Golf Com­mit­tee proposes group no-show penalty

The Weekly Vista - - News - KEITH BRYANT

The Golf Com­mit­tee is sug­gest­ing new rules for group play.

The com­mit­tee, meet­ing July 19, unan­i­mously rec­om­mended to the Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion board new rules that would re­quire golf groups pro­vide no­ti­fi­ca­tion four days in ad­vance and pe­nal­ize groups that don’t show up, or at least don’t bring the num­ber they said they’d have.

Golf op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Phillip Wright said that the cur­rent rules re­quire a group to guar­an­tee the num­ber of play­ers 24 hours in ad­vance. These play­ers are then put on a tee sheet, he said, and sched­ules are no longer changed. This gives the club less than a day to re­book those tee times if any­thing changes. This pol­icy, he said, is re­sult­ing in fewer rounds of golf be­ing sold. Those lost tee times, he said, rep­re­sent lost rev­enue for the POA.

For ex­am­ple, he said, a group may sched­ule 32 peo­ple, but then 15 show up.

Work­ing more with golf groups, he said, can prove help­ful.

“I know that, if you’re the head of a golf group, it is tire­some at best,” he said. “I think we can stream­line the process to help them, but at the same time we’re ask­ing them to help us, which in turn helps ev­ery­one.”

He’d like to get to­gether with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the vil­lage’s golf groups, he said, and dis­cuss these changes.

If prob­lems con­tinue un­der the new rules, he said, the pro­posal al­lows for reper­cus­sions. There’s a 10 per­cent lee­way un­der his pro­posal, he said, but golf em­ploy­ees may make ad­just­ments for un­usual sit­u­a­tions. Be­yond that, he said, the first of­fense will re­sult in a writ­ten warn­ing.

A sec­ond of­fense, he said, will re­sult in a 20 per­cent re­duc­tion on that group’s book­ing num­bers for three months. If there’s a third of­fense, he said, the group will be re­moved from the tee sheet for six months.

Group mem­bers may still play, he said, but the group will not be al­lowed to reg­is­ter for group play.

“It will be a change for all Bella Vista play­ing golf groups,” Wright said. “But I guess the rea­son for this is what we’re do­ing isn’t work­ing.”

POA Gen­eral Manger Tom Jud­son said most groups shouldn’t be af­fected. These rules, he said, are geared to­ward the small num­ber of groups with which the as­so­ci­a­tion has had con­sis­tent is­sues.

“We’re re­serv­ing the tee sheet,” he said. “If you’re go­ing to use it, go for it; but if you’re not we need to know, be­cause when you’re not us­ing it, that tee time goes to waste.”

The com­mit­tee also talked about set­ting up bud­get re­quests for 2018 and rec­om­mended against over seed­ing dur­ing the win­ter.

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