Director of Golf Report – October 2012

by Brian Duthu

Pro Shops

Total revenue for September increased $19,984 over previous year, an 8% increase. Daily green fee/cart fee revenue increased $16,866, an increase of 20%. Merchandise increased by $807 and driving range revenue increased by $1,139.  Total revenue was $9,448 behind budget, with all categories exceeding except for green fees.

Revenues year to date are $1,985 ahead of budget and $94,792 ahead of last year. Total expenses year to date are $12,862 below budget and have increased $35,135 from last year. Net operating excess within the golf division is $12,862 ahead of budget and $54,046 ahead of last year.

During overseeding fresh merchandise has been displayed at Riverview and is available for purchase. Some current apparel items have been moved to Willowcreek/Willowbrook and are marked down 20%, from the original price.

Applications for the Beat the Pro(s) are now available in each golf shop and at Lakeview. As a reminder this event supports the Sun City Prides and it is our hope to have a full field, our fund raising goal for this event is $2000. In addition to the golf event, golf shops will also be supporting the Prides by once again selling ducks in the pro shops. We were very successful last year and hope to repeat our success again this year.

During the month of November the PGA teaching professionals will be conducting complimentary golf clinics at Lakes West.  The clinics begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be held each Saturday. Clinics are open to all skill levels and do not require registration.  This is a great opportunity to introduce a family member, friend or neighbor to the wonderful game of golf.

Golf Courses

Overseeding has been completed at Riverview, Willowbrook, South and Lakes West. Lakes West will reopen October 27 and the other three reopened on October 20. Willowcreek, Lakes East, North and Quail Run began overseeding October 22 and will reopen November 10.

Mowing heights on tees and fairways following overseeding will be lower than previous years.  Greens will reopen at a height of ¼” and can be expected to be slow for several weeks, until their final mowing height is reached.

New style flags, as decided by Golf Advisory, will be placed on the courses as they reopen.  The flags colors are gold, white and red; each will have black checkers and will be more durable than the flags used previously.

Snack Shops

Sales in the snack shops exceeded prior year by $5,738, an increase of 24% and finished $93 ahead of budget. We continue to thank everyone for their support of the snack shops.

RCSC is in the process of switching to Cox for data and phone. As a result North and Lakes will begin to offer WiFi, as will Quail Run. All locations will begin to offer Cox cable also. The Cox switchover should have the added benefit of increased data speeds for the Men’s and Ladies clubs computer related activities.