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11/17/2012 3:02:00 PM
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Golf course management
A well-managed and manicured golf course is an asset to any community and such has been ours in the past. It would be to Chelan's benefit to support the local golf course financially with the staff and tools needed to keep it competitive and attractive.

As I understand it, the golf course has carried the financial load for the parks for years and has been self-supporting. With cuts in staff and funding over the recent years, the staff has worked really hard to keep it competitive. This was the crown jewel of the Chelan Valley and should be maintained in that manner.
Lyle and Alice Soma

Dear Editor,
Perhaps the best choice would be for the City Council to hire a manager who is capable of running the City Parks efficiently instead of hiring a private company to manage it. [See Page 3, Nov. 14]

Money can be made for the City through the Parks Department if run correctly and without waste. Get rid of "management" who do nothing but sit around all day! Chelan GC is beautiful and prices are reasonable. Raising green fees, cart fees will only create less people playing the course. Right now during the week you can play Bear Mt. cheaper than Chelan (green fees plus cart). City courses are normally less expensive to play in most areas around the country. Find someone who can manage the Parks Dept. would solve this issue.
April Tachell

Dear Editor,
The Lake Chelan Golf Course used to be called the "Jewel of Chelan". That is when it was maintained well and had flowers in the beds rather than weeds. The current superintendent of the course is retiring next year, which I think will help the golf course get back to being a jewel. He hasn't done a very good job in recent years of overseeing the course and how it is being maintained.

The city cut the budget, which meant cutting out the flowers. OK, but shouldn't the weeds be kept out of the flowerbeds?

They are not a pretty sight. The superintendent has his office in downtown Chelan and doesn't come up to the course often enough.

At a park board meeting in September I asked the Chelan City Parks Manager who the superintendent reports to. He reports to the Parks Manager who had told him to visit the course on a regular basis but he wasn't doing that. So I guess he felt he didn't need to do as his boss instructed him to do.

Jim Oscarson, the golf pro, used to have the job of overseeing some maintenance of the course but they took those responsibilities away from him a few years ago.

Apparently the superintendent was to take on those responsibilities. As for the costs of golfing, why should we have to pay more when they are maintaining the course less? No, I do not believe they should contract the course out. That would cost them more it seems to me. They have a superintendent and the golf pro that can manage the course.

When they hire a new superintendent, they need to hire one that has had experience managing a golf course, and also plays golf, which the current superintendent does not so why should he care what it looks like? Also, from what I
understand, the revenues from the course are added into the Chelan Parks budget.

Shouldn't the course revenues stay with the course to maintain it? I feel strongly that this is the way it should be. I have heard others mention the same thing. If they need more money for the parks in town, then charge fees for them. Let the course budget be separate! Our course is a great addition to the Lake Chelan experience! That's what I have to say and I'm sticking to it!

Rhonda Vaglio
2013 Ladies Golf Division Vice President-elect

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