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December 20, 2017

Trees – A Big Problem for Golf Course Turf and Budgets

To a golfer, few things are as satisfying as playing a good game of golf on a course with mature trees lining each side of the fairway. Players come to the course for the game but also to appreciate the calming beauty that a golf course can offer. However, it has long been known that trees on golf courses can wreak havoc with turfgrass quality and playability. For us, trees and the work they create have become a part of […]
December 13, 2017

An Open Mind

I am a fan of new discoveries. The allure of the unknown has always interested me, especially the notion that what I hold to be true could very well turn out to be false. The turf industry is no exception when it comes to new discoveries. It seems every year there is a new piece of equipment to try, a new chemical to spray or a lost philosophy that will solve all our problems. Choosing which new discovery to try […]
December 6, 2017

Golf Outings From A to Z

Candia Woods along with most public access golf courses rely on golf outings to help generate revenue. Most golf outings take advantage of not only the golf aspect but also food and beverage making it an attractive opportunity for fundraising groups as well as the golf courses. Hosting a golf outing at Candia Woods is a combined team effort of all of our departments; Matt Evans, grounds, Doug Alderman, Mike Lloyd and Christina Desjardins with food/beverage and of course Craig […]
November 2, 2017

Wedges 101: Is the bottom of your bag right for you?

What’s your wedge set up? Do you know what your 100-yard club is, or how many degrees of loft are between each of your wedges. Do you have a preferred yardage with your favorite wedge? The reason I ask these questions to help you, the golfer play better from inside 100 yards. Don’t buy into the marketing hype of the big driver manufacturers about how they’ll… “Take strokes off your game with X club!” The only real way to take […]
October 11, 2017

Spikeless or Spikes … That Is The Question

When you golf, what type of shoes do you wear?   Spikes?  Spikeless?  Or another type of shoe?   Now, when talking spikes I do not mean the metal spikes. More talking about soft spikes.     Here are some Pros and Cons to the debate: Spikes Pros Traction – with a traditional look and ability to change worn spikes, these shoes offer maximum traction Course Conditions – plays off of the first point but in wetter conditions shoes with […]
October 5, 2017

“Gorjus” George…. Yardologist

The following account is about a man named George Lucas. No… not the Star Wars guy. This George Lucas was never a movie maker, but he has had an illustrious career during which he has displayed a range of extraordinary accomplishments; Yes… in the arena of golf. And, I had the privilege of knowing him personally. • A professional caddie on the PGA tour. o Arnold Palmer’s personal caddie throughout 1980-81. o Inducted into the Professional Caddie Association’s “Hall-Of-Fame” in […]
September 28, 2017

Seasons Change… and So Does the Beer

          One of the many perks of being a bartender brings the changing of the beer taps. Not only changing from one type of beer to another, but more so the changing of seasonal beer.  Seasonal beer arrivals bring a lot of excitement to the customer, and as bartenders we love seeing and sharing the customers’ excitement when we put a summer beer on tap as the weather starts to get warmer, or when we exchange the summer beers for […]
September 20, 2017

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

This post is written by Steve Diehl, Assistant Superintendent at Candia Woods. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Seeing as this is my first blog I wanted to write something sort of out of the realm of what others have posted in the past.  However, I came up short on what to discuss until […]
September 6, 2017

Make-A-Wish: The Annual Weathervane Golf Fundraiser

Part 6 of our Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Ian Kelley for Weathervane Restaurants and Make A Wish. When it comes to making wishes on the golf course, most players probably pray for long drives and accurate putts — or perhaps a bit of divine intervention to escape from a deep, steep bunker. But for one very special day each September, golfers gather to help grant the wishes of children who have been diagnosed with a […]
May 18, 2017

Excel Chefs into the Future

It’s a new era for chefs… Calculators and pads of paper are a thing of the past. In today’s commercial kitchen a chef must be computer savvy. Integrating food math into excel programs have made our lives as chefs a little easier.  Inventories, food costing , order guides, prep lists, cleaning schedules, employee schedules and even seating charts are all worked into an excel format. Some are simple; others more complex.  Basic sheets with formulas for costing, robust workbooks to […]
November 15, 2016

Hospitality—A Family Industry?

Those of you who have never been involved in the hospitality industry have likely never considered the stress on family that can come for those of us who have selected a career in a field which prime time literally matches traditional family time. Dinner service interrupts a time of day that is usually reserved for family. And, in the hospitality industry, weekends and holidays almost always create a conflict between work time and family time. But, my passion is food; […]
August 18, 2016

A Chef’s Favorite Dish

You might embrace my philosophy in your kitchen! What is your favorite dish to prepare? In my position as executive chef at The Oaks the above question is the one I most frequently hear from members and guests.  And, my answer is always the same:  “The next item that goes on our menu.” Growing up in a family of thirteen children I was amazed how my mother could create dishes that we all enjoyed.  And, at the same time, she […]
July 13, 2016

What’s On Tap in the Nineteenth Hole?

Golf is a social game that seldom ends after the last putt is holed on the 18th green.  Virtually every round is replayed over a cold beer in the grillroom, or as we golfers refer to it… the Nineteenth-Hole. And, with the onslaught of the micro-breweries coupled with a more sophisticated golfer/consumer, the selection of drafts offered at a course’s Nineteenth-Hole can no longer be just a simple domestic light beer. Don’t misunderstand me, there remain those who prefer the […]
May 3, 2016

Holiday Celebrations… Graduation Parties… Summer Cookouts

Use my “Boy Scout “system to host, and still be able to enjoy these events. Every year, here at The Oaks, among our most popular events are our special “Holiday Buffets”.  On Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving we host upwards of 600 guests. Yes – 600 guests going through the buffet line! And, as executive chef, it’s my responsibility to make certain that the guest experience is exceptional from the arrival of the first patron to the time that […]
March 15, 2016

Après Golf — Why not?

When I started as food and beverage director at The Oaks it was my first experience at a golf facility.  I wasn’t sure what to expect. My culinary school education taught me a great deal, but it didn’t prepare me for everything…. What kind of food does a golf course serve? Who is the clientele? I soon came to the conclusion that, when it comes to the good food and beverage side, a golf course and a ski resort have […]