Welcome to the Golf Season
Stowe Country Club is open for play. The course came through the winter with minimal issues. Thanks to the great fall preparation things are ahead of typical early May conditions. Fall work included completion of the drainage project at #9. This project was the result of a capital infusion that allowed for the purchase of a trencher. Using this new tool, slit drainage was installed at #9 fairway and connects into the #18 fairway project done in early fall. The great stretch of summer-like weather has also helped, but the acquisition of this tool and the manner in which it was put to use by Head of Golf Maintenance Kevin Komer and his team including Scott Rossi and Mark Finch was a real accomplishment that is paying dividends this spring.
The initial drainage project began mid-summer in 2013 on whole #7. The maintenance department threw everything they had at that problem to amazing results…there has not been a plugged ball on #7 since. Later that fall lateral drain lines were installed across the bottom of #1 fairway, yielding similar results.
Last spring the new upper practice facility tee, a new culvert & a bunker drain on #13. These projects reflect an overall effort to enhance the playing conditions at Stowe Country Club. This spring SCC Superintendent Scott Rossi, who recently welcomed a new son, Carter Rossi into the world, was transferred up to Stowe Mountain Club and the Stowe Mountain Club Superintendent Mark Finch was transferred to Stowe Country Club. This swap was to provide cross training and exposure to all the tools available within the resort’s golf operation and help leverage these tools to enhance the conditions at both facilities. Join us in congratulating both these gentlemen on their fine work to date and encourage their continued success.
As you play #9 you will see the slit drainage remains open. This is to allow the grass to naturally fill in across the sand and maximize the “catch” into the lines. As a result these “strips” are to be played as Ground Under Repair with mandatory relief. This is also true for the ongoing bunker work at #9.
Finally you will notice some additional tree work that was completed this winter. The two trees at #9 tee were taken out to provide more opportunities for players to use the back teeing grounds, eliminate significant debris and the impact of the pine needle acidity, and the intrusion and impact of the root system of the white pines present there. Two more white pines were removed from the right side of the path at #4 allowing for the repair of the path and the further enhancement of this wonderful par 3. And the four trees behind the 16th green were removed. This was the result of damage incurred over the winter and the associated discovery of disease in two of the trees. This area will receive attention in the fall when the back of the green complex will be shaped and grassed as a “catch” for shots played long.
You will see many returning faces this summer including Head Professional - Ray Geffre, Michael Taylor – 1st Assistant Professional, Sue Horton – Teaching Professional & Jake Shaw – 2nd Assistant Professional who worked at SMC last season. Added to the professional staff is Andrew Davis – 1st Assistant Professional who worked with Ray Geffre in New Zealand over the winter & Kyle Cummings who will be working in the golf shop.
There are numerous spring promotions that you need to be aware of:
- Returning Member Spring Promotion: Returning members (anyone who has been a member in the previous 2 years) who could not take advantage of last fall’s membership promotion will receive a $200 golf shop credit if they join by May 31.
- New Member Spring Promotion: New members (anyone who hasn’t been a member in the previous two years) will receive a complimentary individual cart fee if they join by May 31.
- May is “Gear Up Month”:
o Try out our latest toy, a Foresight Game Changer Launch Monitor which is the most popular launch monitor in the industry and the official launch monitor of the PGA, Leading equipment companies, and MyGolfspy.com.
o A ½ hr. club fitting costs $30, but you will receive $30 in golf shop credit…we all need a new toy for summer.
o Latest demo clubs from Titleist, Cobra, Adams, & TaylorMade. The new Cobra Fly Z and Fly Z+ both ranked in the top three hottest clubs from Mygolfspy.com.
o All past season golf equipment is priced for liquidation.
o “Memorial Day Trade-in-Trade-up” is making a reappearance. Bring your old equipment in to the club and together we will price it using the PGA used equipment guidebook. Over Memorial Day Weekend we will put out all of the clubs out on the patio for sale. .If your club sells you will get the entire amount in a Stowe Mountain Resort Gift Card…now that’s a Win-Win!
- Tuesday Night Twilight League: (TNT League for short) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This is a 10 week, 2-person, modified stableford quota point system (that’s a fancy term, but believe me, it is a lot of fun). The cap on teams is 35 and it will fill up this season. Download a registration form HERE and bring it into the golf shop to confirm your registration.
- Folds of Honor Foundation: Last season we sold Fold of Honor Foundation Ball Markers in the golf shop and we raised $2986 dollars for Folds of honor. We will be continuing this effort in 2015 and hope to double our efforts. The ball markers cost $10, but you may pay any amount. 100% of the proceeds go to Folds of Honor.
5/17 Morrisville Youth soccer Fundraiser: 9:00AM Shotgun. Annual fundraiser for the Morrisville Youth Soccer European Trip. Download a registration form HERE.
5/19 Piecasso Spring Open: 9:00AM Shotgun. The annual spring Piecasso event was established a few years ago to balance the Take-a-Hack Fall tournament. Both events bookend the golf season and are a great opportunity to get together with your friends. Download the registration form HERE.
5/25 Memorial Day Scramble: 9:00AM Shotgun. The first three-day holiday of the golf season is both a time to celebrate the beginning of summer but also a sacred time to reflect in honor of those who died serving in our Military. The fee for this fun scramble is $10 for members, $60 for non-members. The fee includes golf with cart, practice facility, and awards luncheon.
5/26 Vermont Div III High School Sectionals: Tee times 10:00AM – 1:00PM.
5/30 Member +3: These monthly events (except June) are an opportunity for members to host up to 3 guests (making a foursome) for a promotional $60 non-member fee ($50 green fee plus a $10 event fee), Members only pay the $10 event fee.
Members earn 1 point for participating plus 1 point for each guest; a year-end prize will be awarded to the person who earns the most points. If a member brings three guests to each possible Member +3 Day they could achieve 20 points. A running total will be displayed on the bulletin board.
The format is a Long Island Best Ball. The member partners with each guest playing fourball (Better ball of partners). re: if a member brings three guests they create three separate teams with the member partnering with each guest individually (Player A & B, A & C, A & D). In theory, a member could win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Tee times are made normally throughout the day.