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Good afternoon everyone, I hope you are staying warm and preparing for the upcoming holidays.  We are excited about this years holiday events at Anderson Country Club I will touch on them during this update.  Thanks to all who have come out to dine and try our new menu.  Chef Kevin has done a tremendous job putting that together and whipping the kitchen into shape.  We have created some opportunities to come out this month that you should take advantage of.  Wing night Wednesday… this is every Wednesday in November and can be dine in or take out.  We have had 2 really good Friday night dinner specials so far, the Swordfish Steak last Friday was dynamite, and this Friday we have a Crab-Stuffed Flounder special, the last Friday of the month is Prime Rib night.

The menu is being well received, the steaks are definitely an upgrade, we have heard great things about the maple-glazed salmon and of course the “ricky bobby” buffalo wings.  The chips and salsa are tremendous as well, the salsa which has a bite is made in house and is an excellent table starter for those wanting to just hang out and have dinner.  Friday evenings have been really fun around here the last few weeks its great to see the bar full and our members enjoying themselves.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, get your RSVP’s in we are serving from 11A-2PM.   The club will be decorated for Christmas on the 3 days leading up to Thanksgiving so it should be a festive environment. The club will be closed Friday the 23rd-Monday the 26th and re-open on Tuesday the 27th.  The golf course, weather depending will be open on those days.

Save the dates for these Christmas events that are upcoming we have the Santa Brunch this will be similar to the Breakfast with Santa, it will be on Sunday December 9th, from 11-2.  We will still have the horse drawn carriage rides, and of course Santa Claus will be here.  The Yuletide dinner is scheduled for Thursday December 20th from 5:30-8:30 with our member appreciation complimentary cocktail hour.   We will have a holiday wine tasting on December 21st at 6:00 PM. Details will follow on all those events.

We will tweak our hours now that we are, sadly, heading into the winter.  We will be open Tuesday thru Thursday and Saturday 11 AM-8PM for lunch and dinner, Friday’s 11:00 AM- 9:00PM.  We will be closed on Sunday’s starting December 2nd.

We will have some more updates as we work to get a solution to the old bar when they come available. I have heard the feedback and think we have a pretty good idea of what to do, so stay tuned.

We are also going to be introducing a member application for your mobile devices that you can get “ACC News Feed”  called Clubster, you will be able to see updates to the club, dinner specials, make RSVP’s, create groups etc… we will still email club news but it will come in a different format.  It will basically be a social media site for our club only, it will be fun and a new way to interact and communicate with one another.

Thanks to everyone I look forward to seeing you all at the club this holiday season.

Best,

Brian Garrett, PGA

Good afternoon everyone,

Well I hate to admit it but, winter is here, and probably to stay (the high temp for the next 10 days is 42 degrees).  To me it’s the worst case scenario early winter with no hope for warm weather for quite some time.  I am already thinking about getting away to Florida to play and be somewhere warm, I am sure you all are too.   I will have a general club update in another post this post is mainly about golf.

Depsite the weather we are pushing forward and always trying to enhance the club for our members, your guests, and trying to attract new members.  I am happy to say we have made a deal with EZ-GO for 45 new golf cars next season.  We look to have them delivered on March 1st, 2019.  The new cars will have some of the same features that the current EZ-GO’s have (windshields, coolers, club umbrellas, same braking system, and sand bottles) with a couple added things.  Upgraded seats will provide added comfort, and USB Ports for charging devices.  The big enhancement with these cars is they have lithium batteries, the cars themselves will weigh 300 lbs. less than a normal golf car.  It will decrease wear on the turf, and create less damage in soft conditions.  Lithium batteries are maintenance free so there will be way fewer mechanical issues, (yay for you and us).  Exciting stuff for the 2019 golf season.

Zach and I have begun meeting with vendors for 2019, and discussing some events and how to tweak them.  We are going to change the Club Championship a little to get it done before Labor Day weekend, we are also going to try to incorporate the Stroke Play Championship into the event as well.  If you have any suggestions feel free to email them to zach@andersoncountryclub.net.

Zach has been at work on putting a hitting area in the attic above the pro shop, so you can have an area to hit balls and take lessons during the off-season, we aren’t there yet but we are getting closer.

Reminder we are going to expire all golf shop credit on December 21, 2018 so please use that up before then. There is plenty of quality merchandise left in the pro shop.

Thanks to everyone for a fantastic 2018 golf season, have a wonderful holiday season!

 

Brian Garrett, PGA

Good morning everyone, Happy Fourth of July!  I know it has been sometime since I have written directly to you, we have been busy we have a lot of new members, we have a new bar/dining area, our pool and golf course has been busy with all the new members and the heat this summer.  We are off to a great start, we do have growing pains no doubt but the club has a good vibe about it and I am hopeful everyone is enjoying it.  Most or you have already met Anthony Spears our new Front of the House Manager, Anthony comes to us from Yardhouse in downtown Indianapolis.  We have lots of new staff that we are training in order to properly service everyone.  We have decided to open the Poolhouse Snack Bar which has been a hit so far.  We will continue to strive to serve our members at a high level.

We have a good selection of events for you all this month I want to touch on each one briefly.

July 4th Party– I look forward to seeing you all later today at our pool party, we will have Tiki Bar, free food for members, DJ on site, should be a rocking time.

July 10th- Twilight Team Night

July 14th- 15th Indian Cup: Ryder Cup Style Golf Event with Brian Garrett as one captain and Zach Dryer as the other Captain.  We will draw teams on Friday evening.  Saturday will be 18 holes. The first 9 holes will be four ball match play.  2nd 9 holes will be Alternate Shot format.   Sunday will be 18 hole singles matches.  This is a handicap event and was big hit last year.  Please sign up in the pro shop.

July 18th: We have entered into an agreement with ClubCorp, I will be sending out more details soon. ClubCorp owns and operates a healthy number of private golf and dining clubs throughout the US. By entering into this agreement we will be able to extend ClubBenefits to all our members at no additional charge.  There also will be an additional opportunity to join for a small fee monthly a program that will give you free meals, rounds of golf etc.. We will roll out this program its advantages and opportunities on July 18th in our Stilwell Room.  Associates of ClubCorp will be here to discuss the amenities, benefits and opportunities.   ACC will provide heavy hors d’ oeuvres free of charge.  Please plan to attend it will be a fun mixer as well as free benefits.

July 20th- Gourmet Wine Dinner – details to follow.

July 20th- Social Golf Scramble- Please plan on playing we will have themes, grill open, couples, friends, whoever you want to play with.  We will have childcare that evening.  This is a reschedule from June 29th. Goofy games, firepit, and lots of fun.

July 27th-July 28th Men’s Member-Member Golf Tournament- Friday Practice Rounds, Auction at 7:00 PM. Saturday 27 holes, paramutual betting.

July 31st- Twilight Team Night 

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July Holiday and weekend- Brian Garrett

Well I was hopeful it would be earlier but mother nature hasn’t cooperated.  Our opening plans are below.

Pro Shop will open on a normal basis March 15th at 10:00 AM

Carts will be allowed on the course on March 15th starting at 10:00 AM.

Walking the course currently is permissible, as always pretty please fix ball marks on smooth out.

The weather looks hopeful for next week Thursday on..

Enjoy golf on TV this weekend and Basketball.  Next week is golf season!

Good morning everyone, we are excited about the golf course officially opening for golf carts very soon. Our hope is sometime next week, in the meantime you are welcome to come out and play and walk or use a pull cart. Duke and crew have been out cleaning off fairways, and many of you will be happy to hear they are out trimming trees so they don’t hang so low. He is still waiting to mow greens our greens are push up and very clayish so they don’t dry out as well as some of the newer courses with sand greens. It is still too soft to mow.
We have a free of charge fitting Taylor Made fitting experience coming up at Prairie View Golf Club, the date is March 17th from 11A-5PM, we have some openings left, I will be doing free putter fittings as well. Please let me know if you are interested in participating as spots are getting booked up.
We have removed the tennis courts and the fencing around them, the electric poles and lights on the east side of the courts will be coming down as well. this was an eyesore for several years. In the process we have sustained some damage to our cart path around the cart barn, please excuse our mess during the process.
While we currently don’t have any plans to do anything with the space we have lots of ideas but nothing imminent or being planned at the moment. Glad the eyesore is gone and it makes a tremendous difference. We will put top soil down and seed very soon.
Zach is in the pro shop now, we will bill for lockers and club/pull cart storage in the month of March so you have 31 days to decide if you are going to keep those services in 2018.
Pro Shop Merchandise will start to trickle in during the months of March and April, new fun stuff everyday.
Looking forward to golf season, and seeing all of you out playing very soon.
Brian Garrett, PGA

It’s February 8th, we are passed the holidays, past the Super Bowl and now its time to look forward to some warm weather…… I don’t know how long that is going to take to get here but we can at least plan for what we want to do when it gets here.  As most of you know and have met we hired a new golf professional, Zach Dryer, thanks to all who came out to the meet and greet last week.  We have been working on plans for the 2018 golf season, including the schedule of events for Men’s/Women’s/Juniors/ PGA Junior League those will be up on the website any day now.  Zach is going to put together Women’s clinics, for the spring which we hope you all will participate in, it will start in March.  We are excited to have a relationship with the Golf School of Indiana at Prairie View Golf Club, if you want to get fit for clubs or putters or just scratch the itch.  Please let us know if you would like to go down and hit some of the newest equipment on the market.  We will have a member-fitting day on Saturday March 17th from 11A-5P.

The golf course got some work late in the fall, Duke was able to re-sod the fairway areas on 9,11 and 13 that were damaged by rainfall, also finished sodding the remainder of the new tee boxes.  Also we have enough fill to fix the bunker, water mess to the right of #18 fairway, that project will be finished sometime by late spring.

Save the date, we are putting together a member trip to Victoria National in Evansville, Indiana for April 5th-7th, we are still working on pricing for the trip and hope to put that together sometime next week.

The interclub tournaments this year will have a new twist, we will do a 4 club interclub tournament.  It will rotate between ACC, Ulen CC in Lebanon, Hillview in Franklin, IN, and Dye’s Walk in Greenwood, IN.  We will host the first event on Wednesday April 25th.   This is on the schedule.  It is also our turn to host the reciprocal interclub tournament which was hosted last year by Kokomo CC,  I am working to get a date for that.

This year in the pro shop we will carry a wide array of products and a few new things.   Hard goods we will focus on Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist.  Under Armour, Puma, Fennec, Donald Ross, Antigua, Columbia outerwear, and Adidas will be prominent in the shop.  We also have a few smaller accessory lines that will be new, including Black Clover headwear and CMC custom accessories.  We will carry 3 footwear lines, Adidas, Puma and Ecco.  Ecco is new this season and is a very comfortable shoe, excellent if you like to walk.   Things should start arriving around 3/1/18.

I hope to have more information for you as we get closer to golf season.  Zach is in the shop during the week preparing for the season if you get a chance to stop by please do so.

Stay Warm,

Brian Garrett

 

Good morning ACC Membership, we are excited about our 1st annual Year-End Hog Roast this Saturday October 21st.  We are having a member appreciation event that is free for all membership classes. We also have constructed a new firepit right outside the bar and terrace area.  We feel that this is much needed as we don’t have great outdoor space for our members to relax with their families or their guests.  It will be ready on Friday evening we will start a fire around 4:30 PM or so please feel free to come out and enjoy it.  We are roasting a hog for Saturday so you come by then and have dinner or lunch on us as an appreciation for a great year.

Saturday we also have our last golf event of the year, Beat the Pro.  I will play 18 holes from Blue Tees, ball down against any member of the club with their full handicap.  You can risk up to $200.00 and you will double that if  your net score beats my gross score.  This is a good opportunity to build some additional shop credit if you have been eyeing something.  (I haven’t played great this year btw)   You can play with your own groups just register in the pro shop on Saturday before you tee off.

Next Friday October 27th we are fortunate to have an opportunity to have the Tuneta Torciano Winery come visit our facility and host a Wine School.  This will be a really fun event as we will provide italian meats and cheeses, and Italian grown wines and oils.  Please sign up for this event you won’t be disappointed.  We will provide childccare for the evening.  The event starts at 6:30 PM.  For more information on Tuneta Torciano Winery visit their website at www.torciano.com

 

Thanks all!

 

Good afternoon everyone, I hope this note finds you dry on this rainy July day.  I hope all of you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday with family, and friends.   I apologize having not been writing lately, the month of June was incredibly busy.  We hosted the Indiana Girls State Junior Tournament, St. Vincent’s Pairings Par-TEE, and Golf Classic, 50th Annual Invitational and several golf outings, corporate events.  We also had a tragedy with the loss of one of our favorite staff members Coronado Scott.  Thanks to all of your kind words and encouraging notes during the past month.

We are looking forward to a great couple of months ahead.  We are planning on our Gourmet Wine dinner for Friday July 21st.  We will have the menu out in an email very shortly. We plan on doing 2 of these per year one in July and the other in November.

Also we have some neat theme nights coming up!  Steak Night is this Friday, Seafood Night the following Friday, and we end the month with Fried Chicken.  We are making a few tweaks to the standard menu, we are using some of the more popular Feature Menu items and making them permanent.  The return of Turkey Bacon Sliders is upon us.

The pool has been busy and fun this summer, we have opened up the small gate to make it easier and quicker to get food in and out plus it makes for easier access to the bar.  We have purchased more umbrellas and they have arrived so we should be able to have more spots for shade for the rest of the summer.

Please help us keep the golf course beautiful and smooth by repairing your ball marks and sanding or replacing your divots.  We have had more play this year than in years past but we should still be taking these steps to keep our greens and fairways beautiful.  We do provide free repair tools in the pro shop, the single prong are the best in repairing pitch marks.

I will be more active with the my posts now that June is over with.  We do have some fun outside events we are promoting for you to play in. Primarily the Madison County Chamber/United Way Golf Outing scheduled for July 14th. We are selling 50/50 ball drop tickets in the pro shop, we are also looking for teams.  Please consider playing in this event.

I will see you all very soon!!

 

Thanks,

 

Brian Garrett, PGA

 

Good afternoon everyone, while we can’t play a lot of golf right now, we can certainly talk about it.  I have received back our new course ratings and slopes for our new tee boxes.  I am glad to share them with you today.  I am not sure exactly when they will “go live” my guess is on the next revision date of May 15th.  I will let you know if that is the case otherwise.

Our goal was pretty simple, give the forward tee a more enjoyable experience.  Give options to players that are new, or aging, and to encourage players to play from the more appropriate tee box for increased enjoyment.  We rated the course for men from all 5 tee boxes Blue, White, GW Combo, Green, Silver, and for women from the Green and the Silver.  We will print new scorecards with the ratings on them and should have them by the end of the month.  Only thing left on this project is for the grass to grow on the tees.

The course rating committee seemed to think that the golf course was a fair easier for the scratch golfer, and more difficult for the bogey golfer as compared to the last rating team.  You will see a decrease in the Course Rating, and an increase in the Slope Rating.

A USGA Course Rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course
and weather conditions. It is expressed as strokes taken to one decimal place, and is based on yardage and other
obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring ability of a scratch golfer.
A Slope Rating evaluates the relative playing difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers. The lowest
Slope Rating is 55 and the highest is 155. A golf course of standard playing difficulty has a Slope Rating of 113.

Course ratings are determined, by permission of the USGA, in accordance with the USGA Course Rating System™ for
the purpose of providing a uniform basis of which to issue a Handicap Index. USGA Course Rating, Slope Rating®,
and Handicap Index® are marks owned by the USGA and may only be used in connection with the USGA Handicap

Men:

Blue Tees:  71.9/130

White Tees 70.3/128

Green/White Combo 68.1/122

Green 66.7/113

Silver 63.5/108

Women:

Green: 71.4/124

Silver 68.1/117

Golf season has started, then stopped, then started again, and now is stopped.  I am hopeful we dry out here over the next few days as we all need to get out and play.  After 3 straight days last week of 75 plus degree weather, we got 3 inches of rain dumped on us this weekend.  I think we will be able to open Tuesday for our Ladies Opening Scramble and Men’s Twilight League, but we can’t take much more.  The golf course itself is in great shape.  The greens are just wonderful, very smooth I have played at 2 other places so far this season and it’s not even a comparison, Duke has the greens pure.

Twilight League is off and running, first team night is Tuesday May 9th.  We have 40 players, 8 teams of 5.

Men’s Opening Scramble/Calcutta is this weekend. We need you all to sign up we had 32 players last year.  Hopeful to be at that number again.  Auction for teams is Friday night, Tournament is Saturday at 10:00 AM.  Entry Fee is $100.00 and is a cash payout.

The Ole’buddy tournament will be drawn on Tuesday.  Any last minute entries need to be in the pro shop no later than 5:00 PM May 1st!!!  We have 22 teams signed up so there will be some play in matches.  Good turnout and reception on this event, looking forward to the season long tournament.

The new tee boxes have been seeded. Duke will be sodding some of the spots in the fairways that need repair like #13 fairway.  Bunkers will be getting edged soon as too.

The USGA-IGA course rating team was out last Monday and rated and played the golf course.  We should have our new ratings in one more week, they will be posted in the pro shop I will send them out the course will be rated for Men from all 5 tees, and for Women from Green and Silver.  I am anxious to see how they come out.

Please stop by a sign up to play the Opening Scramble for Women and Men this week.

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