Friday July 1st, 2016
To the members of Old Oakland Golf Club:
I am pleased to announce that yesterday I completed the acquisition of Old Oakland from the Dawson family. I want to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and support over the past couple of months. I am excited about owning Old Oakland and the possibilities for making the club even better.
You will see a number of improvements beginning to take place at the club. Some are necessary, like replacing a 50-year-old sprinkler system still serving the “original” holes, and replacing some aging kitchen equipment. Some are long overdue, like installing a cart path on the East nine to allow riders to still play East on those soggy Indiana days. Other changes will make the golf experience better, like reshaping and rebuilding all of the bunkers and also improving the playability of some of the West nine holes.
All told, I expect to invest an additional $2 million over the next three years in Old Oakland to make it a first class golf club. We are working through the timing and logistics of implementing the improvements, and I hope to be able to share a more detailed plan with you soon.
I have engaged the management firm of Cohoat and O’Neal to assist me. Many of you may already know Doc O’Neal; he was instrumental in the development and opening of the highly successful Bridgewater Club, and has spent forty years in the golf industry in Indiana. Doc will be spending substantial time at Old Oakland overseeing the changes we have planned. Please stop by and say hi to Doc.
Many of you have asked what you can do to help during this transition of ownership; I would ask three things of each of you over the next several months. First and foremost, take advantage of all the club has to offer. This includes dining. Christie and her staff have developed a great, varied menu, and the quality of the food and service is really good. When you contemplate going out for dinner, put Old Oakland at the top of your list of options. Secondly, tell your friends about all of the great things happening here, and bring them to the club for golf and dinner. The lifeblood of any organization is to grow its customer base, and Old Oakland is no exception. We need more members, and you are our best salespeople! Lastly, I would ask you to be patient. Good things are coming, but they will take time, and there will be some disruptions and inconveniences while they are being implemented.
As we begin this next chapter in the life of Old Oakland, I’d like to thank the Dawson family for their care and stewardship of the club for the past three decades. I’d also like to thank Lyle Palmer, who will be retiring after 26 years of service to the club. Lyle will be relocating to Nevada with his wife Marie. His last day in the shop will be Friday, July 8. Please stop in to thank Lyle for his service to Old Oakland and to wish him well.
Lastly, I would like to invite all of you to a member’s open house, to take place at the club on Sunday, July 31 from 5 to 7 pm. I hope to meet the few of you I haven’t already met, and to also share more details about the improvements planned for Old Oakland. Thanks again for your support, and I look forward to seeing you at the club and on the 31st .