Dear Members,

Summer is upon us, which means the Waterpark is OPEN, starting May 2, on the weekends! The Waterpark will open full-time after our School’s Out Waterpark Party on June 5. Be sure to join us for Memorial Day, where we will celebrate with food, music and games!

Speaking of summer, it is time to start looking at activities for the kids and grandkids. We are happy to host Camp Kingwood, Deerwood’s Golf & Fishing Camp, Kingwood Junior Golf Camp, Summer Tennis Camp and swim lessons. All the details and registration forms are available in the Summer Guide you may find in the Club, on our website at www.TheClubsofKingwood.com, on our Facebook page or simply by clicking here.

Please join me in welcoming the following new Employee Partners to our team.  These two new Food & Beverage Managers both joined us last month and are excited about the opportunity to serve you, your family and guests.

Jason Uruski, Ala Carte Manager (Tavern 91 & Island Grille), joins our team as an experienced leader within the private Club industry most recently serving as Club Manager of Barton Creek Lakeside.  Prior to this role, he served as Director of Food & Beverage and Sales & Marketing.  Jason is a graduate from the University of Texas.

Jonathan Goertz, Banquet Manager, is a graduate of the University of North Texas.  He has previously served in leadership roles at Timarron Country Club, Granite Bay Country Club, Colonial Country Club and The Boulders Resort.  Welcome Jonathan!

Thank you for being Members of the Club.
Patrick

Patrick Pettit

General Manager

Serving since 2010

patrick.pettit@ourclub.com

This was a busy week since the rain finally stopped. We were able to get the Lake course greens and tees all aerated, verticut, topdressed, and fertilized. We got all of the fairways sliced using the Planet Air machine. We were also able to get the bridge on #10 repaired. This was a very successful aeration and the greens look to be healing quickly.

The contractor has been working hard on getting the flagstone pads completed for the new tee amenities. Our staff is assembling the new ball washers, trash cans, benches, and water cooler houses. I received notification this morning that the foundry will be shipping the new tee signs, directional signs, and tee markers next Wednesday. This means we should be able to begin installation Monday, May 4th. Check out kingwoodreinvention.com to view all your new amenities.

The crews have all been working hard and a lot of overtime this week to get the courses mowed out after nearly 12 inches of rain over the last two weeks. We still have some small areas that are still too wet to mow, so please keep your carts out of these areas.

This coming week we will be aerating the Forest course. I believe we will see the greens begin to recover after this happens. The areas of the greens that are struggling are the areas where surface water collects or flows through and as we discussed before we think that a silt layer has been deposited in these areas sealing off the surface. The hope and plan is that once we are able to penetrate through this layer and create columns for both air and water to move into the green instead of flowing across the surface we should see the grass plants respond.

The Marsh course greens are beginning to decline with the warmer weather. We will do our best to keep them in good shape as long as we can. They will be dug up beginning in 32 days. The course overall is in very good shape so please get out and play it before it closes for the summer.

The Chipco Choice slit application for Mole Crickets and Fire Ants will continue next week starting on Wednesday to finish holes 6-9 of the Island and do the Lake, Marsh, and Forest. This years application is healing much faster than last years, which is a good thing.

We will see you around the courses.
Jay and Duke

We are very excited to share that Fred Johnson, has been moved to TIRR Memorial Hermann. This rehabilitation facility is nationally ranked and is the best place for Fred at this time. This is the same facility that helped former US Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords recover. Fred is now breathing on his own throughout the day and has begun enjoying soft/solid foods once again. It is very hard to believe that it has been over 9 weeks since Fred suffered a stroke. Although he has a long road ahead of him, his spirits are high.

Our friend of 36+ years now needs our help. Since the stroke, neither Fred or his wife have been able to work. Although Fred has benefits through the Club and the ClubCorp Employee Partner Care Foundation has provided a grant for the maximum amount, additional medical and living expenses continue to mount. It is expected that Fred’s recovery will be quite extensive.

A contribution account in the name of “Friends of Fred Johnson” has been set up with Bank of America. Many of you have asked about helping to provide financial assistance so we wanted to ensure that we passed along this information to you. Please know that 100% of all donations will provide assistance to Fred and his family during this time of need. There are two ways to contribute:

1. Write a check payable to Friends of Fred Johnson and simply drop it off at the Club (at the Front Desk or Golf Shop or to Patrick Pettit, Darrell Fuston or Lori Becknell).

2. If you are set up for online or mobile banking, you may send money through using the following email address belonging to Fred’s wife. Jewel1johnson@yahoo.com

Fred's wife, Jewel and his entire family are very appreciative of your continued thoughts, prayers and support.

A big thank you to everyone for your continued prayers for our very own Fred Johnson. It is hard to believe that it’s been over six weeks since Fred suffered a stroke. After spending four+ weeks in ICU, he was transferred to another hospital where he is building strength, breathing more and more on his own and receiving speech, occupational and physical therapy. It is hoped that he will soon be strong enough to be moved to a premiere rehabilitation facility the next couple of weeks to continue a very slow and extensive process of recovery.

Our friend of 36+ years now needs our help. Since the stroke, neither Fred or his wife have been able to work. Although Fred has benefits through the Club, and the ClubCorp Employee Partner Care Foundation has provided a grant for the maximum amount, additional medical and living expenses continue to mount. It is expected that Fred’s recovery will be quite extensive.

A contribution account in the name of “Friends of Fred Johnson” has been set up with Bank of America. Many of you have asked about helping to provide financial assistance so we wanted to ensure that we passed along this information to you. Please know that 100% of all donations will provide assistance to Fred and his family during this time of need. There are two ways to contribute:

1. Write a check payable to Friends of Fred Johnson and simply drop it off at the Club (at the Front Desk or Golf Shop or to Patrick Pettit, Darrell Fuston or Lori Becknell).

2. If you are set up for online or mobile banking, you may send money through using the following email address belonging to Fred’s wife. Jewel1johnson@yahoo.com

Fred and his family are very appreciative of your thoughts, prayers and support during this challenging time.

This year the Team Championship will be played at Pinehurst on September 9th – 13th. The event will be played on courses #2, #4 and #8.  The tournament will continue to be a quota shamble made up of four amateurs and one Professional.  This year, with the addition of so many new clubs to the family, there will be only ONE team from Kingwood and ONE team from Deerwood participating. The participating teams will be determined through the qualifying process.

  • There are no handicap requirements so any four members can play together on a team regardless of handicap.
  • Players will receive 60% of their total handicap to establish their quota.
  • In qualifying rounds we will count the best two totals to count for the team.  At the national event we will count three.
  • At the national event and in our qualifying finals we will adjust team quotas +/- 50 in between rounds.

Qualifying dates are as follows:
March 28th – Island Course

May 9th – Island Course

May 23rd – Island Course

June 27th – Island Course

Finals 
July 25th and 26th – Island Course

Three teams + ties will advance to the Finals from each qualifier.  The team that wins the Finals will be the designated team from Kingwood and receive all funds raised towards their expenses. Any remaining balance will be paid by the participating players.  There is a $50 entry fee per player for each qualifier, including the finals.Sign-ups are open in the Golf Shop for the first qualifier so get your team together now!!

As many of you have heard, our very own Fred Johnson, 35+ year employee partner and Tin Cup extraordinaire, suffered a stroke Tuesday night, February 10 while at the Club.

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He continues to be cared for at a local hospital, yet remains in the I.C.U. Unfortunately, Fred is not currently responsive but we are all hopeful. Please join us as we continue to pray for this very special man.

His family is strong and very appreciative of your love and support during this difficult time. We will keep you posted on Fred’s status as much as possible.

It’s time for the annual leaf bowl, pitting Mother Nature against every Superintendent in Houston. She started off fast and hard over the holiday weekend, burying the courses in leaves, but we are up to the challenge. We have made great strides at cleaning up the courses this week, but this unfortunately is not a Mike Tyson fight, but more like an Ali vs Frasier 12-round slug fest. We will continue the battle until the last leaf has fallen!

The bunker contractor is making good time excavating the bunkers on the Lake course. They have holes 6-18 excavated and 10-18 have had the gravel layer installed and sprayed. The slow train from California finally arrived in Houston yesterday, so we should have sand for the bunkers next week. I apologize for the delay, but promise the wait will be worth it.

The Island crew has finished the clean up on #16 this week and I have marked a few trees for them to remove this coming Monday to complete that restoration project. We hope you like the look. Next, we will be moving back to #6 to start removing the overgrown vegetation next to the tees giving you a better view of the lake.The Forest crew finished the clearing on #6 this week. They will begin working on the islands between #9 & #10 next. This should allow for an easier tee shot on #9. Right now you have to thread a needle and hope the ball stays dry because you can’t see it land.

The Marsh crew has finished the clean up along the path to the Forest with the exception of some logs that we will get as soon as the backhoe is available. We are also working on raising the canopies of the trees between holes to allow for better turf conditions and also allow us to get mowers around these areas easier. Over the next couple of months we will be removing trees around some of the greens that will pose shade problems during next summer's greens conversion. 

Click here to check out our Reinvention Web site!

We will see you around the courses,

Jay and Duke 

All of the initial overseedings have been completed. We are back mowing everything except the GAS tee, which we should begin mowing next week. We will go back and add supplemental seed as needed to areas that haven’t come in as strong as we would like. The ryegrass on the Marsh greens is coming in well, but you will still see a lot of seed on the greens when you play over the weekend. That smaller seed is the Poa Trivialis which is very similar to Bentgrass and able to withstand the lower mowing heights of our greens. The Poa Trivialis takes 2-3 weeks longer to begin to germinate than the Ryegrass. We put the Ryegrass down for its ability to germinate quickly and help hold the Poa Trivialis in place while we are waiting for it to germinate. Once we get the mowing height back down around .125” the Ryegrass will checkout leaving us with a strong stand of Poa Trivialis to play on all winter and spring.

As I mentioned last week our crews are working on reclaiming some of the native areas that were not very attractive. Hopefully you will notice this weekend that #6 on the Forest is about two thirds completed. We started this project while we were closed for the greens renovation and feel like it really adds to the hole.The bunker contractor has started mobilizing his equipment and staff to begin the project. They should be onsite next week to begin working. We will not be shutting down the course or holes during the renovation. The contractors will do their best to stay out of the way, but please be understanding of the fact that they have a lot of work to accomplish in a short time frame to have two courses completed by April of next year. We will do our best to mark the bunkers GUR (ground under repair) as they begin working on them.

This is going to be a very exciting time for The Clubs of Kingwood. Two sets of greens and two sets of green side bunkers in less than twelve months will dramatically change the look and feel of the club. We will keep you updated both here in our weekly update and on Facebook. 

We will see you around the courses.Jay and Duke

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With Fall officially here, we hope you are as excited as we are about soon enjoying cooler temperatures with friends and family at the Club, playing golf and tennis and enjoying a full range of programming and activities.

 
Golf Course Projects Announcement

We are excited to announce several large-scale golf course projects for 2015 that, along with the Marsh Course greens project already scheduled, will greatly enhance your Member playing experience.  Our newest multimillion-dollar commitment includes the following projects:

  •  Marsh Greens reconstruction to TifEagle turf  (Summer 2015)
  • Island Course greenside bunkers
  • Lake Course greenside bunkers
  • Range amenities (Kingwood C.C., Deerwood Club and Golf Advantage School)
  • Course amenities (tee signage, tee markers, ball washers, etc.) for Island, Lake and Marsh Courses
  • Additional cart path repairs
  • Additional bulkhead removal  

We are currently finalizing project details and timelines with our contractors and look forward to getting started as soon as possible.  We will keep you posted on project details and progress along the way.

Forest Course Reopening and Other Course Projects Currently Underway

Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive response to the recent Forest Course reopening.  As with all new greens, grow-in will continue for many weeks and will take a full season to fully mature. Jay Abbott, Director of Golf Course Maintenance, and his crew are continuing to work on course details which include sodding several non-greens areas that are not filling in fast enough on their own along with adding in additional irrigation to maintain these areas. Over the next several weeks, we have truckloads of sod being delivered so our team may address the weak areas between the cart paths and fairways on both the Island and Lake Courses.  Additionally, our team has been working with contractors to trim and remove dead and dying trees around the Club. Lastly, Member feedback about the intermediate rough-cut and walk paths on the Forest Course has led us to introduce them to the other courses, starting with the Island Course. 

Please be on the lookout for weekly course updates from Jay Abbott, Director of Golf Course Maintenance, that are included with the weekly broadcast emails from Darrell Fuston, Director of Golf. We want you to feel good about our communication, and we welcome any feedback or suggestions.Thank you for your ongoing support of the Club. As always, if you have any questions or feedback about what is happening at your Club, please feel free to contact myself or anyone on our leadership team.

I hope to see you at the Club soon,

Patrick Pettit

General Manager

patrick.pettit@ourclub.com

Serving since 2010

We are very proud of our 2014 Kingwood All-Stars who represent TEAM TEXAS prevailed at the beautiful Oklahoma City Golf & CC this past weekend!  We will work hard and represent one of eight teams across the nation who will play for the National Championship  in Atlanta in late October!

Below please find some pictures, videos & a fun post by Gary Tolbert our Kingwood, MGA Junior Golf Committee!  He is our biggest fan and we are happy to have the support of the MGA & our wonderful club that brought us together, the Clubs of Kingwood!
 We will keep "Y'ALL" posted on Nationals!  And yes the silly cowboy hat from our successful 2012 cinderella season that made it on national TV in May 2013 was our good luck charm at OKC.  Okay maybe not.....our team this year are some fighters! The competitions against Little Rock & St. Louis were tough, but our All-Stars form KW battled it until the end!  Ya'll are amazing TEAM KINGWOOD (players, parents, MGA, KWCC, junior golfers and friends).  We are so privileged and thankful to be a part of all the fun!  

Coach Aurora Kirchner-McClain, PGA & LPGACoach Lori Tatum, LPGA

Dateline Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club September 21, 2014I was privileged to witness the following......Kingwood's PGA Junior League All Star Team was victorious at the regional competition in Oklahoma City besting teams from Colorado, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They beat Colorado 11-1, Arkansas 6.5-5.5, and Missouri 8.5-3.5. The powerful Kingwood Allstars how travel to TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia October 24, 25, and 26 to compete in the national finals.  The Kingwood MGA congratulates the team and wishes them well in the finals.
                                                             -Gary Tolbert, MGA Junior Golf Chmn.

Click here for our Shutterfly pictures from the tournament!

Shutterfly video links:  I'm sorry the coverage is not great, but it will give you a taste of the Regional fun we had at OKC!http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=008068c17cfc6bff2a944dfefaeb216b&sid=3AbtG7Jo0cPwAhttp://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=2e71365d648ae96dbcfd7207a7b1fe91&sid=3AbtG7Jo0cPpg

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