by Brian Duthu, Director of Golf
December revenue finished $10,000 ahead of last year, representing an increase of 3.1 percent. Green Fee and Cart fee revenue carried the month, with an increase of $12,000 over prior year. Merchandise sales were down $1,600 and driving range sales were down $1,200.
Lakes East/Lakes West is hosting the 5th annual Teal Ribbon Tournament January 31. They have 200 players registered; net proceeds will benefit the AZ Cancer Center, specifically Ovarian Cancer Research. The event consists of four separate 9 hole events played over both courses. Texas Roadhouse has sponsored the event this year and is providing a lunch following play.
Get Golf Ready classes have been very popular this season. Do to the increased demand , an additional class was added to the February/March schedule. There are still a few openings for March and April available, the classes are perfect for those that wish to take up the game or for current golfers wishing to sharpen their skills. The March classes begin March 11 and March 13, the April class begins April 8. Each class consists of four lessons designed to provide a beginning golfer with the basics of golf. The classes finish with a 9 hole round of golf attended by the teaching professional.
Golf courses have completed the application of a pre-emergent herbicide. The primary targeted weed is crabgrass; however the product does control may other weeds.
The 2013 aerification/overseed dates are now available and will be posted on the sunaz.com website soon. Based on feedback from our members we will be aerifying Lakes West greens only once this year. We will still be removing the same amount of organic material. This will be accomplished by using larger tines in a tighter pattern. Overall recovery will be longer, for this reason the Lakes West aerification will not begin until July, to provide better growing conditions. If the trial is successful we will incorporate this process to all the courses in subsequent years.
Absent from the aerification/overseed schedule is North. The absence is due to the upcoming renovation. North will be available for play until December 1, at which point it will close. We expect the renovation of North to last through Fall of 2014. We are busy working through play schedules of the men’s and ladies group that play North as their home course and will provide them alternate venues.
Snack shops finished off a great 2012 performance. We continue to thank everyone for their support and thank you for your cooperation of not bringing outside food and beverage to the snack shop and patio areas.