The Island Country Club

Deer Isle, Maine

Club Manager's Weekly News

2016 Weekly Report 4 - May 23

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 1:55 PM


Spring Has Sprung

And the Blackflies are Enjoying the Season (and the Golfers)



The weather turned warm (well, late May in Maine warm) over the weekend, with temperatures in the high 60s, gentle winds a warm sun that made it actually seem hot. The good news is that golfers played in their new ICC shirts purchased in our totally new Pro Shop, the flowers in front of the first tee started to bloom, the trees leafed and flowered and the clubhouse windows were turned from storms to screens. The bad news -- the rough also sprouted, allergic sneezes and coughs were abundant and the d___ blackflies are swarming, especially on the 7th and 8th greens and along the 9th tees. Balancing the pluses and the minuses, the plusses are way ahead.


News of the Clubhouse:

Members and guests are reminded that the center doors on the front porch are the MAIN entrance to the Clubhouse. The side door is for golfers exiting to the first tee and for deliveries. We are working to put Club notices and event signups in the Great Room to encourage your entering there.


With Janet's happy cooperation, the kitchen will open for the season this Wednesday for the summer season. Lunch is served from the Great Room service counter from 11AM until 2PM. All of your favorite sandwiches are back, there will be new specials introduced throughout the summer and we have a full range of soft drinks, local and imported beers and wines, as well as house made iced tea and lemonade. The outdoor patio is ready for your lunchtime enjoyment.

We are working to improve how members and guests will access and return golf carts. For the time being, after checking in, members using carts are to walk down the gravel pathway to the right of the barn, go to the front of the lines with carts and take a front cart. When returning the cart, drive down the driveway to the lower level, proceed around the barn and pull your cart into an empty lane, or behind the line with the fewest carts.

News of Golf:

On-line Signups: -- a reminder, online signups for golf events are found on the ICC website homepage (see link below), under the announcement of the Club opening on the right hand side. The links open an email form on your computer addressed to the Club. Instructions for signing up for each event are in the signup box.

Trifecta Tournament, Sunday, May 29 -- sign up in the Clubhouse or on the ICC Website ( for the first tournament of the season, a two person event with an unusual format -- six holes of scrambles, six of best ball and six of the you better really like your partner alternate shot. Handicaps will be applied to your combined score. You can choose your tee time at the Clubhouse. The entry fee is only $10.00, we will have some breakfast choices and the kitchen and patio will be open for lunch and beverages. This is the second year for this tournament and those who played last year reported it was terrific fun and an interesting golf challenge.

Scrambles -- Twelve inveterate golfers showed up for Scramble on Friday, May 20. Low gross winners (32, card play-off) were Jack Hamblen, Vinal Torrey, Dave Goddard, and Marilyn Mehalic. Low putts prize (11 putts) went to Myron Curtis, Sam Ostrow, Tom Mehalic, and Marilyn Schroer. To sign up for Scrambles on Friday May 27, use the signup form on the ICC website ( We will resume the serving of free lemonade and iced tea.

Billings and Twilight Leagues -- The Billings League plays on Thursday evenings beginning at 4:30 and this week marks the third session. Twilight League will begin with a meeting and practice session on June 6 and will play on Monday afternoons. There are still positions open for Twilight League participation, and you can sign up and check out the unique handicap format on the Men's Bulletin Board or email Ken Wiberg ( .

Handicap and Rules Announcement -- There have been some significant rules changes announced by the United States Golf Association as they effect the keeping of a golf handicap. Our Handicap and Rules Committee has announced how the rules will be enforced at the Island Country Club:

  1. If you play a round and no other person is with you, you are not allowed to post the score.
  2. Cards must be attested and put in the box on the bottom shelf of the handicap computer cart near the manager's office.
  3. Tournament scores will be posted by the Tournament Committee. They will be collected in the Clubhouse after each player's round is completed.

 News of Tennis:

There is no news of tennis. The courts are open, they have been beautifully prepared. The grounds crew sweeps and rolls them regularly. C'mon, someone on this Island must want to play!

Memorial Day (Monday May 30): Attend a local celebration, seek out vets and thank them for their service, remember the 20th Maine.

Bill Haskell
Club House Manager

Sam Ostrow
Co-Vice President


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