Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 05/18/05

This Friday, May 20th we will be having our Annual Member's Only Wine & Cheese Party from 5:30-7:30 pm. We will be serving complimentary Hors d'oeuvres & Wine; featuring our Whispering Peaks Wine that is exclusive to private clubs. There are also a variety of other wines to choose from our new wine list. This year we have added wines by Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman and I think you will be impressed with the quality.

Please join my staff and me for a wonderful evening as all of us get the chance to see old friends and meet new members. There are no reservations. Hope you will join us!
  Gretchen Fjerstad

I have noticed that wearing long johns and mittens makes it tough to follow through. Otherwise, all is well and the course is shaping up very nicely.

The Board met on May 9th and we had a very spirited discussion of many topics. Our overall financial picture looks pretty good. It is still very early to make predictions but the trend is positive. In an effort to keep members apprised of issues I will provide a brief synopsis. As of this moment we will be spending about 4 or 5 times more on capital purchases for the golf course then we spend on the club house. I know this is an issue with many members. So far, we have spent in the neighborhood of $85,000 directly on the golf operation. This is grounds equipment and the Osmac water control system. This does not include chemicals etc. We have allocated about $17,500 for the club house. This includes equipment purchases and technical upgrades related to poor acoustics and sound issues. (Last year the clubhouse budget was around $30,000). Our budget is set and we hope to meet the various targets that have been set.

One item I am sure is of interest to many members is that we will be putting water coolers back onto the course. We have implemented a new plan that conforms with the Department of Health and hope to have coolers back on the course soon.

Our line of credit owed is $0. And we actually have some money in the bank. Not bad for this early in the season. Over the last few years we have retired over $600,000 in debt and I think that is a tremendous accomplishment. It is important to remember that many of Minnesota's golf operations are struggling. We are and have been holding our own. Your Board of Directors is made up of diverse and strong willed people. I am proud of the fact that we can arrive at an agreement after vigorous debate. I do believe that the decisions made are in the best interests of the continuing success of the organization. Thanks again to Paul, Gretchen and Tom in satisfying the multiple demands made upon them by the Board and the members.

Thanks again to the folks who replace the divots and fix the ball marks.
  Steve Hagenah

 • Our first of many Demo Days is Cleveland Golf and is scheduled from 1:00 - 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 26.
 • Our 9-Hole Friday Night Couples Events begin May 27th. More information will be available in the proshop.
 • Pairings are now available online for our Season Long Best-Ball
 • View our complete calendar online.
  Paul Grovum
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