signs of a golf course in trouble

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  1. Irrigation is over 25-years old. Line breaks, water beds, rusty controller boxes, can’t find heads. Blank spots?
  2. Parking lot is breaking up. Pot holes. Striping faded away. Tree root bumps?
  3. Cart paths breaking up. Same as parking lot?
  4. Many kitchen appliances not working properly – or not at all?
  5. Point-of-sale system software is ten years out of date?
  6. The advertising and marketing budget is almost down to zero?
  7. Newest greens mower is over ten years old?
  8. Management (or management tactics) has not changed in several years?
  9. Banker calls more often?
  10. All you can pay rank-and-file employees is minimum wage?
  11. Accounts payable dating averaging over 60 days?
  12. Average age of the membership is well over 60?
  13. Membership roster has declined by 20% or more since 2005?
  14. Recent appraisal far below what it was ten years ago?
  15. Clubhouse is over 15,000 square feet in size?
  16. That big beautiful banquet hall sits idle 99.9% of the time?
  17. Greens need new grass?
  18. Sand traps don't drain?
  19. Hired a management company, because the board could no longer handle it? 
  20. Do you recognize any one of the above? Then you are probably already in big trouble!

PICK UP THE PHONE FOR A FREE CONSULTATION: 941-739-3990. Talk to experience going back to 1957. Or write me with a brief outline: I always answer.

In my experience, many golf club owners, bankers, and especially member owned facilities don't know (or don't want to know) how bad their financial situation has become. Eventually they fall into the eleventh-hour mess and are forced to make decisions that seal their doom.

"I'm betting (I know) there are thousands of courses in the USA right now bordering on bankruptcy. I can't tell you how many properties I hear from by the time it's too late to save them."

If you are a banker, course owner, or board member and there is even a hint of financial trouble - that's the time to call me: 941-739-3990.

To experienced operators, which I am, the signs are all around. Wet spots on ceilings, shaggy bunkers, soft cups, leaning flag sticks, broken cart paths, or spot treating instead of eradication are just some of the obvious signs of a golf course in trouble. It all boils down to deferred maintenance - like not changing the oil in your car - "Pay me now, or Pay me later!"

Like most common illnesses, I believe every golf course can be saved if treatment begins early. However, the process starts with an on-site analysis. The Golfmak approach is to be aggressive. Some changes may be painful - including personnel changes.

We visit and review the entire property and its components, including; financial statements, operational activities, membership activity, competitive marketplace, equipment, and key personnel.

We look over, under and around as many nooks and crannies as we can find. We carefully inspect the clubhouse, kitchens, washrooms and locker rooms. We inspect the maintenance facility, pump house, storage rooms, offices, and parking lot. We inspect all amenities like swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, banquet facilities, practice facilities, cart storage, and any other parts of the property.

My inspections are done together with the principals, significant board members, or concerned banker/lenders. In the course of our physical inspection we will have provided our observations, opinions, and recommendations for the decision process going forward.

Of course, one of my recommendations may be to 'Abandon Ship!'

I will travel to most any golf course property anywhere in the world (except areas of conflict).


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