Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Putting Surface Maintenance March 2020

The golf course is still open during these challenging times for golf members to get out of the house, get a little exercise and enjoy their golf course. We are grateful to be preparing the course for you and at the same time remaining employed and we  hope that everyone is safe and healthy.


Both golf and golf course maintenance schedules have been been pretty fluid in 2020 and it looks like this dynamic will continue into the foreseeable future. Our adjusted overall strategy this year is to keep a frequent, less aggressive approach to cultivation practices on the golf course such as aerification. On Monday 3/2/20 we deep tine aerated the greens and Monday 3/30/20 we spiked the greens along with adding granular fertility and seed. Below are some pictures of the process.


Above is a putting surface aerifyer set up with solid spiking tines. These tines make a 1/4" wide hole 4" deep facilitating much needed air to the surface's root system.

Close-up view of the aerification pattern. This hole pattern is approximately 2"X 2".

After the spiking we run a vertical mower over the surface to groom it and provide slits or avenues for bentgrass seed to make soil contact and establish.

Bentgrass seed is very small.

Next we apply a medium-light dusting of sand to the surfaces.

Followed by granular fertility application. Open holes are a perfect opportunity to get nutrients incorporated into the soil via open holes  such as calcium, magnesium and slow release potassium.

The finishing touch is brushing the seed, sand and nutrients into the aeration holes and vertical mowing lines. Next we apply some water to push the seed, sand and nutrients down into the turf canopy. Final touch is to roll the surfaces the following morning. Putting quality will not be effected by this process although there might be traces of sand evident which is not that foreign as we frequently light topdress the greens during the growing season.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Golf Committee Minutes march 2020


Golf Committee March 10, 2020 Minutes

Attendees:

Michael Peabody, Dan Becker, Matt Dillon, Michael Nicoletti, Lisa Erickson, Carol Garvey, Ed Reeder, Jim Reis, Board of Governors: John Korvin

Meeting with ClubCorp

Prior to the Golf Committee meeting there was a meeting with Dan Hewitson, ClubCorp’s Senior VP of Operations.  GBGC was represented by Michael Peabody, John Korvin, and Dan Becker.  The meeting was to discuss ClubCorp’s recent budgetary decisions.
Here are key points from the meeting:
Both the Tilly’s kitchen and the golf course projects are postponed.  No assurances that they will be approved in the future.
No explanation why Tilly’s kitchen was approved in 2019 and postponed in 2020.
Apollo has different approach to capital. ClubCorp gave a little to everybody. Apollo gives a lot to a few. Apollo has different budget timetable than ClubCorp. ClubCorp made decisions in October. Apollo is much later.
All dues and revenues go into a corporate-wide pot. Other clubs got projects approved. We didn’t make the cut.
There will be no relief on dues.
It was agreed that Apollo/ClubCorp did a poor job of communication and they recognized that we thought it was a virtual certainty that our projects would be approved.
Mr. Hewitson got a clear picture of why we were very unhappy and the potential damage to the GBGC brand but he was not authorized to do anything about it.
Mr. Hewitson said that GBGC was valued by Apollo and they had no intention of selling it.
There will be a follow up visit for further discussion.
[Attached are the agenda and Korvin’s and Becker’s talking points]

General Manager Update

The ClubCorp meeting was discussed.
Matt Dillon was recognized as the ClubCorp Supervisor of the Year - Pacific Region.

Pro Shop / Outside Services Update

·         Evaluating a new Outside Services head position.
·         A new golf cart fleet, without speakers, will arrive in the Fall.
·         We will be switching to Callaway range balls.
·         Mike N is investigating the possibilities of private cart owners installing the GPS system.
Action Item: Mike N – Report your findings.

Course Conditions

For comprehensive information please check the Granite Bay Golf Club Course Update.
·         The club will soon start using a new pin placement and management program (ezLocator).  We will no longer have the red, white, yellow pin progression.  Daily pin locations can be found via an app, GBGC cart GPS, or daily printed pin sheets.  The benefits are many, among them: avoids “unfair” pin locations, increased green health, and introduces pin locations that may make feel like you are playing a new course.  The technology has been widely praised everywhere it has been used.  Matt will provide rollout specifics soon through the Granite Bay Course Update.
·         Aeration this Spring will be solid tined (no extraction).  This aeration will have much shorter-term impact on playability.
·         Bunker maintenance: Trying to keep the sand level consistent through the rainy season, will add sand later in the year..
·         Hybrid Bermuda Surrounds – they will be higher later in the year.  This will help avoid the extreme runoff of balls that travel a bit too far (like #11).

Junior Golf Update

·         Plans will need to be adjusted as a result of the changes to the course closure.
·         Designated range stations will be in place to ensure that golfers can warm up prior to play..

Handicap Integrity / Reports                                                                

·         Jack and Michelle could not attend but reported their statistics.  Jack reported a 69 percent compliance of posting scores in February.  Michelle reported 78 percent compliance.

Locker Room Attendant

·         The Locker Room is in place.
Action Item: Mike P – Send an announcement to the members.

On Boarding Process/Policies/Codes

Mike N reported that there were 16 or 17 new member on-boardings over the past year and they were very appreciative.  They were provided the updated golf guide and the guest policy as an attachment
Action Item: Mike P – Make sure that the club website gets updated with the new policies and codes.
Action Item: Mike N
Provide the new golf guide to the Committee
Action Item: Mike N/Lisa E – Establish welcome procedure for lady golfers
Action Item: Mike N
Invite the Golf Committee to the next New Member Orientation.

Tournament Update

·         There were two NCGA qualifiers and the Couples tournament.  Both had higher attendance than in the past.  The Couples tournament had twice as many participants than last year.
·         March will have s
·         As always, check the Club Life app for details on upcoming tournaments.

Attention to Detail / Action Items

This is a portion of the meeting where the committee reviews and voices items that should be corrected or where GBGC comes up lacking when compared to other clubs.  They should be focused primarily on the Golf Experience.
Prior items:
·         #5 bathroom walkway – loose tile, trip hazard.
-- In 2019 all bathrooms will be repainted and tile replaced/repaired.  This is currently in process and awaiting final budget approval. Note that the tiles have been replaced.
·         #10 fairway too narrow/rough too wide when using Pebble tees.
-- There will be tree trimming and likely the contours will be smoothed when the course is re-sodded.
·         It was suggested that a new Tournament tee be added to #11.
-- Will be done when the course is re-sodded.
·         Other area courses have short videos that cover course care, etiquette, etc. 
Action Item: Mike P – Come up with a plan to make the videos a reality.

This month’s unfiltered items:

·         Members are frequently leaving balls on the chipping green or not raking bunkers after they are finished with practice.  The Committee agreed that this was poor etiquette and disrespectful of fellow members.
Action Item: Mike N -- Propose a solution to the issue.
·         The Red tees on #10 are blind to tees further back.  Golfers on the Red tees are frequently “in the line of fire”.
Action Item: Matt/Mike N – Explore a possible solution
-- DONE (trees trimmed)

New Business

A proposed 2020 Golf Calendar was presented, given the course remaining open.  A key Ladies event was added.

Open Action Item Summary

Mike P – Make sure that the club website gets updated with the new policies and codes.
Mike P – Come up with a plan to make the videos a reality.
Mike P – Send out an announcement to the members about the Locker Room Attendant.
Mike N – Report on the possibilities of private cart owners installing the GPS system.
Mike N -- Propose a solution to the issue of improper practice area etiquette.
Mike N – Get a larger scorecard box for Tilly’s.
Mike N – Provide the new golf guide to the Committee.
Mike N/Lisa E – Establish welcome procedure for lady golfers.
Mike N – Invite the Golf Committee to the next New Member Orientation.

Next Meeting Dates (all 4pm)

4/28, 5/27, 6/23 (subject to change).

Attachment: ClubCorp Meeting Agenda

ClubCorp Agenda – March 10,2020
Attendees: Dan Hewitson – Vice President, Pacific Division
                     Michael Peabody – General Manager, Granite Bay GC
                     John Korvin – Chairman, Board of Governors
                     Dan Becker – Chairman, Golf Committee
Member Relations History
Food and Beverage
-          New Chef and F&B manager
-          Member Surveys
Golf Operations
-          New Pro
-          Outside Services
Product
-          Clubhouse/Locker Rooms
-          Golf Course
Communications
Brand/Reputation
-          Damaged in the Marketplace
-          New Member Recruitment Impact
Financials
  -2017 - 4.2% Dues Increase – No Noticeable Capital Investment
 - 2018 - 4.3% Dues Increase – No Noticeable Capital Investment
 - 2019 – 5.0% Dues Increase – 2 Clocks
 - 2020 – 5.9% Dues Increase – No Noticeable Capital Investment
 - 2020 – 3.5% Credit Card Charge – Seen as a Dues Increase
Tilly’s Project
-          Approved in 2019
-          Rescinded in 2020
Member Relations Today

Attachment: John Korvin’s Talking Points


                     HOW DID WE GET HERE? – VIRTUALLY CERTAIN

Bent Grass - Lots of Water - Wet Summer Conditions

Drought - Water Restrictions

Bermuda - Solves Current and Future Problems

Step1 - Multiple Types of Hybrid Bermuda Patches

Step2 - Surrounds on 4 Holes

Step3 - Sod #17 Fairway and 14 Surrounds on Remaining Holes

Step4 - Delay #7 Tee Complex until ‘The Project’

Step5 - No Sale of Outside Tournaments between June and November

Step6 – Move Men’s and Women’s Invitational’s to April

Attachment: Dan Becker’s Talking Points


For this part of the conversation, I will focus specifically on golf.

Speaking for myself, I’m passionate about three things as it pertains to GBGC;

1.    Playing golf.
2.    The golfer experience.
3.    Golf member customer service.

When Michael came on as GM, John and I enthusiastically committed to whatever time it took - and whatever was asked of us - helping Michael with anything/everything having to do with the Golfer Experience. 

We became passionate liaisons - and communication avenues - for Michael, Matt Dillon, the members, as well as some of the key GBGC employees.

Essentially, being the primary communication “link” between the capital contributing entity, and members.

The good news, on a local level, it has paid dividends as we continually address (and improve) the member experience.  Such as;

1.    The Head Golf Pro responsibilities & duties.
2.    Outside services.
3.    Pro Shop service and support.
4.    Junior Program.
5.    Attention to details.
6.    Locker Room service and support.
7.    Golf Course conditions and the playing experience.

The more realistic news, in spite of a course that has extremely “good bones” is we are taking daily bullets on the more critical “corporate” things such as;

1.    Awful summer course conditions - specifically fairways, roughs and surrounds.
2.    Terribly inconsistent bunkers.
3.    A municipal looking practice range (poor drainage, bad looking turf, deficient fence, etc).
4.    Over used and abused tee boxes.
5.    Tired, often smelly & dated locker rooms.
6.    A half-pregnant course with all kinds of grasses and conditions scattered throughout.

All of these challenges are currently being held together by nothing more than band-aids and hope - and the herculean efforts of people like Michael, Matt Dillon, and some other key employees.

John and I are both in an extremely compromised position.  We simply don’t know what to say (or do) in light of recent postponements.  Hope and verbal timelines aren’t going to cut it going forward. 

And with drought ramifications becoming more and more evident, it can only get worse!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus Update #2 - Additional Golf Course Precautions

Last week we removed all water cooler's from the golf course as a precaution against Coronavirus transmission from water cooler dispenser handling. Using CDC guidelines, ClubCorp has mandated additional measures to golf course operations nationwide to prevent transmission.

Practice green this morning with flag's removed

Additional Measures Include:

  • Removal of all practice green flags.
  • Removal of all sand trap rakes.
  • Removal of ball washers.
  • Removal of all divot boxes and bottles.
  • Reversing the putting green cup.

Above picture depicts ClubCorp mandated reversal of the putting green cup. The tapered flag stick ferrule wedges into the cup with this configuration so we are asking all players to NOT REMOVE THE FLAG STICK WHEN PUTTING


Above picture depicts a ball that has settled into the reversed cup in the putting green eliminating the need touch the sides of the cup during retrieval of your golf  ball. We ask that you utilize the following temporary local rule at until we return to normal putting green cup placement:
IF YOUR BALL HITS THE BASE OF THE FLAGPOLE CONSIDER IT HOLED OUT. 

Above picture shows sand traps on #8 without sand trap rakes. GCM will rake bunkers in the AM. Players need to try to smooth out their tracks in the bunkers with their shoes temporarily until we come up with a better solution.


Water station on #5 tee without ball washer.

Following the CDC's guidance on keeping work places safe is ClubCorps and Granite Bay Golf Clubs upmost priority for our Members and Employee Partners. On the golf course we feel that by removing all of these commonly handled golf course items that we are eliminating potential transmission touch points. All of these measures are of course temporary as we all navigate through these new times we are experiencing. We are glad that at least for now we can prepare the golf course for our members to enjoy as their home away from home during these turbulent times.  

Thanks for your understanding and patience.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Update #1 - Golf Course Water Cooler Removal



As a precautionary measure amid the recent concerns with the Corona Virus, Club Corp and Granite Bay Golf Club have required the temporary removal of water coolers throughout the golf course. Bottled water will be available at the golf shop through this temporary period.

Thanks for your understanding and patience.






Friday, February 28, 2020

Spring 2020 Aeration

We hope everyone is enjoying this historically dry February and the fast & firm  golf course conditions it has brought with it. We had planned on some minor aeration events with the unusually condensed golf schedule this year however changes in summer plans along with this historic dry weather has forced our hands and we need to aerify the greens to get through the summer.

This coming Monday 3/2/20 we plan on deep tine aerating the greens. This procedure will not be nearly as aggressive as our past springtime aeration events, but will be noticeable. The presence of topdressing sand and widely spaced aeration holes will be evident for about a week. This summer we will have to increase our spiking with really small holes, but this usually doesn't effect putting quality, however the little holes are visible for a day or two afterwards.  

Vertidrain Deep Tine Aeration.

 Process depicted here is over a thick topdressing which was applied over the core aerated surface.
We wont be doing the core aeration, just the deep solid tine aeration so we will be using substantially less sand.
 Those holes might look big but they close up very rapidly as there was no core extracted, just a hole poked about 6" deep.


We will get a spring aeration schedule for the rest of the course out to the membership soon as we are planning around the condensed golf schedule. The planned  aeration processes at this point will be on the more frequent, less aggressive side, so disruption will be at a minimum.



Friday, January 24, 2020

Golf Committee Minutes January 2020


Golf Committee January 22, 2020 Minutes

Attendees:

Dan Becker, Michael Nicoletti, Lisa Erickson, Carol Garvey, Cary Greisen, Ed Reeder, Jim Reis, Board of Governors: John Korvin

Important Notices

Use of the course when closed to member play, typically Mondays, is prohibited.  Violators will first be given a written warning, with a mandatory 30-day suspension for subsequent violations.
Pets on course (from our Rules & Regs) No dogs or other pets, except for seeing eye dogs and other qualified handicap service dogs are permitted on Club property (Including the golf course) at any time ...

General Manager Update

·         Dan Becker conveyed the update.
·         The 2020 budget (both operational and golf course renovation) is still being worked, with every indication that it is in its final stages.
·         While we want to hold off on providing specifics until we know the actual plans.  Here is the current thinking (with minor changes if any at all):
o   Target start date is June 1, 2020,
o   Expected closure is five months +/-,
o   Friendship Cup April 22-24,
o   Mac Cup April 30, May 1-2,
o   Fairways sodded like #17,
o   Greens resurfaced and reseeded (not sodded) with a more poa-resistant bent grass,
o   Various tee boxes renovated, extended, or added,
o   Old surrounds replaced to match the new ones.
·         The Pro Shop has been in contact with other area country clubs and reports that we will have a myriad of options for play.
·         Retention of staff during the closure has been and remains a top priority.
·         The Granite Bay Golf Club Course Update will be the primary source of project and golf course information for members.  The ClubLife app is becoming the primary source of other Club information, including daily Frost Delay notifications.  Starting March 1 the ClubLife app will be the source of billing information.
Action Item: Mike N –Transition the Frost Delay email to the ClubLife app.
-- DONE
·         The Tilly’s kitchen has completed Placer County permitting.  The remaining question is when should the project start – soon or during the course closure.  Tilly’s will remain open during the construction.

On Boarding Process/Policies/Codes

A subcommittee was formed to discuss and formalize our On Boarding process for new and recent members.  In addition to facilitating education and introduction to the club an emphasis will be placed on codifying formal enforcement policies.
Action Item: Mike P – Make sure that the club website gets updated with the new policies and codes.
Action Item: Mike N – Complete the On Boarding process materials
.

Pro Shop / Outside Services Update

1.      Outside services, as expected, lost several people as college terms started.  May start hiring.
2.      The cart Geo Fencing is improved and tighter.
3.      Mike N is investigating the possibilities of private cart owners installing the GPS system.
Action Item: Mike N – Report your findings.

Course Conditions and Renovation

For comprehensive information please check the Granite Bay Golf Club Course Update.
The following is from an email that Matt sent to the Committee:
·         2020 Project - … I can share that I’ve been working diligently on the many details and logistics of our scope of work including meeting with contractors who are interested in providing a labor quote.
·         #17 FW – Drainage work is needed on the left-hand side of the hole along with some tree thinning / pruning to allow light and sun into the wet areas. We will get to the pruning soon. The area needs to dry out before we get in there with sod cutters and trenching equipment to install drainage.
·         Hybrid Bermuda Surrounds Winter #1 - I’m content with the color we are maintaining with the surrounds and confident that with a full season of growth along with the culturing, topdressing and strategic in season height of cut adjustment we will be able to mitigate the playability issues before next winter. Poor winter turf quality in shady areas will only be mitigated by extensive tree work which is included in the scope of work for 2020. The pruning we are currently in process with has these issues in mind as well.
·         2020 Aeration – There will be no closures for aeration this coming spring. We likely will do some non-intrusive solid tine aeration but none of it will require closure.

Junior Golf Update

·         Nothing of note to report.  When the course is renovated the Junior tee markers will adjusted, keeping with the junior golf guidelines.

Handicap Integrity / Reports                                                                

·         Jack reported an 85 percent compliance of posting scores.  Michelle had no report due to an insufficient number of scores.
·         The Pro Shop has decided that there is not enough content to warrant an educational seminar.  It was suggested that the minutes include some educational information regarding the new system.  Here are three items that have recently come up:
1) You need to check your handicap before each round.  It is recomputed after each posted round as opposed to the old system of recomputing twice a month.
2) If you play from different tees (and the par is the same for both tees) there is no more a need to make any handicap adjustments (a.k.a., "Snoopy Points").  From USGA FAQs (which is an excellent source of information).
I play in a group where we all play from different tees. Do we still have to make a Course Handicap adjustment when we play?
Under the current system, a Course Handicap adjustment is required when players compete from different tees since each set of tees has a different Course Rating. Under the Rules of Handicapping, your Course Handicap factors in both Course Rating and par – meaning an adjustment is only necessary when par is different – which will be far less likely!
3) The new system factors in the daily changes in course difficulty.  These could be changes due to weather conditions, pin placements, course setup, etc.  You can read more about it here and here.  The PCC is calculated automatically, so there is no additional work for players or club administrators.  (Though honestly, we haven't seen any adjustments as of yet).
·         Some members have reported that they prefer the USGA GHIN app to the NCGA’s myNCGA app for posting.

Locker Room Attendant

·         The Locker Room Attendant will start work February 1st and will be on duty Wednesday through Sunday.  Hector will handle Tuesdays.  See attachment for details on the duties performed.

Tournament Update

·         The Warrior winners were Dan Becker and Scott Colby, Lisa Erickson and Katrina Van Aller.
·         The Men's Tilly's Cup has gone all the way through the end of the year. There are two left with Greg McIntosh undefeated and Jeff Erickson making it all the way through the redraw pools to play him in the finals. He will have to beat Greg twice to win.
·         The NCGA 4-ball and Zone qualifiers will be held in February.  Winners sponsored by the Club
·         The Valentine tournament will be Feb 11th and it is hoped to piggyback with a Valentine’s Dinner.
·         The Couples Tournament will be Feb 15th.
·         As always, check the Club Life app for details on upcoming tournaments.

Attention to Detail / Action Items

This is a portion of the meeting where the committee reviews and voices items that should be corrected or where GBGC comes up lacking when compared to other clubs.  They should be focused primarily on the Golf Experience.
Prior items:
·         #5 bathroom walkway – loose tile, trip hazard.
-- In 2019 all bathrooms will be repainted and tile replaced/repaired.  This is currently in process and awaiting final budget approval. Note that the tiles have been replaced.
·         #10 fairway too narrow/rough too wide when using Pebble tees.
-- There will be tree trimming and likely the contours will be smoothed when the course is re-sodded.
·         It was suggested that a new Tournament tee be added to #11.
-- Will be done when the course is re-sodded.
·         The cart barn air nozzle is too long.
-- DONE
·         Have a box for tees, scorecard, pencils, etc. at the two “desks” near the bag drop and the main putting green.
-- DONE
·         Other area courses have short videos that cover course care, etiquette, etc. 
Action Item: Mike P – Come up with a plan to make the videos a reality.

This month’s unfiltered items:

·         Members are frequently leaving balls on the chipping green or not raking bunkers after they are finished with practice.  The Committee agreed that this was poor etiquette and disrespectful of fellow members.
Action Item: Mike N -- Propose a solution to the issue.
·         The Red tees on #10 are blind to tees further back.  Golfers on the Red tees are frequently “in the line of fire”.
Action Item: Matt/Mike N – Explore a possible solution.

New Business

A proposed 2020 Golf Calendar was presented, given a June 1st closure

Open Action Item Summary

Mike P – Make sure that the club website gets updated with the new policies and codes
Mike P – Come up with a plan to make the videos a reality.
Mike N – Complete the On Boarding process materials
Mike N – Report on the possibilities of private cart owners installing the GPS system.
Mike N -- Propose a solution to the issue of improper practice area etiquette.
Matt/Mike N – Explore a possible solution to the #10 Red tee“blind shot” problem.
Jack – Get a larger scorecard box for Tilly’s.

Next Meeting Dates (all 4pm)

2/25, 3/24, 4/28, 5/27, 6/23 (subject to change).

Attachment: Locker Room Attendant

                                        Member Expectations


  •  Member arrives at the club and puts on golf shoes.
  •  Member leaves street shoes in front of locker.
  •   Street shoes (if appropriate) are collected, shined, and returned to front of locker.
  •  Member returns from playing golf and changes into street shoes.
  •  Member leaves golf shoes in front of locker.
  •  Golf shoes are collected, cleaned, and placed inside member’s locker.
  • If a member has a guest, the guest is introduced to the locker room attendant. Guest is given a locker if desired. Guest shoes (if appropriate) shined and returned to front of locker. If guest wants golf shoes cleaned after round, he should take them to the attendant and tip appropriately. The member should instruct the guest on this process and stress the appropriate tip.
  • The locker room attendant is also responsible for the care (towels and products) and cleanliness of the locker rooms, steam room, showers, and bathrooms.