Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 5/3/12

From the Greens Committee
Dear Members,

Hopefully by now everyone has had a chance to get out and play some rounds with the early opening of BTCC. The course came through the winter quite nicely again. Special thanks to Tom and crew for their diligence last fall to assure the great spring conditions we are seeing. The people that have had the chance to play have noticed that selective trees have been removed, in accordance with the Master Plan. Some of the future changes will happen in stages. Watch for future announcements in upcoming newsletters from Master Plan group, board, and/or this committee.

The goal of the Long Range Master plan and the board is to make Bemidji Town and Country a Premier Golf course in Northern Minnesota. One element is to have best rolling, consistent, smooth greens in the area. While we have had good greens in the past we feel we have the opportunity to take them to that premier level. To "start" that process, Bemidji Town and Country will replace current tri-plex riding greens mowers with walk mowers. We are also working with USGA professionals on other greens maintenance processes which we anticipate will result in less disruption of quality play during the year.

Top courses around the country walk mow greens to provide a better putting experience and now starting around the early part of May, Bemidji Town and Country will be in that group. With warmer weather and the growing season starting, we should be able to see the benefits of this type of mowing.

Should anyone have questions or comments for our green committee, please feel free to send those to Rick Grand or one of our committee members, and we will review during our meetings.

Thanks to all for your assistance in replacing your divots, repairing your ball marks on the greens, and insuring any identified course maintenance issues are reported.

The Greens Committee