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May 2013

Brackett’s Crossing Country Club

What’s happening at BCCC

by Andrea Pickett Nelson, Certified Concierge

Yeah, SPRING has finally SPRUNG? By the time you are reading this we will have had our first 70 degree day since November 10th. We have some great events planned for May, so be sure to mark your calendars, call in your reservations and we’ll take care of the rest. On Saturday, May 4th we invite you and your guests to join us for “The fastest two minutes in sports”, the Kentucky Derby. The fun & festivities will begin at 3:00pm – POST TIME is at 5:24pm (cst) Pre-Race Festivities include: Pari-Mutuel Betting (Golf Shop Credit) Official Kentucky Derby Beverage Specials: Mint Juleps, Grey Goose® Oaks Lily, Bacardi® Mojito, Spicy Bloody Mary’s & Sweet Iced Tea, Appetizers Specials, Prizes awarded for best “DERBY” Hat! For those of you looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 5th, we will have special priced Margaritas & Corona beer. The Culinary team has created delicious features for you to enjoy. Back by popular demand… Kid’s Cookie Culinary Class – Saturday, May 11th – 4:00pm – 7:30pm The children will be joining the chef and his helpers downstairs in JJ’s. They will be making & baking cookies from 4:00pm – 5:30; and then we will be serving them dinner at 5:30pm. We will have other activities for them after dinner. Reservations are required; space is limited so be sure to make yours early. Celebrate MOM at our Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12th. Reservations are available from 10:00am – 1:00pm. This is one of our biggest brunches and times fill up fast. For those of you that are new to Brackett’s, the Culinary Team creates a beautiful buffet for everyone to enjoy. The pool opens {weather permitting} on Saturday, May 25th! The pools hours are available on the website. Please check out the website at for additional information about these and other upcoming events.

Taste of Lakeville—Thursday, May 16th You can purchase your tickets from Andrea Pickett Nelson—$30 each

Summer of Sports Camp—sign-ups happening now! Only a few spaces left. Session I - June 10th—13th & 17th—20th

Maintenance Newsletter Tom Proshek, Course Superintendent After reviewing the previous newsletters and each of them stated similar topics such as; ‘hope when your reading this, we will either be open or have set a date’, we now know that he range will open Saturday, April 27th and the course will be open on Tuesday April 30th.The snow and rain will help with moisture concerns from last fall and we are excited to get on the course and prepare it for opening. We finally see the bright light at the end of the tunnel as they are forecasting 60’s and 70’s for end of April! YES !

* Due to the weather, we are running close to 2 weeks behind normal schedulesmeaning raking lawns and preparing planting beds (make sure lawn is firm and dry prior to raking) * Crab grass preventer applications (just prior to Lilacs blooming) * Treating ‘dog spots’ on turf – urine is high in acidity, so add lime product (gypsum) to neutralize soils to allow turf to recover

We have definitely have received our fair share of the moisture in forms of rain, sleet and wet/heavy snow. These are all welcome and needed; now we just need to string some days in a row with sunny and warmer temps to dry the course out. As far as reporting current course conditions, it’s still too early to see how the course weathered the winter conditions. As I’m writing this newsletter, (April 22nd) we came off 8” of snow the previous week, rain over the weekend that melted most of the snow and now our alarms are going offstating ‘winter storm warning’ coming with 3”-5” of snow. There are 60’s in the forecast so... WE REALLY HOPE AND BELIEVE THE COURSE WILL BE OPEN WHEN YOU ARE READING THIS NEWSLETTER!

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Re-scheduled Green Aeration Dates: May 7th greens aerification – to be determined- coring or solid tine (weather dependent - please check foretees for updates Take Home Tips: * Make sure lawn mower blades are sharpened and ready for first mow Putting Green


Restaurant News by Jon Weisenbeck, Asst Food & Beverage Manager Wow…so I am just going skip the whole paragraph I had written about how much this winter was like watching paint dry in seven different coats on a wall. We are going to stay optimistic!!! So without further adieu, I would like to hope that by the time you are reading this, the course is FINALLY OPEN!!! Now, let’s check out what we have going on in the restaurant in this wonderful month of May.

You might notice that we have a brand new wine menu. We have designed a new menu that we hope will help you find the exact wine that you need! I always say that wine is a science and every one of them is different and unique, so why not explain that difference and those special qualities? Enjoy the new menu and explore the details. Also be sure to check out our sparkling wine section. We have some good selections in there and it’s always a celebration to drink some bubbly because life at Brackett’s Crossing is a celebration in itself. My personal favorite is the Chandon Etoile Rose Champagne from California. It has a certain sweetness that some look for, but with great bubbles and it gets you feeling all warm inside!

Again I can’t stress enough how wonderful and delicious the creations listed on the weekly features by our culinary team are. If you haven’t tried yet, be sure to check out the smoked prime rib that we offer on Saturdays – Chef Bryan and his team have been hard at work perfecting their smoking techniques. For those of you looking for the regular prime rib, it will be fluctuating on the menu from time to time.

Now that things are back to normal around here, it’s time to come out of our extended hibernation and get swingin’! We have been waiting all winter long and this year, extra long. Just ask Beth in the restaurant – I heard she was moving down south? Just kidding – she’s here and ready to fulfill all of your service needs, as are the rest of us in the restaurant – see all of you real soon! Cheers.

Lisa Lofrano Let’s give a nice warm welcome to our Food and Beverage Intern, Lisa Lofrano. She will be with us this summer in the restaurant so you will be seeing her quite frequently. Lisa is a sophomore at University of Wisconsin Stout in the Hotel/ Restaurant/Tourism Management program. Lisa loves the constant changes this industry provides on a day to day basis. In her spare time she likes to snowmobile and ice fish, as well as go shopping. Welcome to Brackett’s Crossing, Lisa.


Golf Shop News by David Plotnik, PGA Head Golf Professional May is “May”k-up month this year. We have a lot of catching up to do so please sign up now for the many events taking place this month along with your season long events & leagues. Due to the late start the following events dates have been changed: All of the League Opener’s have been pushed back one week due to the late start. The Ladies 9 hole league opener is Tuesday, May 14; the Ladies 18 hole league opener is Thursday, May 16, and the Men’s Opener is Wednesday, May 15. Golf Course Greens aerification is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7. The golf shop and driving range will be open from 11:00 – 6:00. The Friday Night couples season begins on Friday, May 10. Tee-times are set-aside each Friday for ALL couples to make a tee-time either with another couple or allow the golf shop to find a couple for you to play with (please let us know and we will pair you up.) There isn’t a league entry fee so you are only charged $10 each time you play. The format is a better ball of spouses (using a stableford point system). There are nightly course events, team pay-outs and your best 4 scores of the year will be calculated for an overall league champion. The very popular FIRE-FLY event is on Friday, May 17 and it begins at dark following dinner. This event fills up fast, so find a couple to play with or ask the golf shop to pair you up and you will not regret staying up a little late for all of the fun. The Member-Member is being held on Friday, May 31 & Saturday June 1 (May 31st w/ a 2:00 SG & June 1st w/ an 8:15am SG) During each shotgun you and your partner will play two nine-hole matches, playing each team in your flight to determine who gets into the shoot-out and wins the 2013 MemberMember. 2012 defending Men’s Champions are Steve Holker & Tom Kelly and Women’s Division Champions Jane Miller & Diane Peterson (two-time defending champions). Be sure to sign up now as the availability is based upon even number of teams in each flight. The 2013 Memorial Day event will be held on SUNDAY, May 26 with an 8:15am shotgun start. The format is NEW for 2013 with a 4 person mixed team event. (each division winner will earn an invitation to the awards dinner). If you are interested in participating please contact the golf shop or sign-up on ForeTees. There are several season long events whose sign-up deadlines are Saturday, May 18. These events include the Men’s Presidents cup (individual match play w/ handicap), Doubles Match Play, Scratch Match Play (played from the back tees w/out handicap), & Ladies 9 & 18 Hole Doubles Match Play. These events are scheduled on your own through-out the season which make it very easy to participate no matter what your schedule is this season.. Please sign-up on ForeTees or by calling the golf shop now!! 4

After you are done signing up for your season long events….. May is a great time to see how new equipment can help you lower your scores and win your matches and events........ The golf shop has three club fitting/evaluation days held on Saturday, May, 4, 11, & 18 from 12:00 – 2:00 on the driving range. We will make all of our fitting systems and demo equipment available for you to try. This is a great way to have your current set evaluated and compare the new products to those in your bag. Don’t forget that we will be able to fit Juniors into a new or leased set of US Kids clubs at each of these times. The annual Evening on the Tee is scheduled for Friday, May 24 from 4:30 – 7:30. This event features all of the major equipment manufacturers, shoe companies and more... They will be presenting their products for you to try so “your season will begin swinging off on the correct foot….”” Once again the NCU musicians (compliments of Larry Bach) will be playing while you are enjoying the wonderful food and drink. Again this year the Brackett’s Crossing Marathon w/ the Bums is on the Friday of Evening on the tee. If you are interested in playing 18 or 36 holes of golf, please sign-up for one or two of the shotguns at 8:00am & 1:15pm. The golf shop will be offering a ringer-game for those who attempt to complete a marathon day of golf at Brackett’s. Sign-up fast as both shotguns are limited to the first 120 players… See ForeTees for more details and to register now…

Don’t Forget about Mom… The golf shop is offering a special gift to several lucky mothers who receive their gift from the golf shop. When you make your purchase, please let the golf shop attendant know and they will place an entry for one of several designer Spartina snap-walletts to be given away on Mothers Day.

The 2013 Stag Trip ventured to a new destination, Biloxi Mississippi where we enjoyed great weather, golf, food and entertainment!! Doug Swanson, Bill Jensen, John Adams, Dick Severe, Dave Bryant, Steve Pelner, Robert and I all enjoyed this trip. We played 3 ½ golf courses over the 3 full days spent in Biloxi. The first golf course, Fallen Oak, was preparing to host a PGA Senior Tour Event within a week of us playing it, so there were bleachers up (no fans to watch us though..) and a few of us even had our picture taken with the trophy. In between rounds a little gambling was done at the Beau Rivage casino and one of the players (see the picture below) happened to hit a jackpot!! Some of us took advantage of replaying a couple of the golf courses and we even snuck in an emergency nine the morning of our flight back to Minnesota. 5

The 2013 Stag Trip Biloxi Mississippi


Please take advantage of these special offers that end on May 31!! Junior Club Lease- The Junior club Lease is Back by Popular demand‌. We are offering a full set of US Kids clubs to be leased for the season (May 15 – November 15) for $80*!! If you need to extend your lease another year only pay $25!! Please contact the golf shop prior to April 1 to secure your set. You can visit the US Kids website ( to see which set your child will need or stop by the golf shop and we will fit your child for their very own set.


The Guest Fee Incentive Program (GFIP) enables members to purchase guest rounds in advance. Members can save 20% on a package of nine (9) rounds for $540.00. {The regular cost for nine guest rounds is $675.00}. Also, available to members is a package of eighteen (18) guest rounds for the price of $1008.00, a discount of 25%. {The regular cost for eighteen guest rounds is $1350.00} The GFIP programs initial purchase must be no later than May 31, 2013. All guest restrictions apply. Guest Fee Incentive Programs may not be carried over to next golf season (2014).

Great Golf Accomplishment!! Congratulations to Jan Meyer for making her FIRST ever Hole- In -One at Kelly Greens Golf and Country Club in Ft. Meyers Florida on Hole #5. 78 yard 7 iron!! Way To Go!! Opening Day Hole-In-One Congratulations to Bruce Koehler for his ace on opening day, Tuesday, April 30th Hole #12 131 yard pitching wedge!! 7

The Certified Junior Hours of play have been modified and a new category in ForeTees has been created to allow Junior Golf Members to make their tee times within these hours. Below is an overview of the program to get your Junior Certified. Juniors age 16 and over are considered “Certified.”

Junior “Divoteer” Program Juniors age 16 and over are considered “Certified.” Upon successful certification, the Certified Junior will be granted additional access to the golf course as outlined in the Junior Hours of Play. This program has been designed to educate Junior Golfers in the following areas: a. Etiquette of golf b. Proper care of the golf course c. Golf course safety d. Club Rules e. Rules of Golf f. Skill proficiency (as noted below) “Certified Junior” To become a “Certified Junior”, the Junior participates in the Divoteers program, pass a written test covering items a through e above, and must be certified as proficient by a member of the Golf Professional staff through a 3-hole playing ability test. Upon successful certification, the Certified Junior will be granted additional access to the golf course as outlined in the Junior Hours of Play. Children of social members may participate in this program to allow them to play as a guest of a member within the Junior Hours of Play. “Non-Certified Juniors” must be accompanied by an adult on the course. Certification Process Depending upon the experience of the student this process can be expedited. -FirstSchedule a session with a Golf Professional to review the materials. A copy of the materials can be picked up in the golf shop or emailed and studied at home. Passing score on the first attempt is 80%, 90% on the second attempt and 100% on all subsequent attempts. -SecondSchedule a three-hole playing test with one of the Golf Professionals. -ThirdUpon successful completion of the Divoteers program the junior is a Certified Junior and may play unaccompanied during the Certified Junior Hours of Play.

Please remember that Denim is only allowed before May 1 and after October 1. If you happen to forget there are plenty of shorts & pants available for purchase in the golf shop..... :-) The golf course has had a long winter and thanks you for following the below tip on repairing your ball marks. The golf course will continue to be in such great shape due to our maintenance practices and each members pride in filling/replacing their divots and fixing their ball marks. Unrepaired ball marks take 2-3 weeks to heal, while a properly repaired ball mark can heal in as little as 48 hours!!

2013 Dates to Remember: Tournament registration opens one month prior to each event and can be completed on ForeTees or by calling the golf shop. Tuesday, May 7Course Closed for Greens Aerification Friday, May 10 Season Long Couples League play begins Tuesday, May 149:30am SG 9 Hole League Opener Wednesday, May 151:00pm SG Men’s Stag Opener Thursday, May 168:30am SG 18 Hole League Opener Thursday, May 165:30pm SG TLC begins Friday, May 17SG @ Dusk Couples Firefly #1 Friday, May 24-* 8:00am SG & 1:15 SG Friday, May 244:30pm – 7:30pm Evening on the Tee Monday, May 268:15am SG Memorial Day Tournament Friday/Saturday, May 31/June 1 2:00pm SG & 8:15am SG Member-Member Junior Golf Camps, Leagues Clinics begin in June. Contact the Golf Shop for the Details Tuesday, June 11 5:45pm SG Men’s League Opener Friday, June 14 5:30pm SG Couples Twilight Wine & Dine Thursday, June 20 1:00pm SG Ladies 18 Hole Guest Day Saturday & Sunday June 22 & 23 AM T-Times Senior Club Championship Wednesday, June 26 1:00 SG Men’s Guest Day Sunday, June 308:15am SG 4th of July Tournament *there will be two shotgun starts for regular play incorporated with the Bums Marathon.

Golf Hours Golf ShopMonday – Friday- 7:30 – 7:30 Saturday & Sunday- 7:00 – 7:30 Tuesday – Sunday- Opens 30 minutes prior to the first tee-time & closes 1 hour prior to dusk. Tuesday & Thursday the range is open until Dusk MondayOpens @ Noon or 1 hour following an Outside event & closes at 6:00pm Locker Room- Once the golf course opens. Tuesday – Sunday - 11:00 am – 6:00pm Driving Range-

Golf Performance Center:- Open during regular clubhouse hours.

Please join us for a deliciously wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch. The Chef pulls out all the stops to make this a spectacular Day for Moms! Reservations are required so don’t delay!

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