May 19, 2016
Re: Course improvements and construction update
To the Membership and Supporters of Perham Lakeside:
Things have been exceptionally busy at the course this Spring, and now that Joe, Emma, and Jeff have their respective departments humming, we wanted to take the time to update you on some upcoming course improvements, in addition to the status of the expansion project.
First, for those of you who donated specifically to the course improvement fund, we thank you. Members of the board recently went on a course tour with superintendent Jeff Fjosne to discuss various areas of focus for your dollars. We’ll go right through the scorecard:
We will be filling in the bunker in front of the green, seeding the area, and extending the riprap that runs on either side of where the bunker sits currently. With ever changing water levels, it has been very difficult to manage the bunker, both from a sand quality and vegetation standpoint. There will still be a landing area in front of the green to bail out those shots that come up just a bit short.
No surprise here, there are some offending limbs on the right side of this green that will be dealt with. Fortunately, most of the overhanging branches are related to a single tree, and we are evaluating options to remove that tree in its entirety. If we are able to do so during the operating months with little impact on the course, we will move forward quickly. However, there is a possibility that it will be more prudent to wait until the season is over. We will have a decision on this in the next month as the costs and course impact become clear
We will be extending the cart path through the low area that has historically become wet/muddy/torn up following periods of heavy precipitation
We are connecting the two cart paths between the men’s and women’s tees which will allow us to remove the ropes that guide traffic currently
Left of the women’s tee will see some limb trimming immediately, while one tree will be removed completely. Again, we will evaluate the best option for the removal in conjunction with Oak #3. For those curious about which tree specifically, it is the one that was partially cut through at some point in the past
We will be cutting limbs on the left side of the teebox immediately
There are a handful of holes that require some attention around the beginning/end of cart paths (i.e. Maple 3 green). Jeff will be evaluating the best approach here: Either using more of the crushed rock that was introduced last year, or filling and seeding the area to restore the grass
While we feel this list represents a good start on the improvement of our already great course, we are now seeking and hoping for input from all of you on additional projects. If email is easiest, please contact greens committee chairman Brian Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. If you’d prefer to visit with the greens committee in person, we invite you to join us at Lakeside Tap on June 20th at 5:15pm.
Additionally, as of yet we don’t have much information on the specific costs associated with the projects listed above. Please know that we will be providing those figures as they become available.
Regarding the banquet hall, BHH has been finalizing the drawings now that the mechanical component has been completed. The clubhouse timeline currently seeks to have the bid request published starting in the middle of June, with a contractor selected by early August. Depending on a few events yet to be held this Fall, we anticipate a starting date in September or October. Allowing for 5-6 months of construction according to builders we’ve talked to, we conservatively plan to be open by April of 2017.
Regarding the cart shed, we are right in the middle of putting together a basic bid sheet that will be sent to contractors in the area. Additionally, we will publish an ad for this project to ensure any interested parties have an opportunity to bid.
Aside from that, we encourage you to continue your frequent patronage of both the clubhouse and the course! It is great seeing all the activity in the restaurant from both golfers and non-golfers alike.
Thank you all for your support,
Your Lakeside Board of Directors
This Week and Next at Lakeside
May 4th, 2016
Unfortunately with today’s weather, we closed the course down because of wind, rain and cold. Looks like rest of the week is looking good weather wise though. Not much for events out here this week either but it should be picking up here the next few weeks. Make sure to check out the calendar on our website for future events here at Lakeside.
Hopefully see you soon on the course!
This week at Lakeside
April 18th, 2016
The MGA/GHIN Mobile app for entering handicaps is temporarily down. Here is a not from the MGA.
Dear MGA Member Club:
The USGA has notified us that the GHIN Mobile App has been temporarily suspended for maintenance. Opening the disabled app may display a message about the golfer’s membership status. This message can be ignored as it is the result of the app being suspended. In the meantime, we invite golfers to post scores by going to http://www.mngolf.org/PostScore.
Events this week:
Thursday, April 21st: PHS Girls HOL Meet 5pm
Saturday, April 23rd: PHS Boys Golf Invite 9:30am
Located just one mile north of the City of Perham, MN, Lakeside offers 27 holes of championship golf and a first class practice facility. The Maple, Oak, and Pine courses boast beautiful fairways, scenic natural wetlands, and flowing elevation changes, ending in spectacular approaches to our well-manicured greens. You can start and end your day in our beautiful clubhouse where you will find a well-equipped golf shop and Lakeside Tap, an inviting bar and restaurant facility that features a banquet hall capable of serving up to 225 for tournaments, weddings, or other special events. Or you can sit outside on our patio and enjoy another beautiful Otter Tail County summer day.
We invite you to join us for a pleasant day of golf, great food, and refreshing drink. Book your tee times online via computer or smart phone or just give us a call.