Friday, March 30, 2012

Congratulations Matt Kowal

IGM is pleased to announce that Matt Kowal is now the Golf Course Superintendent at the Country Club of Wilbraham (MA).

Matt found himself looking for a job after the private club where he was the Superintendent for several years was sold.  He spent the last 2 years at The Ledges Golf Club with IGM while looking for a permanent position.  “We were in a position to bring Matt to The Ledges to help run the day to day operations and he was a great fit with the crew and the guests at The Ledges,” said Mike Fontaine, Superintendent.  We know how much The Country Club of Wilbraham will enjoy Matt as their Golf Course Superintendent as we enjoyed having him as part of our team. We wish Matt and his family the very best in his new job!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Meadowbrook takes over Lajitas Resort

By Jack Crittenden, Golf Inc. Magazine

Meadowbrook Golf Group has taken over management of the Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa, which encompasses the entire town of Lajitas, Texas.

“We took over the whole town,” said Scott Beasley, vice president of operations at Meadowbrook. “We have a whole new staff in there, and revamped the whole operation.”

Lajitas is located between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, more than five hours south of Midland, Texas. It includes a town hall, general store, water treatment plant, homes and a private airport.

The 26,000-acre resort includes Black Jack Crossing Golf Club, which was a finalist in Golf Inc.’s Development of the Year. It also has a 104-room hotel, equestrian center, spa and several hunting options, including a five-stand skeet shooting.

Meadowbrook, once one of the largest management companies in the industry with more than 50 courses, now only manages seven properties. It owns four courses in the Florida panhandle, and manages three others — ChampionsGate Golf Resort in Orlando, and Brigantine Beach in New Jersey in addition to Lajitas.

“I am really excited about 2012,” Beasley said. “Lajitas is a big contract for us and will lead to some others. And will close some other management company deals.”

Beasley said Meadowbrook still has the infrastructure in place — with IT, accounting and marketing — to compete with larger management companies.

“I have the resources equal to major guys like Kemper and Troon,” he said

International Golf Maintenance, Meadowbrook’s agronomic division, has been managing the golf course maintenance since September 2010. Beasley said Meadowbrook’s equipment business, Golf Ventures West, is also doing very well.

Lajitas guests either fly into the private airport or drive from the closest commercial airport in Midland, Texas. Despite its remote location, Beasley said the resort should do well.

It was recently designated as a dark sky preserve, only the fifth in the U.S., making it one of the best locales in the world for stargazing.

“It is a place you have to see,” Beasley said. “Phenomenal.”

The resort includes an RV park, a Cowboy action shoot street, a hunt club, rafting trips on the river, fishing, and other amenities.

Source: Golf Inc

Friday, March 16, 2012

IGM Blog Reaches 200th Post & Goes Mobile

This blog has reached another milestone by recently passing 200 published posts. You might find it interesting that since the first post on January 12, 2009, the page has received over 10,000 visits from dozens of countries and well over 15,000 page views. We hope you continue to find the information posted here both interesting and informative.

And in an effort to keep improving our offerings, the IGM Blog is now mobile enabled to be viewed on your smartphone or other handheld device. Take this site on the go with you in a clean, easy to read and fast loading format. Want to continue to view the full featured web version? You can do that too through the link at the bottom of the mobile page.

IGM Team Members:
Do you have a special event or a staff member accomplishment that should be recognized? An innovative idea or insight that should be shared with our other Superintendents and staffs? Want to share your Audubon and environmental stewardship success stories? Maybe just a suggestion about information that would be helpful to your operation. Then let's put it on the blog!

Please be on the lookout for information and think about things that you might like to share. Any suggestions/information can be sent to Thanks in advance for your participation!

Friday, March 9, 2012

March Anniversaries

We would like to recognize the following team members who have demonstrated their continued commitment to excellence and have reached important milestones with IGM.

11 Years
Fred Ponton

5 Years
Timothy Druan

4 Years
Santos Avelar
Sean Gillen
Aaron Parker
3 Years
Andrew Fowler
William Jeffrey
Daniel Kulpa
Hedras Lopez
Gary McClure
Jeff Miller

2 Years
Michael Burris
Cesar Castillo
Jesus Grijalva
Edin Lopez
1 Years
Oscar Bautista
Ernesto Gomez
David Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez Vega
Juan Rodriquez

Thanks to each of you for your efforts in making IGM the leader in the golf maintenance industry. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Friday, March 2, 2012

March Birthdays

Members of the IGM Team with March birthdays:

Renee Arden
Maria Barrios
David Brachfeld
Timothy Druan
Justin Dunn
Betole Elisee
Benito Salas
Juan Garcia
Eugenio Garcia Caniz
Gabriel Guzman-Mota
Paul Hand
Toua Hang
Jose Hernandez
Daniel Kulpa
John Lenski
Roges Luoisius
Shane Maggard
Gary McClure
Arnaldo Moreno
Darin Pakkala
Hipolito Resendiz
Edward Royland
David Souder
Clifford Valimont
Ronald Wright
Rogelio Obispo
John Reese
We wish each of you a very Happy Birthday!