Bemidji Town & CC - May 2002 Newsletter

   Spring is finally here?
   The course appears to have made it through the winter (if winter is done) in good shape. We are anticipating a very busy and profitable year both on the course and in the clubhouse.
   Joel Goldstrand, our course architect, conducted a hole-by-hole survey of our course with Paul, Rick and Bob Kobilka. We are waiting for his recommendations to the greens committee. After they receive them, they will prioritize the plans during the summer in order to implement the changes this fall.
   The Board approved an addition to our deck that eventually will be enclosed. However, the budget was cut in less that half in order to ensure plenty of funds as promised for the golf course work.
   The Board has been very busy this winter and is looking forward to enjoying the clubhouse and course with you this summer.
Steve Hill-President

   Mother Nature has not been too cooperative in providing us with warm weather to initiate recovery from this past winter's damage.
   As many of you have noticed, the course sustained a fair amount of winter damage, the majority of it the result of ice accumulation. The predominate turf at BTCC, annual bluegrass, is very susceptible to problems when you have winters with ice formation as well as dramatic freeze - then cycles which we experienced in March. The discolored turf in most cases has been severely set back and stunted, but not with total dieback. There are live plants within the setback areas that are ready to fill-in and recover.
   We as Superintendents have some cultural methods and fertility products that can help the recovery process along, but like most aspects of turf management, Mother Nature has the controlling hand. To obtain any significant growth and recovery, we need to have soil temps in the 50-60 degree range, which in Bemidji, MN does not usually happen until mid-May! I am very optimistic that with the on-set of some warmer temps and also warm spring rains, the recovery process will happen very quickly.
Tom Johanns-Course Superintendent

   Our annual Buick Scramble (previously called the Olds Scramble), which is sponsored by Dondelinger Chevrolet-Buick, is scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. There are a couple of changes for this year that should be noted:
   1. If you advanced to the regionals last year, only 2 members from that team can play together.
   2. All players must have posted a minimum of 10 rounds within the last 12 months to be eligible.
   This has become one of the big events of the year. Pick up a brochure in the pro-shop for further details.

   If you have a suggestion or comment you can now do this online. Visit our members website at: and click on the "Online Suggestion Box" link.

   Rick and I are going to make an effort to encourage all players with handicaps of 8 and under play the blue tees during our Tuesday Nite Events and Thursday Men's Day. There will be an adjustment to your score for playing the blue tees so that you can compete equally with the players who are using the white tees. More information will be available in the proshop.

   We invite you to join the fun in our Friday Night Couple's events. Now in our sixth season, these events will start Friday, May 24 and continue each Friday throughout the summer. Tee-times will begin at 5:30 with a different 9-hole event each week. Cost is $8.00 per couple and the pro-shop will make all pairings. Make sure you call and sign up before noon on Friday so we can have the pairings and times available. All players MUST have a current handicap.
   This year we will be having three Sunday Couples 1:30 Shotgun Events. The dates are June 2, July 7 and August 18.

   I would like to remind all of our junior members that they are not allowed at the course on either Wednesday mornings (Ladies Day) or Thursday afternoon (Men's Day). They may use the range or course after 6:00 pm on Thursday only if their parent accompanies them.
   Also, juniors will not be allowed to participate in our Tuesday Nite League.
   Student members are reminded that they cannot play on Thursday afternoons.

$10.00 COUPONS
   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.

   In addition to the $10.00 coupons, we are again offering coupon books members can purchase and use for their guests. We currently have available in the pro-shop coupon books for $175 (plus tax) good for 5 - 18 hole rounds of golf. This compares with the regular price of 5 rounds for $225 (plus tax, weekend rate). The only stipulation is that a member must be playing with the guest and that the coupons are used this season.

   There are still a few members who have not filled out their membership form for 2002. 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.

Paul Grovum-Golf Professional

   We hope to see everyone at the Ladies' League Opener on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00. We have decided to eat lunch first and then golf just in case the weather is not cooperative. Please contact the clubhouse to make your lunch reservation. The kitchen would like a final count by May 13th.We are looking forward to a big turnout.
   I hope you have all received your information on this year's Ladies' League. If you did not get one in the mail they are available in the ladies' locker room or give me a call and I would be happy to mail one to you (759-1439). We will take league registrations for the Monday league until June 3rd and for the Wednesday league until May 29th. These are the official starting dates for each league that count for points. This year we plan to have all league information available in the locker room. We will have handouts on the weekly games, scores, rules, ringer board and upcoming events so check the bulletin board for the latest news.
Pam Johnson-Chairs

   As most of you know my husband and I welcomed a new addition to our family. Shelby Madison was born on March 28th. We appreciate your generosity and warm wishes.
   May is finally here, where is our warm weather? We now have an information center for upcoming events outside the office door. Look to see what events and parties that we have booked each month.
   Our office is almost complete, and Sharon and I are very pleased with our new working environment. Thanks to Bob Kobilka and Ted Lafriniere for all your hard work.
   The menu we are currently using is our last year's summer menu. We plan to introduce our new menu on Memorial Day as we have always done in the past. Look for it, I think you will be pleased.
   My staff and I look forward to yet another great season. Hope to see you in the clubhouse!
Gretchen Fjerstad-Clubhouse Manager