Most of our maintenance, cultural and fertility/chemical planning and calendars have been completed to allow us to be as organized as possible and prevent having to always think on the go. Equipment servicing has been completed and the few repairs that needed to be completed are almost done.
Mowers after reel maintenance was completed
We have received a lot of snow so far this winter which has been great since we have had a relatively cold winter. The snow has really helped to insulate all the turf and help to try and keep everything as healthy as possible heading into the spring.
Nice snow cover on 12 just before Christmas
Lots of snow around the clubhouse
I will be attending the Golf Industry Show again this February to help keep us up to date with all of the new trends and topics within the turfgrass management industry. Safety programs and the final equipment repairs will be completed as well to allow us to have everything ready.
For 2017 I will officially be taking on the role of General Manager for the golf club along with the Golf Course Superintendent position. This will not really result in any major changes at the club as I have already been performing these duties the past few seasons but it will allow for us to establish a clear direction in where we are trying to go and clear up any confusion that existed for anyone who was looking to contact anyone with questions, concerns or decisions. It will definitely allow the business to run even smoother.
We will have a new Pro Shop Manager for the 2017 season as our previous manager will not be returning next season. A new manager has been verbally hired and a formal announcement will be made in the next little while once everything has been finalized.
Budget work was completed in December for 2017 and the 2017 golf rates were finalized. There will be no increase in any rates for 2017 for anyone who may have been wondering about this.
As the winter progresses I will be putting a major focus on the business side of things before spring is here. I am hoping to secure all sponsorship for 2017 as there are many items up for renewal this year. There will also be a major focus put on increasing corporate memberships and tournaments as a program will be developed to get our information out to all of the potential customers we have currently been missing out on. A program will also be developed to increase our regular memberships as well as incentives to anyone who can help us bring in new members.
I will be back with another update for everyone in February. Until then I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best in 2017!
Hole 18 just as winter was arriving