How long has it been since you have updated or made any significant improvements to your golf course? Is it acceptable and smart to continue maintaining your golf course in its current state? Or is it possible your course has become outdated?
Choosing to renovate your golf course is no small decision, but how do you know when your course needs a renovation? In order to make the best choice for your course, it is important to look at the game as it is enjoyed today and the people who play it.
The game of golf is forever evolving, this has been the case for several years and has given no signs of changing. Trends in design and golf architecture have a massive impact on the playability and ability to maintain golf courses. The games changes are also being fueled by advances in technology, including improvements to turfgrass, irrigation systems, maintenance equipment, chemicals used, and the efficiency of maintenance practices. All of these things are related and work together in a forward motion that has changed the way we look at golf.
The number of players on the course at a time has continued to increase. Larger groups equate to more stress being applied to the turf and the maintenance team to keep the course in playable condition. The goal for the staff of the course should be to always provide players with best golfing conditions possible. However, the tricky part about providing these conditions for players is that every person who steps onto the course to play, is counterproductive to this goal. Each step they take, each ball they hit, translates into more maintenance for the staff. As more and more golfers enjoy your course, the job of maintenance will grow more difficult. If you begin to feel overwhelmed by the amount of wear-and-tear on your course, then it is time to talk to a golf architect about remodeling.
When you bring your issues to Jeffrey D. Brauer, he will be able to help you develop a plan of action. Identifying what areas of your course are falling short, which practices for maintenance are inefficient, and how to increase your profits and attract new players to your course.
There are several options for you to help address the stress you are applying to your course. You can increase the size of tees, bunkers can be relocated, increased efficiency in surface drainage can be implemented, greens can be made larger, there are dozens of modifications we can discuss to get you the most out of your renovation.
With an increase in players, there has also been a noticeable improvement in players abilities as well. Many different variable go into the speculation of this increased skill set, including improvements in equipment and an increase in access to golfing.
The use of golf carts has also had an impact on golf course design and maintenance. The carts are desirable economically, but place a tremendous strain on the turf, causing compaction and worn-out turf areas, as well as circulation and cart storage problems. Without addressing these issues, you will begin spending too much time and effort to compensate for the strain on the turf.
Do not let these strains on your course become a problem for you! Instead contact Golf Architect, Jeffrey D. Brauer to discuss your options for renovation.
Jeffrey D. Brauer/GolfScapes, Inc.
3809 Canton Jade Way
Arlington, TX 76005