Stowe Country Club Opens for the season this Saturday, April 28

Spring sprang early this year and then seemed to disappear. Actually, it’s snowing right now. Golfing in April is not too common in Vermont and in the twenty years I’ve been working at SCC I don’t remember opening earlier than April 27…and two days later we got 4 inches of snow. I know, I know…I’m knocking on wood too.

This weekend’s weather looks sunny, but we’re not supposed to break 50. Because of the chance of frost, we will not be opening till 8:30. I don’t think tee times are necessary, but if you’re looking for a game be sure to let us know and we can try to pair you up.

The shop product is arriving every day, but the shop will be a little bare for a few weeks. We are again carrying TaylorMade product exclusively in the shop and the new RBZ product is going to be hot. From all accounts, both men and women are seeing 17 extra yards on average with the new Rocket Ballz woods. Our fitting cart is already updated with the new product and we have scheduled a demo day for June 6thfrom 2-6pm. We also have accounts with most major manufacturers if there is something you are looking for. We almost always beat even internet pricing and with our Wednesday Double Points promotion you just can’t go wrong.

Most of our staff is returning this season, but noticeably absent will be Dustin Ribolini who is now the 1stassistant at The Hanover Country Club in New Hampshire. Rick Hess, Stowe High School Alumni, will be replacing him as our apprentice professional as he begins his journey towards achieving his PGA membership. Also absent will be the marvelously mustachioed Steve Davis who, after acclimatizing to the Arizona weather, has decided to only come back east for a short visit. Scott’s crew has been hard at work getting the course ready and from what I can see the course looks ready to go. You’ll be surprised by the extensive fall pruning that took place and I’m excited about reaping the rewards of last summer’s dry-jecting.

I'd also like to congratulations to everyone who took advantage of our early payment incentive program for a free round of golf up at our sister course, The Stowe Mountain Golf Club (SMGC). If you are among the lucky, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of playing up the road, may I suggest you buy a few extra dozen of the cheapest golf balls we sell.

I hope to see all of you soon. Let the golf begin!

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2012 Member Events

http://stowegolfassoc.org/sga/index.htm

Click the above link for a detailed calendar of all our planned events. We have a busy schedule and we have two new leagues ladies leagues; one a Monday night Quota League and the other a Thursday morning fun league for those who enjoy a non-completive format. We’ve also added a men’s senior Wednesday morning fun league. I’m personally excited for the return of the Women’s Invitational in June and a new fall event I’m calling “The Junk Invitational”. It’s looking like a fun summer!

I’ve created a handy event calendar that you can print and keep in your golf bag, car, or wallet for easy reference.

Stowe CC Event Pocket Calendar: https://www.box.com/shared/d834e98e0a60e11ee522

Folding instructions: http://www.pocketmod.com/howto/

Video folding instructions turn your volume up :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAb31rIeGZo

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Escape Stowe Cards, Stowe Points Cards

For those of you who were pass holders this winter, you are familiar with the Escape Stowe Card (ESC) which is the new RFID Identification Cards issued to winter pass holders as well as SCC members. In the winter the RFID card is primarily used for lift access, but until we get a gate on the first tee…these cards validate your discounts on food, retail, lessons, and guests.

The cool part about the new RFID passes is that they are good year round; however, if you would like to take advantage of our new Resort Charge Program you will need fill out a Resort Charge Agreement and be issued a new card. These forms are on the reverse of the 2012 membership application or available in the golf shop. If you have an ESC card, and you don’t wish to use your membership card for charging at the resort, then you are all set.

Each member is also enrolled in the Stowe Points Program. Your points card can save you up to 25% on our greens for guests, but the real benefit to members is earning points. You get 1 point for every $1 you spend and you earn a free round of golf or a lift ticket when you reach 450 points. It gets better because every week we offer Double Points Wednesday where all purchases get double points. For example, you have been drooling about the new R11 irons and you’ve even shopped around for the best deal; not only will we be able to match almost any price (I’ve seen them for $799), but that $799 would get you 1598 points on Wednesdays which would earn you 3 Free Rounds of golf or lift tickets for you or your guests. You will need a separate Stowe Points Card for this and you are responsible for presenting your card in order to earn your points.

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