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Golf Course Maintenance – Planning for 2023

As summer gives way to fall, some golf courses throughout the United States are prepping for the cold winter, while some courses are now in their busy season. At the same time, golf course maintenance teams are making plans for their maintenance programs for the upcoming year.

Golf course maintenance goes way beyond what the public sees when they visit your golf course. It’s more than just pretty greens, raked bunkers, manicured fairways, and head-turning tee boxes. Course maintenance involves heavy planning, teams working all hours of the day, monitoring and managing fungi and pests, redistributing sand, managing irrigation, managing and repairing bunkers, and removing ball marks.

Golf course maintenance is a task that requires a lot of planning, effort, and time. And with limited time remaining in 2022, most golf course maintenance teams are already planning for the 2023 calendar year so that they’re not caught off guard or unprepared come the next season.

Planning for 2023 can be somewhat complicated for golf courses. Inventory may shift dramatically in the coming months, unforeseen weather may damage the course, reductions in budget may affect purchasing plans, and the ever-changing labor market is sure to have some sort of affect.

However, if you follow these tips, planning for 2023 can be a smooth process with minimal complications. Before beginning any plan, it’s best to do some research for your course, city, and state specifically. This way you can ensure that you have all the tools necessary to be successful.

  1. Update your budget – It’s important that you make a budget that is realistic based on the revenue that you have coming in from golf memberships, green fees, and outings, as well as food and beverage sales. Also consider new expenses that may come up in the upcoming years, such as increases in utility rates, water costs, new maintenance equipment, and labor costs.
  2. Assess your employment benefits and pay – It’s no secret that hiring is tough these. If you’re in need of new employees, it’s important that your compensation packages stand out above the competition. So when the time comes for Candidate A to choose between you and the golf course across town, they will most likely choose the job with better benefits! Be sure to assess your benefits package and ensure that you’re offering competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits that fit your course’s budget.
  3. Assess your inventory – This is your chance to take stock of everything you have on hand currently and determine what you will need to purchase for the upcoming year. Everything from fertilizer, seed, nuts & bolts, chainsaws, golf cart direction signs, fungicide, and so much more. Having an accurate inventory count (and keeping track of it) is important to not overspend and to always have the supplies you need on hand when you need them. Don’t forget to update your inventory list on a regular basis to ensure that nothing gets missed along the way!
  4. Keep fall maintenance going! – Don’t let the behind-the-scenes projects distract you from the fact that the grass is going to need a little extra TLC this fall to help it recover from the summer heat, leaves and debris need to continually be removed, irrigation systems need to be monitored heading into the cold months, and all the other regular course maintenance items.

Planning for the 2023 golf season may seem cumbersome, but with proactive planning, you can be prepared when the season comes so that your course is as beautiful and as playable as ever!

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