Director of Operations Craig Palm
We have enjoyed an unusually warm first four months of the year and the fairways greening up beautifully. The summer heat will be here before you know it, so enjoy the spring weather as much as you can.
The greens crew has been working very hard to get both courses ready for the season. As a reminder, please promote and practice, what I call, the 1 + 1 divot method. When your ball lands on the green, makes a divot and not repaired, that divot will take up to 2 weeks to fully recover from the bruising and damage. However, if fixed within 45 minutes, we can see a full recovery of that same divot in as little as 36 hours. So when you are out playing, please fix your divot and at least one more to help out. I want to thank you in advance for your help in keeping our greens in top form.
On a special note, Kent Morginson has accepted a position at Topeka Country Club as Head Greens Superintendent. Kent has worked at Alvamar for the past 18 great years and he will be missed. I know I can speak for everyone here at ACC, that we wish Kent and his family all the best and great things in the future. Kent’s last day will be on May 15th, so if you see him running around the facility, please wish him well and give him your blessings.
Going forward, I plan on attending all our member committees to introduce myself, but more importantly, to lend whatever advice and or expertise I can provide to promote and better Alvamar Country Club. I look forward to meeting all the members and if you see me walking around the clubhouse or course, I will make a point to say hi. As always, please feel free to stop by my office with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. I look forward to seeing you at the Club.
Paul Werner, Architect for Bliss Sports stopped by and provided us with a new overlay map of what Bliss Sports has planned for Alvamar. I will post the overlay down on one of the information boards in the Alvabar. The overlay shows the future layout of the facility, as well as reconfiguration of the road on north Crossgate. Mr. Werner said he will pass on additional information as soon as it comes available. We look forward to hearing about the upcoming vision he and Bliss sports have for Alvamar.
Greetings from your Club President
Fellow members, this is an exciting time. We are in the midst of what could be one of the most significant events in the history of Alvamar. As most of you know, Alvamar has been in need of a significant cash infusion to fund substantial capital improvements to the golf courses, facilities and amenities for several years. The Company who is in the process of acquiring the club has the capital, expertise, and desire that are necessary to deliver the high quality product that we all desire.
Unfortunately, some unanticipated issues have delayed the closing of the sale. The current ownership group understands this delay may be causing some angst among our members. All parties involved in the transaction continue to be committed to closing the transaction as soon as possible and are optimistic that it will happen by the end of the year.
During this transition period, we should not expect any substantial capital improvements to be made to the golf courses or facilities. However, we should continue to expect and demand high quality services and a variety of social events for our families and friends to participate. As always, please contact me or any of the other Executive Committee members if you have any questions or concerns that you would like us to pursue with Management or the current ownership group.
I am happy to report to you that all of our Standing Committees are up and running and hard at work planning many social events for you throughout the year. Participation in our golf leagues is high again this year. Sign up’s for many of the excellent member golf tournaments we hold each year are strong. The Family/Pool Committee has already held a few events and has many more planned for the remainder of the year. Future events include swim parties and a family game night. The Social Committee has plans for two great events this year – “Blues and BBQ” in September and, of course, our infamous New Year’s Eve extravaganza. The Ambassador’s Committee recently hosted the very successful “Mini-Masters” golf tournament and continues to be extremely proactive in their efforts to attract and retain new members and enhance the image of the club throughout our great community.
The key to making these events and your overall club experience successful and enjoyable is your participation. Come out and play. While out on the course, at the swimming pool, or in the club house, please introduce yourself to a member you do not know and encourage them to participate. We have an outstanding membership body that presents invaluable networking and friendship opportunities for you and your family.
Until next month,
President, Executive Committee
Alvamar's Food and Beverage Director
I’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported the club on Easter weekend. Our 2nd annual Eggstravaganza was a huge success given the cold weather. Easter brunch was family packed with almost 300 guests joining us at the club. Mother’s Day is just a couple weeks away so don’t forget to make your reservations early. We want to accommodate as many members as possible and your early reservations allow us time to adequately prepare for another wonderful event.
Membership Tip of the Month: As the Alvamar food and beverage director, I am always happy to see our members enjoying a few libations at the club. Please keep in mind that your safety is a staff concern and priority. We are always happy to call you a cab or even offer you a ride home if you feel as if you have had one too many. Please take advantage of that service both for your safety and the safety of others.
See you at the club,
Alvamar Food & Beverage
From Chef Matthew's Kitchen
It is time Picnic, this dish is perfect for a beautiful afternoon.
Proscuitto wrapped fruit and cheese:
¼ lb Sliced Proscuitto ham from your local Deli,
Large chunks of melon (Honey Dew, Cantaloupe, ect..) Squares of Feta or your favorite cheese, Kalamatta olives or other olives.
Wrap thin, long, sliced ham pieces around melon and cheese, secure with a tooth pick stuck through an olive. This is a salty treat that is great with Crusty Bread. Enjoy!
Until next month, Good cooking. Chef Matthew.
Buffet Nights: 5th –Prime Rib with Mexican , 12th –Home style, 19th –Pasta, 26th - Birthday Buffet.
Don’t forget, make your reservations for Mother’s day early!
Ladies Bridge Corner
Come play Bridge with us in the Dining Room on the second Friday of every month. We have good cards and lots of fun! Our handsome Chef, Matthew, tries to challenge himself with a special luncheon for us (about $14) and always has a super dessert. His hot cinnamon rolls melt in your mouth! We meet at 11:30 am. You need to call the hostess by Wednesday to make reservations. Bring friends or come alone and have fun with us. We usually play until about 3:30 pm. I'll pay your 50¢ the first time! Virginia Williams (843-4065) Hope to see you soon!
The golf season is now in full swing. Both of our shops are filling up with merchandise, the practice tee is becoming busy, and the tee sheets are filling up with play. With tee times becoming more and more scarce please call ahead or book one at Alvamar.com (on the member side).
Ladies' May Bridge:
Friday, May 8th at 11:30
Please make your reservations by noon on Wednesday, May 6th by contacting Carolyn Harden at 766-1656 or Phyllis Cross at 840.9477.
Pro Shop News Eric Magnuson
May is a busy month for the Championship Golf Course as well as the Member’s Course. Many charity events and tournaments are in May. This includes the Henderson Event, the Baker Athletics event, and the Cosmo that will use all 36 holes. The dates are listed below.
Dates to Mark on the Calendar:
Thursday May 7th – Henderson Engineers – ALL Day
Friday May 8th – Night Golf 9:00pm start
Friday May 15th – Baker Athletic – Course will Open at 3:30
Saturday May 16th – Diamonds in the Rough, Ladies shotgun at 10:30
Friday May 22nd – Cosmo – Course will Open at 3:30
Monday May 25th – Memorial Day Scramble 9:00 shotgun – limited to 120 players
June 11th – 14th – MEN’S QUAIL HUNT (Member/Guest)
I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game: it's called an eraser. ~Arnold Palmer
News from Paul Hooser
The Championship Course will offer a couple of great opportunities in May. On May 16 we will have our first open golf tournament of the year, a three person scramble. The Titleist Vokey Wedge and Scotty Cameron Night will be held on May 21.
The Three Person Scramble Birdie fest will have an 8:30 shotgun start on the Championship Course. This event is a part of our Alvamar Golf Tour offering of competitions this year. The entry fee of $50 for the public will be reduced to $30 for Alvamar members. This should be a lot of fun so sign up soon and get ready to go low.
The Vokey/Scotty Cameron night will combine instruction with the opportunity to be fit for both wedges and the putter. Selina Murallo from Titleist will be here and conducting the Cameron fittings. Our PGA professionals, Eric Magnuson and Paul Hooser will be on hand to provide instruction on pitching, bunker play, putting and perform the wedge fittings. The event will run from 5:30-7:00. The cost of $150 will allow the participants to receive a Vokey wedge or apply the $150 toward the purchase of a Cameron putter. There limited spots for this event, so call or email Paul Hooser email@example.com, 785-842-1907.
From the Ladies Tee Box
Spring has arrived and I’m glad to report that we have had some great turnouts on our ladies’ days this April! If you haven’t signed up to play or turned in your registration form, it’s not too late. The forms are located in the Golf Room, in the Ladies Locker Room. All are welcome, please come play! The game for May 5th is 1-2-3 Team Play. It will be lots of fun.
And, with the arrival of spring we are always assured of the aeriation of our greens. Now that they are beginning to heal, I for one, am committed to improving my putting skills! While scoring for the MIAA tournament last Monday, I had the honor of watching all the male participants miss their putts from all over the entire expanse of #3’s green, but for two who holed out within four feet. I was hoping to see one of them ‘hole one out’ from 30-40 feet. Also, I was continually reminded of my heart-felt, deep-seated desire to be able to read and putt our incredibly subtle greens, year after year after year. I realized that I have been longing for that overwhelming joy and fulfillment that ‘holing one out’ brings to my core and my wellbeing. I realized I had not felt my heart skip that beat for a long time…gosh, it seems like it’s been a long winter. So, now I’ve found myself committed to improving my putting skills, yet again. And, once again, I will be out there practicing, and learning, and putting, in the hopes of ‘holing one out’ and feeling that internal wonderment that comes with one stroke of the putter. I hope to see you there.
P.S. I played today after I wrote the little article above. I actually have witnesses who will tell you that I holed about a 25-footer on #4 for par. What an amazing game!
Tee to Green
By Kent Morgison
As the month of May unfolds, your golf courses at Alvamar are beginning to take shape and the season promises to be another successful one. The zoysia fairways are nearly in full color, and after a cool April the greens are finally recovered from aerification. May is also going to bring a bit of change to the maintenance department at Alvamar.
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And after 18 great years, my tenure at Alvamar has reached that point. I have accepted the Golf Course Superintendent position at Topeka Country Club, and will begin the newest challenge of my career on May 18th. While these are very exciting times for my family and I, it also has been a time of reflection on the many friendships that I have made at Alvamar, both personally and professionally.
I want to thank all of you for allowing me to aid in the management of your facility. While I am heading into an exciting chapter in my life, it is also my belief that Alvamar has its best days ahead of it. The maintenance of your course will be in good hands as we move forward. Tom North and Rob Etken have been very reliable and loyal assistants to me, and I have no doubt that they will be able to continue to provide you, the members of Alvamar, the conditions that you expect on a daily basis as the search for my successor is ongoing.
Thanks again, and I look forward to continuing the relationships I have made with many of you.
Welcome to the club's newest members!
Jared Marge and Jamie Hackmann
Marc and Kate White
Craig Palm|Director of Operations
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
Janice Loux | Member Services