A Quantification of Golf’s Labor Challenges

A quantification of the magnitude of golf’s labor challenges from the 2022 ASGCA Market TrendWatch leads off the March 14,2022 edition

A good course maintenance staff is not unlike a good referee in football or basketball — you don’t give them much thought until they aren’t doing their job properly. Golf facilities are facing turbulent times. In addition to supply-chain issues and rising maintenance costs indirectly related to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, they also face staffing issues. According to a 2022 Golf Facility Market Trend Watch report conducted by the ASGCA and Sports and Leisure Research Group, 73 percent of public facilities had at least one open maintenance position in 2021. Such stresses eventually begin to take a toll, so if something appears amiss at your local muni, show some patience.  Read last week’s responses.