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.

Schedule a Consultation Today with Fusion Golf Construction Management

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.

10 Jan 2019

Effective Golf Course Natural Disaster Restoration

Some golf course owners are lucky enough to never have to deal with the results of a natural disaster. However, it’s clear that many golf courses will be in need of services related to natural disaster restoration eventually.

Effective Golf Course Natural Disaster Restoration

Managing After a Disaster

It’s no one’s fault when something like this happens. There is really only so much that anyone can do in order to prepare golf courses for a natural disaster. No one knows how bad a given weather event is going to be in advance. The best way to cope with natural disasters is to just make arrangements for natural disaster restoration when necessary.

Crucial Services

Golf courses are full of wide and open spaces. Some of the trees that have been planted throughout golf courses could get destroyed during a storm, and the golf course owners will need to do something about all of the debris.

Water pumping can be a particularly valuable service for the golf course owners who want to minimize the long-term damages associated with the natural disaster in question. Natural disasters can also cause damage in unexpected ways, and it’s important to survey the entire golf course in order to get a sense of exactly what happened after one of these calamities.

Genuine Renewal

Some golf course owners might worry that their golf courses will never be the same after a major storm. However, there is no reason to assume that this will be the case. If golf course owners work with the right services, they should be able to make it seem as if the disastrous event never even occurred.

It’s possible that some of these companies will even manage to make the golf course look better than it did just before the natural disaster, making the course look genuinely new again.

Contact us in order to learn more.

 

 

 

 

02 Jan 2019

Golf Course Construction – Let Us Build Your Dream Course

If you’re a club manager or building a golf course outside a retirement community, college, or other areas, the golf course construction process shouldn’t be a strenuous one. At least not for you, the course manager or operator. Whether it’s the addition of a new bridge over a small pond, adding bunkers to create a more challenging course, or installing a cart driveway, the right team of construction experts should be relied upon to do the job.

Golf Course Construction - Let Us Build Your Dream Course

Custom Design for All Course Needs

Our team of highly specialized professionals can work to create a challenging golf course for any level or style of play. In the golf course construction process, we will begin with a custom blueprint and design for each client’s needs. Our designers follow the latest industry trends and focus on delivering custom design aspects each customer wants to see when building a new golf course. Our preparation also helps to avoid errors in construction, design, and necessary repairs, down the road.

Install Custom Details/Finishes Throughout

For certain golf courses, adding bridges and waterways helps increase the visual and aesthetic appeal. On other courses, this, along with divots, bunkers, and other traps, help make a course more challenging for golfers. If handicap railings are necessary, artificial turf, laser tree leveling, or bunker removal services are necessary, we have a team of dedicated professionals and designers who’ll do the job. No two courses are alike, therefore our team works diligently to deliver what every customer is looking for when constructing or renovating a golf course.

Ready to install new paths or renovate a course? Or, if you’re simply in the design phase and need professional guidance, the right construction team can help! Contact our team of design and renovation experts today, to learn more about our process, design, installation, affordability, and personalization options for designing your dream golf course.

14 Dec 2018

Effective and Efficient – Golf Course Tee Laser Leveling

The location from where we commence our game.  The scene of our opening play.  The zone where we plot out and make our most important shot for the hole.  Where we get another opportunity to drive it as far and as precise as possible.  Each tee presents a new, blank score box. And along with it, new opportunities for golfers to improve their game and drop strokes. Each tee also presents new opportunities for the golf course to impress its golfers, and help create satisfied and regular paying customers.

Effective and Efficient - Golf Course Tee Laser Leveling

The fact is, tees invariably become uneven and run-down as the result of heavy traffic, divot depressions, and surface resettling.  And all too often, those problems are overlooked. Particularly when viewed in comparison with their counterparts at the other end of the fairway – the greens.This is where the importance of tee leveling comes in. The tee exists in the spotlight and sets the stage for some of the most dramatic shots of the game.  It is imperative to the success of the golfer and ultimately the golf course that it possesses a smooth, level surface in order to ensure a balanced, level stance, swing and delivery.

The more traditional methods of tee leveling involved the use of I-beams, tractors and grader boxes, and depending on size, might result in the hole or the entire course closing down for weeks to months.  It was inefficient, expensive and often inaccurate.We at Fusion Golf understand the needs of the golf course owner, and the importance in minimizing this impact to the club and guests.  And we have an alternative.

With our specialized equipment and years of experience, we are able to utilize a less time-consuming, less labor-intensive, less-expensive, and more accurate alternative – Laser Tee Leveling. Using a laser controlled automated grading machine, a skilled laser operator is capable of leveling the average tee in a mere 45-75 minutes.  Moreover, the degree of accuracy is unmatched, producing results within +- ¼ inch.

Thanks to laser tee leveling, rebuilding and maintaining tees has now become easy. Please contact us today for more detailed information about how we may help you in the development of your project.

Happy Driving!

29 Nov 2018

The Importance of Golf Course Renovation

It is important to always keep a golf course in good condition. It is necessary to always attract customers and to stay competitive. Over the course of the lifetime of the golf facility, it is sometimes necessary to renovate the course. There are a variety of reasons why it is necessary to perform golf course renovations and it isn’t always to repair problems.

The Importance of Golf Course Renovation

The course owner may have several renovations in mind to help enhance the playing experience. It is important to have a golf course architect or design specialist evaluate the course, taking into account the desires of the owner. It is recommended to perform an overall course analysis first as any change will affect most of the course.

Renovating the golf course from time to time will keep play fresh and challenging for experienced players and encouraging for less skilled players. Renovations may also provide uniform playing conditions while upgrading some areas. As golf course construction technology advances, providing renovations on a fairly regular basis will allow for an upgrade in work that may allow for less intense maintenance methods.

Golf course renovations will allow for an upgrade in planting and enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the course. Renovations may include removing overgrowth and inappropriate vegetation and replacing with vegetation that may require less maintenance. Such a task will also allow for tees, greens and bunkers to be refurbished and replace grass and/or sod that may be failing.

An important part of golf course renovations may be to replace or repair irrigation systems. Healthy grass or sod is an important part of the aesthetic value of any golf course and a part of the reason players keep returning. It is important to keep in mind that keeping the membership informed about the renovations will go a long way dictating the success of the project.

For more information about golf course renovations, please contact us and let one of our professionals guide you through the process.