Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club tree plan heads to Covenant Design Review Committee


By Karen Billing

Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club can soon expect to see the club’s updated master plan as it will be sent via mail on May 7 for a 60-day member review process.

At the April 17 RSF Association meeting, Director Jerry Yahr was “happy to report” that the Golf Club, the Association and members of the Committee On the Natural Environment (CONE) came to a consensus on the club’s master plan relating to the front nine holes on the tree management plan.

At the May 1 meeting, Yahr said the groups were able to come to a similar consensus on the back nine over the last two weeks. The CONE committee will forward its support to the Covenant Design Review Committee (CDRC) and the club membership.

The Covenant Design Review Committee is set to review the club’s master plan in May. The CDRC will make recommendations to the RSF Association board for approval. The first part of the tree management plan will be a line item in the coming year’s budget; the back nine will be part of the 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

The master plan includes not just tree removal and replacement, but also drought- tolerant planting and a 20 percent reduction in turf that could lead to water savings.