August 4, 2020

Hello Everyone,

I can’t believe July is in the rear-view mirror.  We trust that everyone has been getting in their fair share of rounds and enjoying everything the RDGCC has to offer.  As Mike mentioned in a previous memo, there has been a 70% usage rate in available tee times, which is phenomenal.  On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank everybody who has supported our Club.  The beginning of this year was full of uncertainty and a certain amount of gloom, but thanks to some prudent fiscal restraint, some timely government subsidies and the enthusiastic support of the members, our financial picture looks better than anticipated.

Hopefully, everyone took the time to complete the survey sent out by GGA Partners.  Once the results have been tabulated and analyzed, the Board will invite all members to a special meeting (COVID regulations permitting) to discuss the results and our plans moving forward.  Mike is also setting up focus groups, so if you want to share your thoughts and opinions, consider being a part of one of the groups.  Both the survey and focus groups are essential parts of the strategic planning process.  We are trying to identify any issues RDGCC may have aesthetically, culturally, operationally or systemically.  Whether you want colder beer, fine dining, faster greens, dogleg lefts, greater value, or better bunkers, the objective is to be the best Club we can be for everybody.  

There is some exciting news to report.  We are getting new power carts!  As you know, our existing fleet is really showing its age, and there are concerns regarding a number of them, especially with the higher usage this year because of the restrictions.  The Board was authorized to purchase new carts at the AGM but given our precarious financial situation at the time, we decided to postpone the purchase.

Apparently, it is a buyer’s market when it comes to golf carts.  Mike approached Oak Creek about the possibility of taking the carts now, and they were anxious to make a deal.  In addition to delaying payment for the carts until next year – essentially giving us new carts for free for the remainder of 2020, we have the added benefit of a lower interest rate by postponing the delivery this past 4 months.  And even better, we are getting the 2021 models – and at the 2020 model price!  Look for the new carts to arrive by late August or early September.  The Board hopes the new carts enhance the member experience.

Until next time.

Keep it on the short grass.

Cheers,

Chung Mah
President
Red Deer Golf and Country Club

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