by Brian Duthu
July revenue fell $15,500 behind budget, Prepaid Green Fees constituted $5,903 of this deficit. Daily Green Fees/Cart Fees fell $8,807 behind budget and Driving Range revenue fell $1,018 behind budget and Merchandise revenue fell $247 behind budget.
Total Operating expenses in July were $5,265 under budget and Total Cost of Sales were $351 under budget. As a result of these savings Net Operating Excess was trimmed to a $9,884 deficit for the month.
In July the pro shops and cardholder services began collecting donations for the families affected by the Yarnell Fire and the 19 fireman that lost their lives fighting the fire. In addition to the donations a fundraising tournament was held on August 2nd, with 102 participants. In all RCSC was able to raise nearly $1,900 in donations. As a result of the statewide fundraising effort the Southwest Section PGA was able to raise in excess of $100,000 for the affected families. We thank everyone that participated in the event or placed a donation in one of the boots.
Snack shop revenue followed golf course revenue and missed budgeted revenue by $3,036, bringing the YTD revenue deficit to $14,071. Expense control has enabled the Snack Shops to exceed their YTD Net Operating Excess budget by $1,773.
The bunker renovation at Willowbrook has been completed and the back 9 is open for play; we do not expect the front nine to be open for play prior to overseeding. The course has been rated as being slightly more difficult following the renovation. The USGA course rating was raised to 58.7 from 57.8 and the USGA slope rating has been raised to 89 from 84.
In preparation for overseeding rough heights will be raised beginning in August and continuing through September. Higher rough heights are necessary to provide a better playing surface in the rough once the Bermuda enters dormancy. Fairway heights and green heights will also be raised prior to overseeding.
Palm tree trimming has been completed on all courses, with the exception of North. North will not have the palm trees trimmed this year due to the upcoming renovation.
All courses are spraying for weeds, including Nutsedge. As the Nutsedge dies it will turn a noticeable yellow. In addition all courses will begin spraying a pre-emergent to control winter weeds.
As a reminder, North Golf Course will not undergo overseeding this year, due to the upcoming renovation. As a result the North course will remain open during the entire overseeding process. Conditions at North will be largely dependent on the weather, particularly in November. Golfers can expect the course to play hard and fast as the weather turns colder.