Happy 2017 everyone! We mailed the following information to all of our 2016 members last week. If you did not receive this, it’s because we did not have your current mailing address. Feel free to e-mail or call us with your current address and we’ll be happy to send it to you.
Can you believe that 2016 is over? We had a great year at the course, and hope that you enjoyed your time playing here this past summer. As in years past, things were anything but boring, and as always we’re looking forward to 2017 with new opportunities and improvements.
As we look back on 2016 we hope that you had the opportunity to enjoy the new alternate tees that were opened in the spring. It was a bit later than we had hoped to have them ready, but the playing experience was greatly improved. Continuing the tee placement improvements, this year we will be opening new tee boxes on hole #1/10 for seniors and ladies to play. The previous senior tee box will remain open and available for use, but will continue to be unmarked. A new women’s tee box will also be opening on #8/17, as well as our new ‘double-green’ on #3/#12. We also plan to build a new senior tee on #5, as well as new ladies tees on #2 and #9.
Chad Armell, our green superintendent, along with his assistant Jim Gaouette, were busy last fall. In addition to more than doubling the size of #3 green, they expanded the pond to accommodate an additional 100,000 gallons of water. They cleaned out the hedge row between #3 green and #7 fairway, replacing it with a berm. Also eliminated was the water hazard that went across the 7th fairway, done by burying the drain pipe from the pond. Combined with the renovation of every bunker on the course throughout the summer, those two were ready for a vacation this winter!
Feedback has been great for the junior tees located in the fairways for our youngest players. If you, or a friend or family member, has a junior in the house feel free to bring them out for a round. Children aged 10 and younger don’t have to worry about green fees, and we have both left and right handed junior clubs available for them to use as well.
And speaking of clubs, last year we introduced Ping to our lineup, and this year we’ll begin offering Cleveland and Srixon products, bringing our product line to five brands spanning the full range in golfing products. Both Mizuno and Titleist introduced new drivers this year, be sure to try one out this spring. As always, we’re able to offer a full club fitting (for both new and used clubs) across our full line.
Our open leagues and scrambles will be remaining mostly the same. We’re expecting our first Monday night scramble to start May 15th, weather pending, at 5:30; Senior League Tuesday May 9th, weather pending; Thursday morning Ladies’ league will begin May 25th. New playing opportunities this year will be a weekly 9-hole Sunday Night Couples Scramble. It will be starting June 3rd at 5 p.m. Evening leagues will have the food for purchase available with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, and a nightly special.
Last year saw the addition of the picnic area between the 1st tee box and practice green, and while we had intentions of covering that last year, time got away from us. It will be completed this spring in time for our tournaments. As a member if you’re wanting to host a family or business gathering and utilize the covered area, this space will be available for rent. We’ll also be happy to put together a scramble for the golfers in the group. Catering options will be available as well.
Membership rates for 2017 will be increasing slightly year over year. But we want to give you the opportunity to get your membership at 2016’s prices. The majority of the rates will have an increase of $25 for green fees. Cart lease rates, and unlimited practice range costs are remaining the same for annual members. If you are paid for 2017 by February 28th, 2017 you will be able to get last year’s rate (a $25 discount.)
There are two options to pay, the first is complete the attached membership form, and mail a check or money order to the shop (must be postmarked by 2/28/17.) Alternatively, if you’d like to use a credit or debit card, head to our online shop at www.golfequipment.me and click on “Memberships” or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hiddenmeadows and then “shop now” and then “Memberships.” You’ll be asked to fill out a membership form in spring. As always, your memberships include a free large bucket of range balls, 2 passes for a friend or family member to play with you, and a free lesson for you to use, plus access to North Atlantic Golf Course Association golf courses.
We look forward to a great 2017 and seeing you often this summer!
Joe Perdue Rob Olsen
Owner/ PGA Professional Owner/Clubhouse Manager