WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
 GOLF OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING


Date:  February 27, 2010
Place: Wilmette Golf Club
Time:   8:30 a.m.

Attendance:  Commissioners:  Graham, Crowley, Wolff
Staff: Bowen, Matchen, Callaghan
Visitors: David Kritzler

Topics of Discussion
1) Meeting Called to Order
2) Approval of Minutes
3) Recognition of Visitors
4) Managers Reports
5) Adjournment

Discussion/Decisions:
1) The meeting was called to order at 8:35 a.m.

2) The Committee approved the minutes of the November 7, 2009, Committee meeting by General Consent.

3) David Kritzler, President of the OGC, thanked the Committee and staff for a great year and stated the Men’s Club is looking forward to another great year in 2010. David stated the recent loss of a long-term member – Tom Healy – was a loss of a true asset to the Men’s Club and the course itself. Tom had always put forth great effort in is work with the Club and contributed to the country club feel which is present today at Wilmette. 

Commissioner Graham thanked David for his comments and stated how appreciative he was of all the contributions the Men’s Club made to the course over the last year.

4) Superintendent Bowen presented the 2010 budget.  He stated the budget was prepared for a more normal weather year in 2010 with a budgeted surplus of $27,781 which includes a $164,900 transfer to the Capital Projects Fund and a $20,000 transfer to the Long Term Capital Reserve. 

Golf operations revenue is budgeted to increase 9%. The Pro Shop revenue is budgeted to increase 21% which is 35% lower than the budgeted 2009 forecast.  Golf Maintenance is budgeted to have a reduction of 5% in overall labor cost due 
 to not replacing a retired full time employee, increasing temporary labor by two employees, and reducing overtime expense by 78%.
 
Dennis Callaghan reported there were currently 106 membership applications received. The total number of members last year was 579. The deadline for the tee time Unlimited Membership Lottery is March 7, at 5 pm and the lottery will be held on March 9 at 6 pm. Commissioner Crowley suggested that the first foursome be given Wilmette Golf Club shirts as a bonus for being the first tee time selected. The men’s club currently has 41 renewal memberships compared to a total of 154 from last year.

This summer the Wilmette Golf Club is teaming with the “Sunshine Through Golf Foundation” (STGF) to host a weekly camp starting in mid-July. The STGF is the charitable arm of the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) which brings the benefits and resources of the game of golf into the lives of beginners, juniors, individuals with disabilities, minorities and the economically disadvantaged throughout the Chicago District.

The Al McLean Junior Championship will be held on Wednesday, June 9. The tournament has a good start so far with 53 entries. The Family Golf Night is scheduled for July 18.  Last year’s turnout was excellent and with good weather, hopefully this year’s event will be the same. Commissioner Graham asked if a second event could be planned to occur earlier in the year to generate more interest in the game. After discussion, Mike Matchen stated that staff would look into this option although June weather conditions could be chilly and the crowds may decide not to attend. Dennis reported that the switch from Legendary Marketing to the District’s new web site has been completed. Commissioner Crowley asked if the new site would look the same and Superintendent Bowen stated it would look the same as the District web site and that the RecTrac tee time reservation software will function similarly to the previous product. Superintendent Bowen added that at the next Committee meeting, he will present an overview of the new software.

Mike Matchen presented a slide show highlighting course conditions over the winter.  He stated that many of the greens were ice-covered for several weeks and he was concerned that there may be winterkill in some of the low areas. He has sent a turf plug to the greenhouse and after two weeks the grass is growing on the plug which is a good sign.

It was decided to hold the next Golf Committee meeting on Saturday, March 20, 2010 which is one week earlier due to spring break.

There being no additional business, the Committee was adjourned at 9:15 a.m. 


Minutes taken by J. Bowen.


MINUTES APPROVED MARCH 20, 2010.