I love the off-season, but the better and harder you work in the off-season, the better you can just execute during the season.
Members will drive by and say to me later, “What are you doing, going to work at 6 a.m.?” and I’ll reply, “I’m up and my mind is going anyway.”
I like getting things done in the off-season, walking around having a coffee. Recently, we’ve been doing a lot of planning meetings and brainstorming sessions that are so critical.
You can say we’ll get things like that done in January or February, but by then, the past season isn’t as fresh in everybody’s mnds.
We gave everyone a week off and then went right into planning, so every Wednesday, we have our stategic planning meeting. The past two weeks, we’ve been into our policies and procedures and gone through them in detail by department.
We’ve been asking what works, what doesn’t, how do we execute, what do you need? We took each department and asked what others can do. For example, what can the pro shop do better to help turf and vice-versa?
We went through our emergency response plans and what we need to do better from muster points to signage to who’s in charge.
Budgets will be in by the end of next week for preliminary review because our year ends Dec. 31. We’re also doing a facility assessment.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the off-season. I like that on Saturday morning, I can enjoy a coffee and not jump out of bed in a panic, but working through winter and making sure planning is done makes for a much easier season in 2016.