April Park & Garden Update

Welcome back for the 2018 Camping Season at Sandy Pines. The Park & Garden store does not open for retail business during the first month. We open full time the last two weekends in May. Our hours this year are Monday–Saturday 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday hours, which begin in June, will be from Noon – 4 pm.

From April 10 until the weekend before Memorial Day we will be setting up water softeners, getting the golf carts ready for rental and preparing the store for the opening. There have been some changes over the winter, and you will notice them when you drive up to Park and Garden.

The system for reserving golf carts and watercrafts is online and running well. If you are in need of a golf cart for this summer you can make reservations through email parkgarden@sandypines.com be sure to include your email, phone number, date and time to pick up the cart, how many days, type of cart (4 or 6) and campsite number. You can also call our Golf Cart Reservation number 616-896-9888 and leave a voice mail with the dates you will be needing the cart, size of cart (4 or 6), campsite and phone number. We will then enter the information into the reservation software and you will receive a confirmation email.

Golf Carts can be rented beginning in May. We have a special preseason rate before Memorial Day. New this year, we will be renting on a day to day basis. Rent Friday (anytime pickup) and return on Sunday by 10 am – considered a two day rental. Four (4) passenger rental has been lowered this year to $50/day and the Six (6) passenger is the same as last year at $65/day. The 4 passenger carts are electric with a charger onboard and the 6 passenger carts are gas.

The online web access set up for reserving golf carts and watercraft is also located on the Park & Garden Department Page. Click on the button link to go to the reservation site. There is a fee for using this service, so if you want to avoid the fee, you can still reserve by calling Park and Garden, stop by the store, or email us to make reservations. Always remember that holiday weekends and on special event days, carts are in high demand.

Even though the store is not open during April and May we will be checking voicemail and email every day for your messages. We should respond to your calls and emails within 24 hours. We will have mulch, and stone available for delivery. We can make delivery of bulk products during April and May on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, by appointment.

If you need your boat put in the lake, please call and set up an appointment with the store–616-896-9334. We will begin this service in April, but you will need to call at least 48 hours in advance for an appointment.

For those of you who came in and reserved a water softener before you left in the fall, you should have received an email from the store to confirm your reservation and hook up date. It is important that you respond to the email. We will begin installing the softeners as soon as the water is turned on in April. Please remember that we cannot hook all of them up the first week, so if you aren’t planning on being in the park first thing, we ask that you give us a firm date to install and we will attempt to have it ready when you arrive. We need to be able to find your hose at the riser, so we hope you marked it well last fall. Also, if you have any hoses that are used to hook up the softener, please make sure they are out and ready for us to install. You will be billed on the April or May statement for the softener and installation.

For those who are doing a self-install we are going to make scheduled times for you to stop by and pick up the tank. Since we have changed the front of Park and Garden, we will have a new location to pick up the softener. I will have directions on the door to the Park and Garden. We will be at the store on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from Noon to 1 pm and again from 5–6 pm. Saturday will be by appointment only.

If you did not reserve a softener in the fall, you can still get on the list. The softener is a great way to keep the rust off your sink, tub, etc in the trailer. It is not meant to stop the smell that we sometimes get during the summer, but it can help. Stop by the store for more information on the softener and/or the smell.

NEW this year we will be renting small tools, wheelbarrows and other items to help with your summer activities. We also have bicycles for rent. They can be rented through the Park and Garden Rental Office. Enjoy some exercise as you ride around the park. Let us take care of maintaining the bike for you.

As you begin getting your supplies for the season, remember that you are to use holding tank chemicals without formaldehyde. Formaldehyde has a detrimental effect on the septic system. Help us keep the system working efficiently. If you have any questions or needs you can reach us at 616-896-9334 or email at parkgarden@sandypines.com.

More details and additional service information can be found at the Park & Garden Department Page.


  1. Brad Norg on April 6, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Where can I get a load of stones for my driveway?

  2. Linda Brown on April 7, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I’m not understanding your email with regard to the rental cost of a 4 seater golf cart.
    How much is it to rent from say, Friday pick up and return Saturday? Friday pick up and return Sunday?
    The information was a little confusing to me because I read it as..pick up Friday and return it by 10:00 am Sunday… $50.00 ?
    Please clarify for me.

    • Josh on April 9, 2018 at 11:47 am

      If you rent Friday (anytime pickup) and return on Sunday by 10 am, that is considered a two day rental. Four (4) passenger rental has been lowered this year to $50/day, so your total would be $100 for a two day rental. Call or Email Park & Garden https://www.sandypines.com/park-garden/ if you have additional questions, as they’d be happy to help you out!

  3. Dennis Kielan on April 7, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Interested in a water softener. Would like to know the rental cost. Plan to arrive the first week of May..Also the cost to store a pontoon boat. I assume that I would need a trailer. Plan to purchase the boat this spring. This will be my first full year. Thanks

  4. Dennis Kielan on April 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm


    • Josh on April 9, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Sure thing, we’re here to help!

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