On March 13 the Sunday Business section of the RGJ published an article entitled “HOA fees keep Somersett golf in the black”, which became a subject of controversy within the Somersett community. To read the full article, please click on the following hyperlink:
In response to the RGJ Article, the following was submitted to the RGJ by Greg Raleigh:
In Somersett, it’s a win-win for all parties
In response to your article “In the rough: HOA fees keep Somersett in the black” [Business, March 13]:
You adequately covered the voice of a vocal minority here in the Somersett community. But given the impetus for the article, the closing of D’Andrea Golf Course, you missed one very important piece of this story: how creative problem solving between two entities within Somersett created a positive outcome for the entire Somersett community.
As an overall title for your article, instead of “In the rough,” I would have chosen “A tale of two golf communities” because, for Somersett and D’Andrea, it truly is the best of times and worst of times, respectively.
In D’Andrea’s case, the HOA is out of alignment with the owner of the golf club, and the net result is lose-lose. In contrast, Somersett’s experience is the opposite of D’Andrea’s. In our case, the HOA and golf club aligned to create a positive strategy that benefits both entities. The golf club now has greater support from the community, while the residents have new access to the golf club with additional amenities on the way.
The net result is that, as a community, the entities within Somersett have created a win-win for all parties involved.
Greg Raleigh, PGA, Membership director, Somersett Golf & Country Club
The following reply to Mr. Raleigh’s letter was submitted by SD Kanyr:
As an active Somersett homeowner, I take exception to Mr. Raleigh’s letter. SGCC with the support and/or assistance of Blake Smith came up with “creative problem solving” and a “positive strategy”. SOA homeowners were not consulted and were given little time to review the documents before they were rammed through the Board. At no time have SOA Board or Blake Smith admitted that these agreements subsidize SGCC loses. Read more?