The quarterly golf course report for the first quarter of the fiscal year showed improvements over the previous year, although there were only 120 additional rounds played. Green fees revenue increased 8% and cart and driving range fees increased 4%. The driving range was closed for several weeks for renovations.
Another area that has seen an increase in sales is the pro shop, with merchandise sales up 28% with an increase in special orders.
Food and beverage sales increased 8% for the quarter.
“August and September have been busy with tournaments with our Senior and Men’s Club Championships taking place in August,” said Ross Sanderlin, Director of Golf and Recreation. “Jamestown hosted six company outings in September and the month was highlighted by our Jamestown Golf Association Honor the Veterans Tournament with over 90 participants and the presentation of the colors by Ragsdale High School.”
On the maintenance side of the golf course, Superintendent Jamey Claybrook said things have been going well over the summer.
“We continue to have several irrigation leaks around the course, and we’re staying on top of those as best we can,” Claybrook said. “One of our worst leaks of the year was a 10 inch mainline in July that set us back a lot, but it’s now fixed and holding.”
An equipment failure with some of the mowers made the grass a little tougher than normal in the fairway and rough.
“Our greens have held up very well this summer and we think most of our customers have been happy with them.”
Pre-emergence weed control will be applied and crews have already started blowing and mulching the leaves. Covers for the greens are being prepared for colder temperatures.
Winter plans include removing several dead trees and branches, mulching bare areas, and repairing the worst bunkers by replacing old fabric and adding new sand.
Total revenue for September 2022 was $120,300, down approximately $8,000 from the prior year and operating expenses were $154,903, up 31.45%.
There were 3,180 rounds played compared to 3,452 rounds played the previous year. Five weather days and one day closed due to Hurricane Ian partly explain the lack of play.
Green fees were down nearly $4,000, but cart rentals edged up 0.63%. Pull carts increased the most at 65.22%.
The driving range’s revenue fell by 96% due to the closure for renovations.
Pro Shop inventory sales increased by 19%.
Clubhouse and golf club rentals increased by 93.48%.
The grill recorded a loss of $1,860, compared to a profit of $1,692 in September 2021.