In addition to tree management, the plan includes drought-tolerant plantings and a 20 percent reduction in turf that could lead to water savings. The club also approved purchasing a new fleet of 60 golf cars.
Members of the Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Golf Club were sent the club’s updated master plan on May 7 to begin a 60-day member review process, the Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Review reported.
At the April 17 meeting of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, Director Jerry Yahr was “happy to report” that the Golf Club, the Association and members of the Committee On the Natural Environment (CONE) came to a consensus on the club’s master plan relating to tree management for the front nine of the golf course, the Review reported.
At the May 1 meeting, Yahr then reported that those groups had come to a similar consensus on the plan for the back nine. The CONE committee was then to forward its support to the Covenant Design Review Committee (CDRC) and the club membership.
The first part of the tree management plan would be a line item in the coming year’s budget, the Review reported, while the plan for the back nine would be part of the 2015-16 fiscal-year budget.
The proposed updates to the master plan also include steps for drought-tolerant plantings and a 20 percent reduction in turf that could lead to water savings, the Review noted.
The Review also reported that the Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved the expenditure of $258,468 to purchase 60 new golf carts for the golf club.
The Review reported that according to Al Castro, CCM, General Manager/COO, the club’s current fleet of 56 carts is in its fifth year; while the carts usually have a life of four years. but the club delayed buying new carts last year thinking they could get one more year in on the fleet before replacing.
The club received bids from two manufacturers and members tested the carts for six weeks, the Review reported. E-Z-GO was selected for a purchase that will add four carts to the fleet and have the existing fleet purchased by E-Z-GO, which will also provide an allowance of $84,000 toward the purchase of the new fleet, the Review reported.
Castro also told the Review that, in response to a recent Board action to grant golf membership rights to condo owners at Rancho Santa Fe, two condo owners in escrow had already inquired about memberships. “It is very encouraging to see that,” Castro said.