February Villager Article



By  Cathi McLain


February calls to mind romance and love, with Valentine’s Day at the top of the list. It is also a month to celebrate presidential birthdays (although it seems that President’s Day has become as much an excuse for mattress sales and a day off from school as it is to remember George and Abe). President’s Day might also remind us of the presidents who loved to play golf, most notably, Dwight Eisenhower, who said of golf, “It is a sport in which the whole American family can participate—fathers and mothers, sons and daughters alike. It offers healthy respite from daily toil, refreshment of body and mind.” His was certainly a passion for the sport, one many of us share. Living on a golf course reminds us daily of the qualities of the sport, from the beauty of the courses, to the camaraderie we enjoy when we play with friends and family. As we start to plan for 2016 golf at Charbonneau, I’m reminded of another quote, from Roberto de Vicenzo, an Argentine golf pro from the 30’s and 40’s: “Golf is like love. One day you think you are too old, and the next day you want to do it again.” With winter in full swing, we know we love golf, but may have to wait for warmer days in order to “do it again.” Meanwhile, we’re working hard to prepare for the 2016 season.

Portland Golf Show – February 10-12. Be sure to sign up in the Pro Shop to volunteer to work at the Portland Golf Show, February 10-12 at the Oregon Convention Center. Our volunteers man the booth, distribute passes for a free round of golf, and have a great time building awareness for Charbonneau Golf Club.

CWGA held its first board meeting of 2016 and we are looking forward to another great year. Megan McGrew was introduced as our go-to person for 2016. (Cindy: please insert a photo of Megan McGrew. She said the pro shop can provide a good one.) As an assistant pro in training, Megan is taking courses and working with Chris Bensel to become a course professional. She will manage our play-days and tournaments, and be there to answer questions and concerns. Megan reported that the course is adjusting tee time rotations to 9 minutes between groups to allow for better flow from now on. This will apply to all tee times on the course. She also said that the Pro Shop will manage the Saturday Women’s Golf pairings from now on, making it easier to book a time. We’ll now be able to call the Pro Shop until a certain time on Friday’s, and they’ll add us to the list for Saturday morning golf. This has proven to be a great way to get acquainted with other women golfers outside our respective groups. Kudos and thanks to the Niner’s Janet Ferguson, who has taken care of this for the past two years.

Other news from the board meeting: The golf course is moving its website to Cyber Golf, leaving the clubs to manage their own sites. We have opted to remain with Media Physics, and will split the fees with the Niners. A link will remain on the main Charbonneau Golf Club site, so it should continue to run smoothly and seamlessly. Thanks to Sue Oberg and Kathie Barton for managing our electronic communications so effectively.

Jan Watson is working tirelessly to recruit new members as our Membership Chair. She is personally contacting new residents and inviting the women to join us. Please do the same when you meet a new neighbor, and assure them that we can help them to establish a handicap if they’ve not played club golf before.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! We celebrate our love and passion for each other, and of course, for GOLF! As Dinah Shore so aptly put it, “It’s a faithless love, but you hit four good shots and you’ve started your day right.” May we all be doing that soon!