WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
Golf Operations Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 10, 2014
8:30 a.m. - Golf Course Clubhouse
Commissioners: James Brault, Bryan Abbott, Amy Wolfe,
Staff: Jeff Bowen, Adam Kwiatkoski, Ken Eppelheimer, Bill Lambrecht
I. Meeting Called to Order
Meeting called to order at 8:31 a.m.
II. Communications and Correspondence
Superintendent Bowen reported on the driving range safety nets and the reason for the variance is that the Village of Wilmette has codes for the height of a fence post or in this case a range netting post. The nets on the east side of the range are supposed to be replaced. The existing netting on the east side is 40 feet in height and the new proposed netting would be 60 feet in height. The new netting proposed on the west side of the driving range would be 46 feet in height. In summary, the District is going to raise the east side 20 feet and install new netting on the west side with height of 46 feet. Commissioner Wolfe remarked why the netting heights would be different. Superintendent Bowen stated due to the manner the golfers are hitting the balls and the angle of the course you do not need as high of netting on the west side.
Commissioner Brault commented that the netting would look better if it were a gradual incline. He questioned if the net height needed to be that high at the first tee box. Superintendent Lambrecht stated that the cost could increase due to the custom sizes in length. Commissioner Brault commented on how far the posts were apart. Superintendent Lambrecht stated about 52 feet on the west side. Commissioner Wolfe remarked on how long the lengths of the nettings are. Superintendent Lambrecht stated 450 feet on the west and 520 on the east side. Commissioner Brault commented if Superintendent Lambrecht could look into possibly making the first section of netting lower. Superintendent Bowen stated that the District will look at alternatives in the engineering of the nets. Adam Kwiatkoski will look into the current pattern of where the balls are presently going in that location to see if it makes sense to have lower netting or not.
There being no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 8:42 a.m.