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Updates – 10/03/23

World’s Hardest Golf Tournament

Saturday, October 14th

Shotgun at 11:30 a.m.

  • Format: 2-person scramble
  • Course setup: Difficult
  • Eligibility: WLGC Season Pass Holders Only
  • GHIN: Must have a current handicap
  • Time: Shotgun 11:30 a.m.
  • Included: Hole prizes, Flight Prizes, & Fun
  • Meal: Chili feed to follow for all participants
  • Cost: $60/team

Simulators to open in November

The last day for golf will be October 29th but don’t worry golf fans, we will have those two simulators up and running.

Staff will be training on the indoor facilities over the next couple of weeks. Hours of operation will begin the first week of November.

Details on hours, pricing, and scheduling will be coming soon!

 

Restaurant to close October 12th

The restaurant will be closed beginning Thursday, October 12th. The bar will remain open with beverage service and light snacks as long as the golf courses remain open. Last day for golf will be Sunday, October 29th weather permitting.

 

Appreciation fund for outside personnel

A fund has been set up for the grounds crew and the starters. This year-end fund is a way to show appreciation for those that keep the golf courses and the grounds in the spectacular condition that we all appreciate.

Please drop off any donation in the pro shop. The funds will be distributed as a thank you to these key employees as they head into the winter months.

 

Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 28th

Our annual meeting will be held Saturday, October 28th at 9:30 a.m.

Updates – 09/21/23

As we head into late fall we have a few things happening in a still busy September and October.

Fall Maintenance Scheduled

It is that time of year again for the necessary maintenance on the golf courses. Aeration schedule as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 26th – South Course closed
  • Wednesday, September 27th – North Course closed

World’s Hardest Golf Tournament
Saturday, October 14th

This a grueling test for those of you who wish to tackle the elements and a difficult golf course. The format is a 2-person scramble and registration begins on Wednesday, October 4th in the Golf Shop.

Noon Shotgun Start

The event is open to pass holders only.

WLGC Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 28th

The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, October 28th in the lounge at 9:30 a.m. This includes reports from all facets of the golf course including past and future project updates, greens committee reports, tournament results, pass holder numbers, financials, and all information relating to WLGC 2023.

At this meeting we will elect board members to serve a three year term. If you are interested in being on the ballot please email your interest to Neil Huether:

Email Link for Board Member Interest and Details

Potential Board Members must be Tier 1 Adult pass holders and have maintained their Tier 1 status for at least the last 5 consecutive years.

Tournament Committee has adopted the following rule for all play at WLGC

Model Local Rule F-5
“Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 16.1.
The player also has these extra options to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting green and on the line of play:

Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:

  • On the line of play, and is:
    • Within two club-lengths of the putting green, and
    • Within two club-lengths of the ball.

ExceptionNo Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

IN SIMPLE TERMS: if a sprinkler head near the green is in line of play to the pin a player may take relief from said sprinkler head with no penalty under the above conditions.

Click here for a short video example

Course Closure Date

The last day for golf 2023 will be Sunday, October 29th. This is weather permitting and the plan, at this point, is to keep both courses open until the end. If weather and overnight temps hinder play earlier we will keep you informed.

Construction to Close Restaurant

Phase 2 of the remodel will close the restaurant beginning Thursday, October 12th. Limited bar and lounge service will continue until the golf courses are done for the season.

Watch for posted details in the lounge for further information.

Updates – 09/19/23

  • TEE TIMES are being taken at 8 a.m.
  • PRO SHOP HOURS are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • DRIVING RANGE closes at 6 p.m.
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Thursday, September 21
    • High School Divisional Golf Tournament
    • South Course closed all day
  • Tuesday, September 26
    • South Course aeration
    • South Course closed all day
  • Wednesday, September 27
    • North Course aeration
    • North Course closed all day
  • Friday, October 6
    • Bartenders Cup
      • South Course 12:30 p.m. shotgun
      • Sign-ups are taken at The Great Northern Bar
  • Saturday October 14
    • World’s Hardest golf tournament
      • Shotgun start South Course (time TBD)
      • Sign-ups will start on Wednesday, October 4, in the Pro Shop
  • Saturday, October 28
    • WLGC Annual Meeting

Updates – 08/27/2023

The always popular WLGC Member-Guest was held August 26-27 with a full field playing both the North and South courses. The tournament was very well-received by members and their guests!  Kudos to Tim Olson, Chris Newton, Lyndsie Sebby and the entire golf shop crew, Doug Reed and Chef Chris for the outstanding prime rib dinner Saturday night and “wing fest” Sunday after play, to Superintendent Mike Combs and his staff for having the course in such good shape, and to the weather for getting it right!  
To see full results, please use the Golf Genius app and use the code WLGCMG.
Please note there was a healthy waiting list so please enter early next year when registration opens!

Updates – 08/21/2023

On Monday, August 21st, Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez accompanied a group of 40 plus players to Whitefish Lake
Golf Club through her company, Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures. What an exciting day!

“Nancy Lopez is widely regarded as a living legend, not just to the women’s game, but golf as a whole. After leaving
the University of Tulsa as a sophomore in 1977, Lopez immediately lit it up on the LPGA, as she took home five wins
in her first full season (1978). In total, she racked up 51 professional wins, including three majors, in 25 full-time seasons
on the LPGA. On one of women’s golf’s biggest stages, the Solheim Cup, Lopez helped the U.S. win the Cup four times.”

(Golfweek, January 6th, 2023)

Updates – 08/13/2023

The Whitefish Lake Golf Club Championship was held on August 12th-13th with 130 participants. A big “thank you”
to Tim Olson and his team, and to Mike Combs and his crew for putting on another great tournament. Also,
a shout-out to all the players. And the winners are…

Men’s Championship Flight: Brian Noonan
Women’s Championship Flight: Chloe Tanner
Senior Championship Flight: Gene Walsh
Super Senior Championship Flight: Carroll Lilly
Men’s First Flight: Michael Burney
Women’s First Flight: Jeanette Cheney
Senior First Flight: Doug Reed
Super Senior First Flight: James Lapoint
Men’s Second Flight: Ryan Heavirland
Senior Second Flight: Tom Eisenzimer

Father-Daughter duo Shawn Tucker and Chloe Tucker-Tanner won the derby with an impressive birdie putt by Chloe
on the 9th hole!

Updates – 08/03/2023

Time Changes Ahead

Effective Monday, August 7th


Tee times will be distributed at 7:00 a.m.


Play will commence at 7:24 a.m.

Upcoming Events affect daily play


Club Championship: Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th

Both courses closed until 1:00 p.m. each day


Member - Guest: Saturday, August 26th & Sunday, August 27th

Both courses closed all day - both days


High School Invitational: Tuesday, August 29th

South Course closed all day

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Plan your golf days in advance

We are in our peak season and golf is at an all time high here at WLGC. With the demand on tee times we ask that you please plan ahead and make your tee times 2 days in advance.


If you need to cancel we also ask you to inform the starter well in advance so they can fill your cancellation.


Frequent or abuse of cancelled tee times or no-shows will result in additional fees or loss of tee time privileges.

South Course Starter

We have implemented a more formal presence at the South Course. Players are now required to check in at the South Starter Shack and provide names of all players in their respective groups.


This has been a very necessary and effective addition in these busy months.

It has added an extra layer to monitor and properly space play on the South Course.

Updates – 07/23/2023

“The Bulldog,” the always popular annual fundraising event supporting Whitefish High School Golf, was held on
Sunday, July 23rd. A full field of players competed.

Overall Winners: Eric Gislason, Dave Hosford, Jim Leonard, & Chris Parsons (With A Net 54.5)
First Flight Low Gross: Brad Grattan, Nick Hustwaite, Travis Mayes, & Chris Vidulich
First Flight Low Net: Teigan Avery, Chloe Tanner, Shawn Tucker, & Paull Veroulis
Second Flight Low Gross: Ryan Heavirland, Jim Jones, Anthony Karalekas, & Tanner Kauffman
Second Flight Low Net: Tanner Benedict, Kyler Blades, Willie Roche, & Joel Snipes
Third Flight Low Gross: Jason Miller, Blake Skjeveland, Blake Smith, & Brandon Zarn
Third Flight Low Net: Drew Cripe, Chad McCaa, Shane Tuhy, & Steve Tuhy

Brad Grattan was the winner of a season pass to Whitefish Mountain Resort, and Jeff Doorn won a free season pass
to WLGC. Doug Reed was the winner of the “Split The Pot” and generously donated the winnings back to the
WHS Golf Program!

A big THANK YOU to all the sponsors for making this event so successful, including:

  • American Bank
  • Bulldog Saloon
  • Glacier Bank
  • Hags With Rags
  • John Conners Sr. Memorial
  • Kelsey Stacy
  • Loula’s Cafe
  • National Parks Realty
  • Perry Jacobson Memorial
  • Pure West (Cindy & Ken Stein)
  • Westside Market
  • Whitefish Lake Bag Room & Pro Shop Employees
  • Whitefish Lake Golf Association
  • Whitefish Mountain Resort

SEE YA NEXT YEAR!!!!

Updates – 07/18/2023

The Whitefish Lake Golf Club’s Ladies Invitational was held on Monday, July 17th, with a full field of 112 players.
Jeanette Cheney (with the help of Tim Olson, Christine Newton, and Lyndsey Sebby) again organized and promoted
the very successful event, with proceeds going to the Montana National Guard. Close to $45,000.00 has been raised
since 2011 from this event!

Congratulations to “Overall Winners” Dee Flemmer, Low Gross; and Cindy Lanier, Low Net.

For all results, please go to the Golf Genius app and use the code VWAFQW.

Updates – 07/08/2023

Congratulations to our Fourth of July
tournament champions:

  • Men’s OpenJoey Moore of Billings (70-68-68)
  • Women’s OpenTricia Joyce of Butte (68-75-70)

For all results, please go to the Golf Genius app
and use code WLGC4.

Updates – 07/07/2023

The annual Fourth of July tournament is underway, and a highlight of the tournament is the derby (also called a horse race) where the top 20 players from Thursday are paired. The final two teams pitted Tricia Joyce and Jasi Acharya against Mike Mezei and Jim Bob Coleman. After two playoff holes, Mezei and Coleman were the victors! It was an event to remember!

Updates – 07/01/2023

On Saturday, July 1, WLGC members celebrated the retirement of Terry Nelson as Executive Secretary. Terry served in that capacity for 27 years and has been a tremendous leader not only at our golf course but as a member of the community. Our very best wishes and a huge thank you go out to Terry Nelson for his leadership and dedication to Whitefish Lake Golf Club!

Updates – 06/16/2023

Here are some “sneak peeks” of the new remodel. An open house will be happening soon… stay tuned!!!

Updates – 04/19/2023

The new fleet of rental carts has arrived!

Updates – 04/18/2023

The golf course will open on Monday, April 24th (WEATHER PERMITTING). Tee times will be taken starting Saturday, April 22nd, at 9:00 A.M.

The driving range will open on Saturday, April 22nd.

The remodel continues with bathroom completions, exterior and interior painting, and new roofing.

The maintenance staff is hard at work clearing debris from the fall and winter seasons. The pile of debris in the parking lot (just from the North Course) would make an impressive homecoming bonfire!!!

Updates – 04/15/2023

The “Pray for Sun” party was a big success, with everyone excited for the course to open! We were not, however, successful in changing the weather.

Updates – 04/03/2023

The Golf Shop will be open for Tour Card purchases only on Thursday and Friday, April 6th-7th, from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Only checks or cash can be accepted at this time.

The “Pray for Sun” party is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th, 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen!

Updates – 03/24/2023

GOLF SHOP
The Golf Shop remains closed, but an updated timeline for its reopening will be announced on Thursday, March 30th, 2023.

SNOW REMOVAL
The grounds crew has been busy clearing cart paths and greens. There is still a lot of snow on the course, but warmer temperatures should be just around the corner!

“PRAY FOR SUN” PARTY
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 8th, 2023, for the annual “Pray for Sun” party. (We encourage you to start praying sooner – don’t feel like you have to wait!)

REMODEL UPDATE
The remodel continues as scheduled. The drywall is taped, textured, and up. Some carpeting and flooring has been installed, the glass slider in the Conference Room is installed, and the shop is nearing completion. Keep in mind that this is the same footprint as the old Bag Room. Impressive things are happening!

Remodel Update – 02/14/2023

Construction is on schedule, and the progress is very impressive!

Restaurant Update – 02/14/2023

On Wednesday, February 1st, 2023, the WLGC Restaurant Lounge suffered significant water damage due to a broken ceiling pipe that flooded the basement, the entryway, and the lounge area. A big “thank you” to Dallas and Mike from Thompson Restoration for efficiently getting the restaurant in condition to host Friday night’s Winter Carnival Gala (two days later). Doug Reed and the whole restaurant crew pitched-in to make the Gala another successful Whitefish event!

Season Passes

Season passes are available online, and the early savings are good through February 28th, 2023. The Pro Shop will be opening to sell passes in mid-February, but you are encouraged to purchase passes online due to construction. The Pro Shop hours will be updated for walk-ins.

Fourth Of July Tournament

The Fourth Of July Tournament will be held on July 6th-8th, 2023. Entries will be available mid-February to previous participants. Be sure to get your entries in early, as this tournament always has a waiting list!

Financial Health 2022

WLGC had a very successful year, with the bar, the golf course, and the restaurant exceeding budget expectations. Expenses were under budget as well.

Remodel Update

The new structure is now enclosed with HVAC, plumbing, and wiring in-progress. Shingles on the new portion of the building will be completed soon, as will window installation.

(Photos 01/18/2023)