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