The Bemidji Town & Country Club
December 2001

Presidents Report
    Dear Members:
     We had another great year at Bemidji Town and Country Club. With the remodeling of the clubhouse and kitchen, we had record increases in sales and profitability. Of course, the driving force behind the many improvements of the past several years has been our past president, Scott Curb. Because of his tireless efforts and insightful ideas, the club is where it is today. On behalf of all of the members, I would like to extend our most sincere thanks.
     I would also like to thank our staff that has done a great job for us. Thanks Tom and Gretchen. Your hard work is also greatly appreciated.
     We have also made a few changes in management. We are proud to have made an agreement with Paul Grovum for a five-year contract as Director of Golf. This new position will put Paul in charge of ALL facets of our club, and with this, Rick Grand will also get additional responsibilities and a new contract. All of these people help to make our club function as successfully as it does. Thank you.
     Due to the significant increase in profitability and decrease in interest rates, the Board is able to fulfill its promise to bring the focus back to the golf course. Bob Kobilka and the Greens Committee have begun plans for an aggressive short-term plan to catch up on all maintenance. Sand traps, tee's and cart paths head the list for the 2002 season. Also, initial plans are in the works for a course renovation that would begin late in the 2002 season and extend into the 2003 season. We are doing all of this with a very modest increase in dues.
     We are also going to reactivate the Long-Range Planning Committee to keep our club moving in the right direction. The committee will be made up of one or two current board members and all past presidents are invited to serve.
     We have a very exciting dinner/dance planned for New Year's Eve at the Club. We need your participation in the 1st Annual New Year's Eve Party. (See enclosed for details) It promises to be a lot of fun. Also, don't forget to send in your vote on the smoking issue.
Steve Hill-President

From The Pro-Shop
     Enclosed with this newsletter is your dues schedule for 2002. There are no major changes for next season with dues increasing 5% and the food assessment remaining the same. If you return the dues form with full payment before February 15, 2002 you receive a 3% discount with cash/check or 2% with credit card. Figuring out the sales tax and discount can be confusing so we have created an online solution for you. Visit our members site at and you will see a link for a dues calculator. You can use this link to calculate your dues or to pay online.
     Our office will remain at the club at least until the beginning of next year. If you have any questions you can contact Sharon at 751-4535. Sharon is there on a limited basis so leave a message on the machine if there is no answer.
     Many of you have already responded to the smoke-free questionnaire that was mailed out recently. Please have this form returned by December 31. This form may be completed online at our members website.
     Have a great holiday season and we look forward to seeing everyone again next spring.
Paul Grovum PGA

Greetings from the Clubhouse
     December is here and for the first time the clubhouse if full of activity. Our parties are off to a great start. This past weekend we had three Christmas parties and each weekend ahead of us is full as well. The clubhouse is decorated, the snow has fallen, and my staff and I are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas season.
     I have been getting some response back regarding the New Years Eve Party. Keep in mind that reservations need to be made by Wed 26th to ensure availability. All reservations must be made through me and paid in advance. There are many ways to make your reservations. You can mail back your reservation slips that you received in the mail, call the clubhouse at 751-4535 (leave a message on machine, and I will call you back) or simply email your reservation to me at It is sure to be an evening to remember. Don't miss out!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Gretchen Fjerstad-Clubhouse Manager

Greens Committee Report
     Although there is nearly a foot of snow on the ground, the work of your new green's committee is just beginning. Our new committee consists of two members from the previous committee and four new volunteers. They are Ted Lafriniere, Dave Hancock, Rob Noren, Bruce Simonson, Scott Robbins, Scott Tuomala. We have a great deal of planning to do this winter to accomplish our goals for 2002. We plan to continue the work started by the previous committee and to develop an aggressive plan for long-range improvements to our already outstanding facility.
     Some of the immediate plans for 2002 are improving the speed and texture of our putting surfaces, cleaning-up and improving the bag drop area in front of the clubhouse, the repairing and eliminating of cart paths on #6 and the area around #7 green and #2 tee box, and a systematic review and repair of all men's and women's tee boxes. We plan to access the needs of the pro shop and maintenance for additional storage. A new maintenance and storage building may be needed this year. We plan to have a hole-by-hole critique done to assess any immediate or future maintenance that needs to be done. We will begin the process of researching improvements to the driving range and #11 green. We also plan to resume a tree replacement program utilizing a tree truck that Steve Hill has available to us.
     We look to have a full plate of projects to accomplish this year but we have a great group of volunteers on our committee to make sure we meet our goals. We will be open to your ideas and thoughts on the condition of our course and we will be looking for your feedback.
Green's Committee Chair- Bob Kobilka