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NEW YEAR w w w. b l a c k d i a m o n d r a n c h . c o m

Happenings Club Staff Doug Egly General Manager 746.3440

Matt DiMase Director of Golf Course Maintenance 746-0404

Peggy Gleason Accounting 746.0254

Zach Klemm Executive Chef 746.3449

Mary Napolitano Fitness Center 746.3385

BrAD T. REID Club Manager 746-3440

Bryan Richard Director of Golf 746-3446

Kerry ROSSELET Membership Director 453-5473

Merideth Rossetti Special Events Manager 746.3440

JENNIFER STAUFF POA Manager 465.6933

Patrick Leahy John Jacobs Golf School Director of Instruction 352.233.9199

Dear Member and Resident:

As we approach the end of 2012, I thought it was appropriate to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and look ahead to the opportunities of 2013. The economy is showing signs of improvements and several key leading indicators point to a better economic climate than what we have recently experienced. Numerous reports show real estate in Florida is on the rebound and that less restrictive lending practices will open the gates for people who would like to spend more time playing golf than shoveling snow. To date in 2012, there have been 24 separate real estate transactions in the community totaling nearly $6 million in sales. As a comparison there were 17 transactions in 2011 totaling just over $2 million in sales, and 16 transactions in 2010 for $4.5 million in sales. We have set our internal goal for $10 million in sales for 2013 and believe it is realistic and achievable. Our real estate team is committed to finding buyers and helping sellers inside Black Diamond. On the new home front, we recently completed our first new home and are starting construction on our next home before the end of this year. Our third new home will start construction in the first quarter of 2013. Our new home division is creating new interest and activity in Black Diamond. We will keep you informed of our sales as we progress. This year we touched more than ten thousand potential residents and members through our various marketing campaigns. The Black Diamond website and new Facebook page helped build upon a database of people interested in learning more about this community and club. Likewise, our direct mail efforts, social media presence, email and phone contacts are helping us create a greater awareness for those who are interested in where we are headed. A new website for Black Diamond will be launched in the first quarter of 2013 which will feature cutting edge tools for helping potential buyers learn more about the life style potential at Black Diamond. The changing economy impacted clubs across the country and Black Diamond was no exception. Most private clubs experienced significant erosion in membership numbers that are just now beginning to level off and, in some cases, rebound. While we recognize the realization that we will lose some additional members going into 2013, we are gaining confidence that the membership is stabilizing and will begin to grow in the coming years. We experienced a substantial increase in participation of our Stay and Play business that resulted in the sale of 11 new memberships. We are pleased that the clubhouse renovation has been so warmly received. The project has exceeded our expectations and we hope that you enjoy the new atmosphere and environment. Final installation of all remaining items will be in place by the end of the year. The bunker project on the Highlands Course will be completed by the end of the year. There are 35 bunkers on the Highlands nine totaling more than 57,000 square feet. Roughly 1,500 tons of sand is being installed at a depth of 4 inches in the bottom of the bunker and 2 inches on the face. The “G-Angle” sand, bright white in color, is specifically mined for steep-faced bunkers such as those at Black Diamond. This sand was selected to maximize the functionality of the Better Billy Bunker design. Overall we are very pleased with the community and the direction Black Diamond is going. We have made tremendous progress this year.. but clearly recognize we have more to do. Our team on the ground, and all of us in Fort Worth are more excited than ever as we head into 2013. On behalf of everyone at Escalante Golf, I want to personally thank you for your continued support and commitment to Black Diamond. We appreciate the partnership we share with each of you in such a unique community. Have a blessed Holiday Season, and a healthy and prosperous New Year. David McDonald, Escalante Golf, Inc.

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Message from Matt DiMase Director of Golf Course Maintenance Attention Members: Happy New Year to All! 2013 will continue with enhancement work which will now be done on the Quarry. Now that the Highlands Bunkers are complete, MacCurrach will be onsite to work on Quarry #17 and #14. We will be adding drainage around and behind #17 green as well as repairing the grass bowls. We have plans to add two Green Side Bunkers to Quarry #17 which will make for a very challenging Par 3 as well as a visually beautiful golf hole. We are also going to repair Quarry #14. This includes reshaping the front fairway bunker along the transitional area as well as repairing the drain pipes that are currently exposed. #14 Quarry will also have select drainage redone. I would like to remind everyone that the ropes and stakes combination are temporary and serve as directional guides to aide in turf recovery. With that being said, we have been encountering numerous areas of ropes being cut as well as stakes run over and broken. Please follow directional stakes, cart signs, and any other traffic control mechanisms used on the courses. Please remember to fill your divots and repair ball marks. Thank you.

Handicap Committee Black Diamond ranch

Florida State Golf Association recently re-rated the courses at Black Diamond Ranch, so golfers will notice a change to their Handicap Indexes, and therefore their Course Handicaps. Remember that your Handicap changes from course to course, because the Slope Ratings are different for each course – and every combination of 9-holes. It is the golfer’s responsibility to enter correct scores for all games played, home and away, match play and stroke play, tournament and casual play, from the correct tee boxes. For handicap purposes, a player is required to adjust hole scores (actual or most likely) when the scores are higher than the player’s maximum ESC (Equitable Stroke Control) number. When a player completes 7 holes, he or she shall enter a score for 9 holes; for 13 holes completed, enter an 18-hole score. Holes not played are posted as par plus any handicap strokes to which the player is entitled. This hole score is not the same as the ESC hole score. Post scores made in an area observing an active season. Many Black Diamond members have seasonal residences, and many members enjoy golf vacations. It’s important that Black Diamond members post all scores from other courses – and post these scores in a timely fashion, to keep handicaps current.

On a regular basis, your Handicap Committee randomly confirms entered scores with the daily tee sheets. With the changes to Course Rating and Slope Rating, it’s appropriate to update the Stroke Allocation on the courses at Black Diamond Ranch. Your Handicap Committee will analyze complete score cards from men and women, to establish new Stroke Allocations. There will be more on this analysis in future columns. For the time being, remember that the #1 Stroke Allocation does not signify the “hardest hole.” It signifies the hole on which the bogey golfer most needs a stroke to tie the scratch golfer, in match play. Similarly, the #18 Stroke Allocation does not signify the “easiest hole.” It is the hole on which the bogey golfer least needs a stroke to tie the scratch golfer. Best wishes from your Handicap Committee for good golf with good friends in 2013. Please contact any member of the Handicap Committee with concerns and suggestions. Skip Johnson, Chairman Pamela Vlcko, Member Linda Youell, Member Bryan Richard, Director of Golf, Staff Advisor

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Message from the Director of Golf

Br yan Richard The 2012 tournament schedule was completed this past month with the Final Major of the year. We had 24 couples that competed in this wonderful tournament with our repeat Gross Champions Brent and Debbie MookSang. They were victorious with rounds of 74 and 79 to win for a 2nd consecutive year. The net championship went to Ed and Linda Shurly with rounds of 70-61, for their first victory within this championship. A Special thank you goes out to all that competed and to Joan Beasley for all of her hard work in assisting with the event.


Member-Guest Tournaments 2013


During the summer months we have been working very hard with the Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) with getting all of the golf courses re-rated for the 2013 season. This past December those numbers have been calculated and went into effect on December 1st. The procedure of rating the golf courses is a process that is done every few years and was last accomplished in 2008. The ratings that have come in are slightly lower then the previous ratings, however they are more in line with past ratings of the golf course. Our next procedure will be to begin the process of the handicap allocation. This will begin the first part of January and will require certain handicap range scorecards to be collected by a member of the golf shop staff and then calculated into a spreadsheet. The time frame should take approximate 2 weeks to complete.

This years Member-Guest Tournaments are set and we will begin the process of registering. Please see the dates below, tournament registration will be notified via email in the near future.

Couples’ Member-Guest March 6th - 8th

Men’s Member-Guest March 20th - 22nd

Ladies’ Member-Guest April 10th - 12th

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Make a Plan, not Just a Resolution! By Patrick Leahy, PGA Director of Instruction As 2012 nears its end, most golfers will undoubtedly begin to look toward 2013 as possibly their breakout year. It’s this time of year when people make their New Year’s resolutions and, with health and self-improvement leading the list of resolutions, improving a particular part or an entire golf game is usually high on the list for most avid golfers. However resolutions are just hope and wishes without a wellorganized plan to help achieve them. It’s not good enough to simply say you want to be a better golfer and shoot lower scores. You have to ask yourself, “How am I going to shoot lower scores?” We’ve all heard it before, “If I fail to plan I plan to fail.” Failure of a resolution is nothing more than a lack of planning. Just like trying to achieve any self proclaimed goal in life you must be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and have a plan to not only improve upon your weaknesses but also maintain your strengths. As I tell many of my students, “Hope is not a plan!” With regard to your golf game, any improvement plan should consist of four basic steps: 1. Assess your abilities in comparison of the player you want to become. 2. Learn how and what to do to improve the movements and actions of your full swing and/ or short game. 3. Develop improved skills through proper execution of assigned practice drills and monitoring of your skills improvement. 4. Perform in actual on-course conditions and situations,

monitoring performance so your improvement plan can be adjusted in order to maximize your success. Now if you’re wondering how to develop this type of plan, then wonder no more! Beginning in 2013, we will be featuring our new Game Improvement Programs. These programs will follow a simple four-step process of Assessing, Learning, Developing and Performing. These programs will combine an initial student game evaluation with private or group lessons, supervised practice sessions and on-course coaching. Each member or guest participating in our Golf Improvement Programs will begin the process with a comprehensive on-course game evaluation highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of their game with regards to the player they want to become. Following the evaluation each student will sit down with myself for a consultation and goal setting session where we will develop a personalized lesson and practice plan guiding each student through the process of improvement. Next, while each participant attends private or group lessons, to learn proper swing mechanics of the full swing and/or short game elements, they can also participate in supervised skill development sessions on various days and times each week helping to ensure proper understanding of lesson content and proper practicing of assigned practice drills. Lastly, students can also elect on-course coaching sessions helping them to utilize their skills

in actual on-course situations. These sessions will focus on playing skills such as green reading, playing from uneven lies and difficult lies, recovery shots, tee shot strategies and many more! If that’s not enough, participating members will also receive online software that they can use to track their playing and practice skills This software will help the student and their golf coach adjust their personal improvement plan to ensure the fastest and most effective results. After all, if you’re not assessing you’re only guessing! So whether you want to be a better putter, shoot lower scores or win a club tournament, a wellorganized plan will provide you with the best opportunity for success and we look forward to helping you! If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, I can be contacted by phone, (352) 233-9199, or by email, Hope to see you on the lesson tee!

Until next time, great golfing everyone!

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BDLGA JANUARY LADIES’ DAY GAMES (Some games may be switched to different days because of course selection)

JAN. 8, 2013

Highlands-Ranch Back Individual Game: Blind 9. Gross and Net. Shop will draw 9 holes after play has begun.

JAN. 15, 2013

Full Ranch Team Game: Net Bridgeman (3 balls on Par 3s, 2 on par 4s, 1 on Par 5s)

JAN. 22, 2013

Full Quarry Team Game: Step Aside Scramble (Gross only) each player’s drive must be used twice.

The Black Diamond Ladies’ Golf Association wishes everyone in the Black Diamond community a Happy New Year. We have more than one hundred members to date and look forward to returning snowbirds joining us.

H appy to live in such a wonderful community A ctive women enjoying golf P ay-offs each week P laying with different members Y our volunteers working for you N ew friends are made through our golf games E xciting matches W orking to play better golf Y ear-round competition E ating lunch together after golf is a highlight A birdie board honors members R espectful of each other as we play OUR BEST TO EVERYONE AT BLACK DIAMOND IN 2013!

JAN. 29, 2013

Highlands-Ranch Front Team Game: 1 BB net on even holes. 2 BB net on odd holes

Guest day is February 12th

Each member may invite 1 guest only. Members who chose not to have a guest will play in a separate division.

BDLGA Ladies’ Day 9-holers


Golf Outside the Gates check bulletin board or BDLGA section of website for details

21st Annual Ladies’ Winter Invitational Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 The Oaks at Citrus Hills

Mardi Gras Invitational 2013 Feb. 25, 2013 High Point Ladies’ Golf

All Aboard The Grasslands Express! Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

“School-astic” Golf Tournament Feb. 25, 2013 The Women of Sugarmill Woods

The Tradition Jan. 28th & 29th, 2013

Welcome New Members to BDLGA Jewel Hasek Nancy Coleman page 6

Black Diamond Foundation The Black Diamond Foundation Pro-Am Tournament Committee Invites You to Participate in the 10th Annual Pro-Am Tournament In less than 10 years, the Foundation has given back more than $1,000,000 to the residents of Citrus County. These funds have provided scholarship support for deserving students, not just pounds, but tons of food, youth activities, public safety, and other deserving projects. Without your charitable support we cannot accomplish any of this, and the annual tournament is our most important tool in bringing people together to benefit the Foundation. We encourage and ask you for your participation in this wonderful day of giving. Talk to your friends or business associates and form a team. The Pro-Am has had a full field for three years running, and we expect a full tournament again this year. The field will be limited to the first 32 paid teams, so sign up soon. Join Us and Help Make Our Tenth Tournament the Most Memorable Yet!

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast 11:00 AM Shotgun Start Four Person Team Two Net Best Ball Per Hole Maximum Field of 32 Teams Three Amateurs and One Pro Awards Ceremony & Reception Immediately Following Tournament


Crystal Automotive Poker Run Long Putt Contest Closest to the Line for Women Longest Drive for Men Closest to the Hole for Men & Women

The following memo is from Withlacoochee Technical Institute… I want to update you on a few of our past Black Diamond Foundation recipients and give you a brief overview of this semester’s recipients.

Vivian L. successfully completed Practical Nursing and is thrilled to be working as a nurse. Melissa F. was the only female in last year’s Welding program and was able to finish the program ahead of schedule. She has begun a very successful welding career in Arkansas with Shaw Corporation. Nashala D. completed Medical Administration and is currently working in the field. John O. will be completing Automotive Service Technology this year and serves as the shop foreman. I am excited to report the following new recipients receiving this semester’s scholarships:

William E. is 42 years young and is beginning a new career in Industrial Machine Maintenance. Karen B. is also training for a new career. She is former military and is excelling in our Culinary Arts program. Darnell C. is one of the few males we have pursuing his certification in Medical Administration. Ernest S. is a return student who completed his Patient Care Assistance License and is continuing his medical career in our Practical Nursing program. Christian R. began his education in Auto Collision repair as a high school student and will be finishing this year as an adult student.

Devin D. would not have been able to continue his education without your support. He was planning on taking a semester off in order to work and earn enough money to come back in the spring. Your scholarship has made it possible for him to continue his education in Automotive Service Technology without taking time off. Lori T. is also making a dramatic life change in our Cosmetology program. She will be completing this semester and is looking forward to working in a local salon. Her thank you note to BDF states “My future career that I have been dreaming about since I was a little girl is now a reality.“ Dylan P. the hardest and most responsible young man currently at WTI. In addition to his full-time role as a student in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, he also works full-time at Little Caesars. As a young man he is responsible for supporting his family as his father was diagnosed with a debilitating disease and has not been able to work for the past 5 years. As always, words cannot express the gratitude that is felt throughout WTI for your continued support and generosity. I am always in awe when I meet the students and discuss the obstacles they have to overcome in order to make better lives for themselves and their loved ones. Their journeys could not be possible without you and for that we are grateful. Signed-SandyVanDervort, Guidance CounselorWTI This letter exemplifies what the BDF does for our community. Your donated dollars have changed the lives of many people in our community. All of your donations go to citizens who reside in Citrus County. YOU make a difference! We need your support. Please consider helping our cause with your donations to the Black Diamond Foundation.

Black Diamond Foundation meets Monday, January 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the Clubhouse Boardroom. All Members and residents of Black Diamond are welcome to attend. page 7

January Calendar of Events 1 New

Year’s Day Club Closed



7 Bible Study 8 9:30 am


Ladies’ Day GOLF COMMITTEE 4:00-6:00 pm

Mahjong 12:00 pm BD Foundation meeting 4:00 pm




Club Closed


Bible Study 9:30 am

Mahjong 12:00 pm poa meeting 4:00 pm

Club Closed





Bible Study 9:30 am

Mahjong 12:00 pm Club Closed

27 Breakfast


A la Carte

Bible Study 9:30 am

Mahjong 12:00 pm Club Closed

Italian Night 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Ladies’ Day A la Carte

5:30 – 7:30 pm Reservations Required


Ladies’ Day A la Carte

5:30 – 7:30 pm Reservations Required

Ladies’ Day A la Carte

5:30 – 7:30 pm Reservations Required

No Dinner Service




Landscape Luncheon 11:30 am

Irish Night 5:30 - 7:30 pm Duplicate bridge - 6:30PM


No Dinner Service



Chef’s Home Cooking Classics 5:30 - 7:30 pm


4 bridge - 9:00AM

No Dinner No Dinner Service Service

A la Carte

Duplicate bridge - 6:30PM

Pacific Rim 5:30 – 7:30 pm 5:30 - 7:30 pm Reservations Required





5:30 – 7:30 pm Reservations Required

10 11 bridge - 9:00AM 12 Trivia Nine and Movie Night 5:00 pm Dine Buffet 5:30-7:00 pm Game Starts 6:30 pm

18 bridge - 9:00AM 19

17 Reading & Discussion Group 4:00 pm

Wine Dinner 5:30 Reception 6:15 Dinner

No Dinner Service Club Closed 3pm


Scotch Tasting 6:00 pm

Chef ’s Cooking Class 6:00 pm


Olde World Wine Night 5:30 pm

No Dinner Service No Dinner Service


25 bridge - 9:00AM

Turkey Buffet

Dinner & Dance 5:30 pm

5:30-7:00 pm

Reservations Required

Lunch Schedule Daily 11 am - 4 pm

— Members — Please help us to ensure that your dining experience is satisfactory by making reservations in advance for all evening dinner service. Our staffing is based on your reservations. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. page 8


Hours of Operation

Green Cart Syndrome

I would like to take a moment to address what is known as Green Cart Syndrome at Black Diamond. Simply defined, Green Cart Syndrome is the automatic assumption that anyone in a green cart is a “public” player at the club. There are a number of ways to enjoy the Black Diamond experience including joining as a member, participating in one of our Stay and Play packages, coming from another private club, playing with a guest of a member or in one of our outside events. Our Stay and Play packages are an important part of our marketing strategy as it gives people a chance to experience our terrific club and community. In fact, many of our residents and members enjoyed this opportunity before moving here. We offer a Pro-to-Pro for members of other private clubs to come play at Black Diamond. We are always happy to make arrangements for you to experience some of the other great private clubs throughout the country. This is a benefit of the club and our staff is happy to help you with any tee times you need. The overwhelming majority of “green carts” are used by guests of members. Black Diamond is somewhat unique in that we have one color of cart for members and another color for guests. Thus, it makes it easy to identify a member versus a guest. However, it may surprise you how many members with guests use green carts. Finally, we are blessed at Black Diamond to have 45 holes of amazing golf. We do hold outside events and plan these events to limit disruptions to member play, typically on a Monday. The above outlines how a “guest” can play one of our terrific courses. Black Diamond is a private club and there is no public play – period. Don’t become a victim of Green Cart Syndrome. When you see a green cart, please introduce yourself and welcome them to the club. Tell them about our great community and make them feel at home. Who knows, they may be your neighbor some day.

NATURE NEWS A Special Thank You To the Women who helped to decorate The Club for the holidays. Arlene Arndt Faeth Houle Dorothy Caracciolo

Ann Caldwell Ivy Herman-Smith Betty Baskin

Bobcat on Quarry #17.

Trivia Night Winners - 12-6-12 1st Place: Smarty Pants $183.00

2nd Place Tie: NO IT ALLS $91.50

2nd Place Tie: WTF $91.50

Lois & Phil Corsi Arlene & Bob Arndt Betty & Ken Baskin Ruth Schlabach

Peter & Elizabeth Blick Don & Joan Weaver Walt & Marge Rizzi Russ & Judy Delaney John & Linda Williams

Walt & Pam Ford Bob & Diana Storek Paul & Carol Sprague Joel & Cathy Cipolla Rod & Pat Pierce

Driving Range Monday – Saturday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Golf Shop Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm ForeTees Internet: 24-Hour Access Tennis Courts Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Pool Monday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Pool temperature maintained at 84° Fitness Center Open 24/7 with use of Access Code The Clubhouse @ Black Diamond Ranch Breakfast: Sunday: 8:30 am – 11:00 am Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Dinner: See Calendar Take-Out Window: Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Men’s Lounge Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 noon – close Saturday: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Reading & Discussion Group The book club will be meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 4:00 pm. They will be discussing The Beach Trees by Karen White.

Black Diamond Ranch Newsletter January 2013  

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