How to make your resources go further. What happens when you have had three managers in less than a year. Dealing with part-time labor. Discovering industry trends. How do you stay viable when courses in your area are offering "ridiculous" deals to draw patrons.
Put a few dozen superintendents in a room, and that is what you get when you ask them what their issues and challenges are in their jobs, and why they are here at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando. That rap session, which uncovered multiple challenges, was a key component this morning in the GCSAA Education event titled "Municipal Golf Operations: Challenge Your Thinking."
Moderated by GCSAA Class A superintendent Josh Heptig, GCSAA's President's Award recipient who oversees three courses for San Luis Obispo, Calif., County Parks (pictured), it was an opportunity to network, learn, and walk away with ideas on how to enhance the operations of those in the room, who came from places such as Utah, New Jersey, Illinois, South Carolina and Vancouver, Canada.
Heptig, 17-year association member, says he wants municipal golf to flourish from sea to shining sea.
"I want sticks in peoples' hands. I don't care where they are playing," he says.
His list of challenges for municipal courses include budgets, labor costs, prevailing wage laws and greens fee pricing.
Of those superintendents who were here to hear Heptig, they also offered up their views on what really is municipal golf. Their responses?
Affordable. Grassroots. Recreation. High quality.
Open when nobody else is.