The Masters has finished, so we can all get back to work! We each had our favorites, but Joe was right on with Jon Rahm. Al was going for Min Woo Lee, Ross was rooting for Scottie Scheffler, and I was wondering, “What’s The Masters?!” Just kidding! I was hoping for Collin Morikawa!
Though this seems like the winter that wouldn't end, we’re still thinking about golf at The Wilderness! In honor of this never-ending winter and one of my favorite family traditions, I made this for you!
Photo credit to “Lala” Lani Celley, Elofson family lefse professional!
I can’t wait to see you again!
Sales & Marketing Director
Please read on for news from General Manager Joe Wisocki and Superintendent Trevor Rintala.
April from the General Manager’s Desk
Well, we thought spring had arrived! Mother Nature teased us with several very nice days that allowed most of the snow to melt...then came the weekend with rain, snow, and blizzard conditions. The good news is that we got a good look at the course, and everything came out of the winter beautifully. Course conditions look great, and Trevor and I couldn’t be more excited! We’re tentatively hoping to open May 12th, but we'll update you once Trevor, Mother Nature, and I know for sure.
On another front, I’m thrilled to welcome Mitch Kerfeld as our Executive Chef for the Wilderness Grill! We will be offering a new and exciting menu for our guests this season. Along with a new wine list, featured spirits, and specialty cocktails for your enjoyment, to go along with our breath-taking views both inside the clubhouse and outside on the patio.
The team is busy stocking the pro shop with many popular golf and casual apparel lines from the likes of Travis Mathews, Nike, Under Armor and FootJoy, to name a few. If you’re looking for that new driver or putter, we have you covered there, too, with Callaway, Cobra, Srixon and Scotty Cameron.
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you soon and getting reacquainted with many old friends in the coming months.
Fairways & Greens,
Joe Wisocki, Certified PGA Professional
An update from Superintendent Trevor Rintala
With winter taking what may very well be its last breaths, we find the golf course emerging from the snow. Our early assessment of the conditions is very promising; most of the delicate Bentgrass has been unaffected by the relatively mild winter we experienced. With the rain and warmer temperatures, the snowmelt can now be measured on an hourly basis, but areas in shade or low-lying undulations will still take days to emerge. It appears that our winter chemical applications have done well in the areas we’ve seen thus far, but the highest disease pressure occurs in lower, wet, shady areas.
In the images below, we are able to see the state of the course as of Friday, April 12th.
The failure of winter treatment can be seen in this image. A simple nozzle malfunction was to blame, and the width and straight line makes this evident.
A lot of time and energy go into our winter preparation and areas that are not treated suffer greatly during the long, cold months. This season we used top dressing sand that has been dyed black to absorb sunlight in the spring and raise soil temperatures faster.
Sometimes the weather gets the best of us, no matter how well prepared we are for hibernation, but so far, we are looking very fortunate. Like Marty Rubin said, “The deep roots never doubt spring will come,” and now that it's upon us, the real work begins.
See you soon on the short grass!
For more information or to book your 2023 tee time, call the clubhouse at 218.753.8917.