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Spring is Here…Kind of

According to the calendar spring is here, but the weather sure has a funny way of showing it!

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It is always a fun time at our annual Demo Day event! Even with the rain, this year was no exception.

On Saturday, April 8 we hosted our spring Demo Day, and while the weather didn’t completely cooperate, all the guests and vendors were nothing but smiles.

We host Demo Day every spring and it gives our guests a chance to try all the new equipment on the market and receive a nice discount on that new set of irons they’ve been eyeing.

This year’s event felt different than any other we’ve hosted before.

To say our winter and early spring have been bad would be an understatement, probably the worst I have seen in my 28 years, but what struck a chord with me was the upbeat, positive attitude of every one of our guests.

Everyone was so excited to be at Demo Day and it reminded me of why we all love golf in the Pacific Northwest.

I know I have hung my head several times this winter wondering if it would ever end, but our Demo Day really reiterated that the season is upon us regardless of if the sun comes out to play.

So, while the weather may be a little tardy to the party, grab your umbrella and rain gear and get golfing.

Daryl Matheny
General Manager

Spring Maintenance is Here

Well, spring has officially arrived today and hopefully the spring weather will arrive with it.

With the arrival of spring comes our semi-annual greens aerification, this project is scheduled for the week of April 10 through 14.

My plan is to use 1/4” solid tines this year as they will cause the least surface disruption of the tools in my arsenal.

The start of spring means the start of aerification to ensure great course conditions for the summer.

The start of spring means the start of aerification to ensure great course conditions for the summer.

Normally I would use 3/8coring tines in the spring but with the slow start we are experiencing this year, and the unpredictable weather we have been having, I have opted to go with solid tines.

If the greens are too wet it becomes difficult to completely pull the 3/8″ cores out, and it risks the cores being stuck sticking up out of the greens.

Needless to say this is not preferable for course conditions or the golfers!

After the aerification we will follow up with a light sand topdressing and off we go for the season.

During the summer we will occasionally “vent” the greens with a small solid tine, or our Planet Aire, which is more of a slicer.

We have many different options available to us to perform this task, in the fall I like to use a larger coring tine and backfill with sand.

This allows us to remove organic matter (thatch) that accumulates in growing turf and filling with sand keeps that channel open for good drainage going into winter.

The main reason we aerate greens is to introduce oxygen into the rootzone and release gasses built up in the soil.

Aeration also allows better drainage as the greens will seal up and not allow water to penetrate easily if we don’t perforate the surface regularly.

I know aeration is not popular with our guests but it is the single most important maintenance practice we accomplish each year.

With that being said, this spring our guests will hardly notice we have done anything to the greens thanks to the small solid tines.

Happy Spring!
Ed Faulk
Area Golf Course Superintendent

 

Grab-N-Go Convenience for Golfers

When it comes to deciding a grab-n-go menu for our golfers we strive to make the hot and cold products readily available at your fingertips.

The placement of the snacks, soda, Gatorade, and water, is easily accessible in the pro shop during registration, or at a nearby entry or exit to the golf course.

Hot items ordered in the restaurant at the turn, such as a huge Chef Jon burger, will take no longer than 8-12 minutes for our golfer’s in-between their nine holes so they do not lose their place on the course.

On course, we provide beverage carts and two full-service concession shops to cater to your needs during a round.

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We love sunny days on the patio! Can’t wait for summer to get here.

Join us before or after in the restaurant and have a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and enjoy one of our drinks designed with golfers in mind.

We take great pride in being able to customize any menu to fit your specific event requirements whether you have a group of 30 guests or 300.

A big highlight to all events at Gold Mountain is our big screen TV that is always showing local and national sporting events.

When you visit us for golf retreats, weddings or corporate meetings, please take advantage of our outstanding views of the Olympic Mountains and the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery.

We will be hiring food and beverage employees for our upcoming 2017-2018 season in March.  Join our exciting team today!

Happy Eats,
Chef Jon Forcier

Indulge in Your Love for Golf at Gold Mountain

The rain has washed away our February snow, revealing the bright greens below.

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It’s Valentine’s Day at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

This week we’ve laid out ideas for your golfing valentine. Special prices on gift ideas like “His and Hers” golf club sets, warm fleece jackets, and new golf balls.

Combine these with a couple’s golf lesson to create a thoughtful date-night invitation.

Be sure to come by and treat your Valentine to one of these great gift ideas or a gift card, (add golf and dinner too!)

We’re also preparing for the new line up of golf clubs for 2017. (Which means closing out the 2016 Demo’s at great deals!)

This month we’ll be receiving the new demos for Taylor Made M1 & M2 and Callaway’s Great Big Bertha Epic while preparing for the clubs to hit the sales floor in March.

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Get prepped for the season!

Plan to call for your fitting appointment with a golf professional soon at 360.415.5432.

The New Titleist 917 D2 and D3 drivers and F2 and F3 fairway woods, as well as the new Titleist ProV1 and ProV1x golf balls are available today!

Come roll some putts with the 2016 Odyssey works putter now $30 off.

Check out the Ping G30 line at reduced prices.

They’re an excellent value with high end technology and performance.

Wondering about GM’s Annual Demo Day?

This year’s demo day is planned for Master’s Saturday, April 8 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Come try out all the new clubs from Callaway, Ping, Taylor Made, Titleist, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, and Wilson.

Enjoy the new beers on tap, drawings for prizes all day, and get immersed in Master’s fever.

Now that the snow has come and gone, it’s a good time to gear up and get ready for spring golf!

Winter Has Come and Gone, or So We Hope!

Brrr!

The winter struck us early and fiercely this year, luckily it now looks like we are well on our way to spring.

Our Olympic golf course officially had its longest closure since it was built in 1996, totaling a staggering 37 days!

Our Cascade course was open periodically during that time, but was on all temporary greens.

We officially opened play on both courses on Saturday, January 21, 2017, and all regulation greens are now opened.

Since our reopening, we have heard nothing but positive things about the condition of the courses from our guests.

I played this past weekend and my shoes hardly got wet!

So, if you have been itching to get out and play some golf during this arctic winter, Gold Mountain Golf Club is the place to visit!

Winter has come and gone, or so we hope!

Sun and snow (we could do without the snow)!

As I mentioned earlier, we are creeping into spring time and golf season is right around the corner.

You know what that means, it’s time for our first annual golf event, Mountain Madness.

Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26

2 Person Scramble/Best Ball

$290/team: Includes a practice round for each player, competition rounds, prize fund, and lunch on Saturday.

Call the Golf Shop at 360.415.5432 for more details.

You can register online, call the Golf Shop at 360.415.5432, or register in person! The registration deadline is Monday, March 20, 2017, so reserve your team’s spot today!

Finally, if you want to establish a handicap and play in some of our Gold Mountain men’s club events this season, join the Men’s Club today!

It is just $55 (cash or check) for the year and you will receive various benefits, such as:

– Access to all the men’s club events throughout the year
– A GHIN handicap so you can post scores throughout the posting season
– A one-time 15% discount in the golf shop on an item (excludes golf balls, PING, and sale items)
– One free round on either the Olympic or Cascade Course
– Men’s club membership forms can be found in the Golf Shop, call us if you have any questions
– We hope to see you out here playing golf soon. Here’s to warmer weather and lower scores!

Thanks,
Travis Cary, PGA
Assistant Golf Professional
Gold Mountain Golf Club

We’re Riding Into 2017 on Our New Vehicles

Saturday November 12th and the proceeding week was a very exciting time for the maintenance crew at Gold Mountain.

It began Saturday morning with a city council member tour and ended later the following week with the arrival of our four new John Deere Gator utility vehicles.

Saturday morning afforded us with the opportunity to not only show off our property and facilities, but also inform some of our City of Bremerton council members as to what our team does to make Gold Mountain Golf Club such a successful and sought after commodity.

Three city council members, Leslie Daugs, Pat Sullivan, and Christine Grenier joined Daryl Matheny (GM), Shawn Cucciardi (Director, Golf Division), and Patrick McKenzie (Assistant Superintendent) on their first facilities tour.

This was a great opportunity to show our guests, from a maintenance stand point, the equipment we are working with and how we maintain the grounds.

This allowed us to show and explain to them some items such as water usage and capital equipment improvements, which are always hot topics.

This was the first time Ms. Daugs, Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Grenier have toured our property and it seemed to be any eye opening experience for them to see what a production, in all facets, it takes to run a golf course.

Overall, the tour went very well and it is always great to show our city council members what we do to make this place so great.

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Our new John Deere Gators (left) are here!

Next, our new John Deere Gator utility vehicles arrived!

This is a major capital equipment improvement for the maintenance team. Our fleet of utility vehicles was in desperate need of improvement and these new Gators will allow us to perform daily jobs in a more efficient manner.

Work on a golf course is not all riding around on mowers. We rely heavily on utility vehicles to set up the course, complete projects, hand water, clean up downed debris, and a long list of other tasks.

Not only are these new Gators in better working condition than our previous utility vehicles, but they also have a better towing capacity as well as can haul a much bigger payload.

Some of the perks the team members enjoy are the covered cab and wind shield.

This allows them to get around the property on cold rainy days with some protection from the elements, which we all can appreciate the importance of after last week’s snowstorm!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Gold Mountain!

The Gold Mountain Golf Shop is Ready for the Holiday Season

The Golf Shop at Gold Mountain Golf Course is ready for the season ahead.

Not just the golfing season, but also the holiday season.

If you’re searching for special gifts for family and friends, Gold Mountain is a great place to treasure hunt!

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So many mannequins!

My name is Suzanne Mehlert, and I’m the new buyer for the Golf Shop.

I’ve been a buyer and visual merchandiser for over 30 years, but I look at every season as a new and exciting landscape of products and trends.

That’s me in the picture with over 50 mannequins, as I searched the PGA Golf Show and Fashion Market in Las Vegas this fall, looking for the new trends, new designs and latest technology, while comparing prices and quality, in order to bring home the best values I could find for our guests.

Right now, collegiate gear is ready to wear and give this Christmas.  Whether you’re a Husky or a Cougar, we’ve got you covered.

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We’ve got you covered, whether you’re a Husky or a Cougar.

You’ll find new Adidas, Under Armour, Puma and PING apparel, which look as great off the course, as on.

Another great gift idea is our quality Cutter & Buck Seahawks apparel for men & women.

Dreaming of a new Titleist wedge or Odyssey putter with a Super Stroke grip?

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Dreaming of a new wedge or putter?

Or if new Footjoy or Nike golf shoes, a new PING golf bag or Sun Mountain golf cart is on your list…

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Check out all the latest gear at the Golf Shop.

Whatever your golf gear wishes are… there are treasures to be found at the Gold Mountain Golf Shop!

A Time to Reflect at Gold Mountain

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It’s been a year of big changes!

As we move deeper into fall, I want to take a second and reflect on the season and what we’ve accomplished so far at Gold Mountain.

Both golf courses saw some upgrades this year, so let’s start with the Olympic Course.

We were able to purchase new bunker sand in the spring and re-fill all the bunkers throughout the course.

As we did this we were also able to re-build the bunker faces on some of the green side bunkers that get a lot of use.

The Cascade Course received a face lift of sorts this summer, as we changed the mowing patterns throughout the course.

These changes were different on every hole and ranged from a smaller fairway or landing area on some holes to more collection areas and bigger aprons on others.

This new look was intended to change the appearance but also make the golf course play a little faster.

The other significant change on the Cascade course is the addition of a new tee on the 5th hole that will turn the par 4 into a par 5.

We were able to add roughly 100 additional yards to the hole with the additional tee that should be open sometime this month.

The last addition of note on the Cascade Course is the new bathroom located on the 5th tee that was opened in the spring.

Food and beverage saw some very exciting changes this year, the biggest being a complete menu change that we rolled out in July.

This new menu offers a large variety of exciting items like stone fired pizza, street tacos, and hand dipped mini corn dogs to name a few.

Another big addition on the F&B side this year is our new outdoor wedding venue.

This new venue offers a dramatic outdoor space that can seat up to 300, and offers that outdoor Northwest feel.

Pretty cool stuff as I sit down and reflect all that we accomplished, and I can’t tell you how proud of the team I am.

Please make it a point to come out and see all these changes if you haven’t already, and I will see you out here!

All the best,
Daryl Matheny
General Manager, Gold Mountain Golf Club

Fall? What Fall?

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It still feels like summer on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Supermarkets are starting to stock their shelves with anything and everything pumpkin, and football season takes a hold of Sunday afternoon.

People may be gearing up for fall, but Gold Mountain is still in summer condition. This means firm and fast greens, well defined rough, and beautiful warm afternoons filled with great putts for birdie and amazing par saves!

Our aerification schedule does not take effect until October 4th and 5th and we still have the Dave Williams Best Ball tournament on our slate.

Our greens always recover quickly from the fall aerification, and our fall events showcase this fact:

The winter tour starts in November with the first date being 11/12/16. And our men’s club stays active with the Captain’s Cup (a Ryder Cup-style tournament played November through February).

Check the PNGA website for more details on the Winter Tour including the Entry Fee for both events.

We have always been a golf club that plays extremely dry in the winter and this year will be no different.

Winter rates make playing more affordable and the sunny weather usually stays around until the end of October.

If you have a desire to continue the fun that has been our fantastic Northwest summer, continue to visit Gold Mountain Golf Club in the next few months.

We will make a year-round golfer out of even the most stringent fair weather fan!

Lastly, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for the tremendous support this year. It has been an amazing experience for me personally and for all of the staff at Gold Mountain to serve you.

Happy fall!
John Sitton
Golf Operations Manager, Gold Mountain Golf Club

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Good News?

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The days are long and the sun is warm this summer.

The busy season is in full swing at Gold Mountain Golf Club, and the sun certainly isn’t in short supply.

We will be moving our twilight hours back to 2 PM starting in September, creating a fantastic playing environment in the months to come, so there won’t be a better time to come out and play a round.

As if that wasn’t enough to awaken your inner golfer, the aerification schedule has been pushed back to begin on October 3rd so playing conditions will be superb, like always, throughout the month of September.

Thought we were done with good news? Not yet! For all of you out there who are looking to a fun way to spend your Sunday before or after the Seahawks game, we will be running a Sunday golf special (details coming soon), so keep an eye out for that and make golf at Gold Mountain part of your weekend routine!

Here are the events that are on tap at Gold Mountain:

– The Dave Williams Best Ball Tournament scheduled for September 24th-25th, with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun on both days. Signups will be available soon online and in the golf shop so be sure to sign up your team!

-The Columbia Golf Series is coming to Gold Mountain on September 29th and will be a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start. More info and registration will be available soon! As always, call the golf shop with any questions at (360) 415-5432.

Our favorite season moves right along! See you on the links soon!