Inside the Ropes at VEMA

VEMA members Peter Maloney, left, and Gary Shiffrin get ready for a round of golf at Viera East Golf Club.

The Viera East Men’s Association (VEMA) held its weekly league competition on Aug. 6. The following members placed first in each flight: Flight 1, Peter Maloney; Flight 2, Fred Baltazar and Jim Benton (tied); Flight 3, Paul Winter; and Flight 4, Phil Rooney. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Tom Campbell (No. 4), Gary Shiffrin (No. 7), Ted Edlow (No. 13) and Rich Blakney (No. 16).

VEMA treasurer Bill Oakley reminds all VEMA members that the 2015-2016 VEMA dues can be paid before October 1. Checks for $35 can be put in the VEMA locker. Currently, VEMA boasts a membership of 115.

On June 8, a Master Plan Study for the Viera East Golf Club was presented at a workshop for the Viera East CDD. This master plan was prepared by golf course architect, Robert C. Walker, ASGCA, and provides a conceptual planning summary for consideration. 

The complete 111-page study can be found at for review. The study includes sections on the course layout, course physical features, greens/putting surfaces, tees, greenside bunkers, fairway bunkers, fairways, irrigation, storm drainage, lakes/pond edges, cart paths, retaining walls, trees, landscaping and natural grasses. 

The Viera East CDD has posted this statement on the master plan: "After reviewing the recommendations set forth in the golf course master plan, the board is in the process of considering the suggested improvements on a task-by-task basis. Each stage of improvement(s) will be prioritized in a manner that coincides with immediate needs, available funds and course down time. Great effort and consideration are being expended to ensure that the decisions agreed upon will offer long-term solutions to improve the playability and enjoyment of the facility for all."

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