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Overflow crowd at golf presentation. Photos by Jim Francis

POA reviews Creek course issues, plans in Feb 1 meeting

BY BARBARA SCHNEIDER
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Big Canoe’s Golf Course Superintendent Lydell Mack kicked off the POA’s Saturday, Feb. 1 Creek Golf Course presentation to an overflow crowd in the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti.

Mack enumerated the three major issues—drainage, applying water and air circulation/sunlight—affecting Big Canoe’s oldest nine-hole course.

The total estimated cost of replacing/rejuvenating Creek is calculated at $2,165, 498.75. The POA proposes paying for the work through a combination Capital Contribution Fund and proposed Capital Contribution Fee. In addition, POA President Jay Goldman pointed out, “The POA has other capital funds available.” He added that all these considerations will be discussed at the Saturday, Feb. 8 meeting about the proposed Capital Contribution Fee.

Bill Bergin, founder, of Bergin Golf Designs, broke down the mechanical needs, strategic opportunities and aesthetic improvements his firm’s plans offer for the 40-year old course.

Drainage problems, from flooded greens to washed out bunkers, are exacerbated by old pipes--well beyond their 25- to 30-year life expectancy. New modern materials and control systems, said Mack, are needed to replace old irrigation systems that weren’t designed with the full golf course in mind.

There are currently 1,300 property owners using Big Canoe golf courses, Mack said. “That’s 573 amenity members and 735 non-member property owners with 30,000 rounds of golf played on the Big Canoe courses over the last 12 months.

Here are some comments and questions from the audience:

The first question was directed to Bergin. “Of your last five projects, how many have come in on time and on budget?”

“All of them,” Bergin replied.

Another property owner urged the POA to do a better job of marketing and selling the Creek Golf Course plans to the rest of the community.

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Lydell Mack

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Bill Bergin

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These two pipes (side by side) show what many of Creek’s drainage pipes look like now and new ones that would be installed. Photo courtesy of POA.

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An example of a pipe dug out of the course. Photo courtesy of POA.

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