This is in large part due to our increased capital budget over the last few years. We have made a commitment to upgrading our replacement schedule and it has shown. This doesn't necessarily mean that we have a greatly increased capital budget. We have been strategically mixing new with used, buying fairway and trim mowers just coming off a three year lease when we can find them. Yes, we'd ideally prefer all new equipment, but in today's economy that's not an option. This year we are considering a new greens mower, a used trim mower, a used sprayer, with the possibility of a used greens mower if the chips fall right. All things considered, not a bad year.
We are also committing a portion of our capital budget to tackle the drainage issues on #9,14 and 16 on the Lake Course by bringing in a contractor to complete the project quickly and completely. Currently we have bids from two reputable companies and are considering the pro's and con's of each. This is scheduled to be completed in late April to early May in order to have the fairways healed before the NJCAA tournament in June.