29 Nov 2018

The Importance of Golf Course Renovation

It is important to always keep a golf course in good condition. It is necessary to always attract customers and to stay competitive. Over the course of the lifetime of the golf facility, it is sometimes necessary to renovate the course. There are a variety of reasons why it is necessary to perform golf course renovations and it isn’t always to repair problems.

The Importance of Golf Course Renovation

The course owner may have several renovations in mind to help enhance the playing experience. It is important to have a golf course architect or design specialist evaluate the course, taking into account the desires of the owner. It is recommended to perform an overall course analysis first as any change will affect most of the course.

Renovating the golf course from time to time will keep play fresh and challenging for experienced players and encouraging for less skilled players. Renovations may also provide uniform playing conditions while upgrading some areas. As golf course construction technology advances, providing renovations on a fairly regular basis will allow for an upgrade in work that may allow for less intense maintenance methods.

Golf course renovations will allow for an upgrade in planting and enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the course. Renovations may include removing overgrowth and inappropriate vegetation and replacing with vegetation that may require less maintenance. Such a task will also allow for tees, greens and bunkers to be refurbished and replace grass and/or sod that may be failing.

An important part of golf course renovations may be to replace or repair irrigation systems. Healthy grass or sod is an important part of the aesthetic value of any golf course and a part of the reason players keep returning. It is important to keep in mind that keeping the membership informed about the renovations will go a long way dictating the success of the project.

For more information about golf course renovations, please contact us and let one of our professionals guide you through the process.

16 Nov 2018

Three Points to Consider in Golf Course Bridge Construction

“Boy, I sure do love it when golf course bridge construction is as complicated as possible,” said no one ever. Here are three key points to consider before construction begins to make this project easier.

Three Points to Consider in Golf Course Bridge Construction

Functional Design

Whether you want a copy of Swilcan Bridge from Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, or a custom-made bridge for your site, make sure the bridge design accommodates the traffic that will be crossing it. If it’s a bridge just for walkers it doesn’t need to be as wide or as structurally reinforced as a bridge intended for golf cart traffic.  Flat, arched, or even hollow tunnel bridges enhance a golf course, but make sure you consider the history and shape of the course when you choose your bridge design.

Quality Materials and Construction

The bridge itself can be constructed from a variety of materials the most common being wood and concrete. Quality stone, composite materials, and metals are also good choices. Make sure you select quality materials that blend naturally with your course and enhance its beauty. Care should be taken during construction to make sure the walkway prevents slipping and tripping.

Structural Integrity and Location

Structural requirements are determined by building codes and experienced designers will make sure local building codes are met. When choosing a location make sure the terrain in the area is able to support the type of bridge you want to build. When selecting the best location for the bridge the biggest concerns are the natural flow of traffic, environmental habitats, natural hazards, and aesthetics.

Golf course bridges add charm and a functional beauty to your golf course. With a regular maintenance program and inspections, your golf course bridge will stay in great shape for years to come. Fusion Golf LTD is an international golf construction company that would like to share our expertise with you and help you build a golf course bridge that will last a lifetime.

01 Nov 2018

Hurricane Andrew Wrecks Florida In ’92 And Forces Natural Disaster Restoration

A hurricane is one of the most destructive natural disasters that people in the world have to deal with every year. A hurricane is a powerful storm that starts out far in the ocean and turns into a circulating air mass that spits winds over 100 miles per hour and a ton of rain. Sometimes, hurricanes destroy houses and property well after the bad part of the storm has torn through town including golf courses.

Hurricane Andrew Wrecks Florida In '92 And Forces Natural Disaster Restoration

When the storm hits, the weather stations usually give a warning in advance and the hurricane’s winds are usually the most destructive part. After the hurricane goes through an area, the area sometimes continues to get large amounts of rain causing a flooding issue. Hurricanes can also cause a coastal surge, meaning that the ocean water level rises up on the coastline.

Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida on August 24, 1992 and was one of the most destructive cyclones that have ever hit the U.S. Hurricane Andrew took out over 25,000 homes and damaged over 100,000 more. The estimated costs in damages for Hurricane Andrew were over $26 billion.

Before the storm hit the government warned everyone and evacuated people all over Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. Over one million people evacuated from the Florida Keys, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.

At the time researchers thought that the fastest winds recorded were in the 140 mph range but new data in 2012 came out that the wind speeds of Hurricane Andrew reached over 160 mph officially making it a Category 5 hurricane. In the Biscayne Beach area, the average coastal water surge was 4 to 6 feet, but at the Burger King Headquarters, the water rose over 16 feet.

Hurricane Andrew first hit Southern Florida then shot up north into other parts of the country. Hammond, Louisiana recorded the highest rainfall amount at almost a foot of rain. The storm, directly and indirectly, killed 66 people and left hundreds of thousands temporarily homeless. When the next storm hits, contact us to help you with natural disaster restoration.