The Bemidji Town & Country Club
October 2000

      The end of the season is near and so is the end of my role as President of your club. It has been a good year in many ways and I have enjoyed and appreciated being given this role for the past year.
      With the annual meeting just a few days away, Monday, October 16th at 7:30 at the clubhouse, I want to urge all of you to attend as we have many important matters to bring before you and update you on; especially, where we are with the renovation of the clubhouse. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. It seems every year it is the same people who attend. We enjoy them, but would also like to see some new faces at this and all meetings. Our club does not just happen to exist, it takes A LOT of time and effort by a few members, mainly the board of directors, to keep our club going on a positive pace.
      Looking forward to seeing you there,
Rod Picket-President

      The pro-shop will remain open this fall until the course closes, tentatively set for Sunday, October 22. Please remember to use any gift certificates by that date and to remove your clubs from club storage if you haven't already done so. The driving range will close on October 15. We should see some nice fall days so don't put the clubs away just yet.
      The location of our winter office has not been determined. If you have any questions after we have closed for the season feel free to call me at home. 586-2590
      Have a great winter and we will look forward to seeing everyone again next spring!
Paul Grovum

      Congratulation to Tom Jenkins for his victory over Bob Brink in the final match of the Men's Club Championship. Also, we congratulate Gerry Douglas for his win over Jeff Nelson in the Senior Division of the Men's Club Championship.
      We had two divisions in our Annual Season Long Best Ball tournament. The two-man teams of John Countryman-Ted Lafriniere and Bruce Simenson-Tom Burlingame captured their respective divisions. They beat the teams of Glen Seibel-Steve Hagenah and John Wangberg-Mike Tangen.

      In an effort to attract more outside play, we are reducing our green fees for the remainder of the season to $20.00 for 18 holes weekdays and $25.00 for 18 holes weekends. Golf carts have also been reduced to $10.00 per rider. This is a great time to invite your guests to come out and enjoy the excellent condition of the course and enjoy some beautiful fall days.

      As the golfing season winds down, my staff and I are preparing the course for winter. Our focus for the month of October will be on leaf cleanup, preparing the irrigation system for winter and applying the necessary materials for snowmold protection. The combination of projects, daily course maintenance, frosty mornings that prevent us from getting on the course early and also a limited staff make it a very busy month.
      A question that commonly arises this time of year is "Why can't we keep the course open later than we do?" History has shown that on average we receive accumulating snows that stay with us season long on or about November 1. There are years (1999) when this does not hold true, but for the most part this date has been pretty accurate. We need 3 to 5 days to do our last preparations to ready the course for winter. If we do not accomplish our objectives before winter arrives the ending results would be extremely poor turf conditions in the spring and a long recovery process into next summer. With the length and severity of our northern Minnesota winters it is vital that we have everything working in our favor! I hope this brief explanation helps answer the question.
      As always, feel free to ask me any questions about our maintenance operation here at BTCC.
Tom Johanns
Course Superintendent

      As we head into the last few weeks of the 2000 season we can look back at some positive improvements to our clubhouse. The furniture and the new bar really made our clubhouse look great. With plans in motion to continue our improvements we can anticipate a great new look next spring.
      Our hours for the remainder of the season will be limited and will posted in the clubhouse. The last day the clubhouse will be open is October 15th. If you have any unused food assessment, it must be used by that date.
      My staff and I want to thank everyone for making this season a success. I look forward to seeing everyone in the spring and hope everyone has a safe and happy winter.
Gretchen Wagner
Clubhouse Manager