Golf Industry Leaders Discuss Future of Golf in California

California Alliance for Golf General Assembly Meeting set for Thurs. May 1 at the Historic Sequoyah CC in Oakland, California 

Sacramento, Calif. -- The California Alliance for Golf (CAG) has scheduled its 2014 General Assembly Meeting for Thurs. May 1, at the historic Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, CA. 

The CAG Meeting will focus on topics that relate specifically to the game and business of golf –spanning from pending legislation and water-related issues to player development and growth of the game initiatives.

 The meeting will also include the introduction of Englander, Knabe and Allen, a firm which has been secured to provide membership development and lobbying services for the alliance. 

The gathering will commence with lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by the General Assembly session from 1:00-3:00 p.m. RSVP is required. 

The General Assembly Meeting is open to folks from all facets of the golf industry: course owners and managers, golf professionals and golf course superintendents, vendors and suppliers, golf course architects and builders, public recreation specialists, water agency representatives, environmental leaders, California golf association representatives as well as concerned members from the golfing public. 

A CAG Board of Directors meeting will precede the General Assembly Meeting. 

RSVP is required for the General Assembly Meeting with lunch commencing at 12:30 pm.  RSVP’s can be emailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mission of the California Alliance for Golf: CAG is a non-profit corporation which serves as the unified voice for the golf industry. It’s an umbrella trade organization spanning the state in its effort to protect and promote the golf industry.  CAG is committed in sharing its message with all who participate and enjoy the great game of golf as well as those employed at any of the driving ranges, golf courses, and clubs which include public, private, semi-private, military, educational, institutional and resort facilities. To learn more about the California Alliance for Golf visit: http://www.cagolf.org/.
 

San Francisco Supervisors Okay Frogs, Snakes, and Golf at Sharp Park

Frogs, snakes, and golfers all won at Sharp Park Tuesday, March 25, when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a small package of endangered species habitat enhancements and golf infrastructure upgrades at the historic, Alister MacKenzie-designed municipal golf course, located in Pacifica, CA. 

By a 7-4 margin, the Supervisors voted to proceed with construction of a new frog breeding pond, native plant restoration area, moving a golf cart path from a wetland, and dredging invasive tulles from an existing stream and pond.  The purpose of these limited measures is to improve frog and snake habitat in and around the wetlands at the San Francisco-owned golf course. 

San Francisco Supervisors Scott Wiener, David Chiu, Maria Cohen, London Breed, Norman Yee, Katy Tang, and Mark Farrell voted to support the Project, while Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim, and Eric Mar opposed.  In January, 2014 the Project received unanimous support from both the San Francisco Planning and Recreation and Park Commissions.  The future of Sharp Park has been hotly debated here at City Hall since 2009.  Tuesday’s vote was the first time the Supervisors have okayed construction of new habitat and golf improvements at the 82-year-old seaside course. 

Although the habitat restoration work had been approved in advance by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Army Corps of Engineers, the project was strongly opposed by Wild Equity Institute, a local offshoot of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity.  Wild Equity objected that the project should not go ahead without a lengthy and expensive Environmental Impact Review – even though both the Fish and Wildlife Service and Corps have ordered that the new frog pond be completed by July, 2015, and the other work be at least begun by April, 2017.  The City’s Planning Department advised the Supervisors that an Environmental Impact Review is unnecessary, under the California Environmental Quality Act.  This position was unanimously approved in January by both the Planning and Recreation and Park Commissions.

 

In 2011, Wild Equity and a handful of activist groups sued San Francisco for alleged Endangered Species Act violations at Sharp Park.  The lawsuit was dismissed in December, 2012 by Federal Judge Susan Illston, who found that golf there does not threaten the existence of the California red-legged frog or the San Francisco garter snake.  She based her Order of Dismissal on the Fish and Wildlife Service’s October, 2012 Sharp Park Biological Opinion, which imposes a long list of conditions -- including construction of the new frog pond and native plant area – upon San Francisco’s golf operations. 

Supporting the Project were representatives from the Sharp Park men’s and women’s golf clubs, Pacifica City Council, Pacifica Historical Society, Western States Golf Association, and SF Dog.  The pro-bono San Francisco Public Golf Alliance cautioned the Supervisors that the extended Environmental Impact Review process sought by Wild Equity would cause the City to default on the Federal Agencies’ time deadlines for the Project, jeopardizing the City’s protection under the Biological Opinion and ultimately leading to revival of Wild Equity’s lawsuit. 

“This is a win for common-sense environmentalism, golf, the local community, and for ordinary citizens who love to use their parks,” commented Public Golf Alliance co-founder Richard Harris, following the vote.  “Wild Equity is not looking for reasonable solutions, but instead wants to eliminate not only golf, but other traditional public uses of the parks.  That’s bad policy, and must be opposed.” 

A Wild Equity spokesperson said the group may now ask the courts to review the Supervisors’ decision. 

A copy of the Public Golf Alliance letter to the Supervisors can be found at:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30028085/00003091.PDF 

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Impressive list of Golf Industry Experts will present at 5th annual “Symposium on Affordable Golf” set for March 31 & April 1 at Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo, CA

National Symposium will attract Golfers, Governmental Leaders, in addition to Golf, Water, and Turfcare Industry Professionals

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - The California Central Chapter of the GCSAA will serve as host for the fifth annual Symposium on Affordable Golf (SOAG), March 31 and April 1 at Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The symposium, which is typically held in North Carolina, will take place for the first time on the West Coast, where industry leaders will focus on key topics relating to golf─ playability and the need for affordability, plus the affects of California’s looming issue - water.

In addition to a series of seasoned speakers the symposium will include an on-site Zero Waste Golf tour, daily lunch, an early eve networking reception, and a golf experience at Dairy Creek Golf Course, the newest of three golf facilities operated by San Luis Obispo County Parks.

“What sets this symposium apart from other conferences is that golfers are an integral part of the discussion,” said Symposium Founder Richard Mandell, and President of Richard Mandell Golf Architecture. “Everything we discuss has a direct line to those we serve the most, that is, the golfer.”

Symposium speakers and topics set for Mon. March 31 (day 1) are: If the Demand Isn't There, is Anything Affordable? -Craig Kessler, Southern California Golf Association; Case Study: River Oaks Golf Course in Paso Robles, California -Dick Wilhoit and Wes Wilhoit, Estrella Associates; Breaking Through the Noise: What Does the Golfer Gain from Equipment? -Dick Rugge, Former USGA Sr. Technical Director; Zero Waste Golf Tour -Josh Heptig, Dairy Creek Golf Course and County of San Luis Obispo; Case Study: Univ. of New Mexico North Course, Albuquerque, New Mexico -Andy Staples, Staples Golf; Promoting the Game: Community Buy-In -Ben Hood, Richard Mandell Golf Architecture; The Folly of Replicating Tournament Conditions -Tim Moraghan, ASPIRE Golf Consulting, Bruce Williams, Bruce Williams Golf Consulting, Ted Horton, ValleyCrest Golf Maintenance.

Tues. April 1 (day 2) includes: Returning the Game to Affordability-How Less Can Actually Be More -Richard Mandell, Richard Mandell Golf Architecture; Case Study:  Monarch Dunes Golf Course, Nipomo, California -Tom Elliott, CGCS and Jim DeLaby, PGA, Monarch Dunes GC; Brown is the New Green? Firm and Fast? Or is it Something Else? -Rhett Evans, GCSAA, Mike Huck, Irrigation & Turfgrass Services, Mike McCullough, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency; and a panel discussion about Customer Service:  What Does the Golfer Really Want? -Richard Mandell, Moderator.

“We are extremely pleased about hosting the symposium at Dairy Greek Golf Course,” said GCSACC President and Event Host Josh Heptig, “we recognize the importance of affordable golf, not just for this generation, but for those who will follow. Whenever multiple organizations from the golf industry come together and collaborate with community leaders and members of the golfing public, there is a high chance that the future of golf will benefit.”

Heptig is hopeful that the symposium will serve as the first of many joint meetings between the six California Chapters of the Golf Course Superintendents Association and the two California-based Sections of the PGA of America. As in past years, members of the PGA, LPGA and GCSAA will earn continuing education credits for attending the symposium.

Representatives from the following golf organizations are also expected to attend: ASGCA, CAG, CGCOA, CMAA, CTLF, GCSAA, NCGA, NCPGA, NCGRA, PWGA, SFPGA, SCGA, SCPGA, USGA, WIGI, and WSCGA.

While there is a $75 registration fee for symposium attendees, the sessions are free for members of the golfing public. However, there will be a reasonable fee for those partaking in lunch and golf.

To register or to learn more visit: www.symposiumonaffordablegolf.com or call (559) 298-4853 and/or visit http://centralcaliforniagcsa.com/home/.

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Golf Industry Leaders Discuss Future of Golf in California

California Alliance for Golf General Assembly Meeting set for Weds. Oct 16 at Southern California PGA Headquarters in Ontario, California 

Sacramento, Calif. -- The California Alliance for Golf (CAG) has scheduled its General Assembly Annual Meeting for noon on Weds. October 16, 2013 at the Southern California PGA headquarters in Ontario, California. The CAG Meeting will focus on topics that relate specifically to the game and business of golf –spanning from pending legislation and water-related issues to player development and growth of the game initiatives. 

Special meeting guest, City of Indio Councilmember Glenn Miller, and a candidate for the California State Senate District 28, will address the CAG membership on timely topics of concern to the golf and turf care industry. 

The General Assembly Meeting will commence with lunch at noon and will adjourn at 1:30 PM. This meeting is open to individuals from all facets of the golf industry: course owners and managers, golf professionals and golf course superintendents, vendors and suppliers, course architects and builders, environmental leaders and members of California golf associations and alliances. 

“As we approach the annual meeting for the California Alliance for Golf, we look forward to discussing issues critical to the golf business,” said CAG President Tom Addis, PGA, “and of utmost concern are issues surrounding water use in California as well as the future of player development opportunities for citizens at the local community level.” 

A CAG Board of Directors meeting will precede the General Assembly Meeting. 

RSVP is required for the General Assembly Meeting and lunch commencing at noon.  RSVP’s can be emailed to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via phone at (951) 845-4653. Registration deadline is October 10. The SCPGA is located at 3333 Concours Street Bldg. 2 Suite 2100, Ontario, CA 91764.

 

Annual Meeting-October 16, Ontario

Mark your calendar now for the 2013 California Alliance for Golf Annual Meeting set for Weds. October 16 at the SCPGA headquarters in Ontario, CA. This meeting is open to all individuals interested in the future of golf in California.

Any questions regarding the meeting or agenda items please contact CAG President Tom Addis at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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