Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 04/24/14


The winner of the $50 gift card for the "2014 Guess the Opening Date" contest was LIZ NEFF! Others who correctly guessed the opening date of April 21st were Debbie Prestby and Nicole Johnson. Thank you to those who for participated and encourage your friends to "Like" us too!


Greetings to you all! We would like to officially welcome you back for the start of the 2014 golf season. A number of you have already played a round or two of golf and might have some questions about the course that may very well be answered in this newsletter.

2013 VS. 2014
In 2013, the last week of April brought a very rapid melt which left a tremendous amount of water standing on our greens just as the annual bluegrass was coming out of dormancy, thus taking water into the plant. We then experienced low nighttime temperatures which caused a condition known as crown hydration. Crown hydration is when water inside the cells freezes and forms ice crystals; this punctures the cell walls causing the death of the plant. Poa-Annua is highly susceptible to this condition, more so than bent grass. This winter I had the opportunity to work with James Ross, director of the Prairie Turf Grass Research Center in Olds, Alberta Canada. His primary work is researching the effects of overwintering turf, primarily Poa-Annua. He was provided data about the conditions we endured at BTCC in 2013 and concurred that it sounded like classic crown hydration conditions. He offered a seminar at the North Central Turf Grass Association's annual meeting in Fargo and provided the latest data on crown hydration and new methods to preserve our grass.

In 2014, snow melt occurred the week of April 8. Water was channeled off the greens between Thursday the 10th and Sunday the 12th of April. With temps as low as 5 above and highs of 35 the week of April 14-18 we most likely prevented this issue from occurring again. Bemidji Town and Country Club came thru the winter very well this year.

We removed a few more trees this past fall, primarily around 12, 13, and 16 greens and the 1st tee putting green areas. As outlined in our Master Plan, the tree removal is to allow for proper growth environments for our primary turf areas.

We will keep you updated as to maintenance activities as we progress through the season. As always, we strive to provide a well-conditioned healthy golf course for our members and guests to enjoy.


The North Shore Grille is now open seven days a week from 11 am to 9 pm. Come check out the newly remodeled clubhouse and meet our new Executive Chef Scott Coulter. The North Shore Grille menu can be viewed at

Mother's Day (May 11th, 2014) is fast approaching and reservations are now being accepted. Call today to make your reservations, 751-4535.

In an effort to keep you better informed, the newsletter will have a section dedicated to clubhouse closings. Thank you again for all your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the club soon!

  The Clubhouse will be closed for dinner service on:
    April 25th, St. Phillips Fundraiser
    July 18th, Galen Nagle Tournament
    July 29th, Birchmont Dinner
    August 8th, Lumberjack Scramble
    August 31st, Vandersluis Tournament

  The Clubhouse will be closed for the full day:
    June 20th, Skaar Tournament


Our junior lesson series will take place in June. We hold these clinics for two age groups; "First Swing" is for ages 5-7 and our other group is for ages 8-14. Below are the dates and times:

    June 9-12 10:00-10:55 am

  AGE 8-15
    June 9-12 8:00-8:55 am
    June 9-12 9:00-9:55 am

Call the Proshop at 751-9215 to sign up your junior golfer. Limited Availability / $35.00 per session.

Dates have been finalized for the 2014 Junior Golf Program and participants will be provided both instruction and playing opportunities. Availability is limited so register early! Check BTTC's website for complete details and registration.