From our Club President
President, Twin Lakes Board of Trustees
Dear Twin Lakes Members,
It’s hard to believe we are almost through the busiest months of our season! Temperatures are cooling, and the golf course is getting some needed rain. September has several outside tournaments, so please refer to the calendar on the Twin Lakes website when you are looking to book tee times.
Denise Harrell and the Search Committee have been working hard and fast to identify our next GM. We had over 50 applicants for the role, all bringing different strengths to the table. I am thrilled to announce that our top candidate has accepted our offer! Tom Coburn will be joining the Twin Lakes team after a significant career in the golf industry and his start date is September 11th. Tom and his wife, Elizabeth, will be relocating to the Puget Sound and his daughter is enrolled at PLU in Tacoma. I’m very excited to see what new ideas and operational improvements Tom can bring to the table. We will have opportunities for members to meet Tom as he comes on board. Reminder that department heads will be your primary contacts at the club until Tom is set up, please refer to the email that went out last week for contact information.
Our staff/volunteer teams have already started working on assessment projects and we’ll be coming to you with updates as we go along. Those who are paying the assessment in a lump sum in September can pick up their guest passes from Alexis in her office.
For anyone that missed the End of Summer Bash, it was one of the best events so far this year. We sent Dave Hobson off in style as he was dunked in ice-cold water about 20 times. He was a great sport. It was a beautiful summer night to watch a hole-in-one contest, enjoy live music and to relax with family and friends. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event. Kudos and thanks to the Social Committee for organizing such a fun event. We have a packed social calendar going into the cooler months, I hope to see a lot of you around!
September 19-21 Twin Lakes will play host to the PNGA Women’s Tournament. The club will be taken over by the PNGA for the event and we are looking for volunteers to help with bags, direct players and be ball spotters. Volunteers are needed for all three days in shifts starting at 6:30AM through 3:00PM. Please use this link to access the Google forms signup sheet PNGA Volunteer Signup or just let Kathy Wake know you are available: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November, we will hold elections to fill three Board positions. Please consider running for the Board, Twin Lakes needs talented volunteers with great ideas. Talk to any current or former Board member to get an idea of the time commitment. Ramon Dzubay has agreed to serve as the Nominating Chair for a second time and he has my eternal gratitude. We will be announcing the Nominating Committee soon!
When playing golf at Twin Lakes, or any other club, pace of play is extremely important. A foursome should expect to be able to play 9 holes in 2 hours or 18 holes in 4 hours (or less). Smaller groups should play faster. Do not combine groups on the course that total more than 4 players without permission from the Pro Shop. Pick up your pace if you are lagging behind these established timelines. Additionally, please do your part to care for the golf course. Sand your divots, repair ball marks and rake sand traps. Please don’t use your putter to retrieve your ball out of the hole, it beats up the edges of the cup.
2023 Board Members
Welcome New Members!
Jr. Family Proprietary:
Kristen Martensen & Matthew Wynn
Victoria & David Alsabery
Geun & Eun Park
Robert & Kathryn Reed
September Birthdays &
- Terry Dillon
- Al Engberg
- James Jelasic
- Beccy Scheuffele
- Terry & Lisa Dillon
- Tim & Beccy Scheuffele
From our Head Golf Professional
HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Boy has our summer flown by. It seems like we just got started. But now that September is here, it means the last few scheduled outside tournaments and aerification is upon us. David Milligan and his crew will be working on the greens beginning the week of the 25th. We will be starting on the front 9 on Monday (which means back 9 play only) and the back 9 (which means front 9 play only) on Tuesday. This will give the crew a chance to drag the sand into the holes and begin the healing process which usually takes a couple weeks, give, or take a couple days.
I mentioned that we have a couple of outside events- Thursday, Sept 7 is the Seattle University Baseball Tournament; Friday, Sept 8 is the Washington Glass Tournament. The High School Golf Teams will be using the front 9 on Monday, Sept 11 for a 3pm shotgun start. We will have regular member play from 11-1pm off #1; after 3pm, the back 9 will be open for 9-hole play.
The PNGA event is scheduled for Tues – Thurs, Sept 19-21. The golf course will be open for members to play after 12pm. The Tuesday night 9-holers and Men’s League will be with their normal play schedules.
Congratulations go out to Sharon Lorenzo and Issac Henry-Cano for winning this year’s Ladies Club Championship and Men’s Club Championship. Our Senior Club Championship is Duk Chang. Our Men’s President’s Cup Match Play Championship is still in process. All the first matches are being completed this weekend with the second set to be completed by Sept 10th.
We will be holding The Fall 2 Man event on the 16th & 17th. Saturday’s format is Better Ball points and Sunday’s format is a scramble in the morning with a 9-hole chapman in the afternoon. $70 Entry per person includes breakfast both days prior to morning round with lunch in between Sunday’s rounds. For those new to this event, it is a blast. My hope is to see some of the new members and those members that haven’t played in the past give it a try as this is a fun Stableford event. If you need help finding a partner, stop by the pro shop and let us know how we can help. GGID tlfall23
The Winward Cup is Sunday, Sept 24th for the men’s league final event. We will be sending out the email notification for golf and dinner sign ups this week. Everyone is welcome for golf and dinner as it is included in your league entry at the beginning of the year. GGID tlml23
It’s back to school time and that means back to high school golf as well. Both Decatur and Todd Beamer High Schools have started their practice and their matches at Twin Lakes. They have practice Monday and Wednesday after school starting around 2:30, as well as matches on Tuesday and Thursday’s so please plan accordingly when coming out to use the driving range, putting/chipping greens.
With the weather treating us well and the anticipation of the warm weather continuing, the Pro Shop is continuing our 30% Adidas, Puma, and Under Armour shoe sale through Sept., so stop on by and see if there is something you just can’t live without from the new clothing apparel that is arriving. We also want you to look sharp for our golf and social events for the remainder of the year as we have a couple of events scheduled for next month as well.
Mark your Calendars for the weekend of October 6th & 7th as we will be playing host to the Twin Lakes Amateur. The event will be a 12:30 shotgun start on Saturday and an 8:30 shotgun on Sunday. We will open the tee sheet Saturday for an 8am shotgun and Sunday at 2pm off the #1 tee for any members not wanting to participate in the Twin Lakes Amateur. Please plan accordingly for Saturday as we won’t have any carts available in the morning shotgun.
The second event in October is the Ryder Cup on the weekend of Oct 23 & 24. More information about this event is to come as we will have three captains this year, Myself, Ben Bergner, and Tom Coburn. Ladies…. help me out with these teams. You had better clear your calendars so that you can participate in this event. I don’t want to be the only female 😉
Lastly, a face missing in the shop is Aaron Storm who has left for college this past week along with some of our part time high school staff that have gone back to their book studies. But we will be getting a new face in the pro shop, Zach Burnaby, the week of September 14th. I have been very fortunate to have a great staff this year to get me through the busy season. I am looking forward to continuing with our customer service improvements going forward into winter.
I hope that everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend – See you around the club.
Kathy, Ben, and the Golf Operations Staff
Twin Lakes junior golf 2023
Twin Lakes Junior Golf has been a fixture in our Club for around 50 years. Although the format has changed, the objective is the same… “to provide an opportunity for Juniors to learn the Rules and Etiquette of the Game and the Club in a competitive playing environment”. This season was a total success with the main emphasis being on learning and fun. With Ben as our instructor, our 4 divisions of junior golfers learned many new skills in a fun way and they were then able to apply those skills on the course. We will be having our final event of the season for all of our Junior Golf Participants. Our Junior/Adult scramble is on Sunday, 9/10/23 teeing off at 2:30pm which should be a ton of fun!!
The Junior Golf Committee would like to thank all of the parents for volunteering their time to help make this program such a success. We would also like to thank the entire membership for their continued support on Monday mornings when the course is off limits to them because of this program. Finally, we thank the pro shop for their continued support with this program….these kids not only have fun while learning the game of golf, but will have lasting memories and friendships thru the program, so Thanks again.
Looking forward to another great season next year!!
Your Junior Golf Committee
Isn’t it nice that we have had a little rain to help green up the course. It has helped some but there are still many dry spots that the greens crew is addressing by hand watering. With the approval of the assessment the new variable speed pumps will be installed this winter. The green committee and greens crew is very excited to get the new pumps installed and up and running for next year.
One other item to note is a reminder that aerification will take place this month, currently planned for the week of the 25th. During the aerification the plan is to also remove the three poplar trees closest to the #6 green. This will be a big change to holes 6 and 7, basically completing the interim plan for removal of the poplar trees.
As a reminder, when we get rain, the course can get soggy in spots and golf cart tires spin easily causing damage. The cart path can also be very slick in spots. Please use caution during these times as we don’t want any accidents or added work for the greens crew. Additionally, please remember to keep your power cart on the cart path when within 30 yards from the green and repair those divots in the fairways and pitch marks on the greens.
If you notice any issues or have any concerns please email our receptionist, using email@example.com. The receptionist will forward the email on to the committee.
This month, our Friends of the Golf Course award, “the Sandie” goes to Marco Hernando for his performance sanding, pitch mark repair and raking. Marco was nominated for his continued service in exemplary sanding throughout his round. Please congratulate Marco on his award when you see him next. Kathy has the award in the Proshop.
Enjoy the beautiful weather and see you out on the course. Remember to thank Dave Milligan and his team when you see them on the course. They are doing a great job and keeping the course in great condition for play.
The 1st and 2nd Tuesdays were the 18 Hole Ladies Championship. The last 2 Tuesdays were the Partners Tournament. The 9 Hole Ladies finished their Medal Play Competition. Results of that will be announced at the December Awards Dinner.
Results for the 9 Hole Ladies on August 1st. The competition was Low Net.
- In the 1st Flight Kelley B. Was 1st, Karey W. Was 2nd and Ilima B. Was 3rd.
- In the 2nd Flight Nori N. Was 1st, and Kathy R. And Myrna R. Tied for 2nd.
Results of 18 Hole Ladies 0n August 15th. The competition was T’S and F’S.
- In the 1st Flight Suzy Eberle was 1st, and Frankie Stevens and Hisayo Masada tied for 2nd.
- In the 2nd Flight Jill McBroom was 1st, and MiChong Kim and Chong Sena tied for 2nd.
- In the 3rd Flight Diane Meyers was 1st, Tami Greene was 2nd, and Minhee Chung was 3rd.
- In the 4th Flight Janet Sage was 1st, SeSook Sung was 2nd, and Kaein Gim was 3rd.
Results of the 9 Hole Ladies. Competition was T’S and F’S.
- In the 1st Flight Kim C. was 1st and Becky A. and Kelley B. Tied for 2nd. In the 2nd Flight Nori N. was 1st, Lauren S. was 2nd and Diana R. was 3rd.
Results for the 9 Hole Ladies on August 22nd. The competition was Odd Holes.
- In the 1st Flight Erika E. Was 1st, Lauren S. Was 2nd, and Kim C was 3rd.
- In the 2nd Flight Myrna R was 1st, Terri S was 2nd and Nori N was 3rd.
Results for the 9 Hole Ladies on August 29th. The competition was Putts for Points.
- In the 1st Flight Kim C, Anne and Karey W tied for 1st.
- In the 2nd Flight Lauren S was 1st, Diana R was 2nd and Myrna R was 3rd.
Huge thank you to everyone who came out to one of our best events yet, the End of Summer Bash. We had a dunk tank, Hole in One contest, Corey Wilds Band and lots of laughter and prizes. There were 16 raffle prize winners throughout the evening. If you received a call or text about winning a prize and haven’t picked it up yet, please pick up your prize in the clubhouse.
Thank you to all the staff who helped make this event such a success. If you missed out on the dancing, raffle, dunk tank, or KP contest, we will be back next year! If you had so much fun you want to be part of next years event, reach out to Chris Witmer about joining the social club committee. All are welcome!!
Next up, we have Ladies Day on November 5th. We have an amazing group of vendors coming in, delicious food and mimosas! Information will be sent soon on how you can reserve your spot and invite your friends. We ran out of tickets last year, so you will want to move quick to not miss out on this Winter Wonderland experience. A great time to socialize with friends and fellow members, while getting your holiday shopping done. We can’t wait to see you there!
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)
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)
Meeting: Third Wednesday - 5:30pm
- Randy Russell (Chair)
- Erika Sheffield-Stull
- Robert Simmons
- Christina Witmer
- Dan Smith (Board Liaison)
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)
Meeting: Third Thursday
- Suzy Eberle (Chair)
- Sherry Butz
- Brandon McCann
- Andrew Johnson
- Denise Harrell (Board Liaison)
- Janel Metcalf (Staff)
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)
Meeting: First Tuesday—5:30 pm
- Jeff Eberle (Chair)
- Tyler Pac
- Bryce Landrud
- Marv Osterhout
- Taylor Ruecking
- Karey Wolber
- Tom Brainard
- Jeff Eberle (Board Liaison)
- Dave Milligan (Staff)
- Kathy Wake (Staff)
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.