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.

29 Aug 2018

Signs a Golf Course Needs Renovation

As a superintendent of a golf course, you watch over it every single day. While the grass may grow, it sometimes seems like nothing else really ever changes. However, that’s not true. While the diligent maintenance of a superintendent slows down wear, it still happens and if you look at the same course every day, you can tend to miss it. However, what are some signs that it might be time for a little renovation?

Signs a Golf Course Needs Renovation

Antiquated Design

Golf course design is constantly evolving, but since the early 00’s, the design has made quite the change. No longer are the faux mounds and other flashy additions to the course in fashion, but rather now people prefer a simpler, natural look to their courses. If your course was designed in the 1980’s for 1980’s golf tastes, it is well beyond time to update.

Common Course Problems

Every superintendent knows that one area of their course where drainage is an issue or they have that one area that gets so much traffic that they have to replace the turf twice as much as anywhere else. If your course has issues that are a maintenance issue, perhaps it is time to work smarter instead of harder. Certainly you can continue to deal with these issues, or you could plan a renovation that finally fixes them.

Loss of Player Base

The issue with golf courses that don’t undergo at least some renovation every five to ten years is that they often see a drop off of their core player base. Perhaps your player base is of an older sort and they no longer want to deal with walking the large hills of your course or your core player base is simply grown bored with playing the same course year after year. If your customers are starting to dwindle, it may be time to shake things up a little.

Are you a superintendent considering a renovation of your golf course? Perhaps you are just looking to fix some of the common problems that it faces every day. Regardless, if you are looking to breathe new life into an old golf course, contact us today to see what Fusion Golf can do for you.