His wife tells him he has his "dream job" and he agrees. Mark Plouffe took over duties as manager of the Tama-Toledo Country Club on Feb. 11 replacing Jane Murphy who retired. "I never thought I would get to work at a golf course, but here I am," Plouffe said.
Plouffe, a Toledo resident for 25 years, admits the clubhouse job in itself is new but, "I've played golf all my life. "
He credits Murphy for giving him a running start in managing the clubhouse operations. The club not only hosts the regular membership but sees a wide variety of events ranging from service club meetings to bridal showers throughout the year, Plouffe says.
Plouffe oversees up to six part-time employees. The award-winning nine-hole course itself is maintained by greenskeeper Chris Ichoff along with three assistants.
The clubhouse, which can seat some 200 for special activities like the upcoming I Club event in May has dining room area seating, a full service bar and a sun room and an outdoor patio.
Plouffe is currently interviewing for a cook position in the clubhouse kitchen. He hopes to possibly expand the food offerings. Some dining is also catered in, he said. Right now food is served to members on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
To boost membership Plouffe and the club leadership are planning the april Spring Kick-Off on Saturday, April 26. On that day members are encouraged to bring a guest who might be interested in a membership.
Other upcoming events include the Women's spring splash in May and Steak Nights twice monthly for members on Fridays.
The clubhouse is open daily at 10 a.m. beginning April 1, at 9 a.m. in May and 8 a.m. through the summer and into the fall beginning in June.
Plouffe has been a tool and die maker for most of his adult career, getting his start in his father's business in Michigan. he has been employed at Marshalltown for a number of years.
He and his wife, Kathy, live on East College Street in Toledo. She grew up in Tama and is the daughter of Larry and Charlotte Eisentrager. She works in the office of Gervich and Sons in Marshalltown.