Six of the seven head golf professionals in the Linville, N.C. club’s history were honored at a reception as part of the Founders Cup, a weekend-long tournament that pays tribute to the club’s history. “We’ve always tried to make sure the history of Grandfather is told,” said tournament chairman Barry Cook, “[and] the great thing…
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.
The city will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit that claims a group of club employees, mostly waiters and bartenders, were consistently denied their tips and overtime pay from 2007 to 2013. The employees originally sought around $4 million, and in a show of good will, the city council is planning a reception at the golf club for the employees.
ACF Culinary National Team USA ranked fourth in the world overall and won two gold medals in the 24th Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung International Culinary Exhibition, held October 22-25, in Erfurt, Germany. Two of the ACF Culinary USA teams—national and youth—finished in the top 10 and featured several chefs from leading private clubs.
The Executive Chef of the Tulsa, Okla. club is one of only 67 Certified Master Chefs in the United States. As an Associate of the Temecula, Calif.-based Master Chefs’ Institute, he will help the organization preserve the highest standards of culinary excellence through extensive testing of food, equipment and beverage products.
ACF Culinary National Team USA, ACF Culinary Youth Team USA and United States Army Culinary Arts Team will represent the U.S. in the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung, to be held October 22-25 in Erfurt, Germany. Chefs from clubs including Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., The Fort Worth (Texas) Club and more are competing on the teams.
The Journal News investigated the sale, distribution and use of pesticides in the state following a scandal at the Rye (N.Y.) Golf Club, where a contaminated batch of pesticide killed grass, causing 18 greens to be closed for three months. The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park in Highmount, N.Y., as proposed, will be the state’s first organically managed golf course.
The major tournament for senior players will return to the Midwest for the first time since 2006, to be contested at the Highland Park, Ill. club in partnership with the Western Golf Association.
To shed welcome new light on a longtime problem, Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., installed LED Squash Lighting in its indoor squash courts.
In honor of Earth Day, the website presented a list of 10 golf courses that are not only protecting the environment, but contributing to its health, including Carmel Valley (Calif.) Ranch, Northport Creek Golf Course in Northport, Mich., and Rockland Country Club in Sparkill, N.Y.