Newsletter - September 2017

Board of Governors

The Official Newsletter of Seven Oaks Country Club

September 2017 Volume 24, Issue 9

Bruce Barnhard - President Joe Drew - Vice President Neetu Jhaj - Secretary Mitch Bronson Harvey Campbell Tom Christenson Dan Corriea Derek Holdsworth Dick Wurster Bruce Powelson - CFO

The Seven Oaks Scene


As summer draws to a close and with fall fast approaching, I would like to take a moment to provide you with an update on two key, quality-related issues we have been working to address over the last several months. Based on the results of the Member Survey, many members share very similar concerns to the Board of Governors as it pertains to (1) the condition of the golf course and (2) service in the arena of Food and Beverage. With continuous communication from Jay Ervine, our golf course superintendent, we have identified several long term issues, most of which stem from the age of the course, inadequate irrigation design and prior agronomic practices. According to the American Society of Golf Architects, the average lifecycle of greens is approximately 15-30 years (please see the document on the next page) . Since we are currently in the 27th year of our club' s existence, we have been working in conjunction with the Golf & Greens Committee to address issues arising with our course. In February 2017, we hired golf course architect David Druzisky to both study and provide a comprehensive assessment of our course. Over many months, David has made several visits to our club to inspect/evaluate our course and provide his recommendations to maintenance needs, enhancements, and methodologies to rectify areas of concern. We are approximately +/- (2) weeks out from reviewing this data with David. Once the review is complete, we will need to develop a timeline for the project and a plan to cover the cost. At this point, we will also be involving you in a series of town hall meetings where members can ask questions and receive detailed information. The majority vote of our membership will be required to proceed with any proposed plan. In regards to our most immediate golf course problem, namely the significant damage to the greens by disease (nematodes and pythium) , Jay and his team have a plan underway to re-sod Oaks #3 and re-seed most of the other diseased areas during our over-seeding period. Given Jay’s agronomic expertise and background, Jay is taking the lead on this project. Golf Course Current & Future Condition

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