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DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER 
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Contribute today and help develop the California Alliance for Golf’s advocacy and legislative initiatives. Your support is critical to ensuring that our state is one of well-informed and civically engaged golf leaders and governmental representatives.
 
Your support is a vital investment in the future of Golf in California.  As unrestricted support, your contributions will help CAG to:
  • Advocate effectively to State and Local government.
  • Expand CAG’s membership and strengthen partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Host seminars on topics that are key to the industry—from water conservation to economic development.
  • Continue to ensure growth in the game with accessibility to all.
Click below to donate…. Help protect and invest in the future of the Game and the economic vitality of the Golf Industry throughout California.
 
You can easily donate to CAG via our website here.
 
In closing, thank you for your continued support and generosity. Together, we can continue to make a difference through CAG’s united outreach.
 
Best wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season. 
 
Yours in Golf,
 
Emmy Moore Minister
President
California Alliance for Golf


Membership Updates
CAG Updates

California Coastal Commission's Decision a Win for Sharp Park
On November 8th, the California Coastal Commission voted 9-3 to grant a Coastal Development Permit for the Sharp Park sea wall, including its existing armoring, and to authorize ongoing maintenance and repair -- but not additional armoring or heightening -- of the existing sea wall. 

The Permit was approved by the Commission following two hours of heated public testimony and back-and-forth between Coastal Commission Staff and Commissioners, and contains a condition that the permit will expire after 10 years, requiring San Francisco to return to the Coastal Commission by 2027 to renew or amend. The motion to approve was made by Commissioner Aaron Peskin, who is also a San Francisco Supervisor.  Another Commissioner, San Mateo Supervisor Carol Groom, spoke strongly in favor of granting the permit, to protect both the golf course and the Pacifica residential neighborhoods that surround it.   
 
A San Francisco Public Golf Alliance tactical squad attended and testified, very effectively, at the hearing.  CAG participated vicariously, via Bodega Harbour Women’s Captain and WGANC delegate Jane Vail, who read into the record Emmy’s Nov. 6 letter on behalf of CAG (attached here, together with the SFPGA brief).

You can read more about the Commission's meeting here.

In Memory of Chris Thomas
Thank you to the CAG members who attended the celebration of life for former CAG president, Chris Thomas. Thank you to those who contributed to the special scholarship fund for his daughters. It's not too late to give. If you would like to contribute to support Taylor and Tara, please send any contributions to the following address:
c/o Chris Thomas Memorial Fund
Five Star Bank
2400 Del Paso Rd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Closed Rancho Mirage Country Club Golf Course may get a Second Life

By: Larry Bohannan, The Desert Sun

The homeowners at Rancho Mirage Country Club are hoping their former course, closed for more than two years, can be one of the rare courses to rise from the ashes.

By a vote of 240-15, the members of the HOA at Rancho Mirage Country Club have approved a settlement agreement with Oasis Ranch LLC, which bought and closed the golf course in June of 2015.

The agreement will allow Oasis Ranch to pursue development of a boutique hotel on the property while deeding about 80 acres of property back to the homeowners association with plans for some kind of new golf course in about two years.

Read the full article here.

Additional Golf News

Turf, Water Reductions Earn Indian Wells Courses Environmental Honor

By: Larry Bohannan, The Desert Sun

In the new normal of golf courses, where water savings are paramount and turf is something to be eliminated, Joe Williams sees positives when the turf reduction is done the right way.

Environmental efforts at the city-owned Indian Wells Golf Resort date back to being the first golf courses to hook up to the Coachella Valley Water District’s mid-valley pipeline delivering Colorado River water to the desert for irrigation more than a decade ago. Now those efforts are being acknowledged by the California Golf Course Operators Association, which has awarded the golf resort its Community Environmental Award for Southern California for 2017.

Read the full article here.

Additional Environmental News

UPCOMING EVENTS
2018 PGA Merchandise Show
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
January 23-26
 
PGA TOUR Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines GC
La Jolla, CA
Jan 25-28
 
2018 Golf Industry Show
Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
February 3-8
 
PGA TOUR AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM
Pebble Beach, CA
February 5-11
 
PGA TOUR Genesis
Riviera CC
Pacific Palisades, CA
February 15-18
 
37th Annual Nor Cal Golf Rep Industry Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Lincoln, CA
February 26-27
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