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THE GLEN OAKS informer March 2011

Vol. 1 No. 1


FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER’S DESK Long term success is a result of a series of short term successes and we were fortunate in 2010 to celebrate a few wins and firmly establish Glen Oaks Country Club road to recovery. This was due to a strong team effort by members and staff that created a spirit of cooperation and the establishment of a committed, stable ownership group that will allow the club to grow and continually improve. Due to these factors the momentum has continued into 2011 with the addition of 12 new members, bringing our total membership to 534 versus 417 one year ago. Golf membership is now at 374 versus 259 prior year. Growing our membership continues to be the #1 initiative of the club. Our #2 initiative is commitment to service and a friendly, casual atmosphere. The staff is committed to continuous improvement of your club experience and exceeding your expectations. It is all about service and I am very proud of their efforts. It is not hard to stop one person who is committed to better serve you but it is really hard to stop fifty! Our #3 initiative is to provide quality facilities. Poorly maintained facilities start the long, slippery road to a clubs demise. Our farsighted ownership group is investing the necessary capital to move ahead and dramatically improve our dining and lounge facilities. Our golf course improvements continue as well with the dredging of the pond on #17. This work will be completed by the end of February. Our new tees on #2 and the North end of the practice facility will be completed in the spring. Our #4 initiative is our commitment to the Glen Oaks golf experience. In January, Ken, myself and the golf staff attended the PGA Show in Orlando, Florida. Needless to say, they have much new merchandise, fun events, and programs in store for the upcoming golf season. They have also re-established the Glen Oaks Ladies Golf Association beginning in 2011. Please call the shop for more information. Lastly, a new fleet of golf carts, as well as new range balls, bag stands and accessories will be arriving for the upcoming golf season. Our #5 initiative is the focus on families. We have had tremendous response to our new activities for kids; Jump Bunch, as well as our childcare services and movie & craft nights on the weekend. A new exciting Camp Oaks program is in store for this summer. We have also ordered new furniture and umbrellas for the pool. We are committed to continually providing fun family activities to Glen Oaks members. I would like to take this opportunity to say how much myself, D.A., Dan, and Golf Resources Group has enjoyed being apart of the Glen Oaks team over the past year. It is hard to believe it has been one year. We are honored and committed to lead Glen Oaks with integrity and have no performance short of the best it can be. It takes great people to build a great business and between the staff, members and ownership of Glen Oaks, I am confident the club‘s series of successes will continue in 2011 and beyond. I look forward to seeing you at the club in the very near future. Bill Kirkendall, General Manager

Demolition of Member Dining


Demolition of Bogey‘s Bar

We have provided renderings of our new facilities as well as a picture of our current construction. It is hard to believe you will be having dinner here in April. We are proud to announce that the construction is on schedule. Adult Lounge

Adult Dining & Wine Lockers

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We are highly anticipating this coming year. We have so many amazing & fun events to share with your family. All of us at Glen Oaks want to wish you a warm welcome & we are looking forward to creating lasting experiences for you & your guests.

Kevin and Erica Turner Todd and Sara Puetz Britt Baker Dr. Imran and Novern Dotani Dr. Steve & Jeanne Wanzek Dr.Tom & Jan Zimmerman Steven & Jennifer Koger Dr. Steven & Karen Hallberg Steve & Nancy Ober

The Tentinger Family John and I met in college, later married, and lived in Iowa City and Rochester, MN before moving back to the Des Moines area. Both of us had been raised here, and this is where both of our families still reside. We now live in a house we recently built in Urbandale. We have three children - Jordyn (9), Kaiya (6), and Drew (3). We love this area and feel like we made a great decision to move back "home" to raise our family. John is a physician at Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Broadlawns Medical Center. He practices radiology and loves what he does. I currently stay at home with our children. I must say, I love my job as well! We have always enjoyed Glen Oaks when we have come for Christmas parties, business functions, or as dinner guests. Now, we enjoy being members so that we can take advantage of all the activities! We are very excited for the events for children and even more excited for the golf! I plan to participate in the women's league this year and John is very anxious for golf season as well. I'm sure we will also make good use of the pool and the restaurants! We are looking forward to getting to know other members and are so happy we made the decision to join!



March 4th

March 5th

March Is The Month Of Peanuts!!

Featuring Okoboji Wines

We’ll Have Whole Roasted Peanuts in the Shell, Celery & Peanut Butter & Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Along with Beer & Cocktail Specials Join Us In Shakes From 5-7pm & Start Your Weekend Off with Great Friends, Snacks & an Ice Cold Beer!

Iowa City, Iowa Join Us in Shakes for Adult Dining & Wine Tasting! Nancy Schneider will Bring her Specially Selected Wines & Incredible Wine Knowledge to Glen Oaks from 5:30pm-7:30pm As Always, the Tasting is complimentary & you can also take advantage of near wholesale pricing on 6 & 12 bottle cases Enjoy Chef’s ala carte menu & features in a relaxed, ―at your own pace‖ tasting atmosphere with live entertainment from 6-9pm

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Specials and events MEET THE CLUBHOUSE STAFF

THINK GLEN OAKS FIRST We are anticipating a very busy season at the Club, not only in our new member areas, but also with our events! As you all know, with our current Membership drive and the remodel soon unveiling, we have an incredible opportunity to spread the Glen Oaks name within the West Des Moines community. You have all contributed immensely to the reputation that we have built for ourselves and hope that you will continue to book your upcoming personal and business events at the Club. Our Clubhouse Staff and Culinary Teams are committed to providing you and your guests with impeccable service and unparalleled menus that will be remembered for years to come. As a team, we ensure that the little details are executed fully and of course we always throw in our personal Glen Oaks touch. So, when planning your upcoming events, remember that your Club offers a variety of space including private meeting rooms, exquisite outdoor verandas and intimate dining rooms overlooking the State‘s most prestigious golf course. It is truly our pleasure to make sure that your events are without a doubt, everything that you imagined and more! We look forward to see you at the club! Jeffrey Strahl Jamie Nicolino Director of Food & Beverage Director of Events

Alison Burns

My name is Alison Burns and I recently began as Glen Oaks‘ Assistant Events & Marketing. Below is a little bit about myself. I was born in Ormond Beach, Florida, and moved to Johnston, Iowa, when I was five. I attended Johnston Schools from kindergarten thru graduation in 2007, and recently received my Bachelor‘s of Science in Hospitality Management from Iowa State University. I had several internships that during college at Iowa State Foundation, Eau Claire Golf and Country Club, and Tournament Club of Iowa—they all provided great experience for my position here at Glen Oaks Country Club. Not only am I finding it very busy here at the club, I‘m also planning my wedding in May in the Grand Cayman Islands! My fiancé, John Schutt, also graduated from Iowa State in Operation Supply Chain Management and Business Management and works for Pioneer Hi-Bred. We live in a house in Des Moines with our amazing German Shepherd, Zuma. I‘ve felt very welcomed from my day one here at Glen Oaks—for the first time, I have my own desk and business cards! A few of my position responsibilities include keeping you up-to-date on upcoming events, preparing the monthly newsletter and sending email blasts (I‘m also the person bugging everyone for member headshots!). I‘m looking forward to the busy summer ahead and am anxious to meet all of you!

Ladies Luncheon

Ladies Night Out!

March 24th

March 30th

11:30 a.m. $20 Inclusive Lunch

plan your perfect Cocktail Party in the blink of an eye

Parmesan Chicken Olive Oil Seared Crunchy Breaded Chicken Breast and Fettuccine Pasta with Club Made Marinara

6-8 p.m. $50 per person Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres and Drinks Included

Banana Rum Crème Brule

(2 featured cocktails, house wine and beer)

March Charity: Timber Creek Charity Cindy McCarty will join us for lunch to provide you with more information on this wonderful charity! Monetary donations are welcome

Guests are encouraged, Please call 221-9000 to RSVP

Party planning made easy with the help of our Executive Chef, Jeff Strahl & Owner of One Source Event Productions, Stuart Alexander The experts will provide you with: Drink & Food Recipes, Unique Ambiance and Décor Tips & Tricks on easy-to-do Flower Arrangements Reservations are recommended, guests are encouraged! Movie and Craft Night is available for children!

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Culinary features KITCHEN CREATION


Asiago Dauphinois Potatoes 5 2 1 2 1/2 1 1 1/2

pounds russet potatoes, peeled ounces butter tablespoon garlic, minced cups heavy whipping cream pound asiago cheese pinch salt & black pepper cup parsley, chopped

Instructions 1) Slice your potatoes on a mandolin or electric slicer about 1/4" thick You must work quickly so the potatoes do not oxidize after being sliced preheat oven to 350 degrees

**Carved Smoked Bone-in Ham & Roast Top Sirloin** Made to Order Omelets & Eggs Made to Order Waffles & Cinnamon French Toast Maple Syrup, Chocolate Chips, Whipped Cream & Fruit Sauces

2) Prepare a 2" or taller baking dish by "greasing" the bottom & sides with the cold butter & a paper towel. Now using the same paper towel that you used for rubbing the butter on the pan, carefully spread the garlic out on the pan evenly

**Fresh Made Soup of the Day** Sliced Fresh Fruits Gourmet Cheese Plate Crackers & Bread Crisps Tossed Salad & Caesar Salad

3) You will build 4-6 layers of potatoes, depending on the pan. The layers need to alternate from being slightly shingled side to side on the 1st layer, then up & down (opposite direction) on the next layer & so on After the 1st layer is down, evenly pour the cream in a zigzag motion over potatoes (the secret is opening the cream, closing it back up, then squeezing the center slightly - that allows just enough to come out so you can disperse nicely)

**Homemade Dressings / Croutons / Tomatoes / Cucumbers / Carrots**

Then sprinkle with cheese, then with salt & pepper, then with parsley Repeat this with each layer of potatoes, using your open hands to slightly press down each layer to the prior for strong structure & a clean slice of end product Place wax paper over the top & foil wrap the pan, poke a few air holes in the foil & bake for 40 minutes to an hour or until "knife tender" or al dente. Take the cover off & put back in oven just to brown the top. Allow to set for 15 minutes before cutting. Can be served right away or reheated for later. Baking time may be longer depending on thickness of your potato slices. Serves: 12

Preparation Time is 45 minutes

Cooking Time is 1 hour

This is a very addictive side dish we like to pair with beef & chicken here at the Club. The beauty is the ingredient list is small & timing is not crucial as the potatoes bake or after they are done baking. These actually get better is you allow the pan of potatoes to "rest" as we chefs like to say. 30 minutes of room temperature time after baking allows the starches to sort of "calm down" & structurally set up nicely which allows for easy portioning if you wish to cut into squares. As always, if you run into any questions in preparing our kitchen creation, please call or email me & I would be glad to help! or 221-9000

Jeff Strahl, Director of Food & Beverage and Executive Chef

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**Chef‘s Composed Salads of the Day** **Fresh Vegetable Platters with Dip** Cocktail Shrimp / Sauce / Lemons **Seared Chicken Marsala** **Market Fresh Fish** **Breakfast Fried Potatoes w. Peppers & Onions** **Broccoli & Carrot SautĂŠ** Sausage Links & Crispy Cider Bacon **Eggs Benedict w. Hollandaise Sauce**

Croissants w. Butter & Jams Doughnuts **Strawberry Banana Muffins** Cinnamon Sweet Rolls **Assorted Danish** Ice Cream Sundae Bar **Notes Items & Flavors Change Every Sunday**

Adults $13.95 5-12 - $7.95 Under 5 is Free

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Special features FROM THE CELLAR


Chef’s Featured Wine, March 2011 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Rutherford, California 2006


Normally $73, I want you all to enjoy this incredible cab, it will be marked down to $58

For the Month of March Only As much as many of us would like to believe it will be warm & we could be teeing it up, we typically get to see a few final inches of snow as March winds down. So I want to feature my favorite bottle in the cellar, which is a fairly stout red, while being warmed up with a nice big cab is still appealing.




The 2006 Sequoia Grove Cabernet is a fantastic blend of grapes from Rutherford, Oakville & Napa which culminates in the unique winemaking style of the small, family owned winery located beneath giant Sequoia Trees in Rutherford. This is a beautifully balanced red wine & pairs well with just about any dry aged, hand cut steak & black angus burger!

LOBSTER BAKE! Friday & Saturday March 25 & 26

Enjoy! -Chef


WINE PRICES HAVE BEEN REDUCED, IN SOME CASES UP TO 25%! This is not a temporary price reduction & the wine menu continues to grow with a wider range of carefully chosen varieties to enhance your dining experience. Make your reservation today & enjoy the latest upgrade in our Food & Beverage Department


The Most Popular 2 Nights at Your Club!!! 1 ½ #-1 ¾ # Maine Lobsters, Prepared Boiled, Thermador Style or Crab Stuffed & Baked Served w. Drawn Butter, Fresh Lemon, Vegetable Bundle & Sweet Corn Soufflé Boiled - $39.95 Crab Stuffed or Thermador - $44.95 LIVE entertainment from 6-9 p.m. in Shakes only Please Reserve Your Lobster by Calling the Reception Desk at 221-9000 We Will Have a Limited Amount & Will Sell Out


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Ladies golf association WOMEN’S CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC

LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION (LGA) 2011 Circle these dates on your calendars! It’s going to be a great year for Ladies Golf at Glen Oaks and you’re going to want to be in on all the fun!

Events and Chairwomen: April 19th: Ladies Social Vicki Plank Denny Junius Mary Brooks May 3rd: Kick-off Event Christi Young Interclub: June 15—Wakonda; July 28—Des Moines Golf; August 9—Glen Oaks Romy McCormick Jody Reynolds June 28th & 29th: Wild Rose Event Val Williams Rosa Politte July 19th: Guest Day Peg Walen July 29th & 30th: Glen Oaks Women’s Charity Classic Denny Junius Janan Smith October 4th: Closing Event Diane Thompson Nancy Lohr

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Glen Oaks CC LGA Committee Chairwomen Membership &Treasurer Mary Brooks Tuesday Golf Events Deb Milligan Ringer Book& Birdie Tree Diane Thompson Tournaments Mary Finn Communication Jan Carmichael Want to get involved? Volunteer to help with any of the events or participate on a committee by contacting any of the Chairpersons above or email

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Golf Talk TEE TIME The golf staff had an opportunity to attend the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida in late January. The attendance at the show was up significantly over prior years, which is a great sign for the game! We are extremely excited about the new lines we have coming for spring and fall. Some of these new lines that you haven‘t seen in our shop are Carnoustie, Donald Ross, Straight Down, Sligo, Puma, Sport Haley and more! You will see more depth and selection in the golf shop than you have in many years. I also attended the PGA National Teaching summit in Orlando prior to the show, a two-day workshop led by some of the best teachers in the country. After what I learned at the workshop, I am considering offering a refund to all of you who have taken lessons from me in the past (just kidding!). In all seriousness, I cannot wait to pass on what I learned to the membership. We will be offering comprehensive golf education programs to all levels of golfers this season.

On behalf of the entire golf staff, we look forward to the 2011 golf season! You can access the season‘s golf schedule with specific information on formats and itineraries through the club website. Simply click on ―tee times‖, which will enable you to gain access to our Foretees online tee time system. From there, click on the events tab and the entire season‘s roster of events will be displayed for your review. Please save the date of the list of golf events coming up in April and May.

Upcoming Events in April & May Sunday, April 17th Tuesday, April 19th Wednesday, April 11th Wednesday, April 27th Sat-Sun, Apr 30 – May 1 Tuesday, May 3rd Wednesday, May 11th Thursday, May 19th Friday, May 20th Monday, May 23rd Tues-Thur, May 24-26 Friday, May 27th

Jr. Sports Sign-up day 3:00 – 5:00 in Churchill Ladies Social and Trunk Show Men‘s Kickoff Event and Dinner Founder‘s Cup Pairings Party in Shakes 1st and 2nd Rounds of Founder‘s Cup Team Match Play Ladies Kickoff Golf Event and Dinner Demo Day at the Practice Range Men‘s Guest Stag Glen Oaks Cup Iowa PGA Pro-Am at Glen Oaks After School Jr. Golf Instruction Camp Twilight Couples Golf

Ken Schall, PGA, Director of Golf

Principal Charity Golf Classic June 1 – 5, 2011 The Champions Tour announced that The Principal Charity Classic received the ―Players Award‖ for the 2010 tournament, ranking it the number one stop for Champions Tour professionals. ―The Principal Charity Classic has positioned itself as a ‗can‘t miss‘ event for players, sponsors and spectators, resulting in excellent galleries and record contributions to local charities,‖ said Mike Stevens, president of the Champions Tour. World Golf Hall of Fame member, Nick Price earned his second victory of the season during The Principal Charity Classic at Glen Oaks. ―Hands down, The Principal Charity Classic deserves this award. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the time that I have spent at the tournament. The hospitality and warm welcome we receive is second to none,‖ said Price. ―We have consistently received great feedback from the players, caddies and spouses about Glen Oaks Country Club, the Des Moines community and the world -class treatment they receive here,‖ said Jamie Alt, tournament director. ―Continuing to attract a strong playing field helps the bottom line of the tournament — children‘s charities.‖

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SPORTS SWIM TOWARDS SUMMER Greetings, I‘m very excited to be returning as your 2011 Aquatics Director! I was a lifeguard for six years; within those six years, I served as the head guard for two years and the Red Cross Coordinator for one. I attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While in college, I pioneered a summer club for kids at the Ames Golf and Country Club. I moved to Des Moines in December 2009 and am the first grade teacher at Bergman Academy. Below is some information regarding swim lessons & swim team. We‘re pleased to announce we will be making updates to the pool this spring with new patio furniture specifically picked out for you from Sundrella Casual Furniture. I‘m looking forward to another great season! See you at the pool! Katie Pearson, Director of Aquatics


IMPORTANT DATES: May 30th- Memorial Day Pool Party with Entertainment May 31st– June 5th – Pool is closed June 6th—Pool opens for the summer at 11 a.m.

Pool Hours: Monday—Friday 11:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.—8 p.m. Snack Bar: Monday—Sunday 10:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.

SWIM LESSONS: We offer both individual lessons and group lessons through the Red Cross Curriculum. You must be at least 3 years old to take swim lessons. We offer lessons from 9 a.m.—9:45 a.m. or 10 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, levels 1—6. Children’s swim skills depend on the level. For more information please contact Katie. Session I – June 6th – June 16th Session II – June 20th – June 30th Session III - July 5th – July 15th Session IV – July 18th – July 28th SWIM LESSON COST: Group Lessons: (Up to 3 kids) $50 for 8 half an hour long lessons.

SWIM TEAM: Swim Team will begin on Monday June 6th for all ages. Practice will be from 8 a.m.—8:45 a.m. Swim Team will meet Monday thru Friday this year. SWIM MEETS: 8 & under will be on Tuesday evenings at 4:30 p.m. starting on June 14th and going through July 12th. 9 & older swim meets will be on Thursday evenings at 4:30 p.m. starting on June 16th and ending on Wednesday July 13th. CONTACT AQUATICS DIRECTOR: KATIE PEARSON Phone: (515) 468-0976

Private Lessons: Regular Instructors - $70 for 8 x 20 min lessons. With Swim Pro - $80 for 8 x 20 min lessons. - If you are interested in group or private lessons, please contact Katie with your information and availability; she will pair up you with a guard that will meet your needs.


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Camp O ks

June 13th—July 22nd, 2011 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday

March 5th

Mardi Gras Craft & Movie Night!

March 29th

Movie & Craft Night!

Thank you to all of the participants— it was so much fun! We hope you found some new healthy foods and exercises you enjoy and we look forward to seeing you in future Jump Bunches!

Age Group: completed kindergarten—completed 4th grade

Activities Include: Tennis, golf, swimming, fishing, outdoor activities, cooking, nutrition, crafts, academics, etiquette and 2 sleepovers! Early registration with reduced pricing is available now through April 1st! Final Registration is due May 1st


*There will be a fee for late sign-up after May 1st*

Sunday, April 17th 3-5 p.m. Get ready for the new season!

For pricing and to register, please call 221-9000

Sign-up for all the junior activities!

* 5 day minimum purchase but, may be used throughout several weeks* *A portion of the registration fee will be applied towards your food and beverage minimum* *A packet of information including an activities calendar will be sent after registration has been received*

Junior Golf Junior Tennis Swim Team & Lessons Camp Oaks One stop to get all the information for 2011! Bring the whole family Meet the pros No reservations are required Come on over! Snacks & refreshments will be served

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Monthly calendar MARCH 2011 Sun











Fridays after 5 in Shakes

5 Wine & Dine in Shakes

Pizza & Pasta Night

Mexican Night

Sliders Night

Fresh Catch Night

Mardi Gras Movie Night








Sunday Brunch

Clubhouse Closed

Pizza & Pasta Night

Mexican Night

Sliders Night

King Crab Night

King Crab Night








Sunday Brunch

Clubhouse Closed

Pizza & Pasta Night

Mexican Night

Sliders Night

Fresh Catch Night








Sunday Brunch

Clubhouse Closed

Pizza & Pasta Night

Mexican Night

Sliders Night

Lobster Bake

Lobster Bake




Ladies30 Night Out Crafts & Movie Night


Sunday Brunch

Clubhouse Closed

Pizza & Pasta Night

Mexican Night

Sliders Night

Daylight Savings Starts


Clubhouse is closed


7:00 am—8:00 pm


7:00 am—9:00 pm


7:00 am—5:00 pm

Sunday Dining

7:00 am—3:00 pm


Ladies Luncheon



APRIL 2011

St. Patrick’s Day

Glen Oaks Country Club: 1401 Glen Oaks Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266 515-221-9000 General Manager Bill Kirkendall

Asst. General Manager & Controller Ryan Gilman Director of Food and Beverage Jeff Strahl Director of Events Jamie Nicolino

April ?!?!

Grand Opening!!! (more details soon)

Director of Golf Ken Schall

April 9th

Russian Vodka Night and Tasting

Course Superintendent Chris Coen

April 17th

Junior Sports Sign-Up Day

April 19th

Ladies Social Golf and Fashion Show

Building Engineer Mike Ahmed

April 20th

Men’s Golf Kickoff

Head Golf Professional Eric Johnston

April 21st

Ladies Luncheon

Director of Administrative Services Jessica Harmon

April 23rd

Pancake Breakfast with Egg Hunt

Asst. Events & Marketing Director Alison Burns

April 24th

Easter Grand Buffet

Director of Aquatics Katie Pearson

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