The winter was not kind to the North Shore. Ice damage is the major culprit of what you can see on the fairways and greens. We have just completed the fist step in the process of getting the course back into condition. Our greens have now been aerified, verticut and dimple seeded. We have also fertilized, broadcast seeded, top dressed and rolled the entirety of the greens. We will continue to seed the greens every 2 weeks until they are completely filled. The fairways and aprons have also been aerated with the tees to be done next week. With warmer temperatures we should be seeing visible improvement on a weekly basis. The winter cleanup process is also continuing in conjunction with new projects for the season. GFMI has invested over $300,000 on new maintenance equipment which will improve the reliability of all maintenance practices. This also allows for new projects take place. We have already begun renovating all of our bunkers with new sand and sod. Our goal is to also provide players with flatter bunker bases. We have already completed this process on the 1st Hole fairway bunker. Cart path extensions on #1 & #5 are currently being completed. This process consist of removing top soil, laying down stone dust and then a stone pack to finish them off. One of the benefits to this new extension is that it should help the fairways with compaction. Thanks, Steve Murphy
In a typical year, this first email of the season would be a standard welcome back email; a simple hello and a brief outline of what is to come, but this is not a typical year. There have been a few changes and I am very excited to be part of them. As many of you know, my name is David Sibley and I am the new Head Golf Professional here at Gannon. I do not want to bore everyone with a full bio, but I am a native New Englander from the great state of Maine. I went to college in North Carolina at Methodist University where I graduated with a degree in Professional Golf Management. From there, I spent the first 10 years of my career in North & South Carolina until I moved back to New England in 2003. For the last 11 years I have fortunate enough to been at clubs like Cohasset Golf Club, Ipswich Country Club & Beverly Golf & Tennis. I am sure what everybody is most interested in when we will be open for the season. Unfortunately, it seems Mother Nature has a little later schedule in mind than in years past. I would love to be the optimist and say Gannon’s traditional target of St. Patrick’s Day is what we are looking at. The realist in me believes that a date a little later in the month may be more workable if the forecast holds true. Regardless of the opening date, we will be in the golf shop and ready to assist you in any way that we can. Our “Pre-Season” shop hours will be: Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. I also want to mention that I will be away from Saturday, March, 8th to the 24th. The Golf Shop staff is in place and will be available during these hours to assist you with Seasonal Membership, locker & Inner Club payments. Another concern we were very conscience of was change to the club. When we were awarded the bid our thought process was not to make drastic changes. We believe the club has been run very well for a long time so there is no need to fix what is not broken. After evaluating the processes of the club, we have made a few small adjustments. It is our belief that these alterations will make life easier for all of you as Seasonal Members. The most visible of these changes is how tee times are booked on non-holiday weekdays. If you are running a league please come see me so that we can discuss your group. The new process will go as follows: Weekdays – Tee Times can be made by our Seasonal Members 4 days in advance and 3 days in advance by the public. Please call 781-595-5674 or come directly to the Golf Shop to reserve your time directly. See below for booking days: Monday for Friday Thursday for Monday Friday for Tuesday Saturday for Wednesday Sunday for Thursday **The traditional group booking system will remain the same for the weekends As you can see this adjustment eliminates the weekday reservation books that were located in the Golf Shop. All your tee times can be made with a single visit or phone call. You will be given a time at the time you request it. A few of the other thing you will notice around the club are brand new golf carts. We have also given the website a nice face lift. The functionality of the site is exactly the same. You will still be able to sign up for tee times as you always have. All of the tabs within the site have stayed the same. We hope you enjoy the new look. Finally, I would like to thank all of the Members and staff at the club that I have met to date as well as Chris Carter and Steve Murphy for this incredible opportunity. It has been a pleasure to get to know all of you. I certainly look forward to getting to know the rest of the family here at Gannon. Please feel free to stop by or reach out to me with any questions. Sincerely, David Sibley Head Golf Professional firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a thank you letter we received from SPC Brent Johnson for the 16 cases of golf balls Gannon Golf Course sent to him and his fellow troops in Afghanistan. Our members, in conjunction with the Pro Shop and Mike Foster, contributed the balls. The Gannon Building Association, The McKee Group, Shoe City and the Pro Shop all contributed to defray the shipping costs.
Front row left to right: Dennis McKee, Rick Lescovitz, Bob Roy, Vic Grasso, Kevin Kenney, Kevin Casilli, Tony Simone, Peter Rowe, Moe Cliffe and Ed Madden. Back row left to right: Butch Demoree, Mike Akelian, Paul Gorman, John Morris, Dick Donahue and Chris Ofilos
As I finish my career at Gannon Golf Course, I want to say thank you to all of you, for being such an important part of my life. You have been my second family. I hope all of you stay healthy, and enjoy what the future has in store for you. It has been an honor and a privilege to have been your Golf Professional these past 44 years. I am taking with me, your loyalty, your kindness, your love and respect. I will cherish it forever. Sincerely, Your Pro Mike Foster