There will be a Jester Park Men’s Club in 2018. It will function very similarly to the Men’s Club to which you have grown accustomed. Our traditional “sign-up” banquet will be at the Granger Community Center on April 19th (with food and MAYBE a raffle) and the first week of play will be April 26th.
John Webb will be Handicap and Events Chairman for 2018, so the events and payouts will be very similar to last year. Wayne Halbur will start the year as President, but the 2018 board has yet to meet, so future officers have not been determined.
There will be many changes outside the golf events. The clubhouse should be done by spring and it will have more seating and a different internal design. The restrooms are updated and the building will contain a full kitchen and will offer a MUCH larger menu. The new operations team at Jester Park is trying to make the Men’s Club experience as similar as possible to 2017, but there will be a few tweaks to procedures. One change that should be very popular is that any merchandise winnings from the League can be used for ANYTHING at Jester Park in 2018. That means merchandise, green fees, food, beverages, cart fees…plus the clubhouse will stay open on Thursdays as late as any other restaurant or tavern, if there are customers.
It has been SUGGESTED (not finalized) that we make better use of both nines by splitting our play to half our players on each nine each week. This is similar to what Waveland does now, and it would alleviate the problem of late starters not getting finished on the shorter days in May.
The golf course itself has had re-designs to the 8th, 11th and 17th holes. 17 has been re-graded and sodded and it will be ready for early spring play with elevated gold and red tees and a much more receptive fairway. Number 8 will need new tees, but the green is the same. Number 11 will eventually be a par 5 for everyone with no forced carry over water, but for the spring it will be a 175 yard par 3 until the new sod is laid and takes hold.
At some point in 2018, the cart fleet will be converted to all electric and the operations team is negotiating for GPS on the carts. A new much-enlarged patio will extend off the north side of the clubhouse and cover the cart storage area. This patio, in future years, should enable the Men’s Club to have all their functions in the clubhouse.
Last point: Because of the increased cost of food, the Men’s Club was completely wiped out last year; there are no carryover funds left. Each of the four meals cost us around $2000, and our $100 fee does not support that. So, instead of raising the fee, it has been PROPOSED that we eliminate the outside meals and drop our fee to $75. The proprietors at Jester Park would then substitute an optional dinner four times during our season that would be paid for individually by those who sign up a week in advance.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sending out more emails with detailed changes. Once the snow melts and the Jester Park clubhouse opens, you can check out there for sign-up sheets and more detailed information, as well.