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After the annual meeting each June, the new board meets to elect officers for the year. I am pleased to say that Suzy Knisley will be the president of the association until the end of June 2012. I have served on the board of directors with Suzy for the last four years and know what a great job she does. So now I turn over the reins of writing the president’s message each month to Suzy.


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As incoming president, I want to thank Ron for the outstanding job he has contributed to the association both as president during the past year and, additionally, for the many years he has served on the board. Ron has dedicated eight years to date as a member of the board and has been president three times. His biggest accomplishments that have contributed to the success and improvement of the association have been the purchase of a large parcel in the Euer Valley, the replacement of The Lodge and expansion of our Trout Creek Recreation Center, and the recent purchase of two important open space parcels. With much gratitude for all your efforts, thank you Ron.

Summer activities are in full force and we are finally enjoying our famous mountain weather. There is good reason to be in Tahoe Donner and enjoy the many activities offered, with some great new additions. Explore the newly purchased McGlashan Springs land parcel that offers great hiking and fantastic views, rent bikes from Tahoe Donner Bikeworks at the marina where you can ride through trails in the state park or around Donner Lake, enroll in our archery classes with excellent up-to-date equipment and instruction, discover Tahoe Donner’s lesser known activities such as Bocce ball, volleyball and badminton courts, or take a lesson in paddle boarding or sailing at the marina. Enjoy the new Marco Polo Grill at Trout Creek and for moms that don’t want to pack a lunch or snack, there is a daily lunch delivery service at the pool. We have a new Bounce House Happy Hour for families to enjoy outside of Pizza on the Hill from 4 - 6 p.m. on Saturdays and fun activities on other nights. We are looking forward to our biggest music concert of the summer on August 13. This year, friends and family can enjoy the well-recognized talent of the Robert Cray Band with your picnic dinner on Tahoe Donner’s driving range lawn. So bring your picnic basket and a bottle of wine or conveniently purchase a delicious dinner when you arrive. Tickets are available at Significant, recognizable improvements have been accomplished during the past two years in Tahoe Donner, both operationally and aesthetically. Our membership enjoys a talented and dedicated staff and general manager that have demonstrated great leadership and performance. Additionally, Tahoe Donner enjoys one of the most financially solvent associations in the country due to the close watch on expenses and innovative steps taken by staff with the assistance of our Finance Committee. Of current strong member interest and feedback is our trail system and open space. We are developing a Trails Master Plan to provide a comprehensive document on a master trail system that will include standards, history, ongoing maintenance, future development plans and trail signage for multiuse purposes. Staff encourages you to attend our workshops for member input. The next meeting is Saturday, August 20, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Northwoods Clubhouse. Enjoy your summer in Tahoe Donner.




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Saturday, August 6, 5 – 9 p.m. @ the Beach Club Marina Tickets: Adult $30, Kids (7 – 12) $15, Kids (4 – 6) $8, Kids (3 and Under) FREE

Friday, August 12, 5:30 p.m. – Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m. @ Alder Creek Campground

Get your grass skirt, dance the hula and be prepared to limbo to live music. Purchase your tickets at the Beach Club Marina or online at

Come spend a night under the stars! Each camper will experience a cookout and campfire plus the whole camping experience. Cost is $45 per child. Advanced registration required. Call (530) 582-9646 for more information.

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Regatta Weekend @ the Beach Club Marina Call (530) 587-9460 for more information or to sign-up.

The Robert Cray Band Concert Saturday August 13, 7 p.m. @ the Driving Range next to the Trout Creek Recreation Center General admission tickets range from $25 - $45. Grammy-award winning Cray is considered to be one of the most impressive vocalists and guitarists on the contemporary rhythm and blues scene. Get the hottest ticket of the summer online at or call (530) 587-9400 ext. 0.

Regatta Day Saturday, August 20, 1 p.m. Join us for a series of fun races including a new stand up paddle board relay race.

Bingo! Mondays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Enjoy Monday night bingo on the lawn outside Northwoods Clubhouse. Bring a blanket and play for fun prizes. Must show a member ID card to play. Free! @ Northwoods Clubhouse Wii Night Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Test your skills on the 150 inch screen! Enjoy a pizza from Pizza on the Hill while challenging competitors in Wii tennis, baseball, golf, bowling, Mario Kart and much more. Free! @ Northwoods Clubhouse Trivia Night Thursdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Join in the fun at Trivia night. Enjoy a pizza from Pizza on the Hill, show off your brain power and win cool prizes. Free! @ Northwoods Clubhouse Family Movie Night Fridays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring your favorite pillow and blanket, kick your feet up, and enjoy both classic and new G and PG rated movies. Free! @ Northwoods Clubhouse

Cardboard Regatta Sunday, August 21, 1 p.m. Your team will construct a boat out of cardboard and duct tape to race from the boat launch to the buoy and back. |


BUSINESS ARTICLE: LARGE-SCALE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE Cell Tower at the top of Eagle Rock Ski Lift Tahoe Donner Association is currently in contract negotiations with ComSites West, LLC for cell tower construction and lease agreement at the top of Eagle Rock Ski Lift. At the end of June, a negotiation meeting was held to discuss the terms of the lease agreement. Once the terms of the lease agreement are settled, the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors will consider the agreement for approval to continue moving forward with the cell tower construction. After board approval, ComSites West, LLC, will begin the design and local and state permit/ approval process. Construction is slated to begin during the 12 month period following approval.

Forestry Facility Management continues to work on potential property which would be suitable for the Forestry Department’s new location. We anticipate a final plan in place by this fall for the department facility.

Downhill Ski Area Parking Lot Improvement The Downhill Ski Area parking lot expansion project continues to move forward with the awarding of the engineering services proposal at the end of June. A breakdown of communications, homeowner correspondences and project milestones follows: • 148 neighbor notification letters were sent out on Friday, May 6, 2011, to homeowners on Slalom Way, Snowpeak Way and Viking Way. Of the 148 letters, four email responses with comments and concerns; (2)Viking Way, (2) Slalom and Snowpeak; additionally we received (1) email in response to the member news email blast on the project. • TD News May 2011: A project notification was published. • Member News Email Blast: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, was published mirroring neighbor notification and invitation to project workshop. • Project Workshop: Held on Friday, May 20, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Clubhouse. · 18 individuals were in attendance: 2 board members; 2 staff members; 4 General Plan Committee Members, one of which is a resident on Viking and another on Slalom; 10 homeowners. • Request for proposal for engineering services: Released May 25, 2011, with due date of June 17, 2011. • Awarding of engineering services: K.B. Foster, June 28, 2011. • Engineering design begins. • Town of Truckee Planning Commission submittal is anticipated for mid - July; this will begin a second phase of public hearing through the Town of Truckee. • An additional project workshop will be scheduled for August at the site of the project after initial design is completed for further member input.



f you've noticed that Tahoe Donner's roadside signs are looking a bit ragged, you're not the only one. Over the years, tough Tahoe winters have taken their toll. Many of these signs also represent an aesthetic approach more appropriate to when they were installed decades ago. In terms of consistency, there are several different visual styles that don't necessarily fit together. For a new visitor who might be interested in investing in our community, the signs don't communicate the modern facilities and focus on detail to which Tahoe Donner aspires. Unfortunately, many of our signs also don't comply with Tahoe Donner's own standards – namely, the requirement that they be brown and white only. These deficiencies have been recognized and staff is working on a plan to replace these signs with a system that is modern, attractive, consistent, built to handle Tahoe weather conditions and in compliance with our standards. A draft design plan has been created by Weidner Architectural Signage, a Sacramento company that has created similar sign systems for a number of resort communities in the Tahoe region. Part of the direction given to Weidner was to come up with something that is in harmony with this area’s rugged, beautiful, natural environment. They responded with alpine-style designs that echo the mountain ridgelines around us. Check out the design concepts by visiting the Members section of and let us know what you think by sending a message to The designs are also on display at the Northwoods Clubhouse and Trout Creek Recreational Center. Please note that the shadow of a person shown in these designs is for scale only and is not part of the actual sign. Details like the height of any particular sign will depend on the characteristics of that location – such as typical snowfall depths. Thought has been given to making the signs durable and easy to change if necessary, with an eye toward this sign system lasting Tahoe Donner for many years.

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e golf. We sail. We ride. We dance. We laugh. We smile. We grasp on to each day and savor August because we know summer is fleeting and “last call” Labor Day is lurking just around the corner. At times there seems to be too much to do, so we must choose wisely. Our August hit list is filled with Hawaiian themed events at the Tennis Center and Beach Club Marina, dancing to The Robert Cray Band, Friday night outdoor movies, early morning paddleboarding clinics, trail riding and Saturday night BBQs at the Equestrian Center and joining the running group at Trout Creek Recreation Center, just to name a few… Late wildflower blooms, BBQs, endless sunshine, flip flops, popsicles, friendship bracelets and campfires are all things August. Make your Tahoe Donner adventure a tradition.


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THE TENNIS CENTER August is your last chance to keep summer alive and there is no better place to do this than at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center. With a full schedule of events for the month, you will feel like summer is never going to end as you swing your way through socials, round robins and tournaments. Grab your schedule and mark off all the fun you are going to have at Tahoe Donner Tennis.

Boot, Scoot and Boogie 6 p.m., Saturday, August 6 Heehaw! Hold onto your horse and remember the Wild, Wild West by jumping into your chaps, bandanas, jeans, cowboy boots and 10 gallon hat! Prepare for a night of line dancing and campfire stories. After a long day, they’ll be plenty of beans, ribs and cornbread alongside whatever you bring! Saddle up! Tennis Club Member $5 – Non-Member $10

World Famous Burger Bash 5 p.m., Friday, August 12 Time and Date Change – Originally scheduled for Saturday, August 13 With the Robert Cray concert on the schedule at Tahoe Donner on Saturday, August 13, we are moving our Burger Bash to Friday. Sign up, bring a side dish and get out on the court for some fun, social tennis. This Tennis Club sponsored event brings out the best of what Tahoe Donner Tennis is all about: an evening of tennis, friends and food. Round Robin: 5 – 8 p.m. BBQ and Potluck: 7 p.m. Cost: free for Tennis Club members; Tahoe Donner member $10; Guest $16

Big Kahuna 6 p.m., Saturday, August 20 Aloha! Palm trees swayin’ in the balmy breezes, sippin’ on piña coladas, watchin’ the waves roll onto the sandy beaches … does it get any better? Maybe you’ve dreamt about eating fire or hula dancing. Well, tonight’s the night for such dreaming. Think BIG! Grass skirts, leis, flip flops, coconuts and Hawaii Five O. Join us for pineapples galore, pork, Spam and much more. Book ‘em Dano! Tennis Club Member $5 – NonMember $10

Pam Krone Memorial NTRP Tournament August 26 – 28 Join us for the event of the season as we remember a great friend of the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center and compete in some top notch competition from around Northern California and beyond. Pam Krone was a symbol of tennis and the arts in the Lake Tahoe area and her memory is alive with us over this weekend of tournament play. Sign up for the tournament; stop by to watch or reminisce and help some of the local teams or charities that will be on hand. Tournament entry is online at For more information, please call (530) 582-9625. As you can see, fall is going to have to stay away for a while as we continue to pack in the fun at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center.


EQUESTRIAN CENTER – GIDDY UP! It’s August at the Equestrian Center and our short summer will be over before you know it. If you haven’t already done so, why not come out for a ride? The Equestrian Center is open Thursday - Monday for pony rides, private lessons, horsemanship camps and of course, trail rides. Our one-hour rides follow one of several different trails including the |


Aspen Grove trail, which features a winding path through a grove of some of the oldest and largest Aspen trees in Tahoe Donner. This section of trail is nicknamed the “Enchanted Forrest” and is well worth seeing. One hour rides are available at 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Rides are also available at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For those who prefer a longer ride, the two-hour trail ride goes down into the Euer Valley, a beautiful green valley that is the home of one of the oldest cattle ranches in California. This ride is available at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Our August 6 BBQ will have a Renaissance flair! Come join us for a fun evening of wagon rides, games and treasure hunts, plus a delicious dinner. Check out our dress-up/photo station with old west and Renaissance costumes for kids and adults to try on. Our resident knight, Sir Wolfey, will give sword fighting demonstrations and offer sword fighting lessons for the kids with foam “swords,” Then he will bring out the catapult for tennis ball and water balloon target practice storming the castle. This will be an extra fun and popular evening so be sure to make reservations early. Reservations are required for all rides at the Equestrian Center. Please remember that weekends, holidays and special events may sell out several days in advance. For further information or to make a reservation, please call (530) 587-9470. Our office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily.


THE LODGE Wednesday Night Music in the Grotto is back! A summertime favorite, please join us for live music from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday nights. August 3 – Jason Wooley August 10 – Chuck Grossman August 17 – Baron Von Remmel August 24 – Ann Marie Sheridan August 31 – Emily Tessmer

Good Eats at Tahoe Donner Happy Hour at The Pub Happy Hour in The Pub has shifted to summer hours. Stop by, unwind and enjoy 25 percent off discounts on tasty starters, soups and salads, plus drink specials from 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday – Thursday. The deck is the perfect spot to enjoy a crisp, small plate and refreshing beverage after a long day in the sun. Lunch at The Lodge Looking for a place to grab a quick bite, or perhaps spend a few hours enjoying scenic views of the golf course while lunching with the ladies on the deck? The Lodge is open daily from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a great summer lunch menu. For more information, contact The Lodge at (530) 587-9455.

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Pizza on the Hill is open daily. Summer hours are 5 – 8:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and 12 – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The new menu is great! You are not going to believe the new tasty pizza creations. Come on in and check it out. Show off your brainpower and win cool prizes at Trivia Night each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Join us for “Bouncy Hour” from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturdays through August for specials on slices for the kids, happy hour cocktail prices and bounce house! Swing by from 5 - 6 p.m., Thursday - Monday, for August Happy Hour specials. Enjoy drink specials and 25 percent off the entire menu (dine-in only). Back by popular demand, from 5 - 6 p.m. every Sunday, enjoy Half Price Pizza Hour. All take-out cheese, pepperoni or veggie pizzas are half off! (Limit 10) For more information, please call Pizza on the Hill at (530) 582-9669.

TROUT CREEK RECREATION SUMMER FITNESS OPPORTUNITIES Nordic Ski Walking Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. This class is for all outdoor enthusiasts and cardio hungry folks! Walking with poles radically reduces the stress to the shins, knees, hips and back. Nordic Walking is low impact and yet provides a highly effective workout - burning more calories (40% more) and working more muscle groups than regular walking. Class meets at Equestrian Center (pre-pay at Trout Creek Recreation Center) Fee: members: $12, guests: $20 For more information, contact Trout Creek Recreation Center at (530) 587-9437.

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Emily Weer, of Summit Lotus Yoga + Massage, joins Tahoe Donner for outdoor yoga on Wednesday from 7 – 8 a.m. Her flowing teaching style blends pranayama (breath work) with movement awareness, in a beautiful outdoor setting. Open to all abilities. Please bring your own yoga mat. Fee: members: $8, guests $12 For more information, contact Trout Creek Recreation Center at (530) 587-9437.

AQUATICS Have you noticed our Lifeguard Trainings? Tahoe Donner’s lifeguarding staff’s skills are put to the test in unannounced scenario drills conducted during our open swim times. The nature of the drill, in an unannounced and spontaneous fashion, is used as a training tool to most closely resemble a real life situation a lifeguard may encounter. If you are present during a lifeguard training drill, please don’t panic! Simply follow the instructions of the lifeguards on duty. (In the event of a real emergency at one of our aquatic facilities, we would ask you to do the same – stay calm and follow staff instructions.) These drills are a valuable tool in the training of our

guards and in keeping our facilities the safest they can be. The aquatics staff welcomes your comments and suggestions. Please email or call (530) 582-9627.

EVENTS: Dive – In Movie Come enjoy a fun family movie on the big screen while lounging in the pool. Bring your own float or rent one of ours! Inner tubes will be available for rent for $5 each on a first-come first-serve basis. Popcorn and other snacks will also be for sale at the event. The movie will be a new release and family friendly. For details, please call (530) 582-9627 or email Event starts at sunset: approx. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Trout Creek Recreation Pool August 6 Free Event

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Beginning Monday, August 15, for participants 15 years and older, this certification program will qualify you to provide safety and protection to aquatic patrons. Your certification will provide you the necessary skills to prevent and respond to water related emergencies. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will obtain the American Red Cross Lifeguard certificate as well as CPR/First Aid/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Classes are held at Trout Creek Recreation Center. Attendance at all scheduled classes is required for certification. An additional Waterfront Lifeguarding Certification module will be offered with this class focusing on the skills required for safety at waterfront facilities. Please contact the Aquatics Department for more details or to sign up at (530) 582-9627 or Trout Creek Recreation Pool Lifeguarding: members $150, guests $175 Waterfront Lifeguarding: members add $50, guests add $75

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Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons Lessons are 30 minutes in duration. Private lessons are available for one student and semi-private lessons are available for two - three students. Please sign up by contacting (530) 582-9627 or aquatics@ Trout Creek & Northwoods Pool Private Lesson: members $30, guests: $35 Semi-Private Lesson: members $40, guests $45

Swim Lessons – Session 4 We offer American Red Cross Swim Levels 1 - 6 with our ARC Certified Water Safety Instructors. More details on specific class times and sign-ups are available at, or by contacting (530) 582-9627 or Monday - Thursday, August 1 – 11 9 - 11:30 a.m. at Trout Creek Recreation Pool 5 - 6:40 p.m. at Northwoods Pool Free: members: $30, guests: $40

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BRINGING HOME THE GOLD The Town of Truckee’s 2011 Fourth of July parade theme “Living the small town dream” inspired the creative Tahoe Donner staff to construct a gigantic 40th anniversary cake. Topped off with horses and Zumba dancers, the TD entourage marched its way to victory in the commercial division. Fun was had by all, and the gold trophy was the best icing on the cake. |




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BEST. ROUND. EVER. at the Tahoe Donner Golf Course...



his month, we're drawing a focus on the golf course in celebration of 40 great years. In the following text you'll find a memoir from Tahoe Donner's first head pro, Bruce Towle, along with interviews with Junior Golf Club volunteer Jean Lai and our director of instruction, David Curtis. Tee-off and make your own Tahoe Donner tradition right here on hole number one.

TAHOE DONNER GOLF MEMORIES The life cycle of Tahoe Donner Golf Course is something like that of a person. In its youth, it went out of its way to say “look at me” and got a fair amount of attention for its good looks and famous friends. Today, the course has matured into a quiet confidence, with a focus on friends and community. Ah, those early days. When the topic is broached, most people immediately go to that day in the summer of 1980, when three of the world’s best golfers ever played an exhibition here. Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Craig Stadler drew a gallery of around 5,000 people to this still sparsely developed corner of the Sierra. Bruce Towle was head pro at the time and worked that day as caddy for Tom Watson. There wasn’t a driving range back then, so the players warmed up on the 10th hole. The course was rougher than it is today and nobody remembers the legendary golfers playing at an elite level. Towle remembers that Nicklaus topped one of his drives and the ball rolled down the fairway. Hackers could probably sympathize, but for the winner of 18 major tournaments it was way below his normal standard. “On the next tee,” Towle says with a chuckle, “Watson went


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up to Nicklaus and said, ‘Let me tee this up for you a little higher so you can get it airborne.’” Former homeowner Gordy Kjer, who is still a member of the Men’s Golf Club, remembers that it was a very hot day. “Nobody cleared par, I don’t think,” he says. “…They were trying to get people to buy property.” Part of that real estate strategy was hiring Stadler and one of the game’s best women golfers ever, Patty Sheehan. Their roles were largely for marketing purposes, and they participated in occasional events to promote the course. “Patty Sheehan would come up quite a bit,” Kjer recalls. “She had a home on the course. Her brother, Butch Sheehan, worked there for a while as one of the assistant pros. He played on the senior tour for a while.” Stadler and Sheehan had the Tahoe Donner logo on their golf bags as they played on the professional tour, and that was part of the appeal that Dart Industries used to sell property. In the early days of Tahoe Donner, most of the courses currently in and around Truckee hadn’t been built yet. “It was definitely the best course around,” Kjer says. Today the course still has a reputation as one of the best in the region. “I think it’s still the narrowest,” says Towle. “Seems like after that, all the fairways at other courses were two or three times wider.” In other words, great for boosting the egos of tourist golfers but not nearly as challenging as Tahoe Donner.

Today the course still has a reputation as one of the best in the region. From the start, Tahoe Donner Golf Course was open to the public. Towle says around 30 percent of the rounds were non-members, whereas now the figure is less than 5 percent. Today there are more courses for the general public to explore, some of them with aggressively low rates. Tahoe Donner’s clubhouse and restaurant have always been a focal point for the community. While the menu items and décor and even the building itself have changed over the years, it has always served the same purpose – spending quality time with people you care about. Kjer played over 100 rounds a year, getting to know every bump on the course and also getting to know his fellow golfers pretty well. Anyone that plays golf knows that the social aspect is a huge part of the appeal, and Kjer speaks fondly of many of the guys he has played with over the years at Tahoe Donner.

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There was Walt Sachkot, who Kjer called “Mr. Smooth,” and Bill Baxley, who he called “Mr. Up and Down.” Baxley couldn’t hit the ball that far, but was a master at scoring around the green, fitting the old line “Drive for show, putt for dough.” Yes, they had some friendly bets… and more than a few laughs. Sachkot and Baxley passed away at around the same time, and Kjer was involved in memorializing them with a bench at the course where they loved to play. That’s how personal this place is. When we think about our favorite spots, our minds often go to those places where we play. The bad shots are forgotten, the spectacular ones are retold many times and friends bust each other’s chops in much the same way that Watson did with Nicklaus. The lots have been sold and the world’s best golfers aren’t likely to play here again in the near future. But something much stronger has taken root, and it has nothing to do with those superior greens. When you look around now at the smiles and laughter at Tahoe Donner Golf Course, that’s the score card that matters. Let’s just forget about that four putt debacle on the 8th hole.



ean Lai is not new to Tahoe Donner. For the last 20 years, she has spent the summers and falls of each year right here in Tahoe Donner. She has been playing golf for 15 of those years, and has found a “sweet spot in her golf game” at Tahoe Donner Junior Golf. During the summer of 1998, she proposed the idea to the director of golf to create a junior golf club where kids could actually go out and play nine holes with other kids. At the time, her daughter was interested in playing as were several other young women, so the Junior Golf Club came to life. Jean has coordinated the club for the last 13 years. Even though her children have become adults and moved away, she still devotes herself to making the program continue. In the winter, she organizes and plans for the club and in the summer she raises funds for the club and makes the weekly activities happen. Let’s take a few minutes to hear directly from Jean.

What is your role and how many participants are there in the program? I’m the coordinator. I work with James Murtagh, our first assistant pro, to organize the tee-times and mini-clinics for the club. I pair the

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kids by age and ability for their course play (which often takes the most of my time) and plan our weekly games. We finish the season in August with a great Junior Golf Club Tournament. Last year, we had more than 40 juniors play in it. Currently we have about 22 participants each week –both boys and girls ranging in age from 6-15 years old.

What do you like about golfing at TD? It is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses I have played. It requires more concentration and course management than most courses. My favorite hole is number 17, because I can usually get on the green with my tee shot! In addition to loving the course, I have met, and continue to meet, really great people.

What is it about golf that keeps you coming back to play? Anyone who plays golf knows that it is challenging and different every time you come out to play. What is equally enjoyable is playing with friends and meeting and playing with new people. I’ve met many wonderful people through this game. Jean enjoys her time spent here in Tahoe Donner. She has made it a tradition to return to the course summer after summer for the last 15 years. She spends her winters in Moraga, CA, and always looks forward to the onset of summer right here in Tahoe Donner… where traditions begin.

Have you ever shot a hole in one? No, however there have been two holes-in-one from our Junior Golf Club members. One was shot on the 17th hole about 10 years ago and the other, last year, was shot during our actual club play on hole #7.

What would you share with any up and coming golfers who are thinking of joining the club? Golf is a great sport. Come out and give it a try. You can meet kids your own age, and with similar golf skills. You don’t have to know everything. You can play nine holes without your parents, and have a fun time learning more about the game of golf and yourself. Also, some of our past members have gone on to play college golf and pursue careers in the golf industry.


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DC’S SCHOOL OF GOLF Earlier this month, staff writer Amanda Birchenough caught up with director of instruction David Curtis for an update about how golf instruction is going this summer at Tahoe Donner and to get to know him a little bit better. If you have been around the Tahoe Donner Golf Course this summer, you have probably seen David Curtis, aka “DC.” Most days he blends in like the typical golfer – sporting dark sunglasses and pleated khakis with a Tahoe Donner baseball cap and golf shirt. His broad physique and Tahoe tan are signature features of most 28-year-old golfers who have the luxury of spending six days a week out on the course. But if you get to spend time with this guy on the driving range or join one of his clinics or lessons, you will notice that he’s more than just a scratch golfer.

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Everyone’s golf game begins somewhere. When did you first pick up a club? My grandfather introduced me to golf when I was six years old. That’s when it all began. I’ve been playing ever since. I played all through junior high, high school and college and got my degree in golf management at the College of the Desert. During that time, our team won the state championship in 2004 and I consider that to be one of the highlights of my personal career.

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How does a guy from Palm Desert end up in Truckee? I started working at Tahoe Donner in 2008 behind the counter in the pro shop. A former head professional gave me an opportunity to work here. I fell in love with the course and the area that summer. The mountains, the vistas, the smell of pine trees and the peaceful surrounding area - I was sold. With all that Tahoe Donner offers, there’s nothing quite like it. I spend my winters teaching at the Westin Mission Hills Resort Golf Academy in the Palm Springs area, and my summers in Truckee. It is the best of both worlds. After that first summer, I began to get involved with building golf clinics and golf schools from the ground up at Tahoe Donner.

What does Director of Instruction mean to you? For me, teaching is like taking a blank canvas and helping someone create a beautiful masterpiece with that canvas. I love helping people build confidence and improve on their fundamentals. The swing is only 10 percent of the game. Golf is 90 percent mental. My teaching philosophy is to carefully look at each

SAY HELLO TO DAVID person’s fundamental skill set and simply add some spice to it. In my experience, the best success comes from not trying to re-invent the wheel, but make a few tweaks and try to improve the basic fundamentals. One of my goals is to make golf less intimidating for folks, and help them get the ball from the tee box into the hole with ease.

How is the golf instruction program doing this summer? As you know, we got off to a late start this summer, but everyone was very patient for the driving range and short game areas to open. Now that we are in full swing, we are seeing great participation in the wide variety of clinics we offer throughout the week. Private lessons are going great this year due to the members wanting to improve their golf games, and the junior golf schools are a big hit.

DC confessed he dreams of someday running his own independent golf school. He rattled off a few different names and I can tell he’s mulled the idea over in his head a few times. One that strikes a chord with me is DC’s School of Golf. I like it because he’s been building just that at Tahoe Donner and I simply respond adding two letters, “DC’s School of Golf at TD. I like that.” He chuckles and flashes a bright smile.

Who is David Curtis “DC”? Golf is all I know. It’s all I’ve ever done in the past 10 years for a job. My career is to make people better golfers and share something I love. It doesn’t get any better than that. On my one day off I usually hike or kayak at the lake or I’m down at the river with my dog, Maui. I’m also a big NASCAR fan. Oh, and another big thing – I just got engaged on the Fourth of July to my long-term girlfriend, Katie Lambert, so that’s really big news for me.

(Find tips from “DC” on pg. 24)

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THREE GOLF TIPS TO HELP IMPROVE YOUR GAME DAVID CURTIS | DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION As the golf season kicks into high gear, I would like to share a few tips that will hopefully help improve your swing and score. My teaching style consists of proper fundamentals of the setup and swing so that you have a very clear understanding on how to execute the shot. The only way to have a consistent and reliable swing is to have correct fundamentals. The first fundamental you should focus on is your grip. The clubface is an extension of your hands and your grip controls the clubface. If your golf ball tends to curve away from the target, your clubface is not consistently squared up at impact, thus the importance of a proper grip. While holding the golf club, you should focus on having a neutral grip; meaning no twisting, turning, or rotating of your hands. The grip of the golf club should rest in the base of the fingers of your lead hand with the bottom heel pad on top


of the grip. This will allow leverage to take place while holding the club. Your lower hand should then be placed covering your lead thumb in a neutral position. This will allow your hands and arms to hang more naturally at address, while making it easier for them to work more efficiently during the golf swing. This should be the way you grip every wedge, iron, fairway wood, hybrid, and driver. The second fundamental is to aim the clubface first followed by the body. As an instructor, it drives me crazy when I see someone on the tee box getting ready to hit the ball and they setup with their feet, put the club across their shoulders, hold the club out about belt AIM THE CLUBFACE FIRST high to check their feet, then start to reach far away with their arms to get setup to the ball. After all of that, they realize they are too far away from the ball. So, if you want to set up the correct way to make it easier and not hold up your playing partners, aim the club first behind the ball, followed by stepping into the stance with your feet. Your distance from the ball will be spot on every AIM THE CLUBFACE FIR ST time you setup.




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The final tip is the chip shot. This is the shot from 3 - 25 yards off the green. As long as there is no obstacle in the way (i.e. bunker, pound, and long rough) do a chip shot. This shot will be in the air for about a third of the time, then on the ground with roll two thirds the rest of the way. For the proper setup to succeed at this shot, make sure your weight is mostly on your lead leg. This will help the club get up and off the ground during your backswing, which will help you hit down on the ground to make the ball roll up the clubface. Feet can be close together with the ball in the middle of the stance. Use different lofted clubs to help out with different distances. Try to use LW/SW for close pins and PW/9 iron for far pins.


We are hosting a wide variety of excellent golf clinics this year. The schedule is posted on the Tahoe Donner website. Feel free to contact me for lessons or clinic information at the Pro Shop (530) 587-9443 or email for more information.

DID YOU KNOW? Tahoe Donner Golf Course encompasses the natural Tahoe landscape and uses boulders taken directly from Tahoe Donner for many things, including signs. Course information is engraved on boulders and rocks scattered through the 18 holes. All of these signs have been designed and hand-crafted by Ira Kessey. You can see him hard at work below. Next time you’re at the driving range or teeing off, take a closer look at that sign!. |


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BEACH CLUB MARINA Luau – August 6 Dig out your grass skirt and get ready to limbo on Saturday, August 6, when the Beach Club Marina is transformed into a tropical paradise. A Hawaiian-themed band with traditional Hawaiian and fire dancers will light up the night. Enjoy a Hawaiian –style dinner with beer, wine and tropical drinks available for purchase. Please call the Beach Club Marina for tickets and more information. Please note, the beach will close at 4 p.m. and re-open at 5 p.m. for the event.

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RECREATION PROGRAMS Friday Family Movie Night & Outdoor Movie Night: The Late Show Bring a pillow and blanket, kick your feet up and enjoy either a classic or new movie starting at 6:30 p.m. every Friday at Northwoods Clubhouse. Friday Family Movie Night movies are rated G and PG. “The Late Show” movies are rated PG and PG-13. Family Movie Night and Outdoor Movie Night are free events. Here is the movie schedule for August: August 5: “The Emperor’s New Groove” Late Show: “The Goonies” August 12: “Hoodwinked!” Late Show: “Tron” August 19: “Alpha and Omega” Late Show: “X-Men: Origins” August 26: “Hercules” Late Show: “The Blind Side” For more information, contact Trout Creek Recreation Center at (530) 587-9437.

Kid’s Overnight Campout August 12 Spend a night under the stars at the Alder Creek Campground. Open to kids 8 - 12 years old, the fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday night with kayaking, archery, hike and camp setup. Cookout, camp fire and breakfast is also included. Campout ends at 9 a.m. on Saturday and is $45 per child. Pre-registration is required and closes at 5 p.m. on August 11. Please call (530) 582-9646 to register. Archery Kids aged 7 and up are invited to participate every Friday - Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., 12:30 - 2 p.m., 2:30 - 4 p.m. Meet in the Recreation Hut for a basic safety/skills clinic followed by friendly competition. Cost: $5 members and $7 guests. Monday Night Bingo is in full swing on the lawn outside Northwoods Clubhouse from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Must show member ID card to play. Join fellow competitors for Wii Night, a friendly game of Wii every Tuesday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Try your luck at the “Wipe Out” obstacle course or team up with a friend for Pictionary on the Wii uDraw it on the big screen in the Northwoods Clubhouse. Free! Brunch & Hike. Bring your family and friends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Beach Club Marina. Cost is $10 per person. Register at The Recreation Information Hut adjacent

to the Northwoods Pool or online at shoptd. August Brunch & Hike Schedule: 7 – Martis Peak 14 – Pacific Crest Trail North of I-80 21 – Euer Valley 28 – Hawk’s Peak Daypack Hikes. Enjoy a guided intermediate level hike from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through the summer. Cost is $10 per person. Register at The Recreation Information Hut adjacent to the Northwoods Pool or online at August Daypack Hike Schedule: 3 – Independence Lake 10 – Hawk’s Peak 17 – Martis Peak 24 – Jackson Meadows 31 – Pacific Crest Trail North of I-80 Family Raft Trips. Dare to explore the Truckee River? Spend a Saturday afternoon with your family floating down the river. Bring a lunch, towel, sunscreen, plastic bag and anything else you may need. Register at the Recreation Information Hut adjacent to the Northwoods Pool. Trips are scheduled for each Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. through September 3, conditions permitting. Please call (530) 582-9646 for more information and registration.

TAHOE DONNER GOLF Women’s Golf August 11, 18, 25: Women’s 9-hole Club Championship, 7:30 a.m. shotgun August 15: Women’s 9-hole Couples Tournament, 4:30 p.m. shotgun on front nine August 16-17: WGC Women’s Club Championship, Tee-times start at 8 a.m. August 28: Tahoe Donner Couples “Guys & Dolls,” 1 p.m. shotgun

Men’s Golf Club Championship Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 Two-day event, starting at 7 a.m. Championship flight plus other flights and a new Senior Flight, limited to first 144 players who sign up. Players must use special entry forms which were emailed to members on July 12 or are available on our website. No other entry applications will be accepted. Dinner

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(Let’s Get Together continued from pg. 26) and awards Sunday evening. Tahoe Donner Cup points qualifier. Weekday Pass honored on Sunday ONLY. Entry Deadline: August 7 | Entry Fee: $80 NCGA “North Sierra” Zone Championship Qualifier Saturday, August 27, 8 a.m. shotgun start. FORMAT-Best two balls of a four-man team. Play will be 90 percent of the course handicap using a maximum index of 18.4. All players with an index above 18.4 will play as an 18.4. Teams will be split. Indicate on entry form which two players are to play together. Winning team advances to North Sierra Regional Tournament in July, 2012. Tahoe Donner Cup points qualifier. Entry Deadline: August 22 | Entry Fee: $25 For more information on club activities or if you are interested in joining our club, please visit Results for June Tournaments: On Friday, June 24, we held the NCGA 4-Ball (2 man better ball) qualifier at TD. This was the first day all 18 holes opened at Tahoe Donner, so we did not know what to expect. The course conditions were surprisingly good and the weather was perfect. There were 12 teams entered with the top two getting a chance to advance to the next level of NCGA competition. • First – Bob Moore, Dave Parsons- 61 • Second – Ralph Shindler and Dick Tomlinson- 62, winners of a 3 hole playoff • Third – Scott Taylor- Gunny Lindroth- 62 • Fourth - Four way tie Saturday, June 25, saw the long- delayed Icebreaker played on a warm summer-like day for a change. We had 45 players this year who enjoyed the great weather. This was a 4-man (A,B,C,D) Shamble with 75 percent of course handicap using the two best net balls per team. The scores were fairly close among all the teams. • First – Jensen, King, Ozimek 119 • Second – (tie) Sargent, Shindler, Moore, Dundas 121 (tie) Arney, McGoldrick, Watkins, Guinn 121 • Fourth – Andrs, Wood, Gemma, Orme 122 • Fifth - Parsons, Paul Tierney, Lyman, Dallas 125 Saturday’s closest to pin competition winners were: King #4, Borghello #7, Sargent #12, Arney #17


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CLUBS Tahoe Donner Green Club Experience a description of past and future forecast climate and weather in the Tahoe Basin with Mark McLaughlin, the awardwinning author, speaker, and photographer, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, in the banquet room at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub. Mark will present a dynamic and informative talk on the Truckee area’s weather history since the Donner Party. He will also speak about the effects from El Niño and La Niña weather events, both in the past and projection for the next several years, as well as the occurrence and stability of the Pacific pressure ridge that causes our stormy weather. Autographed books by Mark on the history of Tahoe winter sports, the Donner Party, Western trail adventures, and Sierra Stories will be available for purchase. Please visit tdgreen. org. for additional details.

Tahoe Donner Senior Alpine Ski Club Are you are a senior Tahoe Donner alpine skier looking to enjoy year-round sports activities and a great social environment? The Tahoe Donner Senior Alpine Ski Club (TDSASC) is for you! TDSASC focuses on alpine skiing, organizing over 20 ski days at reduced rates at resorts around the Tahoe basin, ski and racing clinics at the TD ski hill and ski travel weeks in the USA and Europe, the latter organized through Far West Ski Association. Off-season activities include day hikes, bike and kayak trips, tennis and golf tournaments, BBQ’s and Halloween and holiday parties and, in the fall, ski conditioning workouts. The club welcomes all Tahoe Donner Alpine skiers, 55 years and above, who ski at a proficiency level of intermediate, advanced, or expert. (An intermediate skier is defined as one who can comfortably ski the Tahoe Donner ski hill.) Membership information, membership forms and schedules of winter and off-season activities can be accessed on our website We’re accepting renewals and new applications now through November 1, when our season officially starts. In order to attend the holiday party, we must have your application by that date. Come join the fun!


SB 183 - CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS On May 7, 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 183 (Lowenthal), a bill that will require the placement of carbon monoxide detectors in all California dwelling units. The bill also requires that the presence or absence of these devices must be disclosed when residential real estate is transferred. This bill deals with existing housing. It covers every “dwelling unit intended for human occupancy” which means single-family housing, factory-built homes, condominiums, motels, hotels, dormitories, and dwelling units in “multiple-unit dwelling unit buildings” (apartment houses). It applies to every dwelling unit that has “a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage,” “Fossil fuel” means “coal, kerosene, oil, wood, fuel gases, and other petroleum or hydrocarbon products, which emit carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion.” In other words, unless you live in an all-electric home with a detached garage and you don’t use a hibachi, you are covered by this law. The bill requires that such properties will have to have installed a “carbon monoxide device” that is designed to detect carbon monoxide and produce a “distinct, audible alarm.” The device may be batterypowered, a plug in, or hard-wired with a battery backup. It may be combined with a smoke detector, but, if it is, it must emit “an alarm or voice warning in a manner that clearly differentiates between a carbon monoxide alarm warning and a smoke detector warning.” The devices must be ones that have been certified by the State Fire Marshal. The bill imposes a requirement on the State Fire Marshall to certify and approve both the devices and their instructions. It will then be illegal to sell detectors that have not met the Fire Marshall’s certification requirements. The devices must be installed, consistent with new construction standards or according to the approved instructions, in all existing single-family dwelling units no later than July 1, 2011.

All other dwelling units (such as apartments) must have proper carbon monoxide detectors no later than January 1, 2013. As noted, the bill also creates disclosure requirements with respect to carbon monoxide detectors. Currently, sellers of residential properties in California must provide the buyer with a state-mandated form known as the Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS). The TDS requires the seller to answer a variety of inquiries as to features of the property. SB 183 amends the TDS so that, effective January 1, 2011, the seller will have to say whether or not the property contains one or more carbon monoxide detectors. It is important to note that, even if the answer is “no,” that will not invalidate the sale or transfer of the property. In this respect, the question regarding carbon monoxide detectors is similar to a current question regarding automatic garage-door reversing devices. A footnote explains that the lack of such a device may fail to meet current safety standards. Nonetheless, a transfer of the property may still take place. It is recommended that NEW Photoelectric Carbon Monoxide / Smoke detectors be installed at appropriate locations in your home in compliance with SB 183 and the State Fire Marshall.


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• Approval of Minutes: Approved 4-0 (Director Wulff absent) · June 17, 2011 Regular Meeting · June 26, 2011 Organizational Meeting • Consent Calendar: Approved 4-0 (Director Wulff absent) · 2011 Firewood Fee · Signature Authorizations for Banks • Director of Finance and Accounting Report: Approved 3-0 (Director Wulff absent, Director Lempinen temporarily away) · The Board approved the unaudited preliminary June 2011 financials, as presented • Winter 2011/2012 Season Pass Rates: Approved 4-0 (Director Wulff absent) The Board approved the proposed upcoming winter season fee schedule for Downhill and Cross Country season pass products. • Tahoe Donner Monument and Way Finding Signage Review Management provided the Board an update on member feedback regarding outdoor signage designs. • Computers for Board of Director Use: Approved 5-0 The Board approved the purchase of computers for current directors’ use, not to exceed $3,700, from New Machinery & Equipment Funds These summaries are intended for general information purposes only. The minutes are available at, upon request in the general manager’s office or by calling (530) 587-9431. A copy of the minutes current are posted outside the Member in Northwoods Clubhouse. Bassett and TD Guide Adagenda 5.278x2.403_Layout 1 4/14/11 11:32 Services PM PageOffice 1


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