WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
 GOLF OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING


Date:  March 26, 2011   Place: Golf Course
Time:   8:30 a.m.
Attendance:   Commissioners:  Crowley, Graham, Wolff
Staff: Bowen, Eppelheimer, Matchen, Locke, Bingham, Wilson
Visitors:  See attached

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 8:30 a.m.

2) The Committee approved the minutes of the February 23, 2010 Committee meeting by General Consent.

3) Jamie Locke reported the course opened on March 17, 2011 and had 108 rounds on that day. Golf membership currently stands at 351 which is 30 more than last year at this time. 

The Golf Lottery was held on March 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the golf course restaurant.  There were 63 groups this year compared to 61 in 2010, 61 in 2009, and 63 in 2008.

The Golf Family Night will be held in May this year to help promote the Junior Golf Academy and the new tiny aces program. Kim McCombs, Director of Instruction, has established two new teaching programs for this season, one for younger players called Tiny Aces and one for the stronger, more skilled youth players called Elite.

4) Mike Matchen stated that the crew had been working on clean-up activities for the last two weeks and have added sand to all of the traps. Course conditions continue to improve and he was happy to see the course come through the winter as well as it did.

 Mike then presented a slide show which detailed the work done during the winter dealing with tree removal and other maintenance activities.

5) Superintendent Bowen then distributed copies of the preliminary Master Plan report from Martin Design Partnership. He reported that the draft plan outlined ways in which the District could take advantage of our strengths and address certain limitations of the course in order to increase use from a wide range of golfers. The plan also stressed the need to improve the drainage infrastructure and how to move water off the course.

Martin’s recommendations on phasing included a two- to three-phase process of construction by one contractor. The preliminary cost estimate is just under $3.7 million. Staff will be working with the architect to refine the plan over the next three months.

The next meeting will be moved to Saturday, April 16, 2011, one week earlier because of the Passover/Easter Holiday.

There being no additional business, the Committee was adjourned at 8:58 a.m. 

Minutes taken by J. Bowen.

MINUTES APPROVED ON APRIL 16, 2011