Letter to the Editor:
This is a letter to ALL members of the Golden Golf Club. The Board of Directors of the Golden Golf Club sent out their proposed budget for the 2012 season. These are some of the concerns I have and perhaps other members may have as well once they look over the proposed budget:
1 – Membership fees in 2011 were $306,634.
New 2012 budget for this is $228,680
Why is the Board anticipating another drop in membership? Does the Board not have a plan to try to bring up the membership numbers?
2 -The budget calls for another assessment to the active 225 members of $300 and if all of these members pay up, this will bring in $67,500…. But please be reminded that those that did not pay the previous $600 assessment this season must pay that amount plus the $300 plus their annual fee of $970 plus H.S.T. of $224.60 on the whole amount which comes to a grand total of $2094.60 if they want to be re-instated as a full playing member.
Now, what happens to the budget figures? How many more are going to simply become Social members and choose to pay green fees when they go out for a round? Looks as though the Board is anticipating failing unless they have answers to this potential scenario.
3 -The pro shop sales were around $110,000 this season. The budget projection for that figure for the upcoming year is to increase to approx. $127,000.
Is that going to happen? What if it doesn’t ? What does that do to the budgeted revenue figures?
4 -Let’s look at the expenses. In 2010, $530,863 was spent on course maintenance. For 2012 the budgeted figure is $426,426 a drop of over $104,000! No wonder there is no mosquito control and it looks as though none is budgeted for in the upcoming year. Does the Board forget that a huge part of the experience of golfing is enjoying the scenery, the state of the fairways and greens, and the lack of bugs? The first three this year were exceptionally good but the fourth…. Well, just ask any golfer that has walked off the course after 9 or 14 holes
5 -Another item: last year the budget for the RV park was $2900 and the actual to date is $680. A huge discrepancy.
The new budget shows $7,860 as projected income from this source. How is the Board justifying this figure? How are they planning to make a $7000 increase in revenue from this source?
There are already so many questions, that at this time I am not going to address the administration expenses but simply urge each and every member to take the time to scrutinize the proposed budget before aimlessly saying “yes” we agree.
I am not going to agree with this budget and the new assessment until I feel I have some very clear explanations for the above questions.
Former Golden Golf Club Board Member
Former Ladies Captain Golden Golf Club
50 Member of Golden Golf Club