We are in Frost Delay Season - Just a reminder that with the colder weather comes FROST DELAYS. While unpopular frost delays ensure the health of the course and are a necessary part of our winter operations. Please call ahead to ensure the course is open on cold mornings.
See you at the course.
Proshop Operation Changes - As you know Steve Liddicoat made the decision to leave Bowen at the end of December to pursue other career interests. I mentioned at our Annual General Meeting on November 7 that the management committee were looking at several options to manage and operate the pro shop operation. We looked at continuing to operate the Pro-shop function in-house with our own staff and having one of our Board members undertake supervisory responsibility. However because of the challenges of hiring, training, and managing the pro shop, it was decided that this option was not a realistic alternative. At this point, we decided to look at the option of using an outside contractor.
When Steve Liddicoat advised us of his decision last year, he introduced us to Tom Monaghan as an individual who could possibly help us. Tom Monaghan is President of Monaghan Golf Inc. who provides professional golf operations management services for 5 golf courses;
1. Fraserview Golf Course, Vancouver
2. Langara Golf Course, Vancouver
3. Mt.Brenton Golf Course, Chemainus, B.C.
4. Gleneagles Golf Course, West Vancouver
5. Ambleside Pitch and Putt, West Vancouver
Tom has a team of approximately 60 employees with expertise in all areas of golf operations management including retail sales, human resources management, leadership, branding and marketing, social media, junior development, teaching and coaching, and administration. The Management Committee had several meetings with Tom in December and January, we had conversations with his references, and we found his approach and manner to be extremely professional, well thought out and very flexible. It seemed to be a very good fit to our situation.After much discussion the Management Committee decided to pursue an arrangement with Monaghan Golf and at the January Board of Directors meeting, the decision to enter into a contract with Monaghan Golf Inc. was approved.
We have entered into a one year contract with Tom and Monaghan Golf Inc. to operate our “front end” Pro-shop operation beginning March 1st. Staff for our pro-shop will be in the employ of Monaghan Golf, Monaghan Golf will draw staff from Bowen Island whenever possible and we are optimistic that it will be a seamless transition. While it will be a year of new challenges as we both work through this new relationship, I am confident we will make it work. At a date to be determined in the spring, we will arrange for an informal “Meet and Greet” function at the Cup Cutter where members will have the opportunity to get to know Tom Monaghan and his staff. Tom’s website is Monaghangolf.com.
On other matters, we have placed new carpet tiles in the Cup Cutter and have re-painted all the walls. It looks fantastic! Glenn Cormier is getting ready to make some changes in the kitchen and will reopen the Cup Cutter in April with soup and sandwiches and full menu in May.
I look forward to a prosperous year at our Golf Course and am looking forward to seeing you on the links!