Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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MONEY ON THE holes $59,324 9 $87,243 18 $95,584 27 $102,829 36 $113,996 45+ salary Average base salary Percent increase from 2015 All superintendents $89,189 4.7 percent • CGCS $109,620 5.4 percent • Class A superintendent $93,318 3.6 percent Assistant superintendents $43,108 4.2 percent Equipment managers $47,244 5.1 percent 86% of employers offer employee medical insurance 75% offer family medical insurance 56% offer a 401(k) retirement plan National GCSAA dues paid 97.4% GCSAA-affiliated chapter dues paid 95.1% Personal facility privileges 87.6% Seminar/tuition reimbursement 82.4% Mobile device 70.1% Family facility privileges 67.9% Golf Industry Show registration 67.5% Travel to Golf Industry Show 63.4% Percent of employers providing the following perks: Merit/job performance 65.8% Profitability of overall operation 44% Staying under budget 36 % Achieving predetermined goals 25 % Golfer satisfaction survey results 16.7 % Number of rounds played 3.9 % The 2017 edition of GCSAA's biennial Compensation and Benefits Report delves deep into several income influencers, including geography, education level and annual course maintenance budget. It's available to members at www.gcsaa.org. Here, a snapshot of the report's wealth of insights. 49.6 percent of superintendents work for an employer that offers a bonus system. For those eligible to receive bonuses, the criteria are: 61.3 percent of superintendents have performance reviews. 22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 The North Carolina Golf Day showcases game's benefits Golf's significant contribution to the state's economy was front and center with legislators at North Carolina Golf Day in Raleigh in May. Golf industry representatives de - scribed how the game contributed close to $2.4 billion in economic impact in 2016, supports nearly 37,000 jobs, and delivers almost $435 million in federal, state and local tax revenue. "It's very gratifying to be able to deliver such positive news to key decision-makers on behalf of our industry," says Brian Stiehler, CGCS, from Highlands (N.C.) Country Club. "Golf is so much more than a game. In addition to the economic impact, the game contributes to the social fabric of many communities and provides green space and habitat in urban areas." The golf industry delegation met with Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in separate sessions. They also delivered a series of presen - tations to a joint meeting of the house and senate com- merce committee. Sen. Rick Gunn read a proclamation from Gov. Roy Cooper designating "May 24, 2017, as Golf Day in North Carolina in appreciation of the golf industry's contribution to our state." "This was my fourth visit for Golf Day, and I believe legislators and their staff members are now very famil - iar with and grateful for the role the industry plays," says Stiehler, a 20-year GCSAA member. "They recognize us now when we walk in and it's amazing how much infor - mation they retain from year to year. We are being heard. It was a good day." Maryland to roll out BMPs publication A collaborative effort by members of the Mid-Atlan- tic Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAAGCS) and the Eastern Shore Association of Golf Course Superin - tendents will come to fruition with the August 2017 publi- cation of best management practices (BMPs) for Maryland golf courses. The two associations each received $7,500 BMP grants and were among the nine chapters that received grants totaling $67,000 from GCSAA. The grants were funded through the association's Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) and the PGA Tour. GCSAA's goal is to have all 50 states offer established BMPs by 2020. Chris Harriman, MAAGCS past president, says the chapter's board decided about three years ago to apply for the first available BMP grant from GCSAA. "Virginia had

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