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Chris Harriman, Golf Course Superintendent, snapped these awesome aerial photos with his new toy during the recent snowstorm!

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entrees maryland crab cakes grilled lamb loin chop chicken open faced wellington tagliatelle seafood pasta fennel scented sea bass grilled creekstone farms ny strip steak braised beef short rib pot roast salmon teriyaki

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Leadership EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Tom Cole, President | Dick Lombardo,Vice President | Gary Garofalo, Treasurer | Howard Feldman, Secretary | Andy Wilson, Past President | BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tim Reid Shaun Eddy Seth Lee Steve Schrenk Mike Jack Jim Scalley Cheryl Guth Christine Callahan COMMITTEES Golf - Scott Segrist Junior Golf - Scott Allen Greens - Dick Lombardo Tennis - Christine Callahan Membership - Andy Wilson Compensation Committee - Seth Lee Audit Committee - Shaun Eddy Finance - Gary Garofalo Facilities - Rick Pundzak House - Steve Schrenk Swim Team - Lisa Noss CCWGA - Loraine Herdrich CCWTA - Terri Curran

MANAGEMENT Joe Fulco, CCM, CCE General Manager ext. 231 Bob Wampler, PGA Head Golf Professional ext. 222 Nic Flickinger, PGA First Assistant Golf Professional ext. 223 Joe Mattingly Director of Tennis ext. 235 John Foelber, CPT Fitness Director ext. 248 Tim Halter Head Tennis Professional ext. 235 Julie Seanez Tennis Pro Shop Manager ext. 235 Chris Harriman Golf Course Superintendent 410.489.9178 Kim Kordon Controller ext. 232 Tom Caswell Executive Chef ext. 246 Scott Lockwood Clubhouse Manager ext. 234 Justin Passero Dining Room Manager ext. 396 Rob Anderson Facility Engineer ext. 247 Lynn Slupski Membership/Marketing Director ext. 233 Carey Ward Communications Director ext. 241 CLUB PHONE NUMBERS Main Clubhouse 410.489.4653 | Golf Shop 410.489.5224 Tennis Pro Shop 410.989.3683 | Green Department 410.489.9178

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After careful consideration, the Club will be closing the Kid Zone and using the space as a Tennis Pro Shop which will open this spring. The operation of the Kid Zone has had to be subsidized due to very low Member usage. We plan to offer more events that will provide babysitting services, and possibly offer the service once a month on a regular basis.The Kid Zone space will serve as a temporary Tennis Pro Shop for the 2013 season. After completing the 2013 season, we will evaluate the Tennis Pro Shop’s operating numbers and work towards a permanent location for this offering. Ideally, we would prefer the space to be located in the Pool and Fitness Building, provided we can allocate enough area without impacting the other operations in the facility.

General Manager's Update Dear Member, As we begin the month of February, many things are positively changing at the Club. Bob Wampler, our new Head Golf Professional, is now on-board at the Club full-time. I have hired a new Director of Fitness, John Foelber, and he will be offering many different fitness programs that will be advertised in the future. John’s fitness offerings will soon be posted on our website, and you will be able to schedule personal training sessions with him online just as you do for tennis and golf lessons. Bob & John will be offering complimentary golf fitness analyses and fitness evaluations in our new Learning Center on weekends from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. from February 16 through March 17. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet the new staff and begin to get into shape for the upcoming spring season! On the note of the spring season, we are already seeing many prospective Members show interest in joining the Club. Please remember that this year, both the Golf and Social initiations rise incrementally each month. Please encourage your interested friends to join sooner rather than later to take advantage of the lowest possible initiation rates this year. In February, the Golf initiation is $5,500 and the Social initiation is $1,250. The Club will be closed for our annual Winter Shutdown period beginning Sunday, February 3. We will re-opening on Wednesday, February 13 for Family Night: Geode Cracking. This event is just about sold-out. During the time of closure, the staff will be preparing the Club’s facilities for the spring season. Many of the areas that are normally improved during this time are ‘behind-thescenes’ in nature, but need to be addressed in order to service you better. Obviously, we will also be painting, cleaning, inventory counting, and organizing, to ensure we have everything we need to run the Club’s facilities properly.

The Restaurant will be rolling out new menus when we re-open the Club after Winter Shutdown, and in addition to the new items, I encourage to check out the new, modern design of the menus. Carey Ward, Communications Director, has really done a nice job freshening the look of them. Tom Caswell and his culinary team have several wonderful additions to the menu, and we will certainly continue to offer the Cattail staples such as Crab Cakes, Filet Mignon and Grilled Salmon, which remain as family favorites. The House Committee continues to look for ideas for events that the Membership would like the Club to offer. We have also updated the comment cards, which are provided after each meal in the Dining Room. Please take the time to provide the management with feedback; your input greatly helps us to improve the operation and to serve you better. You can also submit your feedback via our Digital Suggestion Box on the homepage of our website. This year, Cattail is celebrating our 20th Anniversary and we are looking for Members who would like to prepare articles for the monthly newsletter that would reflect back on our history, and perhaps recount one of the many events Cattail has hosted over the years, and the ways the Club has evolved. We would like to thank the many Member volunteers that have made a huge difference over the years, and who continue to plan for our future. If you would like to help contribute to this section of the newsletter, please email Carey Ward, Communications Director, at This summer, we plan to expand the Anniversary Party by offering more entertainment, and even a larger fireworks display. This is just one example of the special plans for this season. As always, I will continue to update you, as we firm up our plans for a very successful 2013.

Joe Fulco, CCM, CCE General Manager

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Due to the nature of this exciting bus trip, and the Kennedy Center's policies, the billing and cancellation policies for this event are a little different than is our standard.

The Club has secured enough tickets (108) to fill two charter busses. We have to relinquish our unsold tickets to the Kennedy Center by April 1. Registration is currently open for 54 registrants (enough to fill the first bus). Once that is sold-out, we will open a separate event online with 54 more slots, which will be sold on a 'tentative' basis. In order for the second bus to be a go, all 54 tickets must be sold by March 31. Otherwise, all tentative reservations for the second bus will be cancelled, and only one bus will be taken with the first 54 registrants. Though the event is still many months off, we have to have firm numbers by March 31 as far as the tickets and bus are concerned. All Members must register for the trip under their own Cattail website account.

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KID ZONE IMPORTANT UPDATE Unfortunately, this month we announce that we will be discontinuing the regular babysitting services offered in the Kid Zone. February 1, 2013 will be the last evening for the service. The Club’s Management Team spent considerable time investigating the Member usage patterns, revenue generated, and the staff expenses required to continue to offer the service. After carefully reviewing the program, the Board of Directors and Management Team have decided that the space will be better utilized this summer as a Tennis Pro Shop, as the Tennis Program at the Club continues to grow exponentially. We will be offering more children’s event this season, and will offer babysitting services whenever possible in a different area of the Club. This announcement is certainly bittersweet for us, and we thank you for your understanding.

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Cancellation Policy Refunds will only be credited to your Member account if the trip is sold out, and you are able to find a Member who will register to take your seats, or if we have a waitlist and we are able to fill your seats. Schedule 4:00 p.m. - Dinner buffet opens. To-go boxes available for the bus. 5:00 p.m. - Bussed are loaded. 5:15 p.m. - Busses depart. 7:30 p.m. - Show begins @ Kennedy Center. 12:00 a.m. - Anticipated return. 6 � CAT TALES NEWSLETTER


The event cost ($158 per Member, $165 per Guest) will be billed to your Member account at the time of registration. You will see the charge on your next monthly statement. Your cost includes dinner, 2 bottled non-alcoholic beverages for the bus, a snack on the return trip, transportation, bus driver tip, and a ticket to the show (Orchestra Section).







Herb Chicken Ready-To-Eat N.Y. Strip Steaks Macaroni & Cheese Mixed Green Salad Bar with Toppings & Dressings Baked & Mashed Potato Bar with Toppings Vegetable Medley Assorted Breads Onion Rings Sautéed Mushrooms Sautéed Onions Gravy

[ $10 Children 4-6, 3 & Under Complimentary $24 Adults, $14 Children 7-12,

5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 21 & 28


Why You Need To Register Now



March Events

Wednesdays Villas Happy Hour / 3 Course Prefix

Thursdays Taco/Burrito Theme Nights

Thursdays Steak n' Shake Theme Nights Fridays (starting 2/15) Lenten Dinner Specials Friday, 2/1 New Member Family Mingle Saturday, 2/2 Trivia Night "Love" Theme Sunday, 2/3 - Tuesday, 2/12 Club Closed for Winter Shutdown Wednesday, 2/13 Family Night: Geode Cracking Thursday, 2/14 Valentines Day Dinner Specials Saturday, 2/16 Kids' Cooking Class with Chef Tom Friday, 2/22 Friday Night Live Happy Hour with the Persuaders Wednesday, 2/27 Stella and Dot Jewelry Party and Martini Social

Fridays Lenten Dinner Specials Saturday, 3/2 Family Night: Mad Science Saturday, 3/9 Trivia Night Sunday, 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Specials Friday, 3/15 New Member Mingle Monday, 3/18 Annual Membership Meeting Friday, 3/22 Middle School Etiquette Class Friday, 3/22 New Member Mingle Saturday, 3/23 Comedy Night (RESCHEDULED!) Sunday, 3/31 Easter Sunday Brunch, & Egg Hunt Sunday, 3/31 Easter Dinner

MARTINI OF THE MONTH Cupid's Martini $6 Stoli Raspberry Vodka, Créme de Cocoa Dark, Godiva Liquor Served in a chocolate covered martini glass with dark and white chocolate garnish!

St. Patrick’s Day Button Contest Each year, Cattail distributes buttons to those who join us for dinner on St. Patrick’s Day at the Club. The buttons are designed by Members like you! Submit an entry for the 2013 button, and your design could be chosen. The winner also receives a $25 Restaurtant credit and a special St. Patrick’s Day entrée! Adults and children may participate.

Submit entries to by March 1 You may illustrate, or submit digital artwork. The button is 2.5 inches in diameter.

Include “2013” + the Cattail Logo. For assistance, call Carey Ward (ext. 241).

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Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Founder’s Lounge OPEN T O AL MEMBER L S!

Join us for a jewelry party & cocktail mixer, sponsored by:

Cattail Creek Women’s Golf Association

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Kate’s Rin


8++ Light appetizers will be provided; drinks by signature.

$8 ++ Proceeds and credit accrued from purchases will benefit the Club’s Rally for a Cure and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness golf events. Light appetizers will be provided; drinks by signature 8 � CAT TALES NEWSLETTER


4 Very Important Reasons to Register LYNN SLUPSKI


It’s that time of year! We are already gearing up for camps, clinics, and lessons in every one of our sporting departments: golf, tennis, fitness, and swimming. This month I chose to focus on a topic that we have struggled with in the past, but that is very important to ensure smooth operations for our instructional outlets as the spring season nears. Advance online registration is not only a mandatory Club policy, but it is also an important courtesy that one extends to their fellow Members. Please take a couple of minutes to read through the four angles that exemplify the policy.

That said, our ‘never say no’ mentality becomes a conflict of interest when saying ‘yes’ to a drop-in means that the Member who did abide by the standard registration policies will not get the staff attention that they expected and deserve. We know you are fond of your Cattail Creek golf and tennis professionals, so please avoid putting them in awkward situations like this by following the proper registration guidelines, and always sign yourself up online, prior to a lesson or clinic. Having to say ‘no’ makes Joe Mattingly and Ricky Serrano sick to their stomachs, so they thank you in advance for utilizing the online reservation system!

Courtesy to Fellow Members It may appear online that there are 3 empty slots in tonight’s Beginner Tennis Clinic, but 6 other Members are looking at the website right now too and they are all thinking the same thing as you – ‘there is plenty of availability and no need to take the extra step in making a last-minute online reservation for a clinic that starts in 2 hours.’ The outcome of this scenario is that 11 Members show up for a clinic that was capped at 8. Three extra people might not seem like a lot, but it is significant to those Members who did register in advance and paid for a clinic with an advertised staffing ratio of 1:8. There were indeed 3 slots still available, but 6 Members have now shown up without reservations, so who of the 6 does the Professional let in? And who does he turn away? And while he is pondering this awkward situation, precious minutes of the clinic are ticking away for those who made their reservations as requested (more about this in a minute). You see the dilemma. Showing up without a reservation is equivalent to registering for an event and then being a no-show, no-cancel. It is not courteous to your fellow Members. Advance online reservations are required for all instructional golf and tennis outlets, even if you are registering for an open slot in a clinic that starts in 1 hour. Our instructors receive instant email notifications when you register, so they’ll be prepared for you!

It’s So Easy! Our online reservation system is very user-friendly and our website is mobilized so that you can make a clinic or lesson reservation from a desktop computer, tablet, or your smartphone. You can cancel via any of these methods as well. If a clinic appears to be full, make a waitlist reservation online. If someone cancels, you will be the first one notified. If you would like a manager to walk you through the process, we would be tickled pink to do so, just ask! Billing is Easier When you make online reservations for camps, clinics, and lessons, you receive email notifications. This makes it much easier to review your monthly statement should you have any questions. Cattail Creek Reservation & Cancelation Policies Private Lessons: Golf, Tennis, Fitness, and Swimming Cancel within 24 hours 100% charge Cancel prior to 24 hours No charge Clinics: Golf & Tennis Full Sessions or Individual Dates Cancel within 72 hours 100% charge Cancel prior to 72 hours No charge No Reservation Drop-in Surcharge $15

This policy has been communicated in numerous methods, but continues to be an issue. This season, Members who pop in without reservations will be turned away if their participation will take the clinic or camp over the advertised cap; if the Professional is able to accommodate the walk-in while staying within the cap, that Member will still incur a ‘no-reservation’ surcharge for the instruction. It may sound harsh, but please trust that we have your well-being in mind, and we want you and your fellow Members to receive fair treatment and top-notch instruction. Respect the Instructor’s Dilemma Those who work in the country club industry are groomed to be ‘yes’ people. We love accommodating our Members’ special requests, and it is truly our pleasure to do so. FEBRUARY 2013 � 9



A Favor to Ask...

The Glagola Family Paul, Mary, Max, Jacob, Katelyn

Dear Member,

The Jang Family – Welcome Back! Jay, Anne, Sarah

The Nominating Committee is accepting nominations of Members to be considered for election to the Club's Board from the general Membership. All Members may make nominations. Members being nominated must be Full Golf Members and have prior experience serving on a Standing Committee or other volunteer capacity with the Club.

The Dolce Family Terry, Lisa, Andrew, Lia The Morgan Family Dana, Tracey, Will, Ella

Nominations should be submitted via email to the Committee through Joe Fulco, General Manager by Sunday, February 10, 2013. Election of the Directors will occur at the Club's Annual Meeting to be held on Monday, March 18, 2013.

The Schaefer Family Stephen, Jenny, Andrew, Molly, Claire

Sincerely, Andy Wilson Past President Nominating Committee Chair

The Koele Family Chad, Peggy, Hank, Hunter, Hallie The Steinberg Family – Welcome Back! Todd, Beth, Mason, Gabrielle, Mitchell The Shumate Family Brian, Amanda, Alexis, and Addison




In honor of Cattail's 20th Anniversary this year, we would like to pay special tribute to the Club’s evolution and history via articles and photographs published in the Cat Tales Newsletter throughout the 2013 year. If you would like to share another memory or idea from Cattail Creek’s early history, we would love to hear from you! There is no required format for the material; if you would like to write an article, share some photographs, answer several "interview questions" about a topic, or just tell us a story that we can re-write, it would be greatly appreciated! 10 � CAT TALES NEWSLETTER

In addition to several old photo albums we have at the Club, it's likely that there are more pictures out there to go with most of the above topics, and likewise, stories to accompany many of our photos. If you have your own photos, we would love to scan and use them as well. Please let us know of your interest in helping with this fun project by emailing Save the date for our 20th Anniversary Party & Fireworks on Saturday, June 29 – it’s going to be epic!


date: saturday, february 16

kids’ cooking class

[with chef tom caswell]

10:30 a.m. class 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m. lunch buffet Beef Tacos, Chicken Nuggets, Mozzarella Sticks, Macaroni & Cheese, Apple Sauce, Fresh Fruit, Chips, Cookies, Cupcakes


incl. lunch & class

learn how to make:

french toast batter omeletes chicken quesadillas citrus dill salad dressing tacos tomato sauce

recommended for ages 5-10

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BUNKER to BUNKER Dear Member, I hope that everyone is enjoying the unseasonably warm winter that we are having so far. Spring appears to be right around the corner! We all hope that the weather continues to get progressively better so that we may return to golf! Our Professional Staff is excited and prepared for the 2013 calendar of events and another fantastic year at Cattail Creek. There are many exciting events planned for the season, and I wanted to highlight one of the new programs we are offering. John Foelber, our new Fitness Director, and I will be conducting complimentary 15 minute swing analyses and fitness evaluations, beginning on Saturday, February 16th and running through Sunday, March 17th. We will be up at the Indoor Learning Center every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and hope that many of you will join us. After these initial sessions, John and I will introduce some more advanced weekly programs, beginning in the spring. Stay tuned for more details! My staff and I returned from our trip to the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit and Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. Ricky and I learned from some of the top golf instructors in the country about how we can continue to improve our practice facilities, instructional programs, and help our Members make significant strides in their golf games in 2013 and beyond. Nic and I met with vendors to determine the best apparel, accessories and equipment to stock in the Golf Shop this year. Most of our spring Demo Days are on the books! The only Demo Day not yet scheduled is with Ping, and that is in the works. Demo Days are a fantastic opportunity to try out the latest and greatest in golf technology, get complimentary custom fitting, and upgrade your equipment. 12 � CAT TALES NEWSLETTER

I am pleased to announce the hiring of Tyson McFarland, our new full time Assistant Golf Professional. He will be a great addition to the Cattail team. Over the past months, I have conducted a nationwide search in order to determine the candidate that was the best fit for the Club. Tyson is an impressive and ambitious young man, and I look forward to introducing him to all of you very soon. I am also working closely with Joe Fulco and the Board to hire a full time Merchandising Coordinator. This person will be responsible for all of our women’s apparel purchasing, visual merchandising displays, and coordination with vendor representatives. The Merchandise Coordinator will also be working with the Tennis, Swimming, and Fitness operations to ensure that we are offering the best possible merchandise for our Membership. It is our goal to be known as one of the “top 100” merchandising operations in the country. I am confident in my team, and with the support of our Members, we can accomplish this goal. Stay tuned for more news on this front! As always, if there is anything you do not see in the shop that you would like, please let us know and we will make every effort to get it for you. Additionally, if any of you are going on trips and need starting times, or if you need anything else related to golf, please feel free to reach out to me as I am always happy to assist! Everything for golf,

Bob Wampler PGA Head Golf Professional 410.489.4653 ext. 222

DEMO DAYS ON THE BOOKS Titleist Demo Day Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. Nike Tuesday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m. Taylor Made “White Out” Thursday, April 25 - All Day Callaway Demo Day Thursday, May 2 at 3:00 p.m. Cobra Demo Day Tuesday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m.



CLOTHING DRIVE We're looking forward to the Golf Shop’s inaugural Spring Cleaning Drive, benefitting the Pros Fore Clothes Foundation. Pros Fore Clothes is a charity created by a PGA Professional in 2009 with the goal of donating over one million pounds of clothes to people in need around the world. For more information on the charity, please visit PFC The Spring Cleaning Drive will run from February 15 through March 15. We ask that you drop off any gently used clothing that is filling up your closet (shirts, shorts, pants, sweaters, jackets, hats, etc.) at the Golf Shop during this time. After the drive, we will box up all of the donations and ship them to the foundation, in hopes of helping those less fortunate.


RICKY'S TIP: On Putting

RICKY SERRANO [DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION] Putting is often said to be the most important part of the game of golf. Thankfully, we don’t need to be on a golf course, on a putting green, or even outside, to work on our putting stroke. I know that just about anyone can transform their basement, garage, or any room in their house into a practice area for putting that will work, but rarely you will find a carpet in your house that is firm enough and consistent enough to get the proper feedback of your putting stroke. Here at Cattail Creek's Learning Center, we have a true like-putting surface that feels and rolls just like a real putting green to give you the feedback you need to improve your putting stroke. Here is a simple drill to help you with your putting stroke consistency. For this drill, all you need are two tees. Just place one tee behind the ball about four inches for your back swing, and one tee approximately three inches in front of the ball for your follow through. The goal is to complete each stroke without going past the tees. Repeating this drill over and over really helps you to groove your stroke, and give you the consistency you need to produce the suitable length of your putting stroke.

Click here to schedule a lesson in the heated indoor Learning Center!

CATTAIL CREEK POETRY CONTEST WIN A BOTTLE OF WINE! (OR A KID-FRIENDLY EQUIVALENT) Contest open to Members of all ages! Submit your original poem, limerick, or jingle about the Club to by March 1. The staff will select a winner, who will receive 15 full minutes of fame, and a complimentary bottle of wine!

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Before you know it, the weather will be warm and sunny and it will be time to get back out on the Course! Here are some important dates that you are going to want to mark on your calendar. CCWGA Opening Day - Tuesday, April 9 CCWGA 18 Hole League Opening Day - Thursday, April 11 First Junior Golf Play Day & Interclub Tryout - Saturday, April 13 CCWGA 9 Hole League Opening Day - Tuesday, April 16 Men's Opening Day - Saturday, April 20 CCWGA Twilight League Opening Day - Wednesday, April 24 The off-season has been a busy one for the Golf Professional Staff. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and grow the golf operations at Cattail through advancements in technology, staffing, changing practices, and acquiring new ideas. Let me introduce you to a few great additions to our program this year! Golf 101 Golf 101 is a program designed for women who are new to golf or have never touched a club before in their life. The Golf Professional Staff will make all participants feel welcome, and unintimidated, while teaching the game in a truly fun and enjoyable environment. The program will introduce women to the basics of the game, including the ABCs of the swing, etiquette, and course care, and we'll even get out on the course for a hole or two! Golf 101 clinics are offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday mornings (April 30, May 7, May 14, and May 21). We invite you to register for some or all clinic dates, using the online calendar. The cost of each session is $40. Participants are encouraged to join the CCWGA 9 Hole League for lunch after the clinics.



Eli Mireles, Golf Intern One of my wintertime tasks has been to work on recruiting our golf interns for the 2013 golf season. I am please to announce that we have been able to secure our six-month intern. I had the pleasure of meeting with and interviewing him and he comes highly spoken for by his peers, mentors, and other individuals in the golf business. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you Eli Mireles. Eli is a graduating senior in the Professional Golf Management Program at the California University of Pennsylvania. California University is the same school from which our six-month intern last year Michael Cuscino hailed. In 2011, Eli was an Assistant Professional at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pennsylvania. Eli is certified in "Above and Beyond Customer Service" and Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" training. He is currently in the PGA's Apprentice Program, striving to become a Class A PGA Professional. Eli will be on board at Cattail in mid-May. Be sure to check out the note from Eli, below. New Toys A few golf club manufacturers are really making quite a splash with new equipment and technology for 2013. You have already seen many of these clubs on TV through the PGA Tour and on the Golf Channel. TaylorMade has introduced the R1 driver which can be tuned to virtually any loft, any look, and any flight. The driver features movable weights and loft adjustability between 8 to 12 degrees of loft. Also, swing the RBZ Stage 2 family of drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids. Also, check out Callaway's new X Hot and X Hot Pro irons. With a deeper undercut cavity and a speed frame face (the same technology used in Callaway drivers), these irons are the longest Callaway irons ever! Keep your eyes open for communications regarding the arrival of these demo products and more. Be sure to come out and test the new equipment, get fit in the Learning Center, and have your new clubs ready for the start of the golf season!

AN INTRODUCTION FROM GOLF INTERN, ELI MIRELES... I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Cattail Creek Country Club Membership. I am a friendly, outgoing, and eager-to-learn young professional who loves being outside and playing golf. Golf is truly my passion and I look forward to sharing it with you and learning from each and every one of you.

Whether you are a returning Member or a new Member, I would like to say "thank you" for making Cattail Creek the next stepping stone in my career development as a Golf Professional. I can't wait to meet you all, and to be a part of the Cattail Creek Golf Staff this year.

See You Soon,

Eli Mireles



February is here already, and we have seen some relatively normal winter weather. A nice cold stretch in January gave us a few weeks of rock hard ground and enabled us to put a big dent in our indoor task list. These temperatures are good for us, since all the benches, tee markers, cups, flagsticks, bunker rakes, water coolers, hazard stakes, machinery and maintenance facility itself have to be cleaned, washed, striped, sanded, scraped, pressure washed, painted, waxed, polished, clear coated, and put back together. This year, we are able to simply clean and protect the trash cans, hole signs and ball-washers out on the Course, saving us some inside time and allowing us to get more outside tasks completed. Some outside tasks for the month of February include replacing or removing many of the rotted railroad ties around the Course, putting a fresh edge on some bunkers, installing irrigation around the new Tennis Courts, and resurrecting the irrigation in front of the Clubhouse. We will also be venturing over to the bunker on the right of #8 green. The railroad tie wall will be repaired here and the bunker will get cut in slightly closer to the green. This small change will help tie the bunker in and relate it better to the shape on the green while placing it slightly more in play. Once the bunker on #8 is complete, more bunker work will commence on the first fairway bunker on #6. This bunker’s sole purpose is to catch water before it enters into the stream. Like the bunker that was sodded over on #7 this fall, the bunker on #6 is a maintenance nightmare and its filter characteristics are nonexistent. This bunker will be filled in and sodded over. The drain and contour will be enhanced so that water is filtered properly. The end result will be an area that is easily maintained, functions well environmentally, and frames the beginning of the fairway

beautifully. This work, along with the work on #8, is based on recommendations from Golf Course Architect Drew Rogers. Drew is a seasoned Golf Course Architect who works with many clubs to implement practical enhancements to golf courses in order to reduce maintenance issues while making certain aspects of the course more playable, and above all, more fun. This winter, we are also continuing to work towards having our property certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This is a long and in-depth process, and Matt Zipper, Assistant Course Superintendent, has been spending some serious time documenting and implementing plans. The documentation process allows us to figure out how we are contributing positively to the environment, and then what we will be able to improve upon. There are six different programs which must be completed before we are certified. They are as follows: Wildlife and Habitat Management, Chemical Use

Matt Zipper, Assistant Course Superintendent, is creating these Mallard Nests for the ponds on #1, #8, and #9 as part of the Audubon Certification program.

Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management, Outreach and Education, and Environmental Case Study. Completing these programs will provide us with a strong environmental plan, and maintaining certification will ensure that we are stewards of the environment for many years to come. We hope you can take advantage of the nicer days this winter; spring may be here before you know it! Don’t forget to keep up with the Green Department Blog to stay abreast of happenings around the Course.

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FR I D AY, FEBR U ARY 22 8:00 P.M. - 12 :00 P.M . Friday Night Live Concert + Happ y Hour

SATURDAY, 3.23.13 GUESTS WELCOME $60++ $8+ + G uest s Wel com e!




Staff Corner

WELCOME, TYSON AND JOHN! We are thrilled to have two new additions to the management team at the Club this month! Below, read introductions from Tyson McFarland, Assistant Golf Professional, and John Foelber, Fitness Director.

Dear Cattail Creek Member, I would like to take this time to tell you a bit about myself, and express my excitement to join the Cattail Golf Staff as an Assistant Professional beginning this March!

After much success at the junior level, I was recruited by the #4 ranked team in the country, Brigham Young University. After competing in my second season, I transferred to Utah State University, where I completed my degree in Business and Physical Education and enjoyed success at the Division 1 level, amassing four top 15 finishes in my Senior season as well as a third place finish. I served as the Head Golf Professional at the Links at Teton Peaks in Driggs, ID, spending two seasons there before making the move to TPC Las Vegas as Assistant Golf Professional. During my time there, I have gained very valuable experience in all areas of high-end Golf Operations.

Tyson Mc Farland

I was born and raised in Rexburg, Idaho where I grew up on the golf course. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a Golf Professional. When I was younger, I was lucky enough to compete at a high level in Junior Golf events all across the country. I was successful in my travels, winning the Idaho State Amateur Match Play Championship at 16 years old as well as achieving top 10 finishes in AJGA tournaments, a fourth place finish in the Junior America’s Cup, and being named Rocky Mountain Junior Golfer of the Year. Additionally, I am proud to hold the current Idaho Junior Golf scoring record.

My goal is to obtain PGA membership and become a PGA Head Golf Professional at a premiere private facility, such as Cattail Creek. I hope to continue to improve my knowledge of the Golf Industry at Cattail, and to be a valuable asset to the Professional Staff and all Cattail Creek Members and Guests. I am excited to assist in all areas of the Golf Operation. In particular, I will be serving as the Junior Golf Director, as well as the CCWGA 18 Hole Ladies liaison. When I am not at the Golf Course, I love to hunt, fish, and snowboard as well as exercise and do my best to stay fit. I love to teach Golf to players of all skill levels, and help others improve their game. It is very satisfying to me to see my students reach their goals. I am very excited to join the team here at Cattail Creek, and I look forward to a great future with the Club.

John Foelber

Dear Member, Hello! My name is John Foelber and I am the new Fitness Director at Cattail. Prior to joining the staff at the Club, I have had seven years experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and sports-specific coach. During my time as a personal trainer, I have trained athletes in almost every sport along with top junior, club pro, and amateur golfers in the greater Baltimore/Washington area. Along with my background in sport-specific training, I have successfully developed and been involved with health, wellness and weight loss programs for the past five years. At Cattail I will be conducting individual and small group personal training sessions along with fitness classes (even a boot camp style class in the spring). I am also working closely with Cattail’s Professional Golf and Tennis Staff to develop sport-specific clinics. I live in Columbia MD with my wife Megan, and our son, Luke, and when I am not at work, I enjoy working out, fishing, and golfing. I look forward to meeting many of you this year!

See You Soon,


Tyson McFarland

John Foelber

Assistant Golf Professional

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USTA NEWS JULIE SEANEZ [USTA COORDINATOR] The USTA Captain’s meeting will be held Friday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Lower Meeting Room. The meeting is mandatory for captains, and we will be going over the 2013 league restructure. If you are interested in playing spring USTA and need help finding a team, please click here.

CATTAIL'S WINTER SESSION II CLINICS AT CIRCLE D FARM Adult Beginner Clinic Cancelled (low enrollment) Stroke of the Week Clinic Full! Wednesday High School JV/Varsity Clinic Full! Men's High Intensity Tennis Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Cardio Tennis Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturday High School JV/Varsity Clinic 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Junior Quick Start (ages 4-9) Full!

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Junior Futures (ages 10-12) Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Enroll in individual sessions of open clinics by clicking the links in Weeky Update emails or visiting the online calendar.

JOE MATTINGLY [DIRECTOR OF TENNIS] As we play through the second half of the indoor season, the tennis facility at Cattail is changing every day. The two new clay courts are more than halfway finished! We have new gazebos and benches on each court, and a new storage area for the balls, ball machine and court equipment. Additionally, the staff, as well as several Members, are working hard to establish Cattail’s first fully stocked Tennis Professional Shop. The goal is to have the Tennis Professional Shop open at the same time the Courts open for spring tennis. Another positive change Members will notice this year involves staffing and customer service. We will have full-time office and Shop coverage, which will allow us to provide a much more efficient billing system, court reservation system, and Professional Shop service. New policies and procedures for tennis court check is as follows. All Members will be required to check in at the front desk before playing on any court. The Tennis Staff will confirm any court reservation, sign you in for clinics, lessons, ball machine usage, or check you in for any socials or league matches. The new check-in procedure will help the staff with billing, court usage reports, and will also provide a high-level customer service experience accross the Tennis Program. 18 � CAT TALES NEWSLETTER

PRO SHOP NEWS JULIE SEANEZ [PRO SHOP MANAGER] The Adidas Spring catalogues are out. If you need team uniforms and would like to order through Cattail to receive Mill River Program discounts, email julie.seanez@, and I will get in contact with you! We are also able to order shoes, racquets, etc. to help you prepare for the upcoming season. Don’t forget to have your racquet restrung for a fresh start of the outdoor tennis season. If you play tennis three times a week, you should restring your raquet three times a year. If it's not every week, pay a bit more for high quality tennis string for your racquet - it really will last longer.


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TIM'S TIP OF THE MONTH: YOU CAN'T JUST BE BALANCED! TIM HALTER [HEAD TENNIS PROFESSIONAL] This month, I wanted to share an anonymous article written by another pro regarding “balance” in your tennis play. Enjoy! Selim graduated from a tennis college where they taught technique and mechanics for learning tennis strokes. As a result, when he first began working with me he thought I was crazy for teaching with my methods. However, Selim is intelligent and, even more importantly, keeps an open mind, so slowly the light went on in his brain. He became convinced after examining more closely the methods he learned at college. Back then, if a student was having problems, he would go through an elaborate, technical checklist to find out what was wrong. After going through the entire list, if the player still was not improving, he never knew what to do next. What technique should he give his student to solve the problem? The only conclusion must be that his student needs to hit more balls. There is no magic solution! Recently Selim was teaching a junior clinic with some younger pros. One of the pros was yelling to one of the children over and over again, "Be balanced!" Selim finally had enough and went up to the novice pro to ask him what he was doing.

The pro said he was trying to get the child to be balanced when he hit the ball. "You cannot force a child to be balanced," Selim replied. "You have to keep feeding balls until the child's balance improves from all the practice." The two debated for a while, and the young pro convinced that Selim was wrong. Finally an exasperated Selim said, "Do you know what a unicycle is?" The pro said, "Yes, it's one of those onewheeled bicycles." Selim said, "Okay, here is a unicycle, let's see you be balanced on it." The pro fell silent and could only look at him sheepishly. I thought Selim came up with a fantastic example. You cannot be balanced on a unicycle simply because someone tells you to be balanced. It is like telling a baby to be balanced when he is learning to walk! To improve your balance and become skilled at riding a unicycle, you must practice for hours and hours. Balance is an acquired skill and cannot be forced. And, as Selim astutely pointed out, the same is true for tennis. Balance is not a mechanic you just do; it is a mechanic you acquire from hours of practice. This concept is crucial to understand if you would like to avoid much frustration on the court.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 @ 8:00 P.M. FIRST PLACE WINNER PRIZE: $30 RESTAURANT CREDIT 2013 YEAR WINNER: $100 RESTAURANT CREDIT Hosted by Showtime Trivia! No cost to participate.


DRINK SPECIALS APPETIZER SPECIALS Turkey Burger Sliders 11 Santa Fe Chicken Spring Rolls 8 Seafood Wontons 10 Shrimp Casino 12

$3 Draft Beers $4 Glass House Wine $5 Cosmopolitans $3 Glass Champagne $5 Glamour Girl (Featured Drink)

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