Rob Richards

Food & Beverage Manager

Clubhouse News

Let the Golf Season Begin!

Once again, the waiting has come to an end as golf season officially arrives at Willow Bend Country Club.

The greens have been cleaned up, the grass has been mowed, and the flags are out. You can feel the renewal of a new spring as the anticipation grows for a new golf season, so dust off those golf bags and polish those clubs.

Golf is all form and strategy, and the never-ending pursuit of the perfect game. It’s what keeps you going back and it’s what makes you love the game of golf. May you have many fond memories as the season begins, and may you take a stroke or two off your game. If not, that’s why there are still erasers on pencils! But mostly, have fun and enjoy what every day offers you.

I know spring ushers in thoughts of vacation planning, camping, and yes, yard work. Schedules become hectic so just a reminder that we can take the show on the road and cater our delicious food for any party, meeting, or graduation. Always feel free to pick up the phone and let us help take away the planning and worry.

Lastly, to my golfing friends, may I offer a golfer’s prayer…

“God, what is my fascination with this game? Is it the outdoors – the green fairways, the blue skies, the pond and trees, the feel of the breeze across my face? Is it the friends with whom I play – their companionship, their encouragement, the conversation between holes, the silence as we wait our turn? Is it the game – the balance between grace and skill and power, the striving for perfection, the loft of the ball, the precision of the putt?

Or is it all of these, and in these, machinations about all of life – harmony, friendship, balance, and every once in a while, the perfect shot and a glorious Amen.”

The fireside chat is back outside this month – Amen! So grab that beverage of choice, because it’s time for this month’s snapshot.

Before we get started, I would like to say “Thank You” again for the many opportunities we’ve had to serve you. We have been very busy the past couple of months and we truly appreciate our members and the businesses who frequent the club. We take pride in what we do and how we do it. We try to achieve the impossible and we always try to accommodate everyone’s needs. It’s what we do, and it is our passion to deliver above your expectations.

The first half of May is going to be action packed so make sure you keep up on the calendar.

  • Friday, May 17 we are having our first annual “Wild Game Night.” Leave the hunter orange and camo at the house, as well as your guns. We will do all the work! Chef is cooking up several dishes including wild boar, elk, venison, and pheasant. Join us for a fun evening of exploration and adventure.
  • Friday, May 24 is “Beef-n-Bourbon Night.” Our special night dedicated to the refined dry aged beef and distinguished art of bourbon making. Make sure to make your reservations for an evening of great drink specials (12 different bourbons stocked), and great food featuring 60-day aged steaks.
  • Our only Fresh Catch events this month will be on Friday, May 10 and Friday, May 31.
  • The Club will have our last PAC Buffet of the season on Saturday, May 4 – The Sound of Music from 5 – 7 p.m.

I would like to say “Thank You!” to everyone who has attended our PAC Buffets this season and we look forward to seeing you next season. The partnership between Willow Bend and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center has always been strong and it continues to grow every year. So to borrow a phrase from our partners and to add my own twist, “See you at the show and dinner!”

We all know that the BIG event for May is Mother’s Day. As always, we are geared up and excited to take care of everyone on Sunday, May 12. This year’s menu is included and we are striving for bigger and better than the last.

Our Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch is always a huge event and is already filling up so if you haven’t already, please call to make your reservations and take Mom out for a great day!

Finally, we have a few private events this month so the Clubhouse will be closed on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 3 - evening
  • Wednesday, May 8 - evening

Remember...you can also check the calendar on our website for the most up-to-date listing of Club events and closings.

As always, thanks for all your support.

Take care, be safe, and may the road rise to meet you.

See you at the Club!


Welcome New Members!

  • Lee & Kathy Krendl
  • Bradley & Jody Lichtenberger
  • Kenneth & Lee Ann Mielke
  • Jerry Hoffman
  • Laura Clementz
  • Larry & Nancy Bowersock