Green grass, open spaces, and critters to chase – what more could a dog want? Not much, as several IGM Superintendents have found on their golf courses, though the smiles and belly rubs are also popular. With adequate training and familiarity, man’s best friend can be a welcome addition to a golf course maintenance crew.
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.
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.
Every golf course should have both business and budgeting plans that account for routine and long-term needs to ensure its long-term success. The biggest operating expense at most clubs is the golf course maintenance infrastructure. Golf course maintenance is our business at IGM, and we have years of budgeting experience to meet any clients’ distinctive needs.
Sandridge Golf Club, with its long-time maintenance contractor IGM, retained its environmental designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.”
Municipally-owned golf courses have long been an issue of discussion. What is the balance between public entertainment and public needs? How do the costs of golf course maintenance and management reconcile with revenues? Are there hidden costs and benefits? Subsidy vs. self-supporting? In 2015, Golf Magazine ranked Florida as having the most courses and most avid golfers in the country. However,