Crane Creek Country Club not only offers a beautiful golf course to our members and their guests, but to those who wish to take their golf game to the next level, Crane Creek offers a variety of Golf Instruction Lessons and Lesson packages. The Golf Professionals are committed to the game and offer the best of their skills and knowledge to help you perfect your golf game and reach your goals.
Crane Creek Country Club members enjoy hassle free golfing. Golf bag and speed cart storage allows members to keep their clubs at the Golf Shop. Tee times can be made online or by phone. Club staff prepares members equipment specifically to each member’s preferences. Equipment is set up and ready to go, whether they enjoy riding or walking. Club staff even cleans the clubs upon return.
Click HERE to read Club Policies including Dress Code and Golf Course Policy.
Ron's Crier Article October 2023
Autumn Leaves and Golf Greens
The End of the 2023 Golf Tournament Season
It has been a great golf season at Crane Creek, and the fall weather should be outstanding! It’s a great time of year to play golf.
September saw quite a few changes in our golf operation. We said goodbye to a building that has housed the golf shop for almost 60 years and said hello to our new home for the next 14-16 months. The operation is pretty spread out now, with everyone, staff and members, figuring things out. It has been an adventure thus far, and we are still learning as we go! I know we have inconvenienced our members, but we have tried to make it as easy on everyone as we can. Hopefully, by spring, the project will be far enough along that we can make some changes to our operation that will make it easier for everyone. Until then, we will look forward to that first snowfall!
Congratulations to our Men’s Crane Invitational Champions for 2023, Brooks Kochvar and Brian Pearson. Brooks and Brian outlasted runners-up Jay Gustavsen, Grayson Bithell, and third-place finishers Bill Bodnar & Kenny Walker in a very exciting horse race to win the title. Congratulations to all of our flight champions:
Scottie Scheffler Flight:
Gross- Brooks Kochvar & Brian Pearson
Net- Charlie Johnson & Casey Ribera tied with Rich Huck & Lucio Morales
Rory McIlroy Flight:
Gross- Bill Bodnar & Kenny Walker
Net- Chris Goulet & Dustin Smith
Jon Rahm Flight:
Gross- Blake Haggett & Mitch Skaggs
Net- Nick Zell & Chip Madsen
Viktor Hovland Flight:
Gross- Mike Coleman & Ben Pape
Net- Troy Owens & Todd Olszewski
Patrick Cantlay Flight:
Gross- Patrick Standley & Steve Mings
Net- Chuck Schmoeger & Will Bennett
Xander Schauffele Flight:
Gross- Travis Krawl & Taylor Tharp
Net- Chris Mallane & Pat Robinson
Max Homa Flight:
Gross- Jay Gustavsen & Grayson Bithell
Net- Mark Tate & Cody Stocks
Matt Fitzpatrick Flight:
Gross- Karl Undesser & John Ryan
Net- Jon Cox & Hal Baird
Brian Harman Flight:
Gross- Mark Smith & Grant Good
Net- Tom South & Justin Cliff
Wyndham Clark Flight:
Gross- Andy Salisbury & Tony Tseng
Net- Jeff Cliff & Curt Thieman
We crowned some champions these past couple of months. In late August, we crowned our 9-Hole Ladies Champion, or Champions, as Marianne Hickman and Linda Hendricks tied for the Championship. Both played great and get to share the title for 2023. Here’s a complete list of the champions for 2023:
Couples: John & Jessica Hardesty (Gross)
Charlie & Stacey Novak (Net)
Women’s: Denise Smith
Sr. Women’s: Sally Darmody
Women’s 9 Hole Group: Marianne Hickman & Linda Hendricks
Men’s: James Beckmann
Senior Men’s: Jason Spillman
Jr. Boys: Grant Spillman
Jr. Girls: Ali Churchman
Congratulations to our Men’s Match Play champion Lance Hendricks. Lance defeated Brooks Kochvar in the Championship Match. Congratulations to flight Champions Jake Voigt (1st Flight), Adam Christenson (2nd Flight), Kevin Godwin (3rd Flight), Troy Owens (3rd Flight), and Shaun Kirkman (4th Flight).
The Fall Men’s League finished up at the end of September. Congratulations to flight champions Jason Spillman & Tyler Lund, Wes Jost & Jeff Stanely, Doug Whitfield & Dan Bridger, Adam Little & Russ Lodge, Tom South & Austin Warner, Michael Elia & Ed Strong, Kevin Settles & Rory Hammersmark, Jay Gustavsen & Tom Rebholtz, Mark Smith & Bill Kearns, Ed Guerricabetia & Lou Sabala, Rob Parsons & Rob Schafer.
We have some exciting events on the calendar for October. The annual Crane Creek Cup is scheduled on Saturday, October 14. The top 24 from the season-long competition qualify for the final event. The current standings are posted in the men’s locker room. See the full list of events in October on the next page. Speaking of the events, here is the information for this year’s Ace Party! November 5 marks the fifteenth annual Ace Party at Crane Creek Country Club. The Ace Party is open to all members of Crane Creek as part of the Hole-In-One Club. If you are a member of the Hole-In-One Club, there is no extra charge for dinner. If you are not a member of the Hole-In-One club and would like to attend, the cost of the dinner is $50. Even if you didn’t get an ace in 2023 and aren’t a member of the Hole in One Club, you can’t miss the Ace Party! We will acknowledge each of our ace makers for 2023: Florian Geissler, Michael Sale, Patrick Mahoney, Eric Bjorkman, Anita Bokan, Rhys Harris, Blake Napier, Jeff Miller, Dan Meltzer, Dan Bridger and Mike Saunders. The party begins at 6:00 PM with an hour of hosted cocktails with awards and acknowledgments to follow. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. Please RSVP by October 31 at 5:00 PM. All reservations should be made through the app or by calling the club office - Phone: (208) 514-4340.
The Ladies will play the 60th Annual Tri-Club in early October. Best of luck to our team of Dee Dee Smith (Captain), Anne Istafanous, Amy Hutchinson, Denise H. Smith, Joanne Spence, Toni Roberts, Jody Mallane, Sally Darmody, Barb Mossman, Anita Bokan, Aunick Lund and Nina Dickman.
The men will play their annual Cup Match against Hillcrest in late September. Crane Creek will host this year for the 31st year. Good luck to the Crane Creek team of James Beckmann (Captain), Travis Cutter, Mike Hardesty, John Drescher, Brooks Kochvar, Carey McNeal, Brian Lawley, Eri Crum, Lance Hendricks, Jason Spillman, John Drescher, and Andy Haws.
I want to review a change that the Golf Committee made effective immediately. The "TBD" option to hold a tee slot in the tee sheet has been changed. A member may still add "TBD" to hold a spot until they know who that player will be, but 48 hours before that tee time, the TBD will be automatically removed from the tee sheet. So make sure you have all your player names in your tee time at least 48 hours in advance, otherwise, those tee slots open up to other members looking to play.
Also, a reminder. When practicing on the range, the main range tee takes priority over the back range tee. What this means is if there is a long hitter on the range tee, they do have priority over players on the back range tee. If you have any questions about this, please contact me.
My final thought for this month’s crier. With all the private carts our members own (over 200 now), we have several groups that play with four players and four carts. All this cart traffic does a real number on the compaction of the golf course. One way that all members can contribute to the health of the turf is to utilize fewer carts on the golf course. So, I want to encourage our members to double up on carts when you can and do your part to reduce the cart traffic and compaction of the golf course. The turf will love you for that, and that one action will make a great impact on the condition of the golf course.
Have a Great October, play lots of golf, and pick up a nice fall cover-up in the golf house!