November Newsletter


Pardon Our Dust

Letter from the General Manager


The holidays are fast approaching, which means there’ll be a lot of festive activity around the Club. I am looking forward to spending time with family members and friends during this very
special time of the year, and I’m sure you are too. I would encourage you to stop by to see the Club decorated for the holidays and stay for dinner – or a drink!

A few notes below:

Holiday Gatherings: There will be numerous holiday gatherings at the Club in the next few weeks and months, but there are still some dates available for your family or your business to
celebrate. Connect with Donna at if you’re interested in a particular date.

2018 Membership: Dues structure for 2018 will be mailed out in December. If we do not hear anything from you, we will assume you want the same billing as last year.

Pardon our Dust: We have begun a makeover of the interior of the clubhouse. You will notice a new color design and new fixtures which will brighten up the inside! Stay tuned for more
changes over the winter. Also, you may notice the tent area has been taken down – and we are in the process of building our new event space. We will now be able to hold events for 300
people comfortably. We will also have the ability to open the space up in summer and make it an open air venue. There will not be a place like it!!! Drawings to come next month.


Thanks for your continued support,


Jim Bultema
General Manager


Event Season Comes to a Close

The 2018 golf events season has come to a close and we would like to congratulate the following:

Men’s Compadre Cup – Dan Rink and Joe Pakkala
Ladies’ Thistle Cup – Pink Team Captained by Traci Simon
Men’s Gallagher Cup – Maize Team Captained by Ben Gillis
MSU vs. U of M Flag Event – Dan Rink representing U of M

2018 Aces
To date, we’ve had four hole-in-ones this season. We are planning to honor our hole-in-one recipients on December 6 at our annual Christmas and Hole-in-One Open House; however, we wanted to offer our sincerest congratulations now as well!

Bob Pike
Marty Williams
Kim Jackson
John Zoellner

Handicap Posting Season Ends
The official Michigan golf season is April 1-October 31, therefore, our golf season is now considered inactive and scores cannot be posted during this inactive period. Scores from other states that are in their active season must be posted however. Please use the GHIN app to input these scores or you may drop off the scorecards to the Golf Shop and the staff will enter them for you.

Golf Shop Hours
During the month of November, the Golf Shop will be open Tuesday-Sunday 8:00am-6:00pm and will be closed on Mondays. Once the golf course closes, the Golf Shop will be open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm and will be closed Sundays and Mondays.

2018 Golf Events Calendar
We will be working on the 2018 golf events calendar shortly and hope to have it completed by the end of the year.

Off-Season Travel
Your PGA Professional Staff is eager to help you plan your next golf trip this fall and 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. and   


Matt Koets, PGA
Head Golf Professional



Around the Course

Holiday Season is Here

As the holidays come closer, the course has shown that it’s ready for dormancy. With the cold temps moving in, it is important that we feed the turf with dormant fertilizer and also protect ourselves with snow mold applications. This will give us a healthy jump heading into next spring with root growth and fungus control.

Winterizing the course for its 4 month hiatus is another important thing we’ll be focused on. First and foremost, anything that involves water was either brought in or blown out. The coolers were brought back to the shop to be sanitized and the ball washers were drained. The bathrooms were winterized to avoid toilets and sinks freezing and cracking. Lastly, the irrigation system was blown out. This is a long, grueling process that we go through every year. We start at 7:00 in the morning and finished in the dark at 6:15. Once the compressor is hooked up to the system, we then go to the satellite boxes on the course and systematically turn every head on one by one to force the water out of the lines.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeff Smith
Golf Course Superintendent