The Covey | March 2015
Alvamar Country Club's Monthly Newsletter
Welcome New Members!
March Golf Updates:
Here we are at the beginning of March with golf season right around the corner. Fortunately, January and February have provided us with many days to stretch our legs. With the approaching season there are a few things that need to be addressed. First, the Calendar of Events is ready to go and available in the Pro Shop. The golf calendar will also be provided on the website calendar on the member’s side. This is in the process of being completed. If you are having trouble with or do not know how to log on please stop by the office to help you resolve this issue. Second, we will be having an all members meeting to talk about the upcoming season. This meeting is on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:30 – 7:30 and will allow everyone to ask questions about events, lessons and lesson packages, Men’s league, ACCWGA (Women’s Association), and any other general knowledge that would pertain to your golf experience for the coming year. After the meeting Therapy Works will be provide us all (including me) stretches and exercises that we can do to avoid the soreness of the beginning of the season. Ladies of the ACCWGA and any lady that would like to be a part of the ACCWGA your meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 in the Fireside Lounge.
Instruction at the beginning of the year with Paul, Ryan, or I is a great way to start the year on the correct foot. A simple 30 minute tune-up lesson to check on the basics can really make a difference on the rest of the year.
Titleist Pro V1 Loyalty Promotion – If you play the Pro V1 or Vx, here is a great deal for you! Ordered 3 dozen and receive 1 dozen free. Not only do you get a free dozen but they will imprint them with your name or a statement (within decorum please) at no extra cost. This is a wonderful opportunity to personalize you golf balls or even use your company name for advertising (logos are not encompassed in this offer). Pricing is $55 per a dozen with the tax. This promotion will last through April 10th. Please contact me for more information if you are interested.
Save the dates:
“The Quail Hunt” Men’s Member/Guest June 11th – 14th
“The Mel Anderson” Men’s Member/Member August 15th – 16th
“The Quail Classic” Ladies Member/Guest September 15th – 16th
Golf combines two favorite American pastimes: taking long walks and hitting things with a stick. ~P.J. O'Rourke
The big news for the Championship course for March is the Men's Senior League. On March 18 we will launch our league and begin with a four man shamble. We already have some active interest. Our league is open to men fifty years and older and will be played on Wednesday mornings. Tee times will start each week at 8:30 for eighteen holes with a different competition and prizes. Formats will be four-man, two-man and individual
Each league participant will pay a thirty dollar league fee and five dollars per week for prizes. For Alvamar members the weekly fee beyond the five dollars for prizes will be the appropriate cart fee. The league is open to the public as well so tell your friends. Play will be from; rust tees for 70 years and older, rust/white combo 65-69, white tees 60-64 and green/white combo for 59 and younger. If we get any golfers 80 plus we will add a shorter course.
With the season getting close you may want a tune up for your golf game or may have a more long term game improvement project in mind. Check out Alvamar.com for the coaching packages available as well as some of the group instruction options. Want to get away with a few golfing buddies to warmer weather for a long weekend of work on your game? The road trip golf school is still an option with travel to Tampa in March before our season gets going.
Want more information on the Senior League or Road Trip Golf School? Contact Paul at 842-1907 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is my third opportunity to send a message to you as President of the Executive Committee. Within a few days of publishing my first message in the December issue, several members informed me it was not clear who wrote the article as no mention was made anywhere in the Covey about the new officers for 2015. For the record, Scott Cailteux was elected President, David Mattern – Vice President, and Lisa Henry – Documentarian. Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for submitting my message in the January issue. Please accept my apologies for the anonymous message and my tardiness.
We are getting off to another successful year. Golfing activity has been unusually strong during January and early February due to the kindness of Mother Nature. The New Year’s Eve party was a big success again. Although attendance was down from the prior year, all who attended had a relaxing and pleasurable evening. Attendance at the Valentine’s Day Father/Daughter dance was the largest it ever has been. “Bounty Nights” have been very lively the last couple of months. On a sad note, Travis Walsh resigned as Manager of the AlvaBar to pursue opportunities in Chicago. Best wishes to Travis. Congratulations to Libby Friesen, who has been promoted to fill the position. I am confident she will be very successful in her new position given her passion for providing excellent service to our members.
We are fortunate the Alvamar ownership group provides a formal committee structure whereby the members can provide input and feedback regarding the activities of the club. Proactive committees, led by good leaders, create a much more enjoyable experience for our members. I am pleased we are blessed with great committee leaders again this year. David Ross is chairing the Golf Committee. Sonny Carmona is chairing the Ambassadors Committee. Keath Allen is chairing the Social Committee. Each of these Committees is working hard to plan and execute many fun-filled events throughout the year. If you want to maximize the enjoyment of your membership, I encourage you to support these activities through participation in the events and/or join one of the committees.
ACCWGA Updates: March
Spring is just around the corner! YIPPEE!!
The 2015 ACCWGA Spring Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Lounge. Mark your calendars as it is our hope that all of us can attend and enjoy seeing everyone together once again. I, for one, am getting very anxious to spend a lot more time outside in the warmth of the sun with a golf club in my hand! The first day of play, our opening day, is scheduled for April 7, 2015, at 10:00 am.
Once again, attached is the 2015 ACC Women's Golf Association Membership Registration for all lady Alvamar 9- and 18-hole members to fill out (new and existing). We play every Tuesday from April through September. These forms are also available in the ladies’ locker room if you would rather pick it up there. Just fill it out and send it in – please follow the instructions found on the registration form. SEE YOU IN MARCH!
ACCWGA Vice President
Click the above link to access the registration form, it is located toward the middle of the page.
March: Tee to green
Tee to Green
By Kent Morgison
It is that time of the year again to aerate greens. This preventive maintenance, although very unpopular with golfers, is an integral part of successful golf course management. Aerification achieves three important objectives. It relieves soil compaction; it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a greens roots and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch. The quality of a good putting green takes place below the surface. In order for grass to grow, it must have deep healthy roots. Good roots demand oxygen and over time the putting green soil becomes compacted. When this happens, the air pockets on which the roots depend are crushed, and the roots are essentially left gasping for air. Without oxygen, the grass plants become weaker and will eventually wither and die. We will once again be removing ½ inch cores from the greens, and then filling with sand. Tentative dates for aeration are as follows: The Jayhawk and Quail Creek nines will be on March 30-April 1, followed by Sunflower and Hidden Valley on April 6th-8th. Thanks for your patience as we complete this necessary practice.
Home Lawn “Tip of the Month”
If you did not overseed your lawn last fall, or your results were undesirable, March is a good time to go back in and pick these areas up. There should be sufficient moisture to germinate seed, and you want to have it up for a bit before applying your preemergent in April. An aeration or verticut is desirable as you seed, and don’t forget to apply a good balanced starter fertilizer simultaneously.
Food & Beverage
Food & Beverage: March
Thank you to all of the members and guests who helped to make the 3rd Annual Father/Daughter Dance a huge success. The Mothers/Sons also spent the evening playing games in the Alvabar. Overall the night was a lot of fun for the entire family and your Alvamar staff enjoyed seeing so many of our young members at the club.
Now that the golf season is upon us, the food and beverage staff will see many new additions. Please be patient while our newest employees learn the ropes at Alvamar. You can help out by double checking your tickets and make sure that all charges are being applied to the correct member account. It’s also extremely helpful if you sign tickets with your first and last name. We have many duplicate last names at the club.
Try this cocktail recipe at your next party.
March Cocktail Ingredients
1 1/2 oz.
Chivas Regal 12yo
Vanilla Sugar Syrup
March Cocktail Recipe Instructions
Smash the Basil leaves to release flavor. Add the other ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.
See you at the club,
Alvamar Food & Beverage Director
STANDING RIB ROAST, LEG OF LAMB
CIDER GLAZED HAM
SALMON PINWHEELS WITH SHRIMP MOUSSE
HERB ROASTED CHICKEN
SCAMPI STYLE SHRIMP WITH PASTA
HERBED RICE PILAF
BABY RED MASHED POTATOES
HERBED CAVATTAPI PASTA WITH DICED SUNDRIED TOMATO
BUTTERED SWEET POTATO WITH BROWN SUGAR
GREEN BEAN ALMONDINE
SUGAR SNAP PEAS WITH BELL PEPPER
ROAST ROOT VEGETABLE MEDLEY
CREAMED CORN WITH GINGER AND GARLIC
EXTENSIVE SALAD STATION INCLUDING: SMOKED SALMON,
DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED CHEESE
FRESH FRUIT AND BERRY DISPLAY
OMELET STATION AND A VARIETY OF BREAKFAST ITEMS
COMPLIMENTARY DESSERT STATION
AN ASSORTMENT OF FRESH HOUSE BAKED BREADS
March's Recipe from our chef...
After last month, I’m sure everyone is looking forward to spring! Here is a Batter recipe that can be used for vegetables or meats.
4oz egg whites(lightly whipped)
1 cup flour, 2 cups corn starch
1 Tblsp salt
1.5 Tblsp baking powder
Season with ½ tsp pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
Mix all ingredients, lightly flour sliced raw vegetables such as zucchini, broccoli or whole mushrooms, Chicken strips or fish, then dip in batter and fry in hot oil. Serve with ranch dressing or remoulade sauce.
Enjoy! Just a reminder to make your Easter reservations early! It falls on April 5th this year!
Until next month, Good cooking. Chef Matthew.Buffet Nights: 3rd – Prime Rib, 10th - Homestyle 17th –Pasta night , 31st -Birthday
Ladies' March Bridge:
Please make your reservations by noon on Wednesday, March 11th by contacting Phyllis Cross at 840-9477 or Jane Baker at 856-3150.
Paul Hooser | Director of Instruction
Eric Magnuson | Director of Golf
Ryan Davis | Assistant Golf Professional
Jen Neussen | Director of Food & Beverage
Kursten Minnis | Event Sales and Marketing Director
Chef Matthew Michel-Cox | Executive Chef
Kent Morgison | Superintendent
Valerie Woodhead |Director Of Accounting