Raceway Golf Club Restaurant Manager
Welcome to Raceway Golf Club!
June is here and Father’s Day is right around the corner. Golf course gift cards are the perfect gift for the golfing Dad! You can pick up a gift card at any one of our 3 courses Raceway Golf Club, Melody Hill, or Dudley Hill.
As always Father’s Day weekend is also the weekend of the US Open, and many of us never get to play under that type of conditions we will see at Erin Hills this week. If every major is defined by the venue, the 117th U.S. Open is very much a mystery. The U.S. Open will be the first major played at Erin Hills, and what little is known about the course will mean some interesting and hopefully exciting golf this weekend.
The course is deep in the heart of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine and hardly known to the golfing world. When the US Open descends on the course this week from what I hear they will find a worthwhile test for the world’s top players. At least that’s what I am told thru my golf industry acquaintances, but no one knows for sure.
It’s going to be fun to watch!
Regional GM, PGA
Tri State Golf Company
When the Hoenig Family approached my family last year about acquiring our family owned and operated golf course, I was the only one who was less than thrilled with the idea. I had come into my own and been running it to the best of my abilities and now I was tasked with a huge decision. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them as a family or that I didn’t like their plans for our course. I was worried about what would happen to the family business that had been so ingrained in my family, our community, and our customers. My family came about as a direct result of Melody Hill, my father and his brothers built Melody Hill and that is where my parents met. My mother’s aunt had owned a small six hole course called Stillwater and the state of Rhode Island took that land when they built Route 295 in Lincoln, back in 1965. Relocating and building this course led to our families owning and operating of Melody Hill.
I must have made pros vs cons lists for three months straight, everything from “more free time to spend as a family” down to “will they change the name of the course”. Over the course of the year, as I got to know the Hoenigs my anxiety eased, but I still had my doubts, how would our customers receive the news, Shock? Sadness? Hopefulness? The more time I spent working alongside the Hoenigs and their extended work family, I found that they weren’t that much different from us. And ultimately that was the linchpin in deciding to sell our beloved course to another family. Had they not been a family similar to ourselves we wouldn’t have been able to move ahead with this decision. When the news was announced my anxiety reappeared by the sheer number of questions I faced. Mostly centered on my family’s involvement going forward, that if my family was not going to be a part of running the course, then our customers weren’t interested in continuing to be a part of Melody Hill. I knew that our lives had been intertwined with our business, but I don’t think I saw how personally involved we had become to every single one of our customers, until that moment. Those details were sometimes as simple as knowing how someone liked their coffee, to remembering their kids names, or their birthdays and as deep a connection as meeting my husband on this golf course, to attending showers, weddings, funerals, birthday parties, and holidays with these people who were once just customers and how that line had blurred into family and friends. It was too hard to imagine not being a part of Melody Hill on a daily basis, so it was a good thing the Hoenigs asked my family to stay on and continue to be part of this business moving forward. As I get to know more and more of the Raceway Family and Dudley Hill Family I am comforted knowing I made the right decision., this is where I’m meant to be and what I’m meant to be doing. It may not be my family that owns it anymore but I know it’s in the hands of another great family that will see to its success just as much as our family would.
Looking forward to becoming friends with the all the Tri-State Family,
GM, Melody Hill
What’s was wrong with Tiger Woods? Well even before his current back issues, Tiger seemed confused about his swing and times seemed to think about mechanics’ way too much rather then just letting his swing go. As a PGA member and one time teaching professional my personal opinion, is he has changed teachers too many times. Jack Nicklaus one of the greatest of all time only had one instructor, Jack Grout his whole career; it was not until Mr. Grout passed away that Jack Nicklaus changed instructors.
Is your game inconsistent like Tigers? Do you have a golf instructor you work with all the time? Maybe you should find that instructor you like and stick with them. Melody Hill has golf clinics scheduled starting this weekend, to check out times & pricing call the golf shop to make the appointment for a more consistent game.
GM Tri-State Golf Company
Dudley Hill Golf Club Review ( Tri State member), Friday May 12th, 2017
Welcome to Dudley Hill Golf Club
Imagine, 3rd week into “Blogging” and they asked me to contribute. Word got out from members on my former weekly reviews so here I am. Happy “Mothers” Day to all of you.
My first thought was to let everyone know that being part of this new Tri State Golf Company has been a blessing for Dudley Hill Golf Club. I’ve known the Hoenig family 47 of my 63 years, starting way back when the Great Grandfather (John), use to watch me hit balls from behind the Clubhouse into the big tree in the Race track parking lot. He would give me tips (which I listened too), and practiced and practiced (not like Iverson). From John, then came the Grandfather “Don” who was (and still is), considered one of the best Amateur players ever in all of New England. I’ve been friends with Don ever since. Had played in several Pro-Am’s with him and proud to say I never saw a better ball striker at any time. As his dad use to say “if he could only putt”
League Play has begun (a few weeks now), with leagues on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s. Leading the way after 3 weeks of Play on Monday’s is the Team of Jeremy Graves, Tim Fedish, Dave Halloran and Jim “Creepy” Halloran. Men call him Jim, Women call him Creepy. This team has already put 8 strokes between them and the second place team. No mention of names for second place. On Tuesday, after 2 weeks of play the leaders are Aaron Siekierski, Jim Siekierski, Sub “Yosh” and another Sub Gen Minarik (until team gets off the DL and home from Fla). Shows how good the subs can play with their strokes. Because I certainly can’t. Leading the Ladies Thursday league after 2 weeks are the team of Andrea becker, Kelly Horan, Denise Antos and Meleah McKay. They have the narrow lead of ONE stroke over the second place team. Still early in season so anything can happen.
Golf Shop continues to receive new merchandise and is just about complete. If you require something that you don’t see “ask” and we’ll do what it takes to place an order for you. We have golf shoes, shirts, golf balls, wind shirts, etc. Come in to meet our Staff. Jim, Ken, Kevin and Donna work the Golf Shop.
The Kitchen is up and running with Keith P. doing the cooking. Assisting Keith are Ben and Loreen who bring in years of experience and you’ll taste the difference in everything they prepare. The Wait Staff includes Kim, Sue, Dorothy, Lisa, Sikorrya, Shana, Tonya and a TBD. Their warm welcome is part of their uniform.
Weather Report: It hasn’t been “Spring” here in the Northeast but my reliable weatherman promised it will arrive to stay in the next week. Let’s hope he’s correct. As we know, the better the weather, the more activity surrounds all golf courses, especially the Tri – State Clubs.
We also host a small league on Monday evening (approx. 16 players), known as “The Sandbaggers” and a new addition to league play is a group of approx. 24 from a local company in Charlton Ma. “The Karl Storz” league. Soon to come will be an informal “Couples” league beginning in June (they need warmer weather). This usually livens up the Friday nights around here. More info to follow once the volunteer’s get this planned.
This puts a wrap on this weeks “Dudley’s Review”
Thanks, Jim Siekierski AKA The Club Manager
All of you have all chosen to be a part of Tri State Golf because of your passion for the game of golf.
During the next few months, you will be getting to know more about our different clubs through your visits, rounds of golf, our planned tournaments and special events, where you will be able to join in and have some fun.
These events are not the only things that are important to you. You will also be meeting lots of new people, staff members, new playing partners, and making new relationships and friends along the way.
At Tri State, we value and cherish the relationships we make, relationships that are formed on a strong common ground, golf, makes those relationships last for many years to come!
Tri State is a new company and like any new company we will have our growing pains, and make a few mistakes. I want you all to know I have an open door, well maybe open Email policy and I welcome your thoughts, your ideas and yes even your complaints. I will have detailed directions to the complaint dept. that is somewhere in Colorado. In all seriousness, a complaint from a member is something we take seriously and use as tool to make Tri State Golf Company better, and something all golfers will want to be a part of.
The Game of golf has changed over the years and more rapidly in recent years, starting with Metal Woods, Graphite Shafts, frequency matching, soft spikes, 2 & 3-piece golf balls, and golf has moved even faster with on-line tee reservations systems, Email newsletters, Club Websites, Social media, phone apps that analyze your swings. Even the USGA is going all hi-tech in 2018 no more USGA Handicap cards it will all be on an App on your phone.
I promise you Tri State Golf will do our best to adapt to all the changes as they come, while trying to keep golf’s traditions, keeping greens fees reasonable, and keeping our relationships with you strong. Which is; The way public golf should be!
GM, Tri-State Golf Company
Most of us want a nice lawn, though that isn’t always an easy thing to accomplish. Whether it’s the lack of time needed to put the work into achieving the conditions or it’s the lack of knowledge to do so. There are many reasons why it’s difficult to achieve that nice lush green lawn that we all desire. But there are a few key things that you can do to get started on the right track.
In my opinion if you do nothing else to your lawn except two important applications a year you will start to see improvement. These two applications would be preventative crabgrass control and preventative grub control. In this post, we will cover the crabgrass control. Now remember that a nice lawn does not happen overnight; it does take quite a bit of work to get it looking like that certain neighbor’s lawn which is emerald green all season long with mowing stripes as straight as lasers. Now we all don’t need it that manicured but we also don’t want it looking like a weed farm either.
Step 1: Crabgrass preventer: this product can be bought at any of your big box,
hardware, or agricultural supply stores. It is usually mixed with fertilizer which is a good thing since your grass probably needs a dose of that at this point anyway. It is usually very clearly marked as “crabgrass preventer” or “crabgrass control” or something similar.
Now you have to know how much to buy. All applications to lawns are by
the square footage so if you don’t know it you have to go measure it, it doesn’t have to be exact but you should at least take a rough measurement. The bags will say how many square feet it will cover, which is usually around 10,000-20,000 square feet. So, when you figure
out the area of your lawn you can determine how many bags to buy.
How do I know when to apply the crabgrass preventer? This is determined by the soil temperature and luckily there are some very common landscape plants that tell us when the temperature is right. The forsythia bush which is one of the first flowering shrubs
in the spring boast bright yellow flowers which cover the plant and is
very noticeable in people’s yards as you drive down the road. When this
is in full bloom it tells you that it’s time for your crabgrass preventer. You usually have a couple week window around this period to get it done. So when the timing is right you go measure your lawn, buy your product, buy a spreader if you don’t have one and start spreading! Be sure to read the directions on the bag since there are good tips on how to spread it and other application instructions. All of these products will need to be watered in pretty thoroughly. A quick watering with a hose usually isn’t enough so it’s best to do it just before a rain.
Now you are covered for crabgrass control for the season. This usually gives pretty good results but some years it works better than others all depending on the weather extremes.
Another important thing to mention is that crabgrass preventer and seeding of new grass does not mix. What crabgrass preventer does is, it prevents crabgrass seed from germinating and since it is closely related to all of our desirable grasses in lawns it will also prevent seed from these grasses from germinating. So, unfortunately, you
can’t really do both at the same time. If you have bare spots they should ideally be seeded in the fall, but if you have to do some spring seeding you can wait a few weeks after your crabgrass preventer application and try some then (though
you will likely get poor results.)
So the general rule of thumb is to seed in the fall and do your crabgrass control in the spring.
It takes many steps to achieve that lush green lawn that we all strive for but if you start with this application it will be a huge step in the right direction.
Next time around, we will cover preventative grub control!
Superintendent, Raceway Golf Club
President, Tristate Golf Company