Wildfires in the west, tornadoes across the central plains, and hurricanes on the east coast or along the Gulf of Mexico devastate golf courses every year. Beyond the spectacular natural disaster, golf courses are subject to multiple issues that lower playing value for customers and thus bring lower revenue as golfers seek other courses that have conquered those conditions that eventually plague every golf course. Sometime during the lifetime of a golf course, renovation becomes a necessity that cannot be avoided.
Experienced golf course administrators understand that nature is a fluid challenge that must be met with planning and coordination to effectively maintain a challenging course that attracts golfers from surrounding communities and beyond. Nature is an unstoppable force. The quality of the golf experience declines as courses age. A mature golf course sees foreign grasses and weeds invade fairways, tees, and greens. Under normal circumstances, the removal and replacement of course grasses run along a 15-30-year cycle. In some instances, that cycle accelerates, creating the specter of a short-term golf business that declines and eventually fails.
Irrigation systems include both the delivery of water to thirsty courses and the capability to drain water away either through an effective underlying structure of sand and gravel or through the natural wicking of wind and sun. Both the introduction of water and the removal of excess hold paramount importance for the quality of a golf course. Older irrigations systems break down requiring removal and replacement of more than just the visible heads. Underground drainage systems eventually clog with fine material and must be replaced to reduce the damage caused by standing water.
The natural breakdown of soils brings small slides or soft spots that become unintentional hazards and eye soars that mar the charm of any golf course. Maintaining the integrity of hillsides, sand traps, and roughs are just as crucial to the quality golf experience as the maintenance of greens and tees.
At Fusion, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of mature golf courses and recommend a gradual approach to improvements and renovations that keep the viability of the business intact. Our commitment is to the quality of the golf experience. Maintaining that experience for generations of golfers through the responsible renovation of mature golf courses is a central pillar of our business.