The Carlsbad Education Foundation is hosting its 13th Annual Carlsbad Golf Classic on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the City of Carlsbad’s lovely, stylish, financial sink hole The Crossings At Carlsbad.
Sure it’s golf, but Carlsbad’s kids are important and the work the Carlsbad Education Foundation does for city schools is epic.
Click here for all the information. And lend a hand. . . even if it is golf.
Pictured: Steering Chair Randy Ferren, winning foursome members Mike Pottorff, Jonas Jackson, Club CEO Brad Holland, and winner David Flores (winner Scott McCary not shown).
“The success of this tournament is a result of astounding contributions from so many individuals and companies throughout San Diego County,” said Randy Ferren of California Bank & Trust, Steering Committee Chair. “While the day presented so many winners, we are pleased that the kids are the ultimate winners – and benefit from this generosity.”
For the official word from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, follow the jump.
Continue reading ‘Boys & Girls Clubs Scores With Golf Classic’
TaylorMade Golf Company joins the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad as presenting sponsor for the thirteenth year in a row. This year’s theme “Clubs for a Brighter Future” celebrates the partnership between the golf industry powerhouse and nonprofit organization. In fact, TaylorMade CEO Mark King will be serving as the tournament’s honorary chair. Randy Ferren of California Bank & Trust is the event’s steering committee chair. . . “Between TaylorMade’s involvement he past 13 years and the move to Aviara Golf Club this year, our tournament is truly a first class event,” said Club CEO Brad Holland (pictured right with Grand Prize Winner John Hardy). “We are so thankful to be a part of a community that embraces the Boys & Girls Club, and supports youth development in such a significant manner.”
The tournament is completely sold out, but for more information follow the jump. Continue reading ’61st Annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Tourney’
On Friday, October 18, 2012 golfers will take to The Crossings at Carlsbad to whack their balls in the 12th Annual Carlsbad Education Foundation Golf Classic.
The action begins at noon with a shotgun start to a day that will include live and silent auctions, dinner and a program to follow. The Carlsbad Education Foundation hopes to double the funds raised this year and is aiming for $1 million dollars–all of going to support science, music, and innovation in all Carlsbad Schools. For more information click the link.
[Link: Carlsbad Education Foundation]
Carlsbadistan’s golf industry giant Callaway is reportedly selling their Top Flight brand (in its entirety) to big box sporting goods retailer Dicks Sporting Goods, according to a story in the U-T San Diego.
Bud Leedom of Leedom Asset Management San Diego called the purchase “one of the worst moves I have seen in the golf industry. It just lacked so much understanding of how much Top Flite had deteriorated over the years from lack of investment.” . . The sale is a sign that new Callaway Chief Executive Chip Brewer, who was hired from Adams Golf, is steering Callaway back to its roots in premium golf equipment, said Leedom.
And as we all know “getting back to our roots” is corporate America’s way of saying, “we got way over extended, screwed up and now we’re struggling to put the pieces back together.” Wonder what Callaway Creative Director Justin Timberlake has to say about this move?
[Link: U-T San Diego]
Mark Twain once called the game of golf “a good walk spoiled.” Something similar could be said of Carlsbad’s $68 million public golf course–a splendid setting for weddings, dining and golf, spoiled by tilting fairways, undersized greens, and lost balls.
A struggling economy, the many affordable courses nearby, and its playability have been blamed for the course’s annual deficits. Hopes for a financial turnaround are based mostly on the attractiveness of the venue.
That was a summary of a consultant’s report for the city of Rockville, Maryland on the financial condition of its Redgate Municipal Golf Course. The recommendations? Modify greens and bunkers, build additional facilities for player convenience, and launch a more aggressive marketing campaign.
Sound familiar? The differences between The Crossings and Redgate are foreboding. Rockville’s course is 40 years old. You can play it for half of what you pay for a round at Carlsbad’s Taj Magolf. Continue reading ‘Riehl World: Taj Magolf’s Extreme Makeover’
Tonight when the Carlsbadistan City Council meets they will approve AB#20.610 or Improvements To The Crossings and Adjacent Open Space Erosion Mediation.
Apparently, City staff and Kemper Sports Management (the company that runs The Lossings, but can’t seem to do it at a profit) have decided (after paying a golf consultant to prepare a report) that improvements need to be made if the business is ever expected to prosper.
In order to increase “course playability” the city staff would like to spend $80,000 making the 18th hole easier. Apparently, people aren’t playing the course as much as they should because the 18th hole is just too difficult. City staff is also suggesting that $12,000 be spent to transform a “boardroom” into the clubhouse’s second bar. Apparently, the Canyons Bar and Restaurant (one of the more profitable pieces of the Lossing’s business in the past) is not the kind of establishment that keeps golfers around after their round.
But that’s not all. Thanks to heavy rain fall last winter (and the way the land has been artificially shaped for the course) city staff would also like an additional $106,000 for “open space remediation.” They’d like to “repair serious erosion” that created “crevices and brought silt onto city streets.”
Of course, money has already been set aside in the “Golf Course Capital Reserve Fund” for simplifying the 18th hole and building another bar, however, city staff would like to use money from the Capital Construction funds to pay for the erosion repair. And just like that another $200,000 is flushed down The Lossings.
Meanwhile, we still don’t have the Alga Norte Pool nor the skateboard park. Nice, huh?
[Update June 29, 2011: For the record the City Council unanimously approved the $106,000 erosion control funding and the $80,000 to simplify the 18th hole, however, they did not approve the $12,000 to create a "players club" because Farrah Douglas didn't like the idea of using the boardroom as a temporary bar. She thinks the course needs something more luxurious and suggested maybe turning the pro shop into a new lounge. Council will discuss the new bar issue at a future time.]
This year’s $1.7 million bailout of Carlsbad’s three-year-old golf course will bring the total amount of annual subsidies since its opening to $5.1 million. Four of the five council members who voted to tap city coffers again this time voted for each of the previous giveaways. Here’s a small sample of what three of them have said to explain their votes to save a failing enterprise.
The most creative justification came from newly re-elected councilman Mark Packard. “We’re not subsidizing,” he claimed, “we’re ‘fronting’ the money. None of us on the council play golf, so we didn’t do this for our own benefit.” For him, keeping the course on life support amounts to a misnamed and selfless act.
In a variation of I’m-from-the-government- and-I’m-here-to-help, Mayor-elect Matt Hall assured his constituents, “The five of us manage the affairs of the city very well and I feel certain it will pay for itself.”
Holding environmentalists largely responsible for the ballooning cost of construction from its $11 million estimate 18 years ago, Retiring Mayor Lewis sadly predicted, “This will pay, maybe not in my lifetime.”
Each year since its August 2007 opening, the number of budgeted rounds of golf has fallen. The number for 2008 was 52,000. This year’s number of actual rounds is projected to be 42,000. That’s a 20 percent decline. Reaching next year’s budgeted goal of 44,000 seems unlikely, given the course’s track record.
Follow the jump for the rest of the story. . .
Continue reading ‘Riehl World: The Crossings on Life Support’
Last week (September 29, 2010) Carlsbadistan’s Don O’Connor, a 47-year-old grocery store manager, won the 2010 Golf Channel Amateur Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Yes, what many believe to be the toughest course on tour.
Although the 47-year-old Carlsbad, Calif., resident came up short in his par quest, his closing 73 at soggy Sawgrass was enough to lift O’Connor to the Championship Flight [handicap 0-3.9] crown. He finished at 7-over 295, one stroke clear of overnight leader Chad Bailey who closed with a 76. Terry Rice finished alone in third place, four strokes back after a closing 77. . . “I try to play to my strengths,” said O’Connor, who didn’t finish outside the top 10 in the nine Golf Channel Am Tour events he played in 2010. “I would be considered a grinder, for sure.”
Maybe that Crossing at Carlsbad course is good for something afterall. Congrats, Don. Thanks for bringing home the title.
At the City Council meeting last night (June 29, 2010) the City announced that to cover the $4.2 million in loans it has made to “keep the golf course in the black” it is now planning to “transfer” and possibly sell two pieces of City-owned property, according to a story in the North County Times.
Initially, the two lots were to be leased to golf-related businesses, but they have stood vacant since they were created. . . One parcel is about 5 acres and the other is about 7 acres. They sit on each side of College Boulevard on the eastern edge of The Crossings at Carlsbad course. . . Joe Garuba, who is handing the issue for the city, said after Tuesday’s meeting that there has been “some interest” recently in the properties, but declined to provide specifics about the negotiations. . . . “I’m not going to talk about who or what,” he said.
We have one question: How much of Carlsbadistan is this golf course going to eat up before someone puts a stop to it? The Lossings has already cost the City of Carlsbad nearly $70 million and now the City want’s to begin slicing off pieces of itself to pay for more?
If the City is going to sell anything to cover its golf course loans it should simply cut it losses and sell the golf course to Legoland. They can throw up a few block sculptures, create some Lego golf carts, call it the “World First Lego Golf Course” and charge $350 green fees.
We’re not usually in favor of privatization, but The Lossings has been a revenue suck for over a decade and the sooner the City gets out of it the better. Then the City can spend a tiny fraction of that money on things everyone will use like parks, swimming pools, and skateboard parks. . .