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!
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.
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!