Having an irregular tee box can dramatically impact a player’s performance by causing them to overthink or, worse, miscalculate their swing. As a result, it can affect their overall satisfaction with a course. Over time, without proper maintenance through tee leveling, several things can cause a rough tee box (and, thus, require leveling):
- It has become domed/sloped – generally due to improper compaction when built
- It has become dished – the current fill material below the tee is sinking or the box has repeatedly not been edged properly
- It is bumpy – too many divot repairs, part of the natural course of play
- It is uneven – A repair done to part of the tee, possibly with too much loam, or an unskilled raker
Old methods of repairing tees often meant completely reconstructing the box, thus taking it out of commission for a large chunk of time. In the process, courses were forced to rely on heavy machinery, resulting in inconsistent compaction. However, a new method, laser leveling, can easily and affordably keep the tee boxes as beautiful as the rest of the course.
Using light-weight, laser-controlled machines to level can do the work, more precisely, in a fraction of the time. Although the goal it have a flat, even tee box, a 0% grade is not the goal. To ensure proper drainage on low-cut grass, a 1% grade is recommended. Thanks to the laser controlled machines, however, the result is an even surface (+- 1/4 inch) so the grade is not visibly noticed by, or distracting to, a golfer.
In addition to making the tee boxes look fantastic, laser leveling saves money on labor (one skilled machine operator). It saves time, as well, since the repaired tee boxes are usable, faster (average of about an hour). Future maintenance is also a snap, with minimal annual top dressing (also with a laser). And, perhaps most importantly, many players feel restored, laser-leveled tees actually play better than new. Not to mention, well-maintained tee boxes are a frequently talked about feature.
Overall, laser leveling makes both current repairs and future maintenance cheaper, faster, and easier. The result will be a beautiful course and, more importantly, one golfers talk about, from start to finish. Contact us, today, to learn more about our methods and how we can help laser level your tees, today.