22 Feb 2018

Extend the Life of Your Bunkers With Proper Maintenance

What some may not realize is that sand has a natural tendency to “age,” for lack of a better word. The main cause of this aging is the gradual and repeated introduction of contaminants over long periods of time. Because of runoff, detritus from the dirt, as well as materials such as clay and silt will leak into your bunkers. Eventually, it will significantly change the consistency of the sand. It will also affect the appearance of the bunker.

Extend the Life of Your Bunkers With Proper Maintenance

Eventually, every bunker will need to have its sand replaced. When that time comes, the project is a considerable investment of both time and money. Fortunately, while you cannot avoid the task forever, you can delay that point considerably by performing proper bunker maintenance and guarding measures. Here are some things you can do to extend the life of your bunkers.

Strategic installation of drains helps guard against the washing of sand out of the bunker’s bottom. The act of throwing washed out sand back into the bunker greatly accelerates the process of building up the impurities that cause the aging.

Frequently measure the depth of sand in your bunker to make sure you have a thick enough layer. The sand should be at least 5 inches deep, for both functional and aesthetic purposes. This is ideally done after hand or power raking to make sure the depth is uniform.

When it is time to have your bunker sand replaced, do not skimp on the quality of the sand to save a little money in the short term. The labor involved in this task will mean time and money. It is preferable to pay the extra cash for a resilient sand of good quality so it may last longer.

Finally, when replacing your sand, do not do so by purchasing one or two inches worth of new sand and dumping it on top of the old. This will only improve play and aesthetics for a short time period, and you will end up paying more in the long run for frequent dumping of the product as well as a bigger replacement job with several extra inches of built-up sand.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

25 Nov 2017

Why to Choose Concrete over Asphalt in Cart Path Construction

While there are a lot of finer detailed involved in the construction of cart paths on the golf course, when laying them down, one of the biggest choices comes from picking the materials. While dirt paths turn to mud and gravel spreads all over your beautiful green, this only leaves two logical choices – asphalt or concrete. While some might enjoy the thought of beautiful black asphalt snaking its way in contrast to the green, the best choice from a quality standpoint is easily concrete. However, what makes concrete so much better for cart path construction?

Why to Choose Concrete over Asphalt in Cart Path ConstructionDurable

Unfortunately, the worst enemy of asphalt is water, and there is a lot of water involved in golf course maintenance. This causes the oils of the asphalt to wash away and increases the deterioration. However, concrete can stand up brilliantly to a sprinkler system. It can remain a smooth path for decades with very little maintenance whereas you need to spend for annual sealing with asphalt.

Non-Slip

Water on asphalt not only causes the oils to leak, but it actually makes asphalt much more slippery. However, concrete actually soaks up water. There is no oil slick and often no standing water making it so the wheels get excellent traction.

Color Variety

The thought of contrasting asphalt might seem like a major selling point, but you can have same with concrete. Think of concrete as a blank canvas. You can actually have a wide array of pigments incorporated into it to give you a beautifully colored path that serves as not an interruption of your course, but rather accents it.

If you are renovating your golf course, putting in new cart paths, or just beginning to build it from scratch, contact us today for more information on golf course construction and so our group of experts can answer all your questions.

10 Nov 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Natural Disaster Restoration for Golf Courses

Hurricane Harvey: Natural Disaster Restoration for Golf Courses

Located in Houston, Texas, Fusion Golf’s extended family was also devastated by Hurricane Harvey. While our community attempts to put our lives back together after a storm the size that history has never seen before, we are all overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the destruction caused by the flooding and wind damage. Homes and businesses alike will need total replacement, rebuilding, or restoration. All of these projects large in size, with resources spread thin, and people still in shock, work needs to start immediately, so that our lives begin again and business returns to normal in Texas.

One of the most important parts of life in Texas the golf lifestyle and one of the most important places in any Texas community is the golf course. Business happens on the golf course. Vacation happens on the golf course. Life happens on the golf course. Our golf courses have closed due to catastrophic damages from Hurricane Harvey, and life will not seem normal in Texas until our golf courses are open once again. Our Texas clock runs on tee time.

Golf course owners and management teams know all this, and that immediate restoration of the golf course will get Texas back to business. While home and business owners have much to do to get their properties and lives back to normal, for a golf course owner, the size of the property does not compare, and it’s hard to know where to begin.

Fusion Golf LTD’s international golf construction company wants to focus our energy on Texas in the aftermath of this natural disaster until our golf courses can compete with the rest of the world again, and currently, many of them are underwater. Our way of life, our Texas golf lifestyle, is under water. Our team offers a wide range of services with a simple and straightforward path to designing, building, and restoring your golf course. We only accept projects that allow personal involvement of our principals to ensure the most efficient renovation. Contact us at Fusion Golf to discuss the current state of your golf course after Hurricane Harvey, and explore the options for reconstruction to get back on tee time.

27 Oct 2017

Importance of Cart Paths

Importance of Cart Paths

Not all golfers are PGA tour professionals who have a caddy to carry their clubs and five hours to complete a round, walking the course and making sure that they get every single shot exactly right. Thus, a well-constructed cart path is important in ensuring smooth transport around the course for the average golfer.

Like an umpire in baseball or a referee in basketball, a cart path may not get much credit when it is doing its job correctly, but it sure is noticeable when it starts to show cracks and jar carts and their riders as they move along. Fusion Golf is able to offer concrete path construction that fits the needs of any and every golf course.

Along with constructing paths, the experts at Fusion Golf can also construct any kind of curb to accompany the path at different segments, whether it be rolled curbing or block curbing. A well-built cart path enhances the beauty of any course and keeps operations running smoothly, creating a flawless customer experience.

Fusion Golf also understands that golf takes place all over the world in many different types of climates, and has the technology and expertise to adapt their cart paths to higher levels of rain or other adverse conditions. Strip drains are an effective way to quickly remove standing water from any surface, which is vitally important for keeping a golf course in playable condition. These can be installed along with any path in order to maintain a beautiful course in any kind of weather.

To learn more about how Fusion Golf can help improve your course, click here.

10 Oct 2017

When Does a Bunker Require Renovation?

Although sand bunkers only take up about a small portion of your course, they take up a large chunk of resources to maintain. However, a course without bunkers isn’t really a course at all, but you can cut down on the manpower it takes to keep up with maintenance through a bunker renovation. Yet, when does a bunker require renovation?

When Does a Bunker Require Renovation?

One of the largest factors in deciding if and when a bunker needs a renovation is its location. Does it get a lot of traffic? If it does, this causes it to have a shorter life cycle than other bunkers with owners having to clean out contaminated sand near every five years. Furthermore, it is not just sand that needs to be considered, you need to check to make sure there isn’t a build-up of silt in the drainage lines or contamination in the stone backfilling. Any of these can cause the bunker to retain water and in general look a little less than stellar.

While an ugly looking bunker is a reason enough to decide to renovate, there is one sign that you cannot put off and that is eroding edges. Bunkers tend to expand over time where the sand encroaches and it can start to warp the profile. While this can make it somewhat dangerous to walk near for golfers, it can also affect your green, and a patchy green is a very last thing you want. This is why bunkers should be renovated, at most, every ten years. No matter how diligent your maintenance team is, bunkers deteriorate, it is just what happens.

If you want to learn more about bunker renovation or golf course maintenance and design, contact us today.

27 Sep 2017

Fusion Golf: Golf Course Design

Fusion Golf has successfully taken the sting out of the intimidating words, “golf course design.” Golf course designing is not for the faint of heart and luckily, Fusion Golf has you covered.

Fusion Golf: Golf Course Design

One way Fusion Golf puts their client’s minds at ease is by having a team of experts with diversified backgrounds and years of experience.

For example, Casey Jones, one of the founder’s of Fusion Golf, is the epitome of an experienced worker in the golf course design world. He has traveled to, “Germany, Italy, Tunisia, Portugal, China, Singapore, Bulgaria and Costa Rica “fine-tuning” his skills and becoming the master designer he is today. He has 15+ years of experience and started his career working construction and golf course grounds crew maintenance.

Fusion Golf also has an outstanding lineup of other products that make any good golf course become a great one. From Tee Leveling to Shaping Fusion golf can build a golf course from the ground up and put the finishing touches on it.

At the end of the day, every superintendent and pro shop manager just want their course to be played. While, golfers will only play a course if it’s in good shape, challenging, and fun. Fusion Golf has created a precise set of products that will allow for both parties to get what they want. The products, along with their expert team, allows Fusion Golf to deliver exactly what every client is looking for.

Contact us and see how Fusion Golf can take your design ideas to the next level!

14 Sep 2017

When Tragedy Strikes: Golf Course Natural Disaster Restoration

Golfing, over the years, has become more and more of a precision sport. To keep players coming back, this means maintaining smooth surfaces, creating enticing bunkers, and keeping level trees (to name a few). With this exacting level of consideration, losing a course to a storm (whether it is a hurricane, tropical storm, or flooding) is devastating to not only the course but the community as a whole. In a matter of hours, years of care and hard work is gone. Rebuilding is good for not only the economics of a neighborhood, but also it’s moral.

When Tragedy Strikes: golf course natural disaster restoration

Since many golf courses proudly supply some of the best real estate surrounding them, the course acts as not only a business but also an elaborate extension of landscaping for these homes. As a result, the design needs to be functional for the course, but absolutely beautiful as a backyard. And the work should be completed as quickly as possible.

This is no easy task. Imagine watching years of old-growth get uprooted in such a rapid and unexpected window of time. There will be not only debris clean-up and removal but also rebuilding and replanting. All of this must be done with the goal of providing as much of the same feel as the course that is being replaced. Fusion Golf LTD understands this.

It may be an opportunity to change the play and feel of a course or replace it exactly as-is. The main goal is to use as much technology as possible to do this quickly and efficiently. For example, using laser controlled automated grading machines, renovated bunker technology, and hydroseeding to speed up the process and maintain that precision. Using a mix of saplings and relocated, larger trees can create the illusion of an older course as the newer trees catch up. Whatever effect you are trying to achieve, Fusion Golf LTD is here to help restore your golf course as the community symbol and economic gem it is. Contact us, today, for more information!

13 Sep 2017

Golf Course Cart Path Specialists

Our team of experienced cart path constructors offer exceptional concrete construction and results.

Whether you need rolled curbing, block curbing, our team has the ability to build to your needs.

We offer products that will give you years of service and add to the beauty of your course by maintaining a dedicated path system for golfers and maintenance personnel as well. http://www.fusiongcm.com/services/cart-path-construction/

13 Jul 2017

Voyage Houston: Meet Casey Jones of Fusion Golf

Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Jones.

My career started as a combination of my parents’ career paths. My mother was a golf course maintenance assistant superintendent while my father was in the heavy earthwork construction industry. I spent a couple years in my late teens working at a golf course which I loved then found interest in the construction industry and began operating heavy equipment in our family owned construction business.

Fate should have it shortly thereafter our company was hired to do construction work on a golf course in Newport Beach California that was being constructed. Soon after I became very interested in golf course construction and began watching how the shapers did their work closely. Fortunately the golf course contractor was kind enough to hire me after we had completed our obligations and gave me the opportunity to learn how to shape.

Voyage Houston: Meet Casey Jones of Fusion Golf

I then began the journey that led me to where I am today. I was fortunate to be very naturally talented operating equipment and quickly honed my skill as a shaper while traveling throughout the United States, West Coast to East Coast and many stops in between, while working for industry leading golf course construction companies throughout the United States.

In 1998 I was invited by a golf course designer that I had worked for to break off and start free lancing internationally, which led me to Indonesia on my first venture outside the United States. A very eye opening experience to the world outside of the United States. I formed my first company, Jones Shaping Enterprises and my career quickly escalated and I began traveling the globe for a period of 12 years between 2000-2012. My talents led me to destinations including Germany, Italy, Tunisia, Portugal, China, Singapore, Bulgaria and Costa Rica.

During this time, I would assemble teams that would travel with me and we would work for private owners supplying the vital key personal that specialized in building golf courses. As we went project to project the need for qualified people grew and we started running multiple projects in multiple locations which led to the forming of Fusion Golf.

In 2012 we relocated to Texas due to the resurgence of golf course work within the United Stated as the economy began to recover from the economic crisis. Glad to be back working steadily once again coast to coast in the USA.

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03 Jul 2017

Fusion Golf: Laser Tee Leveling

Fusion Golf: Laser Tee Leveling

You only have one chance to make a good first impression in life and in golf. When a golfer arrives at the first hole and sets their bag down, the first thing they will notice is the tee box. The fresh-cut grass, the distance between the tee markers, and most importantly a level, smooth, tee surface. Help your golf course make that memorable first impression on every hole with golf course tee leveling from Fusion Golf.

There are different types of tee leveling but the one that stands out is from Fusion Golf. They have replaced the outdated methods of I-beams and concrete forms with laser controlled grading machines. Most notably this new process cuts the time per tee box down significantly. “A skilled laser operator can level an average-size tee in 45 to 75 minutes.”

With this procedure, the amount of time a golf course will save is tremendous! Especially when taking into consideration that the course won’t have to shut down, or golfers won’t have to play on temporary tees for very long. Fusion Golf knows that golfers, of all types, don’t like playing a course that is under severe maintenance. Because of the new system from Fusion Golf, this will lead to an overall increase in; rounds played, revenue made, and course appearance.

Having top-notch tee boxes and a better course appearance doesn’t have to be time-consuming and costly. That’s why Fusion Golf has created and perfected this great shaping method for courses of all variety. With operations in the United States and in Europe, there will be a way to help your course.

The experts at Fusion Golf LTD are here to help.  If you are looking to give an unforgettable golfing experience please contact us today.