Wednesday, May 27, 2020

FLMG EVENT #3 -- Saturday 30 May

  • TEE TIME: 1st tee time is 9AM
  • FORMAT: Stableford (NET)
    • Scoring: 
      • Bogey = 1
      • Par = 2
      • Birdie = 3
      • Eagle or better = 4
      • ALL BALLS COUNT
  • HANDICAP ALLOWANCE: 90%
  • DEADLINE TO REGISTER: NLT 2PM, FRIDAY, 29 May
  • FLMG GUIDANCE & DIRECTION:  CLICK HERE
  • BUNKERS: LCP in the bunker within one club length and no closer to the hole -- ball must remain in the bunker
  • SKIN GAME:  Please notify Mike Edwards, edwardsmt54@msn.com, if you would like to participate.
  • ARRIVAL on the Practice Facility and/or Pro Shop: DO NOT arrive more than 20 minutes before your designated tee time. 
  • GOLF CARTS: Please do your best to have no more than 2 golf carts in the fairway at the same time. This is really helping and we appreciate your cooperation!
  • Click here to view current SWEET-16 STANDINGS

Friday, May 22, 2020

Men’s Golf Week #2 Results

Congratulations to those teams/players in the money:
  • 1st - Canny / VanPelt / Henderson = $60 per player
  • T2nd - Keddie / Bishop / Bowles = $45 per player
  • T2nd - Perdue / Sarver / Stumpf = $45 per player
  • 4th - Marcus / Wanat / Fulton = $30 per player
  • T5th - Duehring / Morris / Bost = $15 per player
  • T5th - Ried / Avery / Lease = $15 per player
  • 7th - Gorski / Buono / Gregory = $5 per player
Skins Results: 
  • GROSS Skins -- each skin worth $27
    • Sites with two (2) 
    • Bishop, Payne, and Marcus one (1) each
  • NET Skins -- each skin worth $27
    • Marcus with two (2)
    • Robertson, Bishop, and Payne with one (1) each 

FLMG next event: Saturday, 30 May -- Stableford (NET)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

2 More Weeks To Sign Up For Match Play

Sign up for Men's & Ladies' Match Play: 

Click here for additional information on the Men's Match Play, call or click here to sign up.  

Click here for additional information on the Ladies' Match play, call or click here to sign up. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Another Way You Can Help

One of the virus related changes to the golf course involved encouraging the use of separate carts when playing.  When this began we “relaxed” the policy that limited cart traffic to two carts per group off the path on any given hole.  With nearly 1000 more rounds year to date over 2019, we are on pace to shatter records for play.  That’s fantastic except for the wear and tear that the excess cart traffic brings.  We’d like to encourage all who are able, to voluntarily adhere to our normal cart policy.  Two carts are far better than four when it comes to the condition of the course.  We’ve been overwhelmed at the amount of support the course has received during this crisis.  Our divot filling team is close to 40 strong and a number of others have made offers to help in other ways.  If you are in a foursome with multiple carts, keeping two of those carts on the path per hole is a huge way to help out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Coronavirus Change - Bunkers

As we resume our golf season, we are slowly eliminating restrictions, as appropriate. Sand bottles, properly sanitized, went back on the golf carts last week. Bunker rakes are continuing to be discussed. We are hopeful we can get them back out soon. 

The Rules & Handicap Committee and the Golf Committee reevaluated the current bunker restriction of Don’t rake bunkers, play as GUR.  Effective immediately, all bunkers are "lift, clean and place" within one (1) club length, must remain in the bunker, no closer to the hole (please smooth out sand with foot).


FLCC Golf Phase 2

The course is open for play under current policies and procedures with the following changes:
  • At all times, avoid groups of more than 10 people and maintain social distancing.
  • Pro Shop open with reduced staff, limited member access.
  • Call to check-in before the round.
  • Walk or ride alone in a golf cart (two riders from the same family is permissible).
  • Practice Facility open with social distancing.
  • Leave all flagsticks in the hole.
  • All bunkers are "lift, clean and place" within one (1) club length, must remain in the bunker, no closer to the hole (please smooth out sand with foot).
  • No water coolers on the course.
  • Post handicaps online.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

New Hole Handicaps take effect Wednesday, May 6

The World Handicap System (WHS) required a review and subsequent change to our Hole Handicaps.  That process is complete and the Golf Handicap Index Network (GHIN) has been updated. Effective Wednesday, May 6, we will begin using the new Scorecards and Course Guides.  To make them easily identifiable, the new Scorecards have ROUNDED EDGES vs square and the new Course Guides are GREEN vs blue. 

If you are interested in the rationale behind the new Hole Handicaps, here is the report from the Rules & Handicap Committee:  FLCC Hole Handicap/Stroke Index Allocation Report

Board-O-Gram & Golf Update

Friday, May 1, 2020

Five Ways Golfers Can Care For The Course

Here's a good article (with links on "how to do it") from the USGA Green Section on ways we can help care for our course during the COVID-19:  "Five Ways Golfers Can Care For The Course"

You can find more great information on Dave's Blog.

Men's Member-Guest & Member-Member Update

PLAN C is in effect due to Covid-19.  Click here for the:  FLMG Calendar of Events Update

We have decided to swap Men's Member-Member and Member-Guest dates. While rescheduling major events isn’t ideal, this is the only option to still host both events.

Previous Dates: 
• June 25 - June 27 (Thu-Sat) – Men’s Member-Guest
• August 1 - August 2 (Sat-Sun) – Men’s Member-Member 


New Dates:
June 27 - June 28 (Sat-Sun) – Men’s Member-Member
July 30 - August 1 (Thu-Sat) – Men’s Member-Guest 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Board-O-Gram 2020-11

To all Fawn Lake Country Club Members,
We have just concluded our April Board meeting, and we wanted to update everyone on the current status of the Club as we operate through the COVID-19 crisis.
Currently, Virginia is still operating under Executive Order 53 which directs all of us to stay at home except for extremely limited circumstances.  It does allow for outdoor activities and the operation of take-out dining at restaurants. Our Club activities comply with this Executive Order provided we maintain our social distancing requirements and do not gather with 10 or more people.  This Order is effective, unless amended sooner, until June 10, 2020.
We are hopeful that some of these restrictions are lifted sooner than June 10 as is occurring in several other states.  What that will look like for the Club is still a question, but we do expect the social distancing requirements to stay in effect for the foreseeable future.  Like other businesses, the Club is discussing plans for reopening their spaces in an effective and safe manner as we adjust to the new normal of COVID-19. 
In the interim, we are busy with take-out dining, golf, and tennis as the weather warms up and the grass begins to green.  Our takeout operation for the Grille has seen incredible demand. On a busy night, we have served over 200 entrees and the demand for our delicious pizza has been overwhelming.  At times, this has resulted in wait times as long as 2 hours.  Because of this, we are purchasing an additional pizza oven that will allow us to better serve our members in the future. We expect this to be up and running in the next month or so. We are also increasing our hours and adding dinner and drink specials in hopes of providing even more variety and options for our members.  Click here to view our recent issue of the Harbor Club Happenings.  Our golf rounds are the highest they have ever been, and tennis is also off to a great start.  If we must stay at home, the Club and all its activities sure help with cabin fever.
Last, thank you to everyone who donated to the Employee Relief Fund.  Your very generous donations have resulted in two distributions to the employees directly affected by the virus cutbacks.  If you want to make a contribution, please call or email shollars@fawnlakecc.com.  We received many heartwarming responses from our Club family who were thrilled with your timely donations during this difficult time.
Hopefully, we will be talking with you very soon about our plan for opening some of our spaces. Until then, stay well and thanks again for your continued support for our Club!
2020 Board of Directors
Email: yourboard@fawnlakecc.com
John Statler - Chair
Brett DeGallery - Vice Chair
Don Pressley - Treasurer
Jim Bost - Secretary 
Ron Ball, Leslie Hummel                 
Phil Basso, Steve Gress


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Covid-19 Golf Update

Updating a previous decision to postpone all club events through at least April 30, we have extended that period to include all events through at least May 15.

We recognize that Governor Northam has issued a statewide Stay-at-Home Order that is in place until June 10. However, the order states that this may be amended or rescinded by further executive order, so we will provide another update near the end of April in case there is any new information that comes out between now and then.  Thank you for your continued support of our golf program and the club!

Click here for the:  FLMG Calendar of Events Update

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Junior Golf & Tennis Membership Program

For our aspiring junior golfers age 21 and under, we are offering a program to help young players become more involved with our Junior Golf & Tennis Membership.  Golf & tennis are great options to get outdoors for exercise while keeping a safe social distance and learning a sport for a lifetime.  Click on this link for all the details: Junior Golf & Tennis Membership

Thursday, April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Golf Operations & Maintenance Update

We are taking every step to ensure the safety of our members and keep the golf course open. Golf is a very important part of our physical and mental fitness during this crisis. As you probably noticed, our member golf rounds are up significantly.  This increase in play creates a few operational challenges when it coincides with our limitations to add staff at this time. We are attempting to meet those but please bear with us along the way.  The staff works very hard during normal times, they are working extra hard now.  PLEASE THANK THEM WHEN YOU SEE THEM! 
  • Practice range mats:  Typically, we open the grass hitting area for use in early May.  Once that happens we spend roughly 5 hours per week in daily tee cleaning and set up.  We also have about 8 hours a week in divot filling.  Altogether it’s right around $700 in labor per month.  If we keep practice on the mats until we get through this issue, we can save a lot of labor.  Not to mention, the range tee is one area that we might see a lack of social distancing.  Remaining on the mats will save much needed time and money.  
  • The first tee time of the day stays at 8:30:  This will help our maintenance staff stay ahead of play.  Smaller staff means fewer bodies to do all the early tasks. Course set up, spraying, mowing greens, tees, collars, fairways, and approaches to name a few are jobs that are best performed in front of play.  We struggle to stay ahead of the first groups now and will be getting caught by hole 7 or 8 if the first tee times moves up to 8:00. 
  • Start all play on hole #1:  Tuesdays and occasionally on other days, we’ve had 2 or 3 groups go back as far as 16 to start their round.  It is challenging with a full staff and more so with a small staff.  Anything we can do to streamline our labor and maximize efficiency will help us maintain conditions through this crisis. Straight tee time starts will help keep to the CDC’s recommended gathering maximums of 10 as well.
  • Carts on paths & 90-degree rule:  Now that we are riding in separate carts, we are working on ways to mitigate the traffic issues.  From time-to-time, we may alternate front nine/back nine as cart path only or ask that no more than two carts leave the path on any given hole (this is our normal rule but we have relaxed it for now).  We don’t have the manpower to allocate resources to traffic control and traffic-related repairs.  Moving posts, signs, added fertilizer in wear areas, are a few of the cart traffic specific tasks.  
  • Hole Sponsor:  Any members want to sponsor a hole? Hole sponsors will be provided sand bottles and asked to fill divots in the fairway and on the tee once per week.  We’ve done Divot Days in the past but this is something different.  Details from Dave coming soon.
  • Aeration:  Scheduled for April 20-22.  The course will be closed.  We know this is an inconvenience to our members, especially this year but it is critically important for our greens.
Our goals are: 1) keep our members safe; 2) keep our course open; 3) avoid damage that will take years to fix after this crisis is over.  Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times! 

FLCC Golf & Green Committee’s

Monday, April 6, 2020

Update on the FLCC Course Guide

New FLCC Course Guides have been ordered and should arrive in April. There were a few minor updates and they will include the new hole handicaps (a full explanation of those is in a post below). The new Guides will be GREEN so members can easily identify the new vs previous version (currently BLUE).

Reminder, these are at NO COST to our club and we offer them FREE to our members.  We hope you find the Guide useful!  Click here for the new version:  FLCC Course Guide

REMINDER:  New scorecards have been ordered. When they arrive, we will update the GHIN database and go-live with the new hole handicaps. Until then, members are reminded to use current scorecards and hole handicaps, not the new ones as published in this GREEN Guide.  The BLUE Guide is still current.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Golf Committee: COVID-19 Update

Re: Golf Committee guidance for social distancing

As per the Commonwealth of Virginia, Office of the Governor Executive Orders, all public and private in-person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited. Subsequent clarifications of the Executive Orders DO NOT prohibit golf operations.

With that being said, we must comply with the guidance of our government leaders and updated club protocols.  The safety of our members, their families, and the Fawn Lake community will always come first.

With that goal in mind, we are reminding our members of the following:
  • Gatherings of 10 or more players is prohibited. This applies during team selections on the driving range, post-game pay-outs, etc. where adherence to the six-foot social distancing guidance is easily violated or ignored.
  • Groups should have teams selected by the Group Leader and be announced in advance.
  • Stagger the arrival and start of play to prevent gatherings of 10 or more.
  • Only one player per golf cart. This does not apply to immediate family members.
  • Avoid the exchange of currency before and after the round. Venmo, Zelle or just the good old-fashioned IOU should be used for now. 
We have created a touch-less golf experience and are fully complying with all government directives and guidelines. We want to keep the golf course open and available through this crisis. Failure to follow the above guidance violates government-mandated procedures or club policy and may be unsafe. It will also bring pressure from outside organizations to close our course, taking that decision out of our hands. 

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support in these difficult times.

Respectfully, FLCC Golf Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2020

FLCC Hole Handicaps & the WHS

The World Handicap System (WHS) required a review and subsequent change to our Hole Handicaps.  We have suspended all golf events through the end of April.  We are hopeful that this will be ready to go when we start up again.

Click here for the FLCC Hole Handicap/Stroke Index Allocation Report

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Golf Ops Phase 2

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and outlined these additional measures to ensure the health and safety of all Virginians: all indoor sports facilities must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This does NOT apply to outdoor sports and our golf course but will impact the Pro ShopEffective immediately, we are moving to Phase 2. 

Phase 2:

  • The Pro Shop will be closed to members, Professional staff will be working. The staff will set up a table outside or work through the window, ensuring social distancing. 
  • Call to check-in, 972-GOLF.
  • Carts will be available. Walking encouraged.
  • Range balls available. 
  • Guest of members and non-Full Golf members (Social, Tennis) maintain the same golf benefits with charges placed on member accounts.  

These remain in effect from Phase 1:
  • Temporary relief of the 2 carts per group Club policy. This would allow each individual to have a cart. We remind our members to kindly follow the cart path 90-degree rule.  We will go cart-path-only (CPO) as needed to limit wear and tear on the course.
  • Leave all flagsticks in the hole.
  • Don’t rake bunkers and play all bunkers as Ground Under Repair (GUR).
  • Post handicaps online.
  • Restrooms on the course to remain open.
  • Golf course and grounds maintenance will be working full time.