What are you doing while Alberta golf courses have hit off-season hibernation? The pros at our Canadian Rockies courses say you and your game should never lie dormant. Here are a few tips to share:

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

 Winterize Your Golf Bag Now

Colin Snare, PGA Professional at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge says now’s the time to prevent rust over the winter months. Club heads and shafts should be cleaned thoroughly of mud, dirt and grass that can lead to rust over the winter months. Dry them thoroughly before putting them in your bag – which should also be cleaned inside for hidden food, drink and debris.

Colin also suggests storing your clubs in a cool, low-humidity area that provides consistent temperatures. Keep all head covers on and ensure clubs are standing upright throughout the season.

Regrip, and Retool

Chris Schatzmann, Head Golf Professional at Stewart Creek Golf Club, says now is the time to get your clubs regripped and ready for spring. “Too many golfers play with worn-out grips, making shotmaking nearly impossible,” he says.

Both Colin and Chris advocate mind/body preparation over the winter months as well. “Enroll in a Yin Yoga class now,” says Chris. “The benefits are endless, and you’ll be amazed at your increased flexibility after only a few sessions.”

Practice in indoor facilities where CPGA or PGA members are present can help you retool your swing for winter garage practice – keeping you ahead of your golf buddies for spring golf.

News, Events and Activities in the Canadian Rockies

• The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge opens its new Fairmont Spa on October 22. The complete list of services includes a 90-minute Golf and Sport Retreat, which offers a “stretch massage” for hands, feet, back and hips, as well as body services to sooth sunsoaked skin. Click here to book your Jasper Spa Getaway today, including room, breakfast for two, and one select 60-minute treatment starting at $359 per room, per night.

• The Fairmont Banff Springs is offering a 3rd night free when you book a trip by November 2 for stays from now through April 30, 2011, through it’s Everyone’s An Original winter offer. Visit for the holidays to see spectacular displays and treats.

• Canmore Golf and Curling Club wants you to take in a curling lesson, and to plan now for its Festival of Trees, November 25-28. The new event is family-friendly and full of fun, with proceeds benefiting local charities.

• Stewart Creek has changed its winter pro shop hours to 9am to 4 pm Thursday- Sunday, and is currently offering 50% discounts on 2010 merchandise. The property is an ideal spot for holiday parties; call event manager John Munro at 403-609-6099 to book today.

• Get up-to-the-minute news by following Canadian Rockies and its golf partners on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CanRockies.