Message from the SLGA, Upcoming Events Calendar, New Member Welcome, Member News, and More!
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IN THIS ISSUE
Board of Directors
Message From the President 03
The Front Office 04
Greetings from the SLGA 05
SMGA News 06
Notes from the Golf Desk 07
New Member Introduction 08
Member News 09
Event Results 10
Turf Talk 11
Food and Beverage 12
Upcoming Events/Calendar 13
Strategic Plan Summary 15
Welcome to the June edition of The Sett. It is hard to believe that in just over two months, it will be time for the SGCC Annual Membership Meeting. At this August meeting, we will elect three new board members. This is the last year of the first term for John Sande and Gary Fisher. We sincerely hope that both John and Gary will put their hat in for a second 3-year term (please help encourage them). This is also last year of Glen Armstrong’s second term. Glen’s knowledge of the Club, the Board, and the community will be tough to replicate and we all owe Glen a huge round of thanks for his leadership over the last six years.
Serving on this Board has been an honor. As I stated in my last column, your entire Board is committed to long-term planning to achieve sustainability and growth (see our updated Strategic Plan summary on the last page of the newsletter). We firmly believe we will see a day that we will have over 400 equity members. It won’t be next year, but we will get there. We need the help of members like you to serve on the Board and partner with our excellent staff to achieve this goal. If you are interested, or know someone who would make an excellent candidate, please send me a private message through Clubster. We need to finish recruitment by the end of July to prepare our ballot for the August election. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Message From the President
Director of Golf
Asst. Golf Pro
Director of Maintenance
Interested in joining?
Contact us at:
Somersett Golf & Country Club
2019 Championship Trail
Reno, NV 89523
John Sande IV
The Front Office
Greetings From the SLGA
As a member of the Somersett Golf and Country Club, we would like to invite you to join the Somersett Ladies Golf Association. Whether you are a seasoned golfer or new to the game, we are sure you will find golf activities that will enhance your enjoyment of the game, as well as meet new friends and develop new skills on the course.
Some of the fun things we do:
Ladies’ golf tee times on Thursday and Saturday mornings
Fun and competitive ladies’ golf events including Pink Ball Tournament, President’s Cup, and Fall Finale.
We have a Just for Fun option – no handicap is necessary. Come out and play 9 or 18 holes. Sign up using Clubster and use the note field to say JFF or call the Golf Shop.
Social events including Chocolate & Champagne night and Mystery Bus trip.
The club also offers Wednesday night “Nine and Wine”, learn to golf clinic days and lessons both private and semi-private.
New members to SLGA receive their first-year membership free. Thereafter dues are $65/year
Our dues subsidize many of our events and allow us to support Junior Golf and our local McQueen Girls’ Golf Team.
Golf is a great way to get outside and get moving. Plus, your whole family can be involved and enjoy our beautiful golf course and club together.
Please consider joining the SLGA and let us get to know you as you can get to know us.
To join just send your name, email address, and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you soon.
Sheri Harrell, Vice President
Believe it or not, April through June are some of the toughest months for our Club financially. Although the season is beginning and golfers are finally getting back out onto the course in larger numbers, it also means spending money to get the course ready for the season along with adding lots of staff to our team. We go from roughly 45 to 80+ staff members in a matter of a couple months – almost 100% growth. Although these are the tough months, we are fortunate this year that we were able to add funding to the budget to try and improve course conditions vs. having to cut in previous years. Robert and crew have been working hard on improving the bunkers and getting the course in shape despite the conditions that mother nature has thrown our way. We have also been able to add some new maintenance equipment for the first time in many years to replace some of our aging fleet. We hope this trend will be able continue into future years and that we will be able to continue making as many repairs / improvements as possible to the course and our overall operation. Our budget is mainly driven by membership dues, so the more members we add and the more the members support the Club, the more we are able to do.
I hope many of you have also been able to enjoy some of the great events that we’ve had - I attended the Sierra Nevada Beer pairing dinner which was fantastic and heard lots of compliments from our members as well. Easter Brunch was very well attended and our Mother’s Day brunch was sold out almost two weeks in advance. With the popularity of many of our events, please make sure to cancel or modify your reservations well in advance if you need to so that we can give the spot to another member on our waiting list. We have lots of other great golf and dining events coming up and Clubster is still your best source of information for those. We have also added a calendar to the TV in the entry way along with the calendars in the newsletter and TVs in the bar and members lounge to keep everyone informed as best as we can.
Enjoy the beautiful weather during these first few months of what should be a great season up here at Somersett.
1st- SMGA Monthly Mug - Sippin' Saturday
2nd- Nine & Dine
8th & 9th- Men's Member Member
14th- Couples Golf
18th- Blue Play
19th- Red/Yellow Play
20th- Thirsty Thursday
29th & 30th- Ladies Member Member
4th- Flag Tournament
6th- Sippin' Saturday
7th- Family Play Day
12th & 13th- Margaritaville
14th- Couples Golf
16th- Red/Yellow Play
17th- Drive, Chip, and Putt
18th- Thirsty Thursday
24th- Blue Play
25th-27th- Comstock Cup
Every Wednesday- Men's Mixer
Every Thursday - SLGA Play Day 9am shotgun
See Golf Shop for more details
As I’m writing this piece, we have just got our 2019 season underway and we got off to a great start. Our first event, the SMGA Scramble enjoyed sunny skies and great course conditions, and was won by Brandon Games, Scott Garrison, Erik Olson, and Matt Rasmussen with a net 52! Also underway is the Peavine Cup (Match Play), and by the time this is printed we will have had our Yellowball tournament done, with 2 monthly mugs, and our first Major, the Member-Member on the way.
Our biggest and most popular event is the Comstock Cup (Member-Guest Invitational), July 25-27. You don’t want to miss this event. The cost is $795/team ($845/team if registering after July 1) and includes 3 rounds of golf, premier tee prizes (retail value at over $250/team from Footjoy), food, libations, awards, and our famous Champions Award dinner on Saturday night. The Comstock Cup is our most prestigious event, the event you have to play in, and the one you want to win (ask 2018 Champions, John Sande IV and his guest, JT Snow) for bragging rights.
Besides the Comstock Cup, we’ve got great events throughout the season that you’ll want to play in to earn points for the SMGA Cup. It’s our version of the FedEx Cup and determines our Player of the Year. You earn SMGA Cup points by participating in events and also by placing in the events. If you earn enough points, and make it into the Top 10 by the end of the season, you earn an invite to the SMGA Cup Award Trip, a 2-day Ryder Cup battle between Team Stuart and a team captained by the 2019 SMGA Cup winner. This year we had a great time competing at Whitney Oaks and Catta Verdera in Roseville and even spent an evening with some drinks and a little competition at Top Golf. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
I hope to see you all out there!
President, 2019 SMGA Board of Directors
We are in “full swing” here in the golf shop. Our May/June golf activity was strong with both SLGA and SMGA opening events. Congrats to our SMGA Scramble Gross Champions Josh Bratzler, Jesse Tuttle, Gary Furumoto and Dan Evans (57) & Net Champions Erik Olson, Matt Rasmussen, Scott Garrison and Brandon Games (52). Remember when it comes to pari-mutuel betting I always recommend a $5 bet “across the board” on you or your team. The pari-mutuel bet of $5 “across the board” paid $120 to those who bet winners. In the SLGA Opener - Pink Ball Champs were Lori Bigham, Alice Miller, Trish Tatu and Kim Waterman. Their score of 119 bested the perennial team of Bonnie Hughes, Jackie Griffin, Tracy Dean and Kim Devine by one shot. In the Master’s Par 3 Event Nick Galvan, Bob Davies, Alice Miller, Jeannie Cassinelli and Spencer Uppal won their respective divisions. This is the start of an eventful season. Join in the fun - Sign-up on Clubster.
Both the SMGA and SLGA are excited for their upcoming premier event – The Comstock Cup and Margaritaville. This is a fabulous way to showcase your club to an extended family member/business colleague/friend. We hope you can join us. Another way to showcase your club is our first ever Co-ed Guest Day, Saturday, June 22. After last year’s lightly participated Men’s and Women’s guest days Sheila Baez had a great suggestion of combining all and have it on a weekend. Great idea and great feedback. Invite a guest (couple’s may invite another couple) to join you for a great afternoon and evening at your club. We will conduct a 1:30 shotgun start with a fantastic dinner after golf. We will awards prizes in each of the following divisions – Men’s, Women’s, Mixed and Couples. $50 per player includes golf, prizes and dinner. For those that like to entertain guests on a regular basis there is no better deal than the $100 for equity. $150 for non-equity annual guest program fee lowering your guest’s rate to $45 per visit.
Our Golf Shop Staff is ready to assist in any way we can to make your time here most enjoyable. Corey Hobbs, Brandy Casey, Rob Dugan, Jeff Cotner, Orrin Page and myself all look forward to seeing you.
Lastly I want to thank the Membership for their continued support of my tournament endeavors. I enjoy “being in the arena” and competing with the best. I am proud to represent Somersett G&CC, the Somersett Community and the city of Reno. By the time you receive this I will have completed the Senior PGA Championship and have my sights set on this year’s Barracuda Championship.
Believe me – the juice is still worth the squeeze.
Notes From the Golf Desk
Stuart Smith, PGA
Director of Golf
Holes In One
Welcome Our New Equity Members
Larry and Kris Engstrom
Chris and Brittani Follett
Rick and Shari Liotta
Donald Carano and Bailey Hayes
Marketing & Membership Sales
Somersett Golf Legend Stuart Smith poses in front the PGA Professional Championship sign. Stuart will be looking forward to Playing in the Barracuda Championship in late July, only further solidifying himself amongst the games best.
Good luck Stuart!
The last couple months have been good months for the club in terms of membership acquisition. While only 7 new equity members joined, we have added a plethora of mid-week memberships and preview memberships. This was unfortunately coupled by a couple resignations in the beginning of April, meaning we only a increased equity membership by a small amount. However, I would say that even with the resignations we had a strong membership period on account of all the other types of members who joined. Looking into the future, as the season picks up so will the acquisition on new members.
It's now been a couple months since I first started here, and I've had the pleasure of meeting a large majority of you. It remains clear that the members of this club really do care about Somersett . So, I ask of you to think about anyone who may be interested in joining us at Somersett and refer them to me for more information. As previously stated, referrals are our number one source for new members, so I implore you to talk to friends and family. And, as always, there is a gift card in it for you.
As it stands our goal for the end of 2020 is to be at 315 equity members, inclusive of Jr Equity members. Currently we sit at 289, which means 315 is certainly within our sights.
In addition to this membership news, we have a couple exciting things in the works in terms of marketing through outside media. I don't want to give to much away just yet, but stay tuned for more details as it develops.
Lucky Kay O'Brien has now had three aces since October 2018 (wow!). This graphic puts into perspective just how rare and incredible that feat is. Even better, Kay is enrolled in our Hole in One Program and has taken home almost a thousand dollars for each hole in one. If you're feeling lucky, come down to the golf shop and enroll in this program and get a little extra for your next hole in one!
Women's Gross Score Winner: Alice Miller (defending)
Men's Gross Score Winner: Nick Galvan
Junior Winner: Spencer Uppal
Brandon Games Gross: 57
It was a close match, but ultimately the team of Lori Bigham, Alice Miller, Trish Tatu, and Kim Waterman won with a score of 119.
Spring has sprung, and snow remains on Peavine, so don’t plant your tomatoes! This will be a quick version of Turf Talk with updates from the previous edition. The drainage project on #1 fairway bunker is complete and it removed the wet area inside that bunker. We will then drill seed the fairway and rough and topdress with mulch so that area can fill back in. Other seeding projects include the rough along the cart path on hole #5 where the mainline was relocated last year. The driving range drainage repair ran into some issues and is currently on hold. The hillside has shifted down towards the landing zone of the range and water continues to pump out daily. That same hillside is pumping water into my maintenance facility lot and we never had that problem in the past 15 years the building has been here. Another major drainage project for 2020 is hole #7. Same issue with water pumping out of the hillside flowing onto the golf course and creating bubbles and wet areas.
Aerification went extremely well on the greens and tees with recovery slow at first but boosted a few weeks ago once the soil temperatures increased. Not only daytime temps, but more importantly the overnight temperatures. The annual broadleaf herbicide application knocked out the blooming yellow flowers known as dandelions and most of the winter kill in the rough has recovered. Solid tine aerification has begun on the fairways and will be followed up with a wetting agent application. A wetting agent is used to help hold water in the soil for improved plant health, especially in the summer months. Bunkers are on the continuous to do list and we only have a few more greenside bunkers to finish. Soon we will be gearing up for the first majors of the year, along with all the other weekly events.
I ask again if we can see an increase in ball mark repair once you walk onto the putting surface, remember repair yours plus at least one more! Once again, we look forward on providing you the best conditioned golf course in Reno for the 2019 season! Here’s to good weather, great golf, and to everyone assisting in maintaining of our golf course.
*See Clubster for more event details
Alice's World Famous Lemon Blueberry Tarts
Tee Times: 7:30am, 7am on Weekends
Golf Shop and Range: 7am - 7pm, 6:30am - 7pm on Weekends
Join fellow members for a great night out at the Aces Ballpark. We have the Greater Nevada deck reserved complete with BBQ just for Somersett Members. Price is only $25 for adults and $15 for kids which includes a ticket to the game and BBQ dinner. Spots are limited, so make sure to RSVP on Clubster. This will be an event you do not want to miss!
Updates From The Grille
Hours of Operation:
Golf season is now up and rolling and bringing more business to the restaurant. We’re going to do our best to bring great food, drink, and service to you all this summer. Some of our spring events were great successes and I would like to thank those of you who attended. Coming up, we will have our Father’s Day Brunch, we encourage you all to sign up quick before it fills up. Don’t forget to cancel 48 hours prior to every event to avoid being charged. As you all know, with golf events come many F/B events. Remember, some of our golf events will cause some or all of the clubhouse to be closed for the F/B side of things. I will keep you updated as to when these closures occur, and we will do our best to accommodate as many diners as possible whenever we can. As always, reservations are appreciated!
I know its only May but it’s not too early to start booking your family/company holiday parties here at The Grille. Within the next month or so, we will create our Holiday Banquet Buffet Menu for you all to see on Clubster. The most important thing to do now is to book your dates, we can sort out the details after summer. December dates fill up fast so don’t wait too long to contact me.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at your club. My door is always open and if you have any comments or recommendations as to how we can improve your experience here, please let me know.
Sugar Cookie Dough
1. Preheat Oven to 350°
2. Liberally Grease the muffin tin.
3. Roll dough into 1" balls and press into pan.
4. Bake 7 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Using the handle side of a silicone spatula, tap the center of dough to form a cup.
6. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.
7. Fill cups 2/3 with lemon curd using piping bag, and then top with blueberry preserve, do not overfill.
8. Refrigerate until ready, top with whipped cream or powdered sugar.
Weekdays: 7am - 8pm
New Progress Report
Weekdays: 7am - 8pm
Tee Times: 7:30am, 7am on Weekends
Golf Shop and Range: 7am - 7pm, 6:30am - 7pm on Weekends