GACC 2022 - Not a Bad Start
As a new Board in October 2021, we approached 2022 not knowing exactly what we were getting in to, but we shared a vision full of hope and optimism. Armed with only the results from our first survey in years and some gut ideas, we built a plan for 2022 we hoped would build a solid foundation for years to come. To pull this off, we needed and received lots of help and support from our playing members, their spouses, neighbors, The Pub and our sponsors. Without these people, none of what we did would have been possible and for that we say thank you.
While our survey results told us differently, we opted to schedule all nine events in 2022 at Cedar Creek. Our commitment to the course was paid back in the form of improved course conditions that many would have never believed possible. Some say the course is in the best shape they’ve ever seen it. Gary shared with us early on the course improvements he planned to accomplish for the year. Even with some major setbacks (i.e. the pump house failure) each and every item on that list was completed and more, leaving us with a much improved golf course that we can be proud of and compete on.
Most of our nine tournaments reflected what you told us in the survey results. We did host a couple of events that did not rank highly but opted to host them anyway. Funny, those were among the best events we had. Tournament participation ranged from a low of 37 players to a high of 72 and averaged 52 players per event. Equally as important, our membership grew year over year from 146 to 177 as of end of month November 2022. We have a comprehensive plan in place which we believe will result in continued growth in membership and tournament participation for 2023 and beyond. Remember, each of you play a vital role in bringing more members in as you share with others what we’ve been up to.
2022 was not a bad start. By now you’ve seen and had the opportunity to participate in our 2023 survey. We will be sharing those results, our 2023 Schedule and other operational changes at our end of year meeting on January 31, 2023, at 4:30 in The Pub. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear firsthand what the GACC has planned for you in the coming year. 2023 promises to be an outstanding year. Don’t miss out on any of the fun.
Look forward to seeing everyone on the course.
GACC - President
February 2022 GACC President's Letter
Can you believe it’s already February!! I hope the new year has been kind to all thus far.
For those of you who attended our 1st Quarter Meeting in January, thanks for coming out. For those who missed it, we hope you make the 2nd Quarter Meeting scheduled for Tuesday April 19, at 4:30 in the Community Center. At the January meeting we shared the results of the December Membership Survey, spoke to your write-in questions, outlined our plans for the coming year, shared a letter from Gary Frazier outlining his 2022 plans for the Golf Course, answered attendees’ GACC-related questions and captured those questions that need to be answered by golf course management. Course related questions have been passed along to the appropriate parties, and I will report back to the group at the next meeting.
This month’s letter is titled 2022: Our Transitional Year for two primary reasons. First, our tournament schedule is a direct reflection of what our membership requested in the Survey. We will learn from what’s planned and fine tune the events as we go along to provide you with the best experience we can. Secondly, the letter we received from Gary outlining his plans for course improvements demonstrates a commitment to bring our course back to a first-class facility. Some of his initiatives can already be seen. Please be patient with Gary and his Staff. It’s going to take time to get all the projects accomplished.
Our team has some great events planned for the coming year which I’m confident will result in record participation from the membership. As you all know, there is strength in numbers when negotiating costs from our sponsors. We have 99 paid members as of this writing and growing. For those who have not renewed, please do so as soon as possible. It will benefit us all. Our first event is the Par 3 Tournament on February 26th and is just 20 days away. Registration will close on Monday February 21st to give us the time required to take care of all the behind-the-scenes administrative tasks associated with the event. Please make your way to the pro shop and get registered asap.
We remain committed to providing monthly updates to keep you informed. We hope this will prove productive and eliminate a lot of the unnecessary rumors that tend to frustrate us all. Our Committee Directors have outlined their progress on their initiatives below following our January meeting.
WORKDAY DIRECTOR – Don Leblanc
GACC Group - 19-man hours including 1-4 volunteers per project
*Mat prep and placement on #9 forward tee *Cart path repairs #16
*Bathroom repairs #5 and #15 as well as Pro Shop
* Workday planning has begun by completing a hole-by-hole survey on the front nine and identifying projects needed. These projects will be prioritized, and volunteers requested based on the rigors of the tasks. We ask that volunteers provide their own gloves and tools in some cases.
Keep an eye out for volunteer needs and monthly updates on our progress
CC Maintenance Crew Progress and Observations
*Sand added to traps throughout the course
*12 mats have been placed on the driving range
* Monument moved to new position, but not completely installed because the weather needs to be warmer to secure with adhesive
*Two trees marked for removal on #9 forward tee;
*Lots of grounds crew activity observed performing general clean up from downed debris from latest storm
*Pump house electrical is hooked up, but Aiken Electrical Cooperative must supply the power first before pressure testing the lines can happen
NEW MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR - Dave Rasmussen
*The Membership Committee will be reaching out to the surrounding HOA’s Leadership in hopes of using their residential newsletter to tell our story and invite them to be part of Cedar Creek Golf.
*To date, we’ve added 10 new members to the GACC family. Please join us in welcoming:
Ann Davis, Larry Halicki, Bill Hunkele, David Jett, Ann Kelty, Pete Pacific, Mike Smith, Regina and Richard Williams and Tom Wolfe.
SOCIAL DIRECTOR – Kim Matthews
*Our February 26, Par 3 Tournament is coming up very soon and we are excited to get everyone back together for golf! Lunch will be catered by Shane's Rib Shack. Our new CC Grille lessee will not be open for business quite yet. We are looking forward to their Grand Opening and our patronage for future golf events.
In closing, 2022 will be a year full of transition. I’m confident when we look back at the year, we will all be proud of what the GACC and the Golf Course have collectively accomplished.
Look forward to seeing everyone on the course before, during and after our events.
President - GACC