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Presidents Letter ~ February 10 2016

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February 10, 2016 Dear Members: The 94 th Annual General meeting was held on Saturday, January 16, 2016. For those of you who attended the meeting some of the information in this letter will be old news. The state of Burlington Golf and Country Club is strong. Financially, 2015 was our best year ever. Our golf membership is full and our curling membership has over 500 curlers. As we move through this mild winter our thoughts turn to the opening of the golf course. Although we are still a few months away, Dean and his crew have been working hard. The Tree program continues to move forward and the course equipment is being readied for hopefully an early start. As mentioned both in the AGM member package and at the AGM meeting this year we will be introducing a Monday Morning Maintenance program. On non holiday Mondays the golf course will be closed until 11:00 am. We believe that having a regularly scheduled half day will allow our Greens crew to better maintain the course. This plan plus the continuance of our Tree program, Drill and Fill programs, aeration etc. will keep our golf course in the condition that we expect. Member data has been loaded into our new Tee Time reservation system and over the next few weeks the pro shop will be trained on the system. In March, we will roll out communication as to how to use this new system which is more flexible and robust. This new software supplied by GG Golf has been installed at a number of courses in the GTA to rave reviews. As well, there have also been concerns with the amount of play at our course for a number of years. Last year we had over 33,000 rounds of golf! When we combine that number with our small greens the result is conditions that none of us like. The easiest way to reduce rounds is to reduce membership but a drastic reduction in membership could negatively affect our bottom line. In 2016 we will be reducing our A & B members from 655 to 640. At the end of the year we will see how this reduction has affected our budget. If we are on budget we will look to further reduce the caps in 2017 with the goal to get the level down to 600 by 2020 or sooner.

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