Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Green Bay Country Club Hires General Manager

-- Addition of the GM Position is a First in the Club’s 23-Year History --

(February 27th, 2018, Green Bay, Wis.) Green Bay Country Club, Green Bay’s only member-owned and operated country club, added the position of general manager to the Club’s management team. Stefan Sperlich was appointed to the position effective February 19th.

This is the first time the Club has had a general manager in their 23 year history. In recent years, the Club has been named a Certified Audubon Golf Course and Top 50 Private Practice Facility in the United States. GBCC leaders indicated that they added the position to build on the success of recent accomplishments.

“We were impressed to hear the vision Stefan has for GBCC,” commented Club President Dr. Paul Summerside, MD. “Stefan plans to enhance the overall membership experience in each area of our operations, as well as enhancing our reputation as a club within the Green Bay and greater Wisconsin community. Further, we believe that he will help us make GBCC a true ‘employer of choice’ as part of his efforts on our behalf.”

Sperlich’s most recent position was the general manager of Edgewood Valley Country Club in LaGrange, IL. He previously served as the GM of Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort, IL. He is a graduate of the well-respected Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University where he received a BS Degree in Business Management, specializing in Private Club Operations. He got his start in club management at The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida and at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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 www.greenbaycountryclub.com.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Putting: The Set Up

GBCC Director of Instruction Lucas Hana offers video tips to help you improve your game. You can watch all his videos at the link below: 

>>>Golf Academy Video Library

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Matter of Course: Will No Snow Cover and Cold Temperatures Lead to Turf Damage?

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

During last month’s conditions, we discussed the benefits of having snow cover and its insulating properties; this month’s conditions are quite the opposite.  The course is currently exposed with little to no snow cover.  The 14-day forecast does not predict any high amounts of accumulation of snow, but we will experience subzero temperatures.

Will no snow cover and extremely cold temperatures lead to turf damage/kill?  USGA states, “Winter injury is a very complex event because it is controlled by many variables that are not completely understood.”

During these windy sub-zero temperatures, two winter injuries can occur: low temperature kill and desiccation.  As of now, because of our high population of low temperature tolerant turf species, along with the amount of precipitation we have accumulated this winter, low temperature kill and desiccation are unlikely.

During these winter periods of extremely low temperatures and no snow cover can have their benefits for the upcoming golf season.  As a matter of fact, once temperatures plummet, we would prefer there to be little to no snow all winter.  The reason being is snow acts as an insulator which would not allow as deep of a freeze.  A deep freeze is beneficial because the soil profile to undergo a “natural aerification.”  This is made possible by having moist or saturated soil which will then freeze and expand.  During the course of expansion, the ice will create underground fissures which results in the break-up of the soil profile creating air flow and gas exchange to assist next spring’s root growth and overall plant health.