FAIRWAYS GOLF ASSOCIATION
Minutes of the LFGA Board Meeting
September 15, 2020
Board Members Present: Freda
Bennett, Roni Clemenson, Nancy Sweet, Al Keefer,
John Westfere, Bill Fleckenstein. Absent: Al
Cristello and Lynne Festa and Jerry Jaromin
Also attending was Dede Martin to
take the Secretary’s minutes.
Freda opened the meeting at 3:05
P.M. She announced that Jeff Belle and Jim
Eggers were suppose to be there but had not
heard from either of them. Freda did call the
ELS office to see about Jeff and was told he was
out. Jim Eggers was texted and no response was
Freda announced that we were
waiving the Secretary’s Report and Treasurer’s
Report as everyone had received them already.
Freda announced that there was
nothing to report about memberships except that
the Association will collect their fee via
envelopes as they did last year.
Tournaments – Al Cristello had
informed Freda that he would like to do a
memorial tournament for Alan Stinson when
everybody gets back.
Next tournament – We will try to
start tournaments in October, following all
league guidelines. All individual carts (except
for spouses), tee times and no congregating.
Rules – Al Keefer said “no one
follows the rules” then laughed….nothing new to
Nancy Sweet reported that Al
Keefer and Dede Martin helped a great deal in
getting the new bag tags for the 18 Hole Ladies
League with the new rules.
John Westfere as the Ranger
indicated that the some of the local rules are
on the scorecard and everyone should respect the
rules. John indicated that there are no
consequences so a lot of time this is why people
don’t follow the rules of the game or the rules
of the course. Discussed dress code not being
followed. Golfers not following the rules of
the course such as when it is “cart path only”.
It was commented that our ranger needs to have
the backing of the Pro Shop and ELS when there
is a problem, such as making those golfers leave
the course etc. John works as the ranger on
Monday, Tuesdays and Fridays.
There is also a problem with
golfers showing up with no tee time. The result
is that they would have to wait until there is a
slot for them to go out.
Nancy Sweet indicated that we
have 10 league members currently and guidelines
are being followed.
Roni Clemenson said that a golfer
can buy a 9 hole membership which allows them to
play 3 times a week. It was asked if someone
could try out the 9 hole league before joining
to see if it would be for them. Roni said she
would not have a problem with that. Nancy asked
if the 9 Hole ladies could play their own game
from time to time to get their handicap for club
championship. Roni said they could.
John Westfere said that the 18
Hole Men’s League is all set to start this
Thursday, so far 30 golfers. John indicated that
they will be getting money up front instead of
weekly to eliminate the money handling. Jerry
will do the pairings. There is a box in the Pro
Shop that John made to use for picking up and
returning scorecards. It was indicated that the
ladies league could also use the box. John said
the men have to sign up by Tuesday for the
following Thursday. It was brought up to John
that the Ladies have to sign up by Saturday
morning for the following Wednesday to make it
easier for Jerry who works on Saturday. John
said they could follow that example.
It was indicated that everyone
needs to be posting their scores whenever a
golfer plays so that their handicap is up to
Freda indicated that as of right
now do not know anything about whether there
will be an Interclub or Club championship this
year. Will have to wait and see.
Pro Shop – We would like to have
all players present themselves to the Pro Shop
prior to going on the course. The Pro Shop
needs to know who is on the course. This can be
done now by just going to the window, no need to
go into the Pro Shop.
Freda thanked Linda Fleckenstein
and Penny Farr for getting the LFGA booklet
done. Rules of golf are in the back of that
booklet, not posted in Pro Shop as the
membership form indicates.
Freda indicated that at this
time, we will try to have the General Meeting in
November so long as there are 50 people or less
and ELS agrees. We will follow all CDC
Next Board meeting will be on
Tuesday, October 20, 20202. Freda indicated
that she try to have a ride around with some
Board members for this next meeting.
The Board indicated that we seem
to always have the same list of questions for
Jim Eggers. These questions are from not only
the Board but from our members as well. It
appears that some of our concerns never get
addressed. The Board reviewed all the questions
(36 of them) which are attached. There was some
Being that ELS has hired Davey’s
we would like to ask management to discuss with
Davey’s our concerns. We will be sending our
minutes and list of questions to Steve Bureau as
we have done in the past.
Freda did say that the bunkers
that were renovated were excellent. It is nice
to have real sand in the sandtraps. Now we must
work on the rest of the sandtraps.
It was suggested that the
location of the trail pass on golf carts be
placed on the lower driver’s side windshield as
the one we have for our cars. This would make
it easier for our ranger to see. A memo could
be given to members with instructions on the
placement of the pass at time of payment for
Freda indicated that all minutes
are posted on “lakefairwayshoa.com” website.
Meeting adjourned at 4:30 P.M
Dede Martin, Acting Secretary
Questions for our September 15th
LFGA Board Meeting.
1. While on cart paths going
from hole to hole, I noticed that several areas
have either palmetto bushes encroaching on the
cart paths or trees or vines from overhead
hanging down that could hurt the tops of our
carts. I believe if Jimbo or one of his
reliable personnel were to ride around the cart
paths, once a month, this could be controlled by
having someone come out and trim back what needs
to be done. Also there have been times when
there are several large branches on the cart
paths which need to be picked up.
2. During the rainy season, it
seems nearly impossible for the mowers to mow
the approach to the green without leaving it a
muddy mess. Perhaps, the mowers could skip that
area and only do it occasionally during this
season. I would rather play out of a little
taller grass than mud.
3. The areas at the tee boxes
that the beautification committee have worked on
are also encroaching on the cart paths and/or
the weedy vine that likes to cover in mass,
bushes etc. should be removed. The one area
that really is bad is on the 12th tee box. The
bushes are covered with that vine weed and the
bushes themselves are encroaching on the steps
to the tee box that it is almost impossible to
4. The new tee boxes that were
put in a couple of seasons ago look terrible.
They are so weedy that there cannot be any grass
on them, or the grass is or looks dead. What is
going on with these tees?
5. There are several sand traps
which have grass growing throughout the trap.
My guess is this might need to be sprayed to get
rid of the grass and raked.
6. Sand trap on #10 to the
left. Is this going to be left the way it is
with all the stones etc?
7. On both #16 and #18, it was
decided at least 2 to 3 years ago that the red
tee ball markers would not be more than 3 paces
back of the inground markers. Plenty of room to
move side to side rather than try to put so far
back that most ladies cannot get over the
8. Retaining wall on #17 is
still not fixed. Recently someone I was playing
golf with hit the ball extremely hard, but it
was a grounder and hit the retaining wall and
came back like a shot.
9, Regular maintenance on the
inground markers need to be done. There are
some that you cannot even find.
The palm bush on #3 at the end of
the fence is way out of control. Needs to be
"severely" trimmed back and done more than a
couple of times a year. A solution would be to
take out the bush and extend the fence
11. Just got done playing 9 holes
they were mowing which I do not think they have
done in over a week. The piles of grass all over
the fairways is just horrible. The 18-hole
ladies felt the same. Just take a ride out there
it is just disgusting that they expect us to
play in those conditions. We previous suggested
they you drag a piece of chain link fence behind
the mowers. This is done on many courses to
solve this problem.
12. The greens need more sand
since they were aerated/punched. Very unfair to
putt on with this situation.
13. Four months ago we reported
the roots need to be ground/removed from around
the cart path on hole # 4 men’s tee box. We were
told Joshua Tree would do the removal. Not done.
14. Trees long hole # 7 & 8
fences need to be trimmed back.
15. What is going on with hole #
11 area behind the tee boxes. Hole dug and just
sitting there open and nothing being done for
weeks. It was filled in but with green sand.
Why don’t we use dirt and sod?
16. Hole #12 stairs leading up to
tee boxes need to be trimmed back and cleared.
17. Hole # 13 on right side of
green has several holes that need to be covered.
18. What is going on with all the
exposed sprinkler on the 8th fairway?
They have been that way for weeks.
19. The shrubs on walk path to
restroom on 14th tee box are well
overgrown and need trimming.
20. There is a bare area in front
of the 13th green. Needs to be
21. Fallen branches need to be
picked up. There is a pile on 9th
fairway. On the third hole large branch handing
down from tree. This is a continuing problem and
should be addressed after ever storm.
22. Dead trees behind the 16th
green. We have already had one limb fall as
golfers were going from the 16 to 17th
23. Concrete work is needed to
replace the railroad ties the are rotten and
dangerous to our players. We have had many
players fall because of them. We requested this
a year ago last May and nothing has been
24. The cart path on 5th,
8th and 10th holes are
slippery. We have had many golfers fall in these
areas due to this problem. Need to have
something done. This too has been addressed
many times and nothing gets done.
25. Hole #6. Large holes on right
side of green needs to be filled in with
26 Sand buckets are not placed on
concrete blocks that were install for them.
Concrete blocks are covered with grass.
27. Hole # 9 Dead pine tree on
left of fairway. Was reported several months ago
28. Hole # 14/15 sand traps have
washed away. Hole #15 sand Trap on left side.
29. Drop zones need to be
identified by white marks not just signs.
30. Many of the fairways and
greens are very soggy and should be watered less
during the rainy season.
31. During rainy season some
holes should be cart path only. Too wet to ride
on, causes ruts.
32. Many overgrown areas around
33. On 18th fairway,
the 100 yd marker has sunk underground and
retains water in the area when in rains.
34. On the 6th fairway
on the right side
along cart path
tree by the 100-yard marker, need to be
repaired. Many roots, bare area and drops off
from the path..
Stones were put in the even out the area so that
the cart path did not come up above the ground
area. This is still and issue.
35 On 18th green, the
area behind and around the bougainvillea needs
to be trimmed.
36. On the 18th
fairway, work was being done regarding the bare
areas along cart path. Some roots have been
scraped, sod placed and roped off but never
completed. One suggestion was making that area
cart path only.