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.