Reducing Maintenance Costs

Posted by AV GOLF INTERNATIONAL on October 8, 2013 at 6:05 AM


• Some golf courses use gang mowers on their fairways. You must keep the blades sharp, but the unit is less expensive to buy and operate. You will need a lightweight mower to fine tune your mowing patterns on fairway perimeters and at greens and bunkers.


• Adjust your mowing schedules to avoid golfers as much as possible. Your time is much more efficient when there are fewer players interrupting your work.


• Use plant growth regulators to reduce frequency of mowing which leads to less staff, less handwork, savings on fuel and equipment repairs and replacement, and less inconvenience to the golfers.


• Reduce mowing area by spending less time along the edges of the course. Don’t trim around trees in these areas.



• Don’t edge your bunkers. Use herbicides like round-up at half strength to keep your turf edges along bunkers.


• Reduce the number of times you rake bunkers each week.




• Avoid overseeding.


• Be diligent regarding traffic control in order to avoid compaction.


• Increase the time period between fertilizer applications. If you fertilize your fairways once a month consider fertilizing every six weeks.


• If you fertilize roughs maybe reduce the number of applications and judge the results. Conditions may still be the same and you saved the cost of an application.



• Increase mowing efficiency by removing trees and groups of trees that slow your mowing crew by having to constantly maneuver around them.


• Be careful in tree selection and placement. The fuel and labor costs to properly maintain trees can be significant. Such costly work items include trimming, debris cleanup and leaf cleanup and the disposal costs associated with cleanups.



• Evaluate your staff often and with a critical approach. Employees that can do multiple tasks are more valuable than those that can only be depended upon to do one thing well. Cultivate your best workers and pay them well.


• Evaluate where you use your labor. Make certain no one is standing around. Reduce outside contractors and train your staff to handle those jobs.


• Eliminate over time and cut back on labor hours. If you have a good core staff then keep them busy during the work time you can afford.




• Keep detailed logs such as fuel use. Fuel has a way of disappearing and this can be costly.


• Buy parts from your local parts dealers and avoid the turf suppliers. Find a good engine repair shop that can rebuild items rather than buying new all the time.


• Don’t warehouse a lot of parts and supplies. Cash flow is the key to surviving.


• Ask for discounts and favorable terms. Shop around and make certain you are getting the best price without making unwise compromises.


• Be careful with the amount of extra furnishings you put on a course like ball washers, benches, and planters. These items require maintenance, repairs, and replacement.



















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