The Bemidji Town & Country Club
Monthly NEWSLETTER
May 2000

PRESIDENT'S REPORT
Greetings Golfers.
      As I write this memo to you this morning May 1st, the grass should be greening up nicely on our course. It looks like a full schedule of events for the upcoming summer and I hope we have a banner year with the weather like we had two years ago.
      We really don't need all the rain we got last summer, but of course a limited amount of rain seems to be good for our beautiful golf course.
      I hope everyone will enjoy the upgrades in the clubhouse that have taken place We ask for your patience with future improvements that will take place probably within the month. Gretchen and her crew have done a great job getting everything ready for the upcoming season, please be courteous and friendly to all of our new employees that you will see.
      We welcome all of our old friends back from their winter hideouts and would like to also welcome all of our new members. We hope to see you all around the course a lot this summer.
President, Rod Pickett

TV and DOCK UPDATE
      The T.V. & dock project are well under way. When you are in the clubhouse take a look at the pictures and our contribution scale. This will be the finest dock on Lake Bemidji! Our total budget is $45,000, we have now raised approximately $27,000! If you have pledged, please mail your donations today. If you have not pledged, please call me at 751-1286. We are hoping to have the fund raising done and the dock & TV functional by June 1st.
Steve Hill

NEW MEMBER WELCOME PARTY
      The BTCC Membership Committee and Board members will host a Welcome Party for our new members on Sunday, June 4 from 5:30-7:30 PM with an hors d' oeuvres buffet and cash bar. Please plan to help us welcome our new members at this event as we all begin another wonderful season at BTCC.

OLDS SCRAMBLE
      Our annual Old's Scramble, which is sponsored by Spaulding Motors, is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 at 9:00. This has become one of the big events of the year. Pick up a brochure in the pro-shop for further details.

FRIDAY NIGHT COUPLES
      We invite you to join in the fun in our Friday Night Couple's events. Now in our fourth season, these events will start Friday, May 26 and continue each Friday throughout the summer. Tee-times will begin at 5:30 with a different 9-hole event each week. Cost is $5.00 per couple and the pro-shop will make all pairings. Make sure you call and sign up before noon on Friday so we can have the pairings and times available. All players MUST have a current handicap.

JUNIOR MEMBERS
      I would like to remind all of our junior members that they are not allowed at the course on either Wednesday mornings (Ladies Day) or Thursday afternoon (Men's Day). They may use the range or course after 6:00 pm on Thursday only if their parent accompanies them.
      Also, juniors will not be allowed to participate in our Tuesday Nite League.

$10.00 COUPONS
      We will again be giving each adult member five, $10.00-off green fee discount tickets. 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.

COUPON BOOKS
      In addition to the $10.00 coupons, we are again offering coupon books members can purchase and use for their guests. We currently have available in the pro-shop coupon books for $175 good for 5 - 18 hole rounds of golf. This compares with the regular price of 5 rounds for $225 (weekend rate). The only stipulation is that a member must be playing with the guest and that the coupons are used this season.

MEMBERSHIP FORM
      There are still a few members who have not filled out their membership form for 2000. 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.

ONLINE INFORMATION
      This newsletter as well as other important information can be accessed online at:
members.bemidjigolf.com
Paul Grovum-Golf Professional

LADIES SPRING LUNCHEON AND ENTERTAINMENT HOUR
"Swing into Spring"
Saturday, May 20th
10:30 registration
11:30 Lunch & Entertainment
Lunch $12.50 - Lunch & Golf $20.00 (non-members)
Purchase tickets at clubhouse or 1st National Bank
Must register by May, 18
Diane Fitzgerald

FROM THE CLUB HOUSE
Greetings from the Clubhouse
       May is finally here and my staff and I are enjoying the beautiful spring weather so far and hope that is will continue.
       With May here the Clubhouse staff is gearing up for a very busy and productive month. Our calendar is very busy with Opening Stag, Private Functions: such as Weddings, Reunions, Ladies Spring Luncheon & Golf, etc.. Let us not forget our Scrumptious "Mother's Day Buffet" on Sunday May 14th. Please call ASAP to make your reservations, the reservation book is filling up fast!
      The Clubhouse team is very excited and proud to start May with our new and improved lunch and dinner menus. We know that we are delivering a very high quality product and we feel our new wine list will compliment our new menus quite nicely.
      And last but not least May will end on a even more positive note with the delivery of our new furniture. We can't wait.
      Thank ou for everyone's support during the initial training of our new clubhouse team and please continue to support them during the arrival of our new menus. We promise to do our best!
See you in the Clubhouse!
Gretchen Fjerstad-Clubhouse Manager

TURF TALK
      A question commonly asked of other superintendents and myself is why do we need to aerify. There are four primary reasons for putting green aerification:
  • soil compaction relief
  • root zone modification
  • thatch management
  • surface smoothing.

  •       I will briefly explain the above reasons.
          Root zone compaction caused by equipment / player traffic reduces the free exchange of oxygen and water movement in the soil, reducing root system development thus compromising turf health and the resulting playability.
          Aerification combined with top-dressing allows for root zone modification, which incorporates sand into the profile, creating a better quality-growing medium for turf.
          Aerification combined with top-dressing is the primary method to reduce and control thatch. An excessive amount of thatch on any high quality turf area is a negative, in that it impedes water and air movement into the soil profile, resulting in poor quality turf.
          Surface smoothing is achieved through the aerification and top-dressing process, as it will both fill low areas and soften high spots, resulting in smoother playing surfaces.
          In summary, the aeration and top-dressing process is the primary cultural management that is done on all golf courses to achieve and maintain healthy turf conditions. It is also a key component in providing firm, fast, and dry conditions that today's golfing public desires. As always, should you have any questions about our program here at BTCC, Please don't hesitate to call me and I would be happy to answer them.
    Tom Johanns-Course Superintendent