Brandon Haynes, IGM’s Superintendent of Bear Valley Springs Golf Course in California took an unusual route to the golf industry. However, he quickly discovered a love for the work and the game. Haynes has been employed with IGM for 10 years, all at Bear Valley Springs.
IGM has golf course maintenance contracts in various regions of the country, so they have demonstrated expertise in managing different climate, seasonal, and water conditions. As Gano says, “Golf courses are – or should be – beautiful, natural environments, and many of us are in the business because of our love for the outdoors and agriculture.”
The primary focus of the golf course maintenance team is ensuring quality performance and appearance of fairways and greens. However, IGM professionals know an often overlooked component of success is maintaining organized, neat, and efficiently run maintenance facilities.
Jeff Miller, IGM Superintendent at Brays Island Golf Club in South Carolina, has always been interested in landscaping and agriculture, but it was in college that the idea of working on a golf course occurred to him. What he really finds rewarding, though is “seeing what’s accomplished every day. I can ride the course and see the results of all our hard work.”
Enjoying hard work outdoors is typically the first response to the question of “why work on a golf course?” However, other benefits are as diverse as the golf courses themselves. As a leading golf course maintenance contractor, IGM offers job opportunities at courses across the country.
In early 2019, the opportunity arose for IGM, Reflection Bay’s maintenance contractor, to build a golfing practice facility on a nearby green space in the Lake Las Vegas community. The new practice facility was designed to renovate four remaining holes from the former course (The Falls) to create a driving range, along with practice holes, greens, and bunkers.