Elec­tric carts pro­posed for all POA golf cour­ses

The Weekly Vista - - Community - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

Elec­tric golf carts are com­ing back to Bella Vista if the Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Board of Di­rec­tors agrees to a pro­posal made by Golf Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor Phillip Wright. Wright told the Joint Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee on Golf that he projects a sav­ings of about $28,000 a year.

Fuel costs will go down with elec­tric carts and so will main­te­nance costs, he said.

The POA leases 360 golf carts for the six golf cour­ses. The switch was made to gas in 2014 be­cause the price of the lease was less. Since then an above ground gas tank was in­stalled near the Kings­dale cart barn, but at the other cour­ses, carts have been filled from tanks in the main­te­nance ar­eas.

All the cour­ses have gas tanks in their main­te­nance area where mow­ers and other equip­ment is stored, Wright said af­ter the meet­ing. The staff uses a trailer be­hind a cart to haul about 50 gal­lons of gas at a time and re­fill the carts.

Bat­ter­ies for the new carts will be guar­an­teed to last 36 holes, Wright told the com­mit­tee. If there’s a prob­lem, the com­pany will switch out the bat­ter­ies. The guar­an­tee is good for three years.

Be­cause the gas carts make more noise, Wright said the elec­tric carts will im­prove the golf ex­pe­ri­ence.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Tom Stephens told the group that he’s still wait­ing on a team from the USGA to come and rate the Bella Vista golf cour­ses, but he be­lieves the work will be done this month. Five of the six cour­ses have al­ready been re­mea­sured and hand­i­caps will be ad­justed us­ing score cards from two of the large golf groups, he said.

Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor Kim Carl­son said her de­part­ment has been work­ing closely with the Golf De­part­ment.

Golf pro­mo­tions will con­tinue to fo­cus on non­peak times, com­mit­tee mem­ber Su­san Nut­tall told the com­mit­tee. A va­ri­ety of spe­cials and pro­mo­tional prices are planned, she said.

Dar­ryl Mul­don, Golf Op­er­a­tions man­ager, told the com­mit­tee that Fe­bru­ary was a good month with green fees over bud­get. So far, 286 an­nual green fees have been sold and he ex­pects more when res­i­dents who win­ter in Florida re­turn.

Gen­eral Man­ager Tom Jud­son agreed, re­port­ing that over­all the POA is stay­ing within its bud­get.

Mul­don had the dates for the POA’s sum­mer golf pro­gram for young peo­ple. There will be two ses­sions. One starts May 30 and con­cludes June 2. The next ses­sion be­gins Aug. 8 and ends Aug. 11. The Golf De­part­ment has more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram and can be reached at 479-855-5079.

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