October 2020 Newsletter


Looking Ahead

Letter from the General Manager

As the golf season comes to an end, I wanted to say thank you to our employees and members for another wonderful season. As the season began there were many unknowns, but our Railside community worked together during these unprecedented times to make the most of it all. There were many great golf and pool days, and delicious meals shared with friends and family.

One of our youngest members, Adelyn, shared a worksheet she filled out for school with us. Seeing and hearing things like this brings a smile to our faces. It is our goal to make the Club a welcoming and enjoyable place for all, and we couldn’t do it without your support.

A few reminders:

Membership Matters
Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a member here at Railside? If you refer a new member, they will receive a free membership for the remainder of 2020. Plus, you’ll receive 25% off next year’s dues. For more information about this deal please contact Jennifer.

The Union Pavilion
Are you planning a holiday party this winter, or a wedding next spring? We are looking ahead and now booking the Union for 2021 and 2022 events. If you know a bride or have an event you wish to hold at the Union, I encourage you to contact Donna.

Railside Bar & Grill
Reminder that the Railside Bar & Grill is open for you to enjoy your Railside favorites year round! Stay tuned for a new fall/winter menu coming soon.


Jim Bultema
General Manager


Golf Season is Coming to a Close

Congratulations to the Purple Team captained by Nancy Kitchen
2020 Thistle Cup Champions

Congratulations to the Maize Team captained by Ben Gillis
2020 Gallagher Cup Champions

2020 Hole in Ones
Congratulations to the following members for their hole in one this season!

  • Michael Buist – Hole #16
  • Harlen Weener – Hole #16
  • Mike Mysliwiec – Hole #16

Handicap Posting Season Ends
The official Michigan golf season is April 1-October 31 and our active season will end in a few short weeks. Scores from the inactive season cannot be posted. 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.

Practice Facility Hours
The practice facility will remain open, weather dependent, until October 15. It will be open Tuesday-Sunday 8:30am-6:00pm and open on Mondays 11:00am-6:00pm. The short game area will remain open until October 31.

Golf Course Reminders

  • Please keep all golf carts and single rider carts on the cart paths near the tees and greens. And on the cart paths on the par three holes.
  • Please repair your ball marks and divots. Use the sand bottles provided on the golf carts.
  • Do not drive in the natural areas.

Golf Shop Hours
During the month of October, the Golf Shop will be open Tuesday-Sunday 8:00am-6:00pm. Please stop by and use your gift certificate balance before it expires on October 31. Special orders must be submitted by October 15. Due to COVID 19, many of our vendors have limited inventory and we will do our very best to accommodate special order requests.

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 Ship Sticks. Ship Sticks truly is an all-inclusive golf shipping company that makes your travel easy and convenient. Many Railside members have used this service offered by Ship Sticks and they’ve raved about this wonderful service. Please contact your PGA Professionals for more information: matt@railsidegolf.com.

Matt Koets, PGA
Head Golf Professional


Around the Course

October is here and immediately we saw the cold wet weather. As a result, the leaves are beginning to change and fall to the ground. Please be patient with us as we try to keep the course clean. We will have blowers going non-stop every day. This is also our last full month of golf and our greens, mostly par 3’s are showing the wear and tear of a busy golf season. Just a reminder to work with us repairing ball marks.

Notable dates to keep in mind:

  • Greens Aerification – October 13 and 14th
  • Closing the Driving Range – October 15th
  • Winterizing the bathrooms – October 15th

The course is in great shape, and I’m looking forward to finishing the golf season strong with you!

Jeff Smith
Golf Course Superintendent