October Update
Dear Sutton Bay Member,
I hope this finds you well, and your fall is off to as good a start as ours here at Sutton Bay. September was another record month and we have been busy at the Club in October.
We have had many beautiful days for hunting in the AM and golf or fishing in the afternoon. Our food plots are in great shape, and we actually just began harvesting a little bit of our corn.
On the golf course side: We have completed our fall aerification of our fairways. As you know we do not aerify the greens, which is a big plus for those of you coming out in the fall looking to add a little golf to your hunting & fishing visit.
However, we do have an aggressive and necessary fairway aerification program that Kyle Rausch and his team started right away with the opening of the new golf course. In order for us to achieve fast, firm and healthy fairways, we topdress through the season and then do a deep tine aerification with pulling of cores in the fall. This is a practice done at many of the best golf courses in the country. Here is a link from Erin Hills, site of the 2017 US Open, that explains the same process we do at Sutton Bay.
Our good friend, Graham Marsh has a few additions for this beautiful course. First a new Skull tee on #17 has been added. This is a terrific new addition and will allow us to utilize the existing tee box more for the Rattlesnake and Sutton tees. Please see pictures below:
We will also be adding a new tee on #2 that can be utilized for either the Rattlesnake or Skull tees. This has a great sight line and also you will be able to see the lake from this tee.
And the last project will be a bit of a tweak on #1. We will expand the fairway slightly on the left, and add a grass bunker to the main knoll in the middle of the fairway. This will give the tee shot more definition, and also require the golfer to hit short, left or right of the grass bunker. The big hitter may be able to knock it over, but he will have to catch his best on the first swing of the day. This project will most likely be performed right away in the spring.
We hope to have at least a few more weeks of golf here, but it is more in Mother Nature’s hands than ours.
As stated previously, we have very busy months in October and November, and we are open for ten days in December that tend to be a little slower. Obviously, the golf season will be wrapped up until next May, but we would like to invite you to come one last time to The Bay for a late season hunt. It is a beautiful time of year with a little snow on the ground and the pheasants colors are illuminated that much more with the white backdrop.
During the month of December, we will offer ½ price extra pheasants for the ten days we are open in the month. This is a perfect opportunity to stock the freezer for the winter, and we will even share with you Chef Doug’s secret pheasant recipes!

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you soon at Sutton Bay. Take care.

All my best,
Fred Nadeau, PGA
General Manager


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