Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Veterans Golf Outing was a Success!

The Green Bay Country Club hosted it's fifteenth annual Veterans Golf Outing.  This years' member sponsored outing was the largest ever!  A total of 143 golfers were treated like a member of the club on October 3.  Each participant was charged a discounted fee which included breakfast, lunch and eighteen holes of golf with cart.  After golf, we provided them with heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a brief awards ceremony.

Over the past 15 years, $120,000 has been donated to local veterans organizations and over 1,500 golfers have been entertained. This year, $7,800 in funds will be donated to the following organizations:

This member-sponsored tradition will continue in 2017. Please tell any veterans you know to save the date: Monday October 2nd, 2017!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hole in One

Kevin Sandmire made an Ace on hole 4 from 155 yards using an 8 iron this morning. Check out hole 4, otherwise known as "Creekside," in the video below. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Is There a Frost Delay Today?

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

That’s the question that will be on every early morning golfer’s mind from now until winter. Generally speaking, for frost to form the surface must be colder than the surrounding air with clear skies and calm conditions. Temperatures do not need to be equal to or below freezing in order for frost to occur. Also, frost may not be present everywhere, it depends upon the area’s microclimate. The erratic occurrence of frost is partly due to: differences of elevation, lower areas being cooler than higher, shaded or sunny, turf height and moisture; which are all examples of microclimates. Typically, frost can be forecasted based on the following day’s weather but the only unknown variable is how long the frost is going to persist. During periods of frost, we want to protect the golf course from any damage from both the employees and golfers. So on that note, a practice that will both protect the course from damage and speed up the frost delay, is to introduce (warmer) irrigation water to the grass which essentially helps to “melt” the frost off of the leaf blade.

Why is frost a big deal?
 Many plants can be damaged or killed by freezing temperatures or frost. The damage varies by the type of plant and tissue exposed to low temperatures. Once frost forms, the leaf cells may be damaged by sharp ice crystals that are located on or inside the plant. However, the turf plant itself is not necessarily damaged when leaf temperature drops below the freezing point, just the leaf tissue. This is evident on some areas of bentgrass that turn either a dull green or purple. On the other hand, if those sharp crystals are present and are stepped on, you can damage the leaf blade and kill the plant or turf.

Off-site example of frost damage/ kill from someone walking on a green with frost present.
Below is a video from the USGA that illustrates and further explains frost, the golf course and you.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Champions!

Men’s Founders Cup
Jake Reis & Adam Aleknavicius

Ladies’ Founders Cup
Lori Heinrich & Jana Busick

Men’s Player of the Year
Tom Schmidt

Ladies' Player of the Year
Lori Heinrich

Men’s Club Champions
Championship Flight ~ Todd Westrich
A Flight ~ Brian O’Shaughnessy
B Flight ~ Tom Schmidt
C Flight ~ Keith Appleton
D Flight ~ Matt Keesey

Ladies' Club Champions
Championship Flight ~ Renee Kim
A Flight ~ Julie Bartels

Husband / Wife Championship
Palmer Flight ~ Joe & Barb Baemmert
Lopez Flight ~ Mike & Jana Busick
Nicklaus Flight ~ Mike & Ronda Kincheloe
Overall Low Gross ~ Rob & Lyndsay Hayes

Men’s Individual Match Play
Tom Schmidt

Ladies' Individual Match Play
Dorothy Brice

Member / Member “President’s Cup”
Men’s Division ~ Ben Novak & Paul Collins
Ladies Division ~ Barb Vercauteren & Nancy Sweetland

Most Improved Player of the Year
Men’s ~ Tim Cisler
Ladies’ ~ Lisa Neal

Senior Club Championship
Ladies Silver Division ~ Dorothy Brice (gross)
Ladies Silver Division ~ Lori Heinrich (net)
Ladies Gold Division ~ Nancy Sweetland (gross)
Men’s Silver Division ~ Brian Stevens (gross)
Men’s Silver Division ~ Alex Santos (net)
Men’s Gold Division ~ Tom Galloway (gross)
Men’s Gold Division ~ Koti Mannem (net)

String Tournament Champions
A Flight ~ David & Renee Kim
B Flight ~ Mike & Koleta Whitehouse
C Flight ~ Mike & Ronda Kincheloe
D Flight ~ Bob & Cathy Cavanaugh

Parent / Child Champions
Pre High School ~ Jake & Max Reis
High School ~ Pat & Sam Warpinski
Post High School ~ Lori & Ryan Frank

Junior Achievement
Boy’s ~ Ben Busick
Girls ~ Emma Wolf

Conquerors Club
Jean Allgeyer
Skip McGovern
Joe Baemmert
Jerry Miller
Jeff Beinlich
Lisa Neal
Gary Birr
Pat O’Neill
Dorothy Brice
Brian O’Shaughnessy
Jeff Dowd
Tom Smilanich
Julie Hetzel
Alex Santos
Amy Johnson
Randy Stary
Renee Kim
Chris Vanderheyden
Jan Martens
Ken Wachter
Paul Mathu


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Green Bay Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

GREEN BAY, WI – Green Bay Country Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Ben Larsen, Golf Course Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Green Bay Country Club is one of 4 golf courses in Wisconsin and 915 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

"Green Bay Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Donadio. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

“Our investment in managing our natural resources is already paying dividends,”  commented Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen. “We have seen a resurgence of wildlife in our ponds, streams and wooded areas. We are proud to be a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

About Green Bay Country Club
Green Bay Country Club, established in 1995, is the epitome of what a country club should be: a fun, friendly, comfortable golf and tennis facility where everyone feels special. Our nationally recognized 18-hole course, designed by Dick Nugent, challenges players of every level. It's the kind of course you'll want to play again and again as you strive to master all of its nuances. We offer a full calendar of exclusive events, both on and off the course, creating a congenial atmosphere in which to meet and socialize with fellow club members.
Our two full-service clubhouses, with their wide range of amenities, enhance your overall club experience. We are member-owned and operated; all regular members have voting privileges. An elected Board of Directors, composed of members, sets, maintains and enforces our standards of excellence. To learn more, please go to

About Audubon International
Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051  or visit

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Congratulations, High School Girls Golfers

Congratulations to the following GBCC members on their play in the girls' state golf tournament:

De Pere

  • 39. GBCC Member Annie Schneider 179 (85-94) 
  • 68. GBCC Member Megan Langer 202 (98-104), 
  • 74. GBCC Member Lauren Owens 214 - 116-98 
Notre Dame Academy
  • 47.GBCC Member Emily Smits 183 (92-91) 
  • 60. GBCC Member Emily Martin 193 (96-97) 
  • 71. GBCC Member Maddie Woodward 204 (108-96) 
 Also, in the Division 2 State Tournament Elizabeth Santos placed 35th, scoring 218 (109-109). The Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes finished 5th out of 6 teams.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

More High School Girls Golf Honors for GBCC Members

On Monday, October 3rd, the following members competed in the Girls High School Golf Division I Sectional at Royal Scot Golf Course:

1st Place, De Pere, 365
Annie Schneider, 88, T-5th Place
Lauren Owens, 88, T-5th Place
Megan Langer, 103, 24th Place

2nd Place, Notre Dame, 377
Emily Martin, 89, 7th Place
Emily Smits, 91, T-8th Place
Maddie Woodward, 99, 21st Place

Notable: Rachael Revolinski (Preble High School), 91 for T-8th Place

On Tuesday, October 4th at Racine Country Club, Elizabeth Santos and the Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes finished second at the Girls High School Golf Division I Sectional.

The De Pere Redbirds, the Notre Dame Tritons, and the Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes advance to the State Tournament next Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.

Live scoring will be available for the State Girls' Golf Tournament on Monday, October 10th and Tuesday, October 11th at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall Aerification Promotes Healthy Turf

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

The fall golf season has officially begun and the golf course is currently in fine condition. Some collar “thinning” still remains on the golf course from the well above average summer we have just experienced. Most of the thinning areas have already been, or will be addressed, with a combination of improved drainage, seed and/or plugging.
Notice the seed germination in the aerification holes and the spiked area around.

As of last week, we have officially started aerifying and topdressing all greens and tees. It’s all about turf roots and drainage right now, and getting oxygen deep into the soil profile through punching holes and adding sand is the best way to promote a healthy and functional root system. The nonexistence of any major turf issues on our greens, tees, and fairways this summer is a tribute to the success of our aerification programs.

Aerification hole, filled with sand, after aerifying the greens last week.
Projects that have been completed this past month include:
  • Aerification, Verticutting & Topdressing of Greens
  • Aerification, Verticutting & Topdressing of Tees
  • Fertilization of Greens & Tees
  • Started preparation for fall projects
Projects that we will be working/starting on next month include:
  • Red Hawk Room Gutter Installation and Re-shingling
  • #14 Roundabout Landscape Bed
  • Aerification & Verticutting of Fairways
  • Seeding #2 Tee/#6 Green & #9 Green Berm
  • Fall D├ęcor Around Clubhouse
  • Sod #14 Greenside Bunkers & Add Irrigation
  • Expediting the Parking Lot Renovation – Capital Project
  • Start #17/#15 Creek Bank Project – Capital Project
  • Fairway Fertilizer Application

Sunday, October 2, 2016

How do you spell R-E-C-O-V-E-R-Y?

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

The weather over the last month has provided ideal recovery conditions.  Cool nights and warm days coupled with low humidity is the recipe for successful turf management.  The average morning temperatures lows have been in the mid-50s and afternoon highs have been in the 70s.  These weather conditions reduce the risk is of turf loss because of cooler temperatures, shorter day lengths and low evapotranspiration rates.  Also with low ET rates little rain or irrigation is needed to provide the turf with adequate moisture.  Unfortunately we have received 4.27” of rain this month.  The time needed to dry out has now increased due to lowered temperatures coupled with shorter day lengths.  With that being said you may have noticed some different conditions that develop with prolonged periods of moisture.

Pictured to the right is algae; it develops during long periods of warm rain, wet and moist conditions.  If monitored and controlled immediately, it will not overtake the turf, just give the greens a black speckled look.  Chemical applications are used to eliminate the algae but will not prevent it from returning.  Below are the ways we prevent/minimize algae from developing on our greens.

  • Maintain good soil fertility and pH
  • Improve drainage
  • Increase light penetration and air circulation
  • Aerate soils
  • Irrigate deeply and infrequently

During periods of long wet periods in late summer and early fall, different varieties bluegrass can develop rust.  The yellowing of the turf is the first sign of rust (pictured below).

Overtime, the turf turns a red-orange and starts to thin out.  Rust is transferred through spores (pictured below); which you might see on your shoes when you walk through, or an orange cloud when you mow, the infected turf. 

Rust does not kill turf but opens up susceptibility to other infections.  Below are ways we minimize the spread of rust.
  • Lessen mowing frequency
  • Good fertility
  • Chemical control (last resort)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

High School Girls Garner Golf Honors

We're so very proud of the following high school girls golfers from GBCC:
  • Emily Smits, Emily Martin, and Maddie Woodward and the Notre Dame Triton team captured the FRCC Conference Championship on Friday. 
  • Annie Schneider (De Pere) shot 90 to tie for 3rd individually and Lauren Owens (De Pere) tied for 9th individually. The De Pere Redbirds finished 2nd in Conference and Green Bay Preble finished 3rd. 
  • Green Bay Preble’s Rachael Revolinski earned Honorable Mention All-Conference 
  • Notre Dame's Maddie Woodward and De Pere’s Lauren Owens were named to 2nd Team All-Conference 
  • Notre Dame's Emily Smits and Emily Martin, and De Pere’s Annie Schneider were named to 1st Team All-Conference 
  • Elizabeth Santos from Fox Valley Lutheran earned Honorable Mention honors in her conference as well. 
While we can't take credit for their ability, we are very happy they chose Green Bay Country Club as a place to help develop their talents!

 Read more about their accomplishments at: Notre Dame golfers win FRCC title

Thursday, September 22, 2016

15th Annual Veterans Outing -- October 3, 2016

Some members have asked me how/why the club started our Veterans Outing.  Some of our more "seasoned" members were around when the idea became a reality.  For those of you who were not, I write this brief overview.
I had an idea that originated as a result of a catastrophic day for America, 9/11/01.  Like Pearl Harbor, it has altered our way of life in so many ways.  Remember where you were on nine-eleven?  Do you remember the emotions of that day?  You probably do. Your parents probably recalled where they were and what they were doing on December 7, 1941.  Did you know that 2,403 people died at Pearl Harbor?  There were 2,996 casualties plus at least 11 unborn babies killed as a result of the cowardly attack on 9/11.  
While driving to the club on Veterans Day, 11/11/01, the idea of having a Veterans Outing to salute current and former members of our armed forces at GBCC entered my mind.  After obtaining the unanimous approval of the board of directors at the November 2001 meeting, the idea transformed into the first annual Veterans outing on 11/11/02.  Rain, snow, sleet and hail pelted 96 participants that day. One of our guests, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ken Stumpf, commented that the rice paddies of Vietnam had provided better conditions!
Since that first outing over 1,600 Veterans, along with their relatives and friends, have enjoyed being treated like a member of our club for a day.  I am happy to report this year's outing will be our largest ever.  Last year was our largest, with 142 golfers. This year we are at capacity with 148 registered!

The club charges $75.00 for greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages.  (Adult beverages are available for purchase.)  Over $120,000 has been raised by this event and donated to local Veterans organizations.  In 2010, 101 members of the club voluntarily funded the GBCC "Adopt-A-Soldier" program.  With the assistance of local Veterans groups we sent out 101 "Care Packages" valued at about $10,000 to local soldiers deployed to various desert destinations.
Please know that the event costs the members of GBCC nothing.  It is a zero income, zero expense event.  We simply provide the use of our facilities to recognize those that have served.  If you would like to join us as a volunteer, an observer of the opening ceremonies at 10:00 AM, or for the program after the event around 5:00 PM, please do so.  
Come help us salute our Veterans!
Jerry Miller
Event Chair

Monday, September 19, 2016

River Cup Results: East Prevails

The West side could not overcome a commanding 12.5 to 5.5 lead by the East side going into the final day of the River Cup. East won the River Cup 22.5 to 13.5. This was the 12th year of the competition and the East side now leads 7 to 5 overall.
Pictured left to right: Kipp Karakas, Lynie Vincent, Tim Bauman, Tom Van Oss, Mike Johnson, Jeff Jaekels, and Mike Schoen. Not included in picture, but on winning East team: Don Vercauteren, Barb Vercauteren, Tony Brice, Dorothy Brice, Jan Martens, Ryan Meisinger, Tom Galloway, Gary Spielbauer, Rick Kummers, Ray Schumer and Pat Wall. 
Check out more photos on our Facebook fan page: River Cup 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Grounds Crew Re-seeds Fescue Between #2 Tee/#6 Green and #9 Green

By Ben Larsen, Golf Superintendent

Recently we cut, mowed and cleaned the undesirable grasses between #2 tees and #6 green. This area was chosen because of the overcrowding of tall grass (Andropogon gerardii - Big bluestem). Although big bluestem is a great ornamental grass, in this area it was blocking views from the tees on #2 and providing unplayable lies to golfers around #6 green. This month we will spray a non-selective herbicide on the berm and re-seed with fescue.

Currently we are working on mowing and cutting the area behind #9 green. This area was chosen because of the blocked vistas from #9 green. In addition to the blocked vistas, the berm has been over taken by a very invasive and hard to kill weed (phragmite).

Phragmite can reproduce through both seed and asexually (rhizomes). They can grow up to 19 feet high and in such a close proximity to each other, that they out compete the neighboring plants and will eventually smother them. The only way to rid phragmite is through chemical applications. With that being said, once the area is cut, mowed and cleaned we will spray the area with a non-selective herbicide and then re-seed with fescue.

During these processes, please refrain from entering and/or playing in these areas until spring of 2017.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Get Fit for a Better Game!

Fall golf is here and there are a lot of great golf shots to be played in September at GBCC! One of the best ways to hit better golf shots is to make sure that you are playing with the right equipment. As a member of GBCC, we want you to rest assured that you have the right clubs for your game by giving you a Custom Fit Golf Club Evaluation.

We feel strongly that every ability level can benefit from a proper set of custom fit golf clubs. We look at every club, the driver, irons, wedges, and even the putter, to assure that you have the right clubs for your swing and stroke. And, better yet, there is no fee for getting fit, so sign up today for a Custom Fit Golf Club Evaluation to see if your clubs are the right fit for you.

Do I need new clubs?
Are there some clubs in your bag that you just cannot hit well?
Are your clubs more than 3 years old?
Were you fit for every club that is in your golf bag?

What tools will you use to ensure a good fit?
We will use our state-of-the-art Flightscope Launch Monitor, the Ping Putter Fitting App and all of our custom fitting tools to properly assess your game. We have the latest and greatest clubs from Titleist, Ping, TaylorMade, and Cobra to help you play better!

How do I make an appointment?
To schedule a time to be fit, please call any of the golf professional staff at (920) 339-4653 or email Director of Instruction Lucas Hana at

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer of 2016 Rivaled 2012 for Heat and Humidty

By Ben Larsen, Golf Superintendent

This past month has been one for the record books; in addition to the above average summer that we are already experiencing. We have broken the August temperature record for most days in the 80’s with 21 days; surpassing the old record of 15 days in 1988.

Everyone remembers the summer of 2012 with the extreme heat and the lack of precipitation; well this summer has proven similar. Below is a chart comparing 2016’s to 2012’s average daily temperatures for June through August.

Notice the trend lines and see how the yellow (2016) only averages 2 degrees cooler than the green (2012). However the big separator between the two years is the amount of precipitation. Displayed below is a comparison of 2012’s summer precipitation total compared to 2016’s lower summer precipitation total.

2012 – 11.38”         2016 – 10.44”

During the heat stress months of summer, the golf course needs constant attention, and frequent adjustment. Our G&G staff has done an excellent job for both. Currently, the golf course, remains in overall great condition. Typically, the risk of major turf loss is lowered by Labor Day when the days are shorter, and nights are cooler and longer, thus allowing the turf to recover.

The silver lining of experiencing weather stresses is that it allows us the opportunity to recognize and remedy the weaknesses in the golf course. The goal of our G&G team is to constantly strive for improvement of the golf course. These are some of the corrections we have made to better prepare for the next above average summer:

  • Made minor coverage and quantity fixes and adjustments to our irrigation system
  • Perfecting wetting agent applications
  • Creating maps of moisture stressed areas for future reference
  • Ridding the course of weaker grasses (i.e. poa annua, poa trivialis) and re-seeding with desirable grass

You may notice some collar spots that have been spike/seeded. Although the areas are technically alive/dormant, we have taken the opportunity to grow a more desirable bentgrass in order to better perform for summers to come.
A spiked/seeded area

The spike/seeded areas are still playable but in order to have a successful propagation, please take a free drop away from the area in accordance to the USGA rule 25-1:
If the ball lies on the putting green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the nearest point of relief that is not in a hazard or, if complete relief is impossible, at the nearest position to where it lay that affords maximum available relief from the condition, but not nearer the hole and not in a hazard. The nearest point of relief or maximum available relief may be off the putting green.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Hole in One!

Koti Mannem hit a hole-in-one on #13 from 174 yards using his 7 wood from the blue tees. Of special note is the fact that this took place during the Superintendent's Revenge on Thursday, September 1st.

Hole #13, "Up the Creek"

Friday, September 2, 2016

Heat, Humidity Create Rainforest Micro Habitat

By Mary Lemens, GBCC Gardener 

August proved to be a hot one, breaking records on a daily basis. The heat created some interesting reactions from some of the plants.

The most unusual reaction comes from the elephant ears on the middle entry beds. If you look closely at the picture at soil level, you'll see runners. The plants are acting like they would in their natural environment, the rainforest. Between the heat, humidity, and the half day of sun, the bed became a micro climate of the tropics. I've never seen runners develop on these before!

In the rain forest, the runners spread and create new plants. If you look closely, you can see small plants starting to grow. Take a peak in the center of the beds and see all the babies growing. It is a nursery in there and really interesting to see.

 Gardener out.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Green Bay All Stars Finish Post Season Play

The Green Bay All Stars finished an amazing PGA Jr. League post season run at Milwaukee Country Club against North Shore. The Green Bay team had lots of great golf shots, but North Shore prevailed 8.5 to 3.5.

The all star team was comprised of the best golfers under 13 years old from Green Bay Country Club, Oneida Golf and Country Club, and Thornberry Creek.

Congratulations Green Bay All Stars on a great run, and good luck North Shore on your next match in post season play!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hole in One!

Chris M. hit a hole in one on August 14th, 2016 on Hole #4 from the white tees. He used his 8 iron from 130 yards. It's hard to say who was happier in this photo, father or son! Way to go, Chris!

Hole #4, "Creekside"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Chipping Green Opens

On August 9th, the chipping green next to the range opened for practice. From now until the end of season our Grounds crew will continue to lower the cutting height of the turf until we reach true course conditions. Happy practicing!

Related link: Green Bay Country Club Garners National Honors

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hole in One!

Darren Heesacker hit an ace on Thursday, August 11th on Hole #4 from the Blue Tees. 
The shot was 171 yards with an 8 Iron. Way to go, Darren!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Drive, Chip and Putt Results

Three young ladies from the GBCC Youth Golf Academy represented us well on August 6th in the sub-regional qualifier for the national Drive, Chip, and Putt (DCP) Championship.

  • Megan G. placed 5th overall and 2nd in Driving in the 7-9 year old age group.
  • Emma W. placed 3rd overall and 1st in Putting at the DCP sub regional competition in the 12-13 year old division. 
  • Grace D. placed 2nd in Putting and 6th overall at the DCP sub regional competition in the 12-13 year old division. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Junior Club Championship Results

Congratulations to the following juniors who placed in their divisions at our Junior Club Championship!

Boys 15 -18 
Champion – Brett O’Shaughnessy
Runner Up – Andrew Northway
* Won in a playoff

Girls 15 - 18 
Champion – Maddie Woodward
Runner Up – Rachael Revolinski

Boys 13 – 14
Champion – Grant Allen
Runner Up – Ryan Jewett 

Girls 13 – 14
Champion – Madison Vincent
Runner Up – Faith Flynn  
Boys 11 – 12 
Champion – Max Reis
Runner Up – Sam Aleknavicius

Girls 11 – 12
Champion – Emma Wolf
Runner Up – Grace Durkin 

Boys 10 & Under
Champion – Bennett Madson
Runner Up – Mason Haupt  

Girls 10 & Under 
Champion – Alaina Heesacker
Runner Up – Ella Madson


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Preserving the Health of the Course Over the Summer Months

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

This past month’s temperatures, once again, have been above average. In July, the average high is 79 but we have experienced an average of 83, that’s a 4 degree increase. With an increase in temperatures, plants need more water and need it more frequently in order to stay alive. A too hot or too dry weather pattern can be a bad thing for turfgrasses. Turf “wilt” can occur when restricting the turf too long from water. Wilt damages, thins and browns the leaf tissue which will then expose the crown of the plant to the sunlight and heat forcing the plant into a dormant state. Dormancy is the plant’s defense mechanism which allows the turf to slow its growth in order to preserve carbohydrates for survival.

Another common issue associated with dry and/or hot weather is localized dry spot or “LDS”. LDS can occur any time of the year but becomes more evident during long periods of high temperatures. LDS, or what some have called “the brown spots”, is caused by an organic coating that disallows water molecules to adhere to the soil particle. The result is a soil becomes hydrophobic, thus cannot “hold” water. LDS appears as patches of dormant or dying turf grass. The soil beneath the spots will be powder-dry to a depth of 1 to 2 inches. After a rainfall of 1” or less, the turf’s appearance will usually improve, but only for 2 or 3 days.

Pictured above is a fresh cut cup in #9 green. This is an example of LDS and how cut and dry 
(no pun intended) it can appear.
LDS appears for many reasons including: 
  • Long periods of hot and dry conditions
  • Insufficient irrigation sprinkler coverage
  • Thatch (main culprit in fairways)
  • South facing slopes
  • Areas compacted by heavy traffic (another culprit due to carts)
  • Open sun areas
  • Heavy clay soils 
  • Shallow soil 
To combat LDS, we use products called soil surfactants, or “wetting agents” to help wet the soil.  Wetting agents allow us to water more efficiently, and more effectively.  Over the course of the season, we have made applications of wetting agents to our greens, tees, and fairways.  We will continue our methods of applying wetting agents along with handwatering dormant spots and aerifying areas (only with extreme LDS).  In the long run, our continued cultural practices (topdressing, brushing, verticutting and aerifying) on greens, tees and fairways will help minimize the annually occurring “brown spots.” 
As you can see the “brown spots” in the fairways have already started to recover.  Notice the grooves from the verticutting performed this past spring.  The turf was able to recover and spread because of the removed thatch from the verticutter.

On a positive note, our bentgrass has survived the heat wave in great condition.  Pictured below, is our cup cutter showcasing 7”+ roots taken from #5 green.  With roots this deep we will be able to keep providing great playing conditions until the end of the season.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Veterans Golf Outing Set for October 3rd, 2016

Veterans interested in playing in the October 3rd outing should bring the $75.00 entry fee along with the names of other veterans in their foursome to the Main Clubhouse at Green Bay Country Club, 2400 Klondike Road, Green Bay, WI. Those who do not have a foursome will be paired with other golfers.

This is a member-sponsored event and veterans do not need to be a member to participate. The fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, lunch, heavy hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. An awards ceremony and program will follow golf. No Club funds are being used to host the event. 

For additional information please call the Golf Shop at (920) 339-GOLF (4653). 

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Lori Heinrich made a hole-in-one on July 31st, 2016, Hole #4, Red Tees, 112 Yards, 8 Iron. Congratulations Lori!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Max Reis Wins WPGA Future Tour Event

Youth Golf Academy participant Max Reis won a WPGA Future Tour event at Hawk's View Golf Club on Thursday, July 21st. He ended the round birdie birdie par to a shoot 59 (par 54). Max is the son of Jake and Kerry Reis. Great job, Max!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Stimpmeter and Green Speeds

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

One of the most significant aspects of a golf course is the uniformity and/or consistency of its putting greens.  Variations in speed, whether from one green to the next or on different parts of the same green, can negatively impact a player’s score.  The best way to monitor the consistency of green speeds is the use of a stimpmeter.  Manufactured by the USGA, the stimpmeter is a simple, accurate tool that allows one to make a standard measurement of, and place a numerical figure on, the speed of a putting green.
Pictured above are the tools needed to measure the speed of putting greens: a tee, 2 golf balls and a stimpmeter with a ruler etched on its side.

Faster is not necessarily better, nor should it be the goal.  This especially holds true for everyday play because putting greens that are too fast will slow play.  Determining an appropriate green speed varies considerably from each golf facility and is dependent on many factors, some of which include: turfgrass species, putting green architecture and construction method, budget, time of year, weather, knowledge and golfer ability.  As for GBCC, the appropriate green speed is maintained between 11’ and 11.5’ on the stimpmeter.  However, speeds may increase/decrease for special events per the request of: Golf and Grounds Committee, Board of Directors, Proshop and/or event attendees.  Lastly, to give you a comparison of our maintained speeds to this week’s PGA event, The RBC Canadian Open; their greens speeds are 11.5’ on the stimpmeter.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Teaching kids technique, etiquette & the definition of friendly rivalry

WGBA Channel 26 covered the Northeast Wisconsin PGA Jr. League Championship at GBCC last night. GBCC won the match vs. Oneida 9.5 to 2.5.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

2016 Men's Member/Guest "The Hawk" Champions

Mike Jacques & John Fitzgerald are our 2016 Men's Member/Guest "The Hawk" Champions.
Congratulations gentlemen!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lucas Hana Receives WPGA Award

(March 29th, 2016, Green Bay, Wis.) Lucas Hana, director of instruction at Green Bay Country Club, was recently awarded the Player Development Award by the Wisconsin Section, Professional Golf Association (WPGA).

The professional organization announced the 2016 WPGA Special Award winners at a reception on February 29th at Blackwolf Run in Kohler Wisconsin. Annually, the WPGA gives out 10 awards in different categories to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of Wisconsin PGA Professionals on and off the course.
Lucas Hana is the recipient of the 11th WPGA Player Development Award. The award marks the fourth time that Hana has been recognized by the Wisconsin PGA. His other honors include the Assistant Professional of the Year in 2005, Junior Leader in 2008 and Teacher of the Year in 2011.

Hana has been on staff at Green Bay Country Club for the past 15 years and is currently their director of instruction. Elected to PGA membership in 2002, he is a graduate of the New Mexico State University’s Professional Golf Management Program. During his tenure at Green Bay Country Club he also was able to dedicate time to being the UW-Green Bay women’s golf coach from 2007-2014.

Hana commented that he is proud of the programs he has helped to plan and grow at Green Bay Country Club. He has worked with members of all ages – they affectionately refer to him as “Dr. Swing.” He has developed programs for the ladies membership, instituting programs such as weekly clinics, the Green Bay Packer wives clinic and free lessons for moms on Mother’s Day weekend.

Although his work with the adult members at Green Bay Country Club is very impressive, Hana said it is the junior golf program that he takes the most enjoyment from. The junior program, the Green Bay Country Club Golf Academy for Kids, includes 90 different junior golf classes throughout the summer. The program offers some sort of offering five days a week. Hana was honored for his work with kids in 2011 when he was named a US Kids Top 50 instructor.

The highlight of his 2016 season with the juniors was his work with their PGA Junior League program. He coordinated the club team to the area championship and also was given the opportunity to lead the NE Wisconsin All Star squad.

“I share this award with my students, my facility and everyone who shares my passion for the game and helping others,” Hana said.

About Green Bay Country Club
Green Bay Country Club, established in 1995, is the epitome of what a country club should be: a fun, friendly, comfortable golf and tennis facility where everyone feels special. Our nationally recognized 18-hole course, designed by Dick Nugent, challenges players of every level. It's the kind of course you'll want to play again and again as you strive to master all of its nuances. We offer a full calendar of exclusive events, both on and off the course, creating a congenial atmosphere in which to meet and socialize with fellow club members. Our two full-service clubhouses, with their wide range of amenities, enhance your overall club experience. We are member-owned and operated; all regular members have voting privileges. An elected Board of Directors, composed of members, sets, maintains and enforces our standards of excellence. To learn more, please go to