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Divots - Beaver Creek renovates, builds for future

April 09, 2006|By Tim Koelble

Pat Steiner's T. Tauri LLC group purchased Beaver Creek Country Club in October 1999, but the local businessman hasn't always tended to the club's day-to-day operations.

In the transportation business for 26 years for an Indiana firm, Steiner spent a good deal of his time at the location along the Ohio River, where he also lived for 10 years.

"(The company) wanted me to devote full-time to them," Steiner said, "and I really wasn't able to give them that commitment, so I retired."

His retirement in August last year enabled him to return home and devote his full efforts to Beaver Creek.

Along with brothers Mark and Rod, he envisioned an upgrade to Beaver Creek, including a complete overhaul of the old clubhouse in a series of improvements that will carry on for another five years.

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Now standing between the ninth and 18th greens is the new and vastly superior clubhouse, which includes a new portico, office space, new dining areas, banquet facilities and lockers.

"The plans were discussed as far back as 2000," Steiner said. "Membership helped drive the choice with their feedback."

Steiner said the financial burden for the new clubhouse - about $2.4 million - falls on a "combination of bank financing and investors." Being a semi-private club, Steiner also said Beaver Creek's membership "will not get an assessment to the renovations."

Steiner said the improvements made sense to include more than just a "19th hole" for golfers. Now fully functional with separate dining areas for golfers and for evening fare, the banquet facilities can accomodate up to 250 people and a firm effort is in place to attract parties.

"We've been pleasantly surprised with the banquet operations since last October," Steiner said. "It's available to anyone in the community."

Steiner also brought on board two familiar names.

Taking care of the tasty fare is well-known chef Harold "Moose" McCauley, recently from The Grille at Park Circle and Oliver's.

"He's got quite a reputation." Steiner said.

The dining room, known as The Vista, opens at 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with reservations suggested.

In the clubhouse, Steiner procured the services of Hagerstown's Dirk Schultz as Beaver Creek's head professional, replacing Mark Weber.

"(Mark) is a great person but decided to go another route and in getting Dirk, it was like the stars lining up," Steiner said. Schultz, who had a previous stint at Beaver Creek before going to Black Rock, also has two assistants, Neil Kennedy and Chuck Pessagno.

The improvements at Beaver Creek started with the irrigation system. "Now, the short-term goal is the golf course," Steiner said. "There is 45 years of soil compaction out there.

"The grass mixture grows in the spring and fall and burns out in the summer and that's what will be corrected. We've already aerated and aeration will be a constant program. We're looking into a deep-tine aerifier and with top-dressing, the course will come back."

Steiner also said plans to replace and build larger tee blocks are yet to come. Projects for the future include renovation of the swimming pool.

State team players

Area clubs began their quest for the Maryland State Team championship this weekend, weather permitting.

The following are the team rosters:

Fountain Head - Rob Milburn, Wayne Ridenour, Jim Johnson Jr., Dick Routlette, Paul Mellott, Mike Weber, Randy Finn, Rick Behan, Joe Minahan, Bert Iseminger, Jim Sellgren and Dave Birkhauser.

Beaver Creek - Dirk Schultz, Steve Ligi, Tim Steiner, Denny Stoner, Ken Lampard, Greg Henry, Brian Crabtree, Bill Kushay, Rod Steiner, Ty Bordner, Randy Barnes, Tim Doreen, Ken Kasai and Finley Benjamin.

Black Rock - Tim Reeves, Rich Moyer, Roy Lorsbaugh, Steve Caron, Bill Young, Larry Mackereth, Mike Griffee, Brian Hendricks, Dean Hamburg, Kevin Naylor, Rod Campbell, Rick Maynard, Jason Fauble and Don Branch.




Tim Koelble's Divots column appears on Sundays. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at koelble@herald-mail.com

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