We’ve got good news & not-so-good news…
A quick update on the construction progress of our new facility-
The ‘not-so-good news’
Weather and contractor personnel issues have put us behind schedule. We are now shooting for Memorial Day weekend opening. It is entirely possible that we open with concrete floors in the bar area since the carpeting for that area is a very long lead item and is produced overseas. Best case scenario is that we open 100% complete, worse case is the carpeting is added two weeks later.
The ‘good news’
The construction crew is now running with maximum personnel on site and are quickly making up for lost time.
This spring the Club will have a TrackMan radar unit available for the golf Pros to use for coaching. The same unit will be used in a golf simulator in the new facility.
Our planning committee is evaluating other projects around the Club as well, more talk on that later.
· Ready or Not… Here Comes Spring!
The construction on the new yet-to-be-named building is moving along. There have been some delays due to frigid weather conditions, but we’re optimistic for an on-time finish. In late March we will be
announcing the winner of the “Name That Building” contest. We thank everyone for their
imaginative suggestions and look forward to the ribbon cutting.
· Bye Bye Birds
By now, most or all of our boat slip holders should have received a letter from a local
entrepreneur and, as it happens, a member, regarding a potential solution to the bird droppings problem on the boat covers. This has been a frustrating issue for every boat slip holder and now there may finally be a solution that will make this summer a much more pleasant experience for our boaters. We will be keeping a close eye on this and welcome any feedback as to the success of this project throughout the summer.
· Junk Food & Wine Pairing
Please remember to make your reservation for this event on April 18th. This is not a wine ‘tasting’ but a playful exercise in the ‘pairing’ of wines with foods. This is an irreverent approach to take the intimidation out of choosing a wine with your dinner… and there will be no test at the end!
· New Food
Chef Joe Sedore has been diligently trying to keep the menu fresh and interesting for you. While we continue to make changes, it doesn’t preclude the possibility that we’re still missing the ‘unmet want’ that you might be looking for. Please know that our doors (and ears) are always open, and we welcome your food suggestions.
· Another note about food; it bears repeating that just because the Chef prepares an item a certain way doesn’t mean you can’t order it another way. We can broil, sauté, blacken, grill, poach, make bland or spice up any dish you wish. Don’t hesitate to ask your server for any modification you desire.
You only get one chance to eat dinner each night and we want you to enjoy it.
· Kid’s Camp
Delaney Hackman is returning for her second season as the Kids’ Camp Director. Delaney and I met earlier this winter and spent a great deal of time discussing what worked and what didn’t last year. She is committed to the improvement of this program and we encourage you to enroll your children. It will be better structured, innovative and developmental. All the ingredients of a great summer experience for your kids! Please be sure to look into this.
· First Full Summer
This will be my first full summer at Gull Lake, and I have a great team ready to tackle the busiest part of our year with creativity and commitment.
See you all at the Club!
Dear Members and Friends,
We trust this winter has been very kind to you so far and everyone is ready to get back out and enjoy your club again here real soon.
Looking out the window as I write this, the course is covered in several inches of white fluffy snow with a layer of dense ice underneath and winter is showing no signs of surrendering at this point. This has
definitely been a rollercoaster winter season with many different
challenging weather conditions thrown at us! The sledding hill and ice rink have been a huge hit with so many snow days and perfect winter conditions to get out and enjoy these club amenities. The grounds staff has been very busy all winter inside the shop and out on the golf course with our winter equipment maintenance, tree removals/tree trimming and many other special projects along with keeping up with all the winter activities here at the Club. Things are looking great!
The driving range is scheduled to open in the middle of April weather permitting. The reason for the
delay is to give the range a better chance of recovering from the damage caused by using it. Seed used to fill the damaged areas will not germinate until closer to the end of the month. Without the chance of recovery, we would damage the tee surface too quickly and be left with a compromised tee during the peak of the season. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
The grounds team is here to make your club experience as special and enjoyable as possible. If there is anything we can do, please feel free to give me a call anytime. We are looking forward to a fun and
exciting season here at the Club and we hope to see you all very soon!
As we get ready to come out of this roller coaster winter, there are a few things to start planning for in March & April. The golf calendar has been made available online giving everyone the opportunity to look ahead and plan for club events, leagues and junior golf. There are some new events on the schedule as well as many favorites. Sign-up early for the 2019 Men’s Invitational to secure your spot. We currently have 22 teams already signed up, so do not hesitate. Also start thinking of a partner for the improved 2-day Member-Member in August. After the June
Invitational, this event will add a second “Major” feel to the golf schedule.
Additionally, confirm your partner for the Thursday match play league. If you need any help please contact the golf staff to connect you with others looking.
Each spring marks the arrival of new equipment and apparel to help your game for the upcoming season. New product technology from TaylorMade, Callaway, and
Titleist will be on the way and always at the lowest available price for members. We are currently taking orders for the Titleist Pro V1 & Pro V1x golf ball promotion as well as a similar promotion for the TaylorMade TP5 & TP5x ball, Callaway,
Bridgestone & Srixon. Customize your ball, imprint color and personalization in a buy 3, and get 1 free promotion.
We look forward to seeing everyone back enjoying the club and all the exciting
updates we have ahead. This is going to be a great year at Gull Lake.