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City of Galesburg Golf Advisory Commission met September 24

By Michael Abella | Nov 9, 2019

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City of Galesburg Golf Advisory Commission met Sept. 24.

Here is the minutes provided by the commission:

Meeting was called to order at 4:00 P.M.

Roll Call: Present: Members: Steve Cheesman, Paul Sandborg, Jerry Reynolds, David Selkirk, Greenskeeper Matt Miles, Park Superintendent Don Miles, Head Golf Professional Bryan Luedtke and Director of Parks & Recreation Tony OligneyEstill

Absent: Rodney Bunch

Minutes of August 27, 2019 meeting were approved.

Greenkeeper Report:

Greenskeeper Matt Miles reported:

● Three more Ash trees were cut down and removed.

● Greens were aerified by pulling cores and collecting them. Sand topdressing was brushed into the holes.

● Green were rolled several times since then and will continue to be rolled.

● Approach areas and tees have been aerified by pulling cores and then breaking the soil up with drag mats and verticut machines.

● Fairways have been sliced in one direction with the Bannerman aerifier.

Report was reviewed and accepted.

Golf Professional Report:

Head Golf Professional Bryan Luedtke reported:

● Cubs vs Cardinals

o 76 golfers participated

o 21% increase in participation from last year

o $760 in merchandise credit paid onto accounts

o Beautiful day with a great turnout of players

● All-City “Best Ball”

o 27 Twosomes played in the event

o Cloudy, cool, wet day for the players

o Good scores were shot

o Players had positive comments about the event

● High School golf has begun

o Tryouts for the team were held in August

o Weekday matches start at 4pm

o Weekend match on Saturday at noon

o The GHS team is very inexperienced

● August Results

o Rounds and revenue both up from previous year

o 3rd month in a row both rounds and revenue have been up

● Next events on the Calendar

o GHS Invitational on Saturday, September 28th

▪ Expecting 17 teams to compete

• Passes sold through 9/23/19. The amount listed for 2018 is for the entire year of 2018.

o Regular – 61, up 3 from 2018

o Senior – 102, up 4 from 2018

o Associate – 8, down 2 from 2018

o Family – 1, up 1 from 2018

o Minor – 14, up 2 from 2018

o Junior – 7, new in 2019

o Young Adult – 9, new in 2019

o First Time Season Pass – 31, down 15 from 2018

o Default – 15, down 3 from 2018

• Total cards sold through 9/23/2019. The amount listed for 2018 is for the entire year of 2018.

o 10 Round (9 holes) – 8, up 2 from 2018

o 10 Round (18 holes) – 16, up 2 from 2018

o 20 Round – 15, down 10 from 2018

o Default – 1, same as 2018

Report was reviewed and accepted.

Old Business:

● Finn Scooter was demoed. The demo went well. The lease on the scooter is 3 years. Each scooter has an upfront cost of $600 plus $60 for shipping. The daily rental of the scooter is set by the course with three price points, $21, $26 or $31. At the $21 price, the course would receive $10 per rental. Renting the scooter would work either through the phone app or through a tablet. A credit card would be needed to rent the scooter. The money would go to a 3rd party (app) and then the course would receive a check for its share of the revenue. The lease is based on each scooter being rented 100 rounds per season. More discussion on the scooter will be had at the October Golf Commission Meeting.

● The RFP is out for the cart rental with proposals due October 16th. The recommendation to the City Council will occur at the November 4th City Council Meeting.

New Business:

● A discussion on the possibility of raising the concession prices for the 2020 season occurred. It looks like prices may be increased $.25 or so on most concession items.

● The City budgeted to renovate the patio at Bunker Links. The patio will be concrete and there will be shade of some sort along with new tables and chairs. Staff is working on having this complete by May 1, 2020.

Citizen Comments:

• None

Meeting adjourned at 5:16 P.M.

Next Golf Commission Meeting will be on October 22, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.

https://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/assets/1/20/Golf_Commission_Meeting_Minutes_9-24-2019.pdf

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