As I mentioned in our previous blog here, we are about to open new greens here at Cottonwood the first week of June.
The response from members at the beginning was mixed. We’ve been through this before and some members didn’t want to go through it again. I get it and to be honest, we had our challenges.
We began work in September and made the announcement to the members in August. We basically told them what we’re dealing with and the thing about our membership is that they can’t be assessed.
The members didn’t pay a dime and that’s the value of our share, but we had to do something, we did it and what’s happening now is a confirmation that our programs are starting to work.
Now, you can see what we’ve done. We had a staff meeting recently and one of our assistant members came in and said that word on the street is that we are in amazing shape. That’s good to hear.
I live in a bubble because I’m here all the time. Our owner Lyle Edward is in downtown Calgary and he’s involved with a lot of things, so he’s out and around and now he’s starting to hear that.
It’s about time. I’m biased because I’ve been here so long, but it’s such a beautiful place. We had a couple of blemishes and we had to fix them.
Cottonwood is in its 24th year. Things wear out and you run into challenges. This was a tree farm and after 20-some years, trees get a lot bigger and we had a lot of shade issues and other things, so we took some down and did the things that set us up for success.
This was the best we had wintered in 10 years. We were set up for success when we had a lot of snow cover, so we caught some breaks. I said in a staff meeting recently that we’re owed.
I look at our our fairways program and what I say to members is we started this program two years ago and it takes time with aeration, overseeding, topdressing and fertility programs.
We’ve talked about things being good now, but they might go backwards a little bit, but at the end of the day, we stick to our game plan. You’ve got to believe in it and it’s so cool that the members are seeing the results of these programs now.
It’s not just the membership. Our staff is excited. Good and bad vibes can go through an operation and it’s nice to see things going in our favour.
Everybody worked hard, but we had challenges. We had pumps go down and we had people working 18-hour days hand-watering, just to keep things going.
We didn’t need that, but at the end of the day, everyone was on the same page and on the same team that the rewards for that work are starting to appear.