Sandblaster October 2023

From our Club President

Erika Sheffield-Stull

President, Twin Lakes Board of Trustees

Dear Twin Lakes Members,

 

I get really excited come October 1st. I love this season of football, pumpkin patches, changing leaves, and crisp air. October to December is my favorite time at the club, it’s full of fun activities like Glow Ball, Ryder Cup, Scareyoke, Ladies Day, Turkey Trot and the start of the Winter Tour. It’s a time to come together, celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. These are exciting months at the club with fun social events and holidays to celebrate! I hope you plan to spend some time here!  

 

Fall golf is in full swing. Aerification is complete and already the greens are firming back up. We use a different method that does not pull plugs of dirt out of the fairways, for those of you wondering. Aerification happens twice a year, and we’ll do it again in the spring. As of October 4th, Winter Rules are now in effect, also known as Preferred Lies – please refer to the email that came out from the Club on the 3rd  for details. It is up to the Head Pro to make the determination on when to implement Winter Rules.

 

The Nominating Committee is busy preparing a slate of candidates for the Board. We will hold elections to fill three Board positions in November. Please consider running for the Board, Twin Lakes needs talented volunteers with great ideas. Reach out to Ramon Dzubay (golfnutt6@hotmail.com), Nominating Chair, or any of the Nominating Committee: Dave Cox, Diane Meyers anda Matt Howland for more information! The slate of candidates will be announced mid-October and we’ll schedule time to meet the candidates closer to the election. Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 15th.

 

Tom Coburn has been in his GM position for a month, and I can see his presence has made a positive impact already. I have enjoyed getting to know him, hearing about his family, and seeing his expertise in managing our Club. Please take time to meet him!

 

Assessment bills were sent in September. If you paid a lump sum, your three guest passes are in Alexis’ office. THANK YOU to those members who paid a lump sum, we are able to pay our down payments because of you. If you are on a payment plan, you’ll be billed every month via the method you have on file to pay your dues. Both projects are due to start in Q4.

We have discounted our initiation fee to $3,000 through December 15th. Please get the word out to friends and family who you think might enjoy golf and membership at Twin Lakes!

 

Warmest Regards,

Erika

2023 Board Members

Erika Sheffield-Stull

President

Denise Harrell

Trustee

Issac Henry-Cano

Trustee

Bryce Landrud

Vice President

Dan Smith

Trustee

Tim Scheuffele

Trustee

Trace Harrell

Secretary

Rich Price

Trustee

Jeff Eberle

Trustee

Welcome New Members!

 

Family Proprietary:

Adrienne & Kristen Bailey
 

 

Social:

Kenneth Phan & Sidney Rodriguez
 



From our General Manager

TOM COBURN

GENERAL MANAGER

Thank you so much for the incredibly warm welcome I have received! I have loved meeting everyone and am very excited to be part of this caring community.

 

I want to wish congratulations to the staff on the great success of the PNGA Senior Ladies event. Thank you to all the members who spent time volunteering for the week by driving shuttle carts, assisting in the parking lot, and acting as forecaddies. As a whole, I am so impressed with the club’s level of member interaction and all your willingness to help whenever possible.

 

Our newest projects of the pool reconstruction and the irrigation pumps are both underway, and we should be breaking ground on them in the next few months.

 

I truly am so grateful to be a part of this club and I look forward to our future together!

MEMBERSHIP CONNECT​​

We want to celebrate you each month in the Sandblaster! Email your name and birth month, or your Anniversary month to Janel!

October Birthdays  &
Anniversaries

 Birthdays

  • Ric Ewing
  • Gloria Hunt
  • Chris Orr
  • Sue Hebert

Anniversaries

  • Dave Gromala & Colleen Gilligan

 

From our Head Golf Professional

KATHY WAKE

HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL

Happy October Everyone!

We got through our aerification a few weeks ago despite the massive rain.  The greens and tees seem to be healing up nicely and would like to thank all of you in advance for fixing up your ball marks and replacing your divots in the fairways and rough areas.  This preventive maintenance that we ask you to do regularly helps Dave Milligan and his crew to keep their hard work intact.

 

A couple of events that we have scheduled for this coming month include next weekend’s Twin Lakes Amateur on Oct 7 & 8.  Right behind this event, on the following Friday, Oct 13, is the “Glow Ball” tournament that will begin soon after the member drawing in the lounge at 6:30pm. Lastly, we will have our Twin Lakes Ryder Cup on Oct 21st & 22nd with the matching up of drawn teams on Friday night prior.  Our final golf event will be for the Women’s Division participants on Saturday, Oct 28 for their annual horse race at 2pm.

 

As we enter November, it is predicted that we will not have that many nice days left before the winter weather settles in on us, so make sure to make the most of the nice days we have left and head out to the club and squeeze in as many rounds as you can before the rains become the norm.

 

We will also begin our Winter Tour series in November.  A reminder to those returning diehards and those new to the winter play – there is no commitment to play until the day of the event so do not be shy in signing up ahead of time.

 

For those new to the club, our Winter Tour events are extremely popular so please consider participating. They are unique in that we do not have any sign-up for the events. If you wake up and it is pouring down rain you just do not have to show, BUT if you wake up and it is a nice day, you can come to the club and enjoy breakfast and a round of golf with your friends. These events are designed for our members to also bring out guests to enjoy the club. We have four events each winter. The dates for the 1st half of these winter events will be November 11th and December 9th. There will be individual and team competitions for each event. The team competitions will be different for each event. So, make sure to mark your calendar for these dates and line up your teams/guests in advance. Members pay $35 and the guests pay $60 which includes green fees, competition, and breakfast.

 

Mark your calendars that the handicap posting season will stop in early November.  This is for those playing in the Pacific Northwest.  If you play outside the area, for instance, in Arizona, Hawaii, California, you still must post your scores.  Your 2024 USGA Handicap fees will be charged to your accounts mid-December.  If you already have an established GHIN # and want to transfer it over to Twin Lakes, please contact the golf shop.

 

For those members staying in the area and still planning on playing and working on their swings this winter, there should still be a few good days of weather to get a quick lesson, tune up giving yourself some things to work on through the winter months. It is sometimes difficult to find enough time in between rain to get a round of golf in during the winter months but you can usually find an hour or so for some short game/driving range time to work on the new golf swing for next year. We are here to assist with any questions/tips to help you with your golf swing/game all year round. 

 

Another reminder with the Driving Range hours – we are still closing the range 1 hour prior to dusk so that we can get the balls picked up and ready for the next day.  We ask that you call ahead as usual to make sure that the range will open before driving to the club, especially with any inclement weather in the forecast.  We also want to thank all the range users for returning the unused golf balls and buckets after using the range.  This procedure has helped us not lose as many balls daily. 

 

We also have a fresh new face in the golf operations.   Zach Burnaby, newly graduated from Gonzaga, will be with us through the off season.   A great addition to your golf operational staff, Zach joins our team with enthusiasm and excitement in helping to make sure that each member is getting the most from their membership.  If you haven’t met him yet, please come into the golf shop and introduce yourself to Zach the next time you are around the club. 

 

Lastly, I know it is early to be thinking this way, but if you are thinking about golf items for Christmas (yes, Christmas gifts) it is never too early to plan, especially if we need to order the item. The more time we have for ordering the better the chances it will be here for Christmas morning. Also, our “End of Year” Pro Shop party is scheduled for December 2nd between the hours of 5:00-8:00. We will have the wheel of fortune in play again this year in addition to our appetizers and beverages. If you have credit book money to spend……  Do not forget as this money needs to be spent. The golf shop is stocked with a lot of choices this year with the merchandise selection and the vendors are in a good position to ship products. No Excuses this year on the ability to spend your winnings…

 

Enjoy what great weather we have left; stay safe and warm. We look forward to a great October and the activities that we have planned. Weather permitting.

 

See you around the club!

Kathy, Ben, and the Golf Operations Staff

Green Committee

We hope this update finds you well and that you’re enjoying your time at our golf course. Before teeing off into our course updates, we’d like to express our gratitude to Dave Milligan and his dedicated team for maintaining excellent course conditions as we transition through the changing seasons.

 

Aeration on All Greens and Tee Boxes

 

Last week, we completed aeration on all greens and tee boxes throughout the course. Aeration is a crucial process that preserves the health and quality of our playing surfaces. Although it may have temporarily affected your game, this maintenance work is essential for ensuring long-term optimal conditions. We appreciate your patience during this phase, and we’re pleased to report that, with favorable weather, the greens are quickly returning to form.

 

Holes 3 & 9 Ground Preparations for New Pump System

 

In preparation for the installation of our new pump system, we will begin work on holes 3 and 9 in the coming weeks.  This new system represents a significant enhancement to our irrigation capabilities. We kindly request your understanding as there may be temporary disruptions to course play. Please stay updated by checking the bulletin board near hole #1 for ground under repair notices.

 

Holes 6 & 7 Tree Removal Update

 

You may have noticed the recent removal of three poplar trees between the 6th and 7th fairways. The three remaining tree stumps are scheduled for removal in the coming weeks.

 

Winter Rules in Effect

 

With the changing seasons, our course rules have also adapted. As we enter colder weather, winter rules are now in effect. In closely mown areas, such as the fairway or fringe, you may mark, lift, clean, and replace your ball within one club length of its original location, no closer to the hole. In other areas on the course, excluding penalty areas and bunkers, you may mark, lift, clean, and replace your ball within 6 inches of its original location, no closer to the hole.

 

Course Access During Wet Conditions

 

Due to recent rainfall, some areas of the course may be particularly soggy. We kindly request that, whenever possible, you refrain from using golf carts and avoid walking on these sensitive areas. Your cooperation greatly helps us maintain the quality of our greens and fairways for the enjoyment of all.

 

The “Sandie” Award

 

This month, we present the “Sandie” award to Dan McNeil for his efforts in sanding, pitch mark repair, and bunker raking. Please extend your congratulations to Dan when you see him next, and you can find the award in the Proshop with Kathy.

 

Enjoy the course!  The Green Committee remains dedicated to ensuring that our golf course provides an exceptional experience for all members. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Women’s Division

The ladies Golf Leagues are almost over for the season.  The 9 Hole Ladies had their last league game on September 19th, and the 18 Hole Ladies will have their last game on October 31st.

 

Results for the 9 Hole Ladies.  
September 5th the competition was Low Net. 

  • In the 1st Flight Kathy Reed was 1st, Kelley Beebe was 2nd and Ilima Brainard was 3rd. 
  • In the 2nd Flight Diana Rawlings was 1st, Teri Jones was 2nd, and Teri Stewart was 3rd. 

September 19th the competition was O.N.E.S. 

  • Kelley Beebe was in 1st place, Diana Rawlings was 2nd and Teri Stewart and Karey Wolber tied for 3rd.


Results for the 18 Hole Ladies. 

September 5th the competition was Low Net/Ace Day. 

  • In the 1st flight Sung Chang was 1st and Hisayo Masada and Anna S. Lee tied for 2nd. 
  • In the 2nd flight Minhee Chung and Sherry Butz tied for 1st, and MiChong Kim was 3rd. 
  • In the 3rd flight Denise Harrell was 1st, Anna UH Lee was 2nd and Sally Irvin was 3rd. 
  • In the 4th flight June McNeese was 1st, Se Sook Sung was 2nd and Janet Sage was 3rd. 

September 26th the competition was Even Holes. 

  • In the 1st flight Hisayo Masada was 1st, Sue Sohn was 2nd, and Sung Chang was 3rd. 
  • In the 2nd flight Gayla Dahl was 1st, and Kim Crahan and Diane Meyers tied for 2nd. 
  • In the 3rd flight Sally Irvine was 1st, Sue Hebert was 2nd, and Se Sook Sung was 3rd.  

Tami Greene was Low Net of the month for August.  Congrats Tami.  Denise Harrell was Low Net of the month for September.  Way to go Denise      

Upcoming events Ladies Division Horse Race on October 28th.  The Final game of the year is October 31st and the competition will be Captain Sherry’s Choice, followed by our last Monthly meeting at 3:30.  Friday November 3rd is the SWGA Annual Luncheon at Seattle Golf Club.  December 5th at 5:30 pm, the Awards Banquet.

Kim Crahan. Kim is in charge of the Grandmothers Tournament. She also does the engraving of our Trophies and she is on our TwinLakes Team. Kim started golfing at Auburn Golf Course 45 years ago. Kim started golfing because she wanted to go on golfing vacations with her husband and also with girlfriends. What Kim likes best about golfing is the friendships. Kim has not had a Hole-in-One however she did have an Eagle!!
Sharon Lorenzo played in the PNGA Championship September 19th 20th and 21st at Twin Lakes. She placed 4th. Congrats Sharon!
Nine hole ladies Field Day

SOCIAL COMMITTEE​

Dust off your Halloween costumes and start warming up your vocal cords. The annual SCARY-oke event is coming up on October 27th. We will kick off the evening at 6pm with Karaoke with the Costume Contest taking place during the night.

Prizes will be given to the best costume in each of the following categories: Men, Women, Couples Costume, and scariest! We invite you to all come out and sing, the scarier your singing voice, the better!! Please note this event takes place in the Lounge and is therefore 21+.

 

Emails have begun going out with details on our Annual Ladies Day, happening on November 5th from 10am-1pm. The theme this year is Winter Wonderland and tickets will be $40. The club will begin accepting reservations to this event on October 5th by emailing receptionist@twinlakesgolf.net. Secure your spot quick so you don’t miss out on the 17 vendors we have lined up this year. We have some great raffle prizes from all the vendors, so make sure you stock up on raffle tickets at the event! Grab your friends and join us for a morning filled with joy to kick off the Holiday Season.

 

Committees

House Committee

Meeting:  Second Thursday - 5:30pm

  • Terri LaRock-Stewart (Chair)
  • Jill McBroom
  • Sue Stevens
  • Beccy Scheuffele
  • Coralee Owsley
  • Kim Crahan
  • Lori DeVore
  • Ann Marie Uhlman
  • Issac Cano (Board Liaison)

Golf Committee

Meeting:  When Needed

  • Frankie Stephens (Chair)
  • Sherry Butz (Women’s Division Captain)
  • Jeff Eberle (Men’s and Senior’s Golf)
  • Diane Meyers (Jr. Golf)
  • Ilima Brainard (Women’s Nine Hole Golf)
  • Ramon Dzubay (Couple’s Golf)
  • Rich Price (Men’s Handicap)
  • Erika Sheffield-Stull (Women’s Handicap)
  • Rich Price (Board Liaison)
  • Kathy Wake (Staff)

Finance Committee

Meeting: Third Wednesday - 5:30pm

  • Randy Russell (Chair)
  • Erika Sheffield-Stull
  • Robert Simmons
  • Tim Scheuffele
  • Christina Witmer
  • Dan Smith (Board Liaison)
  • Alexis Parrish (Staff)

Long Range Committee

Meeting:  Every Other Month

  • Paul Ishii (Chair)
  • Tom Brainard
  • Suzy Eberle
  • Robert Simmons
  • Clint Smith
  • Terri LaRock-Stewart
  • Sherry Butz
  • Bryce Landrud (Board Liaison)

Membership/Marketing Committee

Meeting: Third Thursday

  • Suzy Eberle (Chair)
  • Sherry Butz
  • Brandon McCann
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Jeff Wall
  • Kevin O'Conner
  • Denise Harrell (Board Liaison)
  • Janel Metcalf (Staff)

Social Committee

Meeting: Second Wednesday - 6:00 pm

  • Christina Witmer  (Chair)
  • Jennifer Tarica
  • Suzy Eberle
  • Alyssa Johnson
  • Michelle McCann
  • Krisie Santacruz
  • Marlies Scott-Wenzel
  • Tim Scheuffele (Board Liaison)

Green Committee

Meeting: First Tuesday—5:30 pm

  • Taylor Ruecking (Chair)
  • Tyler Pac
  • Bryce Landrud
  • Marv Osterhout
  • Karey Wolber
  • Jeff Eberle (Board Liaison)
  • Dave Milligan (Staff)
  • Kathy Wake (Staff)
  • Tom Coburn (Staff)

Pool Committee

Meeting: Wednesday - 6:00 pm

  • Michael Gintz (Chair)
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Trace Harrell  (Board Liaison)

Twin Lakes Vision Statement 

To help promote the game of golf by offering a challenging and beautiful course and other complementary facilities that are affordable, inclusive, and inviting. Provide a thriving comprehensive recreational and social venue offering its members, guests, and community partners exceptional experiences to play, relax and socialize in a tranquil and peaceful environment.