20 Jan 2017

3 Things to Consider when Implementing Golf Cart Path Construction

Golf cart path construction is part of the overall golf course design, but sometimes not given the level of importance it should. The main attraction to the golf course is the layout, landscaping and well maintained and manicured greens, but the purpose of the golf cart path is to facilitate pedestrian traffic throughout the golf course.

3 Things to Consider when Implementing Golf Cart Path Construction

  1. Overall Design: When designing the golf cart path, whether the course is new or the cart path is being added to an existing course, the golf cart path should not be a prominent feature. The design of the path should blend into the overall golf course design and work seamlessly with the surrounding topography of the course. The path should be easily accessible with wide curves and minimally sloping hills and valleys. Most municipalities have regulations in place that dictate the width and minimum and maximum slopes of the cart paths.
  2. The Golf Cart Base: The base of the golf cart path should always be firm enough to support the cart, the golfers and the equipment. The actual path base design will often depend on sub-soil conditions and the structural stability of those soils. Golf cart path construction should always take into account varying temperature ranges and changes that will affect the materials of the path. Path materials that do not accept temperature changes very well will be subject to frequent maintenance and repairs.
  3. Proper Path Drainage: An important consideration when undertaking golf cart path construction is to make sure the cart paths remain free from ponding and standing water. Granted most people do not golf or drive a golf cart in the rain, but ponding water may undermine the integrity of the cart path requiring repair at some point.

For more information about golf cart path construction, please contact us and let out experts answer your questions, address your concerns and guide you through the construction process.

20 Jan 2017

Golf Course Natural Disaster Restoration Services After Flash Floods

When two inches of rain hit central Phoenix in just one hour on August 2, the National Weather Service pegged the annual odds of such a meteorological anomaly at one in 100. Such an event is devastating on many levels. The economy is disrupted, and the area’s infrastructure is strained.

Golf Course Natural Disaster Restoration Services After Flash Floods

Courses Vulnerable

Golf courses are not immune from the unexpected excesses of Mother Nature. Although the odds are long, when flash flooding does strike golf courses it can wreak havoc on bridges, bunkers, cart paths, creek banks and much more. Ideally, restoration of these vital course components will minimize or fully eliminate the chances of future anomalous events.

Ordinarily, the Valley is a true mecca of resort golf, home to literally hundreds of courses. Indeed, there are 51 in Scottsdale alone. The operators of these layouts are among the most progressive in the industry. Computerized irrigation, wetting agents and the use of non-potable water all help the courses to exist in an environmentally sound manner during typically dry conditions.

Courses Designed to Harbor Runoff

However, when there is too much water, as was the case on August 2, many golf courses collect excess runoff to improve flood conditions to a degree. For example, Scottsdale municipal golf courses are designed to capture runoff from area streets, parking lots and developments. Turf and soil filter contaminants, and excess water percolates down to replenish groundwater supplies.

Fusion Golf is a specialist in golf course natural disaster restoration. We use the latest, most innovative methods to renew and restore damaged layouts with utmost efficiency. To learn more about our many golf course services, contact us.

05 Dec 2016

Choosing a Golf Course Renovation Contractor

Golf courses are subject to renovation from time to time whether it is from everyday wear and tear, repairing damage from weather related activity or just to maximize the golfing experience. Renovating a golf course is half art form and part construction specialty and it is important to choose the right contractor. Let’s discuss 2 tips to choosing the right golf course renovation contractor.Choosing a Golf Course Renovation Contractor

1. Licensing and Insurance

It is essential the golf course renovation contractor carries the appropriate licensing and insurance. Licensing offers the client a certain level of professionalism and demonstrates the contractor has the necessary know-how and expertise to perform the tasks involved.

Insurance is the safety net that protects both contractor and client if an unforeseen circumstance causes damage to the property, injury to the golf course renovation contractor or causes the work to be delayed.

2. Experience and References

Always check the contractor’s experience in golf course renovation. A contractor with experience under their hard hats have already worked through most of the challenges and obstacles a renovation project will bring and they will be better equipped to solves those issues as they come along. It is helpful for the client to check out references and customer testimonials. Always ask past customers if the contractor met their expectations and performed the tasks in a timely manner.

At Fusion Golf, we understand the art that goes into the overall golf course design and construction and the necessary renovation that will inevitably occur. Golf courses are about the challenge of the game and magnificent views and layout of the course.

For more information about golf course renovation, please contact us at Fusion Golf and let our experts answer your questions, address your concerns and guide you through the renovation process.

11 Oct 2016

What is Golf Course Shaping and Why Does It Matter?

You may be sold on golf course shaping, and you may not. For those of you who aren’t sure about it, here are some of the best things we can think of about this feature.

What is Golf Course Shaping and Why Does It Matter?

A golf course Shaper is the second step of bringing a golf course to life. They are the ones who take the designs or plans from the architect and bring them into full realization. Once the Shaper has finished his or her work, you can see the course in front of you. You’re no longer limited to viewing digital images, sketches or blueprints. It’s almost the way the golfers will see it in the future.

Shapers are more artists than simple dozer operators. They form and mold the terrain into the shapes you decided in the initial planning stages, as relayed by the architect. Using the bulldozer as an extension of their hands, they help you achieve the desired effect of the course.

If an architect serves the same purpose designing a house as they do a golf course, and the landscaping crew might be compared to the interior design, then the Shaper would be the builder. He or she works from the ground up to create the lines and curves of the course. A Shaper is instrumental in taking your course from the plans to the real world.

A good Shaper is as vital to the construction process as the architect. He or she must be skilled with different soils, terrains, and foreign cultures. On top of that, our Shapers at Fusion golf are also adept at adapting to any conditions or situations that might arise during the shaping process.

Our Shapers are reliable, dedicated and willing to go the extra mile to shape the golf course as you see fit.

To discuss more on the subject please contact us.

09 Sep 2016

Three Surprising Facts About Bunker Renovation

As the game of golf evolves and the standards of regular players continue to grow, bunker renovation and modernization is one of the key areas that courses consistently need to address.

Three Surprising Facts About Bunker Renovation

Here are three aspects of bunker renovation that might surprise you:

Sometimes “updating” really means “restoring”: Consult the original plans for the course, and if possible, the architect. Many aging bunkers drift over years of maintenance and erosion. Restoring the original positioning of bunkers can improve the pace of play, no new designs necessary.

Drain tiles increase bunker positioning options: An aging bunker with increasing water movement issues is salvageable by installing drain tiles. The drain collects and moves groundwater, mitigating surface water pooling without adversely affecting the usage of the bunker during play.

New sand? Send it to a lab: USGA has strict guidelines for bunker-sand. Particles must lie between 0.25 and 1 millimeter, and be angular in shape. These guidelines are not arbitrary. The intention is ensure that courses provide the best sand for their play, and give players some consistency from course to course. The best way to match these requirements is to send samples to a soil lab, and make sure any further sand you acquire matches the selection that had the best results.

There are countless approaches to renovating bunkers, from scrapping your original designs to restoring the original intentions from the past. Consider the tips above as you evaluate the specific needs of your players. Contact us for a consultation on renovating the bunkers on your course.

21 Jul 2016

WINSTONgolf Senior Open

The European Senior Tour returned to Germany, for the fifth time for this year’s WINSTONgolf Senior Open. This year WINSTONgolf presented a new challenge by hosting the Senior Open on the Links course instead of the Open course they have used for the past four years. Scotland’s Andrew Oldcorn was able to pull out a win in a play-off against England’s Paul Broadhurst. Click here to read more about the Senior Open and Oldcorn’s victory.

Due to the popularity of the unique Links Golf Course, many clients are interested in creating a unique signature course similar to the WINSTONlinks course. Created by Fusion Golf, it’s styled on British golf courses by the sea. The typical characteristics of these rough, windswept areas are therefore duplicated here: natural sandy hollows, small brooks and here and there very high dunes planted with broom and heather. Fast, often undulating fairways, sand and pot bunkers and hard, fast greens call for a precise game.

 

WINSTONgolf Senior Open