After a season of concentrated effort to improve conditions at the Windmill Ridge municipal golf course in Monett, progress has been seen on the greens.
"We're seeing a lot of improvement in turf conditions," said City Administrator Dennis Pyle. "We've heard several very complimentary comments from patrons who have been very critical in the past."
Pyle credited improvements to the work of golf course consultant Mike Vogt, whom the city hired a year ago. After two seasons of poor conditions on the greens that restricted play on the course. Vogt was hired to provide a more comprehensive strategy and to supervise its implementation.
With the departure of the greenskeeper this summer, Vogt worked closely with Darrell Easley, the assistant superintendent at the course, and the regular maintenance crew. In addition, Larry Howard, a certified turf manager, volunteered his help and moved from his position at the North Park to work with Easley over the past two-and a-half months.
"They've done a remarkable job," Pyle said. "The condition of the greens are as good as they have been in years. Some have told us the greens have never looked better."
Golf course revenue shows there has been more play on the course in 2012. Season pass memberships have been higher than anticipated.
The Monett City Council extended Vogt's contract. Over the next six months, Pyle has asked Vogt to take a holistic approach to the course and look at the bunkers, fairways and tee boxes. Vogt has also assisted in the selection of a new greenskeeper for the course.
"With new management, we'd like to see revenue grow through promotion and marketing," Pyle said. "Vogt has met and exceeded our expectations."