Golf Leagues starting next week — don’t miss out

Golf Leagues are forming for the summer and we would love to have you as a participant.  Teams will be formalized at Sunday’s (April 27th) Men’s Opening Day Breakfast – and we would like to see you there even if you are not planning to play league golf — for the men, and prior to start of league play (Monday May 19th) for the ladies.

Women’s Monday Night League (moved from Wednesday), Men’s’ Tuesday night league (match play) and Men’s’ Thursday league (team best ball) are getting set for the season.  If you would like to play in any of these leagues, or sponsor a team, contact the pro shop and your name will be forwarded to the league liaison.

The Monday Night ladies’ league will be run by Bev Rhoades with Kathy Christian as Golf Committee liaison.

The Tuesday Night Men’s League will be run by Head Pro Jon McAleer with Golf Committee members Jerry Curtis and Ken Jordan assisting.  Tuesday league requires a GHIN handicap which you can sign up for at the pro shop.

The Thursday Men’s League will be run by Golf Committee members Wayne Krauss and Greg Morrison.  The Thursday Men’s League is currently anticipating that all team tee times from 4:00 PM on, will be filled by returning teams.  Times are available before 4:00 PM for new teams.

This is an opportunity to not only play golf, but get to know your lodge brothers and sisters and enjoy a congenial evening at the club.  Bar and dining will be open all league nights until 10:00 PM as conditions warrant, and later if business justifies.

Matt Carstens, our new Head Greenskeeper, is working the course into shape and with the ideas Matt has shared and our relatively mild winter and spring, we feel comfortable in predicting the course will be in the best condition we have seen in many years.

Jon McAleer, our new Head Pro, has merchandise arriving and will provide a welcome professional presence in the facility (both pro shop and bar/dining).  If your game needs a tune-up before leagues start, give Jon a call.

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Men’s Opening Day Breakfast

The annual Men’s Opening Day Breakfast is next Sunday (April 7th).  Jon and James have recruited Rick Hull to help in preparing the meal, sausage, eggs, bacon and hash browns, (all the things most of us are not supposed to eat at home but can get away with at the opening breakfast) and plan on plenty to fill us up and keep us happy

A short, but important meeting will follow to provide information on the golf program for the season and men’s league rosters will be finalized.

An informal 9-hole scramble will follow with a $10 entry fee (green fees waived for this event only, for members who are not season pass holders).  The winning team will receive a beverage from the bar, and remaining funds will be donated to the pro shop operation budget.

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Golf Committee Activities for 2014

  P1000570Golf Committee Activities 2014

  • Saturday — 4/5 – Golf Course Workday
  • Sunday — 4/27 – Men’s Opening Day Breakfast – Scramble to follow
  • Tuesdays– 4/29 through 8/26 – Men’s Tuesday Night League
  • Thursdays — 5/1 through 8/28 – Men’s Thursday League
  • Monday – 5/12 – Ladies’ Monday Night League organizational meeting
  • Saturday – 5/17 – EMT golf outing
  • Mondays — 5/19 through 8/25 – (not held 5/26) — Ladies’ Monday Night League
  • Wednesdays – 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20 & 9/17 – golf game night – (skins etc.)
  • Fridays — 6/6 through 9/26 – (not held 7/4)  – Friday Night couples golf & steak feed
  • Saturdays – 6/7, 6/21, 7/12 & 8/2 – Club Championship
  • Sunday – 6/8 – Humanitarian Chapman
  • Tuesdays – 6/10 through 7/22 – Jr. Golf program
  • Sunday – 6/15 – Fathers’ Day Tournament
  • Saturday & Sunday – 6/28 & 6/29 – Moscow Elks Invitational
  • Friday – 7/4 – community events followed by 65th annual Sole Survivor
  • Sunday – 7/6 – Women’s Sole Survivor followed by Sr. Men’s Sole Survivor
  • Wednesday – 7/9 –Service Club Classic
  • Friday – 7/25 – Jr. Sole Survivor
  •  Saturday – 7/26 – Gamble Scramble
  • Saturday & Sunday – 8/9 & 8/10 – Exalted Ruler’s Cup
  • Saturday – 9/6 – Cart Path Scramble
  • Saturday & Sunday – 9/13 & 9/14 – Interclub with Colfax (Sat. there / Sun. here)
  • Sunday — 9/28 – Club Closing Best Ball – team pairing & pre-tourney activities the evening of 9/26
  • Golf committee meets at 6:00 PM, the first Wednesday of the month throughout the year – all lodge members and their spouses are invited to attend.
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Job Openings

We are currently in the process of hiring additional staff for both bar/dining and course maintenance.  Information is available under the “job openings” heading at the top of the page.

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Work Day

Our annual lodge/golf course workday was held Saturday, April 5th.


The following lodge members, and members of their families, pitched in, giving up more than four hours Saturday morning to rake, haul, trim and generally clean up from the winter.


Greg Bailey

Tim Chamberlin

Jerry Curtis

Pat Dollar

Sean Dorigo

Jerry Hamilton

Rick Hull

Nick Jensen

Ken Jordan

Shawn Jordan

Mike Keating

Eric Kiblen

Kaci Kiblen

Dave McGraw

Tom Sullivan

Stan Workman


“Thank you to all who gave up part of their weekend to work on the golf course! A huge amount of clean up and maintenance work was completed in a short time. I greatly appreciate everyone’s hard work! I look forward to future work party events!” — Matt Carstens




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Old Timers’ Night

We will be honoring our Old Timers on April the 12th with a Turkey dinner including mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, vegetable and cake for dessert, all for only $10.00. Social hour will be at 5pm, dinner at 6pm followed by awards. Year pins will be given out for members with 20 years membership and then for every 5 years over that. The following is a list of recipients along with their years of membership:

 elkslogo[1]65 years – Tom Boyd, Phil Guilfoy & Don Smith

60 years – Len Bielenberg, Cyrus Blair & Joe Campero

55 years — Vigil Ewell, Rich Koster & Ted Bailey

50 yearsJim Bauer, Allen Hood, Dan Hordemann, Larry Labolle, Bruce Oakes, James Oldham, Bob Tunnicliff & John Williamson

40 years — Rich Beebe Sr., Gary Cummings, Matt Graves, Mike Keating, Gary Kendall, Steve Ledgerwood, Alan Lyon, Fred Morscheck, Jack Nelson, Ken Stafford & Robert Stewart

35 years – Jess Caudillo                                        

 30 years – Daryle Farley                          

25 years – Dan Carter, Monte Femreite, Steve Henderson, Joe McGurkin & Gerald Peterson                                                                                                      

20 yearsDave Baird, Kevin Davis, Don Frei, Scott Gropp, Jerry Hamilton, Dave Hutton, Walt Hardin, Philip Kleffner, Rich Leander, Doug Lind, Chuck McDonell, John Ross, Cliff Swanson & Tom Zimmer 

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Golf Course / Clubhouse open

The Course opened with the honor box last Friday and officially opened today, April 1st, with the clubhouse staffed during regular hours.

It is still walking only until we can dry out a bit, but Matt says we are drying out quickly, although not as quickly as any of us would wish.

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New Moscow Elks Head Pro, Bar/Dining Manager

We are excited to announce the hiring of our new Head Pro and bar/dining manager.

Jon McAleer came on staff Monday 3/31.  Jon has been a PGA member for the past years serving as Assistant Professional at the University of Idaho.  Jon will qualify for Class A PGA status this spring.  He is a Moscow High graduate and was a MHS golf team member.  He is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Business with a degree in Professional Golf Management.

Jon has been co-director of the Moscow Elks Jr. program for the last several years, and will actively be involved in membership promotion, Jr. Programs and event recruitment as well as management duties for bar/dining.

When a member walks in the door we want them to feel a valued part of our lodge, and their guests as guests of us all.  Jon will be working to strengthen that commitment throughout the facility, while maintaining consistent hours and appropriate staffing for all lodge activities.


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New Head Greenskeeper

We would like to announce the hiring of Matt Carstens as the new Head Greenskeeper for the Moscow Elks Golf Course.

Matt is a graduate of the Turfgrass Management Program at Washington State University and comes to us from a greenskeeping position at Black Butte Ranch Golf Club in Sisters Oregon.  He was previously employed at Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman Washington.  He has additional experience in paid internship positions with Spokane Country Club, Sahalee Country club in Sammamish Washington and the United States Golf Association Greens Section.

 One of Matt’s projects at Sahalee was the reclamation of a parking lot established for the Sr. U. S. Open telecast equipment.  The challenge was to take a graveled parking area and make a bent grass turf nursery.  The result is shown above.

Part of Matt’s job at Black Butte Ranch involved the design and installation of drainage improvements on the Glaze Meadow Course.

 He and his wife will be on site by or before March 24th.

We are excited to have him coming on board and he asked me to share his enthusiasm for the tasks and challenges he will be facing –

 “I look forward to my arrival and beginning to work with you and the rest of the board to make this a great golf season for all Moscow Elks Lodge Members and Guests!”          – Matt Carstens



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Newly installed BPOE #249 Officers

Exalted Ruler                       Alicia Neely*

Leading Knight                    Sean Dorigo***

Loyal Knight                         Corey Ray**

Lecturing Knight                 Samie Valin*

Esquire (temporary)           Curt Neely

Chaplain                                Roger Cole

Tiler                                       Jess Caudillo

Inner Guard                         Jim Zuba

Lodge Secretary                  Wayne Krauss

Treasurer                              Shelley Anderson

Trustee – 1 year                   Dave McGraw*

Trustee – 2 year                   Ken Jordan*

Trustee – 3year                    Tyson Berrett*

Trustee – 4year                    Mike Keating*

Trustee – 5 year                   Travis Lambert*

*(Board of Directors)

**(Secretary, Board of Directors)

***(President, Board of Directors)

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