The latest news from Pegasus Golf Course

Guest post from Brett James, General Manager at Pegasus Golf & Sports Club

We’ve had some exciting news here at the Pegasus Golf Course this month, with Golf Australia Magazine recently naming its top 25 New Zealand golf courses. We came in at 8th place overall and the number one course in Canterbury.

Here’s the review –
It’s not often you get a touring professional offering unsolicited compliments about golf courses but Australian touring pro Lindsey Wright did just that during an interview recently.
“Pegasus is beautifully presented but it’s the kind of course where you have to really think about your playing options, which I really like,” Wright said of the venue for her 2012 Women’s New Zealand Open victory.
I have to agree with her. Pegasus is an impressive newcomer to the NZ golf scene and after two growing seasons it is offering the kind of playing surfaces you might expect at a course where the green fee is twice the price.

I’m very proud of my team, there is a really good buzz around the place at the moment, and rightly so. It goes to show that hard work really does pay off and not only were we rated 8th but we are also excellent value for money at $50 and everyone is welcome at our course.

In other news, we will be holding the inaugural Pegasus Golf Open on 17th June. We’ll have free use of the driving range prior to the tournament starting at 10am. I am really looking forward to kicking off the event for the first time and hopefully this will become an annual fixture on our club’s competition calendar.

To download the entry form go to our website – www.pegasusgolfcourse.co.nz

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Pegasus is a busy place to be

Guest post from Jenny Lake, Business Development Manager at Pegasus

We have enjoyed a very busy summer season here at Pegasus this year. We’ve built a really strong reputation as a great venue for loads of different events and I’m excited to see how quickly Pegasus has grown in popularity. It makes my job so rewarding to see such a range of people out enjoying the wonderful facilities we have on offer here.

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Triathlons and multisport races are common on the event calendar, with races for all ages and levels. Recent events have varied from primary school children taking part in their first triathlon, through to elite athletes racing in the Contact Tri Series and House of Travel Triathlon races. Pegasus has fast tracks on offer – smooth roads for cycling, hard running trails alongside the lake and the flat waters of Lake Pegasus. I’ve been told on many occasions, competitors love coming here to race.

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Lake Pegasus has hosted a wide range of sporting groups this summer – waterpolo, paddleboarding, surf lifesaving, sailing, open water swimming course, sailing and waka ama to name a few. It really is the perfect location for competitions and fun days for everyone to enjoy.

Back in February we had the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour visit Pegasus, featuring headline acts John Butler Trio and Aloe Blacc, with support from NZ artists Annabel Fay and Tiki Taane. The concert was held on a Friday evening, and despite the wet weather an estimated 3,500 crowd turned out to enjoy the music. This was the first time a large concert had been held at Pegasus – but I hope it’s the first of many.

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As well as these large scale events, our team at the Golf Course specialise in all sorts of other events – weddings, conferences, quiz nights, staff parties and family celebrations. We were lucky enough to receive some beautiful photos from Rochelle and Joe’s recent wedding. They tied the knot on one of the sandy beaches of Lake Pegasus. They found plenty of beautiful locations for photos after their ceremony – thank you for sharing them with us and congratulations to the happy couple. Photo: Kim Hamblin Photography

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A golfing tip from our Pegasus pro

Guest post from our Golf Professional at Pegasus Golf & Sports Club

This week our pro Aiden Berry lets you all in on a little secret.
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Sick of hearing “keep your head down”? The more you try to keep it down the more it seems to pop up? The problem lies in your feet. If your weight falls to the heels your hips will drop causing your upper body to arch up (thus the term “head is lifting”). It simply lifts due to it being at the top of your spine.

So the next time a fellow golfer tells you to keep your head down, focus on setting and keeping your weight on the balls of your feet (feet flat to the ground).

Good luck out there!

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Slaves to the rhythm, by Alison Dormaar

Guest post from Alison Dormaar, Pegasus resident and author

I don’t know about everyone else, but advances in technology nowadays leaves me feeling somewhat dense. Every six months or so, it seems a new ‘application’, ‘program’ or hi tech device hits our market and, being the novelty junkies that modern people are, we all rush out to buy. Whether or not we really need the latest Swiss army knife style pager, I-pad or I-phone with cameras, Wi-Fi, Internet, searchlights, Skype, cigarette lighters and God knows what else all included is a matter for debate. The thing is, we have somehow convinced ourselves we cannot live without them.

How on earth has humanity managed to survive, if not flourish, for the past million or so years without these wonders of scientific advancement? Well, somehow we have and what’s more, I’d say we’ve done pretty well. Even thousands of years after the event, people still marvel over such ancient feats of genius such as the pyramids, and if one goes inside hallowed places such as the Sistine Chapel and oooh and ahhh over its masterly creation, it is worth remembering that Michelangelo and his assistants did it all without any hi-tech devices whatsoever.

When one watches teenagers strolling about feverishly clicking away at their cellphones or fiddling maniacally with their I-pods as if their very lives depended on them, it does become apparent that humanity has inflicted a new and merciless master on itself. We love to give ourselves the illusion we have it all under control – we cover our small, demanding devices with colourful and personalized covers, we regularly change the dial tones, we hang charms and other nick-nacks off them to proclaim our mastery – and yet, each time that little tyrant beeps in your pocket, you are all too desperate to instantly obey. One can almost imagine the damned things reclining on some cushioned couch as you kneel abjectly at the foot peeling more grapes to feed their insatiable appetites – or in the modern sense, buying and downloading more air time, which as many of us can testify, can be a somewhat pricey business.

I said earlier it all leaves me for one feeling dense – and yet, I wonder if that is truly the case. In this manic era of texting, many social observers have noted there has been a substantial decline in written standards and verbal communication; some time ago I remember watching with fascination as two teens, clearly friends, sat side by side on a bus texting away furiously to each other – and not one word passed their lips. One would like to think that the Art of Conversation is alive and well, but seeing scenes like that is somewhat worrying.

As if happens, I do have a cellphone which I keep for emergencies or for back up should I be out and about. It is plain, simple and unadorned. All it does is handle phone calls and that is why I have it. I don’t like texting people every five minutes to see what they are doing nor do I expect they will be there to answer my electronic summons at the push of a ‘send’ button 24/7. I like to think they have a real, tangible life and what’s more, I prefer to physically meet with my friends and talk face to face rather than hop online with Facebook and Twitter. It is so easy to type out something stupid online for everyone to see that you may well regret later. With a physical friend, at least you can make amends openly and your facial gestures will display your sincerity – the typed out word lingers in Cyberspace forever, stark, rude and unforgiving.

Technology should be our tool – not the other way around.

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Oh Richter, you Rotter! An update from Alison Dormaar.

Guest post from Alison Dormaar, Pegasus resident and author

Okay, I believe I can safely speak for everyone here in Canterbury when I say that I am sick to the back teeth of earthquakes. You can tell visitors from the locals by their reactions even to the smallest tremors. Outsiders leap to their feet and wildly look around while locals yawn and go “oh yeah”, as well they might, being veterans of over 10,000 aftershocks and still counting. GeoTech for many of we budding seismologists inCanterburyhas become an old and familiar friend (did anyone send them a Christmas card?)

Mind you, the events of December 23 served as a sharp reminder that however much we all like to forget it in New Zealand, we live on the Ring of Fire and that no matter where you live, there will be some level of risk. A few nights later we were treated to a regular smorgasbord of quakes, starting at 1.30 am and continuing until 5.45 am where we were farewelled with a grand finale measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale – but most people do agree, that swarm of over 19 shocks was out of the ordinary. I do know that come daylight, I for one who had borne the past year with as much stoic passivity as possible, snapped, brewed the most potent cuppa imaginable and committed fearful ravages on a box of scorched almonds (one great thing about the festive time of year, there’s plenty of scope for comfort eating!)

The experts tell us we can expect tremors for the next 30 years. After that comforting statement appeared on the six o’clock news, I heard from a string of panicked people, all convinced that the world was about to end, that Christchurch was cursed, that it was Judgement Day etc etc, and the overall impression they all had from the media was that we would be plagued with continuous swarms of earth shattering tremors 24/7. In this the media could have been a tad more responsible and eliminated the scaremongering hype. I’m not exactly happy with the news myself, but upon a little further thought, remember that the so-called experts said “could” and “might” and that over time the tremors will noticeably become much less and of a far less violent magnitude – and that we will most certainly not have to wait the full 30 years to see much of this happen. In fact, from June 2011 until that fateful day in December, a significant reduction in tremors had already occurred.

Running away does not help anything in the long term. An acquaintance told me the other day she is seriously considering moving to Nelson, whereupon it was pointed out to her that Nelson is virtually on top of the great Alpine fault. Other people have fled to the likes of Wellington and Auckland– two main centres with an even higher risk of catastrophic chaos than Christchurch, and in the case ofAucklandwe have several active volcanoes thrown into the equation. Personally I believe the greatest fear and anxiety begins after the event itself, when the Hydra that is Insurance rears its monstrous and countless heads. I know I for one would find the prospect of dealing with a niggling insurance agent or officious EQC officer the worst horror scenario of all. Heaven knows, far too many of us have had to deal with that nightmare this past year.

So goodbye to 2011, and good riddance. My resolution for 2012 is not to make resolutions but to take life as it comes and to reflect on what truly matters in my life rather than what values others may dictate to me. As a Taurus, I have been emboldened by my horoscope for the coming year which states that I am in for a major career breakthrough and a huge boost for confidence and self esteem – as I am a budding writer, I say bring it on! Perhaps the shake up of 2011 in some ways is what many of us, stuck in our old conventional rut, needed. And on that vein, Christchurch, like the phoenix, will indeed rise from its smouldering Victorian ashes and truly emerge resplendent into the twenty first century a better, brighter, safer world class city we can all be proud of.

Comment from Pegasus:
Despite all the thousands of earthquakes in Christchurch since September 2010, there has been no damage at all at Pegasus.

The views, opinions or positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or position of Pegasus Town Ltd.

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An inspirational food trip to Wanaka

Guest Post by Ben Carpenter, Executive Chef, Pegasus Golf & Sports Club

Well here I go again, giving you all an insight into the wonderful , evocative and highly inspirational world of Pegasus Sports and Golf Club, from a Chef’s perspective.

Talking of perspectives, wow…. did Brett, Clare and I get a new one on our visit down to Wanaka for the Infinity Group staff party!

We had the chance to explore Wanaka and what an amazing set up down there; the work that Bob and his team have done in  helping to shape what Wanaka is now, blew us all away. Jen Robertson gave us the full guided tour, with refuelling stops included; Jen thank you so much for being the perfect hostess.

We managed to take in the awesome view, on what we up here in blown-to-the-wind Canterbury could only describe as a perfect day (27 degrees no wind, not a cloud in the sky!)  Great accommodation at the Wyndham Vacation Resorts and on it goes.

Anyway it was all good and helped us all to appreciate what our employer, Infinity Group, is about, how a dream can really happen, and that a good team around a motivated thinker like Bob Robertson means all dreams are possible. So what’s next and count me in Bob ???!!!!

Food.. yes there are some nice cafes in Wanaka, pretty sure Jen took us to them all. The one that impressed the most was the first place we went to, Ritual Café, run by an opera singer from Wellington; great service, hotcakes and excellent coffee. Tables on the street but unfortunately no view of the lake.

Oh yes Christmas is here …. functions, functions and more b…. functions. What I’ve done with the ham this year is served it with a maple glaze and fresh new season cherries. I cook the cherries in a large pan (stalk and all) with equal amounts of red wine vinegar, red wine, a dash of balsamic vinegar, a little brown sugar and a cinnamon quill or two, reduce till the cherries are starting to glaze, but do not cook to a pulp: we like to see the cherries lovely whole and shiny. Simply place with ham when serving, yum yum! Must run got more b… functions to do!

Oh by the way, how was the staff party? Great!! The theme was The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and there were some really strange costumes… takes all to make the world. I hear tell there may be some photos floating around somewhere in cyberspace… oh well to busy to look ####

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Tinsellitis! Our Pegasus blogger gets ready for Christmas.

Guest post by Alison Dormaar, Pegasus resident and author

It’s funny what seasonal fever will do – and I’m not talking about the flu or some other physical malady. No, I’m talking about the Christmas fever, that feverish feel-good madness that translates into overspending, overeating, back-slapping, manic laughing behaviour that is sharply cured when the bank visa statement arrives in January. After a year of being usually solid and responsible, for a few weeks at the end of the year we succumb to the rabid infection that is the Silly Season.

It’s also funny that when one trolls the malls like one does at this time of year, that one is witness to the spectacle of owl eyed youngsters, trussed up in their best garb, being hauled up to Santa on his gilt throne like sacrificial victims to the Glorious Cause. Some little ones accept their fate with shy resignation while others scream blue murder – and let’s face it, after a year of being sternly told by Mum and Dad about stranger danger, they are now confronted with the terrifying spectre of a big, bearded chap in a fire-red suit and tasseled cap who is as strange as they come – and the grinning Mum and Dad are there to capture their moments of terror on camera, the sadists! Well, that is how I remember my early years anyway, and it was not until I was about five that I realised that Santa was not going to carry me off in his black sack or that the reindeer were not about to eat me.

There is something distinctly pagan in our enjoyment of Christmas – and that is not surprising, if you know anything about history. After all, December 25 used to be the original festival of the Persian god Mithras, a deity very popular with the Roman army. The ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia also coincides with this time of year, where mad partying, feasting and practical jokes marked the end of the old calendar year. And that most hallowed of yuletide traditions, the Christmas tree, had its origins among the ancient fierce tribes of northern Europe – Germany, to be more precise – who used to sacrifice youths of noble birth to sacred trees in order to appease the forest spirits. Early Christian missionaries – running a very high risk of being seized by the enraged locals and burned alive in wicker cages, I may add – managed to convince the pagans that decorating trees achieved the same purpose without the need for shedding blood.

So, taking all this into account, it is no surprise that many fundamentalist Christians over the years have frowned upon the excesses at this time of year. Around 1650 the Puritan Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell (the ultimate party pooper, long before Scrooge) even banned celebrations over the yuletide season. However, over the centuries ancient ritual and religious belief has merged to create a worldwide phenomenon. Even in the far reaches of India and Africa, gurus and witchdoctors acknowledge Christmas, not just as the birthday of Christ, but as the one time of year where good prevails over evil and when everyone stops and becomes just that bit nicer and happier to everyone else around them. It’s just sad that that giddy infection of peace and goodwill does not run its course throughout the rest of the year.

So, pagan origins or not, let us succumb to the festive disease. Our purses may be poorer and our waistlines may be thicker, but our spirits will be all the richer for it.

God bless us, everyone!

The views, opinions or positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or position of Pegasus Town Ltd.

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