We hosted two successful feature nights this week. One for the women's division and one for the men's. Celebrating all the hole in ones for the last 12 months, everyone who attended had a great night! For the women's division Carlotta Jarratt and Liz Grahn took the win while Spike Milligan, Rick Campbell, and Eric Jacobs rocked the men's division. Big thanks to everyone who made it out! See you next month!! Head over to the Club Life Album for more photos
It was a Taco Fiesta with the kids at the Country Club last weekend!! The Chef's had different stations set up so that each child learned how to prep the accompaniments, clean and prepare the meats and finally ( my personal favorite) make the dessert!! With a carrot ginger cupcake ending the meal; it sounds like it was a "sweet" day! With an extra special gift from the BGCC staff - the kids each received a cookbook that they will be able to continue to add too with each class they attend!
Didn't make it to the cooking class this month? No worries we will be having another one in June:)
Click here to see photos from the kids cooking class!
Last Saturday we hosted the FIRST kids culinary seminar of the year! And they had a BLAST!! The kids got to try their hand at making chocolate chip cookies, almond cookies and chocolate mousse. And with the afternoon filled with smiling faces and laughter, we can't wait to have the kids come back for our next one.
If you missed the culinary seminar last week we will be hosting another one May 5th. It's a great way to get to meet some other kids from around the Club and form new friendships. We are interested in learning what your kids would like to learn how to make so please contact us with any ideas or suggestions!
See you next time!!
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We hope that everyone had a great time at Family Fun Night! The evening had a phenomenal turn out with 257 guests in attendance! The night featured a spooky themed buffet, carnival games, and crafts; while DJ Scoob kept the dance floor alive all night long. The highlight of the night however was the Spooky House. Creatures of all sorts came out of every nook and cranny and the screams of the children could be heard well into the night. Thanks for coming everyone! We look forward to seeing you next year!
We are really proud to be able to share our course with some of the most talented young golfers around. Read member Jack Westford’s story about a young WWU student and amazing golfer.
The Paul Legacy
I met Greg Paul for a casual lunch. I was writing an article on his daughter, Jenn, and the Paul family and wanted to find out more. I was curious to know how the Paul family got so involved in golf. Greg shared that it goes back to his father Jim. Greg said that Jim was an avid golfer, and encouraged their entire family to play golf. Jim had a single digit handicap, and was a 6-time Club Champion at Gray’s Harbor Golf & Country Club in Aberdeen, WA.
The Paul’s live in a beautiful home located on the back 9 holes of the golf course at Sudden Valley. Greg Paul was the Director of Golf at Sudden Valley G&CC from 1992 to 2007. He is now a successful Realtor. Greg mentioned that the plays more golf now than when he was managing the golf course.
Marcie Paul, Greg’s wife, works for Banner Bank as a real estate underwriter. She graduated in finance from Western Washington University. The Paul’s have three children - son Brandon, a Chemical Engineer now lives in San Diego. Taylor, Jenn’s twin brother, attended Skagit Valley College (on a golf scholarship) and lives in Bellingham and Jenn who is currently attending WWU on a golf scholarship.
I also had a chance to talk with two of Jenn’s coaches and learn more about her development and training. Ruben Romero coached Jenn’s AAU basketball from third to eighth grade. According to Ruben, “Jenn is a fantastic young lady and was our point guard. Our program taught fundamentals and respect for team members, competitors, coaches, and family. All AAU members are encouraged to attend college. We instill in them that nothing that is worthwhile is easy and we try to develop in them the will to win.”
Bo Stephens, WWU Women’s Golf Coach, spoke about his job and Jenn Paul. He stated that the women are students first, so on every trip the members of the team carry golf clubs and school books. Bo enjoys working with college athletes such as Jenn because they are focused and hard workers. As a team coach for 12 years, Bo found Jenn to be one of the most competitive players he has coached. Bo stated: “Jenn is out to win. As a coach I wait until she wants advice. Maybe that’s because her dad is a golf pro.”
Proud Mom Marcie shares this about her daughter Jenn - “Jenn is a competitive hardworking, punctual, analytical young lady. She’s always busy. When she is not playing golf or studying, you will most likely find her working out in the gym.”
As previously mentioned, Jenn attends Western Washington University on a golf scholarship. Her scoring average is 75.89 for 38 rounds, which is outstanding. She has been on the first team GNAC for two straight years and was named co-player of the year for both years. She currently has the lowest scoring average on the golf team at WWU. She won the Pacific Northwest Pro-Junior Championship with her dad when she was 16 years old. Jenn also won the Sudden Valley Ladies Club Championship in the summer of 2016. Jenn is majoring in Accounting and currently has a 3.57 GPA.
In High School, Jenn played varsity basketball and varsity golf for four years in a row at Bellingham High School. The Bellingham High School golf program turned our tremendous golfers - and recently won the State Championship 11 times. In the summer months Jenn has worked for both Sudden Valley G&CC and the Bellingham G&CC golf shops. Her favorite family trips include to southern Oregon, and the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and also to the Palm Springs area. Her favorite trip with the WWU golf team was recently to Hawaii. Jenn’s current golf clubs include custom fit Ping irons; Taylor-Made driver; Callaway #5 wood; and a Scotty Cameron putter. She always play Titleist Pro-V1 golf balls.
Grandfather Jim passed away in 1995 after losing a battle with cancer. Greg says that Jim would be proud that the Paul family took his advice and “learned to play golf, the rules, and etiquette”. Greg mentioned that he was very fortunate to be able to work in the golf business, play the game, and meet all the wonderful people in and around the golf industry.
Moms, we hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. You deserve it! This year, we hosted 525 guests for Mother’s Day Brunch at the Club. Mom’s left with a split of Prosecco to enjoy at home and everyone left happy with full bellies. If you didn't make it this year, be sure to make it out next year! Check out some of the moments captured below (click the image to scroll) :
The 18th & 15th hole projects are complete and the holes are open to play. On the 18th hole you can now see 75% of the green from the white tee box where before we could see 25%. We rebuilt the green-side bunker and replaced the forward bunker with rolling hills.
Congrats to Rick Blankenburg who hit the first hole in one since the opening, sinking a 4 iron from the white tees. Check out the new chute from the blue tee on the 15th hole, that’ll tighten you up a bit!
Easter Sunday 2017 was a great success at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. We hosted approximately 620 guests, featured a brunch buffet through the pre-function hallway and opened the course for two Easter Egg hunts. Many of the kids even scored an extra special prize in their Easter egg!
Our Hippy Hoppy Easter Bunny hopped around delighting the little ones with Easter hugs and high-fives and enjoyed posing in many family photos.
This was Oliver Colwell’s first club event leading his staff as head chef! I think he deserves an high-five himself!
If you missed Easter Brunch this year, make sure you check it out next year!
This past Tuesday was the women's division opening breakfast and kick off event for the upcoming golf season. It was a beautiful day, a fun filled scramble and lots of laughter. Have you considered joining the women's division? Whether you are a competitive player or just interested in a relaxed game with your girlfriends; the women's division has a great golf schedule packed with both competitive and fun social events that will satisfy your golfing desires.
If you would like to learn more about the women’s division contact Lynn Mowat; Team Captain at 1-604-531-1805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you seen the new addition to the golf course? We have recently installed a new set of Family Tees for a 3,000 yard golf course for our youth players.
The idea behind these markers is to make the course more playable for youth golfers, resulting in a more time-friendly and enjoyable golfing experience in which families tee off from the same place and play at the same pace to shoot similar scores. The introduction of shorter, family-friendly tees are designed to make the transition into the game of golf easy for new golfers of all ages.
Future family events to follow.
Photographed is the Smith Family enjoying family-style dining at the club on March 25, 2017. The featured meal tonight was Fried Chicken! Yum!
Over the next couple of weeks, you will see a couple of major changes on the golf course. On Thursday, March 23rd, Ridgetop Construction broke ground on our most recent golf course improvement project. This project includes a new tee complex for hole #18, a reshaped fairway on #18 in hopes of seeing the entire #18 green, and a new back tee on hole #15.
If the weather cooperates, this is a rough timeline of how the project will take place.
- Today, March 24th, all of the sod was stripped and removed from the project areas.
- Next week all of the earth moving and shaping will take place with the goal of finishing that portion by the end of next week.
- The following week, the week of April 3rd, the new sod should arrive and be installed completing the project by April 7th.
We will be sharing photos throughout the duration of the project, so be sure to check back for more! Here are a few of the first pictures taken today!
Last Thursday, Justin Nuefeld and Gilbert Cellars hosted our March Wine Dinner. Chef Danny and his team out did themselves with a creative and superb menu. We have received positive feedback; wines perfectly paired, the host entertaining and informative, and a menu that has been the talk of the week. The conclusion of the evening was that it had been a tremendous success!
Here is a delicious recap of the evening:
FIRST COURSE - Our first course was paired with a Rose wine was a red and golden beet salad; herb crusted goat cheese, arugula, field greens, fresh pesto, toasted hazelnuts and a balsamic vinaigrette.
SECOND COURSE - The second course presented was an unoaked Chardonnay with seared halibut including tomato consommé, wilted kale, an oyster, pioppino mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.
THIRD COURSE - A Cabernet started our third course, paired with a pan roasted duck breast over wild mushroom risotto, topped with a cherry port reduction. Hungry yet?
FOURTH COURSE - For our fourth course, Justin started us off with a Syrah blend and Chef Danny presented a bison ribeye, wild huckleberry demi-glaze, grilled asparagus and roasted garlic, parmesan mashed potatoes. Finally, to tie the evening together, we had a bittersweet chocolate pot de crème with lavender sea salt paired with a Tempranillo dessert wine.
With a delightful evening ending so well we can only thank Gilbert Cellars, Justin Neufeld, Chef Danny and his team, and we couldn't forget the forty members in attendance; without you it wouldn’t have been possible, or nearly as much fun!
If you can make it next time – please do. We’d love to see you there.
If you've been to the Club recently you may have noticed that the shoe cleaning area near the 10th t-box has been demolished and is in the process of receiving a facelift.
This three week project is being handled by our awesome volunteer Member Work Crew, who are all taking time out of their busy days to complete this project for the Club. The new station will be larger, cleaner and more user friendly. At ground level it will not only allow you to walk on it but get your push cart onto it as well. A big thanks goes out to Dave Jarratt, Bill Boulton, Gary Bland and Jake Jarvis for contributing their time and effort to this project; we also appreciate the patience of the membership as we see this through.
Stay tuned for an update on club improvements done by this awesome crew!
*Photo is of the volunteer Work Crew in 2016 and their wives. We appreciate all they have done for the Club.
Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Club Saturday night for the annual Paupers Party. With 240 guests in attendance, it was the BEST turnout since 2004!! The band Baby Cakes rocked the house and had everyone dancing all night long. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing Baby Cakes perform, they are a local band in Bellingham who are quickly growing in popularity. With their style leaning towards American Funk and R&B they have a talent for keeping the party going and you dancing on the dance floor... all night long.
Couldn't make it out Saturday? Don’t worry, Baby Cakes will be back this summer for the Member Appreciation Party!! Now there’s a party you won't want to miss!
We can't wait until next year!