September is going to be busy on the golf scene. From September 11-19 we are hosting the 33rd Women’s Mid-Amateur. This will be the 4 th USGA event hosted by Forest Highlands. The tournament will be held on our Meadow Course and it will be a chance to see some excellent players. The tournament is for women 25 and older who have qualified for the event. We are looking for volunteers and I urge you to sign up and volunteer. As someone who was very involved in the USGA Girls Junior Tournament in 2014 I can tell you it is fun and very rewarding to be part of the weeks activities. If you are unable to volunteer, please consider a donation. I refer you to our Forest Highlands website where you can find information on volunteering, donating or both. Click Here to Volunteer! The men’s Highlander will be held September 25-28 with 96 teams competing. We had 173 teams sign up and had to resort to a lottery to establish the field. Unfortunately, 77 teams weren’t able to get into the tournament but will have priority next year if they choose to compete in 2020. Because of the number of teams on the wait list we have established a new tournament October 2-4 called the Ponderosa Open. Those 77 teams on the waiting list and unable to get into the Highlander will have priority. It should be a great new event and one more chance to show off Forest Highlands to the guests who will be attending. October is a wonderful time to play golf with nice crisp mornings and firm and fast fairways and greens. So, welcome to the second half of the summer season. In addition to the action packed golf schedule we hope you also enjoy all of the amenities that our club offers including tennis, pickleball, our world class recreation programs as well as the diversity of dining choices offered up by our food and beverage team. Enjoy!
Jim Robinson, Board President The golf season is now half completed and what an unusual year it has been so far. In May it was cold with rain and even snow. Of course, that made it unusually pleasant in the warmer places such as the valley and Las Vegas. As a result, the number of rounds played was well below what was expected. We had 2066 rounds played vs a forecast of 2900. June saw the return of warmer weather and our members arrived in record numbers. The number of rounds exceeded our forecast with 6086 rounds played vs a forecast of 5800. July, in its own way has been as unusual as May. Little or no monsoon activity has allowed record play for the month. In addition, we had a 4 th of July celebration where no one had to run for cover which led to 1300 paid attendance which is a record. Plus, there were over 200 attendees who came just to enjoy the atmosphere and listen to the band. The restaurants have been full, the recreation programs are packed, and July was just a great month to be in Forest Highlands. The Ladies Swingfest was a huge success with a full field enjoying not only the golf courses but the wonderful offerings of our Food and Beverage team. Now we turn our attention to the back half of the golf season and there are many exciting events on the schedule. The Tin Cup is Monday, August 5 and it’s always fun to put a team together and play with one of our excellent pros. Next in line are our club championships. The Ladies and Men’s events are August 10- 11 while the Couples event is August 24-25. If you have a chance come on out and play in these tournaments. There is always intense competition and it could also be a chance to meet and play with other members who you may not know.
Jim Robsinson, Board President firstname.lastname@example.org
2 VOICE IN THE PINES | AUGUST 2019
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