Bunkers: How Much Are They Costing You?
By Chris Hartwiger, senior agronomist, Southeast RegionJune 11, 2013
|Table 1 - Bunker Cost Worksheet|
Expectations for bunkers are discussed frequently
during our on-site Turf Advisory Service visit. However, when the cost to meet those
expectations is brought up, the answer usually is difficult to determine. Most golf
course budgets are not organized by playing area, but according to certain line
items that can apply to many parts of the course. For example, labor is the biggest
line item, but it is not broken down by parts of course.
We find that when discussing expectations
for bunkers, it is important to understand what the cost is to meet those expectations.
We have developed a simple table to estimate the cost to maintain the bunkers at
your golf course. Complete as much of Table 1 as you can based upon how the bunkers
have been maintained in the past. If you have not tracked this information, make
an estimate. Expectations must be tempered with
costs. Unfortunately, seldom do course owners or course officials know how much
they are spending annually to maintain these playing areas. By using this worksheet
it is possible to provide decision makers with a fair estimate of the annual costs
to maintain bunkers.
Source: Chris Hartwiger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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