I returned from vacation a couple of weeks ago and spent a lot of time getting caught up on a lot of office work. I also attended several meetings that addressed the 2021/22 golf course budget. The bottom line will stay very consistent with the current budget operations. This will allow us to operate the golf course with no major price changes.
There will be a couple of changes with the elimination of corporate season passes and green fee punch cards will be $250 instead of the previous $230. The corporate passes originated to increase our golf population from area businesses. The business paid the pass for a minimum of two employees to receive the reduced rate. It has become less and less popular with businesses and therefore was decided to eliminate this option.
I will be working with the Finance Director, this coming week, to receive training on new software that will be installed at the golf course to track our golfers fees paid and the registration process. This software will allow us to quickly see who has paid their fees and who has not paid at the time of registration. City Hall will be able to follow the information as it is entered into our computer in the clubhouse. It should make the process a lot easier on the clubhouse staff.
This past week I have contacted the majority of our returning employees to find out who is returning for the 2021 golf season. Each response has been an excited “YES!” There are still a couple individuals I have not heard back from and also a couple of upcoming interviews for new staff. I’m very happy to hear the staff is excited to return for another season. They do a fabulous job and are definitely appreciated beyond words.
The part time staff on the grounds will all be returning and are anxious to get back to work. It’s difficult to believe we will be golfing soon while looking out the window to a heavy snowfall. It won’t be long and the grass will be green sprinkled with golf balls.
I have continued to work on equipment and other maintenance duties most of the off season. There are still some small items to address but the majority of the equipment is in “ready to go” condition. We all need to remember our equipment is aging rapidly and breakdowns are a regular part of the work day. Hopefully the Capital Improvement Plan will help us update the fleet over the next few years.
We will be purchasing ten new rental carts to add to our current 2021 fleet. This will allow us to accommodate a lot more golfers during the peak playing times as well as events. This will be a great asset. Also, a new rough mower will be added this season. Our main rough unit has 5000 hours on it and is nearing the end of the race. It’s impossible to rely 100% on this unit day in and day out. It has done more than paid for itself over the years.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments.
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301