FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Members,

 

We’ve made a few changes to our upcoming projects…

 

Our first project is off and running. On November 2nd, our Grill Room building will be demolished. Soon after the demolition, we will be taking additional soil borings and will know what sort of foundation we will utilize. After that, it is a race to get the building closed in before wintertime. We are still planning on opening May 1st.

 

Our planning committee has recommended that we delay the start of the Lakeview room expansion until the Fall of 2020 versus the planned 2019. This will allow us time to see how our recent changes impact the club’s profitability. Last year the board requested that we book fewer banquet events along with some minor changes to our event fees and menu. In 2018 we hosted 29 weddings compared to 46 weddings in 2017, resulting in substantially less unrelated revenues.

 

More recent changes include a new Club Manager, a new bottom to top budgeting process, a new fee structure for banquet events, golf outings and boat slips, along with some possible changes to membership categories. Our 2019 fees for banquet services, boat slip rental and golf outing green fees going forward are more in line with today’s market. Prior to this, we were well below the market.

 

Give the delay in the start of the Lakeview Project, the planning committee is further recommending that we evaluate two other smaller improvements for 2019. We will be evaluating costs to improve the Doolittle Pavilion and our tennis facilities with an eye to add pickle ball and parking capacity. The most important part of this is to make sure none of these projects stops the Lakeview expansion project which will enhance our banquet operations and gain member space and separation from these events all in response to the membership feedback.

 

In short, we will have a lot to evaluate as 2019 progresses.

 

Please have a great Holiday Season and join us at the Club for the celebrations!

 

FROM THE MANAGER

Members,

 

It’s hard to believe that I’ve got almost three months under my belt here at Gull Lake CC. I already feel like I’m part of the family. We’ve accomplished a great deal and changed a few things for what we hope will be for the better.

 

One of those changes is going to be the Food Minimums. All food minimums will now be annual. This means you will have an entire year to use up your minimum. I believe this is a more equitable way to treat this as it gives the snowbirds and families a chance to satisfy their minimums in the summer without being penalized in the winter for going South or having a busy school schedule. We want you to enjoy the club when it is optimal for your busy lives. The annual policy will reset everyone to January 1st through December 31st. Any unspent balance will appear on your December 31st statements. This makes it much easier for you to remember and is much easier to manage in the office.

 

THE GRILLE- Demolition of the Grille building will commence on November 2nd. Construction will follow with a target date of May 1st for completion of the project. We are excited to explore the possibilities for this new building and we’re looking at a couple of events to celebrate the opening. Stay tuned!

 

The Boat Launch Gate will be closed for the season on November 1st. Anyone needing access to remove a boat after that date should contact the office to make arrangements.

 

The Kid’s Halloween Party was a tremendous success and the relocation of the haunted house to the Quarter Deck was a ‘happy accident’ brought about by the closing of the Grille. This is a much safer place to stage it as the kids don’t have to cross the streets to get there. We’ll keep that in our back pockets for next year! Thank you to all the parents/grandparents who attended in costume! I thoroughly enjoyed that the staff was in costume as well. We certainly have some creative people and it was a high-spirited night! (pun intended!) 

 

We’ve updated the form for Thanksgiving Dinner orders. I think that everyone will find it much easier to follow and determine the amounts of food you will need for your dinner. The form is accessible from our website under the Upcoming Events section of the Dining and Social Calendar. Just print it, scan it and email it to either Hannah or myself. Feel free to pick up a form in the office as well!

 

I thank everyone who has come to me with ideas and suggestions to make the Club better. The staff has been tremendous about trying new things and I appreciate the teamwork and support. My door is always open.

 

To all of you from me; Thank you for sharing your Club with me…

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS- MERRY CHRISTMAS- HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

GRASS CLIPPINGS

Dear Members and Friends,

 

This has been a fabulous fall season at the club with unseasonably warm weather and plenty of golfing days that many of you were able to take advantage of. It was so nice to see many of you continue to play this fall and improve your games. The 2018 season at GLCC was a very fun and exciting season at the club with many different and unique events taking place throughout the year.

 

The weather this past summer has been one of the longest and hardest stretches in a very long time! We had unseasonably high temperatures with more than twenty days over 90 degrees, 43 days over 85 degrees and prolonged high humidity thought the summer. We also received about 25 inches of precipitation between the months of May and September, which is much higher than the normal average. The golf course pulled though the summer stress months with very little damage and conditions being virtually unaffected during this stressful time. Everything is healing up and filling in very nicely with the amazing weather conditions we have been blessed with this fall.

 

The grounds staff is in full leaf cleanup mode. The irrigation system is winterized and our snow mold applications will be made in the next few weeks. We are also in the process of shifting gears to winter activities here at the club along with some winter projects out on the course. Your golf course is in wonderful shape and we hope you can make it out to enjoy some golf yet this fall.

 

I would like to take a minute and introduce the major players on the grounds team and the guys who play an integral roll in the overall look and feel of your club. My assistant ground superintendent and right hand man is Drew Boike. Drew has been with the club now for four full seasons and has a diverse knowledge base along with a great eye for detail. Sam Holysz is the equipment technician at your club. Sam has been at the club now for nine full seasons and comes to us with years of experience in building maintenance, equipment repair and fabrication. If there is anything that’s broken around the club or in need of repair Sam is generally called in to rectify the situation and he really can fix just about anything.

 

Do you ever wonder what happens on the golf course when you’re not around? Maybe you would just like to educate yourself more on the science behind what it takes to keep turf conditions at a championship level daily. Check out our Twitter feed (@GLCCTurf) for a behind the scenes look at the maintenance that takes place at your club, with pictures, short videos and detailed information to help you better understand the art of turfgrass science.

 

Come out and enjoy your club this winter as we are working on some fun and exciting winter activities for your enjoyment. As always, if there is anything my staff or I can do to make your experience here at the club more enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to call. See you all around the club this winter.

 

GOLF

Dear Members,

 

It seems that we skipped fall, but even though the weather has been chilly, Jesse, Drew & the guys have worked hard to keep the golf course in fantastic shape for the few rounds we have been able to play before the snow flies. Through the past month, I have been meeting with sales reps to fill everyone’s needs in clothing and equipment for next year’s golf season. With new golf and lifestyle lines coming in, I know we will be looking our best in 2019. Don’t forget, the winter is a great time to get your clubs re-gripped to be ready for the 2019 season.

 

We have had a great year of tournaments and golf at the club and look ahead to starting a new chapter as we see the Grille transform for the future of Club life. We have made a lot of memories in the old building and look forward to more memories at GLCC! The participation in leagues and events was great. I would like to thank all of the members for such a great season.

 

Remember to spend your shop credit before it expires on November 15th. The shop is full of new merchandise for the fall season as well as some great deals on golf apparel, clubs, and shoes from the summer. Going into the holiday season be on the lookout for great sales and specials to help you get some early Christmas shopping done without having to go very far.

  

Golf shop sale

All in-stock golf shoes are 25% off for November & December

Men’s & Women’s “Buy 1 Get 1” sale racks

Equipment Sales! (Iron Sets, Woods & Wedges)

TP5 & TP5X Balls- $34.99

 

Fall Shop Hours

November: Tuesday- Sunday 9:00am- 5:00 pm

December: (Until December 23rd) Wednesday- Sunday 10:00am- 4:00pm