• Thank you, Bruce for your comment.

    We, indeed, do not know with certainty what the contingent Letter of Intent encompasses? We will have to wait to learn of its content. Following is what the Oakmont Vault states:

    At the same time, the OVA is in negotiations with Advance Golf Partners (AGP), a nationally-known leader in turning around and…[Read more]

  • Thank you, Bruce, for excellent work compiling, analyzing and reporting on the complex issues of Oakmont’s sub-associations in all their management challenges, difficulties and concerns.

  • Whom we select to lead the community in the next few years will determine whether we remain an affordable destination to a broad and diversified segment of retirees, or metamorphose into an elitist enclave reserved for an affluent clientele.

  • Michael Connolly’s latest article “Truthteller or Salesman” is a tour de force covering Steve Spanier’s handling of the Oakmont Golf Club sale and the potential acquisition by the OVA. Citing Spanier’s own words, Connolly exposes the gulf between words and actions by the president of the OVA. A must read for all members of the association.

  • Eloquently and thoroughly persuasive Don McPherson is addressing the OVA Board of Directors in the matter of the Oakmont Golf Club.

    It is to be hoped that the Directors follow his proposals and submit the potential purchase of the assets of the OGC to a community-wide referendum.

  • Yesterday OVA President Steve Spanier made the announcement that he had resigned his Golf membership in order to be able to help guide the association through this 11th hour and most critical phase in its […]

    • I realize Yvonne is one of the many homeowners borderimg the golf courses and wishes to preserve her river of green grass by spreading the costs to all Oakmont residents. Those wanting to keep the golf courses are asking all OVA residents to subsidize their personal benefits instead of coming forward with open deep wallets of their own. This is evident by the lack of participation in the recent OGC Valley Resident Program which I myself purchased to help OGC.

      I am a golfer and would love to see the courses remain however only if profitable as a private enterprise. I do not want the role of OVA to change and take on the enormous risks and costs associated with the OGC golf courses. I believe our home values will continue to hold value regardless of what happens to the 230 acres because of our location and the beauty of the valley, mountains and vineyards nearby and close proximity to Santa Rosa amenities and wider Bay Area as well as demand by retiring baby boomers.

      Playing golf is a rich person’s sport and players must step up to pay the rising costs of labor, water, environmental restrictions etc. I estimate membership fees in the $15,000 to $30,000 initiation costs with $1000 monthly fees would be realistic and similar to many surviving courses. I do not want the OVA residents from all income streams to be burdened with the millions of dollars in debt and future maintenance costs required should OVA become embroiled in the OGC and become involved in their survival. We can not allow special interests to ruin our home values by encumbering us with this high risk project and potential significant debt. Home buyers will go elsewhere if our monthly OVA recreation fees become higher than is found elsewhere or in other neighborhoods.

      • Thank you, Lisa. The OVA BOD needs to understand that our home values are much more likely to be negatively impacted by the certain increase in our dues should the OVA take on any responsibility for the golf courses.

    • Glad you clarified that Gerry.

  • Why do we have only one non-incumbent candidate for the OVA Board of Directors?

    1. Running against incumbents is more difficult;
    2. The OGC issue and the Berger are on next year’s agenda;
    3. A decision one way or the other of these fraught projects is certain to provoke personal attacks.

    Obviously few people are willing to devote the t…[Read more]

  • The OVA BOD most recently created a special committee to be of assistance with the development of methods and resources to ensure the survival of the Golf Club operation.

    It begs credulity to assume that these efforts are charades and that the BOD is not in possession of all the relevant financial data.

    I am further more than aware that…[Read more]

  • Oxford Dictionaries > definition < sleaze

    Definition of sleaze – immoral, sordid, and corrupt behaviour or activities.

    As for paragraph 3 of your penultimate comment:

    Yes, I do believe that the Oakmont Golf Club has serious financial difficulties. It is not in the interest of the organization to misrepresent their state of affairs.

  • Gerry –

    Your comments come as no surprise. You have made yourself perfectly clear on innumerable occasions as regards the OGC issue.

    You believe the Golf Club people to be corrupt and immoral. The OVA BOD a Banana Republic dictatorship.

    These extreme portrayals of fellow residents might be satisfactory to you, but are offensive to most…[Read more]

  • While the principles of direct democracy are worthy and noble, we, the Oakmont membership, are almost viscerally opposed to spending large amounts of money. Perhaps the traits of an older and more conservative generation.

    Before the BOD lies the urgent and all important issue dealing with the financial difficulties of the Oakmont Golf Club.…[Read more]

  • Hello Lisa –

    You may have misinterpreted my comments.

    As I have previously written, Oakmont cannot profitably maintain two golf courses. One of them has to be repurposed.

    As an East Course adjacent homeowner, I would prefer to look over green links. Alas, reality tells us that this might no longer be possible.

    I am interested how you…[Read more]

  • I was not in favor of new pickleball courts behind the Berger Center for the simple reason that our tennis courts were underutilized.

    I am not in favor a new Berger Center for the simple reason that the […]

    • I hit a bucket Wed., played the West course Thurs., was at the course Fri. – all three days the golf club was very busy (Thurs. was a 4 1/2 hour round – ugh). Based on my observation it didn’t look like, ‘time is of the essence,” instead the OGC looked like a public golf course that was doing quite well – especially for weekday play. I’m sure the good weather helped.

    • Yvonne, I agree that many residents would like the East Course to become an OVA owned park for riding bikes, jogging, and walking their dogs. This is particularly true for residents who live close to the golf course and can access it without driving. Purchase of the East Course should be included in OVAs long range plan. Also, I hope that purchase of the Quail Inn for office and additional meeting space will be considered in the future. These purchases might be particularly attractive financially for OVA if the OGC goes into bankruptcy.

      However, for now, residents who live adjacent to the golf courses, as well as those who enjoy playing golf in Oakmont, have the opportunity to help support the OGC for only $20 a month per household. The Valley Resident Program is open to all who value the Oakmont Golf courses for whatever their reason. It’s not restricted to Oakmont residents. Call Michele Sand 707-537-3671

      Another possibility would be for a group of residents who live adjacent the golf course to agree with the OGC to buy the entire East course in return for paying off the OGCs loan which I believe is between 2 and 3 million. That doesn’t seem like much when one considers that some Oakmont homes are selling for over a million. It is a time honored practice for people to buy open space adjoining their property to be sure that it is not developed in ways that nearby owners don’t find suitable.

      I believe the top priorities for OVA should be to proceed with the Berger remodel and to restore the CAC swimming pool and deck. Over a period of years three committees participated in planning the Berger remodel. Plans by the BAC were posted in the Berger Center for months allowing for resident input. The plans are ready to go to the architect and to Santa Rosa planning. I can scarcely believe that OVAs current BOD has been sidetracked into spending inordinate amount of time planning how to rescue the OGC when OVAs major auditorium needs, not only improvements for functionality, but also for safety. I still remember a BAC member speaking at a meeting and explaining that the Berger doesn’t have interior sprinklers. Huge numbers of residents attend dinners, exercise classes and many other events in our main multi purpose auditorium. . Their safety should be our BOD’s first concern.

      The CAC swimming pool and deck are also a disaster. The pool deck is deteriorating and sharp plastic shards sometimes protrude from the dividers. The bottom of the pool was frequently slippery this past summer. A slippery bottom can be a sign of delamination or just poor pool maintenance. Paint in rusting and tiles and molding round the pool edge are broken. The putting green adjacent to the pool deck used to be well manicured and green. Now it is a heap of dirt clods, weeds, and construction tape warning residents not to walk across. How about putting in a sidewalk so residents can walk directly from the back of the CAC to the OVA office? Perhaps a few benches for residents to enjoy the view of Annadel and breathe the fresh air? My suspicion is that this area is not being restored because certain powerful Oakmont insiders want to reserve it for a parking lot for the much discussed Berger II Taj Mahal.

    • Yvonne. If professional golf course managers could not make the golf course profitable, I doubt OVA could turn it around into a good investment. Many do not understand the cost of the golf courses, if sold in bankruptcy, is only a drop in the bucket of actual costs. Any conversion to new use would require environmental permits and substantial costs well beyond the appraised value of the course. Water costs are skyrocketing. Labor costs are going up and difficult even to find labor willing to work in Oakmont. I strongly disagree with your recommendation. Can you also clarify if your home borders the course or if you have OGC membership which would influence your recommendation?

    • I was just informed that the “Valley Resident Program” is elusively for Oakmont residents. What? I thought the idea was that many golfers from outside of Oakmont might want to support the golf course It’s a public course, not OVA owned. The title Valley Resident Program seems to imply that the program extends outside of Oakmont as it should.

    • Hello Lisa –

      You may have misinterpreted my comments.

      As I have previously written, Oakmont cannot profitably maintain two golf courses. One of them has to be repurposed.

      As an East Course adjacent homeowner, I would prefer to look over green links. Alas, reality tells us that this might no longer be possible.

      I am interested how you would resolve the Golf Club’s financial difficulties?

    • Gerry –

      Your comments come as no surprise. You have made yourself perfectly clear on innumerable occasions as regards the OGC issue.

      You believe the Golf Club people to be corrupt and immoral. The OVA BOD a Banana Republic dictatorship.

      These extreme portrayals of fellow residents might be satisfactory to you, but are offensive to most readers.

      Insults and defamations are not designed to help persuade a
      majority of Oakmonters of your point of view.

    • Oxford Dictionaries > definition < sleaze

      Definition of sleaze – immoral, sordid, and corrupt behaviour or activities.

      As for paragraph 3 of your penultimate comment:

      Yes, I do believe that the Oakmont Golf Club has serious financial difficulties. It is not in the interest of the organization to misrepresent their state of affairs.

    • The OVA BOD most recently created a special committee to be of assistance with the development of methods and resources to ensure the survival of the Golf Club operation.

      It begs credulity to assume that these efforts are charades and that the BOD is not in possession of all the relevant financial data.

      I am further more than aware that you decry the absence of public availability of the proprietary numbers and figures indicating the economic status of the OGC. While I may sympathize with you, I have chosen to abide by the non-disclosure request by the Golf Club for business reasons.

  • No longer are the Association’s money funds fattened by impact fees that real estate developers had to pay in Oakmont. From here on out, repairs, rehabilitations and new projects will need to be funded solely with our monthly and increasing dues.

    In clear and concise language, Michael Connolly describes what happens to our monies and how t…[Read more]

  • More than half a century ago, H.N. “Nor” Berger, a developer from Sacramento, built 600 houses and an 18 hole golf course along Highway 12 – in a former hop yard. He fulfilled his dream to […]

    • Nice article Yvonne. My hope for 2019 is our new board will be comprised of members who understand their duty is to maintain our recreation facilities as first priority with intent to manage projects effectively, develop scope that focuses on quality but reasonable costs. The golf course needs to take steps to raise money independently including offering social memberships with benefits.

  • As one has come to expect from Don McPherson, another outstanding piece of writing, abounding in wise thoughts and excellent advice.

    It is to be hoped that our board of directors heeds his timely counsel.

  • Hello Gerry –

    You state that “‘It’s facilities” implies ownership of such facilities …”

    Precisely. That is implicit in my comment. The OVA acquires all assets owned by the Oakmont Golf Club, and, thereby, falls under the 1976 revision to the statutes governing 501(c)(7) entities.

  • Gerry – your ex-cathedra pronouncements fall on tired ears.

  • We disagree on fundamental issues, Gwynn. I, contrary to you, believe that the OGC issues are real and – while challenging – can be solved with the assistance of expert opinions, accessible to our board of directors.

  • Hello Gerry –

    Thank you for your input, and I invite you to comment on the statutory changes that would allow social clubs, such as the Oakmont Association – IRC 501 (c)(7) – to receive investment income and income from nonmember use of its club facilities without jeopardizing its tax exempt status.

    * The effect of IRC 501(c)(7) being…[Read more]

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