Spring Valley Golf Course continues with busy schedule

REED CITY — The recent warm weather reminds golfers that it’s definitely the time of year to be on the course.

Spring Valley Golf course owners Don and Carol Semeyn take a busy league and tournament slate into July, grateful that the weather is more conducive to golf than it was in April and May.

The leagues basically remain the same from last year. The Sunday Scramble, with Jeff Smith as secretary, will keep going until Sept. 20. Sign-in is between 3 and 3:30 p.m. There are two leagues on Monday with the Masters starting at 1:30 and open to men 55 and older, with Don McGreehan as secretary, and the Monday Women, which has 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. gathering times for teeoffs.

The Masters league is averaging between 40 and 44 golfers per week. The Tuesday Men’s League offers tee times 4-6 p.m. while the Wednesday women’s League tees off at 10 a.m. The Thursday Men’s League with Barry Brown as secretary will have a playoff round Sept. 10 and wrap-up on Sept. 12. It’s a partner league with shotgun start at 5 p.m.

The Friday Couples league, headed by Steve Sleger, has start times from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

“We were fortunate this year in that a lot of our outings, which historically are in May, have changed to June,” she said last month.

The calendar is filled with events. The Osceola County Habitat for Humanity outing was on June 18 followed by  the Department of Human Services outing on June 20.

“That outing is to buy Christmas gifts for the kids,” Carol Semeyn said. “This is their second year of doing it.”

The event was officially called “Christmas in June.”

Another unique outing was June 25 with the El Hajj-Jester, a branch of the Shriners, Semeyn noted.

“The outing that’s part of the Crossroads festival, Reed City athletics, has been here a long time,” Sharyn McGreehan, course manager, said of the Aug. 14 event, which raises money for Reed City sports.

There are various other fund-raisers including for WISE on July 22. Rain dates are set aside for tournaments.

The leagues have enjoyed good numbers despite the weather in April and May, McGreehan said.

The Monday and Wednesday ladies leagues have their invitational Aug. 5.

“Most of the clubs in the area have invitationals like that,” McGreehan said, “For instance, Monday, I’ll play in one at Marquette Trails and a lot of girls from Marquette Trails will come and play in our invitational in August. That’s kind of a neat day.

“We have a theme every year. This year it’s ‘Old Fashion, Back in time.’ We’ll encourage costumes. There’s so many things. The Eagles have one (Aug. 8). Tubelite has one (Aug. 15) and the Rotary (Sept. 11).”

But there’s many others too. More information on scheduled outings is available by contacting the course.