FRIENDS OF LADY BIRD JOHNSON MUNICIPAL GOLF CLUB, INC.
Board Meeting – Cardinal Room at Lady Bird Golf Club
March 22, 2012 – 5:30 p.m.
Present: Leonard Bentch, Jim Drewitz, Ron Moerbe, Bill Lindemann, Jerry Fischer, Jimmy Lukacs, Anna Marie Kluber, Joe Kammlah, Buzz Roye, Mark Seitz, Alan Wooley and Judy Chase.
Absent: Bruce Reeh, Hershal Byrd, Gerald Gold, Jeff Jeffers, Ann Armentrout, Al Bickle, Bryan Davis and Ernie Loeffler.
Jerry Fischer called the meeting to order at 5:41 p.m.
Minutes: Jimmy Lukacs moved to accept the February minutes as posted electronically; Ron Moerbe
seconded the motion and it passed.
No treasurer’s report: (Ann was absent)
D.O.G. Report: Alan reported that the course received 3.25” of rain from the recent storm.
Golf Handicap Software is now installed. Members who have paid for the handicapping can now go to ghin.com to complete a personal profile. Scores can now be entered from home or from other clubs using the Ghin system.
Course renovation is “on schedule”. Only green # 11 has yet to be shaped ! Currently, the operation is within 1% of budget. The next evening tour will be held Thursday, March 29th at 5 p.m. Ron Moerbe asked about plans to kill Bermuda grass in the fairways. Alan responded that Roundup will be used as early as this week.
Boot Ranch’s mechanic is grinding our reels for us.
Alan is finalizing the purchase of several trim mowers for the green surrounds.
He is in negotiations with Club Car for the purchase of 70 new golf carts. These will increase the opening WOW factor this fall! He is proposing a 12-24-36-48-month buy-out .
He brought a sample tee marker made of resin, selling for $41 each. He has a local vendor who’ll create a comparable marker out of cedar and will sell them to us for $6 each!
Alan asked what we would think of putting hole numbers in German. Discussion ensued with points made pro and con; however, to avoid “confusion”, it was the consensus that we number in English.
Distance markers will be available to golfers in the middle of the fairway and on all sprinkler heads. Prisms will be incorporated into the flagsticks.
The practice tee and practice putting green will be taken out by April 2nd.
The Red Bird Grill has sold more food in the past two months than we’ve ever sold before! The grill will be closed on Sundays.
The Concierge Service has been well received by members.
Membership Issues: goal is to maintain current membership and to expand our numbers
Mark Seitz suggested that membership be brought up at MGA. The difficulty seems to be that most of the membership is still working, so organized meetings are difficult.
Jim Drewitz pointed out that growing the membership is going to be a slow process; there is confusion about our purpose/mission.
Jimmy Lukacs pointed out the positive fact that “every community group trying to accomplish something” now uses FOLB as their model.
Alan suggested that we make ourselves available to Rotary, Optimist, and other clubs seeking speakers; in this way, we can inform the non-golfing public and, perhaps, attract new members.
Leonard Bentch pointed out that we should align ourselves with what he described as “natural partners” such as Friends of Nature, Native Plant Society and others. New members may evolve from such contacts. As we become less involved in the operations of the course, we might focus more on the park, the environment, youth, tourism… Such diversification will help with our acceptance, undoubtedly.
Discussion evolved naturally into the protection of the course environment with emphasis upon existing habitat for birds and other animals. Alan quickly pointed out that he would love to plant native grasses and will consult with Bill Lindemann about plans.
How do we go about planning for habitat? (with particular emphasis on hole #10) Bill pointed out that nature isn’t always as pretty as we’d like it to be… To “clean out” understory growth in order to improve the view would destroy perhaps 10 years of growth and would NOT move Lady Bird toward Audubon certification. Alan again expressed willingness to talk with Bill anytime, but emphasized that he has superiors who also have expectations for the appearance of the area (the example given was that area below the clubhouse). As in other situations, perhaps compromise will be the order of the day? While Alan recognized the fact that Audubon Certification would be a tremendous feather in the cap of LBJGC (few municipal courses have qualified), he pointed out that he is under tremendous pressure to finish this project on time and on budget .
Buzz Roye made a motion that we address the Audubon Certification after construction is concluded. The course has to be our first priority!
Mark Seitz pointed out that his first reaction to the Audubon Certification was, “no way! Goals are going to clash!” He asked Alan if adding additional Audubon requirements would complicate his life. Alan responded, “I have a finite budget.”
Jerry Fischer emphasized that Bill Lindemann is making a great contribution to the choices we make during this renovation. Conversation needs to go hand-in-hand as we proceed with the renovation… For example, if “corridors” need to be established and there is a conflicting “issue”, why not discuss it BEFORE the bulldozers destroy something vital that can’t be replaced easily or in a timely manner…
Leonard pointed out that Audubon certification relates to the USGA and to the manner in which things are done being mindful of the environment. He reminded us that this exploration of the Audubon Certification is a PROCESS , not a decision, and we all need further education on the subject.
Jerry Fischer indicated that he would support Alan in deciding what our priorities need to be. Buzz and Mark concurred. Buzz withdrew his earlier motion to address Audubon certification following renovation.
Handicap Committee: requires peer review of handicaps
Alan pointed out the FOLB might spearhead the review function by providing a certified (8- hour course required) member of the committee. (not necessarily the chair) Each of the golf associations would provide one member/representative.
Golfers will be required to turn in every scorecard.
Golfers need to play every round to the best of their ability.
For handicap purposes, 6 holes played = a 9-hole round; 13 holes played = an 18-hole round. Turn in those cards!
Alan told us to go play with our friends , tee up this discussion and bring feedback to the next meeting.
We’ll need to decide how many members should constitute the committee, what personality traits they should possess, and what FOLB’s role should be regarding the committee .
Greens Committee: Alan pointed out that it is very unusual for a municipal course to have such a committee.
Deals with everything “green”. Suggestions and complaints are routed through this committee (even something such as bunker “x” is giving players of all skill levels great difficulty)
Alan looks forward to the input from this committee. He would define the scope, size and role of the committee and it would report to the FOLB board.
Buzz Roye sees this committee and the handicap committee as vehicles to facilitate movement of information up, down and across the various golf groups.
Leonard made the motion to establish both the greens and handicap committees with details regarding their respective structures to follow and to appoint interim chairmen (Ron Moerbe – greens and Jimmy Lukacs – handicap). Mark Seitz seconded the motion and it passed.
The motion was made and seconded that we adjourn the meeting. Motion passed and the meeting was adjourned at 7:31 p.m.
Judy Chase, Secretary