Normally, the membership receives a letter some time in February. I purposely waited until the dust started to settle before I addressed all of you. I did not want to write something that would later come back to haunt me. At this point in time, I feel that is safe to say that Shephard Hills will be open for the 2020 season. Delaware County has successfully met all of the criteria to begin starting up its economy, and we have been permitted to allow carts on the course. Membership is now officially open! The rates have remained the same, and the grounds crew has already been working since April. Fortunately, the mild winter was kind to the course, and the conditions are pretty good for this time of year. The equipment has been behaving, and the weather is beginning to be more Springlike.
So, this is the part where I tell you everything that is new and exciting for the coming year. Before any of this craziness started we purchased 2 more carts for the season. We keep on improving our fleet, and repairs were made to some of the existing carts. Our fleet grows as I hope our membership does also.
Also, Shephard Hills will have a new trim mower for our tees and collars. The wish list is to improve some of the cart paths. We’ll see what my buddy Jimmy FundsALo can do about that. I hope that made you smile just a little bit. A little levity is something we could all use right now. As far as tournaments, I firmly believe that we will be able to have the Cammer. It has been an outing that has helped define what Shephard Hills is all about……A Community Coming Together. I’ll be there doing the morning breakfast. Bring your appetite!
Speaking of food, our restaurant has stayed open all year. We thank those of you that came to support us during the winter months. We hope you liked the new wood stoves. It kept the inn nice and cozy. We hope that we can serve the golfing community with what you desire. For those of you who like tap beer, we can give you a beer to go with our own beer canning machine. Let’s call it a tap inn.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the loss of long time member Tom Hines. He was truly a pillar of the Roxbury community, and he never waivered in his support for Shephard Hills. May we all emulate his passion for Roxbury and of course golf. Here’s to a great golf season, and remember to practice safe social distancing.