This blog is meant to augment the Golf Gazette and provide updates from the FLCC Golf Committee. It is a trial blog to see how it is received by the Members.
Check back regularly or register on the sidebar for email updates. You can offer feedback via the "Contact Form"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Presidents' Day

The golf course is open on Monday, February 18th at 9am (weather permitting) for Presidents' Day.  Bring a guest and receive 1/2 off their guest fees.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Welcome to the FLCC Golf Blog

In the interest of keeping our Members informed on all things golf, we have launched this blog.  We will do our best to keep it updated and hopefully, serve as a go-to spot for information.  It is NOT designed to replace the FLCC website or email communication, but to augment it.  Please bear in mind, we are not professional bloggers, we are learning as we go. 😊

Visit regularly or register on the sidebar and you'll get an email whenever there's an update.  There is also a Contact Form to provide feedback on the blog.

Your 2019 Golf Committee and FLCC Staff are very excited for a GREAT 2019!  See you out on the course.

New Golf Member Welcome Subcommittee

We have established a New Golf Member Welcome Subcommittee.  Currently, Bret & Drew reach out to all new members.  The concept behind the new subcommittee is to have the Golf Committee Chair follow-up.  Hopefully, this will help make our new members feel welcome.  It will also give the Committee the opportunity to steer them to the appropriate contact group (Ladies, Men, Junior, etc).

Upcoming Golf Committee Meetings

The Golf Committee has a very busy agenda for 2019, especially to start the year.
We will be meeting twice in February:  Friday, Feb 15 & Friday, Feb 22

Thursday, January 31, 2019

2019 Golf Calendar

The 2019 Golf Calendar is available and can be viewed on the FLCC website, a link is on the sidebar.  The calendar still requires Board approval at the February 25 meeting.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

2019 Rule Change Seminar @ our Club

90-minute Rule Change Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 19 @ 1100.  

A second seminar is being scheduled in March, planning for a weekend to accommodate members who work during the week.  
Date to be announced soon.  Sign-up in the Pro Shop.

Check out the links on the sidebar to the USGA website.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

FLCC Golf Mission Statement & Organizational Flowchart (this will remain on the sidebar for future reference)


Green Committee January 2019 Meeting Minutes (in the future, all Green Committee Minutes will be posted on Dave's Blog, there's a link on the sidebar)

Green Committee Meeting Minutes - Friday, Jan 18, 2019

The Green Committee welcomed back 3 members: Bette Connelly, Jim Bost, Steve Pendry and added 2 new members: Greg Ried & Brett DeGallery (Chair).

The Committee reviewed its role/function“It is the Green Committee’s role to see that golf course maintenance remains a high priority in relation to other functions of the club. You should not, however, become involved in the day to day management of the golf course. Rather, the Green Committee members consist of an advisory board that serves an important role in developing policy as well as long-range initiatives.”

Dave presented a thorough slide-show from 2018 identifying the issues affecting the course. A very wet golf season and cold winter created many challenges, as was the case with courses throughout our region.

Due to wet conditions in December/January, much of the on-course work was not possible. Staff focused on equipment repairs, tree work and assisting at the Harbor Club.

New tee markers were discussed and approved. The new markers are wood with a poly coat and will result in big savings in manpower and expense.  Pic is available on Dave's Blog.

The Committee established goals for spring and summer (these are not all-inclusive):
• Green health is #1 priority!
 Continued recovery of the rough
• Drainage work
• Bunker & cart path work

Aeration is a top-priority for 2019. Dates were set and sent to the Golf Committee for schedule planning. Dave plans to attend Golf Committee meeting to assist with 2019 Calendar planning.

• Scheduled dates for Green aeration: April 22-24, Aug 19-21
• Scheduled date for Fairway aeration: July 9

The committee discussed and approved the formation of a Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC).

  • The purpose of the LRPC is to develop a “Master Plan” for our golf maintenance operation. This is a “blueprint” for future operations only, it does not obligate the Club in any way.  With that in mind, we are not doing this for it to become a paperweight.  
  • The intent is for the LRPC members to have a longer tenure with a focus on the future.
  • There is no timeline yet for completing the Master Plan but it will take some time.
  • Currently reviewing the Capital Reserve Study that was done in 2016.
  • The committee will consult with other clubs who have done this and utilize the expertise of our
    members who have experience.
  • The Board will continue to be updated on the status of the LRPC regularly.
  • Emphasis: this is a golf maintenance plan only. Does not include other aspects of the Club.
Next Green Committee Meeting is scheduled for Friday, Feb 22

Golf Committee January 2019 Meeting Minutes

Golf Committee Meeting Minutes - Friday, Jan 25, 2019

Welcomed 6 new members: Keith Armstrong, Terry Thompson, Becki Davis, Jerry Watson, Chad Bell & Brett DeGallery (Chair). 
Bret Shifflett (Club GM), Drew Falvey (Club Pro) and Dave Smith (Club Superintendent) also attended the meeting.

Consolidation of Golf and Green Committee was discussed.
  • The intent is to bring Golf and Green closer together (communication, course schedule, etc)
  • The decision was made not to combine committees due to extensive issues and length of meetings.
  • Having a common Committee Chair will help.  Also, Dave and Drew will attend the other Committee meetings when appropriate.  The possibility of having a combined quarterly meeting was discussed.

The 2019 Golf Program Mission Statement & Organizational Flowchart was reviewed and approved.

Use of the committee email address was reviewed. The golfcommittee@fawnlakecc.com address is included in every Golf Gazette.  The committee decided that we will respond to every email.  If a member takes the time to write, we will respond within a reasonable amount of time.


2019 changes to the Rules of Golf were discussed.  
  • We have received 100 updated Rule Books to be distributed to Members.
  • We are sending links to the USGA website in the Golf Gazette and displaying signage in the Pro Shop.  The intent is to familiarize the members with the rule changes.
  • A 90-minute Rule Change Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 19 @ 1100.  A second seminar is being scheduled in March, planning for a weekend to accommodate members who work during the week.
  • New Rules took effect Jan 1.  No action required prior to that date by local Clubs.
  • Local rules changes (marking Penalty Areas RED or YELLOW and OB option) are agenda items for upcoming meetings.  We will solicit input from Club groups, Pros, and Course Superintendent before recommending any local rule changes to the Board of Directors.
Golf Subcommittee structure was established and the Subcommittee Chairs were appointed:
  • Ladies' Golf Subcommittee:  Becki Davis
  • Men’s Golf Subcommittee:  Keith Armstrong & Terry Thompson
  • Junior Golf Subcommittee:  Chad Bell & Jerry Watson
  • Tournament Subcommittee:  Keith Armstrong & Terry Thompson
  • New Golf Member Welcome Subcommittee:  Brett DeGallery
New Golf Member Welcome Subcommittee was established.  Currently, Drew reaches out to all new golf members.  The concept behind the new subcommittee is to have the Golf Committee Chair follow-up as well.  This will give the Committee the opportunity to steer them to the appropriate contact group (Ladies, Men’s, Junior, etc).

2019 Golf Calendar was drafted and sent to the Board for approval.  Ladies Golf, Men’s Golf, Junior Golf, and Outside Events were aligned to accommodate golf maintenance schedule (aeration, etc).  The calendar was forwarded to Tennis Committee and Harbor Club to deconflict events

The Committee has a very busy agenda, especially at the beginning of 2019.  As s result, we will have two meetings in February: Friday, Feb 8 & Friday, Feb 22