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November & December iss U E 2 009

Letter from the President

Shady Canyon Golf Club

100 Shady Canyon Dr. Irvine, California 92603

Tel. (949) 856-7000 Fax (949) 856-7001 Dining Reservations (949) 856-7020 Tee Times (949) 856-7070 Spa & Fitness Center (949) 856-7040

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thank you to our Members, staff and the Board of Directors for your tremendous support over the past year. It has been a year of growth and challenges, not only for our Club, but for many of us personally and professionally; yet the Club is meeting the challenges, and remains debt free. Shady Canyon Golf Club is one of only a few private clubs in the country that is debt free. I find it amusing; rumors have us in financial trouble, some even asking if we are going bankrupt. As most of you know, we have an asset arguably worth $100,000,000.00 and no indebtedness. That is the kind of financial difficulty all of us would like to be facing. Please see page 18 for the financial report as prepared by the Club’s Treasurer, Jim Wood. In the coming year, we will continue to grow and be faced with challenges. There is much to do to maintain SCGC’s standing as a top club in the country. We face the tribulations of reclaimed water and its impact on our turf, members with financial difficulties and rising costs; yet, with your continued support and patience we will meet and overcome these challenges. One of the Club’s challenges is reducing accidents on our streets, which is easily resolved by working with the Shady Canyon Homeowners Association. It is important that our guests, and we, are sensitive to the stop signs and speed limits established for the community. The SCHA is currently developing penalties for violators; our Board of Directors have been asked to enforce those penalties. The BOD is reviewing the program, but in the meantime, please be sensitive to your speed while driving within the community. Bill Mitchell

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Closed Lunch Only Lunch & Dinner Brunch & Dinner r Buffet

Management Team General Manager Steve Buck, CCM x7010 | SBuck@ Clubhouse Manager Raphael Tuch x7014 | RTuch@ Director of Member Relations Nicole Fournier x7013 | NFournier@ Membership Retention Manager Zack Bates x7012 | ZBates@ Club Controller Michael O’Heany x7022| MOheany@ Director of Golf Brian Gunson, PGA (Europe) x7072 | BGunson@ Head Golf Professional Kirk Manley, PGA x7073 | KManley@ Director of Agronomy David Major C.G.C.S. X7031 | DMajor@ Spa & Fitness Director Linda Thomas x7041 | LThomas@ Catering Director Alexis Wensman x7016 | AWensman@


General Manager’s Message

Really Big News A lot is happening at the Club! The following will bring you up to date on all the notable projects.

Overseeding The Golf Course was reseeded with Rye Grass. The added rain water was worth its weight in Pro V’s and yielded positive results with the germination and growth of the winter Rye. This will most likely be the last year the Club will overseed with Rye grass, as the turf transition project grows closer to becoming a reality. The greens have recovered from the verticutting done this summer and are in excellent condition. Where needed, sod was planted to combat the encroaching Bermuda grass and other challenges experienced on the greens. Please expect green speeds to be on the conservative side. Green speeds will be adjusted to what the turf can safely accommodate while remaining healthy. Approaches to the tee boxes are being treated with new material and defining rock along the sides of the paths. The walking paths to the tees will be raked daily. This treatment should provide a clean look without losing the natural appearance of the course surroundings. All the tees will be completed by the end of this month.

Clubhouse We are currently working with a Landscape Architect in an effort to bring our clubhouse landscape up to par and add a little bit of color. As with any organic material, replacements must be planted to maintain the desired look and health of the plants.

Cell Tower The new AT&T cell tower has been approved by the many agencies involved; the building permit is next. Construction is estimated to start in late February or early March; you can anticipate service in April, but I cannot be held responsible for that claim.

Patio Expansion Project The addition of a new patio just outside of the Men’s Grill has been discussed for some time and is finally coming to be a reality. This project is truly a member’s desire and a member owned project. Many members have been involved in bringing this project to life; beginning with a desire to have a larger grill area and having another practice putting green. A conceptual plan was presented to the House Committee and eventually to the Board of Directors.

The plan received approval as being a positive plan and being a functional upgrade to both food and beverage service and golf services. The proposition of those Members working towards the addition of the patio and practice green was to have the project funded by voluntary contributions from the members. Prior to bringing the plan to committee; the leg work was done to see if the project could be funded by voluntary contributions. It was felt that it could be done without any expense to the Club. The Ho! Ho! Ho! Golf Tournament to be held December 18, 2009 is set to be a fund raiser for the project, and is now referred to as the Patio Expansion Tournament. The event will be accented with hosted food and beverages, social function and live auction. This will provide a social and fun way to raise funds for the project. The goal is to have a dozen or so desirable auction items. Should you have and be willing to contribute such an auction item please contact General Manager, Steve Buck. Contributions will be welcome to fund this project which is estimated to be in the $300,000 area. The Board has stipulated that if the needed funds are not raised the project will not be funded by the club. Working drawings are currently being prepared and the project will go out to bid soon. The cost for the drawings and plans have already been funded by contributions. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have in regard to this project; promotional material and invitations are enclosed with the Magazine. Continue on Page 17 2



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Patio Expansion Project Golf Committee Report Tournament Results Road Runner Overseeding New Walking Paths Princess 77 Conversion Status Congratulations to Kirk New Director of Junior Golf

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Clubhouse News Shady Ladies Meet and Greet Upcoming Holiday Events Shady Members at TW Block Party Fall... In Love Shady’s First Campout

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A Night at the Spa Holiday Gift Ideas





Clubhouse News


hank you to all who “survived” our 3rd Murder Mystery wine dinner. Hopefully you were not a “victim” of too much good food and wine. As always the evening was filled with suspense and “spirited” humor. Congratulations to Mark Toto, Ted Swantko, Bronwen Conway and Don Robert, the “11 Million Dollar Winners.” And Eoin and Nicole Middaugh the winners of the “Best Costumes.”

We hope you enjoyed the wines we paired with the theme. They were St. Innocent Pinot Blanc, Rockpile Cemetery Vineyard Zinfandel, Longoria’s Evidence Red Blend, Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon and Brilliant Disguise Muscat. By Raphael Tuch, Clubhouse Manager

Be sure to mark your calendars for our last wine dinner of the year on Friday, November 13th. We will feature wines from Groth Winery in Napa Valley whose 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has been listed as one of the top Cabernets in the most recent Wine Spectator. The Holiday Season will kick off with our Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on November 26th. The buffet will feature a delicious assortment of salads and appetizers, mouth-watering Turkey with Chestnut-Sage Stuffing, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, and Succulent Berkshire Ham. Complete with a finale featuring tantalizing Pies, Tarts, Cakes and much more.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

is $25.00 per house. One house per child. An optional dinner buffet will be offered following your decorating experience. For the 4:00p.m. reservation, dinner will be at 5:00p.m. and for the 6:00p.m. decorating, dinner will be offered at 7:00p.m. Join your fellow Members at our 2nd Annual Member Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 13th from 5:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. Share the spirit of the season while enjoying Chef Dominique’s holiday specialties and music by The Tim Cunningham Trio. Bring your families, friends and colleagues to our Dickens Carolers Lunch and Dinner. Wednesday, December 16th lunch and dinner; Thursday, December 17th lunch only. Lunch will be served from 11:30a.m. until 1:30p.m. $34 for adults, $17 for children ages 6 to 12. Dinner will be served from 5:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. $44 for adults, $22 for children ages 6 to 12. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Dinner on Thursday, December 24th will feature Lobster Bisque, Jumbo Shrimp and Oysters, Beef Wellington with Black Truffle Sauce, Berkshire Ham, Roasted Goose and Holiday desserts. $52 for adults, $26 for children ages 6 to 12

Make your reservation soon for our much anticipated Gingerbread House Decorating. This event will be offered on two dates, Tuesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 2nd. Kids be sure to bring your letters to Santa and get a photo with him and your family. Reservations for decorating on both days are at 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. Remember space is limited and reservations are required. The cost

This year our New Year’s Eve Celebration starts with a Four Course Prix Fixe menu with choice of entrée created by Chef Dominique. Reservations available between 6:30p.m. and 7:30p.m. in the Mixed Grill. We then invite you to the Private Dining Room which will be transformed into a trendy Lounge, complete with a DJ spinning all of your favorite tunes. Dance your way into the New Year!

November 26th Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet with family and friends at the Club. Reservations available between 3:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. $52 for adults, $26 for children ages 6 to 12.

December 16th and 17th Celebrate the holidays with family, friends and colleagues while enjoying traditional Dickens Carolers who will “Deck the Halls of Shady Canyon.”

December 1st and 2nd Shady Canyon’s most popular children’s event - Gingerbread Decorating. This event is open to Member’s children and grandchildren only. Limited availability so RSVP early.

December 24th Relax and enjoy Christmas Eve while the jolly staff at Shady Canyon take you through Chef ’s delicious menu selections. Reservations from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

December 13th Share the holiday spirit with fellow Members at our 2nd Annual Member Holiday Open House. Stop by the Club for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

December 31st New Years as it should be, a well prepared prix fixe menu followed by an ultra lounge experience in the Private Dining Room. More information on the back cover. 4

Membership Connection


ishing you all Happy Holidays! I apologize for the delay in getting our Member Preferences Survey out to you. The new website launch is finally getting off the ground and will make your online experience much more user friendly and enjoyable. Once launched, we will send an announcement for Members to review the current information we have in our management and accounting system and will give you the ability to select what interests you have. Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions you would like to see on the questionnaire. This will allow the Club to target more events at specific Members and not market events to you that aren’t relevant to your experience at the Club. Steve and I are approaching the end of our first year at the Club with much to reflect on. The Club has developed a clear vision of what Shady Canyon should be and where we need to go to become a “Top Private Club” in not only the state, but in the country. Many of the responses from the survey have been addressed in regards to making the Membership experience more enjoyable, building programs

and events that are relevant to our demographics in addition to opening the lines of communication both socially and politically. While we still have much to work on, the improvements below are a good indication the Club is moving in the right direction. We have managed to increase our dining covers by almost 10% and improved website traffic and Member login’s by 200%. This was a huge contributor to the success of new events like the Shady Night in Vegas, Art of Entertaining, Ferrari California Launch, Car Show and Concert as well as the Camp Out. In addition we’ve added new menus throughout the Club, hosted golf clinics and a 9hole scramble for the Social Members and launched a growing weekend food delivery service. We look forward to presenting more events and activities that interest our Membership to work toward the goals established by the survey. Zack Bates Membership Retention Manager


Logon to or contact Zack Bates at (949) 856-7012 for Questions and Answers. 5

Membership Corner


recently had the opportunity to attend the Professional Club Marketing Association’s annual membership conference. This was a great opportunity for me to meet and interact with my counterparts from around the county. Obviously, this year the focus was on the impact the economy has had on the private club industry – and although the consensus was, “there is no one real solution for turning things around” it was stressed that Member participation is essential in a club’s success. I am proud to say we have a very active and involved membership. Many of you have volunteered your time, knowledge, and skills and served on various committees over the past year. Your help is greatly appreciated and crucial in continuing to make Shady Canyon Golf Club one of the premier private clubs in the country. With the end of the year quickly approaching, I would personally like to thank the gentlemen

who have served on the Membership Committee. They have assisted in recruiting qualified candidates for membership, helped improve and modify polices regarding membership, informed fellow members on policies, and help to ensure candidates fulfill the desired membership profile. We hope to end the year on a strong note with the Find Your Own Buyer program showing some peeked interest in the last few weeks. Thank you to Bill Overfelt, Dan Hedigan, Chris Valli, Jeff Shapiro, Steve Weiss, David DiRienzo, Cory Thabit, Andy Lee, and Mike Muhonen for your continued dedication to the Club. Nicole Fournier Member Relations Director

Shady Canyon University Program House Committee Report By Todd Theodora, House Committee Chair


Master’s degree from Shady Canyon Golf Club? Well, it’s not as outlandish as it might sound.

Your service staff is in the midst of completing the SCGC University Program. This Program is designed to sharpen the service staff’s skills and knowledge of the Club’s amenities, food, programs and rules. The Program is open to the entire service staff and has been well attended. It consists of several three hour classes involving lectures, a written examination, feedback and discussion. Please take a moment to acknowledge and thank our hardworking and dedicated staff for their participation in this Program. And a special thanks to Steve Buck and Raphael Tuch for conceiving, designing and implementing this Program to improve the membership experience for all of us.


Shady Ladies Social Club

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Meet and Greet Luncheon THE LUNCHEON Organized by the Shady Ladies on October 8th, was a huge success. Over 50 women attended the event to learn about the various “clubs within the club” and to meet current Members and prospective Members interested in hearing more.



THE WORD Ten prospective Members attended the event which was publicized in the Club’s Member Magazine and flyers distributed throughout the community. THE BUZZ One guest said, “My husband plays golf but I don’t have time. This is a great way for me to get involved in things through the club with other women like me.” Another first timer said she had been involved with other clubs across the country but “this was by far the most welcoming group of women.” FOLLOW UP If you were not able to attend and are interested in more information about the group and activities please contact the Shady Ladies New Member Ambassador, Artyn Gardner. Enrollment is open to residents of Shady Canyon and social and golf members of Shady Canyon Golf Club. Artyn can be reached at 949.725.3853 or at



1 Carol Darby, Charlene Stenger-Lebeda, Teena Spindler, Rena Wolfson and her visiting Granddaughter; 2 Teena Spindler and Guest Allison; 3 Jennifer Robert, Melisa Varon, Christy Marlin; 4 Kathy Patten, Jenecca Prevette, Nicole Middaugh and Carol Darby; 5 Shady Ladies Presidents and Coordinators

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Gingerbread House Decorating December 1st and 2nd

Member Holiday Party Sunday, December 13th Sunda

Dickens Carolers Luncheon December 16th and 17th

Dickens Carolers Dinner Wednesday, December 16th

Christmas Candlelight Dinner Buffet Thursday, December 24th

New Year’s Eve Celebration Thursday, December 31st

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We are excited to host our second “Night at the Spa” event and we have some great things in store for all that attend, said Spa Director, Linda Thomas. This is a great opportunity for members to bring a guest to the Club and to experience some fabulous complimentary mini-spa treatments featuring new products and services that will be introduced into the spa menu in the very near future. Special Guest: Local Designer – Yvette Mandell will be here in person with a trunk show of her latest collections that you can purchase that evening at special Member discounts. Spa Product Highlights and Mini Treatments Kerstin Florian – one of our exclusive facial product lines will have representatives here with our estheticians to launch new results oriented products “Correcting SkinCare Line”. Hand Rejuvenation – sponsored by Kerstin Florian experience the new 20% multi-acid peel pads, refining toner and hyaluronic serum followed by Serum C Infusion. All from the Correcting SkinCare Line. NuFace - the latest in micro-current technology will provide free demonstrations and education on the benefits of their non-invasive face lift product. Featured in New Beauty magazine and offered in treatments at Four Seasons’ Spas. Aromatherapy Massage – Learn how the different scents and essential oils can be used to effect and improve your mood. Select your preferred scent for a neck, arm or hand massage. Shop for Holiday gifts including; jewelry, candles, gift baskets and more while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese. Enter to win a spa gift package valued at over $200 RESERVATIONS ARE REQUESTED PLEASE CONTACT SPA RECEPTION 949 856-7040 9

Give the Gift of Health & Wellness




Package One

Package One

Driving Advantage for Golfer’s

60 Minute Personal Fitness Assessment and Program Logo T-shirt Be Present – Black shorts (men) or Black Capri (ladies) Logo Water Bottle $120.00 ($200.00 Value)

Shady Canyon Signature Massage – 50 minute Logo Robe $150.00 ($300.00 Value)

Golf Flexibility and Strength Assessment with Steve Hutchins, DC

Package Two 3 - Personal Training or Pilates Sessions Logo t-shirt Be preset – Black short ( men) Black Capri (ladies) Logo Water Bottle $225.00 ($400.00 Value)

Package Two 60 Minute Shady Canyon Facial Logo Robe $175.00 ($250.00 Value)

Swing Analysis – club head speed and range of motion Personalized Exercise Prescription to improve your game Followed by 6 – personal training sessions with personal trainer for golf swing improvement and/or pain reduction $700.00 ($1,000.00 Value)

To order your holiday gift package, please contact Spa Reception at (949) 856-7040 8







Block Party By Brian and Lori Hirth

The Shady Canyon supporters of the 5th Annual Block Party was out in force. The perfect weather for golfing at the Pelican Resort and Golf Club - and lets not forget the clinic Tiger put on. The evening at the Anaheim Grove ended a perfect day with Sheryl Crow bringing down the house, and food prepared by Chef Tim Love, delicious. 1 Chris Valli, Brian Hirth, Nat DiCarlo, Jeff Hart and Curt Ensign; 2 Bala Balkrishna and Charles Wentworth; 3 Don Cheadle, Lori Hirth and James Denton; 4 Tiger Woods; 5 John Condas; 6 Chris Valli, Philip Sobol and Nat DiCarlo; 7 Tim Coffey and Ron Hudson; 8 James Denton and Marie Gray




GOLF COMMITTEE COMPLETES 2010 CALENDAR By Chris Smith, Golf Committee Chair


uring the last several weeks, the Golf Committee has finalized the 2010 Golf Calendar. The Women’s and Men’s Tournament Committees have been working with our professional staff through the summer month’s to create a fresh and full 2010 schedule. The Committees have focused on trying to maximize Tournament participation and to fine-tune some of our existing events in regards to starting times, tournament deadlines and dates on the calendar. The following are a few of the changes instituted by the Tournament Committees that will be incorporated in the 2010 calendar: GUEST DAYS (4) Women Guest Days (4) Men Guest Days * * The Men’s Guest Days in 2010 will shotgun at 12:00 noon instead of 10:00 A.M. This will allow the participants some more flexible time in the morning and at the same time offer our membership more access to the golf course. * The Men’s March Guest Day will be modified to (3) guests and a member. MEMBER/MEMBER The Men’s Member/Member will find itself a new date on the calendar moving from the traditional end of February to the middle of March. This will increase the odds of good weather and maximum course playability. MEN’S GROSS/ NET & MEN’S SENIOR NET MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS All Men’s Match Play Championships will now incorporate a new qualifying round which will become part of a (3) three day

Tournament in which the participants will be seeded and all matches played and concluded on the same weekend. This should provide more excitement, interest, and eliminate the chronic problem of bringing these events to a timely conclusion. In addition to our Tournament Committee work, the Handicap and the Junior Golf Committees are working on serious and significant initiatives which will be concluded by year’s end. We will report in detail on these initiatives and their implementation in the next issue of the Member’s magazine. Respectfully yours, The Golf Committee


WOMEN’S WSCGA and MEN’S SCGA 2010 TEAM PLAY GROUPING and SCHEDULE The 2010 SCGA Team Play grouping and playing schedule has been finalized. The brackets are as follows: WOMEN’S GROUP Shady Canyon / Coto de Caza / Mesa Verde / El Niguel / Seacliffe WOMEN’S SCHEDULE APRIL 6, 2010 v. MESA VERDE @ SHADY CANYON APRIL 7, 2010 v. EL NIGUEL @ SHADY CANYON APRIL 22, 2010 v. SEACLIFFE @ SEACLIFFE MAY 6, 2010 v. EL NIGUEL @ EL NIGUEL MAY 11, 2010 v. MESA VERDE @ MESA VERDE MAY 18, 2010 v. COTO DE CAZA @ COTO DE CAZA MAY 25, 2010 v. COTO DE CAZA @ SHADY CANYON JUNE 1, 2010 v. SEACLIFFE @ SHADY CANYON


fter serving as captain of the Shady Canyon Team for the last five (5) years, Larry Noggle has decided to step aside and let someone else conduct the orchestra! Accordingly, Chris Smith, Chairman of the Golf Committee, will assume the captaincy for the 2010 season. The Golf Committee, on behalf of the Shady Canyon Golf Club, would like to acknowledge and express a deep sense of gratitude for the efforts and sacrifices Larry has made over the last five years.


Upcoming Tournaments November 29th

Couples Club Championship 11:00a.m. shotgun

December 1st

Ladies Guest Day 9:00a.m. shotgun

December 4th - 5th

Highlander Men’s Member/ Guest Tournament 10:00a.m. shotgun (Limited Course Access)

December 18th

Patio Extension Fund raiser (Men’s Ho! Ho! Ho! Tournament) details to follow.

December 22nd

Ladies Holiday Presents’ Cup 9:00a.m. shotgun

GHIN Handicaps start January 1st, 2010

If by chance you have a GHIN Handicap as well as a SCGA Handicap can you please let Brian Gunson know as soon as possible? All you need to do is e-mail Brian at with your GHIN handicap number. If you can do this your GHIN Handicap number will remain the same come January 1st, if you do not you will be assigned a new number.


Tournament Updates

Shady Shootout

28 teams (56 players) participated in the event on September 19, 2009. This event is different from most tournaments as it consists of 2 separate formats. To qualify for the Shoot-Out all teams play 6 holes while counting their better ball on each of the holes. The top 10 teams qualify for the Shoot-Out and the format changed as the teams then played an alternate shot format for 4-holes, eliminating teams as we go. When the smoke cleared after the shoot-out, Eoin Middaugh and Chris Reedy had won the title. Cory Thabit and Curt Ensign finished in Second Place and Bill Bullock and Tim Coffey finished in Third.

Ghoul Match and Luncheon

Our Shady Lady golfers all welcomed each other back to the golf course with a Ghoul Match on Tuesday October 27th. This was a two person scramble and mentoring program to encourage our higher handicap ladies to come participate in some of our golf events. The ladies who played on the golf team last year wore their orange team shirts from last season and looked fabulous in their festive attire. After golf, they sauntered into the Private Dining Room for a luncheon and trunk show. Next year’s team captain Carol Demorest and her co-captain Irene Kinoshita gave a brief overview about what the ladies could expect for the team next season. The UC Irvine women’s golf coach Julie Brooks addressed the ladies. The topic was “Going on a Mission - Having a Sense of Purpose” which emphasized techniques to help the ladies improve their game.


Beep-Beep! By Steve Zarate, Member & Avid Golfer


e’re all familiar with the Roadrunner, aka Greater Roadrunner. It’s a medium size bird, about 22 inches in length, and is part of the cuckoo family. We tend to see them mostly on the back nine, which tends to be higher, drier, less wooded, has more scattered chaparral brush and more open— their preferred habitat. Both sexes are similar in coloring and appearance-predominantly dark brown/cinnamon, blackish, and white streaks overall and white/ beige belly. Their eyes are yellow and there is bare blue and red-orange skin around the eye. A dark crest of plumage is located on the head that can be raised and lowered. The Roadrunner has bluish legs and beak, and the feet have two toes pointing forward and two backward. Roadrunners are capable of flight but they prefer to keep their feet on the ground. They don’t go “beep-beep” but they are very fast, up to 15 miles per hour. Roadrunners are efficient predators, running down prey like lizards, rodents and snakes (including rattlesnakes) and catching flying insects and small birds out the air. They are very agile, using its tail as a rudder to balance, maneuver and change direction when running. Speed is also their main defense in avoiding being the quarry of coyotes, cats, and hawks. Roadrunners mate for life. Sometimes you see courting behavior where the male will chase the female or bow in front of the female to catch her attention. Sometimes you will see the male with a lizard or snake dangling from his beak attempting to entice the female with food. The male will collect building material for the nest, including sticks, grass, feathers and sometimes snakeskin, and the female is responsible for the construction. The male does most of the 20 day incubation period, especially at night. This is because the male can maintain normal body temperature at night, while the female and adolescent males drop their body temperature in order to conserve energy. Both parents feed the chicks for up to 40 days, although young roadrunners can run and begin catching prey at 3 weeks of age. Roadrunners are very territorial and do not migrate. They can live to between 7 to 8 years of age, and sexual maturity is only reached between the ages of two to three years.


Overseeding Time


By David Major, Director of Agronomy


he fall season is upon us with seed flying in the air! Starting on Monday October 5th the process kicked off with lower heights of cut to open up the turf canopy. This was followed with verticutting to remove thatch and open the surface. These steps are necessary to get the new seed down to the soil for improved germination and establishment. Turf sweepers were used to pick up the organic matter and clippings. This is followed by the seeding process. The most important step besides a uniform seed application is the frequent daytime irrigation cycles to keep the new seedlings moist. During this period all night irrigation is cancelled to keep the course from getting too wet. I am quite proud of how I arranged the rain after the seed was down. We received 0.4 inches of a steady soaking rain on Wednesday of the second week of the closure. This pure rain water will benefit the germination and establishment of our newly swoon seed. There are other projects slated for this time period. The greens are aerified and topdressed followed by a light overseeding of bentgrass. Bermuda grass that has encroached into the green edges were treated with herbicide and replaced with new bentgrass sod. The overgrown shrub removal project has continued with more opened views of your course when you return. We are also in the process of defining the walking paths with a rock border. This is a time consuming project and will continue throughout the course upon your return. The ladies will feel a bit safer on the 15th tee with a new rock surface over the small creek that leads to their tee. Your course re-opened on Saturday, October 24th. Please be patient with carts remaining on the paths until the new winter playing surface matures enough to handle cart traffic. We will allow carts on the turf as soon as possible.


General Manager’s Message (Continued)

Turf Transition Project The biggest news is, again, in relation to the golf course. As communicated in the past, our turf is not performing well with the combination of the high salinity of our reclaimed water and the clay soil. The Green Committee has been working on this challenge from the committee’s inception. Research has been done, field trips taken, consultants hired and finally a test plot on hole number three. A solution to the water quality is not available as of yet, and may take some time and expense. We are working with the IRWD to continue providing us with potable water for limited use in the summer months. The current contract with the IRWD, which provides us with potable water for 4 months a year, expires this November. This means, from this point forward, the course will be irrigating solely with reclaimed water. Seeing as we have water with high salinity content, a natural course of action is to have

turf that is compatible with the water. The test plot on hole number three is exactly that turf. Princess 77 is a hybrid Bermuda that was created to tolerate a high salt content in water. It is the Green Committee’s recommendation to the Board; the transition to Princess 77 will be done next year. This is a very important and life changing project for the Club and the Membership. The project in itself is fairly basic, spray and kill all the grass on the fairways we do not want and leave the Bermuda base to plant the new hybrid Princess 77 Bermuda seed; wait a few months for it to grow in and you are good to go. This would require the course to be closed for those months needed to grow in the new seed, weather being the controlling factor.

It is not a secret that a total closure and getting the project done all at once is the ideal course of action to take for efficiency and cost. There are other options and all will be discussed with the Membership. Whichever plan is implemented, there will be sacrifices made in our pursuit of an improved golf course. Town Hall meetings will be scheduled, information will be sent to you and we will keep an open line of communication available to you to ask questions. The purpose of this article is to keep the Membership informed of the projects moving forward and encourage your involvement in the processes. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, email is fine but I am also available by phone.

Topics of Discussion

Town Hall Meeting Sunday, November 22, 2009 4:00 PM Main Clubhouse

The Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend a Town Hall meeting in an effort to keep the membership informed and to listen to the voice of the Members.


Initiation Fees and Membership Sales Programs Dues for 2010 Fairway Turf Transition to Princess 77 Patio Expansion Project Year to Date Financial Report The Board of Directors encourages you to attend and participate in the future of your Club.



s I work on the 2010 operating budget it is clear costs are on the rise and revenues are not increasing at the same pace. We have made great progress in the past several months in reducing some major costs at the Club, only to be burdened with others that are beyond our control.

Finance Report for September 2009 The financial health of Shady Canyon is good. The Club has no debt and generates around $1,000,000 per month in revenues. The Finance Committee and the Board is committed to ensuring the Club is operating in a prudent financial manner.

This brings up the dreaded topic of dues being increased. Please remember the messenger is not always to blame. Dues are likely to see an increase beginning January 1, 2010. Once the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors review the proposed budget they will make a decision as to the amount of increase. It is both the goal of the Board and Management to limit, as much as possible, the amount of a dues increase. You will be notified in December of any increase in the dues structure and any other changes as a result of the financial operations of the Club.

The Operating Revenues and Expenses for September and for calendar year through September 30, 2009 are:

Again, I am happy to review the Club financials and budget with you; I prefer to provide facts as opposed to rumors. Please call upon me at any time with any questions or concerns you may have.

We are projecting a similar loss for the month of October because of the annual golf course closure of the club for 19 days for course maintenance and overseeding of the fairways. However, with the approach of the Holiday Season, November and December should show marked improvement. At this time we are projecting an operating loss of approximately $125,000 through end of 2009. Even with the projected operating loss, $200,000 in property taxes and additional capital expenditures, we project and end of year cash balance of approximately $675,000.

Steve Buck General Manager

Operating Revenues Operating Costs Income/(Loss)*

September 2009 $ 997,953 $1,054,979 ($ 57,026)

9 Months thru 9/30/09 $9,239,948 $9,291,307 ($ 51,359)

*Before Depreciation, interest, taxes, bad debt, membership sales and transfer fees. Cash in Bank: $935,000

The Finance Committee and the Board are working on a plan that should add approximately $140,000 in operating revenues to the bottom line for Calendar Year 2010. This is being accomplished by a combination of reducing certain operating costs and increasing revenues through added services. It will not impact employees. To date the Club has had capital expenditures of $58,452 and will spend an additional $52,000 for capital improvement through the end of the year. This includes such items as replacing pool equipment to new HD TV’s for the Club. We are trying to keep the Membership informed of the financial health of the Club by providing a monthly financial report through the end of year and quarterly thereafter. You are more than welcome, at any time, to review the most current financial statements or Board minutes. Simply contact General Manager, Steve Buck, and he will be happy to accommodate your request. Jim Wood, Treasurer.

Credit and Debit Cards are now accepted in the Golf Shop and Fitness Center. The main reason we decided to make this happen was to allow your Guests to pay for their own Guest Fees and purchase merchandise. This will make it easier so the Member does not feel obliged to pay for everything. Members may also choose to pay their monthly account by Credit Card. Contact Bernard Lee at (949) 856-7023 for more information. 18

Congratulations to Kirk Manley


ongratulations to Kirk Manley on his five year tenure at Shady Canyon. We carved out some time in the Golf Shop on September 28th and celebrated with the presentation of his 5-year pin. (Pictured upper left) Kirk is a huge part of the team here serving as the Club’s Head Golf Professional and does a wonderful job looking after our Members and their guests. Kirk originally came to Shady from San Gabriel Country Golf Club, where he served as the First Assistant Golf Professional for 3 years. 2009 has been quite the year for Kirk, in addition to his five years at the Club, in July he married Catherine, and they are now expecting their first child in May of next year. If you see Kirk in the passing, please congratulate him on his time well spent and a high five for, soon to be, becoming a father.

Mike Davis Appointed Director of Junior Golf


s the first of several steps to raise the platform and visibility of our Junior Golf program, the Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Davis to the newly created position as Director of Junior Golf. In consultation with the Golf and Junior Golf Committees, Mike will transition our present summer program to a year round vibrant and organized activity. Mike will create a comprehensive program of game introduction, continuous game improvement, and a formal “Junior Golf Development Program.” As we move forward on this agenda, it will be extremely important that the membership embrace, support, and accommodate this very important initiative. Accordingly, the Golf Committee would like to acknowledge with thanks in advance for your cooperation in making this a highly successful program! 19

Private Events


In Love. By Alexis Wensman


For some, the Mixed Grill with our Santa Barbara inspired architecture, high vaulted ceilings and exposed wooden beams offered the perfect ambiance for a more intimate reception.

Imagine, beginning with an intimate ceremony amongst Tuscan inspired hillsides. As the evening continues, a one of a kind dining experience under seemingly hand painted skies. While most weddings end with the toss of a bouquet, Shady Canyon introduced a new concept extending the dream wedding day into the late hours of the night by transforming the Private Dining Room into a trendy, indoor/outdoor lounge.

It only takes moments to recognize that Shady Canyon’s distinctive landscape is like none other; where the warmth of an afternoon sunset follows right into a romantic, starry night.

ecently, the Club oered its exclusive, private setting to six young couples in love...

Our private event team will guide you through the entire experience creating an evening of romance with memories to last a lifetime.



Shady Canyon


Recap by Zack Bates

hady Canyon’s first camp out was a huge success. Nearly 300 Members and guests arrived at 2:00p.m. to setup camp on the 2nd fairway. David Major and his team did a great job clearing the brush around the lake where by 4:00p.m. over 150 fish had been caught, with many kids catching over 10 fish. - We can also thank David for the clearing as I’m sure it was easier to find a few hooked/sliced tee shots in the weeks following. Steve rounded the kid’s up and coordinated the potato sack races and balloon toss. I had the pleasure, along with Scot Dey to push many of your kids down the fairway in the “human hamster ball.” John Clarey and Larry Noggle were kind enough to take that activity over and send kids flying down from the second green to the bunkers below. Others enjoyed laser tag and video games until Chef’s dinner bell rang. Chef Dominique and his team served up grilled steaks, chicken, ribs, potatoes, corn on the cob and salads for dinner, while the service staff kept their, noticable, line at the bar at a steady pace as to not allow anyone watching the SC vs. Ohio State game to miss a play on the satellite T.V.’s. With day turning to night, the bonfire warmed the evening and Members enjoyed roasting marshmallows and great music by Don Koval. 22

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