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The Renaissance Report

Welcome to the Renaissance Report!

May 2021


When it comes to changes, most people fall into one of two cohorts, those who hate change and those who like change.  Regardless of our views on change, we’ve all had no choice but to deal with the changes that have come since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, now well over a year ago. 

As we continue moving forward in 2021, changes continue but are getting more positive as the world continues to reopen to more normalcy.  These times of alteration, modification and fluctuation reminds me of a quotes from Socrates, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”.  

Our focus at the Golf Club at Rio Vista and Monarch Grill is on building the new and are very excited to provide you with more fun experiences and continuing our full calendar of golf, F&B, and social events when we can safely do so. 

We were able to reintroduce our in-house tournaments in April after a long pause due to the pandemic.  We hosted a Monday after the Masters tournament on April 9, the first of a four-tournament 18-hole series to be held the Monday after the PGA major tournaments.  The next in the series is Monday after the PGA Championship on Monday, May 24 followed by Monday after the US Open on June 21 and Monday after the British Open on July 19.   More 9-hole and 18-hole events will also be hosted later in the year.

We’ve also been busy planning and working with local entertainment groups to lock in dates for social and dinner events in the Monarch Grill.  While it was disappointing that due to the pandemic we were unable to complete the 2020 events schedule, those events and much more are coming this way in 2021. 

The Elvis Impersonator Dinner & Show, Pasta with the King, already had a full sign-up last March when the shelter at home order required us to cancel.  If you were looking forward to getting “All Shook Up” don’t worry because Elvis will enter the building in 2021.  Name that Tune with the UltraSonics and Motown Nights with Marquis will also be rescheduled among the many other new dinners, dances and more.  We project these events to start in July with the caveat that we will always follow the directives of local and state protocols.  Dates, times and details coming soon.

To me, golf isn’t just a game, it’s a lifestyle. It doesn’t matter whether you already play, want to learn or never plan to play golf you can love living the golf lifestyle with us. Hope to see you at the Club again soon!

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- Kandace Clatterbaugh, General Manager

April 2021

For Mom

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we are excited to have a special Mother’s Day Weekend Menu for you in the Monarch Grill.  In addition to our regular menu, we will have three entrée specials with mom in mind, available each day for dine-in or to-go until sold out from Friday, May 7 – Sunday, May 9.

My grandma’s influence in the kitchen has always carried with me in my career as a Chef.  Both my mom and grandma have been my encouragers and supporters over the years and nothing makes me happier than fixing some of their favorites in the kitchen.  When it comes to dessert, Mom’s Cobbler is one of my best-loved recipes and a gift I’d like to share with you.  Mom’s Cobbler will be our featured dessert Mother’s Day Weekend, I hope you will join us but if you just can’t wait and want to make the cobbler yourself, here’s the recipe.

Mom’s Cobbler

8 cups mixed berries

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 package yellow cake mix

½ cup butter

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Mix together berries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla and empty into the bottom of one 9x13 inch pan. Cover with the dry cake mix and press down firmly. Cut butter into small pieces and place on top of cake mix. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Hope to see you in the Monarch Grill soon!

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Chef Mark Haupt

March 2021

Greens Aerification

It is that time of year again for the important practice of greens aerification. Aerification is done to control organic matter, stimulate root growth and improve drainage. It also relieves soil compaction and reduces the accumulation of excess thatch on the greens.

We do this to help maintain the great conditions our maintenance crew have provided to us over the last few months. In the immediate 7-14 days following aerification, the greens are recovering and the turf is becoming healthier. This healing process makes playing conditions less than perfect for those initial days but leads back to quality putting surfaces that are more consistent throughout the year. This spring we will aerify the greens on 9 holes a day on March 22-23 (weather permitting), allowing 9 holes to be open for play each day.

When it comes to health and quality of putting greens, it starts below the surface where the roots require oxygen and good water flow. Without aerification organic matter would remain in the greens, the roots of the grass would become dense and unable to flourish. This buildup acts like an impermeable surface that does not allow water to flow through. Excessive organic matter beneath the turf creates a soft playing surface that is prone to ball marks and footprints which results in inconsistent playing conditions.

The process starts with the aerifying machine removing cores from the compacted soil. In the case of this spring’s aerification, we will be removing ½ inch cores, a very common industry standard size. Following the aerification, the greens will be topdressed. Once the organic matter has been removed, the sand is then brushed into the holes which allows for excess moisture to evaporate creating a stronger root system which allows for a smoother, firmer putting surface that is more tolerate to high golfer traffic on the greens. While the appearance of topdress sand makes it seems that the greens are less playable in the short-term, the sand actually makes the surface smoother for putting immediately following the aerification as well.

Thank you for keeping in mind that aerification is performed for the long-term health of the greens, making the short-term inconvenience to putting well worth it.

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Scott Gaston
Assistant General Manager

February 2021

Play More Golf in 2021

Is 2021 the year you get serious about your golf game?  Was it your New Year’s Resolution to shave strokes off your game but here you are in February and you haven’t picked up a club yet this year?  Studies have shown that somewhere between 60-80% of New Year’s Resolutions are already broken by the 6th week of the year but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to commit to playing more golf in 2021!

If 2021 is your year, now is the right time to get an annual membership at The Golf Club at Rio Vista.  The great thing about the club memberships is that you don’t have to wait until the beginning of the year to purchase a membership. Memberships can be purchased at any time of the year and are good for one year from the date of purchase.

Not only do you receive unlimited green fees with a membership, but carts are also included in all 2021 annual memberships.  Residents can add a trail fee to use a personal cart on the course instead for an additional fee.  Having an annual membership makes it easier to fit golf in your busy life.  Even if you don’t always have time to play a full 18 holes you can still keep your game in shape and enjoy some fresh air whether it’s 5, 9 or 14 holes.

Whether you are looking for a single or couple’s membership, play 5 days a week or plan to include weekends, there are great option available to choose from.  Membership at the club is not just limited to residents of Trilogy at Rio Vista, membership is available to anyone living in Rio Vista and beyond. 

Not only is unlimited golf a big plus, but members have 14-day advance tee time option, a week ahead of non-member bookings.  We have exclusive member-only events, member bounty socials, and guests playing with members receive resident rates.

If you are new to golf or new to the area and need to find groups to play with, Rio Vista has both men’s and ladies’ associations that play 9 and 18 holes as well as several other groups always looking to add players into the mix. 

If 2021 is your year to play more golf, the annual membership can provide great savings while giving you that extra push to play more.  Check out our Membership Page for pricing and stop by or give us a call today with any questions.

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Kandace Clatterbaugh, General Manager


January 2021

First Phase of Irrigation Satellite Replacement

I am happy to announce that all of the satellites on the front nine have been replaced with the most current and state of the art irrigation controllers, the Toro LSS. These new satellites will allow for communication between the field and the central irrigation computer, the F.I.U. (field interface unit). Replacing the aged and malfunctioning satellites is a necessary first step in achieving our long term goal of repairing the irrigation system. 

With that said, replacing the satellites is only about 10% of the irrigation system. The remaining 90% of the irrigation system needs to be repaired as well. This consists of leaking and non-functioning lateral valves, broken, leaking, and non-working sprinkler heads, leaking swing joints that connect the sprinklers to our water source, and all other associated irrigation parts.

The golf course property includes over 2,500 sprinkler heads and hundreds of miles of underground pipework, which makes repairs and replacements time consuming. It can take up to two hours to dig out and replace a faulty sprinkler head and underground breaks sometimes require hours of excavation just to determine the exact issue.

Both golfers and homeowners have asked some great questions regarding the irrigation system and I’d like to share and answer the top 3 questions we’ve received:

Question: Why isn’t the area closest to the houses being watered?

Answer: Due to years of neglect there are numerous irrigation lines that are not operative, and our plan is to work from the greens and other key play areas and then to the outlying areas.

Question: A leaking sprinkler head is causing a wet area on the course, how will this be addressed?

Answer: When leaks are discovered, they are first evaluated to determine severity. With many leaks on the golf course, the more severe issues are addressed first and the smaller leaks are documented to be addressed when time allows. 

Question: How do I report an issue I notice with the irrigation system?  

Answer: Emergency issues such as an irrigation head stuck running can be reported by calling the golf shop at 707- 374 - 2900.

Non-emergency items should be communicated by email to the Golf Advisory Committee email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

After years of deferred maintenance, the irrigation system requires adjustments, repairs and replacements. As the process of completing the necessary irrigation improvements and adding the additional irrigation equipment continues, you will see uniformity across the golf course. Thank you for your patience as we continue bringing the course back to the condition it once was in and deserves to be in again.  

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Brendan Soika, Golf Course Superintendent

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Ground crew installing the last new satellite on the front nine.

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