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Castlewood moving forward with 'ADA+Remodel' upgrade plans

Decision comes after members vote down potential deal with Bay Club

The Castlewood Country Club, after members voted to reject a takeover by the Bay Club, is moving ahead with plans to remodel its clubhouse and pool area to enhance the facilities and bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In a May 22 email to members, the board laid out the next steps:

"We are in the process of forming various new Committees, all member driven, to facilitate the design, financing and construction of the ADA+Remodel plan as well as implementing the new Membership and Marketing programs. We will share these ideas with you very soon and will be reaching out to ask Members, with the necessary expertise, to join these Committees to ensure that we remodel our Clubhouse and other facilities in the best way possible to help attract and retain Members."

The board had recommended the Bay Club option, which was decisively defeated 250-213 this month.

In earlier meetings and communications with members, the Castlewood board outlined the broad plan for remodeling. The plan would update and upgrade the clubhouse by doubling the fitness area, improving child-care area, updating the dining and bar areas as well as leverage the great views from the clubhouse level.

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The estimated cost is about $16 million or about $200 monthly per member for 15 to 20 years. Some clubhouse areas have been updated over the last 40-plus years, but the public areas largely remain as they were when the clubhouse opened in the 1970s.

Driving the board in this process has been the need to bring the vintage clubhouse into compliance with the ADA. Members earlier this year voted to pursue the compliance-plus-remodel option that the club is now pursuing. The other option was doing only what was necessary to achieve ADA compliance.

The board's email also includes rethinking membership and marketing programs. The club has seen a steadily 5% decline in members over the last 15 years. It's fallen from about 800 equity members to the 555 who were eligible to vote in the May election.

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Castlewood moving forward with 'ADA+Remodel' upgrade plans

Decision comes after members vote down potential deal with Bay Club

by Tim Hunt / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, May 30, 2019, 2:49 pm

The Castlewood Country Club, after members voted to reject a takeover by the Bay Club, is moving ahead with plans to remodel its clubhouse and pool area to enhance the facilities and bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In a May 22 email to members, the board laid out the next steps:

"We are in the process of forming various new Committees, all member driven, to facilitate the design, financing and construction of the ADA+Remodel plan as well as implementing the new Membership and Marketing programs. We will share these ideas with you very soon and will be reaching out to ask Members, with the necessary expertise, to join these Committees to ensure that we remodel our Clubhouse and other facilities in the best way possible to help attract and retain Members."

The board had recommended the Bay Club option, which was decisively defeated 250-213 this month.

In earlier meetings and communications with members, the Castlewood board outlined the broad plan for remodeling. The plan would update and upgrade the clubhouse by doubling the fitness area, improving child-care area, updating the dining and bar areas as well as leverage the great views from the clubhouse level.

The estimated cost is about $16 million or about $200 monthly per member for 15 to 20 years. Some clubhouse areas have been updated over the last 40-plus years, but the public areas largely remain as they were when the clubhouse opened in the 1970s.

Driving the board in this process has been the need to bring the vintage clubhouse into compliance with the ADA. Members earlier this year voted to pursue the compliance-plus-remodel option that the club is now pursuing. The other option was doing only what was necessary to achieve ADA compliance.

The board's email also includes rethinking membership and marketing programs. The club has seen a steadily 5% decline in members over the last 15 years. It's fallen from about 800 equity members to the 555 who were eligible to vote in the May election.

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Castlewood member
another community
on May 31, 2019 at 8:19 am
Castlewood member, another community
on May 31, 2019 at 8:19 am

This article failed to mention the loss incurred by each member as a result of the vote is in excess of $75,000. Membership is also estimated to drop significantly resulting in the dues increase to cover the cost of the $16,000,000 debt being significantly higher than the initial $200 stated. The estimated dues increase is based upon approximately 500+ members. There is significant dissatisfaction within the membership and over 100 people currently on the sell list. It is estimated that 100-200 members are expected to leave because of the vote and dues increase. This decease in paying members will cause the monthly dues to balloon to $1,500-$2,000 a month.
This exorbitant fee structure means Castlewood will no longer be competitive with other clubs in the area. And no amount of membership “rethinking” will be able to change this inevitably.


Skooter
another community
on May 31, 2019 at 9:15 am
Skooter, another community
on May 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

It seems that there has been a Board disfunction over the past 15 - 20 years given the state of affairs this club is experiencing. Deferred maintenance and ADA issues do not go away miraculously. And the longer a club waits, the more expensive it becomes to fix the issues. Boards not wanting to rattle the existing membership (ie raise dues for necessary maintenance/repairs as they come up during the years) find their club in this type of situation and it does result in a MASS EXODUS of members who do not want to incur any additional costs period. My club did the same, and yes, we lost 100 proprietary members within 6 months. The Board President and past Board President both resigned. Our club has been digging itself our of a financial hole for the past 4 years and only now beginning to see positive momentum. Did we raise dues...yes. Did we obtain loans...yes. Did the subsequent Boards receive heat from members...YES!! Are we viable today...yes!!! Because our Board made the tough decisions and communicated to the members what was going on and included the membership in all major financial decisions. So, Castlewood, you too, can prevail. It just takes time and a Board that works with the membership.


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