By Brian Duthu
Summer revenue continues to disappoint, with total revenue missing budget by $8755 and falling $1706 below prior year revenues. June started slowly and fell behind farther during a stretch of 110 degree days. Twenty four days in June exceeded the historical high. The above normal temperatures and an increasingly number of high end courses lowering their fees is putting pressure on our ability to generate increased revenues during the summer months. We do however continue to enjoy your support in merchandise sales and driving range usage, both of which exceeded prior year’s sales.
The new “30 yard markers” are in the process of being installed on all of the courses. The wording and design of the sign were approved by golf advisory and were made by the Bell Metal Club. We thank the members of the Bell Metal Club for their efforts in the construction of the signs. Golf Advisory chose to not use “30 yards” in the wording of the sign, so the signs could be moved, decreasing the chances of wear patterns developing around the signs.
Snack shop revenue suffered from the reduced activity on the golf courses. For the month snack shop revenue missed budget by $4096, though revenues were slightly ahead of last year. We invite anyone who would like a hot breakfast or a quick lunch to try one of our 5 snack shops, we don’t think you will be disappointed.
The irrigation project at Lakes West has recovered from the early delays and is currently running several days ahead of schedule. We continue to water the areas that are completed on a schedule similar to overseeding. This will produce standing water in low areas and soggy conditions throughout the course. Water is turned off in an area for several days for irrigation work to be completed in this area. Following completion of the work, the water is turned back on and the area is watered heavy until the grass is recovered and the affects of construction have been minimized. Some affects of construction can be expected to last even through overseeding.
Due to the overall lack of rain this year, we are currently over our yearly budget by 94.93 acre feet. We do have unused water credits purchased last year, these credits will be used to cover any overage we will have this year.