Another great month! Great weather, greens conditions and expense savings put us ahead of budget for the second straight month.
Golf finished February ahead of budget by $102,681
Total Revenue: $338,283
Total Budgeted Revenue: $273,802
Total Expenses: $299,680
Total Budgeted Expenses: $337,880
A few notes:
March is trending well for us to meet budget.
We have sold an additional four Annual Passes after making that option available due to the golf course enhancement project being postponed. That offer expires at month end.
Pace of Play
Player Service employees have been told to make additional loops on the golf course to marshal play when the duties of range picking, cart cleaning and hauling ice and water are not being performed. We will be conducting a staff meeting April 5th with all operations staff to reinforce training on subjects such as, marshalling, pace of play and employee expectations.
Golf Pro Report
Since January 2011, January 2016 was by far the best January with revenue exceeding $16,000. With continued good weather, this trend continued through February and into March.
Using January 1 through March 23 as a date range, here are some numbers to compare
20131,124 rounds for $38,039 (very good weather)
20161,217 rounds for $43,714 (very good weather)
Month to Date for March, the average Golfnow rate across all three courses is ~$37 and overall for the date range given, the average is ~$36.
Through February, Actual Tournament revenue has been ahead of budget. March does not appear to be at the level we expected but with the UIL State Tournament coming, we are looking forward to a bigger April.
Unfortunately, for the 3rd straight time, we were forced to cancel the Night Golf Event due to weather. We try to do this event once in the spring and once in the fall so hopefully the weather will cooperate later in the year.
Our first of three Golf Course Open Houses occurred on Monday, March 14 at Legacy Hills and was another success as we had nearly 250 residents take the tour.
Demo Day was cancelled due to high winds.
Non-Resident Golf and Range Pass
These passes are officially on sale and we have slowly begun to sell some of each. As word spreads and the weather continues to warm up, we expect these numbers to grow.
Based on the timing of the budget, and the decision not to offer the gift card incentive for purchasing a pass/punch card in December, it appears the merchandise budget number is very aggressive for 2016. That said, we are actually tracking fairly close to budget.
Spring has sprung around White Wing. We have made the spring application of pre-emergent herbicide. With the warmer weather some broadleaf weeds have already emerged and we will get these sprayed and mowed down as soon as possible. The first cutting of the fairways has been made and we are working on getting the rough mowed and cleaned up. Rains caused some debris on the course and the bridge crossing 18 fairway. Charles and Crew were kind enough to help us out this last time and we appreciate it very much. Greens seem to be doing well and we are still monitoring moisture, growth and disease pressure. We sent off a sample and had a tinge of Bermuda grass decline present which we have treated for and will continue to monitor. The poa annua pressure seems to be subsiding on the greens but we still have the presence on the collars and approaches. We will treat with herbicide as possible and the warmer weather will start to take it out naturally. Bunkers are still an issue and we are monitoring sand depth, moving around were possible and will continue to add as necessary.
Last week on our closed Monday we were able to get the pre emergent granular herbicide down course wide and watered in. We are in the process of spraying and weed eating down the weeds that are already established. We sprayed the greens with Kerb on February 19 and the poa annua has been checking out the last two weeks. We have a few areas on the greens that are thin and we are hand spiking and topdressing with sand weekly to help those areas fill in and smooth them out. Our main focuses this coming week are detail work and removing the black liners from the bunkers on #11 fwy and #17 fwy.
This month we added over 750 feet of herringbone French drainage in the landing area on #9 fairway. These trenches and the trenches on #6 were sodded with Tif 419 bermudagrassoverseeded with perennial ryegrass on 3/15/16. We have been hand watering the new sod daily, and we should be able to open up the ropes on #9 for the MGA Member Member. The areas will still be marked ground under repair for the time being. Our other focuses have been on pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control. All areas on the course have now been sprayed for both, and we have been mowing and weedeating the dead weeds throughout the golf course. Our second application of pre-emergent granular herbicide on the greens for goosegrassand crabgrass took place on 3/2/16.