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Sunriver Men’s Golf Club Update – May 18, 2020
Fellow Members,
With the recent reopening of the Sunriver Resort and the Woodlands golf course and further relaxation of State-mandated stay at home orders in Deschutes County, I want to share with you the forecast for starting our delayed competitive season.
The Board met last week to discuss the current situation and impacts on our 2020 season. Top level conclusions are:
•         We are planning our opening day to be June 17th. This further delay in opening the season is designed to allow the Resort to assess the impact of their new safety related practices, including single user carts, time for disinfecting equipment between rounds, and greater than normal tee time intervals, on course capacity. Pass holders, Resort guests and the general public are now able to play the Sunriver courses, so it is appropriate at this point to ensure that blocks of tee times associated with the Men’s and Women’s clubs can be supported.
•         The planned Member-Guest tournament, which was scheduled for June 10th, has been cancelled, as has the Home and Home play with Juniper and Black Butte.
•         We plan to proceed with our Match Play events as soon as possible and will ask that players arrange their own matches in each round of the event. If you are interested in participating in Match Play this year, please sign up on the attached form.
•         Also, we strongly encourage those of you who have not done so (see attached roster of current players) to sign up for the season-long 18 Hole Challenge. The Board has flighted the Challenge this year to make the net and gross categories more competitive and increase the equity of the payouts.
•         All shotgun tournament starts will be changed to tee times in order to reduce the gathering of large groups. Also, all hosted beer and lunch events have been suspended due to the limited capacity of seating and food service at the McDivot’s café.
•         Resort Cup events have been suspended for now by agreement by the four Resort team captains. We have agreed to reassess the situation in late June to determine if it is possible to safely play the Resort Cup season.
Logistics for Weekly Play
•         The Pro Shop staff will no longer be able to handle the money associated with our weekly games. In order to reduce the potential hazard to all concerned, we ask that all players sign up and provide advance payments for special events and weekly games. This is intended to create a “bank” to fund your weekly game fees. Please print the attached sign up form, fill it out and mail it with a check to Steve Phares, our Club Treasurer. As the season progresses, Steve will assess weekly results and if you enjoy success, he will provide a final check that takes your pre-pay into account, along with your season winnings. A few players may need to make up for losses, but we have attempted to set it up so that this will be minimized. Though paying in advance is a highly preferred safety measure, we will also be providing a way to pay game fees weekly if a player misses this opportunity to pay in advance.
•         Scorecards will be emailed to each foursome prior to weekly events. We ask that you print these scorecards and that each foursome designate one person to keep the scores. Then, when the round is completed, a photo of the completed scorecard should be taken and sent via text or email to Don Olson, our Competition Director.
•         The Rules Committee will be assessing course setup and will announce new “Covid Temporary Rules” as needed to address any concerns that arise.
•         Walking will be allowed until further notice this season, as this will reduce the pressure on limited cart capacity.

Dave Buhaly

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