QUOTE: Andrew @ Mar 24 2007, 04:01 PM
I agree with what you are saying. Bruce's work down there has shown a real care & understanding of what Portsea is & should be.
Sometimes when a relationship between an architectural firm & a club is too close (in other words, the architect is a member of the club, or something of that nature), & 'favorable financial terms' are offered, the work, although done well, is often done when the firm has time, as opposed to when the club wants it done. I know of 2 prominent Australian clubs who have reconsidered an arrangement with a resident architect because of this reason.
This may not have been the situation with Bruce, but I can think of no other reason to change.
The club has decided that in order to stay financially viable they need to build a multi million dollar resort/clubhouse. THey have decided to build the resort/clubhouse near the 6th tee. This will be funded by selling off the only residentially zoned land on the property generally in the area of the 1st fairway, current clubhouse, propsed par 3 between the 9th and clubhouse and practice fairway. The 9th hole might also be affected, I am not sure.
I have no idea whether the development will improve the financial position of the club or not, but I do think that 1-there is risk associated with such development, and 2-it will change the focus of the golf club, and 3-unless it provides significant money to further develop the course, the immediate effect on the golf course will be negative (signifficantly shortenned 1st hole, possible changes to 9th, possible new tee on 6 and no chance of par 3 being built between 9th hole and clubhouse).
The development was approved by a member vote.
Bruce (along with other members) voted against the development.
I don't know the specifics of the board's position but if they took Bruce's innital opposition to the proposal as as an indication that he wasn't suitable to advise on course changes as part of the development once it was voted for, then I reckon that is an undeserved slight on Bruce's professionality and dedication to the club.