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RE to the bone. HahaEverything is still going well. Income is still climbing every year. The course looks better than ever. I only spend a few hours a week working. Now that the business in Phoenix is sold, I can redirect the focus. Diddle on the golf course and plan the home build.
I stated that the home was going to be on 30 acres. I am buying up more of the land, splitting lots, and shaving 3, 3 acre parcels off of the 40. They are on the other side of a ridge so I won't be able to see the houses from my lot.
I am 60. When I was 40, I stepped out of the work role for a number of years. Traveled a bit, rode my bike to the gym everyday, ran a lot of miles, hiked a lot in the mountains, played golf, went 4-wheeling, etc... Did that for about 8 years before the market collapsed and I had to jump back into the game.You don't mind me asking Steve, how old are you? Do you feel like you'll be able to make the adjustment to low activity without going crazy?
Exactly what I was thinking.... his "retirement" definitely does not meet the expectation for most people...@SteveO could ride one trail in his back yard for 2 years......
of course then he would get distracted, buy the adjoining 1000 acres, sell 99 smaller lots for 50x more than he paid for the whole thing, and then start a wind farm you could see from space ......... all while being retired......
guy sounds like a real prick.MJ asked for the story that I touched on in another thread.
We have an annual winter grass over-seed to prepare the golf course for winter play. Our summer grass goes dormant in the cooler weather. About $60-70 thousand dollars worth of seed and a couple of weeks of prep by the entire maintenance crew goes into this process.
We still allow play but carts cannot drive onto the fairways or anywhere around the greens during this time. Each person is told this as they check in, the carts have signs, and there are other signs stating this.
Last fall as we were in this process, I spotted one cart that had driven up close to the greens. So, I went to inform the driver that he cannot park off of the cart path while the new grass was growing in. He drove away from me as I was talking to him. I let it go as I was sure that he had heard enough.
A couple of holes later, I spotted him in the middle of the fairway. I approached him again and started talking. He cut me off, stuck his finger in my face and said "Now you listen to me....". I cut him off and said "No, you listen to me. Get off my golf course".
He actually refused to go and told me that he would only go if our GM told him to leave. I told him that the GM would not override my decision and that he needed to leave.
His group left. They went to the clubhouse and complained a bit to the GM. Have not seen them back.
This guy owns a large law firm in town. Talk went around the golf community. A number of people asked me if I really removed him from the course.
What's the actual criteria for closing the course down in terms of water? Where I play it's a bit rural and possibly has amongst the highest rainfall of any course in the country, so I've had many days where balls on the fairway vanish under mud. If I play early morning in winter even on fine days the greens are covered in dew which tends to make putting quite tricky. But I'm not sure they really "close" the course as such unless the river alongside starts flooding it again.The only exception is cold, rainy, windy days. Sometimes the course gets shut down completely. So we don't like bad weather days during the winter.
Travel around the southwest in my 39' motorhome towing a jeep. I have a jeep that is built pretty well but still modifying it. Pulled the rear seat and put a dog bed in its place. Going to Moab, UT next week. Just got back from a week in San Diego. New Mexico, Colorado, and northern Arizona in July.Wow, I missed this.
Time for a new challenge? Retiring? Bored? Travel?
When the course gets so wet that golf cart traffic damages it, we will close. Pretty rare. People don't tend to play in the rain here. Lightning is a biggie though.What's the actual criteria for closing the course down in terms of water? Where I play it's a bit rural and possibly has amongst the highest rainfall of any course in the country, so I've had many days where balls on the fairway vanish under mud. If I play early morning in winter even on fine days the greens are covered in dew which tends to make putting quite tricky. But I'm not sure they really "close" the course as such unless the river alongside starts flooding it again.
I've been playing far more this year and got my first birdie ever last week. I've gone to the city a couple of times to play on fancier courses with bunkers/water hazards-the fact I scored 141 and then 133 leaves bountiful room for improvement
My well wishes for ya man, undiagnosed health issues are the worst.My wife still works full time on the course. I stepped out for health reasons. I get dizzy and nauseous daily. Can't really do the kind of physical labor that I was doing under these conditions. I have been to a number of doctors/specialists without a diagnosis. I know that it is not vertigo as that has been ruled out.
Just an update on the golf course.
I had it listed for sale during the past year. Had some interest but nothing that caught traction. We took it off the market because of the disruption it was causing. Many of the employees were concerned. Even the high level management made concerning comments about whether they would still be there next year. We did not want to lose anyone at this stage.
There are still people interested but that may not happen.
My overall goal was to fade off into retirement. I have basically done that but not really by choice.
The course is doing well and making money. We are still putting it all back into the business but that is a choice on our part. Gross income has improved by 60% since we took over 4 years ago. It continues to do well.
Expenses have gone up as well though. We keep a healthy staff of 30 employees. Many of them are minimum wage or just above. Minimum wage went from about $8 to $12 during our ownership. Tough increase to absorb. Thankfully we have been able to do so.
My wife still works full time on the course. I stepped out for health reasons. I get dizzy and nauseous daily. Can't really do the kind of physical labor that I was doing under these conditions. I have been to a number of doctors/specialists without a diagnosis. I know that it is not vertigo as that has been ruled out.
It does not stop me from doing fun things though. I have all my time filled with things that are enjoyment based. Lots of hiking, 4-wheeling, traveling in my motorhome, etc. I love the beach and Moab, Utah. Spend lots of time in those places.
All in all, things are looking really good.
The course looks better than ever. Looking forward to another great year.
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