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.