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To Club or Cabin? That is the Question

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Dec 17, 2019 3:17:47 PM

When it comes to investing in your family's future and well-being, certain decisions, like whether or not to start a college fund or to supplement your retirement account, are easy to make. But what about the decisions that can start benefiting your family today, rather than years down the line?

Many families find themselves considering making an investment in how they choose to spend their time together. Two popular options are to purchase a cabin getaway or join a country club. While both certainly have their pros, there are also plenty of cons that you need to be aware of to help you make an informed decision. Keep reading to learn what you can expect when you buy a cabin or join a country club, and why one might be the better choice for your family.

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Topics: Golf, golf club membership, Membership

Golf & Leisure Getaways: Sand Valley

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Oct 13, 2019 10:45:41 AM

At North Oaks Golf Club it has been a year filled with opportunities to “Play with the Pros” at the club and at destination courses. In May, a group of members and professional golf staff made their way to Central Wisconsin for a leisure getaway to Sand Valley, named Best New Course in 2017 by Golf Digest.

North Oaks member Vid Kath explains, “as we’re driving through Wisconsin and about 10 miles away, I can’t believe there will be a golf complex because we’re in the middle of nowhere.” “Immediately upon getting to the peak of this property, our entire group was wowed by the views and vistas covered in natural sand,” says General Manager, Phil Anderson.

The architect of Mammoth Dunes, David McLay Kidd, was known for narrow and difficult courses.  His goal behind Sand Valley was different. This time his intent was to “remind people that golf could be fun again.” Phil Anderson couldn’t have agreed more, “we heard fairways were 100 yards wide and they truly were, what an enjoyable and playable golf course for all.”

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Topics: Golf, golf trips, Membership, sand valley

Meet Marci: Learning and Enjoying the Game of Golf All Summer

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Aug 31, 2019 3:37:00 AM

If Marci Marrone has learned anything about golf this summer it's that a) you don't have to be a scratch golfer to enjoy yourself on the course, and b) all golf teachers are not created equal. In fact, that's the reason she's learned a lot about golf this summer!

After 24 years as a social member, Marci decided to give golf a try. And when Marci tries something, she really tries it, so she signed up for the two-month trial golf membership, attended a bunch of Ladies Clinics, and scheduled ten private lessons with Director of Instruction Grant Shafranski. 

"My friends all said, 'that's a lifetime of lessons,' but I really knew nothing about golf, and getting the trial membership inspired me to really try to do it right. Ten lessons taught me what I needed to know." 

She's also played about 15 times so far this summer, mostly with boyfriend Nick Alfano. And the results are both a happy golfer and a more engaged member.  

"I have really just enjoyed the whole thing," she says. "I spent more time in the club this year than I have in the past 24 years. 

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Topics: Golf, Membership, golf game, golf membership

Nerf Wars and More: How the Paul Family Enjoys Kids Activities

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Aug 16, 2019 12:41:00 PM

When most people think about North Oaks Golf Club, the first thing that comes to mind is the golf. But Scott and Stephanie Paul have a different reaction. They think about all the great experiences their young children are having.

Frankly, they also think about the golf, but with three kids under 7, they were too busy to play much golf this summer, so they decided to start with a social membership. “We’ll probably look into a golf membership next year,” Stephanie explains, "but this was such a good decision for us and the boys and the whole family. All the activities have been wonderful for the kids, so it's just been great."

In fact, in their first half-year as members, the family has already discovered a number of must-do kids activities, turned the club into an extra place for family fun, and oldest son Archie even found the hidden prize at the club's annual winter medallion hunt – which he traded in for an epic Nerf Wars birthday party. "The boys just love it," Stephanie says, "and they haven't even gotten to go to the Halloween party or Christmas events yet."

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Topics: family enjoys kids activites, Membership

The Benefits of Joining a Golf Club in the Fall

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Aug 10, 2019 7:30:00 AM

The turf is a thick, luscious, and dazzling green. You and the course are bathed in bright sunlight, yet the cool breeze provides a perfect balance. The leaves on the stately oak trees framing the course have begun to turn, providing breathtaking pops of yellow, orange, and red that make the landscape panorama nothing short of majestic.

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Topics: Golf, Membership, benefits of joining a golf club

How North Oaks is an Environmentally Responsible Golf Club

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Jul 26, 2019 2:38:08 PM

If you love golf and you value the environment, there are few jobs better than Golf Course Superintendent at North Oaks Golf Club. "Look, I've got the greatest job ever," says Brian Boll, who holds that title. "My office is unbelievable!"

That office is more than the golf course. It's all 167 acres that were once part of the James J. Hill Preserve, and Boll is passionate about maintaining them for a club that was founded on a commitment to protect their natural land, water, and wildlife for generations to come.

"North Oaks is unique because we are part of this tremendous flyway and waterway that includes Pleasant Lake," he says. "It's so cool seeing the different wildlife come through this travel way in different parts of the year."

And although some might expect that to require a balancing act between golf course management and his environmental responsibilities, Boll and the NOGC leadership feel they go hand-in-hand.

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Topics: Golf, tree maintenance, Membership, environmentally responsible business, audubon cooperative sanctuary, bentgrass

Social Studies: How a Private Club Community Fosters Friendships

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Jun 21, 2019 1:04:10 PM

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Topics: Membership

You've Got a Guy: 4 Hidden Perks of Private Golf Club Membership

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on Jun 12, 2019 4:00:00 AM

If you love golf, you probably understand the most obvious benefits of belonging to a private club. Who wouldn't want to hone their game on a scenic course like North Oaks, work with our excellent instructors, and meet other people who love the game as much as you do? Throw in a place for family gatherings and the opportunity to host friends and business associates at the club, and you understand why private golf clubs are so popular.  

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Topics: Golf, Membership, private club memberships, private golf club

You're Sold. Next Step: Convincing Your Partner to Join a Golf Club

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on May 31, 2019 6:41:00 AM

Joining a private golf club is a great experience. It's exciting to have a club to call your own, a course to host friends and business contacts, and a special place to spend time with your family. For many golfers, joining a private club is the dream of a lifetime. But what happens when you find the right club and your family still needs some convincing?

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Topics: Golf, join a golf club, Membership

8 Golf Club Activities for Kids to Keep Them Happy All Summer

Posted by North Oaks Golf Club on May 28, 2019 11:45:00 AM

Your daughter’s heartbeat is rising, but she tries to keep her breathing easy. She calms her nerves, focuses and takes aim, knowing this is the shot that could mean victory at North Oaks Golf Club.

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Topics: Golf, golf club activities, Membership, activities for kids

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