New owners of Fallbrook Golf Club enthusiastic to please public

Jack and Bonnie Lamberson are the type of folks you instantly know will put their heart and soul into making a longtime, landmark business into a highly favored destination. It is that reason that residents can prepare to watch and enjoy the good things coming to Fallbrook Golf Club.

“We have a lot of plans and we think people will be happy,” Jack said.

The Lambersons have a large, loving family and have embraced the 44 staff members at the golf club in the same manner. They, in turn, have been welcomed with open arms.

“I just love being involved with the customers and the people that work here; that’s huge for me,” Bonnie said. “We have such a great group. I feel a business does much better when an owner is actively involved.”

“As far as I’m concerned, they are all irreplaceable,” Jack added.

After closing escrow on the property June 30 and taking possession July 1, the Lambersons began working on their new project by catching up on deferred maintenance items at the property.

“First, we have concentrated on getting the greens on the golf course in real good shape,” Jack said. “We had to do a lot of work to the watering system.”

Jack also said there were many items that needed to be addressed inside the clubhouse and restaurant. The tasks are being completed and checked off the list one by one.

Fifty brand new Yamaha golf carts are now in residence at the golf course. “We have gotten a lot of compliments on that,” Jack said, with a smile.

“We also have some improvements and expansions that we want to do,” he said, mentioning embellishing the patio areas, adding an outdoor fireplace, and large outdoor barbecue. “We also want to put pavers on the sidewalks to make them nicer and add more tables and chairs for outdoor dining.”

Fresh additions and changes to the club’s restaurant (Hukilau) menu will be coming, albeit gradually, after the holidays.

“We will approach that very gradually to make sure we are offering things that our customers are interested in,” Bonnie said. Currently, the focus is on the planning of the festive holiday meals that will be offered onsite.

One of the Lamberson’s grandsons, A.J. Lanari, also works at the golf club, as an administrative assistant. Lanari said he hopes more young adults find the positive changes attractive and use it more as a gathering place.

“I know a lot of the staff members here [at the club] from school,” A.J. said. “It’s a small community and it’s been easy for people to know who we are. Everyone seems more relaxed and they are getting to know my family.”

The Lambersons have had interaction with Fallbrook Golf Club for quite a while as they own two long-standing payroll companies, one of which handled the club’s payroll for the two and one-half years before they purchased it. So the staff has known of them for quite a while.

Not only has the couple appreciated the enthusiasm of the club’s staff in the change of ownership, but they have further empowered individuals to head up departments in order to insure smooth operations and good communication in all areas.

“We now have weekly meetings with our department heads and it works out great,” Bonnie enthused. “They have excellent ideas and we are trying to be sure they have everything they need to make customers happy.”

The value of genuine hospitality is evident in these new owners, and their approachability is very open.

“I love getting to know people and letting them get to know me. It’s going to be very positive,” Bonnie said.

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6 Responses to "New owners of Fallbrook Golf Club enthusiastic to please public"

  1. Gird Resident   November 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I hope they will let us walk our dogs along the Cart Path/Street now.

  2. Darryll Pingleton   November 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    The Lambersons are two of the most genuinely caring, capable people that I know, with excellent customer attention. They are an asset to the community in so many ways. Jack truely enjoys utilizing his building skills to improve the establishment’s physical and asthetic conditions. Bonnie’s people skills are unsurpassed. I applaud their efforts in improving the community.

  3. Fallbrookian   November 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Darryll is right… when I heard the golf course changed hands I hoped it would be to someone who cared about the community and would take the time to make that place shine. I was so excited when I found out that Jack and Bonnie took it over. The service at the restaurant is already MUCH better, can’t wait to see what other improvements are coming 😀

  4. JD   November 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Just read this today. Fantastic news. It’s awesome to know that a local family will own and operate such a great course. I live off of hole 6, and love love love the course and the area. Everyone who walks dogs late evenings is very respectful and “picks up”, so I hope that continues to be allowed. For me and my 3 years of living there and coming to the course, the food is the biggest disappointment. The bar food is pretty good but the dinners are not so good. I hope that improves. As far as the course improvements, I’d say maybe the cart paths, fairways, and looks could improve. (hide the utility yards from view) Otherwise, a great course. Please don’t raise the prices..affordability has been one big reason to like this place.
    Oh, and thanks Ray, for another idiotic comment.

  5. Preston   November 15, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I figured something had changed when I noticed the Fairways were looking much better as you drive along Gird. I understand Z cafe was under the same ownership. Will that still be the same? For some reason the food and service at the Z has been much better than at the Course and always wished the Course would improve because of the atmosphere there.

    VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES: Z Cafe and Fallbrook Golf Club are not owned or managed by the same people at this time.

  6. FDA   November 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Is JD serious? Hey new owners, here are several improvements that you need to make, but don’t raise your prices! Oh, and let us still walk our dogs on your greens so they can pee and poo! Hey, we clean it up! So when someone’s dog burns the grass with their urine is the golf corse just supposed to eat that cost!


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