Archive for June 11th, 2012

Pine View Opening Up

- June 11th, 2012

Directors on the board of management at Pine View Municipal Golf Course get free golf, but the new chairman doesn’t see why.

Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt said he gets why golf course staff can play free rounds, but directors?

“I don’t know why we need special privileges to play this golf course when we don’t work here,” Moffatt said during a meeting at the golf course today.

Kevan Shantz, the general manager of the course, rationalized the free green fees, saying he would hope directors would play and promote the course to others.

I don’t get the impression that directors are playing free rounds of golf on a frequent basis. One of the community directors who spoke at the meeting said he has been around Pine View for several years but only plays the course 8-10 times in a golfing season.

The board agreed with a motion put forward by Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais, who suggested management report at annual general meetings how many free rounds each director played.

It’s clear that directors, especially the councillors, are keen on increasing the level of transparency at the golf course after a rocky few years.

One starting point could be simply publishing board meeting schedules and agendas. Pine View might be the only city board that doesn’t do this.