It was well below zero in early January, mild the rest of the month, February was "reasonable," and Mother Nature decided that the real winter would be from early March until mid-April. The course, the courts and the Clubhouse all wintered well. The Intrepid Company of Island Country Club Golfers played golf in every month and the property was also happily used by skiers, sliders, birders and dog walkers. When the snows of March and early April finally melted, we found very little damage -- all made by nature.
During the "off-season," the Executive Board and Club Manager Bill Haskell were busy cleaning up old business, and, more important, planning all that must be new to keep our now 90 year old Club vibrant and vital to its members and the nearby communities.
We started the annual membership drive early, and were rewarded with magnificent support from our members, many of whom renewed within days of receiving the mailing, and quite a few increasing their membership levels, including going to our new Gold Sustaining Membership. Our new policy of applying membership discounts on purchases in the Clubhouse only to users of the Island Country Club Debit cards was well accepted, with most of the renewed memberships buying a card. They will be available for purchase throughout the season, with $100 and $200 cards providing a 10% discount on all Clubhouse purchases and $500 cards at 15%. These cards can be used for food and beverage, Pro Shop merchandise, Greens Fees, cart rentals and golf and tennis accessories.
With the retirement of Janet Snowden, Analiz Cancel, who joined us last summer, has moved up to Head of Kitchen as well as Assistant Manager of the Club, primarily responsible for our new accounting and bookkeeping system. Together with Bill, they have upgraded our providers, expanded our lunch offerings and planned the launch of two exciting additions to our food service. Beginning in mid-June we will be offering mid-afternoon hot and cold snacks, light sandwiches and beverages in the Great Room. And, planned for launch a few weeks later is a reservation-only restaurant dinner service Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Details and menus to come!
Our First Links program for junior golfers, under the direction of Linda Kimbrell and Jon Hellstedt, has a new professional teacher, Alex Drenga, and has already begun recruiting youngsters for the two camps we will run in July. Alex will also be providing reasonably priced lessons and clinics at the Club for the rest of us. And, to encourage more junior golf -- the future of the Club -- we will continue to offer free golf to students and Island and Peninsula schools as well as to 18 year old and younger children of Club members.
Much that is familiar will continue -- Tuesday evening Club Dinners; Tennis play and tournaments organized by Brendan O'Dwyer, our new Tennis Director; Twilight League, Scrambles, and, most important, the friendly smiles, warm welcomes and great camaraderie that makes being a member of the newest and "Best 90 Year Old Country Club in America" such a blessing.
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ICC Event Signup
Event signup will be re-activated as Scrambles, dinners and other activities commence.