We decided to switch up our Member Appreciation Party, so this year the party was hosted at The Mark in Elkhorn. We bowled, we laughed, we drank and we had so much fun! Members enjoyed complimentary bowling, cocktails, wine, beer, snacks and cake. Tim took several groups to The Dark Ride (which is amazing if you have not tried it yet) and a few very long laser tag games were played. By no surprise we had record attendance this year and expect this event to grow in the future. Below is the list of drawing winners from the evening! Thank you all for your part in making this club what it is...... we have an amazing culture that we are so proud of and that is thanks to you! We look forward to another great year filled with golf, friends, family and FUN!
Annual Locker Fee - Todd Livingston
Annual Club Storage - Michael Hughes
Annual Trail Fee - Scott and Kim Drvol
Annual Range Fee -Mike and Kathy Steenson
TPC Travel Bag - Jon Duncan
I hope you are enjoying a great winter season and were able to spend time with family and friends over the Holidays! I now realize how quickly life can move with 2 small children running around the Christmas tree. I am so excited about the 2017 season. In 2016 our entire business plan was designed around adding more value to your membership. We added yoga, a free concert, pool parties, bingo nights, trivia nights, improved stags and increased our budget for the Summer Celebration! In 2017 we look to improve on that mission even more. Morgan has added even more fitness activities, more pool parties and more live music for 2017. You as members have always been our only advertising and that is what truly makes Players Club so special. Ninety-Five percent of our memberships over the past 5 years have come from member referrals.
We will have quite a few new faces with us next year. In the golf shop AJ and Jared are both on to the next phase of their lives and will soon be graduating from College. Watching them grow for the last 7 years has been a highlight of my career. I know the members will miss them as much as I will. Our Assistant General Manager, Adam Brandow, is off to his next challenge as he accepted the role of General Manager at Kearney Country Club. We know he will do well there and wish him all the best. Our sales and events coordinator Karissa Williams is leaving the hospitality industry and moving to a full time sales job in the Omaha area. We thank Karissa for all she has done for us. I hope to have both of those positions filled within the next few weeks and will relay that information as it becomes available.
The Golf Shop will have some new faces but our leadership team remains in place. Don, Tyler and Tom will lead us again in 2017. The Nebraska PGA recognized The Players Club team of Don Germer and Morgan Halpine as the Private Club Merchandiser of The Year for 2016. This is voted on by other Nebraska PGA members and sales associates throughout Nebraska. The selection and style this year was above and beyond expectations so please make sure you recognize their hard work and achievements! The Golf Shop staff is very excited to see you as soon as the ground thaws. They will show you what’s new in fashion and all the exciting technology changes ahead this spring.
Our Food and Beverage operation continues to grow each year. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the level of service and offerings that are available to you. For 2017, you will see 4-5 additional craft beers available on tap in the pub. We will be rotating the selections throughout the summer. We have also done some reorganizing and will now have space to store aluminum bottles for those of you that look to enjoy an ice cold beer or two at the pool! We will also be experimenting with IPAD technology at the pool in order to increase service times both at the pool and in the pub. New pub patio furniture should be in place by spring as well as an additional TV allowing you to take advantage of the perfect Nebraska springs and fall evenings!
The maintenance department once again delivered amazing results in 2016. We look to continue to offer you some of the finest playing conditions in the Midwest while also focusing on improving our Native grasses and “off areas.” You can be of great help here by keeping your carts out of those areas throughout the year. We will continue on our bunker renovations and may be adding in some very new and exciting new technology over the next few years that will truly change the way you see bunkers! We are also in the process of finalizing some permanent restroom areas on the golf course. I would love to see these installed by the fall of 2017 but for sure by 2018! The maintenance of a golf course is one of the most interesting and constantly changing things I have ever been around; it is a tireless and difficult job. Please make sure to thank Ahren and his staff when you get a chance, they deserve it!
With all the above changes and additions we have still been able to keep the dues almost 50% below our competition. We will be adjusting the dues structure for 2017 beginning in March but have frozen all other associated fees. I am truly thankful each day to work with the people that I work with and for the members we serve. The Players Club is truly a special place and we look forward to improving upon every facet as we go forward. As always my door is always open for any thoughts or ideas to make your experience here better!
This is certainly a favorite for the staff and the members. We all love this time of year, the decor, the music, SANTA (our Santa rocks) and the chocolate fountain. This is such an exciting event for kids, they get to visit with Santa and take a picture and enjoy the hot chocolate station and chocolate fountain among other things. We offer prime rib and a full lunch spread a long with all of your favorite breakfast items. Reservations were taken at 10am, 11am, Noon and 1pm. Everyone had their table for almost two hours if they pleased, long enough to consume way too many calories and have great conversation. Hope to see you all next year!
1. Backswing Advice
Being able to be synchronized is a key part of a solid golf swing and a solid strike. One of the best tips I ever received was that “when your shoulders stop turning in your backswing, your arms need to stop swinging”. There are a number of great players that do not follow this idea. The most famous or infamous would be John Daly. In his prime he was the longest “good” player to play the PGATOUR and his arm swing was longer than his shoulder turn. But keep in mind he was a world-class player. My recommendation is that when your shoulders stop turning your arms should stop swinging. Sounds simple but it takes practice. You will find that you will see some consistency in your ball hitting. Finding the bottom of your swing consistently will result in being able to control your ball flight. This is especially important in your senior years. Your loss of flexibility will result in a shorter than wanted shoulder turn. When your arms match your shoulder turn you will be pleasantly surprised to the quality of your golf shots. Remember it doesn’t hurt to move up to the WHITE TEES either - that is if you are eligible!
2.Maintaining Your Spine Angle
Back in the day when I learned to play they used to say “keep your head down” - one of the single biggest mistakes in golf. Watch Henrik Stenson, for example, he does not keep his head down. He does however maintain his spine angle throughout his swing. Your spine is the axis of your swing and maintaining it allows you to keep the club in perfect orbit around you. Change the tilt of your spine angle and the orbit of the club changes also. When the club is not in perfect orbit then you must compensate to save the shot. Trust me, your instincts will know when the “planets” aren’t aligned, instinctively you will make an adjustment. When making adjustments to a golf swing that takes no more than 1.5 seconds to make - that is the formula for disaster. Maintaining your spine angle takes practice but with practice you will start to feel more effortless power than powerless effort.
3. Using the Bounce
Bounce is the angle of the sole against the ground, when your wedge is properly soled at address. If your sand wedge has 14 degrees bounce, you will tend to have the leading edge sit off the ground. If your wedge has 8 degrees of bounce the leading edge will sit closer to the ground. There are plenty of short game shots at The Players Club where a golfer NEEDS to feel the bounce. Start out by not leaning the shaft toward the target. The shaft should run more vertically or perpendicular to the ground. With your pitching motion you can make swings and listen for the sole to “bounce” off the turf. If the leading edge hits the ground first the club will dig and that won’t be pretty. Your around the green shots will be more consistent using the bounce because the short shots will be hit with truer loft. The “hands ahead”, “digging” action changes the loft of the wedge. Spend more time at the short game area listening for the bounce and less time pounding balls on the range and your scorecard may be a little cleaner.
As we close the doors to the popular Palmer's Pub we thought it would be fun to run the numbers and see what the most popular items were as well as the least popular items. This is what we found:
Top 10 Menu Items
You will definitely see these items back on the menu next year! I was shocked that for the first time ever Arnie's Burgers was beaten by boneless wings as the top dog!
Bottom 5 Menu Items
I can't promise any of these will make the menu next season. Its time to make room for some new fresh items that will hopefully be more popular than these!
We offer Sunday Fundays throughout the year. It is a day for our members to drop their kiddos off and we entertain them for normally 3 hours but we did add an extra hour to this past event to allow parents to shop for the holidays. The hit of the day was holiday bingo, we could have played for the entire 4 hours. Everyone followed the rules and we a lot of winners, so many we ran out of prizes. We also made gingerbread houses covered in extra sugary icing and a ton of candy. We even had a house with with a swimming pool filled with icing. The kids certainly used their imagination and were super creative. We ran out of time waiting for our handprints to dry so they did not get glitter and a finish spray but the kids wanted to take them home anyway. We look forward to the next event with our TPC kids. Thanks to everyone that came!!!!
Golf Etiquette Straight From the PGA (the text in red has been added by our very own Don Germer)
What people can expect during a round of golf, from beginning to end:
Make A Starting Time
- Take minute and call the pro shop to reserve your tee time. It is always helpful
to have a tee time scheduled so you can make the most of your time. If you are
solo and want to join a group let the pro shop staff know in advance of your
arrival. Members may make tee times 14 days in advance, social members 7 days
Our outside service staff will help you get your clubs from your auto or from bag storage
onto one of our new EZ - GO golf cars.
A little something from our Superintendent, Ahren Wonderlich.
Here we are in mid-November and we’re talking about this is the best the golf course has played all year. But why is that? Many factors are contributing to this but the main one is Mother Nature. We had a very wet year other than a dry stretch in June. Now we’re in late fall and the rain has shut off. This equates to firm and fast.
Turfgrass requires water for survival. We all know this. But demands for water differ throughout the season. In golf course maintenance we often talk about ET rates or Evapotranspiration. ET is the sum of evaporation and plant transpiration from the Earth’s land and ocean surface to the atmosphere. Or in other words…..how much water are we losing each day. A few basic factors that contribute to ET are humidity, temperature, wind and day length or sun angle. Our ET rates are typically the highest in the summer months which requires us to irrigate more frequently which in turn leads to a softer playing surface. We try to walk the fine line of too much or too little water when it comes to irrigating. We don’t want it too wet but we also don’t want it to burn up. I prefer the drier side but it doesn’t always happen that way. I will also add this little tidbit….the drought of 2012 was one of my favorite growing years. It was a lot of work keeping grass alive but our humidity was low based on no rainfall and the golf course played firm and fast all year. This summer not so much. Too much rain which led to high humidity and disgusting dew points. The golf course played soft and turfgrass disease pressure was very high.
Let’s fast forward to now. Why is it so good? As I write this our rainfall totals have decreased significantly over the last 6 weeks compared to earlier in the year. Also, we are in the time of year where those ET rates are at their lowest. The demand for water is significantly lower with shorter days and the air is dry. It feels like a desert climate right now. We still need to water but not much. A little bit of irrigation goes a long way right now. This allows for a much firmer faster playing surface. Right now is about as good as it gets. I’m a big fan. So get out and enjoy it. It looks like this weather pattern will continue for a while.
Are you on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Do you follow The Players Club on all three? In 2017 we will have a contest/giveaway on one of the three social media outlets every single month. All you have to do is follow or like us so you know when the contests are. We also post fun things that go on around the club and are planning a video series for next year too!
Our Annual Chili Open was held Sunday, November 6th. After moving the scramble to the first weekend in November we didn't think we would have anything to worry about regarding the weather. Last year it was far from chilly, it was unseasonably warm which until this morning I thought this year's would be too! It was chilly at 9am for the shotgun start but didn't turn out to be a bad day to be out on the course. After golf all players came in for some chili, grilled cheese, cinnamon rolls, french fries, hot dogs and Tim insisted on Fritos this year. Congrats to Steve Buroker, Ryan Turek, Jay Muller and Mike Muller on winning this year's tournament!