Bemidji Town & CC - April 2002 Newsletter

   Our club has just finished a banner year! 2000 was a near record year in clubhouse revenues and overall profits and 2001 has far surpassed 2000. In addition, our clubhouse renovation is complete including new offices and everything is running smoothly.
   Due to the large increase in cash flow and the forecast for the upcoming year to be equally as good, the board has decided to proceed with several projects (the Greens Committee will be discussing the course projects later).
   In order to completely finish the clubhouse, we are going to be moving the trash and grease containers away from the clubhouse, putting in a bag drop, possibly adding a flagpole and a few other amenities. We are also looking at adding an enclosed deck area off the new bathrooms upstairs to help service our members when the inside of the clubhouse is closed for an event. This could be used as a smoking section, with patio heaters, a dry bar gas grill and screened-in if future needs require it.
   The club has ordered 20 new electric Club Cars with all the accessories, including coolers and ball and club cleaners. We are also retiring our 12-year-old ranger cart and purchasing a new, red Club Car to replace it.
   All of these improvements and accessories for the club this year are due in part to the hard work and dedication of our management and staff. Because of Paul, Gretchen, Tom, Rick, Todd and the rest of the staff the changes at the Country Club last year went smoothly and we have received enormous approval from our members and guests. All of the managing team will be back this year along with most of our favorite staff. Please greet them and thank them when the club opens again this spring.
   I look forward to seeing you all on the course again and hope you will consider getting involved in all of the activities that are planned for this season. Our Wine and Cheese Icebreaker will be coming soon. See you then!
Steve Hill-President

   Greetings from your board members. We hope you had a wonderful winter and are looking forward to the golf season. Within the next couple of weeks you should receive in the mail information on this year's Ladies' League. We will continue to have Monday and Wednesday league with just a couple minor changes. Extra mailings will be in the locker room if you donšt get one in the mail or you know someone new that would like to join us.
   League Opener is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th with 9 holes of golf followed by a buffet lunch. We hope to see everyone there.
   We are looking for volunteers to help with several events during this coming summer. If you would be willing to help please let a board member know. Your current board members are: Jeanette Halcrow, Carolyn Dondelinger, Annette Thereoux, Diane Baer and Pam Johnson. We also need a liaison for the MWGA. If you are interested please contact Rose Fagerstrom.
   Looking forward to seeing everyone out on the course soon!
Pam Johnson, Chair

   If you have already submitted a 2002 Dues Application there may have been an error on your most recent statement. This error only occurred if you signed up for either club storage or rented a locker. The computer mistakenly added sales tax to club storage and locker rental. Neither of these categories is taxable and a credit memo has already been applied to your account. We apologize for this error and any inconvenience.

   The topic of having the entire clubhouse smoke-free was discussed at the 2001 Annual Stockholders Meeting in October. It was decided at that meeting to conduct a survey of our members to solicit their opinion about making the clubhouse smoke-free. More than 200 people completed the survey and the results were 80% in favor of making the clubhouse smoke-free. As a result of this survey the entire inside of the clubhouse is a smoke-free environment. We appreciate your cooperation.

   The clubhouse still continues to have some activity even after the Christmas Season is over. We are open for parties, banquets, weddings, ect. Over the last three months we have had quite an interest in our facility. April will be busy as well with North Country Health Services Dinner on the 4th, the Ladies Ducks Unlimited Banquet on the 5th, the Christopher-Gustafson Wedding Reception on the 6th, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting appreciation party on the 24th, BSU Mass Comm Banquet on the 26th, the Meyers-Horn Wedding Reception on the 27th, the Canada Wedding Reception (Open house) on the 28th, and the Minnesota Office of Tourism Dinner on the 29th.
   We look to open on the 15th (Monday) for lunch and dinners. Once again our menu will offer variety as well as daily lunch and dinner features. We have Todd Hall back once again as our Kitchen Manager, as well as many of our last year's kitchen staff. I feel that this will continue to ensure consistency and a quality product for you our guests.
   In the front of the house, look to see many of the same faces from last season. This helps to ensure our highest standard of service while enabling us to keep training and labor costs down.
   I look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse!
   Gretchen Fjerstad-Clubhouse Manager

   Rick and I are getting the pro-shop ready for the upcoming season. Lots of new merchandise is coming in each day. Hopefully, the range will be open soon with the course not far behind.
   The Opening Stag is set for Thursday, May 2. Usually we take tee times only one week in advance, however for Opening Stag we will begin taking tee times on Thursday, April 18, 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 $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.
   Our green fee rates for the upcoming season (plus sales tax):
   $40.00 weekdays, $45.00 weekends during the mid-season and $30.00 weekdays, $35.00 weekdays before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
    $27.00 for 18 holes and $13.50 for 9 holes while the member cart rate is $25.00 for 18 holes and $12.50 for 9 holes.

   We welcome Tim Dondelinger and Dondelinger Chevrolet-Buick as the new sponsors of the Buick Scramble. The event has for the most part maintained the same format as the Olds Scramble. One major change is that if your team qualified to play in the regions last year, only 2 members of that team may compete on the same team this year. I will be updating you with more information in our May newsletter. You can also visit the Buick Scramble website at: This year's tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 22.
   I want to thank Tim Hins and Buster Spaulding for their many years of support for the Olds Scramble. We couldn't have had a successful tournament without you.

   I have been keeping the members website at updated throughout the winter. There is a considerable amount of important information along with pictures of the clubhouse available. We also have a link to the complete calendar for club events. This calendar is updated frequently, so use it for the latest information.

   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 $65.00 a year. If you would like to rent a locker, please see someone in the pro-shop.

   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. I also want to remind you that only food charges (and not alcohol) can be used against your food assessment.
Paul Grovum-PGA

   As we slowly creep into spring, my staff and I are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get outside and get going on outside work. At the present time, we are completing equipment maintenance along with painting and cosmetic work.
   As we head into May, we will be starting the construction of an addition to our maintenance building. This was necessitated by the need of additional storage space for our equipment and storage of the extra golf carts added to our fleet. We will also have extra room to store some of our banquet tables and fixtures.
   As mentioned in the December newsletter, our greens committee has put together a list of some immediate and future maintenance needs of the golf course. We have increased our payroll budget substantially in order to improve our already great product.
   In conjunction with the long range planning committee, in May we are going to meet with golf course architect Joel Goldstrand to work on some ideas put forth to the committee concerning the range, #11 green, and other course enhancements. We feel if we can put together an attainable long-range plan, we can phase in these enhancements with little or no interruption in play.
   I look forward to working with this committee in the continuing efforts of making Bemidji Town and Country Club an enjoyable golfing environment for it's members and guests.
Tom Johanns- Superintendent

Important Dates For 2002
Opening Stag Thursday, May 2
Girls High School Invitational Friday, May 10
Mother's Day Brunch Sunday, May 12
Boy's High School Invitational Monday, May 13
Ladies Spring Opener Saturday, May 18
Aeriation Mon-Tues May 20, 21
Region 8A High School Tourney Tues, May 28 (AM only)
Pinnnacle Publishing Shotgun Mon, June 3
BSU-Skaar Pabst Tournament Friday, June 21
Buick Scramble Saturday, June 22
MNPGA Junior Tour Event Monday, June 24
9th Annual Bemidji Pro-Am Friday, July 12
The "Member Classic" Saturday, July 13
78th Annual Birchmont July 22-July 27
Lady Beaver Friday, August 2
Security State Bank-Lumberjack Scramble Friday, August 9
MWGA Association Day Wed. Aug 14
Green aerification Mon-Tues August 19, 20
Kraus-Anderson Fund Raiser Mon, August 26
Vandersluis Memorial Aug. 31, Sept. 1,2
BSU Men's Tournament Sun-Mon Sept 8-9
Courage North Fund-raiser Wed, Sept 11
Minnesota PGA Players Ability Test Monday, September 16

Range, Storage and Lesson Prices
Season Range Pass 130.00 Single, 180.00 Family
Club Storage 70.00
Locker Rental 65.00 (Half locker)
Season Pull Cart 25.00

2002 Bemidji Town & Country Club Board of Directors
Steve Hill President
Dave Hancock Greens Committee/Handicap Chair
Gary Johnson House, Long Range Planning
Ted Lafriniere Greens Committee
Evonne McKinzie Secretary, House Committee
Steve Kroeger Treasurer, House Committee
Bob Kobilka Greens Committee
Kathy Gardner Tournament/Pro Shop Committee
Pat Dooley Tournament/Pro Shop Committee