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Oxbow Country Club Newsletter May 2014



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New Members & Upcoming Events:

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Date/Movie Night & Spring Fling Information:

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Mother’s Day Brunch Information:

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Swimming Lessons Information:

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Chef James’ Recipe of the Month:

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Food & Beverage Update/Employee Spotlight:

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News From the Fairway (David Wood):

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Message from John Dahl, Head Golf Pro:

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Summer Weekly Golf Schedule:

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Junior Golf Camp Information:

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Ladies’ Invitational Information:

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League Night Information:

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May Stagette Information:

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“The Opener” Information:

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“Memorial Day Mixer” Information:

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Ladies‘ Night Out Photos:

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130 Oxbow Drive Oxbow, ND 58047

Admin Office Hours: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Bar & Grill Hours: Monday - Saturday; 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Sunday; 8:00 am - 8:00 pm *food service begins at 11:00 am daily The Bend at Oxbow Hours: Thursday; 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday; reservation only Starting May 31st, The Grill will open at 7:00 AM for breakfast service on Saturdays & Sundays.














Outside Functions Mean $100/month Less in Dues I recently listened to a presentation at our national club managers meeting about member communication. The speaker brought a sample of monthly newsletters from club managers all across the country; they all looked the same. Each would start with an update on weather since you can’t get that anywhere else, then it would provide a high-level snapshot of the most recent financial statement that doesn’t really show anything because there is no means of comparison, and it would conclude with reminders about minimums, events, blah, blah, blah. I realized my monthly newsletters sounded a lot like that.

This month, my first in a series of topics that I hope are more interesting and valuable to you, we look at why we host outside golf events DIR. OF MEMBER ENGAGEMENT & EVENTS and weddings; a topic that is often discussed, but I don’t think has ever been explained well. ALISON@OXBOWCC.COM; EXT. 12 Mondays and Tuesdays are generally our slowest days of the week. It is actually not uncommon for many private clubs to be closed on MonJAMES KERR days. On the Mondays and Tuesdays in 2013 in which we didn’t have an outside golf event we generated an average of $1,876.39/day in EXECUTIVE CHEF gross revenue; much of which was generated after 5 PM on Tuesdays CHEF@OXBOWCC.COM; EXT. 22 with league. In 2014 we are projecting $264,033 in revenue from outside golf functions.






In 2013 we hosted four weddings which generated about $44,250 in gross revenue. This year we have seen a 475% increase in bookings and project to generate $230,000 in revenue related to weddings. Although our margin on weddings is slightly less than on golf events, the disruption to amenities available to our members is almost none. The net impact to the bottom line allows us to keep dues down by about $100/month. In addition to the financial benefits, outside functions allow us to showcase our club to thousands of potential new members each year. They also help us retain the best staff in the business due to the gratuity they can earn. This year, we have increased our staff to be sure we can continue to provide a high level of personal service to our membership during these functions. As we design our new club house there will be opportunities to become more efficient and design an event space that is “out of sight, out of mind” for our membership. If there is ever anything we can do to serve you better, please don’t hesitate send me a note or stop by my office. I would love to hear from you. See you at your club, Joel 2

ALISON MOLONY Director of Member Engagement & Events As you page through this newsletter, you will probably notice the length is far greater in comparison to previous newsletters. This means that the season is finally upon us and the amount of events happening at your club will increase significantly in the coming weeks! Getting a handle on all the events and programs can be tricky--I know that it’s taken me a long time to become acquainted with everything! To help you better understand our events, I have put together a Membership Guide that will be distributed electronically in the next few weeks. This Membership Guide will also be found in print form around the Clubhouse or by request. Make sure you take time to peruse this new guide to ensure that you are up to speed on all the events happening this year. Of course, you are always welcome to contact me if you have any questions as well. We’re looking forward to a season filled with fun events for the whole family!


Please join management as we extend a warm welcome to our newest members:

Bruce & Erika Saunders (Cameron, 11) Shad & Heidi Connor (Grant, 11 and Gavin, 8) Charles & Kelley Cooper (Makenzie, 18 and Ava, 4) Brad & Jamie Anderson (Payton, 3 months) Gary & Barbara Ransom Mark & Tessa Simon Tim & Chelsea Gauer (Ava, 1 month)

Refer a new member and receive a $250 food & beverage or golf cart credit! ($50 credit for Social Member Referrals.) Please fill out and return a Member Referral Form (contact Joel or Alison to receive). *Please note: to qualify for the credit, a Member Referral Form must be submitted for a “ready-and-willing buyer” PRIOR to the new member joining.*



The Opener

Make your own tee time between 8:00 am - 10:00 am 18-Hole Medal Play Tournament, Net & Gross

Sunday, May 11th

Mother’s Day Brunch

Seatings at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 13th

League Kick-Off

Men: 4 Players Per Week Women: 2 Players Per Week 6:00 PM: Shotgun Start Every Tuesday

Wednesday, May 14th

Ladies’ Stagette

5:00 PM: Wine & Apps Social 6:00 PM: 4-Person Scramble, Dinner to Follow

Friday, May 16th

Date/Movie Night

7:00 PM: Showtime This Month’s Movie: Pixar’s Planes

Monday, May 26th

Memorial Day Mixer

10:00 AM: Shotgun Start 4-Person Quota Scoring

Friday, May 30th

Spring Fling Welcome New Members!

5:30 PM: Grill Out 6:30 PM: Par 3 Challenge 8:00 PM: Fireside S’mores Social

Saturday, May 31st

Demo Day

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Try the Latest & Greatest from Titleist & Ping!

June 2nd - 6th

Junior Golf Camp

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM daily $100/member; $125/guest

June 5th & 6th

Ladies’ Invitational

$125/player Additional Details Available on Page 14

Friday, June 6th

Couple’s Kick-Off

5:30 PM: Grill Out 6:00 PM: Shotgun Start, Live Music to Follow

Friday, June 6th

Kid’s Night

7:00 PM: Movies, Games & Crafts

June 9th - June 20th

Swimming Lessons Session 1

Monday - Friday Only Additional Details Available on Page 8

Wednesday, June 11th

Ladies’ Stagette

5:00 PM: Social 6:00 PM: 4-Person Scramble, dinner to follow

June 12th - 14th

Battle at the Bow

Men’s Member-Guest Tournament

Sunday, June 15th

Father’s Day Pool Party

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday, June 20th

Couple’s Jersey Night

5:30 PM: Social & Stadium Food 6:30 PM: Shotgun Start, Sports-Themed Trivia

June 30th - July 1st

Bus Trip

Golf Bus Trip to Dakota Ridge in Morton, MN $250/person 4



Friday, May 16th Show Time: 7:00 pm


New Member Welcome Friday, May 30th

5:30 PM: Grill Out 6:30 PM: Par 3 Challenge 8:00 PM: Fireside S’mores Social Adults: Children: (12 & Under)

$15 $8


Session 1: June 9th - 20th Session 2: July 7th - 18th Monday - Friday Only Preschool (Ages 3-5) Parent Chaperone Required

10:30 am - 11:00 am

$20 / session

Level 1 Introduction to Water Skills

10:30 am - 11:00 am

$35 / session

Level 2 Fundamental Aquatic Skills

10:00 am - 10:30 am

$35 / session

Level 3 Stroke Development

10:00 am - 10:30 am

$35 / session

Level 4 Stroke Improvement

9:30 am - 10:00 am

$35 / session

Level 5 Stroke Refinement

9:30 am - 10:00 am

$35 / session

Level 6 Swimming & Skill Proficiency

8:30 am - 9:30 am

$40 / session

Contact Alison for more information: 701.588.4666 or 7

Chef James’

Spring has finally arrived. April was a great month--good to see everyone back at the club! Ladies’ Night Out and Easter Brunch were both a huge success. In April, we added two new team members to our culinary staff, Bryce Scovill and John Horn. Bryce comes to us with many years of culinary experience from the National Guard and John brings many years of experience from local restaurants. The culinary staff is geared up and ready to get into the swing of things this summer.

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. In a large measuring cup dissolve baking soda in water, then add coffee, 1/2 cup of the coffee liqueur, and vanilla.



Unsalted Butter/Softened



White Sugar



Unsweetened Cocoa Powder


Egg Yolks



Baking Soda



Cold Water



Strong Brewed Coffee



Coffee-Flavored Liqueur



Vanilla Extract

1 1/3


All-Purpose Flower

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Egg Whites Cup

Confectioners Sugar

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the cocoa, then the egg yolks one at a time. Alternately beat in the flour and the coffee mixture just until incorporated. 3. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly but carefully fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain. 4. Pour batter into a 10 inch Bundt pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack. Pierce warm cake all over with a fork and drizzle glaze a spoonful at a time over cake until it is absorbed. Wrap cake tightly with plastic wrap to preserve moisture. 5. To make the glaze: In a small bowl combine confectioner's sugar and remaining 1/2 cup of coffee liqueur.



Hello! Hopefully all of these April showers bring some beautiful May flowers! May marks the start of our new summer menu. The House Committee met several times to offer suggestions and fine tune the menu selections. Be sure to come out and find your new favorite meal! See you soon!

Jacob Luna How long have you worked at Oxbow? Since January of 2014.

What’s your favorite part about working at Oxbow? It’s been fun working in a country club environment. I have enjoyed the new experience--everyone has been great to work with!

Sous Chef What do you do when you aren’t at work? I spend time at the gym and relaxing at home.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! I grew up in Los Angeles and have spent time living Tacoma, Phoenix and San Diego.


David Wood Superintendent The grass is starting to wake up from a long winter and the trees are budding out; definitely a sign that spring has arrived. The course came through the winter better than expected for how cold it was. This month we will start pressurizing the irrigation system to prepare for the summer. The process of irrigation start-up normally takes two to three weeks to repair leaks, fix broken heads and find wiring faults. I am concerned with the possibility of above normal pipe breakage due to the depth of frost this winter. We are seeing large amounts of soil movement around the irrigation heads and drain lines; this can cause the pipes to break, or in some cases shear, at valve locations. Please be aware of our staff working around the course during these repairs. The new course design and grade work is being finalized on the north side golf holes. Our involvement with the Trent Jones group has been frequent this past month. As mentioned last month, we are concerned with keeping the two sides (north holes and new south holes) cohesive. This involves every aspect of the course from grass types, irrigation, drain patterns, water/sand hazards, etc. Another area that is being scrutinized is future maintenance costs. Choosing the correct grass types and proper sizing of course features are a few of many things that are being finalized before the project goes to bid. This spring I would like to remind everyone to repair ball marks and replace your divots. With the turf still brown it is challenging to see your ball marks on the greens, but as the putting surfaces turn green they will become more apparent. In regards to divots, please replace the turf before filling the hole with sand. With the cooler weather this time of year, the divot is faster to heal with the sod put back in place. Please pass this message along to your family and guests that play here and all golf courses. See you on the course. David Wood



Welcome back, golfers! It appears spring has sprung a bit earlier this year and we couldn’t be more excited for everything happening at your club this summer. Our tournament season kicks off this Saturday, May 10th, with the annual “Opener” (rescheduled from Saturday, May 3rd). Call the pro shop today and schedule your tee time between 8-10am Saturday morning. The format is individual medal play with prizes going to low gross and net scores. Cost is $35 for members; guests are welcome to play with a member for $50 a player. Get your teams together for League this season, beginning on Tuesday, May 13th and running through the end of August. Playoffs will occur in September. Men’s League will feature 4-player teams for $450/team and Ladies’ League will consist of 2person teams for $250/team. Price will include meals on both the opening and closing day. We look forward to another great League season! As summer approaches and the kids are getting out of school, there is not a better place for them to be than at John Dahl’s Junior Golf (June 2nd-6th). For just $100 per child, they will receive top-notch instruction, learn valuable life and golf lessons, and have fun! Lunch and prizes are included in the fee. Call the pro shop today to register your kids. Need a spring tune-up yourself? Don’t get good at doing the wrong thing! Call the pro shop today to set up a lesson or book a package of lessons with John Dahl. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, make sure to stop in and check out all the great new items from Sport Haley and Antigua to have the special ladies in your life looking great on the links this spring! Don’t forget to throw in a gift certificate for a lesson with John Dahl so they will play as good as they look. Guys, we have you covered as well with great new groupings from Nike, Travis Matthew and Footjoy. While you may not hit it like Bubba, at least you can dress like him. Stop in and try on some very stylish, extremely comfortable Oakley pants, shirts and pullovers. The only thing missing is the green jacket! Sign up for the Red River Club next time you stop in the shop. For just $100, you receive one guest pass plus cart ($75 value) and you will enjoy 30% off apparel and 25% off hard goods in the shop all season long! The pro shop would also like to welcome back Peggy Sola, Cheryl Ulrickson, David Talley, and Josh Gunderson this year. We look forward to another great year with everyone here at your Club and will go above and beyond to meet everyone’s needs. Make sure to check out all the great golf events happening at your club on the following pages. Call the pro shop today to set up your tee times and happy golfing everyone!


WEEKLY GOLF SCHEDULE JUNIOR LEAGUE June 9th August 11th (Except June 30th)

JUNIOR LEAGUE June 10th August 12th (Except July 1st)

8:30 AM 8:30 AM Weekly 9-Hole Event Weekly 9-Hole Event

Free for Members $15/Guest Guests welcome once a month

JUNIOR LEAGUE June 12th August 13th (Except July 2nd) 8:30 AM 4-Hole Scramble (Kids 10 & Under)

Free for Members $15/Guest Guests welcome once a month

Free for Members $15/Guest Guests welcome once a month

LEAGUE NIGHT May 13th August 26th

LADIES’ NIGHT May 21st August 27th

Play-Offs: September 9th & 16th

5:15 PM: Complimentary Golf Lesson with John Dahl 6:00 PM: 6:00 PM: Optional Golf Game for Weekly Shotgun Start $10/person

MEN 4-Players/Week $450/Team WOMEN 2 Players/Week $250/Team

*Couples Kick-Off on May 13th will feature a complimentary Taco Bar & Live Music!

Weekly specials on food & drinks

*STAGETTE DATES* May 14th, June 11th, July 9th & August 13th 5:00 PM: Social 6:00 PM: 4 -Person Scramble Dinner to Follow $40/Person

MEN’S DAY 11:00 AM

COUPLE’S NIGHT June 6th September 12th (Except June 13th & July 4th) 5:30 PM: Social 6:00 PM: Tee Off $10/Couple FEATURED COUPLES NIGHTS: Kick-Off: June 6th 5:30 PM: Grill Out 6:30 PM: Shotgun Live Music to Follow $40/Couple Jersey Night: June 20th 5:30 PM: Social & Stadium Food 6:30 PM: Shotgun Sports-Themed Trivia $40/Couple Derby Night: July 18th 5:00 PM: Social 6:00 PM: Golf Music & Shrimp Boil $60/Couple


Junior Golf Camp JUNE 2nd - 6th 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Daily

$100 / Child* Includes Daily Lunch & Tee Prize

Monday: Swing Mechanics

ADULTS: $24.95 Tuesday: CHILDREN 6Full - 12:Swing $11.95 CHILDREN: 5 & UNDER: $4.95

* Limited to children 7 years & older.


Putting & Chipping


Skills Challenge


9-Hole Team Scramble

Guests welcome for $125/guest.

Register with the Pro Shop: 701.588.4669 or 13

First Annual

Ladies’ Invitational June 5th & 6th THURSDAY 7:00 AM: Registration & Coffee/Juice/Rolls 8:00 AM: Shotgun Start (2-person Net Best Ball) 12:00 PM: Soup & Sandwich Lunch 2 :00 PM: Wine and Wedges Chipping Contest FRIDAY 8:00 AM: Grab & Go Breakfast 9 :00 AM: Shotgun Start (9-hole Scramble, 9-hole Alternate Shot) 1:00 PM: Burger/Brat Grill Out & Awards DETAILS 2-Lady Teams, USGA Handicap Required $125/player if received by May 15th ($135/player after) Entry fee includes: golf, breakfast & lunch daily, ETCHED WINE GLASS, and prizes Register with the Pro Shop: 701.588.4669 or


May 13th - August 26th Play-Offs: September 9th & 16th

4 Players/Week $450/Team

2 Players/Week $250/Team

LEAGUE KICK-OFF! Tuesday, May 13th 6:00 pm Complimentary Taco Bar & Live Music! Register with the Pro Shop: 701.588.4669








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