By Cathy Tallyn
After a deluge of resident comments, the newly constituted GRF Board compromised and gave walkers two additional hours of daylight on the nine-hole Creekside Golf Course on Tuesdays through Sundays.
The last tee time on Creekside will be at 2 p.m. so residents can walk the cart paths beginning at 4.
To make up for the earlier course closure on those six days, residents may play nine holes of golf after 2 p.m. on the 18-hole Dollar Ranch Golf Course at the nine-hole rate.
The split decision on May 11 came less than a week after golf resumed following a nearly two-month hiatus due to efforts to stop the deadly coronavirus. The Board will revisit the issue in six weeks at its June meeting.
The first week the courses reopened, the Creekside course was open to golfers from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow walkers beginning at 6 p.m.
Normally, the Creekside and the Dollar courses are off limits to walkers except when they are closed on Mondays for maintenance. (Walkers are permitted on the courses on Mondays, except when golfers play on holidays, including the upcoming Memorial Day on May 25.)
The Board took into account the loss of opportunities residents have for exercise, as well as the popularity of golf and the revenue it brings Rossmoor. Through April, golf play is $67,000 under budget.
Directors originally considered an unspecified end date for the decision — whenever the Fitness Center and pools are allowed to reopen by public health order.
But, after an hour of comment by 21 residents and an hour of discussion, directors voted 7-2 to close the Creekside course early for walking and consider the issue again at their June meeting.
Newly elected directors John Kikuchi and Dwight Walker cast the dissenting votes. Kikuchi wanted the Golf Advisory and Finance committees to weigh in on the issue. Walker concurred and also thought there was already adequate time for walkers on the Creekside course.
During the meeting, some golfers said they pay $2,000 a year to play golf year-round and that there are plenty of trails and scenic spots off of the golf courses for walkers.
On the other hand, walkers said they prefer the cart paths to sidewalks because it’s more dangerous to walk next to vehicle traffic.
A more complete account of the Board meeting will be in the May 20 edition of the Rossmoor News.
Some residents had trouble logging into the May 11 GRF Organizational Meeting on Zoom. The GRF Board and staff discovered during the meeting that Zoom had a limit on the number of participants. The staff IT Department contacted Zoom immediately and upgraded the account to allow for additional participants, but the upgrade couldn’t take effect during an open session so additional participants were unable to attend.
The Board apologized to residents who were unable to attend. The meeting will air on Channel 28 on Tuesday and is available now on YouTube.
For residents looking for alternate places to walk in Rossmoor, check out the Rossmoor Walking Guide Map (click the blue button below).