Jim Robinson, Board President We are now less than 30 days from a new season. This winter has been a great time to be in Flagstaff and Forest Highlands. Needless to say it has been a very wet winter with tremendous snowfall and abundant moisture. A year ago we were already watering the golf courses and dealing with a very dry winter and spring. While it’s too early to accurately evaluate the golf courses it appears they will be in much better condition than this time last year. You will recall last year the early season damage caused by lack of snow coverage during the very cold months. Fingers are crossed and anything can happen in Flagstaff in the springtime but it looks good at the moment. We are extremely proud of our leadership team and I’d like to acknowledge how much we appreciate all they do for our families sometimes sacrificing time with their own families during the busy summer months. Patty Ashbrook, our Interim General Manager has been with Forest Highland for 27 years. Her knowledge of the Club is unbelievable. We have extreme confidence in her ability to lead the team. We welcome Bill Abbey as our new Director of Agronomy. While Bill is new in his position he certainly is not new to Forest Highlands. His 30 years of experience at our club makes us all sleep better at night. He earned this position through hard work and attention to detail. The number of members and their families visiting over the winter has been fantastic. We love to see people enjoying the club all year. I want to especially thank our great Chef Eddie Matney and his culinary team for enhancing the experience by offering a new and exciting menu every week. Mark Thomas has done a wonderful job of hiring and training a great group of service staff. When you meet some of the new staff in the restaurants I know you will be impressed. With these two consummate professionals on the job we feel confident we will have a great year in Food & Beverage.
As usual Kurt Martin just keeps improving the offerings of the Recreation Department. His addition of a snowmobile has allowed us to have a sledding program that is much improved and more exciting especially for our younger members. Also he has added a Kubota snowblower that enhances the ability to remove snow which came in really handy this past winter. Kurt’s enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit is unbelievable. The list of recreational opportunities and concierge services offered by his department is extensive. Jim Barquin and his security team do a wonderful job all year. This winter it was digging out water valves and trudging through 4 feet of snow to perform their House Watch duties. Throughout the year they patrol our community and work to keep our members and their families safe and secure. Finally, I thank our Public Works leadership team of Lindsey Church, Utility Operations Manager and Miguel Parra, Common Area Manager along with the team from Bill Abbey’s golf maintenance operations for the many hours they spent plowing snow in very harsh conditions this winter. Now we turn our focus to the full opening of the club. Our Interim General Manager Patty Ashbrook and her staff attended an offsite planning session to make final preparations for the upcoming season. By all accounts it was extremely successful. Matt Bailey and his team are ready for an action packed summer of golf culminating in our club hosting the USGA Women’s Mid Am in September. This will be our fourth USGAevent at Forest Highlands. Nicole Chambers and her team are also fully prepared to not only oversee our fine tennis and pickleball programs but work with Patty and our Board to find a way to expand our racquet sports programs. All sources say pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US and we could use more courts. Everyone is prepared and will be ready when our members begin to arrive in force at the end of this month. We anticipate an action packed season that will be fun for everyone as we enjoy our family and friends.
2 VOICE IN THE PINES | APRIL 2019
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