21 Feb 2019

Cart Path Protocol

Expertly designed cart paths are not only aesthetically pleasing but also protect the composition of the course.  Adhering to cart path rules is par for the course to keep golfers safe and prevent unnecessary fairway damage.

Cart Path Protocol

Written Cart Path Protocol

Carts provide tremendous convenience to players; we want to get as close to the fairway as possible while conserving energy to focus all efforts on our next drive.  Golf carts pose a threat to courses, however, as cart wheels can leave ruts in turf and can accelerate soil compaction which can inhibit turf grass growth.  Follow posted cart path rules at your course to reduce the occurrence of fairway damage.

Signs may indicate cart path only; keep carts on the path.

Signs may indicate a 90-degree rule; keep carts on the path until even with the position of your ball, then drive the cart directly toward your ball at a right angle (90-degrees) from the path.

Signs may indicate no carts beyond a certain point, typically near the green.  Do not drive carts beyond the point specified, keep carts on the path.

Cart path signs do not typically apply to the entire course.  It is helpful to stay alert to signs on the path so that you can maneuver accordingly.  Signs may also change depending on weather conditions.

Unwritten Cart Path Protocol

Golf carts enable us to keep the game moving, but we should always be courteous to fellow golfers and keep our personal safety in mind when maneuvering a golf cart.  When you leave the cart at the path, approaching your ball, bring potential clubs along so you will be ready to take your shot without returning to the cart.

Drive cautiously, being aware of the location of fellow golfers.  Slow speed at cart path intersections allows for safe passage of other carts, and pedestrians.  Always look behind before shifting a golf cart into reverse!

Golf carts are noisy.  Be mindful of fellow golfers who are beginning or completing a stroke; stop to allow a quiet finish.

Golf cart paths are designed to keep golfers safe, turf undamaged, and encourage sportsmanlike game-play.

08 Feb 2019

From Thought to Reality: Golf Course Shaping

The creation of a challenging golf course takes more than excavation and smoothing. Though these activities are important, they pale in comparison to the final shaping of the course. The shaping process takes into consideration the contour of the current land mass, the availability of necessary materials, and the vision of the architect.

From Thought to Reality: Golf Course Shaping

Such items as the architect’s intentions to create a hard, soft, or natural surface come into play at the inception of the creative shaping of the course. These considerations determine draining needs and contour embellishments. The designed elevation of tees and greens often determine the sequence of shaping as golf courses must be shaped from the bottom up. A green placed at a low point is shaped before a tee at a high position as a matter of production efficiency.

It is the shaping process that finalizes the vision of the architect. The depth of bunkers, the decision of whether bunker lips are squared, beveled, or overhanging, and the slope of the sand surface are an example of the shaping process that goes into the creation of the course. Greens with undulating surfaces or flat surfaces demand different drainage systems to keep water from collecting in some areas and yet allowing enough moisture to remain to provide a smooth surface.

The beauty of a golf course comes to life during its shaping phase with the sculpting of contours. A flat course without bunkers presents little challenge to a practiced golfer. However, a golf course with elegant contours, challenging bunkers, and murderous water hazards piques the interest of every golfer. To create such golf courses demands that the course shaper pay strict attention to detail.

At Fusion Golf, our reputation is on the line with every project we tackle. Our mission is to present the vision of the architect as a physical reality. We pay strict attention to every detail, plan out the particulars in advance, and assemble all necessary materials before starting. We live with the fact that the creation of a challenging golf course lies in the shaping process.