Have you had any complaints about the poor playability or bad playing conditions on your golf course?
Do you feel a pressure to upgrade your golf course and facilities to remain competitive in your marketplace?
The golf course is a living entity that changes and ages continuously. Time, weather and heavy play leave their marks on every course. Bad design, incorrect construction or wrong construction materials will definitely deteriorate the turf.
On many regions the environmental regulations are creating more pressure on course maintenance practices and budgets. Restrictions on the use of water, fertilizers and fungicides make the work of superintendent more challenging every day.
During the last 20 years the longer balls and enhanced drivers have greatly affected the playability of the courses by destroying the original playing strategy and causing safety problems.
WHY REDESIGN, RENOVATE, UPGRADE OR REMODEL YOUR GOLF COURSE?
There can be numerous good reasons for redesigning, renovating and upgrading a golf course, and most can improve the commercial performance of a golf business.
To replace worn-out greens, teeing areas or bunkers
To correct poor turf quality or inadequate drainage
To make playing surfaces uniform throughout the course
To restore a course to its former historic/traditional style and quality
To give a course a stronger identity in the market
To make better use of the available land, or lengthen/shorten a course
To improve golf hole definition and aesthetic appeal
To improve golfer safety
To increase the number of playable golf days
To combat competition from other courses
To enter a new sector of the market or otherwise change business strategy
To address water consumption and environmental issues
To extend a course from 9-hole to 18-hole or more
To add practice facilities and promote greater golf participation
To safeguard against the negative impact of encroaching non-golf development
To make maintenance of the course more efficient, and ultimately less expensive
List the issues affecting the golf course
2. SITE VISIT
AVGI site visit to assess the issues, discuss the requirements
AVGI will submit the site visit report
4. SURVEY PLAN AND LAYOUT
The Golf Course owners will provide the existing survey plans and site layout to AVGI
5. PRELIMINARY PLANS
AVGI will prepare the preliminary renovation plans suggesting the changes required with various options
The client will approve one of the options
AVGI will prepare the masterplan based on the approval and consider it as the benchmark for renovation
8. DETAILED CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS & BOQ
Based on the masterplan AVGI will prepare the detailed drawings and specification along with the BOQ
AVGI will assist the clients with Tender Document to shortlist and select the construction contractors
Construction starts at site and AVGI to oversee the progress at site and provide regular guidance to the construction team
11. GRASSING & GROW-IN
The renovated Golf Course is grassed and maintained during the grow-in period
12. OPEN TO PLAY
The Golf Course is now open to play
Golf course renovation is not a uniform or an easy task. Every course has its own problems that need to be fixed using different approach and resources. But, in the end, the upgrading, renewal, remodelling or modernizing of any existing course is inevitable and unavoidable.
When evaluating whether renovation is needed, it is important to calculate realistic cost estimate for the whole construction. In addition to this you should estimate how many new members new enhanced course will attract and how much green fee and clubhouse sales can be increased. On the other hand you must also evaluate how much your cash flow will be decreased during construction to balance the calculations.
On some courses the renovation is no longer an option. It is an unavoidable must. If you cannot get the greens in good condition with normal care any-more or after heavy rain the course must be closed for several days you must ask yourself how bad the conditions will be if nothing is done. How many members you may lose? How many green fee rounds?
The typical golf course maintenance problems are:
Small tees and greens
Shade and roots of the trees
Irrigation system defects
With good maintenance practices it is possible to keep the golf course in good shape for longer time but in the end the golf course components will weaken so much that a renovation is needed. If the original construction methods or materials were poor, the life span will be even shorter.
The ASGCA (American Society of Golf Course Architects) has published the following life spans for golf course components:
Greens 15 – 30 years
Tees 15 – 20 years
Bunker sand 5 – 7 years
Cart Paths 15 - 30 years
Irrigation system 10 – 30 years
Irrigation guidance system 10 – 15 years
Pumps 15 – 20 years