Tuesday, August 9, 2016

IGM Signs Maintenance Contract with Lake Ashton Golf Club


A recent management change at Lake Ashton Golf Club in Lake Wales, FL, made it clear to the owners they needed some expertise to maintain the golf courses more cost-effectively.  In May, they brought in IGM, Inc., with whom they had previous experience at two other area courses. Improvements at Lake Ashton have happened quickly, and club members are pleased to see the upgrades.

When Lake Ashton Golf Club owners underwent a management change in the summer of 2015, they realized the two 18-hole courses needed additional attention. Brian Altman, Golf Operations Manager at Lake Ashton Golf Club, said, “We had such good experience with IGM at our other courses, we asked them to meet with us. We needed their agronomic expertise and the resources they could bring to us.” Lake Ashton Golf Club Vice-President Jim Lee added, “IGM’s knowledge was evident in those early meetings,” and the Club signed a maintenance contract with IGM in May, 2016.

IGM’s initial work at the courses has focused on developing a sound fertility and spray program, and implementing an improved aerification program, starting with greens and tee boxes. “IGM has been active with our membership liaison committees to communicate directly with them,” said Altman. “Members have commented positively on how maintenance issues are being addressed, and they see we’re making progress.”

Greg Plotner, IGM’s executive vice-president, noted the company retained the superintendent, David Wilson and approximately 25 other maintenance employees. “David has been at Lake Ashton since the course was constructed. We’re proud to have him on our team.” Altman added that IGM’s willingness to offer jobs to existing staff has made for a smooth transition.

Lee said the ownership group is happy to have stable cost figures and that IGM is able to work within the available budget. He added, “The most important thing is the members have already noticed changes, and the acceptance has been tremendous. That’s good for revenue.”

Monday, June 6, 2016

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

With June 1 the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane season, we are already facing our second storm in the South East. Record rainfall has already been recorded creating numerous challenges for Golf Course Maintenance professionals.

IGM has many years of experience in hurricane preparation and recovery. Proper planning is critical to personal safety and success in protecting assets. Visit NWS Hurricane Safety or your local state resources to help make your personal plan.

Hurricane Names for 2016
Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Ian
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tobias
Virginie
Walter

Monday, May 30, 2016


At this time of rememberance we should reflect on the freedoms we share as Americans. Those freedoms are the result of the men and women of the US Armed Forces both past and present. On this day be sure to let those who have served, are serving or families of those who have paid the highest price for our country know how thankful we are for what they do for us.

Thank you from all of us at IGM.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Enjoying Mother Nature






The thing that most of us Golf Course Superintendents have in common is the love of being outdoors. Not much better way to end the day than with this beautiful sunset captured by Mike Fontaine GCS for IGM at The Ledges in South Hadley, MA.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

IGM Supports Scout in Eagle Project

Brandon & Johnathon in front of
1 of 8 owl boxes built & erected
IGM is proud of its participation in the communities that it serves. The partnership with Scouting is an important program that a number of our locations support.

Recently, Brandon Haynes and the IGM Team at Bear Valley Springs in Tehachapi, California had the opportunity to aid a Johnathon Eppler of Troop 135 in completing his Eagle Scout Project. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.

The project consisted of construction and installation of eight owl boxes on the golf course. IGM helped to secure approvals from the Bear Valley Springs Association as well as provided the needed construction supplies and materials.

"Our team was more than happy to help. The boxes are a great compliment to the natural habitat we work to protect and maintain. Working with Johnathon was a very enjoyable experience." Haynes explained.

For more information about Scouting, visit http://www.scouting.org/.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

IGM Recaps 2015 Success on the Links

At IGM, we take pride in partnering with our customers to achieve success on and off the golf course. Our agronomic expertise yields visible results on the courses we maintain, and our business approach and economies-of-scale yield savings to our clients. Our goal is to build and maintain win-win relationships with our clients, by delivering a custom approach to their needs and consistent attention to their goals.

Just in the past year, we were privileged:

·    To manage the thaw and restoration of The Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley, Massachusetts in time for the course to host its first Connecticut Section PGA tournament after a particularly harsh winter. Click Here

·    To achieve higher water utilization efficiency and improve playing surfaces at two Caesar’s Entertainment courses in Nevada with no capital outlay. During this time, Cascata Golf Club improved its rating among Golf Digest’s America’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses. Click Here

·     To complete a re-grassing and irrigation project at Bray’s Island Plantation, while protecting the Plantation’s natural assets and minimizing disruption to players. Click Here

·     To expand our relationship with Sun Communities at Cypress Greens golf course in Lake Alfred, FL, and Southport Springs Golf & Country Club in Zephyrhills, FL. IGM is restoring the two courses’ fairways and greens to good playing conditions, after both had deteriorated under previous owners. Click Here

Follow the LINKS to read more about these projects and the comprehensive maintenance services IGM provides each customer. Call us with questions or to talk about your course’s challenges and how we might help.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

May the year 2016 bring for you happiness, success and be filled with peace, hope & togetherness of your family & friends... Wishing you a... HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day!

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." - Elmer Davis

Thursday, October 8, 2015

IGM Superintendent to Run NYC Marathon

Todd Hugill, Superintendent at IGM-maintained Widow’s Walk Golf Course, will be running the New York City Marathon on November 1, 2015. He will run with Team Hole in the Wall, which benefits the Paul Newman camps for seriously ill children. IGM strives to be active in the communities in which they have contracts and supports employees in their pursuits.
 
Most days, Todd Hugill can be found walking Widow’s Walk Golf Course in Scituate, MA, looking for problem areas and ensuring optimal turf conditions.  As a course superintendent with IGM for the past 14 years, Hugill is responsible for all aspects of the course’s daily maintenance needs. But on November 1, 2015, he will be running. As a member of Team Hole in the Wall, he will be running the New York City Marathon, partly as a personal challenge and partly to benefit a worthy cause.
 
“My wife has always been a runner, and she inspired me. Running the NYC Marathon was something ‘out there’ that challenged me,” said Hugill, who began training 18 weeks before race day. “A friend has done some work with Camp Hole in the Wall, and she knew they had some bibs available on their team. It’s a really good cause, so I was glad to join.”
 
Camp Hole in the Wall was established by actor Paul Newman to provide “a different kind of healing to more than 30,000 children and families battling serious illness each year, free of charge,” according to their website. Hugill has fond memories of his own summer camp experiences, so he is pleased that donations to his run will make those experiences possible for these families.
 
IGM Regional Manager Tyler Minamyer said, “IGM has always been proud of the fact that we become a part of the community when we take on a course. Todd has been with Widow’s Walk Golf Course since joining IGM, and we’re happy to support him in doing this.”  IGM has been involved with projects for Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, and United Way, among others in the communities in which they maintain golf courses.
 
Hugill concurs that Minamyer and Steve Gano, IGM Vice-President of Operations, have provided moral support throughout his training. In addition, his wife will continue to inspire him, as she is also running in NYC, having received a running bib through the marathon’s lottery system. “Our kids are excited,” said Hugill. For more information or to donate on Hugill’s behalf, visit: