Was there a fee associated with bringing Brauer to Champions?

Yes. There was a fee associated with bringing him in.  We compensated Jeff an overall architectural fee for redesigning our bunkers.

Were you generally satisfied with Brauer’s findings?

​Extremely satisfied with his findings and recommendations.

 

When will bunker renovations start?

The bunker renovations have already started.  It will continue into the spring of 2018 and be completed in the fall of 2018.

Is there something that you are going to show to show all of the changes to the bunkers?

​Yes we will have an aerial fly over of every hole on the course.

 

Are regular dues going up?

For the 2018 year regular monthly dues will not increase.  The ownership and management are focused on operating a fiduciary business.  

Does this impact the player’s handicap?

No it will not.  See Greg for more questions.

 

When will the new sand go into all of the bunkers?

Fall of 2018.

How does the sand hold up in 4 inches of rain?

It will hold up phenomenally with the billy bunker method.  See link for more information on billy bunkers.

How long should we expect the bunkers to last?

We expect that the bunkers to last 15 years.

Are we going to close the walk path to the driving range?

​Yes, In phase 3 a permanent structure will eliminate the walk path to the driving range.

 

Will there be a restroom for the tennis players?

Access to the fitness center will be improved for tennis players. Additionally, we are also investigating opportunities to add restrooms at the courts.​

 

Is the winter heated driving range facility off the table?

In lieu of the heated driving range we will be purchasing golf simulators for the club.

What are you talking about when you say enhancements of the dining rooms?

In phase 1 we will be purchasing new tables and chairs, as well as a few upgrades and modifications.

Does #17 take core of engineer approval?

We will be consulting with the the proper channels to determine this.​

If money is what we are looking for, why are we eliminating the food minimums?

The food and beverage minimum is an outdated practice in the club industry.  After consulting with industry experts we are confident in our culinary departments that requiring members to dine is no longer necessary.  The ROI for the club is not substantial.

Can you address the special assessment opportunity?

In lieu of assessing special projects the club has taken the position that we would prefer to set up a special designated account to continue to make perpetual capital improvements.

Are we charging enough for events? Member Member/ Champions Cup/ Weddings, etc?

​Yes, and we are continuously evaluating all events preparing a profit-loss statement for each event.

 

Who do we want to compare ourselves to in Omaha?

We do not compare ourselves to anybody.  We want to be the premiere provider of exceptional member experiences in the midwest.

Looking at the first few years of the master plan, should more of the capital dues be given to the golf members?

We have strategically created a balance between all membership classifications to benefit all members. 

How do you make sure the capital dues money is only being used for the master plan?

The funds are going to designated to a special account with board oversight.

Will there be a subcommittee to make sure the funds are being used appropriately?

It will be overseen by the board of governors.

How much money all in will be designated to each project?

Phase I: $2 millon, Phase II:  $1.5 million Phase III  $3.6 million

Is there an option to pay your capital dues up front? 

Yes you can and you will be receiving notification with your December monthly statement.

 

When will the pool and sports complex project begin and end?

Labor Day 2018- Memorial Day 2019.  The fitness center will be shut down for approximately 6 months.

 

Will the tennis hut be eliminated?

No it will still be there, however all check-in for tennis will go through the fitness center.

 

Where will fitness equipment be located during the renovation?

We are looking at all options right now. Equipment will likely be moved into the clubhouse.