21 Sep 2018

Cart Paths: An Important Element of Every Successful Golf Course

Golf courses roll, turn, and twist; they are hilly, flat, have ponds, and, often times, areas of forest. The intricacy of golf courses makes the game fun. It brings new levels of depth to every shot; every hole is a different experience. But, all of these twists and turns and ups and downs make having a solid cart path of vital importance to any golf course. Over our years of working with courses, we have seen many courses abandon their cart paths, leaving them cracked and crumbled. We are hoping that this article shifts your attention to the importance of having an adequate cart path system.Cart Paths: An Important Element of Every Successful Golf Course

Navigating the Terrain

Cart paths have a single goal in mind; conveniently getting golfers across the course. Being able to ride a golf cart across a beautifully constructed concrete path may not seem like it’s the most important part of the golfing experience, but when it isn’t there it’s very noticeable.

Protecting the Course

Every golfer knows the “Cart Path Only” sign, but not every golfer knows why it’s there. Cart paths help protect the golf course from the golf carts as well as protect golfers from the course. This usually happens when the course it too wet, though high-traffic seasons can also warrant it. Cart paths allow you to protect your course and maintain balanced traffic during peak seasons.

Why Fusion Golf?

Whether you need rolled or blocked curbing, Fusion Golf has the expertise to handle any cart construction project. We specialize in golf course construction, and that gives us insight into how and where to lay cart paths on golf courses. Regular paving companies may be able to provide concrete and labor, but they don’t have the industry experience and know-how when it comes to the design of a golf course. Over the years, we have worked with countless American golf courses as well as dozens domestically. From Germany and Sweden to China, we have worked on projects across the globe. We live and breathe golf courses, and, luckily, we also happen to know a thing or two about paving. We ensure that every cart path has proper drainage as well as adequate thickness and appropriate subgrade compaction. Not to mention, our cart paths are simply beautiful. This is one of those situations where we are going to let our pictures speak for themselves.

29 Aug 2018

Signs a Golf Course Needs Renovation

As a superintendent of a golf course, you watch over it every single day. While the grass may grow, it sometimes seems like nothing else really ever changes. However, that’s not true. While the diligent maintenance of a superintendent slows down wear, it still happens and if you look at the same course every day, you can tend to miss it. However, what are some signs that it might be time for a little renovation?

Signs a Golf Course Needs Renovation

Antiquated Design

Golf course design is constantly evolving, but since the early 00’s, the design has made quite the change. No longer are the faux mounds and other flashy additions to the course in fashion, but rather now people prefer a simpler, natural look to their courses. If your course was designed in the 1980’s for 1980’s golf tastes, it is well beyond time to update.

Common Course Problems

Every superintendent knows that one area of their course where drainage is an issue or they have that one area that gets so much traffic that they have to replace the turf twice as much as anywhere else. If your course has issues that are a maintenance issue, perhaps it is time to work smarter instead of harder. Certainly you can continue to deal with these issues, or you could plan a renovation that finally fixes them.

Loss of Player Base

The issue with golf courses that don’t undergo at least some renovation every five to ten years is that they often see a drop off of their core player base. Perhaps your player base is of an older sort and they no longer want to deal with walking the large hills of your course or your core player base is simply grown bored with playing the same course year after year. If your customers are starting to dwindle, it may be time to shake things up a little.

Are you a superintendent considering a renovation of your golf course? Perhaps you are just looking to fix some of the common problems that it faces every day. Regardless, if you are looking to breathe new life into an old golf course, contact us today to see what Fusion Golf can do for you.

24 Aug 2018

Golf Course Bridge Construction: Tips For Buyers

A well-constructed bridge can be a wonderful addition to your golf course. Are you thinking of making a new investment? There are some important things to consider before you start to build.

Golf Course Bridge Construction: Tips For Buyers

Appropriate Design

A well-designed golf course is easily tarnished with a poorly designed bridge. If you don’t take the time to consider the aesthetic of your course, the new addition can easily take away from the intended atmosphere.

The material you use, the structure of the bridge, and the method of installation will all have an impact on your final results. Take the time to give your new bridge the attention it deserves. It’s never too late to ask for the help of a professional, as well!

Is It Budget Safe?

Before stepping too far into the design phase, be sure the new addition is both necessary and affordable. Research local zoning ordinances to ensure the construction meets legal standards. Some structures may require you to purchase a permit to build.

Environmental Impact

Always scope the installation site for critical environmental factors. You’ll need to ensure your new structure is optimized for the landscape without causing a negative impact. Avoid materials made from harsh chemicals which may affect local plant and wildlife.

However, we also need to look for environmental factors that are working against us. For example, running water will erode the construction over time. Humid environments have considerable effects on untreated wood.

Making A Decision

If you’re still not sure where to begin with your new bridge design, you may want to consider the help of a professional. It’s imperative to look for experienced golf course experts in your area. These experts know the local climate better than anyone and can tell you exactly what you need to get started.

Are you ready to build your new bridge? Contact us today!

09 Aug 2018

Rebuilding After Hurricane Harvey: Restoring Your Golf Course

After Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston destroying homes and businesses, there were questions as to whether Houston life would ever be the same again. One thing that Hurricane Harvey did not destroy was the indomitable spirit of Texans and the people of Houston. While neighbors come together to help each other from high water and to protect their most treasured possessions, businesses are also, slowly but surely, re-opening their doors for those much-needed comforts. Rebuilding After Hurricane Harvey: Restoring Your Golf Course

Rebuilding After Hurricane Harvey: Restoring Your Golf Course

Now more than ever people need time to relax to take the stress away from day-to-day life and there is no better way for Texans than on the golf course. Fusion Golf is here to help, not only in getting people back on the golf course to relax but also in getting Golf Course owners back making a profit to ease the burden in this very difficult time economically. Fusion Golf know how to start the process of restoring your golf course to its former glory whether it be water pumping, debris clean-up or providing insurance estimates with help the golf course and insurance companies.

Fusion Golf has considerable experience in all aspects of golf course disaster recovery including the clean up and demolition of damaged areas, operating specialized equipment in delicate areas and historical and architectural replication of previous designs. In addition to this we can look at the changes we can make to ensure that your course can hold up better against the elements.

Fire up your Texan spirit today and contact us to find out how you can restore your golf course to its former beauty.

23 Jul 2018

Designing a Cart Path to Be Used Rather Than Ignored

If your golf course doesn’t already have cart paths, it is time to make a change since you are well behind the times. Cart paths can dramatically reduce the maintenance required for your course and can make it so golfers get where they need to go quickly. However, one of the major issues with new cart path additions is getting people to use them. You need to design a cart path so that it breaks those that use your course out of that straight line mentality which means instead of following your new or existing cart paths, they just drive straight over the grass. However, by utilizing these tips, you can create cart paths that are more likely to be used.

Designing a Cart Path to Be Used Rather Than Ignored

  • Circulation Over Concealment – While you may want cart paths to not affect the natural aesthetic, it should be a priority that people use them so they don’t ruin that natural aesthetic by running it over. The best case would be paths that provide good circulation and are concealed, but if one must be chosen, choose circulation.
  • Be as Direct as Possible – Many people will always take the most direct path, if the cart path goes out of the way to avoid something, this just invites people to take shortcuts instead of driving the path. Cutting across fairways is not preferable, but it can be necessary. So long as major landing areas are avoided, it may be best to take the most direct path so that people will actually drive it.
  • Choose Broad Curves – Once a cart is on the path, they are more likely to stay on the path unless something sudden happens, like a sharp curve taking them well away from the objective. However, if the curves are gentle, it not only keeps them on the path, but it actually will keep the path from wearing as quickly.
  • Limit Obstructions – It may be tempting to hide a cart path with earth such as passing it through valleys or with trees or shrubs, but this only creates funnels which can create traffic. Keep any obstructions far from the path, at least 15 feet, to prevent funneling.

For more information on cart path construction or golf course design and renovation, contact us today.

10 Jul 2018

How a Golf Course Shaping Can Make Renovation a Reality

Almost every golf course owner has that one area of their course, big or small, that they just don’t like. Maybe it is a little boring or doesn’t suit the course overall. However, renovation can be expensive and a major headache. You may hire architects to redesign it, but looking at the design on blueprint isn’t always as persuasive as it could be. It could leave you having a lot of second thoughts about your renovation, but there’s hope with golf course shaping.

How a Golf Course Shaping Can Make Renovation a Reality

If you have made the decision to renovate an area of your golf course or even the entire thing, a shaper’s job is to bring the architect’s blueprints to life with a bulldozer. Essentially they mold the earth like it is clay and bring the vision to life in front of your eyes. Often, golf course owners find that once they have seen a shaper’s work, they view the renovation much more positively because they can actually see the vision of the architect too.

While a shaper’s work seems very permanent, it isn’t quite so. In fact, if you see a shaper’s work following the blueprints and you don’t like it, it remains completely able to be changed. After all, it’s just dirt, you simply need to add more or reduce the amount to really change the shape. Once the landscapers have put sod down, it can be a little more difficult, but if you have issues during the shaping phase, your new course renovation is still very easy to change. It is a process very much like molding clay. It can take many shapes until hardened, or in this case, covered in grass.

If you want to learn more about the golf course renovation process, or want to take advantage of our shaping services to change a portion of your course, contact us today.

22 May 2018

The Process of Shaping a Green

Despite their beauty and intricacies, building a green can be done faster than you may think. Greens are an important part of any golf course, and can make or break some holes.

The Process of Shaping a Green

Preparing the Green for Shaping

After getting the drawing plan from the architect, the shaper first secures the perimeter. This is often done with stakes. Depending on the level of difficulty of the incoming green, stakes or other markers may be also placed on the interior to designate transitional areas.

Removal of the Old Green and Rough Shaping

The first part of what is called the rough shaping is to take out the old green. Or, if it is a new course, the old grass. This is done using a bulldozer. When the area is cleared, the land forming is continued using a tractor. A fresh, new, workable grade of soil will be installed. This rough shaping will establish the dimensions and the foundation for the upcoming refinement.

Fine Grading

During this phase, the topsoil, gravel, and sand will be applied, and the components will be graded to meet the specifications of the plan. The contours, slope, and fall line will be established, as well as the location of the hole.

The New Grass

The final part of the job is laying in the new grass. This can be done either by direct replacement with sod, or it can be grown from seeding. Sodding must be done carefully in order to ensure the green remains even and true to its intended form.

How Long Does it Take to Shape a Green?

In total, shaping a green may take approximately 5 days, assuming consistent, all-day work. It will take approximately 1.5 to 2 days to shape the area to specification with the bulldozer and tractor, and another approximately 1.5 to 2 more days to lay in the new soil and gravel. Then a day to apply the sand, and also lay down the new grass.

If your course is due for a new green, or you have any further questions regarding our shaping services, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

05 Mar 2018

Golf Gourse Construction Projects

The heyday of golf course construction was 10, 20 and 30 years ago when it was easier to get large swaths of land in the suburbs. Today, it is more difficult and more expensive to get a golf course fully built. That means that older courses need more refurbishing and reconstruction to keep them fresh, new, innovative and captivating. At the same time, brand new courses need to use their resources efficiently and also build the most creative, inspiring facilities in their region. That attracts members, daily golfers and much more.

Golf Gourse Construction Projects

Fortunately, there are certain contractors that are expert at creating these type of projects. Fusion Golf is a top international golf construction firm that has experience with hundreds of different projects in the US and all around the world.

New bunkers and bridges are using different materials and designs than in the old days. They also are using designs that can stand the test of time, so that they will not need to be changed every few years. Courses need to bring on teams that have the knowledge and experience to implement these changes. Over the long-term, this saves both time and money. It also helps bring new members to the club or course.

Fusion has a deep understanding of how to do bunker renovations, bridge constructions, greens, sand pits, water traps and all manner of other golf course variations. They have a team that has experience with courses that are built in different climates, different wind and rain patterns, different geographies and different needs.

Fusion Golf also has the local relationships and manpower to get the job done when it needs to be done. They are on time and under budget.

For more information, please contact us.

27 Feb 2018

The Importance of Proper Golf-Course Bunker Construction

It’s a staggering prospect to understand what goes into bunker construction, and the ways to properly create a well functioning bunker for your game. But luckily, we have some tips and info that will hopefully enlighten you on what’s needed for your bunker, but more importantly, why hiring well-trained professionals is an integral part of improving the quality of your golf-course:

The Importance of Proper Golf-Course Bunker Construction

1. Drainage

You want your bunker to be dry and not at all impeding with the game. Rain, snow and various elements can impair and cause problems with soil, creating buildup and clogs. In order to rid yourself of this surface-level buildup, a drainage system is not only necessary, it’s an absolutely critical aspect in keeping a bunker free from potential destruction.

2. Bunker Liners

These bunker liners exist to function primarily as protectors of sand. The chances that those clogs and build-ups previously mentioned will do harm can be decreased if a quality liner is used. It prevents soil from contaminating or eroding the sand.

3. Sand Maintenance 

You want your bunker to be not only functional, but also aesthetically pleasing. In order to achieve that nice, rich-sand look, there are a few maintenance measures that are taken:

  • Properly raking your sand often for a clean look
  • Keep sand off the edge; this results in a poorly defined bunker
  • Repair divets that have damaged soil

These are just a few methods that keep bunkers on your golf course looking professional and pristine. If you’d like to start construction on a golf-course bunker, or if you’re looking to overhaul one, please contact us today for principled and professional construction.

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.