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A Message From Your Creston Golf Club Handicap Committee

December 15, 2015 – 6:04 pm | Comments Off on A Message From Your Creston Golf Club Handicap Committee

To quote the RCGA Handicap Manual: “Fair handicapping depends upon full and accurate information regarding a player’s potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record. Every player must be responsible for returning all …

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Creston Golf Club Projects Update

April 19, 2016 – 3:59 pm | Comments Off on Creston Golf Club Projects Update

Members are of course noticing the many projects recently completed at the golf club and, inevitably, the question arises “how are we going to pay for all this?”

We are going to borrow, as approved at the AGM, $120,000 for the cart shed building. We are adding this to our mortgage, to be paid off, usually at an accelerated rate, as income permits. Our mortgage is at a historically low level and now is a good time to borrow, as rates are low. The cart shed building came in slightly under budget, and included the building (Stump Stove Industries), the electrical service and wiring (Murphy Electric) (including an upgrade to our main service, as demanded by Fortis, from the old “farm service” that we’ve been operating off for years), lockers (MW Millwork) and security system (C Systems Security). This building insures that our carts, a major club investment, are protected and given the excellent maintenance our crew provides, they should last us well. The carts are a major source of income for the club and pay for themselves over time. Over the years, Randy’s entire fleet has and will be replaced by new Yamaha (fuel injected) carts. The last eight carts are scheduled for trade in for new ones this year.

The Golf Course produces revenue that we put back into the course every year. In recent years, this has amounted to around $80,000 per year which we use for required and planned on course upgrades and maintenance and unusual events. There are always a few surprises out there that need to be dealt with (for example, the river pump required a major overhaul over the winter, and is now back to top operating condition, but the bill was over $10,000). This past year, we had over $100,000 to re-invest, as Dennis did very well in the clubhouse, contributing to our overall income. The focus for the near term will be to pay off club house improvements, as funds become available. We have used this system for years to pay for whatever improvements we’ve made.

Clubhouse improvements included the deck enclosure, an upgrade and modernization of the heating and cooling system, and renovation of the downstairs bathrooms. The deck enclosure was to provide increased comfort for the members, to facilitate club functions, for increased seating, smoother kitchen operations for food serving, and provide an area for private functions, which are, again, a source of income for the club. These events contribute to Club revenues, and hopefully, with the new private space, will be less disruptive for the general membership.

The deck enclosure, ably done by Robert Construction, included reinforcing under the deck (required by the building inspector), framing, windows and doors, drywall and painting, for $38,000, close to the estimate. There were additional electrical costs of $7,000 (Safcan Electrical) and $7,700 for carpeting the entire clubhouse.

The upgrade to the heating and cooling system has been long overdue. Our old baseboards were constantly blowing breakers, as they were inadequate and inefficient for heating the space that they covered. The swamp cooler was requiring more and more maintenance, was very noisy, and provided uneven cooling at best, not to mention the health risks. The new system, installed by All Elements Industries, came in on budget ($25,000), and will reduce our large power bills.

The bathroom upgrades downstairs were a response to member complaints that we were neglecting what was most in need of repair. We agreed that the old bathrooms were in a sorry state, and decided to make that part of the project sooner rather than later. Our contractor, Jeff Seville, did an excellent job, on budget (around $20,000 in total).

Whew! Yes, it’s a lot of money. As previously stated this will be paid off out of revenue generated this year, and likely next. It will remain our focus until it’s done. There are always more projects than there is money. As always, there are still projects proposed and ongoing. We are not yet done in the clubhouse, as further renovations to the basement spaces, office, kitchen storage area, and beverage delivery system are still in order. We would like to replace the covered outside area that we lost when we closed in the deck and provide shaded outside seating areas (there are a few options being considered in this regard). This is all part of ongoing planning, but we need pause to see how the year goes before proceeding further.

Len Mosher – Chair Finance Committee.

Tim Park – Member

Doug Vance – Member

Ed Loseth – Member

Don Vaillancourt – Member

Greens Report for 2015 AGM

December 15, 2015 – 5:42 pm | Comments Off on Greens Report for 2015 AGM

The golf season started very early this year, with the first day of golfing on March 7th. Last winter was a good one for the turf on the golf course, with all areas coming …

Greens Report – July 2015

December 15, 2015 – 5:30 pm | Comments Off on Greens Report – July 2015

This greens report will focus on water. No big surprises there, after the extremely hot and dry spring and summer we have had.
Our golf course irrigation system has been working extra hard …

Greens Report – June 2015

December 15, 2015 – 5:27 pm | Comments Off on Greens Report – June 2015

After one of the hottest and driest springs on record, we seem to be in to summer already. The excellent weather has contributed to excellent turf health around the golf course. The new …

Greens Report – May 2015

December 15, 2015 – 5:20 pm | Comments Off on Greens Report – May 2015

The spring has been very good to the golf course. With the warmer and drier weather, we have been able to get a lot of work done, and the course has come out of …

2015 Members’ Appreciation Celebration

April 5, 2015 – 9:26 pm | Comments Off on 2015 Members’ Appreciation Celebration

Please accept this as an invitation for all paid up members to the Members’ Appreciation Celebration Friday, April 24, 3- 7pm at the clubhouse. This also includes associate members. Spouses/partners are also welcome.
Enjoy free appetizers …

2015 April Newsletter

April 5, 2015 – 9:24 pm | Comments Off on 2015 April Newsletter

Hello golfers,
We hope you have enjoyed the early opening of our golf course this golfing season. Unfortunately, wet weather has been upon us quite a bit, but things are looking to improve very soon.
Men’s Night:
Our …

Greens Report March 2015

March 13, 2015 – 4:01 pm | Comments Off on Greens Report March 2015

This past winter turned out to be very mild with only about 6 weeks of snow cover. A warm wet spell in the middle of February had everyone hopeful for an early opening, which …

2015 March Newsletter

February 28, 2015 – 5:00 pm | Comments Off on 2015 March Newsletter

Hello Members. I hope you all are ready to begin the 2015 golf season, as our plan is to open the golf course on Thursday March 5th. Until then we will keep our fingers crossed …

2014 December President’s Report

December 17, 2014 – 3:50 pm | Comments Off on 2014 December President’s Report

2014 was another successful year at the Creston Golf Club, with a few ups and downs. Despite a season that was two weeks shorter than average and poor golfing weather at various times during the …

2014 Superintendents Report for AGM

December 16, 2014 – 2:32 pm | Comments Off on 2014 Superintendents Report for AGM

Creston Golf Club – December 2014
The golfing season started on March 27th this year.  The winter of 2013/2014 was one of the coldest and harshest in recent memory.  Several areas of turf were in poor …