The president of Integrity Golf appeared made a command performance before the Gulf Breeze City Council last night to promise better management of Tiger Point Golf Club.
The Orlando-based company leased the club last November and promised to improve the course. Instead, the greens and fairways have declined, bringing complaints from members–some of whom have quit.
Despite the company’s boast on its website that it can handle virtually any challenge that arises in managing golf courses, President Geno Garrote conceded to the council that his employees and subcontractors didn’t know how to operate the club’s irrigation system.
As reported previously in the Navarre Press, parts of the course turned brown. That prompted the city, which owns the course, to demand better service.
“I’m not an agronomist,” Garrote told the council on Tuesday.
Still, he said, parts to fix the irrigation system are on order and his employees are already doing a better job of operating the sprinklers as they are.
“It kind of got away from us,” Garrote conceded.
But Mayor Matt Dannheisser said the course is now showing improvement. The council directed Garrote to submit a specific plan for making capital improvements by July 19.
The company’s contract required it to present such a plan within 90 days of signing its lease last November.