FROM THE PRESIDENT & THE MANAGER

Dear Members,

 

           We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season. It was great to see all the members and extended families during the season. What a wild start to winter with a seemingly endless amount of snow! But with that comes the opening of our cross-country ski trails, sledding and of course our always popular ice rink. Thank you for making it through the rough weather to enjoy all the events and amenities the club has to offer during the holidays.

Our Annual Meeting was held on December 7th.  For those of you who were unable to attend, the club had a favorable year across all the areas of the club. For the year we applied an additional four hundred thousand dollars towards our   principal payments on our short term mortgage to stay committed to our goal of    reducing the club’s debt.  The board has approved the 2017 forecasts, where we show slight gains year over year in comparison to budgeted goals.

 Looking ahead, we have a lot going on for you to enjoy in the months of   January and February.  You can find these on the social events calendar within your newsletter.  We would like to highlight the ice rink and the great cross country ski trail that we have mapped out again this year-weather dependent.  You will see signs posted by the Grille Room for the start of the intermediate and advance loops we have created. This is also the time of the year for the ever-growing platform tennis season.  Grab some friends and come over to enjoy our newly resurfaced platform courts! Let us all enjoy some good old-fashioned cold Michigan weather here at the club.

  At this time, we would like to thank the Board of Directors and Committee members for all their volunteer work in order to ensure our club stays on track! We would also like to welcome Abby Skwiat to the board. Abby has been a very active member and has served on the Social and Golf Committees. We would also like to thank our members for making Gull Lake Country Club a special place. Hope to see you around the Club in early 2017!

 

Happy New Year!

bjorn green                                                                                                 president

mike rossen                                                                                                           general manager                                                                                     mrOSSEN@GULLLAKECC.COM

GRASS CLIPPINGS

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Dear Members and Friends,

 

           We hope this winter has been kind to you thus far.  Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is off to a good start on this fun and exciting year before us. The grounds staff is very busy with our winter equipment and accessories maintenance program. All the golf course equipment is being serviced, major overhauls are taking place and everything is getting freshly sharpened blades. The golf course accessories are all being washed, painted and prepped for the next golfing season. On the        clubhouse side of the road we are working on our        preventative building maintenance program along with snow removal and winter holiday decorations. Everything is looking good!

The ice skating rink, cross country ski trails and paddle ball courts are all in full swing and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves this winter so far. The ice rink will be open daily for your skating pleasure unless the weather is warm and the ice is soft and not suitable for skating. Please also keep in mind that skates will need to be   removed before walking up the stairs or entering the Paddle Ball Hut. Come on out and enjoy your club this winter as there are many fun and exciting events taking place that you will not want to miss.

The grounds staff is also happy to announce the promotion of Craig Veeder to 2nd assistant grounds superintendent. Craig is native to the Battle Creek area and a 1998 Michigan State graduate. He has spent the last 2 seasons on our team here at GLCC and the past 12 years before that as a head groundskeeper at several minor league baseball stadiums along the east coast/transition zone. We are very excited for Craig to join our core group this season and we believe he will be a wonderful   addition to our world-class grounds team and your club.

Thank you so much for all your support and cooperation. As always, if there is     anything any of us on the grounds staff can do to make your experience here at your club more enjoyable, please feel free to call. See you at the club this winter!

 

JESSE SHAVER                                                                                                           Grounds & facilities superintendent                                                             jesses@gulllakecc.com

GOLF

Dear Members,

 

           With winter now fully upon us, it is hard to  believe it was just about a month ago that the last few rounds were being played. The fall   season saw many great golf days and provided an extended season that makes for a short   winter. As we look toward the 2017 season, there are many things to look forward to. Through the fall I have met with nearly every major clothing and equipment     manufacturer and am very excited about the changes we will have in the golf shop lines.

This isa good time to start thinking of your game for the next year. Winter is a good time to make some needed swing changes while not having to worry about posting scores or losing your side bets. This makes for a great opportunity to    schedule some lessons with myself, Josh Burt, or Dan Evans. Please contact the golf professional staff if you are interested in some off-season swing work.

This is also a good time to start thinking about some of the events for 2017. Making sure you have a partner for the Thursday match play league, and getting some outfits together for the twilight golf. The themes for this year are 90’s, Caddy shack (Big Hole), Star Wars, and finally the popular Glow Ball (Big Hole). Also new for the upcoming season look for the new Gull Cup match play tournaments for both the Men, and the women. This will be a bracketed tournament similar to the March Madness basketball tournament.

The off-season is also a great time to get some new grips on your clubs. If you are not planning on updating your equipment for next year, a new set of grips will go a long way. The professional staff is excited for the upcoming season and is available for all your golf needs on an on call basis through January and February. Please feel free to contact me directly for any needs, or email the shop at golfshop@gulllakecc.com

 

 

DAN URBAN                                                                                                        HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL                                                             DUrban@gulllakecc.com

KRISTIN'S KORNER

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
Lewis Carroll

 

 

Welcome snow, welcome the New Year of 2017 & welcome wonderful old & new things to come this year at Gull Lake Country Club!  The holiday season was a great success from the food & beverage stand point and we want to thank you for making that happen.  The children’s Christmas Party was an amazing time as      children enjoyed sitting on Santa’s lap as they requested their Christmas wishes & later designed their own, custom made ginger bread house. Sunday Brunches had wonderful turnouts with no one leaving the club hungry. A special thank you as well for the members who let GLCC host & cater all your Christmas functions, as we      certainly appreciate the extra business you provided for us.

Now that 2017 is here, let us make the best of it for you.  New & old ideas are upon us.  In the offerings of something new in January, a new Boat Bar menu & Hand Crafted Drink menu is in the works.  In the month of February we will be    hosting our first Mardi Gras Party with live entertainment in the Grille room. For some fun & old ideas, venture out & play in the snow with us January 28th for      Winterfest, or plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Boat Bar February 11th  with us. Come join us these wonderful winter months as we enjoy great food, delicious spirits & most importantly each other.  GLCC is your club & the staff wants to make it the very best for you, with each visit.

 

Looking forward to the next exciting year

 

KRISTIN KUBALL                                                                                             Assistant Manager                                                                                 KKuball@gulllakecc.com