14 Jun 2019

Benefits of Bunker Renovation

Although sand bunkers are not the ideal place to be hitting from, they are a key feature of golf courses and need treatment as such. Bunkers are affected through usage, weather conditions and contamination; causing loss of contoured edges and create drainage problems. On any course, bunker renovation will have to occur. By proper course maintenance, a renovation will give your guest consistency in their game and make your course memorable. Here are some benefits of undergoing bunker renovation:

Benefits of Bunker Renovation

Regaining original shape of a bunker: Bunkers that are shallow and designed to give easier visibility for guests will be more acceptable to erosion than deeper bunks. By regaining the bunkers original shape and deeper depth, it gives your course a professional clean look that complements the rest of the fairway.

Creating a new look for a bunker: Familiarity is desirable when revisiting a golf course. But a new design of a previous bunker will keep the golf course looking modern and give your guest something new to admire when revisiting your course.

Proper drainage: During the rainy season, proper drainage will protect your bunker from washouts and further erosion. Over time, lack of drainage will be the main contributor to bunker deterioration and contamination. This can lead to many hours of shoveling sand into the bunker, attempting to prolong further erosion. Proper bunker renovation will give your sandbox adequate drainage. Preventing further labor and bunker erosion.

Coloring of sand: Over time, weather and usage will create discoloration of the original bunker. This will affect the bunkers appearance and start giving signs of aging to your beautiful course. Existing bunker-sand will need cleaning of contaminants. While new sand will need integrating into the bunker during a renovation. Giving your course a younger look!

There are many benefits of bunker renovations, affecting both the beautiful features of your course as well as the playability. Considering bunker renovation will help bring a fresh look to your course as well as help with ongoing course maintenance issues. Please contact our staff at Fusion Golf and let us help you with your renovation needs.

30 May 2019

Combat Nature’s Force with Planned Golf Course Renovations

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.

Combat Nature's Force with Planned Golf Course Renovations

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.

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21 May 2019

Golf Paths Are An Important Part Of The Game

Golf is a fun and relaxing sport. Many people play golf on the weekends or play in tournaments to pass the time. The way a golf course is laid out and taken care of can either create a long time passion for the sport or ruin it. This especially includes the golf cart path.

Golf Paths Are An Important Part Of The Game

Imagine a person getting in their golf cart ready to have a fun day of golf. They start-up their cart and began the short drive to the first hole. They’re excited and ready for a calming game of golf after the crazy week they had at work. Their blood pressure was through the roof and they just need this game to help de-stress. They are driving along when suddenly they hit a pothole. They keep going because accidents happen and they figure it’ll be fixed next time they come. Then out of nowhere, they hit a big crack on the path. Their golf clubs are clanking around in the back and they are getting irritable. They shrug it off and keep going because they want to play golf, but then they see another pothole coming up and they have to swerve the golf cart to miss it. They are upset and irritated. They are no longer looking forward to their game of golf they are just looking for the next pothole.

This experience can stop someone from continuing to go to that golf course and that is not good for any place. Here at Fusion Golf, we want to make sure you never have that problem on the cart path. We can repair or create a brand new cart path just for you. Whether you need rolled curving or blocked curving we can give you the best! We provide a service that will last you for years, and our team of experienced cart path constructors is ready for your cart path needs.

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15 May 2019

4 Benefits to Using Hydroseeding in Your Golf Course Design

Hydroseeding is very common among golf course construction. There are many reasons why it is preferred by many professional golf course construction management firms. Here are several benefits you can enjoy if you decide to use hydroseeding on your golf course:

4 Benefits to Using Hydroseeds in Your Golf Course Design

Benefit #1: Hydroseeds can grow at a faster rate

Hydroseeds can grow at a much faster rate when compared to dry seeds. This is mostly due to the product being a combination of seeds, fiber mulch, water and fertilizer. Once applied to the ground, the seeds have a higher chance of germination because the seeds are highly moisturized and are protected from natural elements like the wind, erosion and sunlight.

Benefit #2: Hydroseeds are more affordable

Another benefit of using hydroseeds is that they are more affordable than sod and other traditional seedlings. It’s a very economical choice if you would like an attractive, even turf in a short amount of time.

Benefit #3: Hydroseeds are environmentally friendly

Hydroseeds are also environmentally friendly since they are more likely to stay intact and bond with the soil. The strong bond also helps significantly  reduce the risk of erosion. On the other hand, turf made from sod is more prone to erosion and the wind can easily pollute the air with turf that is developed using seed and straw.

Benefit #4: Hydroseeds are customizable

Lastly, professionals prefer hydroseeds because they can be customized. For example, you can easily tailor its application to the shape of your golf course or you can use different types of seeds.

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Please contact us today if you would like more information about hydroseeds and are considering using this product. One of our team members would be happy to chat with you and explain in detail how it can benefit your golf course.

18 Apr 2019

Laser Tee Leveling Optimizes Course Maintenance

Ensuring the aesthetic appeal and play ability of a level tee is a continuous task.  A desirable tee should be smooth and level, yet due to golfer traffic and natural surface changes over time, tees develop divots and eventually become uneven.  As any golfer knows, it’s extremely difficult to line-up a straight and narrow shot from an unlevel tee!

Laser Tee Leveling Optimizes Course Maintenance

Divot Repair

Divots in tees are all too common as most good swings slice off a surface piece of turf.  Quickly repairing a divot will aid the healing process for the tee’s turf.  Most courses will have either sand or a sand and seed mixture available to pour into the divot; once filled, the divot can be tamped down with the force of a golfer’s foot.  On courses where fill is not available, the torn piece of turf can be lain atop to fill the divot.  A savvy golfer knows that repairing divots is an important technique to add to one’s game!  However, divot repair is merely a short-term solution to tee maintenance.  Certainly, a divot or depression in the tee’s surface will render it unlevel and the surface must be rebuilt continually over the lifespan of the course in order to maintain play ability.

Tee Leveling

Traditional tee leveling is done with use of a skilled operator and use of a tractor-mounted blade or skid steer to eliminate crowns and surface imperfections.  Turf is removed from the surface, surveying equipment is used to determine the appropriate grade for drainage, and the process of fill and grade begins to level the tee.  Golf courses often keep tee leveling equipment on premises and typically someone on the maintenance staff is apt to complete the job.  But traditional tee leveling is a painstaking, costly, time-consuming process lasting from 16-hours to several days and potentially resulting in course closure.  Use of laser-guided grading technology expedites tee leveling and produces quality results.

Laser tee leveling is done with use of a skilled operator and automated grading machines.  Turf is removed, necessary grade is surveyed and laser equipment is set, the process of fill and grade begins to level the tee.  As the operator drives, the laser grading equipment automatically adjusts to level the tee; this fine-tuned method minimizes the duration of the project to 45 to 75 minutes!  Laser tee leveling minimizes the impact of construction on course staff and guests, allowing fewer closures and more play!  Ask Fusion Golf how we can facilitate your tee leveling today!

03 Apr 2019

2 Signs You Should Repair Your Golf Course Bunkers

Players enjoy golf courses that are both beautiful and functional. That’s why it’s important that you keep it maintained regularly and hire a professional who can handle a bunker renovation. However, sometimes it can be hard to tell if your golf course bunkers need service. Read on to discover two signs that you should repair or completely renovate your golf course bunkers.

2 Signs You Should Repair Your Golf Course Bunkers

Sign #1: The golf bunkers are starting to show signs of wear and tear

If your golf course is very busy, you will eventually start to see signs of wear and tear. This can be an eyesore for players, especially if it is starting to look neglected. Although you can try to maintain the edges of the bunker every week, eventually you will have to arrange to have it renovated.

Sign #2: The golf bunker are starting to retain water

Another sign that your golf bunker should be renovated is if it is starting to retain water. This could be evidence of reside and silt clogging up the drainage pipes. Players will have a hard time playing on bunkers with drainage issues. It can also make the sand contaminated over time as the water starts to accumulate. Many golf courses just try to change the sand, but eventually you will need to consult with a golf construction management firm so they can examine the bunker and provide additional guidance. They may recommend redesigning the bunkers or moving them into another area of the golf course.

In conclusion, if you’ve noticed that your golf bunkers are starting to look worn down or retaining water you may need to arrange to have the bunkers renovated.

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For additional information about our golf course bunker renovation services please contact us today via email or call (832) 995-0203. We will work closely with you during the entire renovation process until you achieve the best results possible.

21 Mar 2019

Advance the Course with Bunker Renovation

Previously termed as a hazard, golf course bunkers are specifically designed to test a player’s ability to play a ball from the sand.  Bunkers are developed in a variety of shapes and depths.  Typically filled with sand, a bunker has several nicknames which describe a golfer’s fondness for the challenge:  trap, beach, sandbox, or cat box.  For progressive courses, renovating bunkers can ensure that the game continues to advance.

Advance the Course with Bunker Renovation

Types of Bunkers

Bunkers are typically defined by their location on the golf course, however the shape, size, and depth of the bunker affects the obstacle’s play ability.  Aesthetics of a bunker are important to overall course design yet, functionality and maintenance are key factors when renovating.  Common types of bunkers include:

  • Fairway bunkers are located along the sides or down the center of the fairway.  These bunkers may force golfers to direct their shot over the obstacle.
  • Greenside bunkers are located along the greens.  These areas are intended to collect wayward attempts.
  • Waste bunkers are large, naturally sandy areas located on link courses.  These areas are not considered obstacles, so golfers are permitted to remove loose material prior to taking a shot.
  • Pot bunkers are small, deep areas located on link courses.

Bunker Material

Bunkers are generally filled with sand.  The contour and depth of a bunker is both aesthetically pleasing to the golf course and poses a challenge to golfers’ skills.  Taking too much or too little sand can influence the distance and direction of a golfer’s shot.

Water obstacles enhance the beauty of the course.  Water can increase the difficulty of the shot by forcing the golfer to hit over the obstacle but may also run laterally to the fairway intended to collect wayward attempts.

Areas of depressed, thick grass also pose an obstacle on a course.  These areas are related to the rough.

Advance your course with a Fusion Golf bunker renovation, and keep golfers practicing mastering the game!

07 Mar 2019

3 Components of a High Quality Golf Course

Have you ever stepped onto a course and were in awe of its beautiful design? If so, that wasn’t by accident. A luxurious golf course requires considerable planning, superior materials and skilled workers. Below are three components of a well-designed golf course that separates it from a sub-par one:

3 Components of a High Quality Golf Course

Component #1: High quality golf courses have a unique style

State-of-the-art golf courses always have a style that is all their own that can resemble a work of art. Their rolling terrains, course contours, sand-based terrain and natural hazards are more likely to be unique or different from others in the area.

Component #2: High quality golf courses have a distinct personality

Superior golf courses also have a distinct personality due to its turf, bunker depth, tee locations and water hazards. Experienced golf construction management firms know how to inject different creative aspects that can give the course more character and elevate the golfing experience.

Component #3: High quality golf courses have a well designed routing plan

Lastly, high quality golf course always have a well designed routing plan. It should allow players to carefully navigate the surrounding wetlands, woodlands and floodplains without interrupting their game. The routing plan should also reveal the best part of the course, including the amazing topographic features, quality bunker styles and tee surfaces.

Contact Fusion Golf Construction Management Today

Please contact us today if you are looking for an experienced golf course construction management firm. We would love to learn more about your specific project and develop a customized quote for your company. At Fusion Golf Construction Management, we are passionate about providing a range of services including bridge construction, hydroseeding, cart path construction, course shaping and natural disaster restoration. Our team has years of experience developing high quality golf courses in the United States and overseas.

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.