|Posted on May 24, 2016 at 1:45 PM|
As the Great Joe Bruno always says on the first tee -- "Let's see what happens!"
And We're Off
Everything worked! Sort of. Opening Day, Friday May 13, was everything the team that worked on the refurbishment of the Clubhouse could have wanted (so much for the 13th being bad luck). There was a good, but not overwhelming, crowd. The new registers beeped up purchases (they're computers); the new cart management system required a Roger Bergen drawing on the first tee blackboard and both the system and the drawing clearly need work; the gathering of the Scrambles players (see below) in the Great Room for the distribution of winning chits was warm and happy; and using the Great Room entry for golf and tennis sign-ins clearly didn't work -- and the boards have been returned to the Pro Shop faster than a Dana Douglass swing. It's been a good first few days. There still aren't many of us here, the weather today returned to early March and the Clubhouse staff is using the slower times to enhance their skills and address the minor bugs that are inevitable with all that is new.
News of Golf:
Opening Day Scrambles: Under the aegis of Commissioner Mimi Gerstell (who provided this report), thirteen people played in the first Scrambles of the season. Low gross winners with 33 were the team of Vinal Torrey, Jon Hellstedt, Roger Bergen, and Mary Lou Curtis. Two of the other three teams tied for low putts (and were also tied at 35 for gross score, rendering a decision impossible) -- we ended up giving all of these fantastic putters a $1 chit ! Don't forget, if you're on a three-person scrambles team, your team gets a fourth try at every shot, with the assignment of the fourth shot rotating among the members whenever you move to a new hole.
Ladies Day #1 is Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 17) -- It's our first Ladies Day of the season and Jean Hutchinson and Linda Stratton have been seen huddling as they evolved plans for this year's events. There will be no lunch from the kitchen tomorrow, but beverages -- coffee before, beverages after -- will definitely be available. No word on how any gender identity issues will be handled, but the guys have not been playing well enough to challenge in any attire they might choose. Greg and John from the grounds crew piled wood in the fireplace for post-round warming (yes, it is mid-May off the coast of Maine), and the newly repainted chairs with their beautiful new cushions are in their semi-circle, ready for the re-telling of shots shanked and putts made.
May 20 Scrambles: Sign up at the Clubhouse or using the tournament sign-up function on the website Home Page (www.islandcountryclub.net) to play this coming Friday.
May 29 -- Trifecta Tournament: The Trifecta tournament is a recent addition to our tournament schedule, and engages two person teams in playing a total of 18 holes -- 6 as a Scramble, 6 as Better Ball and 6 as Alternate Shot. Complete rules are posted on the Men’s Golf Board in the Clubhouse (although women players are happily welcome). Sign up at the Clubhouse or use the tournament sign-up function on the website. More details on this fun start to the Club's tournament season in next week's newsletter.
Golf Pro Mark Hall: Mark stopped by the Club on a beautiful spring afternoon last week and pronounced the course conditions "as good as you can find." He was very enthusiastic about working with the Club and offering lessons to members. He has given us a wonderful rate package of $100 per one hour lesson, $95 for the second lesson and $90 for the third, or buy all three at once for $250. Additional lessons are even less. He also has special rates for juniors, group lessons and playing lessons. We are working out the schedule (Mark is also the Assistant Professional at Penobscot Valley Country Club) but it appears he will join us Thursdays and perhaps one other day during the week, beginning in mid-June. There will be a weekly sign-up sheet at the Clubhouse, and you can find a brochure about Mark and his approach on the Pro Shop desk. We ae also planning occasional clinics with Mark during the summer.
Greens Aeration: the greens are being aerated this week, but should be fully recovered by Memorial Day weekend, and we will add, as required, weather permitting.
News of Tennis:
There will be tennis. Preparation of the courts is going on at this writing and we expect play will begin later this week, and, again, weather permitting. You can reserve court time at the Clubhouse or call the Club at 348 2379. See the Tennis section of the website for details on how to reserve court time.
News of the Clubhouse:
Members are encouraged to use the new Great Room entrance to the Club.
The kitchen will open for the season on Friday, May 27. Lunch will be served daily from 11AM - 2:00PM, Breakfasts Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 7:45AM until 9:00AM. Beverages and packaged snacks will be available throughout the day. Reminder -- lunch is to be ordered and delivered at the Great Room counter, breakfast is ordered at the Pro Shop desk and delivered at the Great Room counter and beverages can be ordered at either counter when they are staffed.
As a result of the refurbishment, we have some "extra" furniture available, and it can be yours just for hauling it away. Inquire at the Pro Shop counter.
As the old Scottish saying goes, "if it nae wind and it nae rain it nae golf." Fore!
Club House Manager