Willow Park Golf Club
@ Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course
17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, 94546
Mailing Address: PO Box 2600, Castro Valley, 94546
Pro Shop Tee Time Reservations- 510-537-8001
Tournament Countdown
Aug 15/16

Entry Deadline: Aug 5
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Announcements / News
Monthly Club Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month.
Our Next Club Meeting: Thursday,
Aug 6 - 6:30pm - RC Bar Annex
- Wednesday, July 21
Tournament Results available
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- Sunday, July 17
Club Tournament Played
- Wednesday, June 15
Tournament Tee Times Available
- Wednesday, July 1
Club President & TC Articles available

2015 Tournament Schedule
Entry Form - Complete, Print, & Mail!
January 18 Regular Net
February 15 (+)TC Surprise (2 Person
     Blind Draw Net Best Ball)
March 15 Regular Net
April 19 (+)TC Surprise (4 Club)
May 17 (+)Directors   (A) & (B)
June 14 (+)TC Surprise
     (6-6-6 2 Person Team)
July 19 (+)Presidents (Skin Qlfr)
August 15/16 (+)Club Championship
August 16 (+) (A) & (B)
September 13 (+) (Skin Qlfr)
October 18 (+)Skins Competition
November 15 (+)TC Surprise (RWB)
December 13 Regular Net
+ = Additional Event
A = 2016 NCGA Team Qualifier (2 rounds)
B = 2016 NCGA Individual Qualifier (2 rounds)
Click RED text for results.
More Tournament Schedule Info

lease update
Lease information last updated: March 18
Accepting Memberships:
Our Club is composed of both Men and Women who love the game of golf in a fun and relaxing environment. WPGC has been a part of this golf course since its creation in 1967.
All skill levels are welcome!

For a little over $100 a year you get:
- An official GHIN Handicap.
- A chance to play in our Monthly Tournaments (entry fee required).
- Recieve Individual Awards every tournament, matching similar skill levels.
- Membership in the Northern California Golf Association.
- Discounted Green Fees at Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge
and more…

Join the fun become a member- Sign Up Today - WebForm or PDF

Redwood Canyon Junior Golf Summer Camps Announced
Redwood Canyon just announces a Summer Junior Golf Camp.  Eric Jones Golf is creating a Golf Academy at our golf course. I met with Eric Jones and Andy Morris of EricJonesGolf and they have some exciting events planned for the near future.
Click to view Junior Camp Flyer

Monthly News and Highlights…July 2015
President's Report

Hello Members,

On behalf of the Officers, Directors and Chairpersons I want to wish all of you a happy, fun and safe Fourth of July weekend!

Things are looking good at Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course. Whenever an issue arises the Golf Course management team (Touchstone Golf) seems to take every step to correct the issue as soon as possible (with one glaring exception, see more below).

Our annual meeting and election is schedule for September. This year there are four open positions (President, Secretary, and two directors), if you are interest in running please let our committee chairperson Larry Cobleigh know you’re interested. As you know each position is a two year terms. This is YOUR club and this is your chance to help shape it. This year we are also trying something a little different, the meeting and election will be after our September Tournament. We are planning on providing lunch for everyone who attends the meeting. We are still working out all the details and will get back to you as information becomes available.

Tony (your TC) and I had a chance to talk with Steve Harker (Touchstone Golf President) and Jake Stewart (Course GM) this past Monday (June 29). Touchstone and EBRPD have some exciting plans for the course and facilities. Here is a breakdown of what we know so far. Currently they have completely removed and are replacing the wood overhang outside the bathrooms. You may also notice that the BBQ/Event Center sign has been removed. This week they are replacing the carpet in the Restaurant, Bar and Hallway. Approval have been given and work should started soon on removing and replacing the shingles around the top of the facilities. A new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) has been approved. Plans are in the works to resurface the parking lot. On the course, gravel has been spread along much of the car paths, fixing many of the potholes, with more gravel still planned. More tree trimming and tree removal has been approved and should begin within the month. Look around the course for X’s on some trees, most notably on holes 2 and 14. Plans are to remove some tree limbs to open the fairways up and make the hole more playable. New ball washers and hole signs will be installed shortly. We drove around the course discussing the tee boxes situation. A priority list is being compiled. I believe we will be seeing work to correct issues on at least 3 or 4 tee boxes begin very soon. There is a commitment to restore and reopen the blue tee box on the 9th hole. When the tee box renovation list is finalized, I will give you the details. I am very excited to see EBRPD's commitment to improving the course and facilities. Finally, a bit of a tease. The golf course may soon have an instruction academy, youth golf camp and PGA teaching professional on site.

OK, so what is the one glaring exception to all these great planned works? There are no major plans to replace the failing irrigation system. I suspect there are anywhere between 10 to 15 leaks on the course. The problem is, besides being 50 years old, repairing one leak only creates a new one somewhere down the line. Besides creating mini-swamps on the course, I suspect the leaks also decrease the water pressure throughout the entire system. A major financial commitment is needed to replace the whole irrigation system until then it appears a band-aid approach will continue to be used. My question to EBRPD is how much WATER, man-hours, and money will be wasted with this band-aid approach?

I don’t believe this irrigation issue should overshadow the many exciting improvements planned for the course and facilities. Keep up the good work EBRPD and Touchstone.

Please still make payment to "WPGC/WPMC"
Your Board and our Treasurer have asked me to remind you that while the course has a new name, our club does not. Please continue to make your checks out to "WPMC". The board will be discussing a name change at the next several meetings to address some issues with changing the name. We will keep you informed of the progress and send out official notice if and when the name change occurs.

Pay on the Day of the Tournament
We have starting to see more and more tournament players paying on the day of the tournament. This was never intended to be the norm but for some it has become just that. Ok, I am guilty of this too! There is discussion and it will be policy beginning next month (March), a disincentive of an additional $10 for paying the day of the tournament. That additional amount will be waved ONE time per player each calendar year. Also, if you are filling in a spot after the Tee Times have been posted the fee will not apply. Please let’s make an effort to get tournament fees in on time.

I created a file (2015_wpgc_events.ics) that you can use to import our Tournament Dates into most calendar programs. To import it, do an internet search such at "import .ics into....(iphone, android or Google Calendar)" to find directions for your calendar program.
Standard warning...use at own risk.

I encourage you to go on out to the course and play. Introduce yourself to the new staff and Course General Manager, Jake Stewart. Tee times can be made with the Pro Shops at (510) 537-8001 (Please make note of the NEW PHONE NUMBER). The new website is RedwoodCanyonGolf.com.

2015 Membership: 112 Members / Goal 150
We are still looking for more so please pass the word. Membership forms are available on the website, above the computer in the Pro Shop and on the Bulletin Board on the wall in the Bar annex.

Steve Falzone, President

Tournament Chair Report

The June tournament is officially in the books. The 6-6-6 format seemed to be a successful adventure for all. My plan is to once again include this format in one of next year’s tournaments.

Slow play seems to be creeping up again. I noticed there were a few groups that fell well behind with some getting close to catching up. It surprised me a bit; with the 6-6-6 format play should have been pretty fast. Our goal is 4:40 but more importantly is that groups keep up with the group in front of you. Remember that it’s the position to the group in front of you not your position to the group behind you. I will be keeping a closer eye on things going forward and will once again start to mention in the newsletter the players that qualify as “SLOW” for each tournament.

The July tournament will be our 1st round qualifier for the October Skins tournament. Our membership is down over last year so funds are a bit tighter this year but at this time we are still planning on holding the event so the qualifying will begin. Remember it is a 2 round combined qualifier so you need to play both rounds to earn a spot in the elite Gross/Net foursomes. There is no sign up sheet as it is presumed you all want to try and qualify. You do have the option to opt out of the qualifying by simple letting me know. You can still play in the tournament and compete for the net Flight awards. The 2nd round of qualifying is currently scheduled for September.

I also want to give you all a heads up that our August tournament is a 2 day event with the option to play only one day. The event will be a Saturday and Sunday event. The price to play will be $100. You have the option to play only the Sunday round at a cost of $50. To make this as simple as possible if you send in $100 it will be presumed you will play both days. If you send in $50 it will be presumed you want to play Sunday only.

Some of you may have noticed the brown spots on the greens. The primary and secondary pumps that circulate the water around the course both broke so they were not able to provide water for several days. They have since restored the pumping and are providing the necessary maintenance to get the greens back. I have played on them several times and while they look ugly they are puttable. They expect to have the greens back to normal in a couple of weeks.

There are numerous projects that have started and many that will soon begin to upgrading the course. Two of those getting close to starting will be Tree Trimming/Cutting and Tee box repair. Our President, Steve Falzone, and I met with Touchtone Golf recently and went over some of their plans for the coming months. I will let him elaborate more on that.

The revised 2015 tournament schedule is on the web site. Please take a look at it as there have been some changes to the formats for some of the tournaments.

I am starting work on the 2016 schedule. I plan on having something available to you all by the end of October.

50-50 raffle winner: Greg O’Connell

Your TC,
Tony Paniagua

Tournament Entry form Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2600, Castro Valley CA. 94546
Email contact address - GOLF4TCTONY@GMAIL.COM

DO NOT POST your Willow Park Tournament round. I will post all scores from our tournaments. If you post it by mistake please let me know so I can delete the duplicate.

Next Tournaments
When: July 19, 2015
Deadline: July 8, 2015
Entry Fee: $50(Payable to WPMC)
Format: Net Flights
Special Event: 1st round of 2015 October Skins qualifier.

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