General Membership Meeting
March 10, 2015
Meeting called to order at 5:00 pm by President Ken Brace.
February Minutes to be approved at the next meeting.
Byron Vanier gave the Treasurer’s Report:
As of 12/31/14, we have 112 members and a balance of $1,602.13 in the treasury. Four new members signed up at the meeting, for a total of 116 members.
Recent expenses included paying off the the 2 free-tournament entry certificates awarded to 2 MGA members at the December meeting. Payment was for $80. An additional $20 of treasury funds was used to supplement the payout at the Reserve Tournament.
TIP OF THE DAY:
Kenny Evenson’s tip-of-the-day was to stay on plane and release the club.
Kenny also announced that the new training center building will open in early April.
NEWS FROM THE COURSE:
Jim McNair gave a presentation of the renovations to the course that will begin on May 18. Dean Wood’s write-up of the presentation is an addendum to these minutes.
There was no rules update
The next tournament is on March 30 at Hounds Lake Country Club. Entry fee is $40 and the deadline for entry is March 26. Give checks to Terry Eckert or place in the box in the pro shop.
NEW BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Dean Wood announced that Cedar Creek Living Magazine would be sponsoring a 4-person scramble at Cedar Creek on May 16. There will be live music on the patio and hors d’oeuvres or other food will be served. Formal announcement will be out soon.
Ken Brace reminded members that they are invited to participate in the dogfight game at Aiken Golf Club on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Walking is permitted. Entry fee is $10 and tee-off is at 8:30 am.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 pm.
ADDENDUM: JIM MCNAIR’S PRESENTATION TO THE MGA MEMBERSHIP
Jim McNair’s Presentation to the Men's Golf Association on Course Renovation Work
Jim McNair spoke to the regular monthly membership meeting of the Men’s Golf Association on Tuesday, March 10th. (Jim also spoke to the Women’s Golf Association meeting on the 5th.) The following is a summary of his presentation.
Following their joint review of the course two years ago and several since, Jim and Gary Frazier have considered many factors to bring the course back to first-class condition. Their preliminary work began in early-2013 with the removal of over 700 trees to allow better sunlight and air circulation to the playing areas of the course. There followed installation of a programmable and remotely controlled irrigation control system that permits watering when and where needed. It should be noted, too, that Jim has played the course several times to get a genuine golfer’s feel for the “lay of the land.”
Fast forward to the present. Course renovation work remains on track to begin on May 19th with a projected re-opening NLT mid-October. The principal objective is to shorten and “soften” the course to improve playability, which is to say make the course less penal in many respects. This will entail major work to certain parts of the course.
All greens will receive Miniverde (Ultra Dwarf) Bermuda, a much more durable and maintenance friendly greens grass. Tees and fairways will be re-grassed with TifGrand Bermuda, which is “virtually indestructible,” shade tolerant and likewise maintenance friendly. Both grasses green up earlier in the spring and remain green well into autumn.
Most greens will be re-shaped and some enlarged with wider fronts to improve approaches and shot reception. In particular, #4 and #5 greens will undergo significant changes with tentative plans to build a wall fronting #5. #6 green will be widened and enlarged. More subtle changes will be made to other greens. Many tees will be rebuilt, laser-leveled and re-positioned including installation of properly built green tees. If not removed most greenside bunkers will be re-contoured to not only improve drainage but lessen the penalty of approach shots.
Hole changes include removal of the bunkers on the right side of #1 fairway in favor of a waste area. The #1 green side bunker will be shaped more to the left with another waste area down the lower left portion of the fairway as well as a re-shaping of the right side fairway to prevent some shots from finding OB territory. The mounds on the right side of #2 will be reduced, the left side of the fairway re-sculpted and some grading of the fairway beyond the crossing cart path. Wet areas on holes #3, #4 and #6 will be addressed to promote drainage. Minor changes may be made to holes #7 and #8. At #9 the right side bunker will become a waste area.
The tree removal and grading at #5 is for the purpose of a staging area for materials. Another staging area will be built near the clubhouse. Almost all work will be accomplished with in-house resources, which will be no small feat given that the back nine must be properly maintained throughout the renovation process.
When completed – both front and back nines – course (tee) ratings and slopes should be reduced somewhat, the effect of improving the course’s playability.
Looking well into the future, some cart paths not removed, re-routed or replaced during renovation of the nines will be installed with concrete.
Finally, Jim stated again that he is extremely pleased to have inherited a proud and loyal membership the continuance and growth of which will sustain his plans to return Cedar Creek to a showcase course. During the renovation process reciprocal playing privileges will be available at The Aiken Golf Club, certainly, and at other area courses to be announced later.
P.S. Look for Kenny’s grand opening of the new teaching facility at the range in 2-3 weeks!