After more than a year of pandemic conditions, Reflection Bay Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada was thrilled to have the American Junior Golf Association (AJCA) tournament return in early June. The annual tournament at Reflection Bay challenged IGM Golf Course Superintendent Ryan Howell and his maintenance crew to meet tournament standards with limited pandemic-level staffing.
Golf course owners and management teams looking to reduce expenses while maintaining, or improving, the quality of their golf courses would be wise to consider outsourcing. Why hire outside for something you’ve been doing yourself? Following are some of the benefits your property will accrue when you outsource maintenance responsibilities to IGM.
Ludlow Country Club in Massachusetts was facing a financial crisis, with low membership due to neglected golf course maintenance when they hired IGM to help them. Working closely with the Club leadership, IGM developed a plan and budget to turnaround the course. By the end of the 3-year contract term, Ludlow Country Club could not be happier, with membership growth from about 265 to 400.
Remember putting your way through castles and windmills on miniature golf courses as a kid? Golf course superintendents have taken those memories to a higher level, with Superintendent Revenge Tournaments on 18-hole country club and municipal courses.
Do you have education or background in agronomics or an interest in working outdoors and seeing the fruits of your labors? We’d like to hear from you, and we employ golf course maintenance crews at courses across the country.
Every golf course in the United States is making “every day” necessary adjustments as golf course operators adapt to a new normal within our golfing communities. As a contractor of golf course maintenance services at golfing facilities across the U.S, IGM has seen how these adjustments vary widely. One thing remains the same though - golf course maintenance costs are the largest expense item on the budget for most clubs.
Since the appearance of the Covid 19 virus, we have all seen our lives and livelihoods upended to some extent. As a golf course maintenance contractor with clients across the country, IGM has seen every course challenged in its own way. While some golf courses remained open, with new safety protocols, others closed according to area regulations. Now that parts of the Country have begun opening again, we are all facing a new normal.
At IGM, our agronomic professionals work hard to maintain healthy, attractive, and environmentally appropriate golf courses for our clients year-round. In times of emergency, we stay in daily contact with clients to ensure we are meeting their needs as situations change. During the COVID 19 pandemic, some golf courses are seeing an increase in business, while some in resort areas are facing cancelled rounds as people forego travel.
Golf Advisor compiles annual Golfers’ Choice lists based on ratings and reviews from the golfing community. The 2019 rankings include four IGM-maintained courses in three states. Eligible courses offer public or resort-guest access in their peak season.
IGM West Coast Regional Manager Jon Dodds has always known he wanted to work outdoors. At age 13, he took up golfing, and his pleasure in the game has never waned. Though his adolescent goal was to be a professional golfer, in college he turned his attention to turf management. That decision has kept Dodds on golf courses and working outside ever since.