The Bemidji Town & Country Club
Monthly NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2000


PRESIDENTS REPORT
     It's finally the time of the year that gets us thinking golf. I know all of us are getting excited for that day when we can at least get out on the course and work out some of the winter kinks. Go ahead and get excited. By the time this newsletter reaches you we should already be open and we know that there is no better place to enjoy our golf than the Bemidji Town & Country Club.
     A couple of weeks ago you received a letter regarding a fundraising project for a much needed dock and large-screen television. Since that letter has been sent out, members have generously donated over 1/3 of the necessary funds. However, we will not be able to make these purchases until we have 100% of the monies contributed.
     If you would like to donate to this project, please make checks out to Bemidji Town & Country Club and mail them to:
           Steve Hill
           3801 Bemidji Ave
          Bemidji, MN 56601
     You can indicate on your check if you want the money to be used for either the dock or the television.
Rod Pickett-President

LADIES DIVISION
     Warm greetings, women golfers, from your Ladies Board Committee Members.
     We hope you all had an enjoyable winter and are now ready to sign up for some great golf this 2000 season.
     Mid-March we mailed out the registration forms and the 2000 golf calendar of events for your review. Please remember to complete the registration form and send your dues to Donna Macius by May 20, or plan to register at the Spring Luncheon scheduled for May 20, 2000.
     Due to the success of the format used last year, we have decided to continue with the same this year with a few minor changes. First, you must play during league time to be in the game for the day. League times are as follows: (Wed - 8:30 am - 10:00 am) and (Mondays: 18 holes - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm and 9 holes - 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm). We have also extended the season to 11 Mondays and 11 Wednesdays. This has required the $5.00 increase from last year's dues. Resulting in a total cost of $25 for one league or $35 for both.
      We would like to bring to your attention that all shotguns will be played at 9:00 am, except for the Club Tournament and Awards Banquet which will be at 1:00pm.
      In addition to our BIRDIE TREE, we are making room for EAGLES and HOLE-IN-ONES. Also, we will be introducing a RINGER board that will be a season long competition. Come to the Spring Luncheon to learn more. Myrna Freborg will be administering another golf rules/etiquette quiz and prize for the best score at the Spring Luncheon, too. See you there!
     In closing, the Committee Members of the Ladies Board would like to invite you to share both your ideas and time by participating in the many up-coming events sponsored by our league. Please feel free to volunteer your time.
     We look forward to seeing you on the green---
Margo Curb-Aitken & Betty Douglas - Co-Chairpersons
Diane Fitzgerald - Secretary
Donna Macius - Treasurer
Elaine Reeves & Kathy Gardner - Publicity
Myrna Freborg - Board Liason
Mara Lee Mayer - Northern Classic, Games/Pairings.

CLUBHOUSE REPORT
     Greetings from the Clubhouse. It looks like Spring may finally be here. I know everyone is excited to get out and golf after the winter that we've had. I am looking forward to yet another year. I am excited about my new position as Clubhouse Manager. Terri Petersson will be my assistant again this year, and with her we will have a few employees from last year as well. So look for some familiar faces and some new faces in the Clubhouse.
     I am excited about the work that the House Committee and myself have been doing to improve our Clubhouse. The new furniture has been ordered, plans are in place to redo the bar top and to replace the existing cabinets.
     I would like to thank Scott Curb for donating the oak needed to reface the front of the bar. I hope that you are as excited as we are about the improvements that are taking place in the Clubhouse. I would like to thank the House Committee for all the extra time and work that they have given to make this project a reality.
     I am working with our new kitchen manager Bill Fraser on our Clubhouse menu, the menu will have a new look as well as some new menu items.
     We want to provide quality food at affordable prices, with a wide variety of popular items as well as providing daily specials to offer exciting new items that might enhance our image.
     Keep in mind our Mother's Day Buffet on May 14th, call early for reservations to ensure seating. Again I am looking forward to another year, please feel free to come to Terri or myself with any questions, concerns, or ideas.
See you in the Clubhouse!!!!
Gretchen F. Fjerstad
Clubhouse Manager

PRO SHOP REPORT
     By the time this newsletter reaches you we will have opened the course for another year. My staff and I have been busy setting up the shop and getting things ready for another season. Stop out and see what's new! We are looking forward to seeing everyone again.
     The Opening Stag is set for Thursday, May 4. Usually we take tee times only one week in advance, however for Opening Stag we will begin taking tee times on Thursday, April 20, at 9:00 am. Call early to assure a good tee-time for the big day.
     We will again be giving each adult member five green fee discount tickets. However, the discount of these tickets has been increased from $5.00 to $10.00. These tickets are good for the entire season on 18-hole rounds (excluding the summer twilight rates) and are available upon your request in the pro-shop. Our 18 hole green fees for the upcoming season remain the same as last year and are: $40.00 weekdays, $45.00 weekends during the mid-season and $30.00 weekdays, $35.00 weekdays before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Our power cart rate is $26.00 for 18 holes and $13.00 for 9 holes while the member cart rate is $24.00 for 18 holes and $12.00 for 9 holes.


ONLINE INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS AT: members.bemidjigolf.com
     I have added many new features to our member's website. These include:
1. An online calendar listing the major events and parties in the clubhouse. The address is:
calendar.yahoo.com/public/bemidjigolf 2. We frequently send out emails to our members. You can now add your email address or delete it yourself on our member's website.
3. We have a secure website for calculating or paying your dues with a credit card online. There is also a dues schedule that you can download. It is in PDF file format.
4. Other features will be added as the season advances. I will be sending emails as changes to this site occur. The address is:
members.bemidjigolf.com

LOCKERS AVAILABLE      I would like to mention that we have a limited number of lockers in the men's locker room available for rent. The price for this is $60.00 a year. If you would like to rent a locker, please see someone in the pro-shop.

CLUB EVENTS      Last year we made a major change in the format for the championship division of the Club Tournament. Rather than 54 holes of medal play, we used a season-long match play format. This proved to be a major success as the number of participants more than doubled. We will again be using this format. Additional details will be posted in the pro-shop later this month.      The Inaugural "Member Classic" held last year was a big hit and this year's event is scheduled for Saturday, July8th. Details will be provided in subsequent newsletters.
Paul Grovum-PGA

MEMBERSHIP FORM
     Please make sure that you fill out a membership form and leave it in the pro-shop before playing your first round of golf. I want to remind you that until the form is completed, you will be billed for all food charges rather than having them applied to your food assessment. We cannot make these food charges retroactive.

TURF TALK
     At the time of this writing, the course will be open and I am sure a number of you will already have had a round or two in. Early indications show the course came through the winter well with a limited amount of snow mold damage. This is a result of lack of snow cover this past winter. Typically we see greatest snow mold damage in years we receive substantial snow early in the year on unfrozen ground and keep it late into the spring. The downside for the minimal snow cover will be the lack of moisture it would provide our soil which was extremely deficient going into the winter. Let's hope we receive some warm spring evening rains to solve the problem.      My staff and I have been busy preparing for this upcoming season. Equipment maintenance and painting have been completed, and we have now focused our efforts on course cleanup and preparation. As spring arrives, our enthusiasm to get outside and work on this beautiful layout is always at a high level.
Tom Johanns-Superintendent

Important Dates For 2000
Girls High School Invitational Monday, April 24
Opening Stag Thursday, May 4
Mother's Day Brunch Sunday, May 14
Boy's High School Invitational Monday, May 15
Gilfillan Fundraiser Friday, May 19
Green aerification Mon-Tues May 22, 23
Callaway Demo Day Tuesday, May 23
Ladies Spring Luncheon Saturday, May 20
Region 8A High School Tourney Tues, May 30 (AM only)
BSU-Skaar Pabst Tournament Friday, June 16
Ladies Invitational Wednesday, June 21
Olds Scramble Saturday, June 24
The "Member Classic" Saturday, July 8
7th Annual Bemidji Pro-Am Friday, July 14
76th Annual Birchmont July 24-July 29
Lady Beaver Friday, August 4
Security State Bank-Lumberjack Scramble Friday, August 11
Green aerification Mon-Tues August 14, 15
Ladies Award Banquet Wednesday, August 23
Kraus-Anderson Fund Raiser Mon, August 28
Vandersluis Memorial Sept. 2,3,4
Aeriating Greens August `14, 15
Courage North Fund-raiser Wed, Sept 6
BSU Men's Tournament Sun-Mon Sept 10-11
Minnesota PGA Players Ability Test Monday, September 18

Range, Storage and Lesson Prices
Season Range Pass
120.00 Single, 165.00 Family
165.00 Non-Member Single

Club Storage 60.00
Locker Rental 60.00 (Half locker)
Season Pull Cart 25.00
Private Golf Lessons 30.00

2000 Bemidji Town & Country Club Board of Directors
Rod Pickett President
Gary Erickson Membership
Jeanette Halcrow Marketing and Promotion Chair
Russ Moen Treasurer-Finance Chair/ Pro-Shop/Tourneys
Scott Curb Tournaments/Pro-Shop Chair-Greens
Patti Flaa House Committee
Dave Hancock Greens Committee
Steve Hill House Committee, Long Range Planning
Gary Johnson House, Long Range Planning