Monday, August 3, 2015

IGM to Restore Cypress Greens Golf Course

IGM recently partnered with Sun Communities to take over responsibilities for Cypress Greens golf course in Lake Alfred, FL. IGM Executive Vice-President Greg Plotner and course superintendent Glenn Esposito have plans to restore the course’s fairways and greens to optimal playing conditions.

IGM is proud to announce a new partnership with Sun Communities for the maintenance of the Cypress Greens golf course in Lake Alfred, FL. “It’s a great opportunity to restore this course to its former beauty and playing performance,” said IGM Executive Vice-President Greg Plotner.

When Sun Communities purchased the Cypress Greens property, it was apparent the retirement community’s golf course needed restoration. “The greens, tees, and bunkers were in bad shape,” said Michael Machikas, Divisional VP of Operations and Sales for Sun Communities. The company had successfully outsourced their golf course maintenance services in other communities, so they put the contract out for bid and subsequently hired IGM in May 2015. Machikas said, “I was impressed with Greg and his hands-on approach. He was knowledgeable and made recommendations for course improvements right away.”

Those immediate recommendations included a focus on fertilization, weed control, and updating the irrigation system and the maintenance facility. Plotner said, “A lot of maintenance had been deferred. We needed to get a sound agronomic program in place and ensure that the property was being maintained consistently.”

IGM brought in experienced superintendent Glenn Esposito to oversee the course restoration and daily maintenance.  A previous Cypress Greens maintenance employee remained on the crew. While the contractual relationship is new, IGM is already in process of renovating the bunkers, leveling tees and enlarging the teeing areas. 
Machikas noted, “Cost was not our number one concern, but IGM was less expensive than other bidders. More significantly, they were willing to do things the others weren’t.  It’s clear they want to build a partnership.  In business, you want to work with someone willing to walk with you for the long-term.”