In a recent circulating email from a Country Club member (Bonnie Hughes), Somersett United (SU) has been accused of creating negativity at “every meeting and online”. Not sure what negativity she is referring to, but assume it relates to SU Posts and Comments regarding the Somersett Golf and Country Club (SGCC).
Well, if the so-called negativity relates to opinions and comments opposing any financial support to the SGCC from the Somersett Owners Association (SOA), then I guess we are guilty as charged. It is no secret that this Blog site, along with many of our Commenters, are opposed to any SOA financial support going to the SGCC. SGCC supporters like to quote that Somersett is a “Master Planned Golf Community”, alluding that it is so described in the Association’s Governing documents. Therefore, there is an implied doctrine that all Association members are obligated to insure the success of the SGCC. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Nowhere in the Somersett Planned Unit Development (PUD), the CCR’s or the Bylaws is the term “ Master Planned Golf Community” used. In fact the only reference to the private Somersett Country Club in the PUD is found on page 2.50-51 under the heading “Golf Courses” , which with regard to the Somersett Country Club simply states:
“The golf courses will be a major component of the open space system. Vistas within the subdivisions will be opened to the golf courses and views will be provided to non-golf frontage residences. The 9-hole course will be privately owned and operated by the SOA. The SOA may determine that the 9-hole course can be open to the public. The 18-hole course is privately managed.”
In addition, the SOA CC&R’s under Article VII, Section 5 “Ownership and Operation of Somersett Country Club” states the following:
“Declarant, Association and Somersett Country Club owner make no representation or warranties with regard to the continuing existance, ownership or operation of the Somersett Country Club, if any (including whether the Somersett Country Club will be public or private), and no purported representation or warranty in such regard by any person, either written or oral, shall be effective.”
Further under CC&R Article VII, Section 6 “No Right to Use”:
“Neither membership in the Association nor ownership or occupancy of a Unit shall confer any ownership interest in or right to use the Somersett Country Club”
Therefore, in SU’s, and many others, mind, it is clear that the SOA was to have no obligation in any way to provide financial or any other assistance to the SGCC. So why do some SGCC members get their feathers ruffled when owners object to any such arrangements and hence, become inappropriately labeled as being “Negative” or “Anti-SGCC”? In reality, it has little to do with being Negative or Anti-SGCC, simply a belief that SGCC members need to recognize that they alone are responsible for their own destiny. This rather than adopting an entitlement attitude, quoting questionable property value impacts, and that, as owners, we are all in this together (read financially if it should come to that).
It is also clear that many Somersett owners fear that, due to continued financial stress, the SGCC may attempt to dip into the SOA’s “Financial Well” again with SOA Board support. True, there is no evidence that this is currently being considered (the Rockery Wall liability issue or future Water Facility maintenance activities not withstanding). However, the SGCC could alleviate these fears by publicly acknowledging their responsibilities and that they have no intentions of seeking any sort of financial relief from the SOA in carrying them out. This would go a long way in suppressing the so-called “Negativity” by others.
Perhaps the SOA Treasurer, Joe Strout, who is also the treasurer of the SGCC can speak on this issue at an upcoming open Board meeting.
As always, SU welcomes any opposing viewpoints, or challenges as to where we may have misstated the facts.