The past couple of weeks have involved me taking some time off work to deal with some personal items. I’m very happy to see things are moving in a very positive direction with all family members. Sometimes you don’t know what you have until life is almost taken away from you and your family. I have experienced some life changing moments already in the great year 2020.
Our daily fee bag tags have arrived at the golf course. Again, these tags will be given to the golfing public upon check in prior to their round. The tag will be applied to the correct side of the golf cart and visible to employees and others on the course. The tags are numbered, will be dated, signed, and colors changed on a daily basis. This will help us control individuals who fail to check in and pay their daily fees.
The season pass bag tags are still in the preliminary stages. The company should have a proof sent early this coming week. These tags will be granted to all season pass holders and will be displayed on their golf bags and be visible to staff at all times. We will also be issuing cart stickers upon payment of storage fees for the 2020 season.
This past week I renewed our water permit with the Iowa DNR. This water permit allows us to irrigate our golf course April 1 through the month of October. The water permit is not a free for all water an unlimited amount every day. We are allowed to pump 81 acre feet of water out of our well and 121.5 acre feet of water out of our pond during this time. An acre foot = 326,00 gallons of water which is less than one night of full irrigation. The past three years we have not been close to hitting our water limit due to above normal rainfall.
There are a lot of things to consider when we have above normal rainfall at the golf course. The areas of the golf course that are not irrigated require mowing multiple times each week. A dry season will amount to 450 hours on a rough mower and the past few seasons have averaged 750 hours on a rough mower. More man hours, more equipment hours, more fuel, more maintenance repairs, and less golfers. It makes for a difficult situation.
The golf board has approved the first annual 2020 “Membership” Drive at the muni. This event will be held on March 28 at the clubhouse. There will be raffle drawings for gift certificates to the SMGC for individuals purchasing season passes for the 2020 season. The season pass must be paid in full by this date or you have it automatically withdrawn from your checking account. Junior passes are not eligible for the drawing.
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.