What did I tell you about what happens after Labor Day? You got it……there are only 87 days until Christmas. I know you always think I am kidding when I say after Labor Day, Christmas is the next day, but it really feels like that happens. Maybe not so much for you “young ones” but ask anyone my age and they will tell you it’s true.
FIRST AND FOREMOST IS THE ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH? THE REALTY BOARD MEETS AT 6:30 AND THIS IS WHERE THEY ELECT THEIR OFFICERS FOR NEXT YEAR. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE IN THIS MEETING. THEN AT 7:00 IS THE WEST LIBERTY BOARD ANNUAL MEETING. WE DISCUSS THE FINANCIALS FROM LAST YEAR, THE PROJECTS WE HAVE COMPLETED, OUR HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR AND ELECT OUR OFFERS AS WELL. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND. COME OUR EARLY AND HAVE SOME DINNER AND JOIN IN THE MEETING.
I wanted to bring to your attention that the Ladies League Fall Meeting is Tuesday, October 1st. It came up fast this year. We have cocktails at 5:30 and our meeting at 6:30. You may order off the menu for your choice for dinner. We hope to see you there as this is when we hand out our league prizes and elect our officers. On the 3rd is our 3-Man Over 50 Tournament and on the 6th is the Snowbird 3-Man Best Shot. On the 12th of October is the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest beginning at 4:00! I have attached the flyer for this event, so be sure to take a look. Come out for some great food, some great music and lots of fun dancing! Also, we have some great lunch specials this month, so check them out and our Friday night specials look pretty good as well. Come on out to the club and bring your friends.
I also wanted to mention that from now until the end of the year we have ½ price golf and cart rental on Monday through Friday as long as the weather permits. If it ever quits raining, that is. Tell your friends about this great offer and send them our way. Another great thing that happens in the fall is that any new member, who gets a ½ price membership anyway, can join now and play the remainder of this year and all next year; soooooooooooo……get your non-member friends out here and tell them to join. This is a great deal for them. For our existing members, you can also join this month as in November the board sets the new dues structures. If you pay before that happens, you will forego any increase that might or might not happen for next year. Plus, that always helps the club to pay its bills through the winter months…..we thank you in advance…..
Congratulations to RMP Partners for winning the men’s league championship. And thanks to all of our sponsors: Blaze Fitness, Fred’s Feed, Iowa City Orthodontics, Martin Insurance, RMP Partners, SGA Construction, Wiele Chevrolet, WL Country Club, WL Foods, WL State Bank (two teams) and WL Veterinary Clinic. With your sponsorships the Men’s League is able to donate money to projects on the course and in the clubhouse. Men’s 2-Man League has started and will continue as long as the weather permits. $6.00 a team each week and includes skins. Sign up before you play! If you would like to talk with Ryan about any ideas you might have to make our leagues better, please contact him at 319-321-7986 or email@example.com.
If you have been on the course lately, you have noticed how baron some areas of the course looks with the Ash trees gone. You have also noticed that right now, there are between 15 and 20 Ash trees that are either completely dead or dying. It is such a sad thing to see. It changes the entire look of our course….although if you are prone to hitting the ball out of the fairway, chances are you don’t mind the fact that it is getting pretty bare. I’m just asking for you to remember our tree fund. It costs a fortune to have them taken down, the stumps removed and to plant new ones, so just in case you have an abundance of money lying around, or even a few dollars, we would sincerely appreciate your donation!
OK, so as I end this letter, I have some bad news and some good news: the bad news is that our manager, Steve Gobush will be leaving the end of October. We wish him well in his future plans and we thank him for his service to our club over the past year or a little more. Come back and see us Goby as we know West Liberty is home. The good news is that we have hired a new manager. Her name is Jennifer Gibbs. She comes to us with a ton of bar/restaurant experience and enthusiasm coming out her ears. I am excited to have her join us as is the rest of the board and you will be meeting her here in the next two to three weeks. Please, introduce yourself, if she doesn’t get to you first and if there is something specific you would like for her to do or try to do, don’t hesitate to ask as I know she aims to please. Welcome aboard, Jen! I would also like to recognize Jamey Hillyer at this time. She is our kitchen manager and is new to our club as well in the past few months. She is experienced in the kitchen and wants to try new things and change things up a bit. Do not hesitate to let her know what you like and don’t like as she wants to please our members as well. Things are a changing, so stay with us and show your support please…..we can’t fix what we don’t know is broken…..I’m so excited about our changes!
OK, better get this ready for delivery. If you want my Christmas list, just let me know and I will get it to you right away……remember, I am…………………
Hello Folks, welcome to September! Well, it’s Labor Day weekend and guess what comes after that?
Actually, this time of the year goes faster than any other….it’s a proven fact. One day it’s Labor Day, the next day, it’s Christmas. Hope you get your shopping done on Monday…LOL!
OK, let’s begin by saying what a huge success our Eastern Iowa tournament was this year! We received praise from all clubs, all participants and all visitors. Everyone had a wonderful time, said it was probably the most organized, well run tournament since the last time they were here and other than a little rain on Sunday morning, we pulled it off without a hitch. Thank you to Chad Page, our EIGA and tournament representative and to our committee who worked tirelessly getting everything put together. Thank you to our gals who checked in all the golfers and sold the raffle tickets, thank you to our rules committee, thank you to our cart committee, we thank our parking committee, thanks to our cart runners who transported golfers and bags, our ladies who provided the official scores for everyone, our spotters who sat for hours on the course, our bartenders in the Tin Roof Tap and outside on the deck, our manager Steve and his entire crew who worked for days getting things ready and of course our superintendent, Brent who had our course looking absolutely beautiful. Thanks Crowley’s for allowing us to place the bleachers in the yard, thanks to our announcer and also to Ken Morrison for allowing us to park on the hill. Thank you to Ron Maxson for touching up all our tee markers, to Justin Gingerich, Steve Thurness and Joe Myers for re-doing the benches
on holes 1-2-3 and 4! Those look amazing! I pray I did not miss anyone and if I did, you have my humble apology. It took a Village and we certainly pulled it off in a fabulous way. You all make me very proud to be a part of this team!
Chad Page was our medalist and Travis Shield was runner up this year for West Liberty. Overall, we finished 5th. Congrats to all who made the team. In the Senior division of the Eastern Iowa, Kevin Mathis was medalist and Del Miller was runner up….again congratulations to them and to the team who finished 8th overall. On the ladies side of things, Jaci Webb was our medalist and Meredith Parizek was runner up and I believe the ladies finished 7th overall. We are proud of all our participants and congratulations to everyone!
Couple’s League is over for another year. On Thursday night it seems Andy and Daleta Thurness along with their partners Kim and Brian Campbell tied on the final night with Mike and Sheri Hall and their partners Greg and Tina Campbell. Congratulations to them and also to Scott and Julie McKillip with their partners Jan and Bill Harney for winning Friday Night Couple’s League. Thanks to everyone who played and if you have any feedback or a way we can make things better, please reach out to Ryan McKillip (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 319-321-7986. Thank you to Ryan for all the hard work he puts into running this league, Men’s League and everything else he does to help, we are forever grateful!
We need to talk about our 60TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER 7TH!!!! On that day, we have a Couples 8” Cup Tournament beginning at 1:00 PM. If you plan to play in that, it is a 3-Couple Event and you need to PLEASE SIGN UP IN ADVANCE at the clubhouse. After, we are having dinner consisting of pulled pork, baked beans, cold slaw and chips at a cost of $8.00. Then the fun continues with the band HOLIDAY ROAD. They will be playing from 7:00 to 11:00 out on #1 Tee Box. We will have an outdoor bar set up and we hope you stay around to enjoy the evening. There is no cover charge…bring your friends! If you are not playing golf in the afternoon, come for dinner and the band. This is a Member Appreciation Event and we have a gift for you. You can choose between a GOLF UMBRELLA or a INSULATED DRINK TUMBLER. Both items will have the WLCC Logo on them and it is one per member. A family membership is allowed one gift. They will be available the day of the party. Please make sure when you pick up your gift that we get your name and cross you off our list. We want everyone to have one and that is the only way to keep track of who has gotten theirs and who has not. We hope to make this a really fun night for all and we sincerely appreciate your membership and your loyalty to our club. Without our generous members, our club is nothing, so thank you all very much……Come on out and have some fun on us!
Before I get into the calendar for this month, I want to mention the 2-Man League on Wednesdays. You can sign up each week to play with a partner and if you don’t like last week’s partner, get a new one….LOL! The cost is $6.00 per team weekly, scores are flighted and they also pay skins with that money. You certainly can find someone who will help you win a dollar or two…..This league runs until the weather is so bad you have to play golf on the machine inside….that is called the Golden Tee League and for another newsletter…..
OK, I also want to mention that the second week in September is our “Veterans Appreciation Week”. We host the disabled Vets T-Tournament each year and this year it is September 10th and 12th. If you want to volunteer to be a part of this heartfelt gathering, please let me know and we will get you signed up. It does a body good knowing you helped a Vet who gave some of their life for you to be free! Also that week is the American Legion Golf Outing and if you would want to play in that outing, please contact the club.
So, onto the calendar: On the 7th of September is the 3-Couple 8” Cup tourney beginning at 1:00 PM. Following that is dinner and the band Holiday Road…Member appreciation day…COME AND ENJOY AND GET YOUR FREE GIFT! September 8th is the 3-Man 8” Cup beginning at 10:00 AM and on Monday the Ladies get a turn with the 2-Gal 8” Cup Tourney beginning at 10:00. On September 10th and 12th we have the DISABLED VETS TEE-TOURNAMENT and I believe they begin about 8:00 AM. On Friday, September 13th we have the American Legion Golf Outing beginning at 9:00 AM. On Sunday the 15th, there is a Muscatine Muskies Softball Golf Outing beginning at 9:00 and on the 19th it’s the 3-Man Over 50 Best Shot starting at 9:00 AM. The 22nd is the Ryder Cup with Wahkonsa (both Men and Women) and on the 23rd Brent will be aerating all day. Please note: The course is only closed during these golf outings….once they are over, you are free to play and I also want to mention that September seems like there are lots of days the course is closed, but we NEED these outings in order to pay the bills, so please be patient with us. There is a column on the right side of the calendar that shows which days the course is closed and for what times, so please check it out.
I guess I have typed my heart out here, so better get this ready to go to print. Again, thank you to all our members and I hope you will come join in the party next week. Just think, if you don’t belong, you don’t get to read these wonderful newsletters that I write each month and I think you would miss me….after all, I am……………………………………………………
August has arrived. I knew last month when I mentioned the weather I was looking for trouble. “Mother” gets a little put out with me when I rag on her all the time, so I am sure she is punishing me. Sorry to all the farmers, the golf course superintendents and those who love a nice lush lawn….I’m not going to say a word about her anymore. I’m going to be begging to the “Big Guy”…..just a nice inch this week and maybe a couple more next week. Easy ones with no downpours and no wind and maybe a pretty rainbow after…..I’m not asking for much but I have to tell you that if he offers me a great house on a lake somewhere instead, I’m throwing all of you under the bus!!!!
OK, first and foremost is our HUGE EASTERN IOWA WEEKEND coming up. That will be August 10th and 11th. We sincerely appreciate all of you who have signed up to volunteer. The shirts are ordered. We are having a VOLUNTEER MEETING on Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 at the club. Please, please try to attend. That is when we will be getting the jobs lined up for everyone and getting our schedules made up for our spotters on the course and all those many jobs that we need help with. THIS IS A MAJOR TOURNAMENT FOR OUR CLUB AND WE WANT IT TO RUN BETTER THAN ANY IN THE EASTERN IOWA!!!! We need your help to do that, so please try to attend the meeting.
I also want to mention that the course WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH, ALL DAY AND EVENING. This is so we have that last day to get the course mowed completely, all the little odds and ends completed and the tents set up, the beer troughs, grills and all the stuff necessary to accommodate all the crowds that will be here. Thank you for understanding. Your FRIDAY NIGHT COUPLE’S LEAGUE ROUND WILL NEED TO BE PLAYED ANOTHER DAY/NIGHT THAT WEEK AS WELL. There is a sheet posted at the club with options for playing your Friday night round. Options include Saturday, August 3rd, Sunday, August 4th, Monday, August 5th, Tuesday August 6th, and Thursday, August 8th. Please try to get your round in and then put your cards in the Score Board Box. Again, thanks for understanding.
This month includes our volunteer meeting on the 9th, course closed all day on the 9th-10th and 11th. On the 15th, there is a 3-Man Over 50 tournament, and on the 17th is the Comet Open with morning and afternoon shifts. The Ladies have a 2-Gal Best Shot at 5:30 on the 19th and again on the 24th at 10:00 AM. On the 25th, there is a 3-Man Best shot at 10:00 AM. Please don’t forget Ladies Day and Men’s Day and also, look for our specials on the calendar. All August birthdays get a free drink on the 15th too and of course, remember my favorite time of the day is HAPPY HOUR every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00. If you are unsure about the course being available, the times and dates it is closed is on the right side of the calendar.
Congratulations to Jason Feldman! He had a HOLE IN ONE on the 24th during Men’s League from the back tees on #3…..way to go Jason. Seems he spent every penny of his insurance money, so those who want to get in again, you better pay up. You never know when it can happen to you. CONGRATULATIONS!
Are any of you out there interested in volunteering your time before the tournament to redo a few benches on the course? Holes 1-2 and 3 have redwood benches that need some TLC. They need scraped and primed and repainted. We worked on them years ago, but they need it again. Joe Myers just took the boards off the one on #4 and redid them and it really looks nice. We would purchase the paint but need the man hours of help…..If you would like to work on that project, please let me know. Last time, we did not take the boards off, we just did them while they were attached, and you just have to be more careful not to get paint all over and on the metal. Thanks for thinking about this…..maybe you could get a couple buddies and each one take a bench….there is only 3 to do. We have ordered new benches for the veranda on the East side, so those will not have to be done.
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers that take care of our tee boxes too. They look lovely and I know during this tournament, we will be getting lots of compliments on them. We have had our deck furniture redone as well and the first half of it is back today and the other half went to the company that is working on them. We have new rails on the deck being installed and new lighting that will be installed as well. A huge THANK YOU TO DICK CORNICK who generously donated to that cause.
Couple’s Leagues will be over on August 15th and August 16th. Where has this summer gone? Thank you to everyone who participated this year. It was a great time as always and I would like to thank Ryan McKillip for putting in the many hours it takes to set it up, get teams together and also do all the scoring and handicaps. If you see him, please thank him…..again, we have wonderful volunteers.
Also, just a reminder that we are having a GREAT, BIG PARTY ON SEPTEMBER 7TH so mark your calendar now. This is in celebration of our 60th Anniversary that was earlier in the year. We are having the Couple’s 8” Cup in the afternoon, then the party begins after. There will be food and a live band outside on the #1 tee box. The band playing is HOLIDAY ROAD, who plays music from multiple genres – mostly 70’s and 80’s rock! This is a thank you to all our wonderful members and we hope to see you there! There will be great giveaways for those that attend!
Well, I guess that is all for this newsletter. Thought I would share an APHORISM with you this month: “THE NICEST THING ABOUT THE FUTURE IS THAT IS ALWAYS STARTS TOMORROW”! Think about that one for a while or maybe until next month when I return because I am……….
Welcome to July everyone!
Well, you wanted it, you asked for it, you got it. HOT AND HUMID….how many times did we say “Is it ever going to get warm?” “Is it every going to quit raining?” Now we can hardly buy a drop of rain….so scattered everywhere and we either get 2” or a sprinkle. Isn’t the weather weird anymore? I think things are changing. June and July are like August and September used to be. Guess we can just shut up and live with it or continue to complain about it as that seems to be our nature…..HA!
OK, let’s see what July is bringing. We have a Ladies Eastern Iowa meet on Monday, July 8th. Course is closed until about 2:00 PM. There is a Men’s Over 50/Under 50 Tournament on Sunday the 14th beginning at 10:00 and it should be completed by 3:00 or so. There is a 3-Man Over 50 Best Shot on the 18th beginning at 9:00 and the course will be open about 2:00. On the 23rd, the Ladies have a 2-Gal Best Shot beginning at 5:30 and then there is a 3-Couple Best Shot starting at 1:00 PM on the 27th. Of course we have our Ladies League on Tuesday and Wednesday is Men’s Day, Couple’s League on Thursday and Friday evenings and of course HAPPY HOUR Tuesday through Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00. (MY FAVORITE TIME OF DAY!) Please remember that there is no Couple’s League the week of the Fair which is July 18th and July 19th, HOWEVER, MEN’S LEAGUE WILL BE PLAYED THAT WEEK. If your birthday falls in July, you get a free drink on the 18th, so come on out and enjoy!
We want to send congratulations to Del Miller for being our Men’s Club Champion this year and to Ray Pettit for being the Club Champion in the Senior Division. Good for both of you. It was a great turnout in spite of the terribly hot weather.
Also, want to let you know that every MONDAY is FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION DAY. All First Responders can play 18 holes with a cart for $20.00. WLCC invites any Police, Fire, Paramedic, Ems, Military, or similar personnel to take advantage of this special offer. We want to thank all our First Responders for all you do for our community and our citizens!
I mentioned before about the Over 50/Under 50 and the date of July 14th is a re-schedule date from the first one that was rained out. There is a sign up sheet at the club house.
Just as a reminder, we will be hosting our MEN’S EASTERN IOWA FINAL TOURNAMENT on August 10th and 11th. This is a huge deal for our club and there will be lots of golfers and lots of spectators here for those two days. Please, if you would like to volunteer to help, there is a sign up sheet in the clubhouse. We will find something for you to do. We need spotters on the course, people to help move carts, park cars, etc. It is a fun time and we want to make sure we put on a good show so we need your help. Come on out, have some fun and share in the excitement. We only host once every 9 years!
As many of you know, we had some damage on 4 of our greens this past couple of weeks. It appears it came from either a golf cart or a cycle of some sort. Whoever did the damage to the greens also broke 3 of our flag sticks. We also have trouble when we have a lot of rain as people travel from one addition to the other along #6 on the South side of the course. The course is closed to carts, yet they think it is their property and that they can travel the course even though it is closed. The ruts they put into our course are very deep and damaging and I have seen the water fly as they drive through it….they also get stuck and make things worse. Please do not drive on the course when traveling between additions, use the concrete road PLEASE! This behavior has to stop.
The first two photos are two of the 4 greens. The last two are taken by me on Tuesday, June 25th, late afternoon. We were playing a league round coming down #4 (the ditch on 4 was full of mud and water) and there was a young male person driving a white golf cart, wearing a bright orange shirt who came from the addition to the West, down 4, crossed in front of us towards the ditch where you see the tracks, then through the mud causing large ruts, then up to the Country Heights addition between Kober’s and Wiele’s yard, again tracking all the way. He had fishing poles in his cart. He almost got stuck crossing the ditch. Perhaps he had permission to go between the yards that does not belong to him, but he certainly does not have permission to cause the damage to the course he did. Parents, please ask your children where they are going and how they are going to get there, etc. Thank you all for your understanding of this issue.
OK, done with that. Here is hoping you all have a great 4th of July. Be safe out there especially if you are dealing with fireworks and remember our Vets and our Pets that don’t like them much….be respectful….HOLY COW, I SOUND LIKE MY MOTHER!!!! Off to print….I will be back next month because I am…………………………………
The topic of conversation to start this newsletter is bugs. There are bugs everywhere. You cannot walk out of the house (through the RAIN DROPS) without getting attacked by bugs. They bite and you swell up like a poisoned pup. It has nothing to do with the RAIN. It is all about the bugs. They itch like crazy and that is not the RAINS fault. Sometimes your eyes swell shut or your lips swell, you blaming that on the RAIN? You don’t want to play golf because the bugs bite you and make you uncomfortable, that has nothing to do with the rain EITHER. Has the course been closed most of the spring because of the bugs, I ask? HAVE I MENTIONED THE DAMN RAIN YET??????????????? MOTHER, IT’S TIME TO CALL A TRUCE!!!!!!!!
For those who do not know, our final Men’s Eastern Iowa Tournament is here this year in August. We get to host this tournament only once every 9 years and it is a HUGE deal for our club, not only from a dollar standpoint and the income it produces, but from a camaraderie standpoint and the golfers and their families it draws to our club. We work tirelessly to make our course, clubhouse and grounds a showplace for all to see. We need volunteers like crazy to help, young and old. We have been planning for months and now is the time to get people down on paper and to commit to helping with various tasks such as parking, ball spotters, carts, etc. Hundreds of people will be here. My point is, our Men and Women work each year to qualify to play in the final tournament of the year which is held at a different course and the only way to qualify is to earn a spot; you can’t do that unless we can play, so hopefully our guys can get the qualifying rounds. Please check the signup sheets in the clubhouse and add your name to the list to help in August as a volunteer. Let’s show these other clubs we know how to run a fabulous tournament!
Other activities this month are a 2-Couple Glow Ball on the 8th beginning at 9:00 PM, a 3-Man Best Shot on the 9th beginning at 10:00 AM. There is a Ladies 4-Gal on the 17th at 10:00, and 3-Man Over 50 on the 20th at 9:00 and a 2-Couple Best Shot on the 22nd at 1:00. They have the Over and Under 50 planned for the 23rd at 10:00 and the Men’s Club Tournament Regular and Senior Division on the 29 and 30th (Tee Times beginning at 8:00). Also remember Tuesday is Ladies Day and Wednesday is Men’s Day.
Couples League – The couple’s league signup sheets are posted at the club. The Thursday and Friday night leagues start THIS WEEK – Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th. Both are 2-couple leagues. We play starting each week (except fair week) until school starts in August. If you want to play, but do not know of another couple to play with, please sign up and we will do our best to find someone for you to play with. Call or text Ryan (319-321-7986) with any questions. Note: If there are weeks you cannot play, sign up anyways! You can always play your league round a different night that week or find a sub if one of your couples is not available. Also, we are always looking for subs, so sign up on the SUB list, you will get calls to play, believe me!
I also want to remind everyone that the tournament signup sheets are in the clubhouse, so go sign up! They are available there for everything all year; men’s, couple’s, over 50, racquetball, swimming, volleyball, tennis, soccer, basketball, football, and track. HA!
Just wanted you to know we have some new advertisers going onto the course. I am not sure if you noticed the Blaze Fitness ad on the ball washer on #1….I know I have mentioned it before in the newsletter, but we have sold all of them now and before long we will put the new ones out. Once they are up, they will all look nice if you see the ad sponsors, please thank them: Blaze Fitness, West Liberty Vet Clinic, Mercy Services West Liberty, Chown Appliance, US 6 Body Works, Prairie Jewel Acupuncture, Liberty Communications, Martin Insurance, Snider Services, SGA Construction and West Liberty Foods. Thank you all so much for your sponsorship!
For those who intend to join and have not paid your dues, guess what! For those who have joined and are making payments, please do not let these slide. You need to make sure you are getting with our manager and that he knows your intentions as far as when you will be paying……just don’t want any misunderstandings down the road. Want everyone to be happy. After all, we get to play golf every day THAT IT DOESN’T RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!
OK, so because I am some late getting this newsletter out this month, I think I better get moving.….I keep trying to think of who I could blame; like Goby because he didn’t get me the specials, or Ryan because he didn’t get the calendar done or Gerianne because it was sitting on her desk, but in truth, it’s the cooks fault. I GAVE IT TO DILLON. He was supposed to give it to the person who proof reads it and he laid it down by the dishwasher. Then, when he went to look for it, it was gone and he found it in the back room by the potatoes. Well, by then all this time had passed and now I am the one being blamed for not having the newsletter out on time. THANKS A LOT DILLON! Of course, I am only kidding about Dillon…..he makes great chicken wings and fries, by the way….XXOO! My fault, I was busy!
Do you know about Aphorisms? They are a short, pointed sentence that expresses a wise or clever observation…….SUCH AS: HOW COME IT TAKES SO LITTLE TIME FOR A CHILD WHO IS AFRAID OF THE DARK TO BECOME A TEENAGER WHO WANTS TO STAY OUT ALL NIGHT? That is interesting…..ever wonder? I did because I am…………………………………………