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WBVGC: Lakes Cart Restrictions Ending Early (Saturday) - Please Follow Course Cart Rules and Etiquette

Just like the Vistas course, the Lakes Course had an outstanding overseed. Thank you David, Jose and your crews for an amazing product after this year's overseed. But wait.... there is more....

David and Jose feel the Lakes course will be ready to remove cart path restriction this Saturday (11/12). Yes, you read that right, we will be on the 90 degree rule for all golfers this Saturday at the Lakes (as long as the weather cooperates).

On Saturday, please make sure to use the 90 degree rule where it makes sense and scatter when entering, driving on and exiting the hole. This is for both courses and is our general requirements year around.

This is by far the fastest we have ever been off cart path restrictions, only 6 days at the Vistas and just 7 days at the Lakes. Thank you David, Jose and your crews for such a great overseed!

 

CLUB GOLF CART RULES

  • Please keep all four tires on the cart paths 30 yards from tee-boxes and greens. There really is no purpose to park off the cart path and a few additional feet aren't saving much of a walk. If someone needs to go around you, they can and it will be better than having tires parked on the grass for a prolonged period of time.
  • Only Admin Office Issued Handicap Flags Are Allowed. If you do not have a club issued handicap flag, you will need to obtain one from the admin office. Handicap flags not obtained from the admin office will not be accepted going forward. Those with a issued handicap flag must return to the cart path within 10 yards of tee-boxes and greens.
  • Please scatter while entering, exiting and driving down the fairways. What does this mean?.... try not to drive in other's tracks or follow others while on the turf.
  • When coming to or from the golf shop and not playing, please only use the main entrance, not by driving through the course.
  • We are requiring a maximum of two carts to group unless approved by the golf shop or an extenuating circumstance has been submitted to the golf committee. This is just as we were before COVID. We have been pretty easy going regarding certain circumstances, however they will get more strict going forward. Please note, that just because you smoke does not mean you can ride alone. We do allow non-smokers to request not to ride with smokers on a per request basis.

Above is a constructive video on how to use logic with the 90 degree rule.

Course Entry Etiquette & Cart Rules
We are continuing to have members drive to the golf course by entering from roadways midway through the courses. This is both an etiquette and safety concern. Please only drive to the golf club through the main entrances, not by entering at a hole.

Over the next few months we have many family members visiting. Please remember that a golf cart is a motor vehicle and those driving must have a valid drivers license. Additionally, please do not drive through the golf courses when not playing the courses.

Please Care for Your Courses
The golf shop is pretty consistent on announcing to fix ball marks and fill divots with divot mixture, however it would appear some members are not following the request. Please make sure to fix your ball marks as well as a few others. We observed and talked to a few members on the Vistas today regarding not filling divots. Please make sure to take divot mix with you to your shot and fill your divot with mixture and any other divots you see. These are your golf courses, please take pride and care for them.

Take a look at the above video to learn the proper way to fill a divot according the USGA
USGA: Fore The Golfer: How to Repair Ball Marks

Have a great day and enjoy the great conditions!

WBVGC: Lakes Course Opens Today - Great Overseed - Find Out What Is New!

 

Lakes Course Opens
Today, Saturday, November 5th

The Lakes is scheduled Cart Path Only until Saturday, November 19th

View the Flyover from Friday, November 4th - Course Looks Amazing!

Well, we never really had a fall. Instead we went from summer directly to winter with pretty cold weather for most of the Lakes overseed. However, the winter Perennial Rye has come around great and the Lakes Course looks amazing. David, Jose and their crews have done an outstanding job getting the Lakes course through the 2022 overseed and they are sure you will be happy with the results.

Over the last season we have been working hard on various projects throughout the Lakes course, many having to do with further xeriscaping in order to meet future water restrictions. Below are a few of these changes/additions.

Lakes Hole #1 Green Area and #2 Tee Area

The area of pre-existing xeriscaping that started behind the middle of #1 green down past #2 tee-box has always been an issue with water drainage during our monsoons and other storms with runoff from the HOA. The grounds crews do their best to get to these wash out areas, but it generally takes a bit of time as they still have to maintain the courses first before they can get to the non-integral parts of the course such as the xeriscaped areas and then another rain will just wash it out again.

In order to limit future rutting and standing water (mosquito breeding ground), we have introduced a 1/2" crushed granite 20 yards to the right of #1 green that extends down past #2 tee-box. The typical crushed granite we use elsewhere on the course is 1/4" minus (1/4" granite with finer particles throughout).

The area between #1 green and #2 tee is a large unused area that would often look unkept, especially after rains. The 1/2" crushed rock gives it a much better appearance. We have also added some much larger riprap rock in a stream design that also helps with the HOA runoff.

There have already been a few questions about how to play your ball if it finishes in the 1/2" crushed granite. The golf committee with the USGA guidance has determined that since this is a designed desert xeriscape area and is 20 yards from the green, you must play your ball as it lies or take an unplayable lie if you deem it unplayable. The area is very playable, but does have a more course stone.

Lakes #3 & #4 Extended Xeriscaping

Lakes Hole #3 had a lot of grass just in front of the tee box and surrounding the green. We have connected the two desert areas on the left and right side of the hole and also on the back side of the green and around #4 tee-boxes.

While these areas were targeted for water savings, they have added a completely new visual appeal to the holes. Hole #3 is now basically an island of grass, still with plenty of grass, but a very nice visual contrast that showcases a central Arizona desert look with greenery. In addition, the teeing area of #4 now has a nice contrast that helps make the fairway up ahead stand out and give the hole a nice new look with a riprap drainage stream that runs to the side of the tees.

Lakes #5 Teeing Ground

There was again a lot of grass near the Hole #5 teeing areas and much of this grass was not an integral part of the golf course. As this area is much steeper in slope than the Hole #4 teeing area, we again utilized the bigger 1/2" crushed granite to limit rutting and standing water after heavy rains. In a similar fashion to Hole #2, #3, and #4 we have begun to add the larger riprap in a drainage design to help control the flow of runoff from the HOA. 

This area is still ongoing and not yet complete, but we plan to add more desert plants that do not require much water and will add to our Central Arizona desert landscaping.

Lakes #18 Xeriscaping (Right of the Lakes)

Hole #18 at the Lakes has more grass than any other hole on the course. However, it is also one of our most scenic holes that is viewed by many driving by or to the club.

One area we were able to target for water savings was the long stretch of grass that went between the homes and the right side of the Lake. This is not only an area that is not integral, it was also an area that was extremely difficult and dangerous to maintain as it is very steep. Over the summer our crews have been working hard to unload a larger diameter crushed granite all along the side of the lake that also extends back behind the green, past our pump house and to the cart path.

This is a very large reduction in turf removal and has again added a very nice visual contour that makes the fairway really stand out and pop. This area is still under construction and will be completed throughout the winter.

As you can see by the video flyover and images above, the staff has been working very hard to create a beautiful course for you to play. While the xeriscape projects were created to save water, they have really added to the visual appeal of the course.

We are sure you will be very happy with the course after this years overseed.

 

WBVGC:  Members Only Until April 30 - Lakes Course Flyover, Opens Saturday - Potential Frost On Thursday with a Full Tee-Sheet

 
 

Our Lakes course is coming along great. The weather has been pretty cool, but the grass is growing well. Take a look at its progress 10 days after dropping seed and 8 days before we open when filmed this past Friday, October 28th. The Lakes Course opens this Saturday, November 5.

Semi Annual Membership and Members Only Starts Today
Today is November 1 and this means our Semi-Annual membership is now in their free play window through April 30. In addition, the club is now officially fully private until May 1.

No Charter League Play November 1 - 4
This week is an odd week where we have all memberships active but only one course open. To help facilitate members and tee-time requests we are having no charter league play Tuesday, November 1 through Friday, November 4. Both courses will be open on Saturday, November 5 and we will resume charter league play with the Lakes course being cart path only.

As our membership has grown quite steadily over the past few seasons, especially in the Annual and Semi Annual Categories, we will be continuing this practice annually for the first week of November.
 

Winter is Coming

It is supposed to potentially freeze this coming Thursday. We had a full request log for Thursday and had to prep the tee-sheet with a double shotgun. As the weather is supposed to be extremely cold, please make sure to call or check online for frost delays before heading to the course.

Frost Delay Policy
In order to provide equal opportunity for playing time to both morning and afternoon players, the following policy will apply when play is delayed due to frost.  

  • The Golf Shop will maintain a log of frost delays for both golf courses.
  • The Golf Course Superintendent will determine the length of each frost delay.
  • The first frost delay on a given day of the week of the winter golf season will have a PLAN A in effect. Under PLAN A, all tee times will be delayed by the length of the morning frost delay. In this case, depending on the length of delay, scheduled afternoon golfers may not have available daylight to complete 18 holes of play. 
  • The second instance a frost delay on a given day of the week for either course "where afternoon times will not finish before dark"PLAN B will be in effect.  Under PLAN B, all scheduled tee times prior to the lifting of the frost delay will be cancelled.  For example, if the Golf Course Superintendent determines the course is available for play beginning at 9 A.M., then players scheduled for 9 A.M. will be the first tee time for that day. All scheduled tee times earlier than 9 A.M. will be cancelled, resulting in no delays for the remainder of the day.  Those players, whose tee times were cancelled due to the frost delay, may choose to play at an available tee time later in the day.  
  • The remainder of the winter golf season at each course will alternate between PLAN A and PLAN B.  The Golf Shop will determine if PLAN A or PLAN B will be in effect on a daily basis for each course based on the above parameters. 

Exceptions to the above policy will be made for Charter League play.  Charter League play days at each course will follow PLAN A, and all other tee times will be delayed at the course(s) where the Charter Leagues is playing.  If a Charter League is using one course and there is no Association play at the other course, the alternating PLAN A or PLAN B will be in effect according to the frost delay log maintained by the Golf Shop.
 

What will the next frost delay be? As there have been no delays this season, the next frost delay will be a Plan A at each course.

Day of Week Vistas Lakes
Monday Plan A Plan A
Tuesday (Association Play) Plan A Plan A
Wednesday (Association Play) Plan A Plan A
Thursday Plan A Plan A
Friday (Association Play) Plan A Plan A
Saturday (Association Play) Plan A Plan A
Sunday Plan A Plan A

 

Please continue to fill your divots and fix yours and others' ball marks. Our cart path restrictions were removed last week, so it should be a little easier to now have divot mix present after your shot. If you fill yours as well as another, we should soon have no divots to fill other than new ones we make :)

Help out the club and volunteer to be on one of our divot repair teams. Bob Jungbluth and Dwight Groves do an outstanding job each season recruiting fellow members to help keep the courses beautiful.

Lakes Divot Repair Team Contact
Robert Jungbluth
Rjungbluth54@gmail.com 
507 363 9004

Vistas Divot Repair Team Contact
Dwight Groves
dwgroves0@gmail.com
507 573 2935

 

We are only a few days away from having both courses open again. The next couple of days will put a bit of a strain on the tee-sheet. Once both courses are open we will have a couple weeks of high demand for the course without cart restrictions. Please have patience during this time as the golf shop will do the best they can to assist the Chelsea tee-time draw in fairly allocating tee-times.

We are looking forward to a great season during FY2023!

 

WBVGC: Vistas Cart Path Restrictions Removed Tomorrow "Friday" - Please follow Course/Club Rules

The Vistas Course will be removing Cart Path Restrictions
Tomorrow, Friday, October 28th

This Vistas is in amazing shape and we ask you to please follow cart/club rules and use logic especially regarding the 90 degree rule. Below are a few cart items to remember:
  • Please keep all four tires on the cart paths around tee-boxes and greens. There really is no purpose to park off the cart path and a few additional feet aren't saving much of a walk. If someone needs to go around you, they can and it will be better than having tires parked on the grass for a prolonged period of time.
  • Carts must remain on the cart path around tee-boxes and greens. We ask you to stay 30 yards for general play and 10 yards for those with a club issued handicap flag. If you do not have a club issued handicap flag, you will need to obtain one from the admin office. Handicap flags not obtained from the admin office will not be accepted going forward.
  • Please scatter while entering, exiting and driving down the fairways. What does this mean?.... try not to drive in other's tracks or follow others while on the turf.
  • When coming to or from the golf shop and not playing, please only use the main entrance, not by driving through the course.
  • We are requiring a maximum of two carts to group unless approved by the golf shop or an extenuating circumstance has been submitted to the golf committee. This is just as we were before COVID. We have been pretty easy going regarding certain circumstances, however they will get more strict going forward. Please note, that just because you smoke does not mean you can ride alone. We do allow non-smokers to request not to ride with smokers on a per request basis.

Lakes Divot Repair Team Contact
Robert Jungbluth
Rjungbluth54@gmail.com 
507 363 9004

Vistas Divot Repair Team Contact
Dwight Groves
DWGroves0@gmail.com
507 573 2935

The season is starting off very good and expected to get even better. Thank you all for being members of such a great Club!

 

WBVGC: Vistas Cart Restrictions Ending Early (Friday) - No Charter League Play Nov 1 - 4 - Please Follow Course Rules

The Vistas had a great overseed and David and the grounds crew are confident the courses are ready for cart traffic this Friday. What? You heard it right, we will be removing cart path restrictions 8 days earlier than scheduled for the Vistas Course. To put this in perspective, we are generally one of the fastest courses to open up for carts to begin with at just 2 weeks, but with the great overseed we had at the Vistas and a few fine-tuned/different practices, we are removing restrictions after only 1 week. In comparison:

  • Pebblecreek is requiring cart path only for handicap flags for 2 weeks and all play for 3 weeks.
  • Sun City Grand is requiring cart path only for 3 weeks (all play)
  • Sun City Festival is requiring cart path only for 3 weeks (all play)

On Friday, please make sure to use the 90 degree rule where it makes sense and scatter when entering, driving on and exiting the hole. This is for the Vistas Only and the Lakes is still scheduled to be cart path only until November 19 when it opens.

Thank you David and crew for such a great overseed!

Above is a constructive video on how to use logic with the 90 degree rule.

Course Entry Etiquette & Cart Rules
We are continuing to have members drive to the golf course by entering from roadways midway through the courses. This is both an etiquette and safety concern. Please only drive to the golf club through the main entrances, not by entering at a hole.

Over the next few months we have many family members visiting. Please remember that a golf cart is a motor vehicle and those driving must have a valid drivers license. Additionally, please do not drive through the golf courses when not playing the courses.

Please Care for Your Courses
The golf shop is pretty consistent on announcing to fix ball marks and fill divots with divot mixture, however it would appear some members are not following the request. Please make sure to fix your ball marks as well as a few others. We observed and talked to a few members on the Vistas today regarding not filling divots. Please make sure to take divot mix with you to your shot and fill your divot with mixture and any other divots you see. These are your golf courses, please take pride and care for them.

Take a look at the above video to learn the proper way to fill a divot according the USGA

No Charter League Play November 1 - 4
November 1 – 4 we will only have one course open, but all our membership will then be active. During this short section we are not going to have charter league play and will not be reserving times for charter leagues (9 & 18 Ladies, MGA, 9 & 18 Couples). If you are going to play Tuesday November 1 – Friday November 4, please make sure to put in a Chelsea request.

Please understand that depending on the number of Semi-Annual members we have in town with only one course open and a full membership there may be a possibility some requests are not fulfilled. Requests that are not able to be fulfilled by the lottery draw will be placed on a waitlist. This potential issue is temporary and will only be for the four days until the Lakes course opens on November 5.

Have a great day and enjoy the great conditions!

2022
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Lakes: 19260 N. Westbrook Parkway
Vistas: 18823 N. Country Club Parkway

Phone: +1 623 566 4548 - Contact Us

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