The Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors has approved proposed changes to the locker room layout at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, creating two separate lounge areas for men and women adjacent to the locker rooms and a mixed central lounge.
In April, the board of directors of the RSF Association continued its decision until May 6, in order to allow time for additional deliberations and to gather additional legal opinions on the discriminatory nature or not of the proposed configuration. RSF director Christy Whalen said she was unable to find another qualified lawyer willing to provide advice on the matter, but their legal advisor was able to conduct further research and consult other lawyers involved in other cases that have arisen in the surface.
At the May 6 meeting, Vice President Sharon Ruhnau said she felt the board had enough legal advice to move forward, making the motion to approve the changes. The vote was 6-1, with manager Laurel Lemarie opposed.
The change will restore the areas to their original configuration when the Players Clubhouse opened in 2008. In addition to the pro shop, there will be a women’s locker room (formerly known as the Bougainvillea Lounge), a locker room for men (formerly called Vaquero) Lounge) and a mixed social gathering space called Veranda Lounge.
Bar service for all areas will continue to be provided from the Veranda Lounge bar. The patio also remains an entirely mixed space.
The bar in the men’s locker room has not been operational since 2010, is not regularly staffed and will remain decommissioned as per the motion approved by the board.
The lounge areas for men and women will also be furnished in an equivalent manner.
With her vote in the opposition, Lemarie said she didn’t think the salons were equal and said the rule change was not properly noticed by the California Civil Code. She said the Association must repost it for an additional 28 days: “We cannot vote today,” Lemarie said.
According to the Civil Code, the board must give general notice of a proposed rule change at least 28 days before making a rule change. The code states that the notice must include the text of the proposed rule change and a description of the purpose and effect of the proposed rule change.
In March, after the rule changes were approved for publication, Whalen said it had been posted for 28 days on the bulletin board at the RSF Association office, at the post office, as well as on the website. Web. It was also sent out in four weekly email newsletters in March with information about the rule change and links to more information on the website. The proposed changes were also included in the RSF Golf Club newsletter and featured on the agenda of three RSF Association board meetings.
The purpose and effect stated in the RSF Association opinion is that locker rooms and lounges serve both “as an extension of the golf experience with a secondary objective of an informal meeting and a social space ”.
Lemarie said the notice was not sufficient as members had to click on the website to read the actual text and said the text did not say what she believed to be the ‘real effect’ which is to exclude female golfers from the men’s room.
The Bougainvillea salon was a space reserved for women since 2008.
The RSF Golf Club operating plan states that all Pacte owners are social members if they have not yet joined the club – RSF Association members have access to the pro shop and restaurant while only golf club members have access to golf facilities, including changing rooms and Veranda Lounge in the Players Clubhouse. According to Shanon McCarthy, Interim Director of RSF Golf Club, the $ 6.9 million cost of the lodge project has been and is currently being paid for by golf club members. Since 1987, all capital improvements, maintenance and repair of golf-related facilities have been paid for solely by golf club members.