Chamber of Commerce Fun after Five

April 30, 2014

FOLB was on display in a front row seat at the April 24 Fun after Five event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  Lady Bird Johnson Golf Club hosted the event which drew over 200 members of the local C of C and their guests.  FOLB’s goals in participating are to raise FOLB visibility in the community and highlight our Junior Golf Program and Fund Raising.  On hand to support the FOLB cause was the Regional Champion FHS Girl’s Golf Team represnted by Leanne Shackelford, Katelyn Zuberbueler, Lorin Flores, Kaytlen James, Kristen Payne.  The FOLB  booth sported the new FOLB Banner and also a popular door prize raffle.  The winner, Andrew McGown will enjoy golf for two and lunch on the house with our Director of Golf,  Alan Wooley, PGA.

 

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FOLB Board Meeting Minutes, December 10, 2013

February 12, 2014

Board Meeting: Cardinal Room at Lady Bird Golf Club. Tuesday, December10th, at 5:30 pm
Present: Jerry Fischer, Joe Kammlah, Bill Lindemann, Bruce Reeh, Shelly Ross, Ron
Moerbe, Mark Seitz and Judy Chase.
Absent: Leonard Bentch, Ann Armentrout, Anna Marie Kluber, Jimmy Lukacs, Alan Wooley, Jeff
Jeffers, Jerald Gold, Buzz Roye, and Ernie Loeffler.
Vice President, Jerry Fischer, called the meeting to order at 5:30.
Minutes were approved as electronically transmitted.
Treasurer, Ann Armentrout (absent) sent the following report: General Fund balance – $867.50
Foundation balance -$2,249.47 for a total balance of $3,116.97.
Jerry introduced the discussion of possible nominees to the Board of Directors of FOLB. Suggestions were made and each was discussed. Those with whom the board will follow up are David Holke, Dennis Henke, Michelle or Clay James and Lee Bodenheimer. It was also decided to approach Butch Zenner and Jerald Gold for other candidate names.
When asked if he would consider the presidency, Jerry Fischer declined, but assured all that he would be available to help whoever was elected to the position.
Judy Chase announced that she will complete her final year on the board, but will be stepping down from the secretarial post.
NEW DIRECTION for FOLB:
Education: letters to the Editor, for example, can be a tool by which FOLB educates the city about the benefits of a lucrative golf course.
Fundraising: could lessen the burden on local government. With a renewed focus upon Youth Golf, we might direct fundraising toward the construction of a 3-hole practice facility “down below”.
Other Thoughts/Discussion points:
Ron Moerbe pointed out that our Greens’ Keeper, Bill Hannah, may leave very soon because he failed to get the desired pay increase…
Joe Kammlah, president of the Optimist Club, mentioned that his group would like to sponsor a junior golfer or golfers at National Qualifying Tournaments. In addition, Joe said that he thinks it is the job of FOLB to monitor public opinion to make sure that all is going well here at Lady Bird.
Bill Lindemann described the template used by the Nature Center to engage the young; 12 years ago the center focused upon the 3rd graders, teaching them what nature is all about. Each May, 200 kids come out and learn about birds, butterflies and other natural phenomenon, The Center has exposed all the youngsters now, 3rd through 12th graders. He proposed that FOLB could involve youngsters in a similar manner, thereby also capturing their attention and the interest of their parents!
Kathy Yarborough, a Lady Bird golfer, is the elementary PE teacher. She might be a resource for our board as we move forward with this focus on youth golf.
Mark Seitz reminded all that we need to remember Phase 2 of the master plan. If we become so distracted by our focus on youth, will we abort our major mission, that of completing the master plan for Lady Bird?
Mark described what all considered to be a fine fundraising idea: Janie’s “kids” could caddy for a day (at $100, or some other designated figure). That would satisfy two objectives, focusing on both youth and fundraising.
Shelly described the West Texas Junior Championship. Golfers from the ages of 12 to 18 compete on a Central Texas Tour. Lady Bird could organize one tournament, Delaware Springs, another, etc. FOLB could be visible by presenting the winners their awards.
Jerry asked the group if we should involve Emil, Edwin and Janie in the January meeting by asking them to address the group. Responses were positive.
Shelly brought up Bag Tags. Bruce Reeh volunteered to pick the tag design.
Ron Moerbe moved to adjourn; the motion was seconded and it passed.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:56 pm.
Respectfully submitted:
Judy Chase
Secretary


Survey Results

January 28, 2012
Response Summary
Total Started Survey:
37
Total Completed Survey:
37  (100%)
Page: 1
DownloadCreate Chart1. Please tell us your priority for the following FOLB programs for 2012.  Click “1” for the highest priority and “8” for the lowest priority, etc.
How well does FOLB meet its objectives?
Response Percent
Extremely well
28.6%
Very well
48.6%
Moderately well
20.0%
Slightly well 0.0%
Not at all well
2.9%
How much do you enjoy the FOLB personalized bagtag program?
Response Percent
A great deal
27.8%
A lot
22.2%
A moderate amount
38.9%
A little
5.6%
None at all
5.6%

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rating Average Response Count
Junior Golf Program 6.9% (2) 41.4% (12) 13.8% (4) 13.8% (4) 6.9% (2) 6.9% (2) 6.9% (2) 3.4% (1) 3.38 29
Live Oak Creek remediation 15.6% (5) 6.3% (2) 15.6% (5) 9.4% (3) 15.6% (5) 9.4% (3) 15.6% (5) 12.5% (4) 4.56 32
Audubon Certification for Lady Bird Golf Course 6.9% (2) 10.3% (3) 13.8% (4) 17.2% (5) 3.4% (1) 13.8% (4) 13.8% (4) 20.7% (6) 5.00 29
Partner with business to increase tourism 16.0% (4) 12.0% (3) 8.0% (2) 8.0% (2) 24.0% (6) 12.0% (3) 12.0% (3) 8.0% (2) 4.36 25
Enhance natural areas 20.7% (6) 10.3% (3) 6.9% (2) 24.1% (7) 13.8% (4) 13.8% (4) 6.9% (2) 3.4% (1) 3.86 29
Partner with Chamber of Commerce to raise visibility of Lady Bird 31.0% (9) 17.2% (5) 13.8% (4) 3.4% (1) 13.8% (4) 10.3% (3) 6.9% (2) 3.4% (1) 3.28 29
Educational/enrichment programs for FOLB members 3.2% (1) 6.5% (2) 22.6% (7) 16.1% (5) 12.9% (4) 6.5% (2) 19.4% (6) 12.9% (4) 4.90 31
Educational/enrichment programs for Lady Bird Staff 16.0% (4) 4.0% (1) 8.0% (2) 16.0% (4) 12.0% (3) 24.0% (6) 4.0% (1) 16.0% (4) 4.72 25

SSMGA POSTS NEW GUIDELINES

January 2, 2012

The SSMGA has posted updated Guidelines and Rules of Play effective January 1, 2012.  For details, click on SSMGA Bylaws in the SideBAr Menu

                                                                                         


GREENS AND GRAPES EVENT

November 17, 2011

After careful consideration, Lady Bird Municipal Golf Course and FOLB have  cancelled the GREENS AND GRAPES EVENT previously scheduled for December 3, 2011.  The effort to schedule a combined golfing event with area businesses is one which we will pursue in the future.  The unpredictability of weather in December, the late date of initiating marketing and the disruption to golf operations connected with the planned reconstruction at Lady Bird lead us to postpone what we hope to be an annual event to a more auspicious time.

A lot of good productive work has gone into the planning, all of which will hold us in good stead for next year.  We have developed excellent relationships with Becker, Pedernales Cellars, and Grape Creek wineries and have demonstrated our will to support tourism in our community.  Many members of FOLB have contributed in a myriad of ways:  graphic design, marketing, website mangement, community relations, budgeting, training, transportation issues and more.  None of this would have been possible without the expert leadership of our Director of Golf, Alan Wooley.

Our enthusiasm has responded to pragmatism:  we will learn from our experiences and work toward an event of which we can all be proud next year.


COUNCIL TO DECIDE FUNDING FOR LADY BIRD MASTER PLAN

July 25, 2011

CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER SEVERAL ALTERNATIVES FOR FUNDING THE MASTER PLAN FOR LADY BIRD GOLF COURSE.  AT ITS JULY 5 MEETING, COUNCIL ACCEPTED UNANIMOUSLY A MASTER PLAN FOR LADY BIRD GOLF COURSE PRESENTED BY  ALAN WOOLEY, PGA, DIRECTOR OF GOLF.  THE MASTER PLAN INVOLVES 5 SEPARATE STAGES.  MR. WOOLEY HAS RECOMMENDED THAT  COUNCIL PROVIDE $1.33M TO PROCEED WITH THE FIRST PHASE.  PHASE I CALLS FOR REPLACEMENT OF ALL GREENS, PLACING NEW TURF ON THE GREENS AND FAIRWAYS, REPAIRING CART PATHS AROUND THE CLUB HOUSE, IMPROVING THE IRRIGATION SYSTEM TO SUPPORT NEW TURF, AND MAKING ROUTING CHANGES TO COMPLY WITH INDUSTRY STANDARD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.  THE AVIGATION EASEMENT AGREEMENT PROVIDES $550,000.  THE ENTIRE PHASE I PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO COST $1.88M AND WILL REQUIRE THE GOLF COURSE TO BE CLOSE FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2012 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 2012.


STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING

April 7, 2011

APRIL 6, 2011

The second Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held today at Lady Bird Golf Club in the Cardinal Room.  Present were committee members Alan Wooley, Gary Neffendorf, Brian Jordan, Shelly Ross, Brian Roeder, Anna Marie Kluber, Jimmy Lukacs, Adam Stafford, and Leonard Bentch.  Unable to attend were Jack Garner and Jerald Gold. 

Alan provided a written then oral summary of the last meeting.  He included Jeff Blume’s most recent updated “Inventory of Lady Bird Golf Course”.  This is a hole by hole  analysis of the pros andcons, deficits, and needs for the golf course.  In summary, the turf grass has mutated on all the greens and will need to be replaced.  Many of the greens, green complexes, and bunkers have changed through normal cultural practices as well as loss of trees, changes in drainage, and adjustments to the layout since the new nine was added in 1991.

Alan re-iterated the priorities established at the initial strategic planning meeting:

    1.  Greens and green complexes

    2.  Routing issues required by loss of trees on # 7 and # 8

     3.  Staging area

     4.  Cart paths

     5.  Practice facility

     6.  Maintenance facility

Alan presented the opinion of the City Attorney that changes must be made to holes # 7 and #8 to re-establish industry standards for safety on the golf course.  The city recognized the potential risk  and used this issue in the negotiations with the county over the avigation easement.  Therefore, the city must consistently incorporate changes which would protect the safety of golfers should any re-construction of these holes be undertaken.

Jeff Blume then presented three options for re-routing then led an open discussion of the options, issues, alternatives, and possibility of a hybrid solution.  With regard to routing, Jeff’s first requirement is to correct the safety issue.  He suggested that new greens would be required to support the newer turf grasses and noted that there is no increase cost to moving or re-shaping greens once a decision to replace them is made.

The primary concerns of the committee were to maintain the hill country integrity of the golf course, to make as few changes as necessary, to incorporate changes which would blend the two architectural styles currently present in favor of the original nine, and to keep the golf course affordable to its members as well as for the city.

After a resourceful and open ended discussion, the committee has agreed on the following concepts:

1.  Reconstruct all greens.  Some of the newer greens may be useful without complete reconstruction but all of the original nine greens will require reconstruction to current USGA recommendations.

2.  Replace the turf on all of the greens

3.  Minimal rerouting to follow the original opinion of the USGA in 2008:  a 3 hole change such that:

     a.  Number 5:  move teeing ground back behind No 4 green.  Construct new green on south side of Live Oak Creek.  Will still be a par five

     b.  Number 6.  Construct new teeing ground on city owned land to the left of new No. 5 green with tee shot over Live Oak Creek to enlarged current No. 5 green.

     c.  Current Number 6:  Do away with current No 6 green.

     d.  Number 7:  Construct new teeing ground on current No. 6 green as well as renovating teeing ground for current No. 6.  Construct a new No. 7 green which would be moved back and to the left of the current site.  Add protection of par to this hole in the form of fairway bunkers as trees are lost. 

     e.  Number 8:  Relocate teeing ground for No. 8.  Make up loss of distance by moving current No. 8 green toward Live Oak Creek.  A possible site might be on current Park Land across the current park fence.

Other changes favorably considered by all were:  

     a.  Number 10.  Make No. 10 a Par 4 with green just across pond, adding a fairway bunker along the right side of the fairway.

     b.  Number 14.  Lengthen No. 14 by relocating No. 14 green near site of current No. 16 green.

     c.  Number 15.  Lengthen No. 15 by relocating the teeing ground back closer to current No. 14 green site.

     d.  Number 16.  Change to a Par 3 with new No. 16 green adjacent to the pond such that the tee shot would be across the water.

     e.  Number 17.  Lengthen No. 17 by moving the teeing ground back into the tree area behind the current teeing ground.   If Number 18 changes to Par, move teeing ground to opposite side of the pond.  If so, would relocate No. 17 green to the right of current site. 

     f.  Number 18.  Make a Par 5 by relocating the teeing ground back from current site including across the pond.

     g.  Fairways:  replacing all the fairway turf with sod since the price has fallen by nearly 50%. 

There was no concensus for a “5 hole change”, re-routing No. 2 and No. 8. 

Mr. Blume will proceed with drawings of the routing as described and will be prepared at the next meeting  to present his ideas for the green complexes, bunkers, and shot lines.  He also will be prepared to present specific information on cost.