PRO SHOP NEWS
2005 Season Review:
To say that this season was a challenge would be an
understatement. We began the season with what I would
consider severe winter damage to the golf course. During
the season we also faced abnormal heat, humidity and
drought like conditions which added stress to an already
stressed out playing surface. The combination of the
winter weather and summer weather proved to be too
much stress for the golf course. We attempted to seed our
bare spots from the winter and, as you witnessed, that
process did not turn out to be the answer to our problem.
The more effective and expensive answer was to sod our
bare spots. The sod has taken wonderfully and we expect
it to look just as good in the spring. That is now in the
past. We cannot turn back the clock and change what
happened. All I can do is tell you what steps we have
taken to improve our conditions for 2006. We have
scheduled new drain tile to be installed on holes #3, #8,
#14 & #15. This procedure will help drain surface water
from the golf course and minimize water damage
following rain showers. The board of directors has
decided to replace our heating and cooling system and
roof. While our current HVAC system and roof are only
11 years old, they are in horrible condition and in need of
replacement. The biggest change you will notice for 2006
is in the course and grounds department. We have
purchased 2 new units used to mow fairways and rough.
We currently have one of these units and used it to mow
fairways for the past 2 months. Those of you who have
played this fall have noticed a huge difference in fairway
conditions because of this mower. We also purchased a
new bunker rake for the 2006 season. Our current unit is
over 10 years old and would have required extensive
repairs. The new bunker rake has an attachment that stirs
up the sand to add some “fluff” to the bunkers while
raking. I am confident that you will see a completely
different golf course next season. The new equipment will
have a big impact on playing conditions.
The 2005 season was a very profitable season for
Edelweiss. We had about an $85,000 increase in net
income compared to the 2004 season. The majority of the
difference came from reducing expenses while the
revenues stayed about the same. Unfortunately, we are
still in a tough position financially even after the good
season we had. In the past, equipment issues and
clubhouse issues were not a priority when they should
have been. If you compare equipment to your automobile,
the majority of our equipment has in excess of 500,000
miles on them. Last fall we took delivery of a used
fairway mower, new rough mower, blower and top
dresser. The invoice for those items was paid in July.
($65,000) In August we had one of our greens mowers go
down and need replacement. ($20,000) We paid for the
invoices totaling $85,000 by writing a check versus
financing. Due to our equipment and clubhouse needs, we
will experience cash flow issues for the next couple of
years. I can assure you that this is not something out of
the ordinary. Most golf courses are going through the
same cash flow problems we are experiencing. I think we
all would agree that golf is our core business. It is
extremely important for us to continue to invest in our
product. I have had members ask us how we can afford to
purchase equipment and the answer is simple…how can
we afford not to! If our conditions do not continue to
improve, we will end up paying more in the end due to
lack of business and memberships.
Overall, Edelweiss has and will continue to have cash
flow problems for a couple of years. We will continue to
promote and grow our business for the future. It is not
realistic to think that we will see a large increase in
revenue in a year’s time. This is a slow painful process.
My goal is to witness financial and facility improvements
every season much like we did this year. It is the
responsibility of Edelweiss management, along with the
board of directors, to continue to improve the conditions
of our facility. I feel we have taken the necessary steps to
accomplish that task beginning with the 2006 season and
You will be receiving your 2006 membership invoices
soon. The board of directors has approved an
approximately 3% increase on membership items and a $1
increase on greens fees. Edelweiss, just like you and I,
has experienced a price increase on necessary items such
as fuel, fertilizer and propane, to name a few. We feel
that a 3% increase in membership fees and a $1 increase
in greens fees is an extremely balanced way to offset our
increased expenses. I agree that we as human beings do
not like to pay more than we have to for a product or
service. The simple fact is that we know we are going to
be paying more for the same amount of product used in
past seasons and we have no choice but to account for
We sincerely value our members at Edelweiss and look
forward to continuing our relationship.
Joel Sarbacker, Club Manager
To the members of Edelweiss,
I would like to thank all of you for your
continued support of Edelweiss. Just as a reminder -
Edelweiss will be closing for the winter on November
18 th . That means there are still three Friday nights in
which you can enjoy one of our wonderful fish fries. I
hope I will see you!
I have had many people ask me what I am doing
for the winter. Well, I will be staying here. The list is
endless of things to be done for spring and the coming
season, because yes, it will be here before you know it. I
will continue to tweek the menu and try to bring
Edelweiss as much as I can possibly offer. There are
many chores and things to be cleaned that can’t be done
during hours of operations. I will be booking weddings
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and holiday parties. Yes, I said holiday parties. If you
have a group or know of a group of at least 50 guests,
Edelweiss and I would be more than happy to cater to
your every need.
Once again, I would like to thank all of you for
your continued support of Edelweiss. If I don’t see you at
the annual meeting, I will see you come spring time.
HAPPENINGS FROM THE BOARD
(This is a short synopsis of the minutes of the board
meeting. A complete listing of the board minutes is
posted on the bulletin board in the bar entryway. Please
take the time to read them. It’s your club!)
September 28, 2005
Rick Hagen, a representative of the Klein Insurance
Agency, presented tentative bids from two insurance
companies, General Casualty and Allied, for our
workman’s comp and liability insurance for next year.
The board will look over the bids and make a decision as
to which company to use at the next meeting.
Joel reported to the board that we have three wedding
receptions scheduled for October.
Jim and his crew have fertilized the greens, tees, and
fairways. Jim told the board that he is not going to do a
pre-emergence treatment for quack grass and broadleaf
weeds this fall. If we have winter kill again this winter,
we would not be able to seed those areas, as was the case
this past spring, because of the pre-emergence treatment.
Jim also presented the board with equipment
Joel has been working on next years budget. Suppliers of
fuel and chemicals have already told us to expect
increases in costs of about 30%. Sky Cable, our current
cable TV provider, is going out of business. We will be
serviced by Dish Network beginning October 1.
The bid from Harker Heating and Air Conditioning was
accepted to replace our heating and cooling system.
Advanced Roofing will be putting new shingles on the
roof at the same time as the new heating and cooling units
are installed on the roof.
Pat and Rick attended the Exeter Planning Commission
meeting on Tuesday night. The Exeter board will do a
site view to determine if we can put a driveway into the
two lots that were recently surveyed.
Martinson Drainage will be tiling on #3, #8, #14, and #15
this fall. The money to pay for this improvement will
come from the money market fund for beautification of
COURSE & GROUNDS NEWS
We have several projects going on in the month of
November. You will see drain tile being placed on some
of the lower holes on the course. This will help some of
our water problems on these holes. We have also finished
adding sand to some of the bunkers on the course. Be on
the lookout for some fluffier, better playing bunkers next
As we put the finishing touches on this season, I know the
challenges that next season will bring are undetermined at
this time, but I am very excited about the direction that we
seem to be headed in addressing the conditions of our
course. The addition of some vital pieces of equipment,
as well as the enthusiasm of the people that will be on
staff next year, have me excited about our ability to
provide you with a totally different golf course for the
Have a great Thanksgiving and I hope that you enjoy the
last couple of weeks of golf. Hopefully, Mother Nature
will give us great weather to do just that.
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FROM THE OFFICE
For those of you who like to plan ahead - the annual
meeting of the membership of Edelweiss Chalet Country
Club is scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2006. Please
mark your calendars and set that day aside to attend.
Rick Meier and I have been attending the Exeter Planning
Commission meetings for the past three months. We have
a parcel of land that is located between the cart sheds and
Fred Cruse’s home that the board is going to recommend
to the membership at the annual meeting in January that
we sell at this time. Rick and I have been doing the
preliminary work to determine whether or not we could
sell this parcel of land for building lots. At the October
25 th meeting at the Exeter Town Hall, the Planning
Commission voted to recommend to the Exeter Town
Board that we be allowed to have two lots of 1.5 acres
each, with a shared driveway onto Edelweiss Road.
Whether the membership votes to sell the lots at this time
or keep them for future sale, this preliminary work needed
to be done.
I am busy getting the invoices for next years dues ready to
be mailed. The board voted on a very reasonable 3%
increase in the dues for next year. Given the increases
that we will be seeing in fuel and fertilizer, this is a very
We have lots of activity here at Edelweiss right now.
Martinson Drainage began preparations for the drainage
work on Monday and they will continue until this work is
completed. Next Monday Harker Heating and Advanced
Roofing will begin the work on the new heating and air
conditioning system and the new shingles on the roof.
Bruce Company will also be here in about a month to
move trees to the #13 fairway.
With the nice weather that we are having (for November),
it is fun to see so many of you out here enjoying the last
few rounds of golf for the season. It is not too often that
we have 60 and 70 degree weather in November!
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Chatter From the Caddy Shack
The doors of the Caddy Shack will be closed November
first until February first of 2006.
In regard to the “Suggestion Box”, which is located by the
handicapped computer screen, I will need your
suggestions for next year. This will help determine
improvements for next year and will better serve the
members. We have had quite a few suggestions made on
100 yard markers. The cost for these markers is about
$3500, which is too expensive at this time.
Have you tried the walleye at the Friday night fish fry It
has been excellent!
I’ve had a lot of fun serving on the Board and am looking
forward to seeing all of you next spring for another year of
great golfing experiences.
Thank you for your continued support.
Did you know that for as little as $83 per
month you could be a member at
Edelweiss That $83 gives you
unlimited golf for the entire season plus
$75 in Edelcash to spend in the bar and
restaurant. With our new direct deposit
option, that would be your cost each
month for one year. If you, as a member,
know of anyone who might be interested
in joining Edelweiss, please pass this
information along to them. If you are
interested in setting up a direct deposit
for your dues, please contact Pat and she
will get you all the necessary forms.
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