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Golf Newsletter | December 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
This is the South?
by Kevin Bennington, Golf Administrator

Red Wing Golf Course2010 is almost in the books and we are getting ready to greet another year. It is with great optimism that we turn the calendar to 2011. Did the cold weather arrive a little too quickly or what? Let's hope that Mother Nature is just getting the bad part of winter out of the way early. I am pretty sure that a couple of you may be in the beginning stages of cabin fever.

Well, I would like you to know that the courses are still here and ready to play. Believe it or not, we had golfers show up to play during the recent snow. I am confident that this can't keep up all winter. When you get that new driver for a present, remember that our driving ranges are open. It may be too cold to get in 18 holes, but hitting a bag of balls might just satisfy that golfing need until the weather breaks.
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
Facility Closures 

Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens & Red Wing Lake Golf Courses will be closed on Saturday, December 25.
Update on Golf Course Operations RFP

The request for proposal (RFP) process is nearing an end and a partner has been recommended by the selection committee. City Council has agreed with the committee's recommendation and has directed us to begin the negotiation process.

Beginning in February, the Golf Division will no longer have City staff at our Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake Golf Courses. It is with mixed emotions that we move on to our new opportunities. There are many things that we will miss: the sun coming up over the 13th green, the wildlife that would greet us every morning, the challenge of providing our guests with the best quality course that our resources would allow, and most of all, our wonderful golfers who were there enjoying our courses.

Day in and day out, you are the reason that we do what we do. It is not often in life that you get to do a job that is personally satisfying and makes people happy. The golf maintenance team got to do this every day, and every day we were rewarded with happy golfers who chose to enjoy their golf game on our courses. It has truly been our pleasure to prepare the courses for you.
Our Final Monthly Golf Newsletter

With the changes to the public/private partnership that are occurring in February, this will be the last of the scheduled monthly newsletters. It's expected that the new operators will take over the role of communicating golf course information with you. While this particular newsletter will not come out every month, the City Golf Division will continue to use this avenue to keep you updated with any information that will impact your golfing experience at our courses.

We would like to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season!
Just for Fun: Golf Truths 
  • If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight.
  • A good golf partner is one who's always slightly worse than you.
  • A golfer has one advantage over a fisherman. He doesn't have to produce anything to prove his story.
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