Walters Golf Management
WGM Senior Series Results
Developing a business with a family-like atmosphere has been the goal and the key to success at Walters Golf Management in St. Louis, Missouri.
This organization is run by a core management team that believes personal attention and teamwork are two of the most important aspects in both a family and a business. These individuals have worked their way to the top in the golf industry and have experienced a variety of management styles. They feel that treating members of the Walters Golf Management team as an extended family is the most natural way to run a business, and it has proven very effective.
Jeff Smith, Principal / CEO; Lucy Mitchell, Principal / President; Aaron Gleason, Principal / Vice President; Kelli Kirchoff, Principal / CFO; Tim Arnold, Regional Director of Operations; Tom Barnhart, Senior Director of Revenue Management/PGA Master Professional; Jessie Murray, Administrative Manager; Kyle Lickenbrock, Marketing Specialist and Denis Barron, Agronomic Consultant. Each of these individuals plays a key role in the successes Walters Golf Management has experienced and many have become familiar faces at the company's St. Louis area golf properties.
Below are the properties making up WGM's current portfolio, these include Private, Semi-Private, Daily Fee and Resort Facilities:
- Bogey Hills Golf and Country Club in St. Charles, MO
- Gateway National Golf Links in Madison, IL
- Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, IL
- Far Oaks Golf Club in Caseyville, IL
- Heritage at Hawk Ridge in Lake St. Louis, MO
- Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights, IL
- Pevely Farms Golf Club in Eureka MO
- Normandie Golf Club in St. Louis, MO
- Emerald Greens Golf Course in St. Louis, MO
- Oak Terrace Resort in Pana, IL
- Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO
- Greentree Golf Club in Lebanon, OH
- Lockhaven Country Club in Godfrey, IL
- Crab Orchard Golf Club in Carterville, IL
- Innsbrook Resort, Innsbrook, MO
- Union Hills Golf Course, Pevely, MO
- Clinton Hill Golf Course, Swansea, IL
One important theme that runs throughout the properties operated by Walters Golf Management is that of internal advancement. The management team believes in hiring quality individuals to work at their golf facilities and provides them with the training and motivation necessary to keep them involved in the industry. The management team estimates that 80 percent of their property managers have been promoted from within the organization.
The properties operated by Walters Golf Management can credit much of their profitability to one simple concept: customized demographics. The management team recognizes the uniqueness of each area in which they own or operate a golf course. Each clubhouse, dining facility, pro shop, and golf course is developed specifically for the golf market of its geography. This enables each property to provide its individual market with the high quality service it demands at prices they can afford.Walters Golf Management currently receives four to six phone calls a month asking them to purchase golf courses and participate in renovations. However, they realize part of their success is that they are very selective in making these choices.
Jeff Smith believes, "You are often judged on the last project you completed." This prevents the team from accepting projects for the sole purpose of expanding their portfolio. Furthermore, the team puts many hours into their existing properties, which they will not let suffer due to the addition of new projects.
The partnership between Walters Golf Management and their vendors is an important ingredient to success. When choosing vendors, the management team analyzes their goals in comparison to those of the potential vendor in an effort to form long term partnerships. Lucy Mitchell believes that long term relationships are healthy for the golf industry because vendors can concentrate on better service as opposed to worrying about keeping the business. When that security exists, the loyalty of each partner increases dramatically.
The company has made a commitment to uphold the highest standards and achieves this through the use of many tools. These tools include site visit forms, safety programs, lower workman's compensation liability through reviews, internal promotion, cross training, and extensive human resource management to name a few. The company differs from others through increase communication with employees and the ability to trust their employees choices in decision making through faith in it's extensive training methodologies.