Members of the Kettle Valley Golf Club (KVGC) gathered on Sunday to listen to the club’s executive outline its plans for the coming season, as well as providing members with an update of the KVGC’s financial status.
President Dave Marsh chaired the meeting, which, among other things, resulted in the re-election by acclamation of the majority of the 2015 executive. Attending members were unanimous in returning the officers for another year, or, in some cases, an additional two-year term.
Treasurer Earl Lindsey reported that the club made a profit of more than $13,000 last year and, generally, enjoyed one of the most successful seasons on record.
Club manager Aaron Rexin summarized 2015 as a very challenging year for the KVGC. Notwithstanding the effect of the Rock Creek fire on the club’s business for three weeks during one of the traditional peak periods for the course, the club also had to deal with extremely dry conditions throughout the spring and summer, making it more challenging than ever to keep the course in its usually pristine state.
Adding to the fire and weather conditions was the rash of thefts that plagued the club throughout the year, which has, in recent years, been an ongoing problem for the KVGC. There was some dicussion regarding the hiring of a resident security officer to help discourage would-be thieves, and the club will be making that decision in the next several weeks.
The club continues to apply for grants, and Rexin was hopeful that this year would see more support from the government in that regard.
Marsh announced, much to the dismay of club members, that restaurant manager Sam Hall would not be returning for another season. The club is actively looking for a replacement for Hall, who, Marsh suggested, made the KVGC restaurant a popular place to dine for golfers and non-golfers alike.
The junior program is one of the club’s priorities this season; director Wayne Wickens noted that he had spoken with local elementary school principal Brian Foy and that he was in full support of the program. Marsh noted that it was extremely important to get the youth of the region involved with the club and golf in general to ensure a future growth of membership.
Scheduled infrastructure improvements include an overhaul of the irrigation pumphouse, and several trees are slated for removal due to insect infestation or death. Trees will also be added to the course.
Annual membership fees will be increased by $50 for the 2016 season, keeping KVGC dues considerably lower than other golf venues in the region.
The KVGC will open, weather-permitting, in early spring.