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Golf Newsletter | November 2010 |
Update on Golf Course Operations RFP

Many of you are very interested in the status of the Golf Course RFP. This has been a very detailed and lengthy process and the selection team was faced with many highly qualified proposals. After careful consideration, interviews and discussions, the team has developed their recommendations. The selection team presented these recommendations to City Council on Tuesday, November 23. Based on the information provided, Council will choose the best course of action for the City's golf courses. Once the team receives Council's direction, they will begin finalizing the contract for private management of the City's golf courses.
Golf Course Holiday Schedule 

Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake Golf Courses are open for play every day (weather permitting) during the year with the exception of Christmas Day.
Make a Tee Time!
Bow Creek
3425 Club House Rd
(757) 431-3763
Kempsville Greens
4840 Princess Anne Rd
(757) 474-8441

Red Wing Lake
1144 Prosperity Rd
(757) 437-2037
Sending Out A Big Thank You!
by Kevin Bennington, Golf Administrator

The holidays are here and pretty soon it will be 2011. Wow, the season has flown by. As we are nearing the end of an era, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all of the full-time City of Virginia Beach employees that have provided you with the quality golf courses that many of you call home. Through the good and the bad in my ten years with the City of Virginia Beach, these individuals have dedicated themselves to providing our guests with the best possible golfing experience that our resources would allow.
At Red Wing Lake Golf Course: Jerome Smith, Scott Newbury, Cary Shaw, Dino Hallmark, Brian Dobson and Paul Simmers. 

At Bow Creek Golf Course: Butch Hubbard, Tom Watson, William Bauer and Donnie McCall. 

At Kempsville Greens Golf Course: Tyrone Davis, Bill Ratcliffe, Pete Taylor, Steve Cotter and Matt (Rob) Gimbert.
For Administrative Support: Jeannie Lyons

As the people laboring to keep the courses great, they are seldom recognized for their efforts. The next time you are out at one of our courses, I encourage you to take a second to say thank you.
Top Ten Gift Ideas for Golfers

Gift10. Golf Accessories - Accessories such as golf tees, ball markers and divot repairers are always needed. (Cost = Low)

9. Golf Gloves - Golf gloves are replaced often, so having extra is never a bad thing. (Cost = Low)

8. Training Aids - There is always room for improvement, so training aids such as swing trainers, practice balls, practice mats and practice videos from professionals are a good idea. (Cost = Moderate)

7. Free Round(s) of Golf - Paying the greens fee for a couple of rounds is a welcomed gift by all golfers. Knowing your golfer's favorite course and which courses to avoid is essential. (Cost = Moderate-High)

6. Golf Lessons - A gift certificate for golf lessons by a local professional is a great gift idea for your golfer, so they can get an expert opinion on their swing. Prices vary depending on where the lessons take place and with whom. (Cost = Moderate-High)

5. Rainwear - Rain jacket pullovers are a great idea as they can be used on the golf course if the situation presents itself and they can also be used off the course. (Cost = Moderate)

4. Club Covers - Club covers give golfers the ability to protect their clubs from the common wear and tear of rounds of golf. Consider custom club covers or covers that include your golfer's favorite team. (Cost = Low-Moderate)

3. Prints/Paintings - Most golfers love to decorate their rooms or offices with frames of golf holes. Some good ideas for prints would include golf holes from St. Andrews, Augusta National, Pebble Beach and Kiawah Island. (Cost = Moderate-High)

2. Balls - Golfers often lose golf balls due to water hazards and hitting out of bounds. Just be sure to ask your golfer if they have a preference on the type of ball. (Cost = Moderate)

1. Clubs - This is the ultimate gift for your golfer. Whether you prefer to buy one club or a whole set, it's best to find out which clubs your golfer has their eye on. (Cost = High)
Just for Fun: Why Are Golf Balls Like Eggs? 
They're white, sold by the dozen and a week later you have to buy more.
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