Happy New Year!
If you are reading this South of latitude 42, you are missing an exciting start to winter. Looking to the past and future, 2018 has been an exciting year (at least for me). Starting as Club President I remember several people asking me “what are you going to do when you are King?” At GLCC things really do not work that way… I never anticipated that we would be doing some of the things that are “on our plate” now.
2018 has been the year of the committee! If you want to change something, get involved. Immediately after our 2017 Annual meeting, a proposed project by the Tennis Committee (Jen Wozniak) set off a chain of events that had our board looking into everything under the sun. This got our Planning Committee (Mark Weishaar) into high gear sorting through priorities of multiple projects. After that, our Construction Committee (Myself and Mark Weishaar as co-chairs) took the ball and ran with tight deadlines. About the same time last summer, we started our General Manager search Committee (Marta Kwiatkowski).
Recently, our Membership Committee (Blake Crocker and Bill Sikkema as co-chairs) took on distilling down our membership categories and the rules that go along with them. There will no longer be a dining membership offered to new members. Concurrent with that, the Yacht Club (Commodore Bill Hawk) revised the rules for our LYM members and the boat slip rates ($3,000) and “bumping order” for our boat slips. Current regular (Golf) Members will be at the top of the list followed by Social Members.
Recently our Planning Committee has recommended a delay in the Lakeside facility improvements until Fall of 2020, just to see where our new General Manager, new budgeting process, and new Grille Room facility all settle out. This committee is currently evaluating projects at the Pavilion and Tennis facilities that may be undertaken in the meantime. Thank you to all of our Board members for serving your Club. In addition to this, I would like to thank our GLCC staff for stepping up this summer and making things happen when they might not have had their usual leadership in place.
After several delays, our Grille Room project is off and running. The demo is done and the concrete work is underway taking advantage of our unseasonably warm weather. Our early May completion target is still in place even with our late start.
Even though it is January, we are busy planning our Spring and Summer programs. The details of recent changes to the boat slip pricing and “bumping” order of the wait list will be coming soon. I’m planning to attend the PGA Show in January with Dan Urban to check out some new possibilities. There are possibly some changes coming to the waterfront area as well, so stay tuned. Please join us in the Boat Bar or check out the Platform Tennis this Winter if you can. Otherwise, we will see you all in the Spring!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We head into the New Year with great expectations. Our new Grille, or whatever we choose to call the building, is in full construction as we speak. The word is that we are still on schedule for an early May opening. Keep your eyes open for an upcoming Hard Hat Party, where we will explore the progress of our new project and start planning for the grand opening of our newest addition.
What’s In A Name?
That’s what we intend to find out! Beginning January 1st and running until the end of the month, the Club will be conducting a “Name That Building” Contest! I have been told that before it was The Grille it was called The Pro Bar and somewhere woven in there it was called Club Nineteen. Well… it’s the new millennium and with a new building should be a new name. Winner of this contest will receive dinner for two and the distinct honor of cutting the ribbon when the building is officially open for business! Brush off those suggestions you’ve been keeping in the back of your mind for too long and jump in the game!
While the snowbirds are South, and the locals catch their breath from the holiday season, we’ll be getting our winter projects knocked out. This is our opportunity to spruce up the Club and shore up our inventories to face another busy year. We look forward to rolling out new menu ideas, a refreshed clubhouse face and some very cool updates to our paddle tennis hut, the tennis courts and the golf course.
The Social Committee has been working very hard to identify some new and unique events that will pique the interest of the membership and give everyone more reasons to come to the Club. Go to Clubster or stay tuned to your emails as we introduce these each month. Speaking of Clubster… PLEASE download this app and get Clubster on your phones. Those members who are already on it have found it to be very informative, not to mention its effectiveness as a ‘real time’ communications tool for everyone to stay in touch with what’s happening in and around the Club. If you’re not sure how to do this please contact Hannah Kruse at the Club and she will walk you through it! Keep the fire warm… Ring in the new!
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 team is very busy with our winter equipment maintenance program, along with snow removal detail and winter activities work. All the golf course equipment is being serviced and getting fresh blades. The golf course accessories are being washed, painted and prepped for the next golfing season. Everything is looking good and right on schedule!
The ice skating rink, cross country ski trails and paddle ball courts are all in full swing and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves so far this winter. The ice rink will be open daily for your skating pleasure unless the weather is too 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 Tennis 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.
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 better understand the art of turfgrass science.
Thank you all so much for all of 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. Looking forward to seeing everyone around the club this winter!
We did not quite have all the snow from last year but none the less I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Golf in Michigan can be unpredictable. We saw that in what was a rough spring and then were delivered the early snow that really shortened our golf season. On the plus side, when the weather was good, there was a lot of golf being played. We hope this means we are due for a nice early spring and a long season in 2019. Thank you to everyone for their participation and support in 2018.
The 2019 season will be here before we know it, and now is the time to start thinking about some of the events. Make sure you have a partner for the Men’s Invitational (June 13-15), as we made some great event changes in 2018 and will continue to sharpen the blade for years to come. A new two-day Men’s Member-Member (August 9 & 10) will give us a second major team event to build for the future. We look forward to all our new and continuing events to be celebrated in the new Grille building; a new building for new memories.
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. With the phones being down due to the construction, please feel free to email me directly with any needs.
*SAVE THE DATE*
Men’s Invitational - June 13th- 15th
Men’s Member-Member - August 9th & 10th
Women’s Classic (Invitational) - August 2nd & 3rd