|Posted on May 11, 2016 at 10:15 AM|
Countdown to Club Opening -- May 13 2016
We are almost there -- the renovations of the Clubhouse are nearly complete. The new entryway into the Great Room awaits you. The new Pro Shop is beginning to be stocked with attractive displays of merchandise. The new bathrooms are polished and ready. The final pieces are being moved into place in our new professional class kitchen, The fairways have greened up. The tennis courts are about to be rolled. And, most important for those who wintered here, members are starting to arrive, bringing tales of adventure to those of us to whom Ellsworth and Bangor were exotic destinations. We can't complain about the winter too much, as the Intrepid Company of Island Country Club Golfers missed very few days on the course, although backswings in 5 to 6 layers of heavyweight clothing were limited.
Club Co-VP Sam Ostrow was here for most of the winter, working with Ken and Ray Wiberg, the crew from C.L. Haskell & Son Electric, the team from Percy Brown Plumbing and with vendors from throughout Maine to bring our renovation project to completion. All of them deserve our thanks. I (Bill Haskell) came on board on April 1 to begin setting up the office, hiring and organizing the Clubhouse staff and updating and upgrading our transaction and inventory control systems. Greg Kolakowski and the grounds crew also began working that week and reported that the course incurred very little damage during our unusually mild winter. Janet Snowden has been exploring her new kitchen, developing new recipes and planning meals for our special occasions, as well as meeting with vendors to make sure we serve the best quality meals at the most reasonable prices. Linda Stratton, Sharon Hellstedt and Jean Hutchinson came in regularly to check on progress and are undertaking the post-construction clean-up and touch-up which continues at this writing.
News of Golf:
We have a new Golf Professional -- Mark Hall, who is an Assistant Professional at Penobscot Valley and who many members may remember from Dick's in Bangor where he was their resident golf professional for many years. He also was the professional at Hermon Meadows in the 1990s. Mark is a Professional Golfers Association Class A Professional, has developed a very successful teaching method, and will be with us for one or more days a week. He will offer private lessons as well as lead some group classes. We will be announcing more about Mark in the weeks to come.
Due to an illness on the family, Don Powell's time at the Club this summer will be limited, so Kenny Wiberg has stepped up to run Twilight League. And, his first decisions, made in consultation with Roger, Vern and Sam, were to move the League Night to Monday nights, to set up pairs for the entire season, to use only a stroke play scoring format and to utilize a handicap system which will make the competition more even. All of the details will be on the Men's Golf board in the new Pro Shop. The first League Night will be June 6 at 5:00 PM at which a "practice round" will be played.
Speaking of handicaps -- the United States Golf Association issued new rules on how scores must be kept and entered into the official handicap system, on which Dick Dunham is now boning up. Bottom line -- all scores must be attested by a member, no scores can be entered without a scorecard being put in the box, and no scores can be entered if you played alone or without a Club member. Dick has also agreed to broaden the scope and responsibilities of his committee, now to be known as Rules and Handicaps.
We are welcoming a new tournament this year, sponsored by The Ark, which will be held on Saturday, June 25. Thanks to Jean Hutchinson for bringing this long running event -- which will be played as a two person scramble -- to us, as it attracts golfers from many clubs in the region. Again, more details to come.
Over the winter the ICC website was completely re-designed (www.islandcountryclub.net) and updated. You will already find the tournament schedules for golf and tennis, and the dates for Club dinners and other activities. Soon you will be signing up for tournaments on-line. On the Home Page is a News column that will be updated frequently. All websites are works in progress, and we welcome your ideas as ours continues to evolve.
As the attached photo shows, our new Pro Shop is a great place to display and sell golf and tennis merchandise, and the new products -- ordered by Tom and Linda Kimbrell, who designed the shop, is just beginning to come in. We will feature Titleist, Calloway and other name brand merchandise from golf balls and gloves to logo golf and tennis shirts to hoodies and even golf socks. We expect to have the Pro Shop fully stocked in time for our first Tournament of the year, Memorial Day weekend.
Join us for breakfast. When the kitchen opens for business on Friday, May 27, we will be offering breakfast sandwiches, baked products and coffee three days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). Our coffee service will be at the Great Room service counter, with a Keurig machine and assortment of K-cups, which can be purchased in the morning at the Pro Shop counter and during lunch service in the Great Room.
That's it for this week. It has been a busy but fun winter getting all of this ready. We can't wait to begin enjoying it with you.
Club House Manager