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To Field of Dreams (FOD)
Early in 2012 a FOD
Advisory Council was established with the goal of helping the FOD
Owner/Management (Gerardo) to continue to provide a cost effective,
positive golf experience for facility users. I think we can all agree
that the FOD has come a long way in the last 10 years under Gerardo’s
and his family’s hard work.
The majority of course
members were formally asked for their opinion on FOD improvement targets
and the Council received over 50 ideas which were reduced down to the
items you see below. Two funding sources (Bing/Bango/Bongo Tourney and
Men’s Day KP Half Pot) were initiated to provide funds for course
improvements. The total collected was $32,850 pesos. Some of the funds
will supplement what Gerardo had already identified in his operating
budget and the rest will be used to address new suggestions.
On May 4, the Council
presented to Gerardo $32,850 pesos in support of ongoing projects
(transport of equipment previously purchased, install larger water
system for fairways, enlarge tee/level tee boxes, finish grading on #6)
as well as consideration/progress on the additional items listed below.
You will notice a number
of administrative and fee related suggestions also on the list below. We
have not reached final agreement on those items but will continue to
discuss them with Gerardo. I am hopeful that some of the fee
suggestions might negate or modify any significant based-fee increases
Play is continuing at
the FOD and work continues on #6—tee blocks, fairways and bathroom
construction. Equipment from Texas is due to arrive any day.
Gerardo trusted the
Council to provide suggestions and help generate funds for improvements
at the FOD and the Council trusts that he will spend that money
appropriately. Gerardo and the Council both thank you for your ongoing
support to the Field of Dreams.
FOD Advisory Council:
Gerardo Cervantes Lara
FIELD OF DREAMS (FOD) ADVISORY COUNCIL
2012 IMPROVEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
PRIORITY - HIGH PESO, CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED
INSTALL WATER SYSTEM FOR FAIRWAYS
ENLARGE TEE/LEVEL TEE BOXES
FINISH GRADING ON #6
NOTE: ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE IN PROCESS, AND HAVE BEEN PARTIALLY PAID FOR
BY THE OWNER.
PRIORITY - HIGH PESO
POLISH UP #1, MOVE PALM TREES ON LEFT AND GREEN-UP FAIRWAY
REPAIR EXISTING BENCHES/PALAPAS
ADD BENCHES/PALAPAS TO #3, FRONT TEE ON #6 & #7
INSTALL FENCES/SCREENS FOR SAFETY ON #s 1, 5 & 6
BUILD BATHROOM ON #6- UNISEX
INSTALL PRACTICE AREA NEAR #1
GROW GRASS ON #s1-5-6-& 9 FAIRWAYS
NOTE: THIS ITEM REQUIRES MORE WATER, PIPE, SPRINKLER HEADS & LABOR
PRIORITY - LOW PESO
ESTABLISH APRONS IN FRONT OF GREENS
INSTALL YARDAGE MARKERS ON #s 6 & 9
ESTABLISH PERMANENT DROP ZONES ON #s 6 & 7
INSTALL NEW CUPS WHERE NEEDED
INSTALL CURTAINS W/RODS IN TOILETS
MOVE PIN POSITIONS MORE FREQUENTLY
CLEAN OUT DITCHES ON #s 1, 3, 6 & 9
NOTE: THIS WOULD HELP WATER FLOW & SPEED UP PLAY
ESTABLISH A DRESS CODE & POST IT
ON BUSY DAYS ADD MORE DRINK COOLERS 5-6-7-8 & 9, PLUS MORE WATER, COKES
ESTABLISH A NO WALK-ON RULE FOR TOURNAMENTS & LEAGUE PLAY
NOTE: PUT UP A SIGN THAT STATES “COURSE IS OPEN FOR CLUB PLAY ONLY ON
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND SUNDAY FROM
9:00AM TO 2:00PM, NO WALK-ONS ALLOWED DURING CLUB PLAY (9-HOLE WALK-ONS
ALLOWED UNTIL 9:00AM)
ADDITIONAL FEE CONSIDERATIONS
TWILIGHT RATE (AFTER 2:00PM-DARK)
MENU – ONE SPECIAL/CHANGE EACH WEEK (PULLED-PORK, SPAGHETTI, LASAGNA,
Hole in One
Holy golf balls Batman! Jan Poteat got a hole in
one on #2 hole, the first woman to ace on men's day.
Mexico a Top Seed at 2012
|Mexico, the top-ranked team
among the qualifiers from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and their own
CONCACAF region, is a top seed in the 2012 Olympics Men's Soccer
London, England - FIFA's
organizing committee announced on Monday that Great Britain, Spain,
Brazil, and Mexico have been chosen to be the seeded teams for the
London 2012 Olympics Men's Soccer Tournament. These 4 teams will be
kept apart for the draw—set that takes place today, Tuesday, April
24th, at Wembley Stadium.
tournament is comprised of 16 teams and is separated into four
groups of four. Each qualified nation will enter a team of 18
national players under 23 years of age. Each team may invite three
over-age players to be included in the 18 man roster.
|Football at the 2012 Summer
Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad,
will take place in London from July 25 until August 11,
Great Britain, with a men's team at the Olympics
for the first time since 1960, is seeded as hosts and will lead
Mexico, the top-ranked team among the qualifiers
from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and their own CONCACAF region, are top
seeded in Group B.
Brazil, the best men's soccer team in Olympic
history despite never winning the gold medal, is the seeded team in
World champion Spain will be the top seed in Group
After Tuesday's draw, the men's division shaped up
• Group A: Britain, Senegal, UAE, Uruguay
• Group B: Mexico, S. Korea, Gabon, Switzerland
• Group C: Brazil, Egypt, Belarus, New Zealand
• Group D: Spain, Japan, Honduras, Morocco
Seeds for the 2012 Women's Olympic Soccer
Tournament were also announced on Monday. The women's tournament is
comprised of 12 teams separated into three groups of four. Although
the rosters in the women's tournament also must not exceed 18
national players, there are no age restrictions.
Britain, as the hosts, will be the top seed for
group E; Japan, reigning world champions, are the seeded team for
group F; and Team USA, the highest ranked and reigning Olympic
champions, the top seed for group G.
After the draw, here is how the women's groups
• Group E: Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon, Brazil
Mexico Qualifies for Men’s Soccer in 2012 Summer Olympics
• Group F: Japan, Canada, Sweden, South Africa
• Group G: USA, France, Colombia, North Korea
Hosts LPGA Qualifying Tournament
Riviera Nayarit CVB
|One of the most
anticipated golf tournaments, The Symetra Tours (previously
known as the LPGA Futures Tour), will be played in Riviera
Nayarit, Mexico from April 23 through 29th, 2012.
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico - The
Riviera Nayarit Classic part of the Symetra Tour and a LPGA
qualifying tournament, will be back at Paradise Village in Nuevo
Vallarta from April 23 to 29, 2012 with $125,000 USD in prizes - the
highest in the entire tour.
The Riviera Nayarit Classic will be the third tournament in the tour
previously known as the LPGA Futures Tour, which has produced
brilliant players like Mexico's sweetheart Lorena Ochoa, as well as
Christina Kim, Jin Young Pak, Miriam Nagl, Violeta Retamoza, Grace
Park, and Kathleen Ekey, and many others.
Professional golfers will begin
arriving at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta on April 23rd to
start playing the qualifying tournament's practice rounds at El
Tigre Golf & Country Club - a 6,433 yard, 72-par championship course
designed by Robert Von Hagge.
One hundred forty-four players,
including some amateurs, are expected to participate in the official
rounds, which begin on April 27th, and the Pro-Am tournament that
has been scheduled for play over the previous days.
The LPGA qualifying tournament's
format will be of 54 holes, with a cutoff at the top 70 scores, and
the lowest ties after the first 36 holes. The total $125,000 USD in
prizes include $17,500 for first place and $12,500 for second place.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau of
Riviera Nayarit congratulates the organizers and executives of
Paradise Village Group, as events like this one contribute to
promote our destination and to attract tourists to the region.
Thursday men's golf winners came in with 4 under and two
teams tied for second place with 3 under.
second place two teams
Sunday mixed golf winners came in with 3 under.
Hosts Aguas Abiertas 2012
Riviera Nayarit CVB
|On April 21st,
300 of the most important athletes in Mexico will gather at
Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to compete in
Aguas Abiertas swim competitions of up to 5K.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
- In Riviera Nayarit luxury means adventure, and 300 swimmers in all
categories will participate in the second edition of Aguas Abiertas
Riviera Nayarit, which will take place April 21 at Marina Riviera
Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
Young swimmers of all ages and in all
categories will test their resistance in this competition. Children
7 to 20 will make a 500 m lap; ages 11 and 12 will swim 1.250 km.;
ages 13 and 14 will swim 2.5 km, and amateurs ages 15 and older will
be required to complete 3.75 km in under 2 hours.
The main competition will be a 5k
race for professional swimmers with a time limit of 1 hour, 20 min.
In 2011, two competitors from Guadalajara won this race: Manuel
Chiu, with a time of 1:04:28, and Andrea Gutiérrez, who finished in
Registration will be open until
April 20. The cost until April 12 is $450 pesos, increasing to $500
pesos after that date. For more information, contact:
belin(at)nadoseguro.com or pedromoran(at)nadoseguro.com.
About Riviera Nayarit
Riviera Nayarit stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific
coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes
north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The
region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of
Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic
colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing
villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay.
Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, all pleasantly
affordable, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching,
turtle release, zip lining, surfing, record deep sea fishing, bird
watching, international cuisine, and shopping for local artwork and
traditional Huichol handicrafts. The region attracts and satisfies
vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of
accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique
hotels and quaint B&B inns. Visit the website at
for Men’s Soccer in 2012 Summer Olympics
Diego Sancho -
appearance at the 2012 Summer Olympics will be Mexico’s 10th in
the realm of men’s soccer, and marks a great achievement in the
sphere of Mexican sports.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The
Mexican men's soccer team is booking flights to attend the 2012
Summer Olympic Games in London, England this July after winning
semifinal showdowns at the Confederation of North, Central American,
and Caribbean Football Association’s qualifying tournament in Kansas
City, Kansas this past weekend.
This upcoming appearance at the 2012
Summer Olympics, will be Mexico’s 10th in the realm of men’s soccer
and marks a great achievement in the sphere of Mexican sports.
Mexico has enjoyed tremendous
success at the youth and senior levels over the past year, so it
came as little surprise when they confirmed their place at the
upcoming Olympics. Their qualification for the games has already
been the cause of much celebration in the country since their last
appearance was in Athens, Greece in 2004.
The Mexicans missed out on the 2008
Beijing Games and their coach, former Real Madrid striker Hugo
Sanchez, lost his job as a result of their failure to qualify.
Joining the Mexicans in London will
be Honduras who, after reaching the 2010 FIFA World Cup South
Africa, have shown little sign of relinquishing their new-found
status among the CONCACAF elite.
The majority of the field is now
set for the 2012 Olympic Games in men's soccer.
Mexico and Honduras are joined in
the tournament by Great Britain, Belarus, South Korea, Japan, United
Arab Emirates, Gabon, Morocco, Egypt, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand,
Spain, and Switzerland. Senegal plays Oman for the final spot in
Coventry, England on April 23.
The 2012 Summer Olympic tournament
kicks off on July 25, two days before the official opening of the
Sunday Mixed golf Winners
“Build it and they will come”
El Monteon's Field of Dreams Golf Course
A remarkable dream comes true!
By Bette Venturi
In Mexico, on an especially sweltering day in August, three of my golf buddies and I peel our skin off the car seats of the jeep and pile out to play some golf. For $15 (summer play) US dollars we can play until the sun goes down, that is, if we don’t get heat stroke first! We are met in the gravel parking lot by five of the seven resident dogs. We’ve disrupted their siesta and they bark excitedly, romping towards us and wagging their tails in greeting. Other than the dogs and a few ducks squawking disapproval at our arrival, the place is quiet and seems deserted. In mid-afternoon this time of year, most sane people are snoozing in front of electric fans.
Someone in our foursome hollers, “Hola!” and a moment later the proprietor, Gerardo, emerges from his house squinting, looking as though he’s been enjoying the ubiquitous summer nap himself. Without having to ask, he equips us all with an extremely cold bottle of Corona. Now we are ready to play a round of what we like to call “Extreme Golf”. It’s like regular golf, but when you add 90-degree weather and 90% humidity to the challenge, the result is a game of golf that is not for the weak of heart or for the sound of mind.
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