It's A Beautiful Day at Waubeeka - OUR THURSDAY NEWSLETTER

Read this week’s newsletter containing all our course updates.

Good Morning Nathan,

TURN YOUR CLOCK BACK BEFORE RETIRING SATURDAY NIGHT!

FROM THE GM - Vicki Richardello

On Friday we were so fortunate to see a bald Eagle hovering over our 4th and 5th fairway, flying not too high and all of sudden, she soared like an Eagle high above the clouds.  What a beautiful sight!  We are hoping she has a nest in the general area so we can continue to watch this splendor! 

We are still looking for that special person to create a robust display of artwork at Waubeeka.  Have an idea?  Would love something bronze, metal, steel, concrete or a combination of!  

Congratulations to John Cornwall on his marriage last week!

Under 39 years old can join the golf course for the 2021 season for $1,050 if 4 new members sign up together.  And there will not be any initiation fee!  You must bring a check, no credit cards accepted for this deal, and must be paid before 1/1/21.  Call PGA Professional Erik Tiele today, 458-8355. 

Lady Members - We need you to be on our Spring and Fall Cup teams.  We will play 5 matches in 5 weeks, some home, some away, meet new friends and see different golf courses!!  We couldn’t do this in 2020,  but next year - let’s go!  Call Vicki, 458-8355.

All Veterans should mark their calendars...On Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, you can play FREE at Waubeeka…. 18 holes with a cart and lunch. Thank you for your service!

Thank you Richard Lord from the Berkshire Eagle.  See what he wrote about Waubeeka HERE!

SPECIALS and NEW FALL RATES - Hole #2 will be a temporary green for the remainder of the season as we are following the USGA recommendation for hosting the USGA National Girls Championship sometime in the future!

  • Every Monday, now till close, Golf  $59 - 18 holes, with cart, a cup of soup and ½ sandwich!!
  • Tuesday - Friday  Golf  $59 - 18 holes, with cart
  • Saturday and Sunday $69 - 18 holes with cart

Charismatic Lary of Lenox is getting a big following.  Ray Lamoureaux sent us this photo.  After he read Lary’s column, he went out and bought this mailbox, (which opens on both sides) for his home!! 

Lary also reminded me of www.masslive.com and the weekly vote to select an Athlete of the Week.  We know a fine young man who has been nominated for Athlete of the Week and I am asking you to vote for him.  Before I give you his name, I want to let you know his coach is Dick Salinetti.  Why is this athlete’s coach so significant?  Coach Salinetti teaches golf and life’s lessons.  Any athlete that Coach Salinetti interacted with became a better athlete, as well as a better person.  That said, Max DiGrigoli won the junior golf championship at last week’s Greenfield CC Junior Open, competing against the best golfers in Western MA.   Voting ends at 2 PM today; Max is a good golfer and a great kid.  Let’s all support Max now.  I voted….PLEASE VOTE RIGHT NOW! 

Congratulations to our neighbors at Taconic Golf Club as recognition for the Berkshires golf venues keep on coming.  GOLFWEEK has named Taconic the #3 campus course in the USA.  Yale, despite being closed most of the year, remained at #1 while Culver Academies GC in Indiana repeated as #2.  GOLFWEEK Magazine is part of the Gannett USA Today News Network and sponsors of the GOLFWEEK JuniorTOUR.  Speaking of GOLFWEEK, a wonderful article this week on the human side of Bubba Watson.  Great read here

Congratulations Tucker Kain, who we will always remember for sticking the dagger in the heart of Amherst basketball, and is now President of Dodgers Business, in his 9th year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have won MLB’s 2020 World Series!  Perhaps we can interest him in a destination resort at Waubeeka…..he certainly is a success story! 

  (courtesy of Kris Dufour)

Callaway has merged with Topgolf!  Maybe there is something in the cards for Waubeeka…. Stay tuned!

Need work done this winter?  Consider your fellow members before  looking elsewhere.  Need an insurance agent, an electrician, a contractor, a concrete expert, a bed and breakfast venue or a plumber?  Many of our members have an ad on our CartTrac system!  Support a fellow member; it's not a bad idea!

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT - Brian Bartlett

Green #2 is beginning to take shape.  A false front has been added and undulations placed.  Today we are taking off 13 inches of soil while retaining the new  rectangular configuration.  Hoping to install drainage covering over the surface, add 4 inches of stone and 13 inches of sand, all to USGA specs, and then replace the original turf.  If we get snow tomorrow, that will set us back 3 days!  Hoping to be ready for play in the spring!

FROST DELAYS - 4 things every golfer should know. (from USGA)

  1. Crunchy grass will kill the plant when disturbed.
  2. Location is everything when it comes to frost delays.  Hole #1 may look great, but in low areas frost can linger long after temperatures have warmed elsewhere!
  3. Closely mown turf is at high risk. A foursome typically takes 300 steps or more on each putting green!
  4. Once the frost is totally clear, the crew needs time to catch up on course preparations before play can begin.

FROM THE KITCHEN - 

A Hot Bowl of Soup awaits you after a round of golf.  We are closed Saturday evening for a micro-wedding, closing 7 PM Thursday and Friday night.  All Covid protocols must be followed.

When entering the restaurant, unless you are seated, your mask MUST be worn appropriately.  All party and wedding reservations are limited to a maximum of 25 people inside.  The most important factor during this period of time is the safety of our employees and our guests.

Have you booked your Thanksgiving or Christmas party yet?  Some Friday, Saturday and Sundays are still available.

Planning for 2021, we have purchased a dough mixer.  Would you like to see fresh baked oven PIZZA on the menu next year?  Just reply to this newsletter!
 

FROM THE PRO - Erik Tiele

The Day has arrived (daylight savings) and we will lose one hour of sleep Saturday night, but we will pick up some daylight in the morning!  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back! 


Also, due to the temps beginning to dip below freezing now on a regular basis, we will be moving the first weekday morning tee times  to 9 am.  Hopefully we can keep the weekend mornings at 8 AM if the weather cooperates.  If there is a question for a possible frost, check the website in the morning or call the shop so that you prevent a drive  to the club only to discover that there is a delay!!

Since the 31st falls on a Saturday this year, I will give you one extra day to redeem your Proshop Credits!!!  Be here no later than 6 PM on Sunday or lose your credits.

The Par Three Tournament was a great success despite the cold temps and a 1½ hour frost delay.  Al Stalker defended his title with a score of 60! Tom Degray claimed the victory in the Net Portion with his 53.8. The remaining winners in the Gross portion were, Geoff Tatro in 2nd, Dan Bourdon in 3rd, Todd Shafer and Ron Goss in a tie at 4th. The remaining Net winners were Denny Lawson in 2nd, Kay Goldstein in 3rd, John Vareschi was 4th and Jack Pieraccini in 5th.  Thank you to all of those that took part! 

My CBD products are beginning to thin out.  New shipment arrives in the spring.  Everything left has been marked down to move!

How long has it been since you’ve been to WAUBEEKA?  Fond memories?  Check out the photos on canvas HERE.  Each photo is 16” X 20”, will hang beautifully from your favorite wall, retails for $75 plus shipping, and can be mailed the next day to your home.  Just reply to this email to get your photo in 48 hours!  Great gift for a friend!


TaylorMade deals abound. Receive 20% off on instock products. Use your credits wisely!

I also received some of the Etonic ladies shoes to compliment the men’s line that we were able to give away for our Men’s Member Guest!! The Ladies shoes will be priced at $69.95. I will also be dropping the price of the Lucky Size Sale on the men’s line to $49.95 for the remainder of the season.  A great way to spend some Proshop Credits!!

The Fantasy Golf Contest will be concluding at the end of this weekend. The top 4 have basically separated themselves from the remainder of the field,  but it should still be an interesting finish!!!

  • Ken Sann    20,494,623
  • Ron Goss    18,746,355
  • Chuck Lewitt   18,517,277
  • Andy Vidal   18,143,208

Rules Question of the Week

In match play, Jamie’s ball lies in a bunker, while his opponent Bob’s ball lies on the putting green, but farther from the hole; Jamie plays out of turn and the ball comes to rest on the putting green inches from the cup. He then rakes the bunker. After Jamie has raked the bunker, Bob recalls the stroke and requires Jamie to replay. What is the ruling? (Ref# 400)

A.There is no penalty.
B.There is a one-stroke penalty.
C.The player gets the general penalty.

Correct answer: There is no penalty. Explanation - Rule 12.2b(3)

Dick Syriac (laryoflenox) writes:

The Berkshire County Senior Series has completed their season after a great day at Waubeeka. The final push for collecting donations to support and encourage junior golf in the county was successful and the committee was very proud of the 2020 award winners.

WPI freshman and Hoosac Valley grad Henry Sniezek was the recipient of the 2020 Senior Award, good for $500.00 to help with his college expenses. During his high school career he was certainly one of the better players in the county playing for his dad, coach Jayson Sniezek, and was named one of the Berkshire Eagle's All Stars in his junior and senior seasons. I recall Henry during his days playing for the Adams entries in many youth basketball tournaments.  One day Henry was assigned to caddie for our group at Taconic. He was very focused, polite and knowledgeable and on one hole a little too dedicated.  It was on the par 3 ninth hole. A ball was hit dead right off the tee, headed for Water Street (remember all putts break toward Water Street at Taconic) and banged around in some heavy foliage.  Forget that one, let's tee up a provisional ball.  Effort #2 was stuffed about 6 feet from the cup. This shot  could result in a bogie 4 or a 5 at worst.

When we got to the green, we heard Henry yell, “Here it is. I've found it.”
You can guess the rest, after 6 more hacks, a 7 went on the scorecard.
On that day Henry learned that not all wayward shots need or want to be found.

As for the second award winner for 2020.  A real special young lady was highly recommended by the Mount Greylock HS golf coaches to be recognized as a student of the game with a strong passion for golf. Noelle Dravis is a ninth grader who has worked hard to become a member of the Mounties golf program after being cut from the program as a 7th grader.  Noelle was awarded a free membership to Waubeeka for the 2020 season. From all accounts she certainly got her money's worth.  Her coach Mitch Spooner is one of her biggest supporters, "Noelle has shown a passion that is unmatched by most to get better, and she truly seems to be in love with the game.  She had a great season and we were able to play her as an alternate in many matches.”  He added, "There is not a more deserving and respectful young golfer that I can think of for this honor.” Noelle also was a member of the Williams ladies golf program as their junior member, quite an honor in itself.

I encourage all the generous Senior Series participants who made these awards possible to follow the golf careers of these two outstanding young people.  Bill Gates and his committee made excellent choices when they chose the 2020 winners.  The coffers will again be healthy when the winners are announced for 2021 thanks to efforts of the Berkshire County Senior Golf Series.  Former chairman Dick Rivers has left the program in good hands with Bill Gates to continue to support young golfers.   I remind all of the 50 and over hackers to continue to take their meds, maybe go up a size on those golf slacks and check in with their doctors so we can do it again next fall.  To all the teams that cashed consistently this year in the net divisions, let's not omit posting your low rounds on your GHIN account during the summer of 2021.  We know who you are!!!

Carbon footprint update:

Members of my loyal readership were quick to remind me of the newspapers who employed me over the years that are no longer in print. There was the Mercury Company of Norwood Gazette, the Berkshire Beacon, the Berkshire Courier and the Berkshire Record that come to mind to fit into that category.  When I was introduced to our playing partner during last week's event at Waubeeka he inquired,  "Are you the guy who wrote a sports column in some paper?"  “Yea that's me.” I guess I made quite an impression on that guy.  However, the lady who checked me in at the Lenox Town Hall to vote said that she actually used to read my stuff and enjoyed my column.  I told her I owe my success to Spell Check.

PGA Tour

Last Friday, Richy Werenski, from South Hadley, MA, had 12 birdies and 1 bogey (61) to break the course record set by Tiger Woods at Sherwood CC in Thousand Oaks, CA for the ZOZO Championship.  But, one round does not a champion make!  Follow Patrick Cantlay, who fired 4 consistent under par rounds to finish at 23 under to nip Justin Thomas.  Today it's on to Port Royal GC for the Bermuda Championship.  Spectators will be allowed, so defending champion Brendon Todd will have to make adjustments for the crowd noise!  Maybe the Tour should keep the spectators away today??

LPGA Tour

Ally McDonald, I like the ring, won the Drive On Championship at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA. ON HER BIRTHDAY!!!  It was the 28 year olds first ever LPGA win!!  Happy Birthday!  Off week this week for the LPGA.

DEEP Thoughts 

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