KENT COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER APRIL 2008 Kent Staff Russell Kingsland 2008 General Manager KENT COUNTRY CLUB EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA email@example.com Keith Paterson Golf Course Supt. Congratulations to Leland Perez, grandson of Peter and Carroll Perez for firstname.lastname@example.org guessing the closest number of jelly beans in the jar at the Easter Egg Hunt. Kirsten Kelly Clubhouse Manager email@example.com Kristy Watson Membership Development firstname.lastname@example.org Joseph George Executive Chef email@example.com Nancy Reed His guess 312. Exact count 314. Controller firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you to all the members that supported the David Layman Club over the Easter Holiday! Head Golf Professional We hope you had a wonderful Easter with family and friends. email@example.com Marianne Butcher Easter Egg Hunt Participants Golf Shop Manager 45 Adults firstname.lastname@example.org 31 children Joseph Curcuru Pool Manager Easter Brunch Reservations 394 Adults Jeanette Labozzetta 83 children Administrative Assistant email@example.com Tiffany Drye Accounting Assistant MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH firstname.lastname@example.org SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 General E-mail 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. email@example.com $24.95++ Adults Telephone Numbers $11.95++ Children (4-12 years) Office 363-6811 3 years and younger are complimentary Golf Shop 363-6112 Tennis Shop 363-7472 Pool 363-7841 Call the Club today to make your reservations! Fax 363-5441 Phone: 363-6811 Golf Shop Fax 363-6198 General Manager’s Corner Staff Spotlight Russell Kingsland Tiffany Drye General Manager Accounting Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Welcome to the Staff Spotlight! Along with our customary Dear Members, communication, the Staff Spotlight will be a regular feature in the Welcome to spring…if it ever gets here! Many changes and new monthly newsletter. The Staff Spotlight allows us to amplify the things to tell you about in this edition of the newsletter. communication process to the members by keeping you informed Michael Stump, Executive Chef, has resigned and will be taking of staff additions and providing the opportunity for special recog- the summer off to explore new opportunities. Mike has been with the nition of current staff members. We welcome your input. If you Club for 11 years and as Executive Chef for the past 4-1/2 years. We have any questions or comments, please contact me. I look for- wish Mike all the best in the future and thank him for his many years ward to hearing from you. - Tiffany of dedicated service to our members. We have selected a new Executive Chef that will start work on April 8th. You can read more about him in this newsletter. Best wishes to you, Mike, and again thank you for all of your hard work through the years. David Layman I am pleased to tell you that we have a new Tennis Professional, Head Golf Professional Mr. Patrick Grashorn from MVP Sportsplex. Patrick and David firstname.lastname@example.org Oom, MVP Tennis Director, will run the Kent Country Club Tennis Program this year, along with Assistant Professionals from In early March, David Layman accepted our offer to be the Head MVP as well. They bring to Kent extensive tennis instruction Golf Professional at Kent Country Club. David grew up in experience that will certainly enhance our programs. We will be Lansing, Michigan, attended The San Diego Golf Academy at the sending out all of the information on Tennis as well as Junior Golf Myrtle Beach Campus in South Carolina and attained his degree in and Swimming very shortly. We are very excited about the new Golf Management in 2000. From 2000-2007, David was first programs and expertise that will be offered by Patrick and his staff. assistant at Crystal Downs in Frankfort, Michigan. He also spent By the time you receive this newsletter, David Layman, our new two winters working at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Head Golf Professional, will have arrived for the start of this golf Arizona (2001-2003) and one winter working at Pine Tree Golf season. He has hired his Assistant Pros and we will share with you Club in Boynton Beach, Florida (2003-2004). He achieved his a short bio on each in the next newsletter. I hope you will take the PGA Membership in April 2006 and spent one year as Head Golf time to welcome David to your Club. I am sure he would appre- Professional at Black Diamond in Lecanto, Florida (2007-2008). ciate the opportunity to meet you. David has been married to his wife Vicki for 4 years and they are As you can see, there have been many outstanding changes over the proud parents of 2-1/2 year old son - Jack and 14-month old the winter months. I am confident we are prepared to meet and daughter - Kyla. David will begin as Head Golf Professional at exceed all of your needs for the upcoming season. Kent on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Welcome to Kent! We look forward to seeing you back and enjoying your Club soon! Sincerely, Russell G. Kingsland Joseph George April Wines Executive Chef email@example.com White Freakout White Wine, Napa Valley, '06 We are pleased to introduce Chef Joseph George as the newest Arnold Palmer Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, '05 member of the Kent Country Club Team. Chef Joseph is relocat- Cakebread Savignon Blanc, Napa Valley, '06 ing to Grand Rapids from Traverse City where he was the Executive Chef at the Club at LochenHeath. Prior to Red LochenHeath he was the Executive Chef of Midland Country Borthwick Vineyard Pinot Noir, New Zealand, '05 Club and The Dow Chemical Club. The Other, Red wine, Lodi '06 Arnold Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ' 05 K E N T • C O U N T R Y • C L U B Chef Joseph has had numerous opportunities to study under Master Chefs around the United Sates, including: Thomas Keller at Clubhouse Connection The French Laundry, Grant Achatz of Alinea in Chicago and David Dempsey of Gordon Ramsey’s Amaryllis in Glasgow, Scotland. He has also worked closely with his longtime friend and mentor, Chef Angus Campbell at the GRCC Culinary School of Arts. Kirsten Kelly, CCM Through the guidance of Chef Angus, Chef Joseph directed a culi- nary team from the U.S. at the British Open in Royal Troon Clubhouse Manager Scotland. He also worked closely with Chef Angus and Chef firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Garlough on their culinary text book, “The Modern Garde Manager”. Your Food & Beverage Team has been busy developing new ideas for the upcoming season. We have held numerous brainstorming ses- Chef Joseph brings an extensive array of knowledge and sions over the past few months. Our goal is to design and develop fun achievements to Kent Country Club. His career has been focused and creative dining experiences to meet the needs of each segment of on personalized member service. The ability to recognize the our membership. We look forward to providing you many exciting desires of the members enables him to provide a dining experience changes and new dining opportunities over the summer months. We to remember. He is excited to share new and creative menu selec- will keep you informed as plans are finalized. tions that will enhance the dining experience at Kent. A big thank you to many of you who have held business meetings Welcome Chef Joseph, it’s great to have you on board! and social events at the Club since we reopened. We all like to see the Club busy. Should you have any future business or social event needs, please contact me. I am available at your convenience. The Summer Sports Program is in the works. Once I have finalized the schedules with the Pool, Tennis and Golf departments, I will send the packets on to you. Theresa Umlauf In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding the sum- Certified Personal Trainer mer schedules or you need to schedule an event or party, please con- tact me at 363.6811 or by email at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Please welcome Theresa Umlauf to the Kent Country Club Team. Theresa has more than 30 years of personal training expe- I hope to see you at your Club soon, rience. Her current certifications include NASM, AFAA, and Stott Kirsten Pilates, all of which are organizations dedicated to the promotion of healthy body movements. In addition, Theresa’s expertise It’s All in the Numbers includes: individualized plans, strength training, core stability, increased flexibility and stamina. Those who have already benefit- ed from her help include Twink Frey, Jim McKay, and Ray & Susan Lovell. She is available to train in our fitness facility or your Nancy Reed home at your convenience. Get enthusiastic about your health and Controller contact Theresa today at 616.460.1675 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Tceu27@hughes.net Following is the summary of the 2008 Annual Golf & Locker charges: Summer Shine Service $115.00 Already billed in February Jeanette Labozzetta Locker Charge $115.00 (full) Already billed in February Administrative Assistant $ 75.00 (half) email@example.com Handicap Fee $ 75.00 To be billed in March (Billing is based on the names that are in the Golf Shop’s Handicap computer) We are pleased to welcome Jeanette to the Business Office Hole-In-One Club $ 6.00 To be billed in March Team. Jeanette has been a member of the Kent Country Club staff (Billing is based on the names that have a Handicap charge) for the past 14 years. She previously worked as a server and then Golf Club Storage $120.00 (adult) To be billed in April advanced to Daytime Dining Room Manager for the last 9 years. $ 35.00 (student) Jeanette will be the first pleasant voice you hear when calling or visiting the Club office. Please call her at anytime to answer your If you are charged for a service you do not want, or want a service questions and make your dining reservations. She looks forward to you have not been charged for, please contact Nancy or Tiffany at speaking with you. 363.6811 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. K E N T • C O U N T R Y • C L U B Golf News Golf Shop Hours April 1 - 30 The 2008 season is on its way and Kent Country Club has a great Golf Shop Driving Range Golf Course Opens lineup of activities and programs for the upcoming season. New Monday Closed Closed Please Call programs are being developed by David Layman, the new Head Tuesday - Friday *9:00am - 7:00pm *8:30am - 6:30pm *9:00am Golf Professional and the successful programs from 2007 will be Saturday & Sunday *7:30am - 7:00pm *7:30am - 6:30pm *8:00am back for all to enjoy. Our spring golf packet will be issued soon, highlighting our upcoming events and program for the season. *As weather permits, please call the Golf Shop for an update. Ph. 363-6112 Following are just a few of the upcoming golf opportunities you will not want to miss: DEMO DAYS IN MAY Mark Your Calendars May 2 (Friday) May 8(Thursday) Demo Day Featuring Demo Day Featuring NEW For 2008!! Taylor Made and Ping Callaway and Cobra Men’s leagues have been moved to Thursdays!! Men's 10:30 am – 2:00 pm 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Leagues begin on Thursday, May 8. Sign up information is enclosed… The newest equipment from Taylor Made, Ping, Callaway and Cobra will be available for you to demo. Try everything from Men’s Spring Stag / May 2 irons to hybrid woods to drivers. Product experts will be on This first golf event of the season will be held Friday, May 2nd hand to provide valuable information on the most current with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun. equipment available today. This a great way to try and com- pare all the new equipment and get your questions answered. Ladies Clinic / May 15 Don’t forget…Taylormade and Ping on May 2 / Callaway 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Cobra on May 8. Complimentary opportunity to work on your short game. See you then! Memorial Day Scramble / May 26 8:30 a.m. Shotgun. Turf Talk Ladies Continental Club / May 28 8:30 a.m. Shotgun for this early season event. Junior / Parent / Grandparent Event / June 1 Keith Paterson Grounds Superintendent Men’s Member-Member / June 6-7 firstname.lastname@example.org Sign up for the event will be Friday, April 18th beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Golf Shop. Ladies Elsie Hilding/June 18-19 Course Opening Update: Right now it looks like we might be 8:30 a.m. shotgun both days. able to open the course late next week or on the weekend (April Ladies Member-Guest with Blythefield/July 9-10 5th or 6th). We have been able to get some cleanup accomplished 1:00 p.m. shotgun at Kent on the 9th to start this popular two day this week, but the unusually low nighttime temperatures are sig- event. nificantly hindering our efforts. We can’t drive on the frost in the morning for fear of tracking, and once the ground begins to thaw Men’s Invitational / July 17-19 later in the day it is too soft to drive on. There is also an unusual- Sign-Up for the Invitational begins Thursday, May 1st at ly large amount of debris down this spring due to the strong wind 8:00 a.m. Time to start recruiting your guest and encourage storms during the winter. The range is also a problem because the other members to partake in this fabulous event. right half is heavily shaded and very slow to dry out. I can assure you that we will be open at the earliest possible date and I will Ladies Member-Member/August 13 keep you posted. 8:30 a.m. shotgun for this Wednesday event. The course appears to have come through the winter fairly well. 2008 Ladies Golf!! There is a little more snow mold damage than usual, but it is pre- Please check out the enclosed insert for further details of dominantly on the surface and will recover quickly. There might be additional fun golf events you will want on your calendar! some additional winter damage due to the wild temperature swings during the winter, but we won't know for a couple more weeks. K E N T • C O U N T R Y • C L U B Normally, during the winter, when we have strong winds we do not sustain much tree damage, because there are no leaves on the trees. Last December was an exception. The high winds brought In Good Taste down a tremendous number of sticks and branches and also a few trees. I’m sorry to have to tell you that we lost the large Elm on the Best Wishes right side of # 7 fairway and also a substantial portion of one of the large Maples behind # 5 green. I would like to thank the membership and the Board This month we will be doing our normal spring cleanup and bunker of Directors for the opportunity to serve at Kent work. Towards the end of the month we will be aerating tees and fair- Country Club. Over the past eleven years, I have ways. Aerification helps to open the soil and improves air exchange enjoyed working for you and fulfilling a variety of and water penetration for the root system. It also reduces soil com- food service requests at the Club and your homes. paction and thatch (organic matter accumulation) buildup in the turf. In early April we will be solid tinning the greens and filling the holes with sand. The holes should heal in about two weeks. The purpose It has truly been a pleasure getting to know many of of this procedure is to make the greens firmer later in the year. Later you and your families. Best Wishes! in April we will begin verticutting and lightly topdressing the greens on a weekly basis. We will continue the verticutting through mid- Gratefully, June and weekly topdressings throughout the summer. Last fall, we installed tee plates on all the tees and removed the Chef Michael J. Stump, C.E.C. tee signs. If anyone is interested in purchasing the old signs we are selling them for $50 each. The number in parenthesis on the list below indicates the number of signs for each hole. Signs will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. The signs would be a nice piece of memorabilia of your favorite hole. Please email me at email@example.com if you are interested in buying a sign. 1. (1) 10. ( 1 ) 2. (2) 11. ( 1 ) THE AWARD GOES TO… 3. (1) 12. ( 1 ) 4. (2) 13. ( 1 ) 5. (1) 14. ( 1 ) 6. (2) 15. ( 3 ) Andrew Eggert 7. (1) 16. ( 2 ) Lead Night Chef 8. (2) 17. ( 2 ) 9. (3) 18. ( 0 ) Congratulations to Andrew Eggert, named the Junior Inside the Golf Shop Culinarian of the Year by the local American Culinary Federation (ACF) Chapter. Andrew has worked at Kent Country Club for the past 4 years and has played Marianne Butcher a significant role in the culinary growth and success at Golf Shop Manager Kent. firstname.lastname@example.org As part of his award, Andrew will display his culi- nary talents at the Feast for Kids on April 22 at Noto's Spring has sprung in the golf shop—with new Restaurant. This fundraiser will benefit hungry chil- apparel, shoes, and golf dren in the Grand Rapids area. Andrew is planning a bags to accent your game. spectacular Chilean Sea Bass appetizer course for the Selected men’s and Golf Shop April Special! 400+ attendees expected at this event. women’s golf shoes are 15% off Men’s & now half price. Is it time to Women’s Outerwear and Congratulations Andrew for being selected “the best of Rain Gear the best” in the Grand Rapids culinary industry. Your spring into something new this season? Stop in the golf shop talent and leadership are recognized and appreciated. and check out the new spring lines! K E N T • C O U N T R Y • C L U B 2008 KENT COUNTRY CLUB EGGSCELLENT EASTER EGG HUNT SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Golf Shop Hours: 1 2 3 4 5 Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Please call to confirm hours 363-6112) 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Club Closed Club Closed 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Club Closed Club Closed Men’s Member-Member Sign-Up 8:00 a.m. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Club Closed Club Closed 27 28 29 30 Fitness Center Hours: Club Closed Club Closed Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday: 6:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Sunday: Please call ahead 363-6811 M AY 2 0 0 8 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Golf Shop Hours: Fitness Center Hours: 1 2 Men’s 3 Monday: Closed Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Men’s Spring Stag Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday: 6:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Invitational 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Sign-up Demo Day Sunday: Please call ahead 363-6811 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Men’s Dinner Service Club Closed League 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Opener Demo Day 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Club Closed Ladies Ladies Clinic Mother’s Day Opening Day Complimentary Buffet YMCA Golf Outing Shotgun 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Course Closed Lunch 1:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Men’s League 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Club Closed Dinner Service Ladies 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. W.M. Dental Found. Spring Fling Pool & Snack Bar Course Closed Shotgun 1:00 p.m. Open until 6:30 p.m. Men’s League For The Season 25 26 27 28 Ladies 29 30 31 Breakfast Club Memorial Day Club Closed Continental Club starts @ 7:45 a.m. Scramble Event Course Opens at Shotgun 8:30 a.m. Dinner Service 8:30 a.m. Shotgun 12:00 p.m. Regular Play at noon Annual Mtg. Men’s League 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.