Update as of 8:00pm on Thursday, April 2
Riverside County Executive Order


Dear Member,
 
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this afternoon the County of Riverside issued an Executive Order closing all golf courses, whether public or private, in the county effective immediately. The order is to remain in effect until June 19, 2020. 
 
I wish I could put a good spin on this but the appropriate words do not come to mind. It is obvious that our golf course shall remain closed to all play until June 19th, unless modified by a subsequent order from the County. Our numerous appeals, and those of many of our members, to both the city and county administrators were to no avail. We all know their reasoning, even if we think the steps they have taken are too onerous. If there is good news, it is that we are allowed to continue to offer our take-out and grocery services to all our members and we can continue to walk the course, ride bikes and use our golf carts.
 
The importance of social distancing is becoming more and more evident as a necessary step in flattening the curve. Thus, please maintain the 6-foot separation with those other than members of your family. The Club was recently the recipient of an adverse posting on social media that said the happy hour gatherings on the course were not being limited to groups of 10 people and social distancing was not being observed. The reaction to this posting was sharply critical of LQCC, with several commenting that the Club was ignoring the guidelines established by the medical community. We don’t need that – please use your good judgment. Dr. Kaiser, Public Health Officer of the County, has emphasized the significant need to follow social distancing and proper infection control guidelines. Let’s do so!
 
Finally, if we have to wait out this dreaded virus, I can think of no better place to do so than at La Quinta Country Club.
 
Please click HERE to view The County’s Executive Order.
 
Stay safe,
 
Richard Krell
President
La Quinta Country Club 




Update as of 12:45pm on Monday, March 23
Coronavirus Affects Member

 
Dear Member,
 
Once the spread of the coronavirus started to pick up speed, I felt it was only a matter of time until one of our members contracted the virus. Unfortunately, it has happened. Jay Skenderian, a long time member of LQCC, has the virus but is thankfully on the road to recovery. When he was last here at the club (February 7), he was not feeling well and the next day he returned to his home in Coda de Caza, which is southeast of Newport Beach. Jay started to feel ill on March 7; thus, the 14-day incubation period has passed and our members should not be affected by his illness.
 
He sent the following email to Chris Gilley earlier today because he was concerned about our community. Jay is 49 years old and it is with his permission that I share his email with you.
 
Oh man! Been a rough 15 days but as I wake up each morning I’m starting to feel better and the worst is behind me. This is a brutal virus so be careful. I like what you guys are doing at LQ, shutting down the facilities and keeping people away.  Scary stuff, especially for the older community.  If any of them were to get the cough I had it could be disastrous. 
 
Yes, the last day was vendor day. I walked thru the area for about 10 minutes but didn’t touch any product or taste/handle any food at the tent.  Wasn’t feeling great because of my back so just stopped in and left. We left the next day back to OC and haven’t been back to the desert since. Because of my back surgery I have not used any of the LQ facilities since the PGA Event in January. Sorry I haven’t reached out to you but because I haven’t been around I didn’t think there was an issue after speaking with my doctor.  
 
My first symptoms started Saturday March 7th with the chills, aches and fever then it went into a scary cough a few days later. Feeling better today.  If you send out an announcement to the membership group I don’t have a problem mentioning my name or my case in hope to bring awareness to the seriousness of it all and prevent people from getting it.  I did the same with Coto and they sent out an announcement.  My goal is to make people aware that anyone of us can get it. 
 
Hope you and your family are healthy and safe.  Call me anytime with questions or concerns.
 
I thank Jay for letting me share this with you. Remember this is potentially a very dangerous virus. I cannot emphasize enough to follow the precautions that have been reiterated many times by many sources – wash hands, don’t touch your face and maintain the recommended 6 foot social distancing space.
 
I wish you all good health. Stay safe,
 
 
Richard Krell
President
La Quinta Country Club 




Update as of 7:30pm on Sunday, March 22
Course Closed

Dear Member:
 
We have just received an Executive Order from the City Manager of La Quinta immediately closing all golf courses (public and private) within the immediate city limits. The full Executive Order is linked at the bottom of this email but the relevant portion of the order reads as follows:
 
All golf courses and their ancillary use areas, which include but are not limited to parking areas, clubhouses, driving ranges, practice putting greens, and food and beverage service areas, in the City of La Quinta are hereby closed and shall remain closed to the public until subsequent order from the City Manager.
 
You may question why the order pertains to LQCC since it reads “shall remain closed to the public” and we are a private course. The City Manager indicated that “public” really means “all people.” Thus and very unfortunately, our course is now closed to all play effective immediately. All Monday golf activities are now cancelled. This means we are not allowed to go out and play golf, even by ourselves. If we violate that ruling, the City could shut us down completely, even eliminating food take-out that has proven so valuable to our members. 
 
Bruce was able to convince the City Manager to allow us to continue food take-out from the Clubhouse only. The Tee House must also now be closed.
 
This is clearly a very, very unfortunate turn of events. But we must comply. The Board is hopeful that Bruce and the other General Managers of golf clubs in La Quinta will be allowed to resume golf activities if our various protocols are deemed to be sufficient. I think we have done an admirable job in trying to protect our members by eliminating all guests except family members, by removing all rakes in the bunkers, by insisting that flags not be removed, by closing the driving range, by mandating that there only be single drivers in carts, by closing the cart barn and having no attendants on duty, by closing the pro shop, and by eliminating shotguns and all organized golf activities. 
 
We as a community will get through this terrible situation. Americans are an optimistic group and we at LQCC are no exception. 
 
 
Please stay safe,
 
Richard Krell
President
La Quinta Country Club 




Update as of 12:30pm on Friday, March 20
 
Dear Member,
 
These are extraordinary times indeed. As you probably know by now, Governor Newson has issued a “Shelter In Place" order for all of California. Because of this order, the Board has determined that various steps need to be taken to protect members and staff to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the washing of hands, sanitizing surfaces and not touching your face, one of the most important steps to be taken is maintaining a safe distance for one another. It is with this in mind that the following decisions have been made.
 
   • The golf course will remain open. Please continue to make tee times online. Advanced tee times have priority over walk ups.
   • The Pro Shop will be closed effective tomorrow morning. Thus, if you have packages at the Pro Shop or are in need of golf balls, gloves or other items, pick them up before the close of business today.
   • No guest other than family members will be allowed on the course.
   • The driving range and practice areas will be closed effective tomorrow morning. You may use the short game, chipping and putting area if using your own golf balls.
   • Outside services will be closed effective tomorrow morning and no attendant will be available. If you store golf bags in the Cart Barn, pick them up today. If you store a golf cart in the Cart Barn, your cart will not be available after today. If possible, it is suggested you relocate your cart and charger to your home. Club carts will be available on a limited basis beginning tomorrow.
   • Golf carts are limited to driver only unless riding with a family member.
   • Takeout will continue to be available each day from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please call the front desk to place order (760) 564-4151.
   • The dining room, lounge and bar will remain closed.
   • The Tee House will remain open but there will be no access into the facility. The entrance will be roped off and orders will be made from outside the front door. The server will bring your order to a table at the entrance. It is suggested you call in your order at (760) 574-4134.
 
Unfortunately, this means the Club Championships, Couples Cup and all other activities organized by the Pro Shop will be cancelled. This includes the Ladies Day activities, Czars, Wright Group, and Montgomery Group. If individual games are organized, we encourage you to maintain the safe social distancing.
It is hopeful that these measures will help keep members and staff healthy and virus free. 
 
Borrowing the words of a wise commentator, three months from now your Board would rather say that we perhaps did too much than say I wish we had been more aggressive and had done more. We feel we are making the right decisions. However, recognizing that we are living in unpredictable times, future changes are possible.
 
Stay safe,
 
Richard Krell
President
La Quinta Country Club 




Update as of 5:40pm on Wednesday, March 17

Dear Member:
 
Yesterday, Riverside County issued an order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people for any purpose in any venue through April 30, 2020. The county has also prohibited these small gatherings from occurring if attendees cannot maintain a distance of six feet separation.
 
Given the new restrictions, the Board of Directors met this afternoon and approved the following, effective immediately:
 
•  All Clubhouse dining areas are closed.
•  Take out dining will be available every day from 11:00am to 7:00 pm and a separate all day menu is being prepared. Ordering details will follow shortly. Food will also be available at the Tee House during their normal operating hours.
•  The card rooms and lounges/bar area are closed. 
•  All remaining golf events have been cancelled. 
•  All remaining social events have been cancelled. 
•  The Annual Meeting has been postponed.
•  The massage rooms, steam room, nail salon and hair salon are closed.
•  The Fitness Center is closed & all fitness classes have been cancelled.
 
Shotgun events are no longer permitted. You may play golf with guests and can continue to make tee times as normal. We ask that you use your common sense and do not bring guests to the club who are ill. 
 
The Club Championships for both Men and Women will be played. Please observe social spacing guidelines while playing by riding as a single or walking. The administrative offices, Pro Shop and outside services will remain open.
 
We are not aware of any member, recent guest or employee who has contracted the coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make any adjustments that we feel are needed to protect the health of our members and staff. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this difficult and very fluid situation. 
 
When appropriate, we will communicate additional updates. 
 
Richard Krell
President
La Quinta Country Club




Update as of 10am on Friday, March 13

Dear Member:

As you are well aware, the situation surrounding the Coronavirus is developing at a rapid and unpredictable pace. Your Board of Directors feels strongly that protecting the health and safety of our members and staff is our primary concern. Given the current state of emergency across the country and in Riverside County, along with the demographics of the Club that places a majority of us in the higher risk category, the Board met to assess operating procedures for the remainder of the season.

After a lengthy and thorough discussion, the Board of Directors has approved the following, effective immediately:

•  Tuesday Happy Hour event is cancelled for the remainder of the season. The bar will be open until 6:00 P.M. for cocktails.
•  All organized guest events have been cancelled. This includes the Lady Niners Guest Day, the Auxiliary Ladies Guest Day, the Men’s Roadrunner and the Couples Guest Day: La Mejor Mitad. 
•  All buffet meal service has been eliminated. This does not effect plated lunch or dinner service. Thus, St. Patrick’s Day party will now be a served dinner as will the Dinner Under The Stars event.
•  All Easter weekend activities have been cancelled, including the Friday Seafood buffet, the Saturday Kid’s Day and Easter brunch.

Let me be very clear, this decision does not affect member-member events such as normal golf play, Couples Cup, Glow Ball, and the Club Championships. It also does not prohibit you inviting a guest for golf and lunch and dinner. What we are trying to do is limit the exposure that results from large groups of guests gathering with members of the club. The dining facilities will remain open and we encourage you and your guests to continue to enjoy the Club for lunch and dinner, using common sense not to do so if you or your guests are feeling ill.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make any adjustments necessary that we feel are needed to protect the health of our members and staff. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this difficult and very fluid situation. 

When appropriate, we will communicate additional updates. 

Dick Krell
President
La Quinta Country Club