IGM takes special pride in preserving natural habitats at the golf courses we maintain. Assistance from canine pets helps keep unwanted wildlife off the golf courses and away from hazards like golf carts and stray golf balls. Club Manager Michael Fontaine, at The Ledges, notes that his German shepherd Simba is “a working dog and offers a humane way of keeping geese off the course.”
Dogs at IGM golf courses are held to high standards of discipline, namely not barking on the course and respecting those who aren’t comfortable around dogs. Fontaine says Simba is trained with both voice and hand commands.
“It’s imperative for a dog to be well-trained. Simba will stay in the cart if he’s told to, and he won’t touch a golf ball. IGM doesn’t want dogs to be a liability.”
He adds that while Simba stays away from guests who prefer not to interact, many like to dispense treats he keeps in his office.