Green Committee perspective

Skip Fumia

As my tenure serving on the Green Committee as an at-large member responsible for Communications comes to an end in December, I wanted to share some parting thoughts – not to be confused with parting shots!

Communication from the Green Committee comes in many forms to reach as many residents as possible. First and foremost, Green Committee meetings (first Monday of the month, 1:30 p.m., Kino Ocotillo Room) are publicized in What’s Happening along with an invitation to attend to all residents (golfers and non-golfers). These meetings provide a wealth of information along with a Q&A for guests. Minutes of these meetings are posted on the HOA website for viewing at your convenience. What’s Happening is also used for special announcements; our HOA website contains further information, including monthly golf calendars, current fees and association links. Communication also entails these monthly articles in the Quail Creek Crossing and posted signs at the Pro Shop or practice range. Twice yearly, the Green Committee hosts an Open Forum, an evening event that provides a comprehensive review of our golf operations status and another opportunity for Q&A. To borrow a phrase, “the more you know, the better it gets!”

We are fortunate to enjoy the services of our Head Golf Professional, Joel Jaress and his staff. They are a talented bunch, eager to respond to each and every idea or concern of our resident golfers. We are equally fortunate to have J.R. Kies as our Course Superintendent. He and his crew work incredibly hard to provide us with a first-rate golf course, while being careful to live within our means (read “budget”). Joel, his staff, J.R. and his staff together form a cooperative team to provide the very best golf experience they can for our residents.

I am happy to report that Green Committee Chair Ralph Scafuri and Vice-Chair Craig Parsons will remain on the Committee and continue to provide the strong yet thoughtful leadership this Committee deserves. The Committee represents a widely diverse population of resident golfers (full-timers and seasonal residents, ladies and gents, more skilled and less skilled, competitive and social—) and does its best to ensure that all interests are considered relative to each new topic/issue. Other current at-large members (Larry Laughman and Pete Delcour) have served admirably over their terms of service; new at-large members coming in to serve are Doug Detman, Robert Lewis and William Drozda. We thank them all for their willingness to volunteer.

Finally, we have a beautiful, well-maintained, well-run, affordable golf course here at Quail Creek. That is achieved by the combined efforts of our excellent Golf Operations staff (led by Joel, J.R., and General Manager Mike Taylor), the Green Committee and the contributions of many Quail Creek golfers. Special thanks go to our Adopt-a-Hole volunteers as well as to good citizen golfers who repair ball marks, sand/replace divots and rake bunkers. In closing, I’d like to encourage you to contribute where and when you can to this marvelous amenity and go enjoy some golf!