Secretary’s Report July 2017

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Secretary’s Report July 2017

Secretary Report By Bo Cunningham

On Monday July 17, Cottonwood’s Board of Governors met with Western Golf Properties National Director of Operations Angelo La Pietra. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce Western’s new key personnel, who will be supervising Cottonwood. Jackie Hill will be the chief supervisor, Ely Christan will run the food and beverage department and Alex Padilla will be the golf shop supervisor. Mr. La Pietra gave the board a clearer vision of the future at Cottonwood. Here is a recap: The Lakes course officially closed on July 16th. It will be maintained on a weekly basis, but not in playing condition. The new driving range has been established 124 yards West of the #18 Lakes green. It runs down the old 18th fairway and has accurate 100yd, 150yd and 200yd markers. All maintenance efforts will be focused on the Ivanhoe course. Improvements will be seen in the cutting of the rough, fairways, tee boxes, greens. Sand traps are being maintained on a daily basis and dead trees and wood is being slowly removed. A fleet of newer golf carts will be arriving soon. Golf packages are being bundled to include special rates. Please go to Cottonwood.com to check them out. There will be and early bird rate, a prime time rate, twilight rate and late twilight rate. Ely Christan (formally from the Hilton organization) will start rebuilding the food and beverage department. We need to be patient with this remake. There were a lot of skeletons in the closet from the previous Gamboa Gang. Ely is a guest service specialist and having a person with his talent is a positive step forward. Again the operative word is Patience. Jackie Hill has an open door policy and is eager to hear feedback from Cottonwood patrons. Mr. La Pietra said there is no current plan to develop the parcels on the Lakes course. The owner has tasked Western Golf Properties to improve conditions and play. Summing up the meeting it looks like this: Cottonwood has been beaten up for so long ( and the blame goes directly to the Gamboa Gang), it has been cut to the bone to create a new foundation. The current ownership cares about the course and the golf experience. We should see via baby steps, weekly improvement from here on out. All board members are available for your feedback, as are the Western employees. Please use these resources to get accurate answers to you concerned questions. Using these resources will curb any of the gossip rumors that have a tendency to spread like wildfire. Stay tuned to the website for future updates. Stay positive folks. Cottonwood is on it’s way back one step at a time.

Bo Cunningham Secretary, Cottonwood Board of Governors