Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.19 Making a difference in Louisville Matt Shallock is following in his father's footsteps. People in Kentucky are better off because of it. The Kentuckiana GCSA has participated in the Habi- tat for Humanity program in recent years — and Shallock was introduced to what it is all about by his father, Ed. The elder Shallock has made a difference for Habitat for Humanity in Lynchburg, Va., where he was chosen as the Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year. "Being part of this hits close to home because of my dad," says Matt, a nine-year GCSAA member who is an assistant super- intendent at Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville, Ky. "When I went home for the holidays, I'd help him out. I love doing it." Since April, Kentuckiana GCSA members have vol- unteered for multiple projects with Habitat for Humanity, which began in 1976 in Americus, Ga., and was devel- oped to provide shelter and affordable housing for those in need. Today, Habitat for Humanity works in 400 commu- nities nationwide plus 70 other countries and has helped more than 13 million people. It started work in Louisville in 1985. The Kentuckiana GCSA has done landscape work at housing communities in Louisville, including a complete landscape and lawn venture at two homes side by side. "It's been one of our goals for our chapter to make an im- pact on the community," says GCSAA Class A superin- tendent Damon Hitti, who oversees Weissinger Hills Golf Course in Shelbyville, Ky. "We don't just want to work in the community for the people who play our golf courses; we want to give back to the community in a different kind of way." Besides Shallock and Hitti, other Kentuckiana GCSA members who played a part in a project April 13 were Josh Adams, GCSAA Class A 14-year superintendent, Woodhaven Country Club, Louisville; Kirk Brown, 15-year superintendent, Seneca Golf Course, Louisville; Chuck Breitenbach, The Hill Co.; David Hawes, GCSAA Class A 24-year superintendent, Wildwood Country Club, Louis- ville. Hawes' daughter, Sarah, also participated, as did BONUS CRITERIA SALARY BASIC DEMOGRAPHICS In addition to their base salary, 50.4% of respon- dents said they worked for employers who had a bonus system. Average bonus: $8,198 for all superintendents, $10,830 for certified superintendents BONUSES Average age 46.5 Average years of experience 16.4 Average years in current position 10.5 Work at a private facility 45% Work at a daily fee/public course 24.2% Hours worked (over a 7-day week) Winter 45 Spring 56 Summer 61 Fall 52 Average base salary Up from 2017 All superintendents $93,176 4.5% Certified superintendents $111,250 1.5% Class A superintendents $97,030 4% Assistant superintendents $46,270 7.3% Equipment managers $50,547 7% Merit/job performance 64.2% Profitability of overall operation 41.3% Staying under budget 33.9% Achieving predetermined goals 23.2% Golfer satisfaction survey results 16.9% Number of rounds played 3.4% Percentage of new member fees 1.4% Percentage of green fees 1.2% Achieving GCSAA certification 0.9% Percentage of cart rentals 0.8% AVERAGES GCSAA recently released its 2019 Compensation and Benefits Report, a com- prehensive look at salaries, benefits, education levels, lengths of tenure and more for golf course superintendents, assistants and equipment managers. GCSAA members can view the full report at gcsaa.org. PERKS Additionally, superintendent respondents reported 98% were granted paid GCSAA membership, 96% received paid chapter membership, 87% received personal facility privileges, and 83% were given seminar/tuition reimbursement. SUPERINTENDENT SNAPSHOT Members of the Kentuckiana GCSA participate in a Habitat for Humanity Project in Louisville, Ky. The chapter hopes to become more involved in com - munity projects. Photo courtesy of Matt Shallock The

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