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Memo from President Colombo

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 | 0 comments

It’s been a busy month since I took over as President, so I want to provide a few updates for everyone.  First off, I am very excited for the year ahead and proud to be part of such an active and engaged Board of Governors.  We have a lot of ideas and plans to put in place for the upcoming year and are off to a good start. Committee Chairs and Assistants are in place.  The full list can be found on the Contact Us - Members Only page of the website, and they will be reaching out to fill the committees soon. 2019 Budget meetings have concluded.  These have been important meetings as our intention is to continue to focus on the feedback from the 2018 General Membership Survey to ensure our course, Clubhouse and grounds are exceeding our members expectations.  Focus on key areas of the course and Clubhouse have been incorporated into our planning for next year. Approval of the Pump Station Replacement Project.  During the course of 2018, it was determined that a significant risk existed with our existing pump station in terms of the age and condition of the system.  If the Pump station failed during the summer – we would be without irrigation for two months, during which time we could lose the entire golf course.  The Board conducted a very thorough evaluation and bidding process to determine best course of action.  After review of the bids, a vendor was selected and a Special Meeting was called and held on November 27th to vote on moving forward with this project.  With thanks to all the Regular members that made the trek through pretty poor weather, the project and funding was unanimously approved.  A special thanks to Dean Kendall for letting us hold the meeting at the Wright Beverage facility. The project calls for the replacement of the pumps, inspection of and replacement/upgrade of the water intake system from the pond, and associated site work.  Total cost for the project is $125,000. Our objective was to find a way to incur as little interest or debt as possible, while also minimizing the impact to each member.  After evaluation of multiple financing...

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General Membership Meeting & Board Elections — Thursday, 18-Oct

Posted on Sep 30, 2018 |

Mark your calendars... our annual General Membership Meeting and elections for 3 positions on our Board of Governors will be held on Thursday, 18-Oct, starting at 7:00PM in the Ballroom of our Clubhouse.  This is a great opportunity to hear about the financial health of our club, review the major accomplishments for the past year and learn about what's planned for next year.  Our Course Superintendent (Peter Cavanaugh), our Head Golf Professional (Eric Haile), our Head Chef (Collin Reid), our Clubhouse Supervisor (Erika Johnston), all of our Committee Chairs and your Board of Governors will be on hand to present, to listen and to discuss... it's a great forum on the topics pertinent to the well-being of our club and the satisfaction of our...

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The Old Man & His Greens — an article about Walter Travis

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 |

The following is an article authored by Tom Doak, and as found in The Met Golfer magazine: The Old Man & His Greens Walter Travis designed courses where intelligent finesse has the edge over pure power. Born in the Australian gold rush town of Maldon in 1862, Walter Travis took the opportunity to immigrate to America at the age of 23, when the hardware company he worked for decided to open an office in New York City.  He never looked back, and indeed never returned to the land of his birth. Travis was competitive by nature, and in his younger years he took to bicycle racing as a hobby, but in 1896 his friends in the city joined the Oakland Golf Club in Bayside, Queens, and Walter Travis bought his first set of clubs and took up the game that fall. Within a year his handicap was down to 7, and in his second full year he was playing in top-flight amateur circles, losing in the final match of the Shinnecock Hills Open Tournament to reigning U.S. Amateur champion Findlay Douglas. His fellow competitors began to refer to the 36-year-old good naturedly as “The Old Man,” a moniker that stayed with him throughout his playing career. At 38, he won the U.S. Amateur at his new home club, Garden City Golf Club, and defended the title  successfully in 1901 at Atlantic City before winning a third time in 1903 at Nassau CC. At 42, he became the first American to win the [British] Amateur Championship, at Royal St. George’s, where Open champion Jack White [who was in the gallery] described Travis’s game thus: What impressed me most was not the remarkable putting that he displayed all through the tournament, though it was really very fine, but the simple accuracy and certainty of his long game. He never tried to get any length. He simply tried to place his tee shots at every hole, to make certain of avoiding trouble, and then he depended on his deadly putting to win the hole for him… Every golf architect designs courses that reflect his own golf game, and Walter Travis’s designs would...

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New flags at SCC — thank you Scott Schlossel

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 |

By now you should have seen the new flags on our greens, and a Stafford flag flying below the American flag at our main flagpole by the putting green.  All have been donated by Scott Schlossel.  Our heartfelt thanks for his continued generosity.  Scott also funded the replacement of our flagpole a couple of years ago. The color schemes for the flags on the greens are as follows: Red/White is a front pin Yellow/White is a middle pin Blue/White is a back...

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New phone system at Stafford CC

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 |

As previously communicated, we've upgraded the Internet and business services at our club.  The new WiFi is Stafford_Guest.  That new network does not require a password... just link to it and connect.  The computer stations in the Clubhouse, Golf Shop, Pool, Halfway House, Maintenance Building and Business Office are also upgraded. We've also upgraded the club's phone system.  You now simply dial 343-9281 (the number that was formally dedicated to the Golf Shop), and you then enter the following to be connected to the desired person or area: 1 - Golf Shop 2- Clubhouse 3 - Business Office (Penny Sallome) 4 - Golf Course Superintendent (Peter Cavanaugh) 5 - Pool 6 - Halfway House 7 - Head Golf Professional (Eric Haile) 8 - Clubhouse Managers (Erika Johnston & Collin Reid) Please update your speed-dial and phone directories...

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Reminder — if you play the Combo tees, please post hole-by-hole scores

Posted on Aug 16, 2018 |

This reminder goes out to all Men and Women who play our Combo Tees... please be sure to post your scores hole-by-hole.  That's the only way that we'll get the data to accurately set the Hole Handicaps for 2019.  Right now, the Hole Handicaps are educated guesses from the Golf Committee and Eric Haile.

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