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Lifetime Family Golf
Thunder Bay Golf Course
The Northern Club Golf Pass
allowing play all season at:
Black Bear Golf Club
Chestnut Valley Golf Club
Fox Run Country Club
Indian River Golf Club
White Pines National Golf Course
Advanced Tee Times and Cart Rental Required. Some restrictions may apply. Golf Coiurses may vary from season to season based on participation
Each Purchaser of a lot in Thunder Bay Heights Subdivision after March, 1993 from Matthias Development Company, Inc. shall receive from Thunder Bay Golf Course, Inc., (hereinafter referred to as Thunder Bay), doing business as Thunder Bay Golf Resort, a Lifetime Family Golf Membership. Purchasers of designated Condominium projects or units within the Thunder Bay Resort complex shall also receive a Lifetime Family Golf Membership.
1. The Lifetime Family Golf Membership applies to the immediate family of the legal title holder, spouse and all children living at home or students, up to a maximum age of 22 (expires on 22nd birthday).
2. The Lifetime Family Golf Membership is appurtenant to the lot or condominium unit to which it relates.
3. The Lifetime Family Golf Membership is nontransferable, except with and upon transfer, sale, gifting or other conveyance of the lot or condominium to which the Membership is appurtenant, and then only upon the payment of the "Transfer Fee" to Thunder Bay or its successors.
4. A lot or condominium owner may, in conjunction with a sale or transfer of the lot or condominium to which the Lifetime Family Golf Membership is appurtenant, transfer said Membership (subject to all applicable rules and conditions) upon payment to Thunder Bay of a Transfer Fee of forty five (45%) percent of the then current Lifetime Family Golf Membership price. The Transfer Fee may be paid by either the Seller or the Buyer.
5. The initial value of the Lifetime Family Golf Membership is $7,500. This value is established by Thunder Bay, and may be adjusted periodically by Thunder Bay to reflect our assessment of its value.
6. Lifetime Family Golf Membership terminates upon the sale, transfer, disposition, gifting or other conveyance of the lot or condominium to which the Membership is appurtenant, if the "Transfer Fee" is not paid to Thunder Bay, and the Membership transferred to the subsequent owner of the real property. This means that the property owner cannot sell or transfer their Membership and keep their real estate, or sell their real estate and keep their Lifetime Family Golf Membership. If they are not transferred together with the payment of the "Transfer Fee", then the membership is terminated.
7. The Lifetime Family Golf Membership applies to Greens Fees at Thunder Bay's existing 18 hole course, and use of the tennis courts. Management has no current plans to build additional holes, however, if additional holes are built by Thunder Bay they may or may not be part of Lifetime Family Golf Memberships at the sole discretion of Thunder Bay. Use of the driving range, cross-country ski trails and any facilities that may be added in the future shall be subject to user fees, either daily or seasonal.
8. Cart Fees are not covered by the Lifetime Family Golf Membership. Carts are currently optional except for primetime weekends and Holiday mornings and early afternoons. Thus, Members may choose to walk during optional times, pay for carts on a daily basis as needed, purchase a Season Cart Pass, or purchase a Lifetime Family Cart Pass. The price for a Season Cart Pass is $495 per couple. A Lifetime Family Cart Pass price of $4,000 is in effect during 1997 and will be adjusted by management from time to time to reflect current value. Management does not have any current plans to make carts mandatory on a full-time basis, but reserves the right to increase time periods that carts are required at its discretion. At some point in the future, carts may be made mandatory. Private carts are not allowed on Thunder Bay Golf Course.
9. Limitations on Play and Tee Times: Members are asked to acknowledge that proper maintenance of a golf course is a very expensive task, and that Thunder Bay Golf Resort is a private business hoping to make a profit. The investment return on the Lifetime Family Golf Membership Fees is not adequate to operate the golf course, unless a tremendous number are sold--far more than will be sold. Thus, Members and Thunder Bay Golf Resort both need significant levels of outside play if the course is to be adequately maintained and to prosper. Larger groups of golfers traveling on golf packages including lodging are our best source of revenue and often require blocks of consecutive Tee Times. Thus, a Member cannot be granted a 9 a.m. Saturday morning Tee time for an entire season. The periods of greater availability are early mornings, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., mid to late afternoon, and evenings with midweek being more available than weekends.
a. Lifetime Family Golf Members living at Thunder Bay Resort on a seasonal or yearround basis will be able to make Tee Times up to 7 days in advance.
b. Lifetime Family Golf Members not living at the Resort (vacation home or vacation Condominium owners) will be able to make Tee times up to 14 days in advance.
c. Initially, there will be no limitation on the number of rounds of golf that can be played by a Lifetime Family Golf Membership family.
d. If, in the future, Tee Times availability becomes a problem, management shall have the right to limit the total number of rounds that can be played with advance tee times under each Lifetime Family Golf Membership to 24 rounds per month or 30 day period during peak periods (Per Membership, not per member). Additional rounds of golf could be played by any Lifetime Family Golf Membership after they have played their 24 permitted rounds within a 30 day period--on a Stand-by basis. Peak periods are likely to be July and August.
e. Junior golfers, up to 19 years of age, who are not playing with an adult, may be asked to avoid peak demand periods.
10. Lifetime Family Golf Membership families shall abide by and be subject to Thunder Bay Golf Resort "Rules and Regulations."
ARTICLE I: MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1: TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
a. Lifetime Family Golf Memberships. Lifetime Family Golf Membership ("Lifetime") shall mean the right to use Thunder Bay Resort's existing golf and tennis amenities under applicable rules.
b. Annual Season Passes. Annual Season Pass ("Season") shall mean the right to use Thunder Bay Resort's golf and tennis facilities for one season. May be issued to individuals, couples, senior(s), Junior(s), and or families on such terms, conditions, and fees as will be determined by Thunder Bay Golf Course, Inc.
Thunder Bay membership cards will be given to each member and season pass holder(s) upon joining and shall be presented whenever using Thunder Bay golf and tennis facilities. Thunder Bay reserves the right to amend Rules and Regulations as well as Season Pass terms and conditions.
SECTION 2: MEMBERSHIP RESTRICTION
All Season Passes are non-transferrable except for Lifetime Membership, and then only under criteria set forth by management.
ARTICLE II: MEMBER ETIQUETTE
SECTION 1: ADMINISTRATION OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS
All members will be held responsible for the enforcement of the rules and regulations as hereafter stated. The comfort and convenience of all members is best served by strict observance of the rules and regulations. Members are to be held responsible for all guests. Flagrant or repeated violations shall be deemed grounds for disciplinary action, suspension or expulsion. Thunder Bay retains the right to make the final decision.
SECTION 2: RULES AND REGULATIONS
a. All alcohol consumed on the premises (other than in private residences, suites, villas, and lodging facilities) must be purchased on the premises. It is strictly prohibited to bring food or beverages onto any of Thunder Bay's golf, tennis or clubhouse facilities that is purchased or prepared elsewhere.
b. Change of address should be reported at Thunder Bay's administrative office by mail or by telephone.
c. Children under sixteen (16) years of age shall not be allowed in the Lounge/Dining Room and Thunder Bay's other amenities unless accompanied by a parent or other adult.
d. In the interest of orderly procedures and discipline, Members are not allowed to reprimand or issue orders to Thunder Bay employees. Arrangements for service must be made through the management staff. All complaints or suggestions should be transmitted to the attention of the General Manager, preferably in writing.
ARTICLE III: GOLF COURSE RULES
SECTION 1: COURSE ETIQUETTE
Each person using the course should do his/her part to make a round of golf at Thunder Bay a pleasant experience for everyone. All players are required to observe proper play etiquette. You are required to play eighteen (18) holes in four (4) hours and thirty (30) minutes or less. Repeated failure to do so may result in refusal to assign a starting time to offenders. For suggestions to improve speed of play, see Speed of Play Suggestions sheet.
SECTION 2: GOLF COURSE RULES
a. All golfers must register individually and in person with the Pro Shop before starting play.
b. Reserved tee times are recommended. Members may reserve tee times.
a) 14 days in advance for non-resident Lifetime Family Golf Members.
b) 7 days in advance for resident Lifetime Family Golf Members.
c) 72 hours in advance for Season Pass holders.
c. Members not canceling tee times twenty-four (24) hours in advance may be charged for the full number of players scheduled. Please reserve tee times based on accurate number of players to avoid being charged for no shows.
d. All golfer matches, whether twosomes, threesomes, or foursomes, have equal rights on the golf course. More than four-ball matches shall not be played at any time. At busy times, the Pro Shop staff shall have the right to arrange foursomes. Please allow faster groups to play through and maintain a minimum speed of play of 4.5 hours per 18-hole round. 18-hole rounds will have priority over 9-hole rounds during busy times.
e. All rounds must begin from the number one tee or the number ten tee unless permission is obtained from the Pro Shop. It may be permissible to start on another hole, but you MUST inquire to be sure that you are not cutting in on or interfering with other players.
f. Players coming off the ninth green have the right of way on the tenth tee. Players leaving any hole forfeit the right of way to the next tee.
g. Do not hit until the players ahead are out of range. If your ball is headed toward someone, you must shout "Fore".
h. No person shall be permitted in the ponds or water hazards.
i. Repair ball marks on greens. Avoid unnecessary walking across the greens and walk carefully. Golf bags and carts must be kept (20) yards away from the greens. You must keep carts on cart paths around greens and tees where cart paths are available.
j. Players who have holed out must move away from the green promptly. If you are the score keeper and have the honor on the next tee, tee off first and then record the scores.
k. Each player must have a set of clubs.
SECTION 2: GOLF COURSE RULES
l. Golf fees and carts reserved in advance are subject to charge if not used.
m. Players are not permitted to practice on any regular fairway or putting green, or on the grounds surrounding the Clubhouse or Lodging. A practice green is maintained and the driving range is available for practice.
n. Hunting for and selling golf balls on the premises is not allowed.
o. USGA rules apply.
p. Rake all bunkers upon exiting them.
q. Players who stop during the rounds for any reason may not delay the following foursome and are expected to give way in order to maintain continuity of play.
r. The Golf Ranger has full authority on the golf course to enforce all rules and speed of play.
s. "Course Closed" and "Hole Closed" signs are to be obeyed without exception.
t. Twosomes and singles will be grouped with other players, if available and if necessary, at starting times determined by the Pro Shop staff. Singles may not reserve starting times.
u. No personal ice chests or bottled drinks will be permitted on the golf course. Beer or soft drinks may be taken on the golf course, however, they must be purchased in the Lounge or from the Beverage Cart. Cans should be placed in receptacles provided for them or returned to the Lounge.
SECTION 3: LOCAL RULES
a. Out-of-Bounds will be indicated by lot corner stakes and streets. Play is prohibited from out-of-bounds areas. The ponds should be played as marked. Signs, chalk or rope will indicate ground under repair. Drop areas will be identified.
b. USGA (summer) rules will be in effect at all times unless marked by the course management in the Pro Shop and on number one and ten tees.
c. Golfers are encouraged to use extreme caution at all times to avoid damage or injury to yourself, your equipment, the golf course or the golf course equipment. Members shall be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of property damaged by themselves, dependents or their guests.
SECTION 4: GOLF ATTIRE
Golf attire must be consistent with the atmosphere of Thunder Bay Golf Resort. Proper clothing is part of golf and improper attire will not be permitted. Shirts must be worn at all times. Tank tops, undershirts, swimsuits, halter tops, suggestive or obscene teeshirts are not appropriate. Cut-off shorts, gym shorts, and distressed or torn jeans are not allowed. Golf shoes or tennis shoes are required. No street shoes or bare feet.
SECTION 5: PLAYING REGULATIONS
a. Practice on the golf course is prohibited at all times.
b. Employees of Thunder Bay may prohibit or stop the play of anyone improperly dressed or violating the rules or care of the course, or for anything inappropriate to Thunder Bay interests.
SECTION 6: PRACTICE RANGE
No personal ball may be used. Driving range balls will be dispensed at the Pro Shop at a nominal charge. Range balls are not to be removed from the range.
SECTION 7: STARTERS AND RANGERS
In an effort to ensure the golf course runs smoothly and professionally, rangers and professional rangers and/or starters may be employed. Starters and rangers are maintained to perform service. The golf course rules, just as golf etiquette, are intended not to limit your enjoyment but to extend it fairly to everyone. Remember that the golf course and surrounding environs are for your enjoyment. Do not hesitate to report those who abuse the golf course or to bring any problem you might have to the starter, ranger or Pro Shop staff. They are there to assist you.
SECTION 8: ETIQUETTE
a. Please do not talk or make distracting noise while others are making shots. Do not take your frustrations out on the golf course or golf course equipment. These actions will not be tolerated.
b. You make take only five (5) minutes to look for a lost ball.
c. Place all refuse in the refuse containers provided.
d. Continuous putting is encouraged whenever it is practical.
SECTION 9: HANDICAPS
Handicaps will be maintained in the Pro Shop. Please turn in all scores.
SECTION 10: LEAGUE, TOURNAMENTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
The Pro Shop staff along with resort staff will schedule and arrange such events.
SECTION 11: GOLF COURSE CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
The Pro Shop or Golf Course Superintendent can suspend play and/or cart use for an indefinite period of time if weather conditions merit such action.
ARTICLE IV: RULES GOVERNING USE OF GOLF CARTS
So that golf carts may be used with the maximum benefits, and at the same time protect the golf course and safety of other players, the following rules for the use of golf carts on the course have been adopted.
a. Only golf carts owned by Thunder Bay are allowed on the golf course. No more than two (2) players and two bags are permitted to a cart.
b. Thunder Bay golf carts are not to be used off the course or within any of the residential areas, lodging areas, or parking lots.
c. Carts may be used on any date except when in the opinion of the Golf Course Superintendent, the condition of the golf course makes it undesirable. Daily cart restrictions will be enforced by rangers and grounds staff.
d. Carts shall not be driven through any accumulated water or soft spots on fairways.
e. Carts may be driven in fairways under normal conditions, but must stay on cart paths where provided near greens and tees.
f. Do not operate in wooded roughs!! Carts must be kept on turf areas or cart paths.
g. Operation of a cart is at the risk of the operator. Cost of repair to a golf cart provided by Thunder Bay and damage by a member will be charged to such members.
h. Carts must stay twenty (20) yards from all tees, greens and sand traps where possible. Carts must remain entirely on cart paths on Par 3 holes: #3, #12, and #18.
i. Do not park the cart in front of the green at any time.
j. Carts must follow cart direction signs.
k. No one under the age of sixteen (16) years old may drive a cart, even with a parent or adult on board.
l. Parking brake must be on at any time the operator is not in the cart.
m. Members are expected to report any cart malfunction to the Pro Shop.
n. The Bag Drop Staff will align carts to the first tee with bags in place and upon completion of the round will get the bags to the Bag Drop area.
o. Cart operators should avoid inappropriate use of the cart at all times so as to protect the course from skid marks, bruised trees, etc.
p. If the above rules are violated, Thunder Bay Staff shall have the authority to suspend the use of the cart by the offending operator for any length of time deemed necessary to correct the violation and shall have the authority to ask the offending operator to leave the golf course.
q. Please observe any notices placed in the carts as to routing and use of the cart on the golf course.
ARTICLE V: FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICE
SECTION 1: FACILITY CLOSING
The Lounge and/or beverage carts will be closed as scheduled or as determined by the number of patrons present. In all instances, the decision will be made by the sole discretion of the management. All decisions involving last call and closing shall be final.
SECTION 2: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
a. Under no circumstances will intoxicating beverages be served to or consumed by minors under twenty-one (21) years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be consumed on the premises during the times when the sale thereof is prohibited.
b. No personal ice chests or bottled drinks will be permitted on the golf course. Beer and soft drinks may be taken on the golf course, however they must be purchased in the Lounge or from the beverage cart. Cans should be placed in recycling receptacles provided for them or returned to the Lounge.
c. Thunder Bay reserves the right to limit or refuse the sale of any alcoholic beverage to a member or guest. The refusal of alcohol sales is at the sole discretion of Thunder Bay Staff.