleball clinic.
Drop by David's Restaurant and purchase tickets to enter our draw for a chance to be the first foursome to play the Links! Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20. We will announce the winner on June 27th.
When teeing off on the first tee, participate in our tee challenge! Proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Society of Haldimand Norfolk!
Hope to see you there!
Links at Dover Coast is pleased to launch its new website, just in time to invite members of the community to book their tee time online. July 1, 2015, Links at Dover Coast will be officially open for golf. The Links at Dover Coast website not only provides information about the beautiful golf grounds, it also enables golf enthusiasts to book their tee time, half round, or full round, for 2, 3 or 4 people. The Links at Dover Coast Golf Club season in 2015 will be from July 1st to season close.
The website also enables Pickleball players to book their courts online as well.
Links at Dover Coast is just one of the premiere amenities that is part of the Dover Coast Adult Lifestyle Community which also include Elements Day Spa, David’s Restaurant, and the Double Olive Lounge.
South Coast Shuttle Bus Service travels from Port Dover -- starting at David's Restaurant -- to Long Point. Stops are as follows:
Fares are $2.00 one-way in town or $6.00 one-way out-of-town.
Detailed shuttle bus information including the schedule for the South Coast Bus Service linking Port Dover, Vittoria, Normandale, Turkey Point, Port Rowan, and Long Point.
Pickleball courts are available now. You can book a pickleball court by calling the pro shop.
View of Dover Coast Homes across the Golf Course
May 31st - having just sodded around bunkers and green of #14. Fairway, rough and green seeded
May 31st - green side bunker #14 with fresh Ohio White
May 31st - from behind #14 green
May 31st - from mid tee of hole #14 - entire hole is now seeded
#15 - View from rear tee deck - 215 yard par 3
#14 - Hole now completed - to be seeded again spring 2014
- view from 100 yards out to green
#14 - View from tee deck side of ravine - seeded with fescue mix in foreground, next is waste bunker then mounding out of waste bunker to fairway grade - approximately 450 yards from green - tee deck system elevates 6 meters above fairway grade and length of hole from back deck is 605 yards.
#16 - View from behind green - a par 4 with moderate dogleg - plays 380 yards from back deck
#13 - standing on the tee deck system for #13. This area has been raised by 9 metres. In the distance your sightline is to the south directly at Lake Erie. On the left is the 3.5 acre pond with the golf hole playing around behind the south side of the pond. From the tips the hole plays 360 yards in length. The infrastructure is such that all drainage for the 17th hole flows into this pond as does #12 and 13. An 8" overflow line maintains a constant pond level with overflow going to the main irrigation pond on #14. Another way for us to use on site water to its fullest extent.
#17 Green. Shaped and graded this green has 3 distinctive regions that will benefit the golfer hitting the location and penalize you if you happen to be on a separate tier. In the distance is the future area for #10 and #18 as we head north to highway 6.
#12 Green and fairway - in the foreground the green is shaped - in the distance is the tee deck system. On the right is the east side of the 3.5 acre pond. This par 3 will play 190 yards from the tips with a full green front side bunker protecting the green surface.
#11 Fairway - a 3 meter cut is started working to the left (the north) toward the tee deck system. Your tee shot will be played to the approximate location of the rock truck you see in the image. From there you will be hitting over an open ravine to an elevated fairway structure and green. The hole plays 455 yards with a forced layup at about 180 yards.
#18 tee - yes, we are that far. This tee deck system is 3 metres above grade. Aiming to the north #18 plays 530 yards and will lead to the future Hotel/Conference Centre complex. During the winter of 2013 - 2014 we will be striping the topsoil from this area to sculpt numbers 10 and 18, as well as the start of the excavation of another 3.5 to 4 acre pond.
Have we been busy! - Or shall I say, has Bill & Kurtis been busy! We have done extensive work including the completion of #14 with drainage and 80/20 greens mix. The irrigation is near completion. We have begun sculpting hole #17 and have made tremendous efforts with the excavation of #13 pond. The weather has cooperated for the most part in the latter part of June and July and have had a great start to August. Our intent is for fall planting of holes #14 and #17. We have also added holes #11, #12 and #13 to our list for late season seeding.
Mainline drainage from #17 to #13 Pond.
New Fountain for pond aeration on #15
A little rock truck to build #18 & #13 Tee complex
Looking East from mid fairway #17 to the green
Rain events have been the order of business through the month of May - beginning in the latter part of May during which time we had a site visit from Darrell Huxham (below in red) and meeting with the golf shaping contractor (Connell's Construction) from Peterborough, Ontario; we began in earnest, the shaping of hole #14. #14 is a significant hole for the course, a 600+ yard par five with vistas over looking Lake Erie, the hole plays along our 5 acre irrigation pond and is adjacent to New Lakeshore Road.
Darrell Huxham (in red) and Bill Connell (in brown) are seen here at the back tee deck for hole #14. Site lines, tee deck shape and size are being staked as is the cart path locations. The general aesthetic is also being discussed to ensure the design and vision of Darrell's plan are being communicated.
A few things can be derived from this image - note the clay stuck to Darrell's boots. As mentioned earlier, rain fall was considerable during the month. This caused some delays in shaping schedules as the terain was too soft for heavy equipment. This photo is taken from behind the tee deck system on #14, in the distance on the right is the irrigation pond which will come into play on your second shot and approach shot to the green. In the distance on the left the building is the approximate location of the green for #14.
Ah - some blue skies. Having had a couple of days of sun and wind, the ground has dried enough for us to get out and shape.
In the background is the tee deck system and burm system for #14 - the excavator and tractor are doing the final contour shape on the tee deck side of the ravine which seperates the tees from the fairway on #14, in the foreground material is being shaped for the fairway landing area for #14.
This photo is taken from approximately 100 yards from the green on #14. The small tractor and dump trailer are on the extreme right of the green surface. Greens drainage is being installed.
With significant precipitation as of late we unfortunately have lost 2 weeks of excavating. Dry and chilly conditions this past weekend has permitted us to get back out today.
Here we are taking down the north side edge of #14 by 1.5 metres to accomodate an extensive "beach bunker" which will lead to the irrigation pond on #14. The material (the second photo) is then brought to the south side of #14 for the back support of a fairway bunker approximately 300 yards from the tee deck sets.
Photo # 1
Currently we are in the process of excavating a 3.5 acre pond which will be a significant water featured surrounded by holes 11, 12, 13 and the tee off at 14.
The images below provide you with a sense of the magnitude of the pond excavation in this area.
Progressing well, approximately 3/4 of this pond has been excavated with the material being used as the subsurface for holes 11, 12 and 13 as well as for the mounding seperating these holes from number 17 green.
Once rough sculpted, the area will be fine sculpted and resurfaced with topsoil in preparation of irrigation and seeding.
The completed construction of these holes with the currently completed holes move us closer to our intended opening in the spring of 2015.
Looking South East at eastern edge of pond
Initial Grade at 1/3 span of excavation
Rock truck hauling subsurface material
Second rock truck being loaded
Work is set to continue on the golf course. Heavy machinery has been arriving all week. The crew is preparing to begin excavation of a 55,000 cubic meter pond. Holes 11, 12 and 13 will be shaped around its perimeter and feature a stadium style mound 5 meters high. Our own little amen corner should begin to take shape by early April.