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INSIDER NEWS BOOK A TEE TIME CROWN JEWELS ARE GEMS T hey aren't your typical refreshment car servers. They are Three Crowns Golf Club's Crown Jewels, attracting looks, chatting with players and easing the pain of a bad shot. The six-member Crown Jewels team returns to the course when it opens in April as temperatures warm and the women in black cowgirl hats and sparkly white smiles shine. Three Crowns General Manager Chris Moore came up with the idea after seeing a golf course in the South team up with Hooters to supply cart girls. "I took the idea and adapted it to the property," Moore said, noting he was after something a bit more on the classy side. "I hired the girls who had the personality to go out there and banter with the golfers. The attractive part didn't hurt." Now they are one of the most popular attractions at the course, serving thirsty golfers during their rounds. "It's got to be one of the more unique in-service carts in the industry," Moore said. "It's a first-class operation." The Crown Jewels. KEEPING IT GREEN E Maintaining first-class conditions and conserving the environment very golf course has its challenges when it comes to maintenance. But for Three Crowns superintendent Sarkis Michail, a rare phenomenon adds to the test as small oil wells are used to help remediate the environmental remnants from when the course was an oil field. Michail is charged with maintaining about 200 acres of land, including the golf course and the Platte River Commons, an area of native trees and plants, while working with those in charge of remediating the EPA clean-up site. "They are constantly pulling oil out of the ground. Then take water and run it through ponds for remediation. Then put it back in the river," the Montana native said. But there is more than dealing with the oil fields for Michail. Droughts across the country are impacting Montana, as well. Normal rainfall is about 15 inches a year. The Casper area has seen about just five inches this season. "You can't plan for a 60 percent reduction in rain," said Michail, who uses a wetting agent to allow the water to penetrate deeper into the ground to get to the roots. Three Crowns might offer challenges for a course superintendent but Michail wouldn't be any place else. "It's such a pretty area so its great to keep it looking good for everyone," he said. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE GIFT CARDS TO THREE CROWNS • CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR E-CLUB

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