Friday, January 24, 2020

Golf Committee Minutes January 2020

Golf Committee January 22, 2020 Minutes


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.
·         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.
·         Have a box for tees, scorecard, pencils, etc. at the two “desks” near the bag drop and the main putting green.
·         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.

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