February 2019 Newsletter
LETTER FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER JIM BULTEMA
Right on Schedule
Letter from the General Manager
Things have been busy here at Railside, but I’m happy to announce that we’re still on schedule to complete our new event venue by the end of April. This one-of-a-kind facility has an airy, open feel in addition to heating and A/C, so events will be protected no matter what the Michigan weather brings. We couldn’t be more excited!
Interested in renting the new space? Please contact our Event Coordinator Donna for more information. This pavilion can handle 300+ guests, so we’re ready for you.
FROM THE PRO MATT KOETS
Off-Season News and Notes
I hope this note finds each of you well! Your golf staff has enjoyed a very productive off-season as we anticipate the new golf season in a few short months. We’ve just returned from the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida armed with enthusiasm and ideas for the upcoming season. The show affords us the opportunity to see many new products and innovations in the golf industry along with great education and networking opportunities. All designed to provide our membership with the best golf experience possible!
The 2019 Golf Events Schedule is complete and is included in this month’s newsletter. Please reach out should you need hard copies. Over the next few weeks, we will be finalizing golf event details and prepping the Golf Shop for new merchandise. We are in the office Tuesday-Friday and our door is always open if you would like to stop by and chat. We would love to catch up!
A Big Honor for Emily Rohdy
Our PGA Assistant Golf Professional, Emily Rohdy, was just announced as the 2019 Michigan PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year! This is a very big honor and, perhaps, the hardest award to win in the Michigan Section of the PGA of America. Please extend warm congratulations to Emily next time you see her on this tremendous achievement!
Bag Room Renovation
Throughout the month of February, the bag room in the basement of the clubhouse will be undergoing some much needed renovation work. For those that store their clubs and walking carts, we will be moving these items to a safe and secure location during this project. If you would like to swing by and pick up your clubs and walking cart, please feel free to do so at your convenience. We are in the office Tuesday-Friday during the month of February.
For those fortunate to travel to other parts of the country to play golf this winter please use the GHIN app to enter your scores. It can be found in the app store on your mobile device and is very easy to use. You will need your GHIN number and we are happy to provide the number for you.
New Rules of Golf
2019 marks sweeping changes to the Rules of Golf. The number of rules has been reduced from 34 to 24 and the changes are designed to make playing the game easier and faster!
We’ve been posting short descriptions and videos of the significant changes on the club’s Facebook page so please check them out. You may read over a great summary of the changes here and here. We will be hosting a Rules of Golf Seminar after our League Sign Up Night Open house on March 28. The GAM will be here to give a very informative presentation so please mark the date on your calendars and plan to attend.
Your golf staff is eager to help you plan your next golf trip this winter. We are a valuable resource to recommend locations and courses throughout the country and we offer golf club shipping services through Shipsticks. Shipsticks truly is an all-inclusive golf shipping company that makes your travel easy and convenient. Many Railside members have used this service offered by Shipsticks and they’ve raved about this wonderful service. Please contact your PGA Professionals for more information – email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
PGA Head Professional
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT JEFF SMITH
Around the Course
Prep for Spring
The 2019 golf season will be here before we know it. Our team has been hard at work all winter getting our equipment and accessories ready for this season. They are down to their last few pieces of machinery. A big thanks goes out to them for always having our machinery in the best operating condition possible.
We also removed dead trees from the course. The majority of them were out of play areas, in tree lines and no-mow areas of the course. The most noticeable change will be on Hole #9. They were mostly dead and starting to fall apart, very unsightly and not safe. We will continue to remove these on an as-needed basis to keep our course safe and looking good.
Drive safe, stay warm!
Golf Course Superintendent
Welcome New Members
Join us in welcoming our newest members!
Todd and Patty Harvey
Railside Golf Club provides our members a place to gather and celebrate golf and friendships. Learn more about the benefits of Railside Golf Memberships below.
2019 Events Calendar
28 MEN’S AND LADIES’ LEAGUE SIGN-UP NIGHT OPEN HOUSE 6:00PM
16 LADIES’ OPENING DINNER 6:30PM
23 LADIES’ SPRING SCRAMBLE (TCQ) 6:00PM SHOTGUN
25 MEN’S LEAGUE OPENING NIGHT 3:00PM AND 6:00PM (16 WEEKS)
27 MEN’S SPRING SCRAMBLE (GCQ) 9:00AM SHOTGUN
30 LADIES’ LEAGUE OPENING NIGHT (TCQ) 6:00PM (16 WEEKS)
1 MEN’S AND LADIES’ PRESIDENT’S CUP MATCHES BEGIN (GCQ- TCQ)
1 MEN’S COMPADRE CUP MATCHES BEGIN (GCQ)
4 COUPLES’ KENTUCKY DERBY EVENT 3:00PM SHOTGUN
18 MEN’S TEAM SKINS (GCQ) 8:30AM SHOTGUN FOLLOWED BY PM SKINS GAME
27 COUPLES’ RED POPPY EVENT 1:00PM SHOTGUN
31 COUPLES’ TWILIGHT 6:00PM SHOTGUN
1 LADIES’ RINGER EVENT BEGINS (TCQ)
1 COUPLES’ PRESIDENT’S CUP MATCHES BEGIN
8 FAMILY GOLF EVENT 1:00PM SHOTGUN
11 & 13 JUNIOR GOLF OPENING DAYS
14-15 MEN’S MEMBER-MEMBER CHAMPIONSHIP (GCQ)
21-22 LADIES’ MEMBER-MEMBER CHAMPIONSHIP (TCQ)
28 COUPLES’ TWILIGHT 6:00PM SHOTGUN
4 COUPLES’ FIRECRACKER EVENT 1:00PM SHOTGUN
11-13 MEN’S MEMBER-GUEST INVITATIONAL
19-20 LADIES’ MEMBER – GUEST INVITATIONAL
26 COUPLES’ TWILIGHT 6:00PM SHOTGUN
27 SCHOLARSHIP TOURNAMENT (GCQ & TCQ) – MAKE YOUR OWN TEE TIME
2-3 COUPLES’ CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
6 & 8 JUNIOR GOLF CLOSING DAYS
9-10 MEN’S AND LADIES’ SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP (GCQ-TCQ)
13 JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TEE TIMES 8:30AM-11:00AM
16-17 MEN’S AND LADIES’ CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP (GCQ- TCQ)
20 LADIES’ LEAGUE CLOSING NIGHT 6:00PM SHOTGUN (DINNER TO FOLLOW)
22 MEN’S LEAGUE CLOSING NIGHT 3:00PM & 6:00PM SHOTGUN (DINNER TO FOLLOW)
24 FAMILY GOLF EVENT 1:00PM SHOTGUN
27 LADIES’ PURPLE COMMUNITY GOLF EVENT 5:30PM SHOTGUN
30 COUPLES’ TWILIGHT 6:00PM SHOTGUN
2 COUPLES’ LABOR DAY EVENT 1:00PM SHOTGUN
3 LADIES’ FALL LEAGUE OPENING NIGHT 5:15PM SHOTGUN (6 WEEKS)
5 MEN’S FALL LEAGUE OPENING NIGHT 5:15PM SHOTGUN (6 WEEKS)
6-7 LADIES’ JUNIOR-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (TCQ)
13-14 MEN’S JUNIOR-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (GCQ)
20 COUPLES’ GLOW BALL TWILIGHT 5:30PM & 8:30PM SHOTGUN
28 LADIES’ THISTLE CUP AND MEN’S GALLAGHER CUP 9:00AM SHOTGUN
8 LADIES’ FALL LEAGUE CLOSING NIGHT 5:15PM SHOTGUN
10 MEN’S FALL LEAGUE CLOSING NIGHT 5:15PM SHOTGUN
15 MSU VS. UofM FLAG EVENT- MAKE YOUR OWN TEE TIME
GCQ/TCQ – DENOTES GALLAGHER CUP AND THISTLE CUP QUALIFYING EVENTS