Good Morning and Happy New Year!
This past week I spent time finishing the 2021/22 budget. There are still a few line items left that need some work from the finance office but otherwise it is ready for presentation. The overall budget is fairly similar to the current budget. Some changes were made to part time salary pay scales along with updated insurance premiums. The overall bottom line should end up being very close to 20/21.
It’s difficult to foresee what 2021 will bring to the golf industry. We had a successful 2020 even though we spent the entire season under COVID 19 provisions. There were changes made in the clubhouse mid season that really had a positive impact on the golf course operations. We finished the last half of the year with the highest revenue totals in a long time. It was extremely promising. Thank you to the golfers and our staff!
As we move forward into 2021 the golf course Capital Improvement Plan and 2021/22 budget will be presented to the City Council. The CIP has already been shared with the Committee of the Whole but needs final authorization by the council to accept the five year plan. The budget approval will follow shortly after this process. Both of these presentations will set the framework for the golf course as we move forward.
The past week I spent time at the Street Division learning how to use the acetylene torch. The torch comes in very handy with the removal of damaged bearings and races in turf equipment rollers. It was a very educational process and I felt like I really grasped the concept quickly and was able to get through a dozen damaged rollers. It’s a great skill to develop and I will definitely be able to utilize this on future equipment repairs.
I also had Justin show me some of the beginning techniques with the welder. There are some repairs that need to be completed on seven of our fairway reels and it’s been hard for the Street Division to fit it into their schedule. So, I decided I should learn how to weld. It was actually a fun experience but I need to continue practicing a little more before I start on the fairway reel repairs. Both of these learning moments will help complete repairs in a timely manner. Kind of exciting!
The rest of the week was spent working a little bit on equipment and I also watched a couple more webinars on welding basics. The upcoming week will allow me some more practice time on the welder and hopefully I can graduate to the level of making repairs. I will also finish rebuilding rollers that had damaged bearings removed.
I hope each of you had a nice and relaxing time bringing in the New Year. I will see the golf board members and city council at the respective meetings Monday night. Have a great day everyone!
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301