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

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

Good Morning Nate,

FROM THE GM - Vicki Richardello

HOT DEAL - Looking to fill our tee sheet on MONDAY, AUGUST 17th!  $39 dollar greens fees (does not include cart.)  Book online NOW at or call the pro shop at 413-458-8355 to reserve your spot!

Who says we can’t have fun during this pandemic? Tuesday’s Fun Day at Waubeeka was a blast!  A mini reunion with no pressure to WIN.  We simply played and enjoyed each other’s camaraderie.  Oh, there were plenty of contests and the winners are listed here:

  • Closest to the Pin #3            Jean Rice
  • Closest to the Pin #7            Linda Lewitt
  • Closest to the PIn #7            Kathy Lyons
  • Closest to the Pin in 2 #9     Nancy Barry
  • Hit the Green Lottery            Carol Cutler
  • Long Drive #15                     Linda Haskell
  • Long Drive #15                    Julie Paolino
  • Closest to the Pin #16         Kathy Lyons
  • 50/50 Raffle                        Julie Rodovick

Winnings AND WAGERS on #14 (if not redeemed) are in the pro shop.  We hope you come back and add to your stash as rumor has it….due to all the favorable feedback, we WILL do this again!  Our Fall Classic will return with tee times and this time, a tournament! 

The PGA Merchandise Show, scheduled for Jan. 26-29, 2021, as well as the Empire Golf & Travel Expo (New York's Largest Golf Show), scheduled for Feb. 27- 28, 2021 are both going to be different!!  A lot could happen within the next 6 months, but one thing is certain, IT WON’T BE BUSINESS AS USUAL!!  

Join Waubeeka NOW!  Memberships have been reduced to ½ price until the end of the season!  Why join now?  Avoid paying the $2000 initiation fee next year!!  This fee waiver is good until Sept. 30, 2020!  Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, all new members will be assessed a $2,000 initiation fee.  Membership application can be found here.  Members, refer a friend to join and be entered in a drawing for a free rangefinder!  Erik is letting these rangefinders out for a demo, whenever you play. Just ask Erik!

Only a couple of weeks left for our members to get an 18 hole cart or two 9 hole carts coming to you because we opened late this year due to COVID!!  This offer expires August 31.


My staff and I are just not able to get the first fairway looking the way that you all deserve.  Next Monday we will be closing number one fairway to overseed the bad spots. The first hole will be played from 150 yards out in the fairway, making the first hole a par 3. The red tee on 7 will be moved back just forward of the gold tees.  The current red tee needs rest, relaxation, rain and recovery for a couple weeks to recuperate from all the heavy play!


Did you know that if you play golf twice a month your risk of heart attack or stroke would be halved?  But, if you drink beer when you play golf, here’s 8 ways to not only reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke, add these on:

  1. Beer is good for your heart.
  2. Beer protects against rheumatoid arthritis.
  3. Beer is an antimicrobial for your mouth.
  4. Beer protects your eyesight.
  5. Beer reduces risk of kidney stones.
  6. Beer lowers the odds of type 2 diabetes.
  7. Beer can help your bones.
  8. Beer can keep your brain stay healthy.

We recommend our sausage flatbread special this week after your round and before your beer!  Don’t forget, when you do have a beer after your round, Massachusetts law requires each individual to purchase food with your alcohol!  We have house made chips and popcorn available for a dollar!

FROM THE PRO - Erik Tiele

Tomorrow (Friday) all Waubeeka Camp School graduates are invited to Waubeeka for a complimentary PGA JR league type competition beginning at 3 PM.  The scramble type event should be a fun time to review what we learned, have a few chicken tenders or PB&J sandwiches, maybe a little ice cream about 5 PM??  These students deserve all of our support and encouragement!!

Congratulations to Kay Goldstein on winning the 2020 First Ladies’ Trophy yesterday in the finals against her regular playing partner, Sandy Bourdon.  Kay will now have her name engraved in the permanent plaque in the pro shop for all to view and remember!

The President’s Cup is down to the final match. Tom Downey plays longtime friend Al Stalker. Lots of friends competing against each other!

We will be holding our Ladies’ Chip & Sip Tournament this Monday evening unofficially ending our session. After numerous requests though, I think we should extend our Monday sessions at least one more week!!  After that, I hope you will all commit to get to your favorite course and play, play, play!

The Sunday Sweeps format this week was to pick your partner from the PGA Championship field.  Gross saw Jamie Gaffey and Colin Morikawa take first place with a total of 140. Chris Bourdon and Jason Day fired 141 and Todd Shafer and Scottie Scheffler tied Al Stalker and Justin Rose with 144. The Net Purse was hit by Gary Urkevich and Jason Day with a 130 total. Chuck Lewitt and Xander Schaffle claimed second with a total of 133 and Stefan Lamarre and Colin Morikawa took home third net with a 135 total.

Here’s what happened at Greenock and our juniors.  First, a giant thank you to Dr. & Mrs. Muthiah Sukumaran for their generosity in hosting this tournament to promote junior golf with no other agenda!  Congratulations to every participant for their willingness to compete, to post a score, and to learn!!  What a great experience for each of the players!  We had 8 juniors represent Waubeeka which was the largest turnout from all of the Berkshire County courses!!! I would like to congratulate them for their commitment.   In the 16-18 age bracket,  Alex Axt and Toby Foehl both fired rounds of 80.  Toby edged out Alex in a match of cards and they finished second and third collectively. Ben Prescott, Cayden Conry, Paul Roeder and Cameron Turner also represented Waubeeka in this group. In the 13-15 bracket, Owen Petropolus had an 84 which placed him third ahead of Ben Dingman in this group.

I would like to start playing with our members occasionally.  Next week I will post a schedule of tee times, 9 or 18 holes, the choice is yours. I thought that this would be a great way to play with different people.   Check it out and let's get together!!!

The Club Championship sign up sheet is now in the golf shop.  It starts in 8 days!  Congratulations to our friend Chad Alibozek on capturing first place in the Country Club of Pittsfield Club Championship last weekend!

Rules Question of the Week (new to this section)

In a four-ball stroke-play event, a player accidentally touches the putting green in pointing out the line of putt for his partner. Incidentally, the spot that the player touches is also on his line of putt. What is the ruling?

a.The player incurs a two-stroke penalty.
b.The partner incurs a two-stroke penalty.
c. Each of the players incurs a two-stroke penalty.

Scroll to the bottom of this section for the answer.

Feel free to question me anytime, ask about your swing, or make a suggestion.  Private Lessons - Available by appointment, $60 for 45 minutes of instruction, a book of 5 lessons gets one additional lesson at no charge!  458-8355 for appointments.

The Fantasy Golf pool saw quite a bit of shuffling around this week with many of the bigger names in golf playing well at the PGA Championship!!  Ken Sann leapt into first place , Ron Goss slid back into second place and Andy Vidal remained in third. The biggest moves this week were made by Chuck Lewitt and Tom McGrath

Rules Answer - c. Each of the players incurs a two-stroke penalty.
Explanation: The player incurs a penalty of two strokes for touching his line of putt (Rule 16-1a) and the partner also incurs a penalty of two strokes because the player touched the putting green in pointing out a line of putt.  See Decision 30/2.5

Dick Syriac (laryoflenox) writes:

An enjoyable junket to friendly Oak Ridge Golf Club in Feeding Hills on Tuesday was just what the doctor ordered for your scribe.  In my group was none other than former Waubeeka PGA Professional Bob Thomka.  Bob runs the golf shop for owners Paul "Mono" Strycharz and his son Tony. We had a great time and found the course in great shape, but in desperate need of rain. I'm told that Edgewood has closed down its back nine because there is no green grass in the fairways.  Bottom line, we need night please.

Bob will be playing in the Mass Father Daughter event down near the Cape soon with daughter Lindsey, who like her mother Wendy Marchese, is a player.  Lindsey will make the trip from the Carolinas to play.  Let's root for them to play well.

If any of the members from Waubeeka make the trek down to the Ridge (46 miles from Lenox) be sure to stop in the Shoppe and see Bobby.

In the "Why Guys Can't Win" department , I give you this example.

Wife : "Why don't you get off that computer , toss that Racing Form and do something productive around here?  Have you ever considered reading a book? I've got one here that you may enjoy.”

Guy : " Oh, a NY Times best seller by David Baldacci titled ‘The Forgotten’, looks good, thanks.  (Cover reads " A fast- paced page- turner that will keep you glued to the couch").  Fast forward a few days

Wife: " You have been glued to that couch for four days , can't you find something to do around here?"
Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey just missed the big prize in last week's PGA but lets not pass the hat for them. They both received over $900,000.00 for their second place finishes.  Thanks Jack, Arnie and Tiger.
Mark the date down, August 9, 2020, I finally saw a human out on the deck of a house on the 13th hole at The Golf Club at Wynhurst. I have been playing the golf course formerly known as Cranwell for at least 10 years and I finally had a sighting. Each of the 10 houses visible from the fairway has a grill,  an umbrella, a table and chairs on their beautiful deck and now it has been announced official, people must live in those houses!  The reason for the discovery could have been for a couple of reasons:

1. It is possible that each house ran out of propane for their grills years ago and they are not sure how to change the tank.

2. After the recent wind storm that ripped through the properties maybe it caused the residents to realize they had decks.

I cannot confirm but I was told that the lady that was spotted was heard saying, "Honey look, there is a golf course in our backyard.”

PGA Tour

Q. What do 34 year old Vermont native Keegan Bradley and 23 year old Californian Colin Morikawa have in common? 

A. They both won the PGA Championship in their first ever try!!  So did Ben Curtiss, Willie Park and Francis Ouimet!

Colin Morikawa hit “The shot of his life!” (Frank Nobilo) when he drove the par 4 16th hole for an Eagle 2 last Sunday!  Shortly thereafter, Colin hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy at the famous municipal course TPC Harding Park in San Francisco in a thrilling victory at the 102nd PGA Championship, this season’s first major, or last major, or ---- Covid’s got everything mixed up!!  Technically, the next 3 majors are very soon, but officially they are next season!  Who cares what season, it was thrilling TV and CBS and ESPN did a great job - worth staying up late to watch!  The last round saw 23 different leaders in this wildest ever major!!  How can today’s tournament, The Wyndham Championship at the Donald Ross designed Sedgefield CC in Greensboro, NC measure up to the PGA Championship?  In this crazy season, let’s watch and see!


Danielle Kang took advantage of a major Lydia Ko collapse to win the Marathon last weekend!  She was 5 strokes down with 6 holes to play as she won for the second week in a row in Ohio!!  Today, the ladies are in Scotland for the Ladies Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

DEEP Thoughts 

Tour Players are role models for me, for adults, for kids, for the elderly watching TV and thinking of how it used to be.  Every Tour player is under a microscope, especially World Number 1, Justin Thomas.  When any tour player misses a shot, what is their reaction?  Do they swear, slam their club to the ground, yell, or do they look forward to that next shot?  Kids watching TV are easily influenced by the pros, by golfers they are playing with, by others and how they act after a less than perfect shot!  Behavior starts with every golfer everywhere and how we act on the course.  Let’s show kids good golf etiquette, let’s teach them to smile even after a bad shot, let’s show them we can recover, how to fix a ball mark on the green and how to handle disappointment!!  Let’s teach them about life!

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