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Monday, January 27, 2020

2020 Ladies' and Men's Golf Schedules

You can view the initial draft schedules for ladies' and men's golf on the blog sidebar.  There are still changes possible in format or handicap allowance based on the new World Handicap System.  The Golf Committee and the Pro Shop staff are in constant communication with the VSGA and will make every effort to follow their guidance.  Final versions of both men's and ladies' schedules will be distributed at the Kickoff Dinner and Opening Day.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

FLCC Golf Rounds Report

We track every round played in Fawn Lake and use the statistical data to analyze all membership programs.  Fawn Lake golfers played 2,000 more rounds in 2019.  That's a 27% increase in golf rounds over the past 5 years and a great sign of a healthy club!  

Thank you for your participation in 2019 and we're looking forward to a great 2020!

Click here: FLCC Golf Rounds Report



Monday, January 13, 2020

2020 Golf Calendar

The Golf Committee started early on the 2020 Calendar. It's quite a complicated process planning men, ladies, and junior events while de-conflicting with Harbor Club, The Cove, weddings, tennis, and outside events. We also implemented where we could, suggestions from the end-of-season surveys. Detailed Fawn Lake Men’s Golf (FLMG), Ladies (LGA) and Junior PGA events are not listed.  Those schedules are being worked by the subcommittee's now and will follow. We added a few events that we are very excited about: Mixed Member-Member, Parent-Child, and the "Super Dave!" Please click the link on the sidebar for all the details. Looking forward to a GREAT 2020!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

WHS Update

Happy New Year and welcome to the World Handicap System (WHS).  2019 brought us the "Changes to the Rules of Golf" and now 2020, the WHS.

  1. The blackout period (Jan 1-5) for logging scores has ended. Any scores from those dates can now be logged into the system. You should be able to use the computer in the Pro Shop or app you have used in the past.
  2. The WHS has a "Playing Conditions Calculation" to adjust for the playing conditions on that day. Handicaps are also updated daily if a new round has been logged. For those reasons, and as a good normal routine, the WHS states that all scores should be logged by midnight on the day the round is played.  
  3. We have ordered new computer equipment for the Pro Shop. It will be a touchscreen and make entering scores easier. The arrival date of the new equipment is still being determined; we will continue to use our existing computer until then.
  4. There will be "glitches" along the way. You can imagine the logistics of implementing the WHS around the world and it will no doubt require some patience on our part. The VSGA has all the rating information on our course and we provided them an update in early December. Some functionality (loading scores hole-by-hole, as recommended by the WHS) may not be available right away. All stat tracking (greens, putts, etc) will be available when the system is working correctly.
  5. There are several posts on the FLCC Golf Blog (www.flccgolf.com) with information about the WHS.
  6. The Rules & Handicap Committee will offer a presentation, or at least a Q&A session, in February after we receive all the information we need from the VSGA.
  7. In the meantime, please keep logging scores like you have in the past and refer any questions to the Club Pros or the Rules & Handicap Committee Members, their names are posted on the blog sidebar.

We will provide updates as information becomes available, check the blog.

One final unrelated note: we started early on the 2020 Golf Calendar. It's quite a long process planning men, ladies, and junior events while de-conflicting with Harbor Club, weddings, tennis, and outside events.  We also implemented some of the feedback we received from the end-of-season surveys. The Golf Committee meets this week (Friday, January 10) to finalize. We plan to have the 2020 Golf Calendar published soon after. 


As we announced during the Annual Meeting, our Club had a very strong 2019 and our Golf operations led the way! We are excited for a GREAT 2020 and want to thank you for your continued support of our Club!


Respectfully, Brett DeGallery

FLCC Board of Directors, Vice-Chair
FLCC Golf Committee, Chair
FLCC Rules & Handicap Committee, Chair

World Handicap System Info - WHS



Saturday, December 28, 2019

WHS: Responsibilities of Player & Handicap Committee

Players, Handicap Committees and Authorized Associations all play an important role in ensuring the Rules of Handicapping are being implemented and administered appropriately.

The main areas of responsibility for each key stakeholder are:

Player:  A player is expected to:
  • Act with integrity by following the Rules of Handicapping and to refrain from using, or circumventing, the Rules of Handicapping for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage,
  • Attempt to make the best score possible at each hole,
  • Submit acceptable scores for handicap purposes as soon as possible after the round is completed and before midnight local time,
  • Submit acceptable scores to provide reasonable evidence of their demonstrated ability,
  • Play by the Rules of Golf, and
  • Certify the scores of fellow players.

Golf Club/Handicap Committee:
  • golf club is affiliated to its Authorized Association and is responsible for ensuring the Handicap Index of those members who have designated it to be their home club is administered in accordance with the requirements of the Rules of Handicapping.
  • Handicap Committee is established by a golf club and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the golf club’s specified obligations and responsibilities under the Rules of Handicapping.




Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Golf Maintenance "Big 3"

Green Committee update on golf maintenance "Big 3":  
  • Greens:  Our greens are 22-23 years old, average life-span is 15-30.  If we take care of them, they will last, just like most things.  That’s why aeration and other necessary golf maintenance gets put on the FLCC calendar before anything else.  We fully understand that closing the course for 3-4 days twice per year is an inconvenience to our members.  However, the estimated cost to replace is around $80,000/green or $1,500,000 total and closing the course for 6-9 months so we really don’t have any choice.  Aeration and routine golf maintenance is our #1 priority!
  • Bunkers:  Most of our bunkers are over 14 years old, average life-span is 5-7 years.  We had a bunker project planned for this off-season but we have been notified that the sand we use (YBD, York Building Materials) is no longer being produced and is not available.  We will be testing new sand (BB202, Unamin) over the winter to ensure the playability is similar to our current sand. 
  • Cart Paths:  Our concrete cart paths are 22-24 years old, average life-span is 15-30 years.  Cart parts are the #1 complaint we get from our golf members.  They also increase wear and tear on our member's golf carts and the FLCC golf carts.  Dave and his staff have attempted spot repairs with limited success.  The Green Committee and Dave support starting a multi-year plan to repair our damaged paths and planning is currently underway with the FLCC Board of Directors. With that being said, this is no easy task.  The presentation below addresses the issues and costs associated with cart path repairs. 
Click here to review the Cart Path Presentation

Thank you for your continued support or our club and Happy Holidays!

Respectfully, Brett DeGallery
FLCC Board of Directors
FLCC Golf & Green Committee Chair

Saturday, November 23, 2019

World Handicap System (WHS)

The FLCC Rules & Handicap Committee consists of:
- John Allison
- Becki Davis
- Ron Morris
- Steve Pendry
- Drew Falvey (PGA)
- Brett DeGallery (Chair)
On Thursday, November 21, all six members attended a Seminar at Farmington CC presented by the VSGA on the new World Handicap System (WHS).  The Committee received several handouts to accompany the presentation and we would like to make those available to our members.  The WHS will also impact the Stroke Index Allocation for our holes and will be provided to us from the VSGA.  More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.  
Click on the links for detailed information:

Notes:

  1. The WHS takes effect on January 1, 2020.  Existing procedures will be used until then.
  2. The USGA will be responsible for all handicap indexes in the United States regardless of the vendor a player uses to input scores.  That system will be taken offline for server updates from January 1-5.  During that time, no handicap information will be available and no scores can be posted.  Please retain all scorecards of rounds played during the down-time and input those on January 6.  That is also the date when the new WHS player handicaps will be viewable.
  3. Posted scores will automatically transfer to the new system and require no action by the player.  However, the current handicap index and historic handicap index information will not transfer and will be deleted.  If you would like a handicap index history print-out for your records, consult the pro shop before January 1.
  4. The new WHS algorithm is very complex and allows scores to be input on a hole-by-hole basis.  This will allow players to 1) more accurately capture true scoring; 2) provide statistical information for each player to use. Specific details on this have been requested and will be forwarded to our members with FLCC recommended practices after they have been reviewed.
  5. The USGA WHS "Rules of Handicapping" manual had not yet been distributed to the VSGA.  When they receive copies, they will send it to our club.  Once received, a hard copy will be available in the Pro Shop in the "Rules & Handicap Committee Chairman Toolkit Folder." As with all VSGA publications, a digital version will be available online.
We will continue communicating with our members regarding the WHS in a timely and accurate manner.  Please reach out to the R&H Members personally if you have any questions.

Respectfully, FLCC Rules & Handicap Committee