August Newsletter

August is here!  Amazing how fast our summers go by!  It’s not over yet though, still some great days of golf left.  Actually, my favorite time to play The Wilderness is late September into October.  Weather can be a little cool but comfortable and the fall colors just add another picturesque element to an already stunning golf course.  So, don’t worry, if you can’t find time to visit us this month, come see is in the fall.  

Something new at The Wilderness is waiting for you!  If you have not heard already, we have four electric golf cycles available to rent. Just think of a bulked up mountain bike with an electric motor.  A pretty neat way to get around the golf course outside of the usual cart.  Check them out on your next visit!  Reservations are highly suggested and are based on availability the day of. 



Labor Day weekend is coming fast and we are a proud supporter of the Folds of Honor Foundation through Patriot Golf Day!  Over the holiday weekend there will be opportunities to win rounds of golfs with our closest to the pin contest. Plus, we will be donating $1 of every green fee over the weekend and 10% of Pro Shop sales.  All monies raised for the foundation support military families with educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.  A great opportunity for us to give back to those that have given so much!

Happy Golfing!

Ryan Peterson

The golf course is back to the level of conditioning that we are accustomed to after much effort that spanned over a period of 14 months (5 winter months, 6 cool and wet months-great for annual bluegrass, bad for bentgrass-and 3 wonderfully warm and dry growing months).  Just walked off of the 18th green with a Stimpmeter and clocked greens at well over 9.5’ on the Stimpmeter.  Right where we want to be.  The picture below makes me happy in that it shows a severely stunted clump of Poa annua (annual bluegrass) surrounded by a less stunted bentgrass.  This is intentional as we are taking advantage of the warmer weather to level the playing field in favor of the more abundant bentgrass on the golf course.  Much like an oncologist might use chemotherapy to control cancer in a patient, we use a selection of plant growth regulators combined with fertility management to do the same thing to our tees, greens, and fairways-though each prescription is tailor made for each respective area.  While most area golf courses have pretty much punted and gone with the strategy of growing the best annual bluegrass that they can, we are not ready to give up the fight as bentgrass is, frankly, a much better playing surface with a better likelihood of surviving all sorts of stress-both from the winter and the summer.

Annual Bluegrass 7 Green 8-4-2019


16 Green 8-4-2019

The only downside of this program is that areas with extensive Poa annua contamination, like the collar on the right side of 16 green, can look a little gnarly with the weakened annual bluegrass that we are trying to control.  I am okay with this and I hope that you are too.  Everything we do to manage this site is done with an eye towards long-term health of the property-even if it means having some areas that might not look as healthy as the rest of the golf course.  This is a fight that will be ongoing for the next few years as we continue the conversion process.  Playability is in no way affected by this process-indeed it is enhanced as the PGRs (plant growth regulators) have the added benefit of creating a surface which is more tightly knit and faster.  Thank you for your interest in the golf course and the technical nature of our work-I would now like to move on to something a little less complicated.

During this past week we have seen three player behaviors that I wish would never occur.  These actions do not really affect us as a golf course maintenance crew as our job is to solve problems and repairing these issues is not a huge deal.  What is concerning is that these negative actions affect your fellow player and show a lack of concern for the other players around you.  Golf is all about etiquette and courtesy-or at least it should be.  The examples are as follows:

The Foot Grinder:

Putting Green 8-1-2019

In this example, a player has camped out on one part of the putting green and ground their feet into the green.  I am all for practicing-that is what a putting green is for.  All I ask is that players refrain from grinding their feet into the same area repeatedly while they practice.  We have a 13,000 square foot putting green so feel free to use the entire area.

 The Short Putt Missed Tantrum:


7 Green 8-4-2019

This has happened twice in the past week but has become a fairly regular occurrence over the years.  Usually within 2-5 feet of the cup.  Not difficult to see what happened here.  Somebody missed a short putt and took it out on the green.  I have never been around a player that did this sort of thing but if I was, I certainly would not be happy, as a player, to see this and would definitely let that person know that this is not cool.  I hope that the other folks in the group at least said something to this person to discourage this.  Again, the repair is easy enough but what about the rest of the players for the day coming behind this player?

The Sunflower Seed Guy

13 Green 8-4-2019

This is a relatively new phenomena but is now a regular occurrence on the golf course.  I like seeds as much as the next guy but blowing the shells onto a putting surface is kind of an inconsiderate move to your fellow player.  Blow them all you like anywhere on the golf course you like other than a putting green if you care for the others trying to enjoy the golf course.  These pictures came courtesy of our golf course maintenance crew who show a genuine concern for the property.
I feel lucky to be part of the group that is the Crew of 2019.  We had some changes this year-subtractions and additions-but all-in-all this has been a very positive experience in crew building.  I have always enjoyed the crew teamwork aspect of my profession more than anything else.  We work every day starting at 5 am to do the best that we can for our customers-next time you see them feel free to share a kind word.  We are the offensive lineman of the golf course operation.  When things go well, no one notices and acknowledgement of a job well done is rare.  When things go wrong, however, we are the first to take the heat.  Just the nature of the business.


Crew 2019

Thank you for your patronage and we hope to see you on the golf course.

Vincent Dodge
There are only a few months remaining to the 2019 season! Thank you to everyone who joined us on the golf course and in the restaurant, we appreciate you coming out! 

As A Reminder:
The Wilderness Grill will remain CLOSED on Mondays. The outside Grill will be available wtih burgers, brats, hot dogs, and cold sandwiches from 10:00am - 8:00pm. The  bar is open for regular hours.

The restaurant will also be CLOSED this Saturday, August 10th  for a private event and Thursday, August 15th both from 3:00PM until close for our Indian Summer Classic Tournament. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Cedar Planked Salmon - Dinner Menu

There are only a few Nights on the Patio Left!
August 7th (TONIGHT!) - New England Lobster Boil with Potatoes and Corn on the Cob. Music provided by Pat Surface

August 14th - Pork Chops with Brandied Apples, Scalloped Potatoes, & Fresh Beans. Music by The Divas

August 21st - Steak & Shrimp Kabobs with Seasonal Vegetables a Sesame Ginger Glaze, and Rice Pilaf. Music by Pat Surface

August 28th All You Can Eat Fish Fry with Potato Wedges and Coleslaw. Music provided by Bittersweet 

*This is the LAST Night on the Patio for the summer; you don't want to miss out!

Other Important Specials to Note:
Fore! Happy Hour
-Tuesday – Sunday 3PM – 6PM
-$4 appetizer and drink menu

9 & Dine Event
-Sunday Nights after 4PM
-$65 for 9 holes of golf for 2 people, an appetizer and 2 beverages

9 & Stein
-Thursday, August 8th
-5:30PM shotgun start
-9 holes of golf, beer samples on the course provided by Castle Danger Brewery and a complimentary beer.
-Call to secure your spot at 218-753-8917!

Ladies Day
-Monday, September 30th, 2019
-9:30AM Registration  |  11AM Shotgun
-$70 per person
-Greens fees, GPS Cart, Range Balls, Coffee & Rolls, Lunch, and Prizes
-Event is a 4 person scramble  |  Individual entries are welcome!!

Monthly Winner
Congratulations to Kevin Dockter for winning our monthly giveaway for filling out our survey! Kevin won two dinner entrees to The Wilderness Grill!

See you in the restaurant!

Food & Beverage Manager, Darlene Simonson
Our FinnCycles have arrived!!! They will be available for rent next week! We had a recent delay with a recalled part. They go 15 mph, have special tires for turf and are a lot of fun! $21 for 18 holes. $13 for 9 holes. If you would like to have a new experience on the golf course give us a call today as we will only have 4 available! Pro Shop phone number 218-753-8917.

We will also be giving away a BRAND NEW FINNCYCLE in the Pro Shop! Each time you golf, you will receive an entry at the Pro Shop counter. Entries allowed through Monday, September 2nd. Winner will be announced Wednesday, September 4th.


FinnCycle 8-7-19

Rachel Indihar

P.S. 'Click' on the photos below for more information. 





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