In the challenge to maintain a set standard and meet competition in difficult times, annual improvements have still to be considered and preparing a five or ten year capital programme becomes a priority.
The range of products, services and equipment continue to increase and can become baffling in their enormity and choice. Priority budgeting and monitoring of expenditure becomes crucial in the management of available funds. Still, the cost of good staff accounts for the major proportion of course maintenance costs and it is their management and motivation that will always determine the outcome on the course.
Proper control can only be attained where a sound recording system operates and the essential facts are collated so that they are immediately available for management decisions. Monitoring actual costs against the budget must be the basis of a sound costing system and without one a golf club is doomed to fail.