The 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Club Management Awards were honored during a reception, dinner and ceremony on March 3 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Clubs are saluting their members by creating welcoming and comfortable pub and bar space—and getting enthusiastic recognition in return, in the form of more frequent and prolonged visits.
The course that was initially designed for only 10,000 rounds a year has seen as many as 30,000 recently, prompting the need for greens work, walk-bridge repairs and the creation of a new practice green and tee area, among other projects. The $825,000 cost will be funded by a $2.5 million settlement received from a pesticide distributor after misapplications damaged the course’s greens in 2015.
Robert C. James, CCM, CCE, CHE, Chief Operating Officer of Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y., was elected President; Robert J. “Bobby” Crifasi, CCM, CCE, CPA, General Manager of New Orleans Country Club was elected Vice-President; and Randall J. Ruder, CCM, CCE, General Manager of Beach Point Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y. was elected Secretary–Treasurer. The association also announced that C. W. Cook, MCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of North Hills Club, Raleigh, N.C., and Mac Niven, MCM, CCE, General Manager, Almaden Golf & Country Club, San Jose, Calif., have completed the requirements for the Master Club Manager designation.
In December 2015, the city received $2.5 million in a settlement with a fungicide manufacturer over tainted chemicals that destroyed portions of the club’s turf, causing all 18 greens to be closed for about three months. The city says it has a no-refund policy built into membership contracts, but a group of members is accusing the city of negligence and breach of contract.
The 18-hole property is partially located in both the city of Rye, N.Y., and the town of Harrison, N.Y., and will receive $600,000 and $300,000, respectively, from each municipality as a result of a reduction in its assessed property value. The club’s taxes will be cut in half, to approximately $200,000 a year.