Gary Myers, Hot Springs Village Property Owners' Association agronomist, announced at the July 19 golf committee meeting, an open forum will be 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Balboa Clubhouse. There will be a tour of the building and course. The forum is dedicated to gather feedback from property owners on the proposed renovation of Balboa course.
Myers said he will have projected costs and recommendations for both Bermuda and Bent Grass greens along with other necessary improvements. “I will be offering two proposals. The cost to build and maintain both types of greens and will welcome input from owners as their views are important to us,” said Myers.
POA director of golf Tom Heffer said playable days were seven fewer than 2017, but rounds had an increase of 101. There were interviews for anyone interested in the member host program held July 23  through July 25. He also said the Bumper to Bumper tournament was the biggest tournament this year with over 300 players. Golf package play is at $202,227 to date.
Committee member, Okey Bess, said the Adopt -A-Hole program is working well at DeSoto, but more volunteers are welcome.
“Our junior golf program has been in place for 17 years and is going strong,” said Jack Barry. He said just a couple of rainy days slowed down play, but overall the students did very well; and 35 had never played golf and were introduced to the game for the first time this summer.
POA board liaison Mike Medica offered a brief summary of the July board meeting including updates on Coronado tennis court irrigation and repairs scheduled for the Cortez parking lot.
Comments from owners in attendance were reviewed including requests for handrails at several stairways leading to particular tee boxes.
The next meeting is 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at the Coronado Community Center. POA members are welcome to attend.