The rule of thumb in the business is to insure your payroll expenses are less than 50 % of your total course maintenance budget. Being in the business and having the opportunity to share information with our peers, high end private clubs and the CCFAD courses who charge in excess of $100/round maintenance budgets exceed $1.0 million annually.Maintenance budgets consist of three major componants:1. Payroll and employee benefits2. Course Maintenance Costs - Chemicals & Fertilizers, Sand, Sod & Seed, Maint. Equipment Repairs, etc. - $300,000-$350,000 annually3. Maintenance Equipment Leases - at the typical higher end course this will run about $150,000 annually.
The golf course usually requires the largest % of budget when compared to other departments, yet Supts. haven't been as succesfull at earning the GM positions as the Pros and even F & B managers. That's starting to change and I expect it to change at a more rapid pace in the future.