IGM is well known in the golf course maintenance industry, but we enjoy having opportunities to expand our services to benefit our communities. A perfect example is IGM’s relationship with the Bear Valley Springs Association. IGM’s golf course crew maintains the BVSA Oak Tree Golf Course, plus we employ a grounds crew to maintain landscaping, parks, and other amenities within the Association’s community. Most recently, it was all hands-on deck to complete a top-quality baseball field.
IGM is known in the golf course maintenance industry for its environmentally sensitive approach to achieving healthy, attractive turf and landscaping. Recently, the company installed new soil sensors, SP-110’s by Spiio, at Lake of the Woods golf course in Locust Grove, Virginia. The sensors monitor moisture, temperature, salinity, and sunlight reaching the course turf.
IGM, a leading golf course maintenance contractor, was recently awarded a 5-year maintenance contract with Country Club of Culpeper, VA. IGM’S management team is currently working directly with the course management, getting the operation up and running with standard operating procedures.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Golfers have many reasons for playing the game: networking, competition, challenge, or love of the outdoors, among others. Savvy golf course owners and managers want to capitalize on those reasons, both to attract new golfers and retain existing club members. How do you set your golf course apart and become the golf course of choice?