City Council OKs lease with To u c h s t o n e Austin-based golf management company inks five-year deal By Erika Vela Standard-Radio Post reporter
ANNUAL MEETING FOLB FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Meeting called to order at 5:37 with approximately 50 people attending.
Treasurers report showed $293.39 in the general fund and $831.8the junior golf fund for 2016.
It was moved and seconded to elect Joe Klammah to an additional year on the board. Motion passed with a voice vote.
Jerry Fischer quickly reviewed the FOLB charter and introduced Tim Lehmberg, Executive Director of Economic Development Corporation. Tim said he authored the LCRA study detailing the economic impact of the course on the city of Fredericksburg using the traditional methods used on all his previous studies. The study verified an annual economic impact of $8.4 million. He also high lighted year end sales tax figures of $5 million for the city and $3 million for the county from Nov. 2015 to Oct. 2016 the fiscal year. It was a record year showing a 40% increase for the city and 48.6% for the county. Hotel and motel rooms gained 288 rooms but bed and breakfasts grew to 1178. Real estate sales totaled $212 million, a 13% increase. But the average price of a home jumped by a whopping $63,000 to $361,726 in 2016 or an average of $180 per square foot. Tim informed us that Gillespie County has a total of 40 wine producing licenses 32 of which belong to separate entities.
He also said 54% of residences in the city are second homes and that 31% of persons are retired making us third in the state and ninety first in the nation in retired per capita.
Tim was followed by Clinton Bailey, assistant city manager, director of public works and parks and recreation. He detailed some of the projects he has undertaken since assuming his new position: he resurfaced the driving range parking lot and moved the transformer and the tree stump. His forces removed the fence on the ninth hole perimeter and replaced it with attractive stone and plans to plant pampers grass between them. He had the hill cleared revealing a view of the club house. He lighted the parking lot and promised additional lighting. He caused the practice bunker to be repaired. He has also authored an aggressive tree plan for cutting and replacingg trees. He is going to get various signs place to announce the presence of a golf course. He has had his crews mow the rough between fairways to enable faster play. He has conducted various meeting with gruntled and disgruntled golfers assessing what needs to be done to increase play. He has also suggested further advertising and publishing methods to further our exposure.
Alan Wooley, Director off Golf reiterated some of the projects that he and Tim are working on and gave an encouraging report on his wife’s health. He also reminded everyone that golf is not meant to be fair and to learn to take the unfortunate bounces along with the good without doing damage to property or people.
We want to thank , Ann Armentrout, Anna Marie Kluber and Martin Kuykendall for there faithful service to this organization.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn and passed at 6:53.
ANNUAL MEETING FEB. 12, 2015 FOLB
Meeting called to order at 6:05. Minutes from 2014 meeting were approved as transmitted. Treasurer reported $208.70 in the general account and $2,221.57 in the foundation .
Jerry reported the slate of officers to vote on ; Judy Chase, Jerry Fischer,Janie Guines,Brandt Kuntz, Bruce Reeh, Buzz Roye, Ron Moerbe, Mark Seitz, Adam Star, Eric Zey. Jack made the motion to elect them all by acclamation, seconded by Buzz Roye. Motion passed.
Motion was made to delete the marketing and club house committees and add ad hoc as needed instead. Motion passed.
Junior golf chairman Buzz Roye reported over 300 lessons provided to students during the past year to school kids and boys and girls club members. Over two dozen students attended the eight week golf camp which culminated with two tournaments. Additionally scholarships and clubs were provided to those who had need. In all 70 varsity, junior varsity, and middle school students were serviced. This year there will be two tourneys sponsored here. The local Optimist Club sponsored two players in their national program and hope to sponsor more students this year. Mention was made of the proposed short 3 hole course for student play. FOLB will take on the funding issue.
Alan’s State of Golf He is celebrating his fourth year as DOG. Total revenues $1,163,033. Transfer from general fund $421,900. $1,563,667 $152,452 below budget. Total rounds 26,095, guests 11,271. Out of county 5899 which is 52.33% of total. We lost 62 days because of weather. San Antonio lost 57 and every course along the Gulf did also. The weather also affects turf conditions which further degrades play.
Alan spoke about the book “Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell. He defines three types of people, Sales People. These are folks who are positive and for things and promote them. There are Connectors, they would bring someone to the practice facility or bring someone to the course to play. There are Mavens they know a lot about everything and help others. Alan asks us to be these kinds of people, supportive, positive. Don’t bad mouth the course or the operation. When you hear someone in town who is uninformed blowing…enlighten them. Be a cheer leader!!! Remember the LCRA study that credited the course with adding $8.5 million to the local economy.
The city is actively working on Phase Two of the overall plan the previous council approved. This involves purchasing additional land behind the 6th tee box to move the maintenance facility and tear down the old one to make space for additional parking and room for a cart barn which will allow the purchase of electrical carts thereby reducing the cost per round from 80 cents per round to 9.
There is a program to reduce the effect of the brows surrounding the bunkers. We are burning them now and when they grow out we will treat them with a growth retardant to reduce their effect. Additional projects include additional drainage around #5 green, #9, area between the cart path and #1 white tee.
Lady Bird is scheduled to host 2 STPGA events. We were named in a Dallas magazine publication listing us in the top public courses in the state. We were named to PING 100 top fitters.
Attending were councilmen Pearson, Neffendorf,Watson. Mr. Watson mentioned he had voted to award us $45,000 to advertize the course.
Adjourned at 6:50
FLGA held the Awards Ceremony at D’Vine Wine which included a wine tasting and cheese. Election of new officers were presented:
President – Betsy Nogueira
Vice President – Jo Anne Spencer
Secretary – Beverly Pesek
Treasurer – Ann Armentrout
Committee Chairwomen presented were:
Traveling 4 – Ball – Laura Crump
Directory and 4-Ball Asst – Anna Marie Kluber
Birdie – Anna Mills
Sunshine – Greta Frantzen
Historian – Ann Armentrout
Social – Janet Shindler and Judy Chase
Redbird Tournament – Beverly Pesek and Ann Armentrout
9-Hole Golfers – Josee Cvercko
Awards were presented to Club Championship winners Betsy Nogueira – Low Net and Low Gross. Birdie award went to Ann Armentrout. Most improved was Laurie Mayfield.
CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES FOR PROVIDING FUNDING TO LADY BIRD GOLF COURSE AT THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, MONDAY, AUGUST 1.
THE COUNCIL ACCEPTED UNANIMOUSLY THE MASTER PLAN PRESENTED BY ALAN WOOLEY, PGA, DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT THE LAST REGULAR MEETING ON JULY 5.
FOLB was on display in a front row seat at the April 24 Fun after Five event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Lady Bird Johnson Golf Club hosted the event which drew over 200 members of the local C of C and their guests. FOLB’s goals in participating are to raise FOLB visibility in the community and highlight our Junior Golf Program and Fund Raising. On hand to support the FOLB cause was the Regional Champion FHS Girl’s Golf Team represnted by Leanne Shackelford, Katelyn Zuberbueler, Lorin Flores, Kaytlen James, Kristen Payne. The FOLB booth sported the new FOLB Banner and also a popular door prize raffle. The winner, Andrew McGown will enjoy golf for two and lunch on the house with our Director of Golf, Alan Wooley, PGA.