Polishing a local gem

MARSHALL – The Marshall Golf Club has been “rejuvenated” in a way with a new perspective and a few new faces.

In the last year, the Marshall Golf Club has made a few changes, including new management staff – clubhouse manager Mari Lee, course superintendent Terry Negen and head PGA professional Ken Bramhall.

Bramhall has been with the golf club for the last 16 months. Negen started in February, and Lee began her duties on April 1.

“It’s exciting to work with new people,” Bramhall said. “We have a wealth of experience to offer the club and its members. I think fresh ideas and new sets of eyes in leadership create positive change.” He said he’s excited to work with both Lee and Negen.

Even though golfers weren’t able to get out on the course earlier in the spring, the management team is looking forward to the year.

“We’re absolutely excited about this coming season,” Lee said. “With the weather, we got a late start, but we’re ready to get up and moving.”

“It’s been a busy spring despite the slow start,” Bramhall said. He said he’s certainly keeping busy with servicing the club’s loyal customers, regrouping golf clubs, setting the tournament schedules, along with other tasks.

Lee said the clubhouse didn’t have a full menu in the past year, and this year, some changes have been made.

“We have taken our kitchen back, and we have a brand-new menu that has selections for everyone,” Lee said. The clubhouse staff is all new, she said.

“We’d like the community to look at us as just another restaurant, to come and enjoy their social time,” Lee added. “I’m excited as far as the restaurant goes.” Lee said there’s space for graduations, baby showers, weddings, retirement parties and other events.

In the clubhouse area, staff is using a new point-of-sales system, Lee said, which keeps track of sales.

Negen came to the Marshall Golf Club with 15 years of experience in course management. Recently he was the superintendent at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club in Atlantic, Iowa, for the last seven years. Negen is from Montevideo, and this job brings him closer to home. He also remembers playing on the Marshall golf course.

“We’re going to try and implement some new practices, increase daily fee play and get other people out in the area to enjoy what we’ve got in Marshall,” Negen said.

There’s a nice atmosphere at the Marshall Golf Club, Bramhall said, where you want to play golf and stay in your town.

Bramhall said the golf club has a new fleet of golf carts and pole carts. Negen said the golf club has new John Deere equipment to improve things around the course.

The three said that the course is open to the public, and they’re excited about the new approach.

“Letting people know what we really are,”?Bramhall said. “(We have) a fantastic product, a fantastic golf course, nice staff and a nice driving range.”

“We’re excited to see the growth in our membership,” Lee said.