The general mood at Alpine Meadows the past few weeks of a wet May goes something like this: A golfer can sing in the rain and a golfer can dance in the rain, but a golfer sure-as-heck can’t golf in the rain.
Golfers so love the game, they get the blues when week after week the weather is either in a torrential downpour, an all-day drip and drizzle, or a sporadic thunder and lightning storm.
The clubhouse — open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. — is a hangout for those antsy ones as they drink coffee and watch for a window of sunshine. But, the café/bar is also the center for all members as well as a welcome spot for the public to meet for a gab fest over a deli sandwich or a drink. The café serves a full lunch menu. With the “now open” grill, hamburgers and fries are popular along with an “Arnold Palmer” ice tea/ lemonade mixture.
A new face in the clubhouse is Curt Nebel, former manager of Bronson Lumber in Enterprise. He’s accepted the manager position, upon the resignation of recently hired Ted Pithoud, who decided the job wasn’t for him.
Come and meet Curt. He’s learning the golf ropes. He’s courteous, friendly and will make you feel welcome.
The wet weather has slowed the work of the greens crew. “Even with abundant rainfall the course requires care,” reports Gregg Sturtevant. “With every break in the weather fairways, greens and the rough are mowed, otherwise the grass gets out of hand.”
The annual Spring Fling, held in May, drew 60 people. Cheri Lamb and Josh Kissinger, co-chairmen of the event, express their thanks to all who helped make it successful. After a prime rib dinner, a pie auction was held. Money goes for front entry landscaping.
Men’s Day, Thursdays, and Ladies’ Day, Tuesdays, have begun. Also AMGC Eastside Seniors have shown representation at Milton-Freewater and Echo.
Let’s hope for sunnier days, but in case of rain frustrated golfers may kill time at home watching an old movie with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, two entertainers you can dance and sing along with.
Now, that’s ending on a cheerful note.