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6/1/2020 Update

Phase 1 Guidelines

Dining Golf Tennis Pool FAQ Junior All Sports

5/22/2020 Update

MBCC Junior All Sports Update

Greetings! We hope this letter finds everyone safe and healthy. As we continue to navigate uncharted and often times disappointing waters, we want to share some positive news for our youngest members! Up here at the club everyone has been working hard to ensure all is not lost for summer 2020. While things may look slightly different than years past, we are excited and proud to offer a full complement of Junior All Sports programming, social distancing style.

Below you will find information about programming across the club for golf, tennis, and aquatics. As you digest the details below please keep in mind that the world is changing rapidly and we may find ourselves needing to pivot on short notice as we progress through the Forward Dane phases, but know that our team is committed to making adaptations as the need arises. After all, what is “Summer in the Bluff” without the camaraderie of the club.


GOLF
Junior Golf Clinics will begin for all golf member families the week of June 1st and Junior Golf Fridays will begin June 12th. Call the golf shop at 249-2000 to sign up for the season and the included private, socially distanced, ½ hour lesson. For all other programming listed below please call the golf shop weekly to sign up for each clinic to help us plan for social distancing and safety of players and staff.

Junior Golf Fridays
Begins: June 12th
Clinics times are followed by golf:
9 & 18-hole: 7:30-8:30am
4 hole: 8:00-9:00am
2-hole: 8:45-9:45am
Range Rovers: 9:30-10:00am

Please show up on time (not early) and know that donuts and lemonade will not be available after golf. Groups of 8-10 will be formed on arrival and separated to various locations around the putting green, chipping green, and range area.

Tuesday 2’s and 4’s Clinics
Begins: June 2nd, 
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15pm
This clinic is designed to develop 2- and 4-hole junior golfers and enhance the skills learned during Friday Junior Golf. Clinics will highlight the fundamentals and fun of golf. 

Tuesday Around the Horn Play 
Begins: June 2ndTuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
This clinic is designed for 9 and 18-hole players and starts with a brief warm up followed by on the course play with members of the professional staff.

Wednesday Big Break Token Challenge
Begins: June 3rd, Wednesdays,12:00-12:45pm
Junior golfers have a chance to earn tokens participating in various skill challenges. 

Junior Small Group Lessons 
Call the golf shop at 249-2000 to set up a time for your small group of 2-4 juniors to have 45-minute lessons weekly.


TENNIS
Tennis is currently open for play with 2 of the 4 courts. We anticipate all 4 courts opening on Tuesday, May 26th.

Summer Kick-Off Tennis Camp
Runs: June 8th-10th

The camp is for players 10-18 and runs from 3:00-6:00pm. Call the Tennis Shop if you have not registered and would like to.

Junior Clinics
Begins: June 8th and runs through August 14th
 
Summer clinics for ages 4-17 are slated to kick-off on time, June 8th. If you have not signed your child up please do so as soon as possible so we can ensure adequate space and distancing.

Junior Interclub Team
Begins: Likely mid-June
We’re holding out hope that by mid-June we’ll get clearance to play our team matches with all the area clubs, so please register your players for the team. As always, we’ll have one-hour practices on Tuesday afternoons and match play on Fridays. Our in-house tournament and event schedule will be announced as larger gatherings are allowed. Looking forward to the Generation Gap Doubles, Member-guest Doubles and Club Singles and Doubles Championships!


AQUATICS
The swimming pool will open Friday, May 29th. With that opening date in mind, the following aquatics activities are slated to begin:

Open Swim
Begins: May 29th
Open swim will begin at 25% of our normal licensed capacity, which means 80 patrons will be allowed to use the pool simultaneously in 3-hour blocks. Pool utilization will be based on a reservation system and a separate communication will follow that outlines this in much greater detail.

Swim & Dive Teams
Begins: June 1st and runs through August 1st
The 2020 swim and dive season will look different than past years as the All City Board made the difficult decision to cancel both the All City Dual Meets and season ending All City Championship Meets.  While this is disappointing, our team will move forward with practices, intra-squad, and potentially dual meets against other pools in the All City League.  A separate communication will come from the swim and dive coaches with more details for those who are signed up.

Water Ballet
Begins: July/August timeframe
Water Ballet, a treasured MBCC tradition, will see a delayed start as we work to figure out how to navigate both the pool deck space and social distancing required for the season to be successful.  Look for more details over the coming weeks.

Swimming Lessons
Begins: July/August timeframe 
Swimming lessons will also see a delayed start as we work to navigate current guidance from the Red Cross which states that instructors cannot be in close contact with children who are unable to swim independently in the water.  This makes lessons challenging, but not impossible.  Lessons will commence once we are able to train lifeguards on how to teach under these conditions or social distancing restrictions are loosened, whichever comes first.

Contact Us
Golf Shop: 608-249-2144
Tennis Shop: 608-249-5101
Pool: 608-249-1487


5/20/2020 Update

MBCC Tennis Opening with Safety Precautions In Place

We are elated to announce the opening of the tennis courts!  Certainly, everyone is ready for some fun and outdoor exercise.  Rest assured that we are committed to keeping our members and staff healthy.  Per the recent Dane County order, we will initially be opening just one hard court today and one clay court on Friday, and play is limited to singles.

Court reservations may now be made in advance on our new online system, onlinecourtreservations.com.  Choose “Maple Bluff Country Club” from the drop-down bar, and sign in using the password – “tennis”.  Please limit reservations (click on “general”) to one hour until we’re able to open the other two courts.  Reservations may also be made by phoning 249-5101 during regular shop hours, as follows:
Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm
Weekends: 9am-5pm
In accordance with the restrictions set forth in the Dane County order, and for everyone’s safety, we appreciate adherence to the following precautions until further notice:
  • The tennis shop will remain closed to traffic, with the exception of the restrooms.  One player at a time may enter the building to use the restroom.
  • Tennis balls ($3.50), snacks and cold beverages will be available for walk-up purchase during regular shop hours.  Please bring your own balls outside these hours.  Staff will wear masks when interacting with members in the shop.
  • The gates to the courts will remain open at all times.  Benches, towels and water jugs have been removed until further notice.  Also, please bring your own hand sanitizer or sanitary wipes.
  • With the exception of family members or those in the same household, only singles play will be permitted, and players should be careful not to touch the same tennis balls – each server should use only his/her own set of two or three balls.
  • Please be respectful of fellow players and staff by practicing safe social distancing before and after play.  For the time being, the court benches will be available on the patio in lieu of tables and chairs.  The benches will be regularly disinfected.
  • Private lessons are available.  Players will not touch the tennis balls and may choose to use a disinfected hopper and glove to help with ball pickup.
These guidelines will be updated as restrictions are removed, and we will send more information regarding adult and junior programming – leagues, drills, junior interclub team, mixers – as things change.  This will be a very fluid process.  Please continue to register your children for the summer clinics, as we hope the restrictions will be relaxed by the time the classes begin on June 8.  Please understand that we may need to limit the size of the classes and adjust the schedule to assure proper social distancing and safety.
We hope to see you soon and often!
 
Tom Chorney
tomc@mbcc1899.com
608-345-1197

5/12/2020 Update

Letter from the President

Dear Members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and entire team at MBCC, I'd like to thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unusual time. Over the last two months, our Club has worked hard to evolve to serve our members in new ways. We’ve implemented curbside dining, new virtual experiences and an interim par 3 golf course. We want to continue bringing you the service, entertainment and convenience you need, even if it looks a little different from the past.

As Wisconsin looks to “bounce back”, the health of our employees and members remains our number one priority. Those of you who have ventured out onto the golf course have seen the measures our Club has taken to maintain an environment that is safe for everyone. As we pursue re-opening our other facilities, our approach will be equally thoughtful and measured.  Undoubtedly, the Clubhouse, pool and tennis facilities and services will need to be adapted to comply with the state’s rules and to keep everyone safe. We will do our best to communicate the precautions we are taking at the Club, as well as what you can do as members, to keep everyone healthy. We are all excited to recapture some semblance of normalcy, and we ask for your patience, understanding and cooperation in adhering to the new standards we will soon be implementing.

Our Clubhouse renovation is in the home stretch. In addition to our regular Clubhouse employees, construction crews and interior designers continue their work inside the Clubhouse. Out of respect for the health and safety of these employees, we ask members to please wait for the Clubhouse to re-open before going inside. Our plan is to offer tours to our members as soon as the governor allows. Stay tuned!

Stay safe,

Jennifer Hussin
MBCC Club President
president@mbcc1899.com


5/8/2020 Update

Letter from the Pro Shop
Good news! Our golf course will open Friday, April 24. Please know that the health and safety of our members and employees is our #1 priority. To that end and until further notice, we have implemented the following safety measures to protect everyone:

All members are subject to these common rules:

  • Any member who has any symptoms of any illness are asked to please stay home or seek medical assistance
  • All members must practice “social distancing” within your group, and with groups outside of your own — about 6 feet. Please avoid high fives, handshakes and fist bumps.
Golf Rules
  • Bag Drop and Driving Range are closed.
  • Putting Greens and Chipping Greens are open staring Wednesday.
  • Golf Carts are allowed starting Wednesday. Single Rider Only unless you live in the same house.
  • Access to the clubhouse will not be available.
  • Access to lockers to retrieve items will be limited.
  • Locker Room and Course Bathrooms will be available.
  • If you need something from the Pro Shop, we will gladly get it for you.
  • Pool bathrooms and course bathrooms will be available.
  • All club push golf carts will be sanitized before each use but members are also encouraged to sanitize the handle and other touch points prior to and during play. Use personal push carts whenever possible. We may not have enough club push carts for play.
  • Water coolers, ball washers, benches & bunker rakes have been removed from the course. 
  • If your ball lands in a bunker, preferred lies are available.   
  • Do not touch tee markers.
  • Putt with the flagsticks left in the hole and do not touch. This will eliminate another common touch point. Golfers should remove only their own ball from the cup. A cup liner has been installed to keep the ball high in the hole.
Food and Beverage
  • Snack Bar will be open for sales. Please do not congregate in this area. Tables and chairs will not be available, food can be taken to the course. Beverage cart will also be available.
Common Sense Reminders
  • Please do not show up more than 10 minutes prior to your tee time.
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer.;
  • Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands);
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces;
  • Follow all other public health recommendations issues by DHS and CDC.
Golf Carts
Golf carts are now available. Please see below for a few additional rules regarding carts to start the season.
  • Carts will be picked up and returned to an area marked near the Cart Barn / Chipping Green Area.
  • Carts will be single rider only, unless players live in the same house.
  • For the safety of our staff, we ask that players remove their own trash after play.
  • Carts will be sanitized by staff after each round.
Annual Cart Fee
We will once again be offering an annual cart fee and have prorated that fee for 2020. The annual fee for a cart for the season is $795 per person (previous fee was $875). Please let the golf shop know if you would like to take advantage of this program.

Golf will be under a microscope early in this mandate.
Please do all you can to maintain physical distancing during your time at Maple Bluff Country Club.




4/17/2020 Update

Letter from the Clubhouse Manager

Good Morning Members,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

I’m writing to you today with great news… your golf course will be open as of April 24th! We are enthusiastically preparing for your arrival. Although we won’t have the pleasure of serving you in our dining room, we are pleased to let you know that our Snack Bar will be open to provide all the food and beverage essentials that compliment your golf experience. In addition, you can count on a few new offerings at our snack bar and beverage cart, so be sure to look for those!

Each member of the Food & Beverage Team wants to thank you for your continued business, which supports the Club and the jobs of everyone in the Food & Beverage Department. It has been great to see you at curbside as you pick up your meal, wine and cocktail kits! Please continue to consider us for your Food & Beverage needs and know that we are here for you.  Here is a summary of our current and upcoming offerings. Check your email, newsletter or Facebook for updates often. Please call or text the curbside phone at (608) 335-0228 for all Food & Beverage orders. If we don’t answer we are most likely on the phone with another order and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

  • Friday Fish Fry – We just added this back and it was wildly popular last Friday!

We apologize for a few bumps. In order to smooth out service and assure timely pick-ups at curbside, we ask that you place your Friday orders between 11:00am-4:00pm.

  • A’ la carte Dining Menu (offered Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30pm-7:30 pm)
  • Family Style Curbside Dinners which can feed 2, 4 or 8 people (changes weekly)
  • Heat & Serve Soup or Stew (changes weekly)
  • “Cook Your Own Steak Package” -Pick (2) 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeyes or (2) 8 oz. Filet Mignon or (1) each.  Accompanied by Baked Potatoes, Asparagus, Seasoned Compound Butter and rotating dessert.

Please allow us 24 hours to procure your steak. Consider pairing your steak dinner with one of the excellent bottles from our wine selection. Please see the Curbside Schedule for further details.

  • Mother’s Day Brunch To Go- Make plans to make your Mother’s Day easy and special with a complete meal from Maple Bluff. Menus to be announced soon!
  • Wine, Liquor & Cocktail Kits- We continue to offer weekly wine specials and your favorite liquors. 

Please call early and often. These specials are “while inventories last” The “Cocktail Kits” are a great way to enjoy some of your favorite club drinks while in the comfort of your own home. 

With all food or beverage service, we want to emphasize that our team adheres to the highest standard of cleanliness and sanitation. The safety of our members and team is and has been, priority number 1.

Soon members will all be celebrating in our newly renovated club together. I am so excited for you to see it!  If you haven’t had a chance, check out the fantastic pictures and videos on the Facebook page. They give great insight into the almost completed construction. We can’t wait to open the doors and welcome you back into your club. We have big plans for your return!

Once again, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts! You are the reason we are here and you are the future of the Club.  If there is anything that you and/or your family needs or desires, please do not hesitate to ask.  We will always do our best to accommodate your requests.

Warmest Regards,
Steven Hahn
Clubhouse Manager
Steveh@mbcc1899.com



4/15/2020 Update

Letter from the President

Dear Members,

First and foremost, I hope that you and your families are staying healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. I also want to share some important updates with you about the action we are taking to protect your Club and enhance your membership amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The MBCC Board of Directors met last evening to discuss the challenges facing our members, our employees and our Club. We established three priorities which will serve as our guide for all future decisions regarding the Club’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our first priority continues to be the health and safety of our members and staff. Our second priority is to optimize the membership experience within the parameters of the Governor’s Safer at Home order. Our third priority is to ensure the long-term financial viability of MBCC.

With the Governor’s April 23rd deadline looming, and no indication of when our facilities can open or in what capacity, the Board is actively engaged in contingency planning. There is no doubt that the financial impact of our current situation will be significant. While many businesses of our size qualify for Payroll Protection Loans, non-profit Country Clubs, like MBCC, do not qualify for such relief. Membership dues continue to be our primary source of revenue. While the Board fully recognizes that some members may be forced to make difficult decisions about their membership, we ask you to please keep in mind that as members we are also owners of MBCC. We need to support our Club as we can afford it to make sure that it is ready and here for us when we can return to it.

With our three priorities in mind, the Board decided to waive food and beverage minimums for 2020. While we certainly continue to encourage members to support our Club’s food and beverage offerings, we hope that waiving minimums this year offers relief to some of our members. In arriving at this decision, the Board considered several factors but most importantly - the physical and mental health of our members. The Board does not want the minimum spending requirement to put any pressure on members to re-engage at the Club before they are physically or mentally ready. Members who pre-paid 2020 minimums will not lose any dollars and any unspent minimums will roll over into 2021. In addition, gratuity (which normally does not apply to minimum spending) will be applied to any 2020 food and beverage purchases.

Like many of you have shared, it is the Board’s view that the game of golf lends itself well to social distancing. We remain hopeful that it will be among the first activities re-introduced when the current social distancing restrictions are relaxed. Josh LePine and Brian Bishop are collaborating on getting the course ready with new social distancing golf rules so that we are ready to play our amazing course the minute the state allows it.

What remains less clear is how the Governor will view the sports of tennis, swimming and diving. Maple Bluff is a member of the All City League and we can report that the league is continuing its preparations under the assumption that the season will start mid-June, as planned. The league is not planning on making any other decisions until the date approaches or the state-wide mandate is modified to necessitate a change of plans. Brian Bishop, Tom Chorney and Katie Linden are also preparing for summer lessons. To that end, if you have not submitted the Junior All Sports paperwork yet, please do so. You can download the forms from the MBCC website under the Communications tab at the top of the page and mail or email them to Roberta (robertad@mbcc1899.com) in the office.

While we wait for the state to allow our golf course to re-open, many members and village residents are walking their dogs on our golf course. We can all appreciate that the fresh air, exercise and open green space experienced on the golf course is therapeutic during these difficult times. While the Club’s lease with the Village of Maple Bluff does not obligate us to allow walkers (two-legged or four-legged) on the golf course, in the spirit of being a good neighbor, the Club is currently allowing it. In return, we ask those walking the course to also be good neighbors. We ask dog owners to please keep dogs under control, pick up dog waste and dispose of it in Village of Maple Bluff dog waste containers. Further, when walking the course, we ask everyone to please stay off the greens and tees, away from sand traps, and avoid walking on fairways covered in frost. Finally, as a reminder, bicycles are never allowed on the course. We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our golf course pristine and ready for the golf season.

We are also pleased to report that Connie Martin’s fitness classes are now on-line. Many of our members regularly enjoy Connie’s classes at the Village Center, which are now accessible to our members at home. To access these fitness classes, log into the MBCC website and access the videos by clicking on Virtual Fitness under the Communications tab at the top of the webpage.

In more good news, we are pleased to report that our renovation remains on schedule and will be substantially completed by April 30, 2020. There are a few items that originated in New York and California that will be delayed, but they should not impact the opening or function of the clubhouse when we are allowed to re-open. We can’t wait for our members to see what we’ve accomplished together! You can check out the most recent renovation photos on the MBCC website.

Lastly, many members have reached out to our Board members with questions and suggestions. Please know your Board of Directors is dedicated to providing transparency and leadership during this crisis. We are committed to doing what is best for you – now and when things return to normal. That being said, living through a pandemic is new for all of us and we encourage you to share your wisdom, suggestions and concerns with us. Maple Bluff Country Club belongs to all of us. Together we will navigate through crisis and enjoy in its continued success and future.

We appreciate your patience, understanding and continued support during this challenging time and can’t wait to see you at the Club soon.

Stay safe,
Jennifer Hussin
MBCC Club President
president@mbcc1899.com


4/8/2020 Update

Food & Beverage Safety Protocols & Precautions

As always, our culinary team practices proper sanitation and cleanliness techniques. Team members are provided with ample gloves and are trained on proper hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. We have increased hand washing and hygiene practices. Team members are maintaining 6’ social distancing from customers and one another. Curbside deliveries will be placed directly in members back seats. No-touch disposal receptacles have been provided for use by employees. Our kitchen surfaces and utensils are frequently sanitized, and the products received are delivered by reputable suppliers. Staff are required to wear a bandana to work daily in place of a face mask.

We have been monitoring team members health and needs. If anyone has reported feeling ill in any way, they are being asked to stay home. If anyone feels uncomfortable working right now, we are respecting their concerns and they are being allowed to work from home.

The F&B team at MBCC are taking extra precautions and adhering to the highest standard of food handling safety. Know that we are thinking of you, our members, during this time. Your needs and comfort are very important to us. We are here to serve you and your food and beverage needs.


Letter from the President

Dear Members,

I hope this communication finds you well. By now, everyone is all too familiar with the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact it has on our everyday lives. These uncertain times have affected all of us and our Club. I want to thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented time together. The purpose of this communication is to update you on how the Club has responded to the COVID-19 challenges these past few weeks and let you know we are as anxious as you are to re-open.

Our first priority as a Club is to protect the health of our members and staff. To that end, we are working within the context of the Governor’s Shelter In Place order and doing what we can to serve our membership and prepare the Club for opening. One way that we can continue to serve our membership is through Curbside Dining which, you may have noticed, now includes wine and alcohol. Our culinary team is expanding food options which will soon include our popular Friday Fish Fry. Our dedicated staff is at your service. If there is something special you need, please reach out to Steven Hahn (steveh@mbcc1899.com) who has been making every effort to accommodate member requests. We are happy to see members taking advantage of these services and hope that you will enjoy the new offerings coming your way.

Also within the context of protecting staff and consistent with the Governor’s order, we are ensuring that the Club’s physical facilities (including the pool and golf course) are maintained properly and the renovation project remains on schedule. Due to the renovation, the Club was already operating with minimum staffing when Governor Evers’ order took effect and as a result, we have not yet been forced to lay off or furlough any employees. I am proud and inspired by the dedication and ingenuity I’ve seen from our Club leaders who have accepted the challenges facing their departments and will be ready to open once the state social distancing measures are lifted.

Both the Board of Directors and staff continue to monitor the situation closely and will maintain open communication with members. For the foreseeable future, we are managing both staffing levels and club finances as conservatively as possible. On behalf of the Board of Directors and our valued MBCC employees I want to say that we sincerely appreciate your patience and continued support during this difficult time. We are hopeful that we will all be reunited soon at MBCC. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, the board, or staff if you have questions or concerns.

Stay safe,
Jennifer Hussin
MBCC Club President
president@mbcc1899.com


Thank you so much for your support.
We appreciate you!