The Bemidji Town & Country Club
April 2003

   Like many of you, I'm sure, I've spent the winter in Bemidji. This past winter resulted in additional problems for many of us, with either frozen wells, frozen septic systems and in some cases a combination of both. Judy and I experienced the frozen septic system. I never liked spring much. It was dirty, too muddy, too untidy for me.
President Dooley tees off
on opening day
   Even as a kid, I wanted March's messiness to fade quickly so the days of summer could begin. But as I grow older I appreciate spring more and more. It's the signal that we've made it through another winter. Perhaps that's why I spent the last few days cleaning my golf clubs again. I find myself ordering more golf stuff from Paul and Rick. Life is good!!!
   Each morning I find myself turning on the T.V. to get on update with the war in Iraq. The disconcerting thing is I'm not sure when things will feel "normal" again. The only consolation is knowing that I'm not alone.
Pat Dooley-President

   We would like to have ALL members write their membership number at the top of their receipts from the clubhouse. We've had occasions where clubhouse sales have been billed out to the wrong person. Many times the staff is required to guess at the members name either because they cannot read the signature or because the ticket wasn't signed. We feel that if our members write their membership number on the ticket we should be able to minimize this problem.
   Remember that your membership number IS NOT the same as your handicap number. Because a family has only one membership number but have can have multiple handicap numbers these numbers cannot be the same.
   We appreciate your cooperation.

   Greetings from the Clubhouse:
   The clubhouse continues to be a popular choice for parties, weddings and banquets. Our Sunday brunches and theme dinners have also given us an opportunity to promote the services.
   Valentines Day was a huge success. With our live music and wonderful menu selections the house was full.
   This year Jamie Mokros will lead our kitchen staff. He has been with us for the past two years. Look for unique and exciting things from him.
   Sue Mathson has been promoted to assistant clubhouse manager as of November. I feel confident that with her years of service thus far that you will find her to be an asset to the management team.
   In the front of the house look to see many of the same faces. This helps to ensure the highest standard of service while enabling us to keep training and labor costs down.
   Due to the popularity of our icicle lightning on the deck, we have decided to leave them up year round. This will not only help with the lack of exterior lighting but will give the clubhouse a festive appearance in the evening.
   I look forward to seeing everyone this spring in the clubhouse!
Gretchen Fjerstad - Clubhouse Manager

   We have sent out numerous emails throughout the winter to our members and plan to continue to use this medium more in the future. At some point, this newsletter will only be distributed by email.
   We ask that you please indicate your email address on your membership form and if you have not been receiving our emails this winter, please add your email address at our website:
   There is also other important information that we post on our members website. Some items include the complete 2003 calendar, suggestion box, newsletters and tournament results. We also have our complete banquet menus posted on our public site at

   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 1. Usually we take tee times only one week in advance, however for Opening Stag we will begin taking tee times on Thursday, April 17, 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.
    $28.00 for 18 holes and $14.00 for 9 holes for both members and non-members.

   I would like to mention that we have a limited number of and full lockers in the men's locker room available for rent. The price for this is $65.00/$100.00 a year. If you would like to rent a locker, please see Paul or Rick 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. Remember that only food charges (and not alcohol) can be used against your food assessment.
Paul Grovum-PGA

   It's finally the time of the year we all can start thinking golf. I am sure you are getting excited to get out on the course, stretch some muscles and work out some of those winter kinks. Early indications show the course came through the winter well with a limited amount of snow mold and no damage from ICE which is what contributed to our turf loss last winter. Having gone through 2 consecutive cold-wet springs, we are due for a warm one with timely rain events during non-golfing hours!!!
   My staff and I have been busy preparing for this up-coming season. Equipment maintenance and painting have been completed, and we have now focused our efforts on course clean up and preparation. As Spring arrives, our enthusiasm to get outside and work on this great layout is always high!! We look forward to seeing you all again.
Tom Johanns- Superintendent

   Your greens committee is actively laying out plans for the new season. We are continuing our programs we began last year to improve our overall condition of our facility.
   Because of the past couple of successful years we have enjoyed with our operation, we were able to purchased two "state of the art" greens mowers for the new season. Tom and his staff are busy preparing the grounds for the fast approaching season. Because of the early onset of winter last October, some tasks were unable to be performed last fall. Tom's staff is working hard to make up that lost time. Many areas still need some clean-up. The area on old #10, where the new septic system is located, will be seeded at the first available time. This will take some time to get it looking good again. Just bear with us.
   Your committee will again be working hard to give the course we all expect to have. Good luck with your game in 2003.
Bob Kobilka-Greens Chairman

   The BTCC Ladies League conducted a survey at the end of the golf season last year to discern what, if any, changes the league members were interested in. Thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out the survey. The survey results were very helpful in determining what was important to BTCC women golfers in regard to Monday and Wednesday League play.
   As a result of the survey, the format of the Monday Night Ladies League will change for the 2003 season. Ladies interested in golfing on Monday night will pay directly to the Pro Shop at the time of play. All funds collected will be paid out in prizes. The Pro Shop will set up the games and the ladies can pick their own tee times during the reserved evening time period. It is not necessary to be a member of the Ladies League to play in the Monday night games. All ladies are welcome to play. Season play begins on May 19th. Check the Pro Shop for tee times.
   The Wednesday Ladies League will continue to operate as it has in past years. There will be a season long fee paid to the Ladies League. The Wednesday Ladies League season will begin with a shotgun opener May 21st. A letter will be sent out with registration information and more details.
   We are also in the process of planning for a Ladies Invitational this summer. If you are interested in being involved in the planning, please call Annette Theroux at 751-3373.

Important Dates For 2003
Opening Stag Thursday, May 1
Green aerification Mon-Tues May 5,6
Girls High School Invitational Friday, May 9
Mother's Day Brunch Sunday, May 11
Boy's High School Invitational Monday, May 12
Region 8A High School Tourney Tues, May 27 (AM only)
BSU-Skaar Pabst Tournament Friday, June 20
MNPGA Junior Tour Event Monday, June 23
Buick Scramble (tentative) Saturday, June 28
The "Member Classic" Saturday, July 12
10th Annual Bemidji Pro-Am Monday, July 14
79th Annual Birchmont July 28-August 2
Lady Beaver Friday, August 8
Minnesota PGA Players Ability Test Monday, August 11
Security Bank USA-Lumberjack Scramble Friday, August 15
MN-Manitoba Jr. Cup Matches (MGA) Mon-Wed, August 18,19,20
Kraus-Anderson Fund Raiser Mon, August 25
Vandersluis Memorial Aug. 30, 31, Sept. 1
BSU Men's Tournament Sun-Mon Sept 7-8
Courage North Fund-raiser Wed, Sept 10
Green aerification Mon-Tues September 15, 16
BSU Women's Invitational Sun-Mon September 28, 29

Range, Storage and Lesson Prices
Season Range Pass 140.00 Single, 190.00 Family
Club Storage 80.00
Locker Rental 65.00/100.00 (Half/Full locker)
Season Pull Cart 25.00

2003 Bemidji Town & Country Club Board of Directors Pat Dooley President
Ted Lafriniere Greens Committee
Evonne McKinzie Secretary, House Committee/Tournaments
Steve Kroeger House Committee
Bob Kobilka Greens Chairman/Birchmont
Kathy Gardner Pro-Shop/Tournaments
John Baer House and Pro-Shop /Tournaments
Steve Hagenah Greens
Hank Moller Treasurer/Finance