Les Furber Presentation
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×
 

Les Furber Presentation

on

  • 1,247 views

 

Statistics

Views

Total Views
1,247
Views on SlideShare
1,247
Embed Views
0

Actions

Likes
0
Downloads
4
Comments
0

0 Embeds 0

No embeds

Accessibility

Categories

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment

Les Furber Presentation Les Furber Presentation Presentation Transcript

  • $ 100,000 Ideas for Golf Course Improvements
    • Les Furber, ASGCA
    • Golf Design Services, Ltd.
    • www.lesfurberdesign.com
  • If I had $100,000 to spend on Golf Course improvements…what should I do? Hire a Golf Course Architect for a Day!
  • If I had $100,000 to spend on Golf Course improvements…what else could I do? Hire a Golf Course Architect for 10 Years!
  • If I had $100,000 to spend on Golf Course improvements…what should I do?
    • What are some options for improvements or renovations?
    • What gives us the most bang for the buck?
    • How do we avoid “changes” for the sake of change?
    • How do we decide if the money is well spent?
  • Critical Analysis & Golf Course Audit
    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the golf course experience
    • Address safety to players and adjacent property
    • Look for ways to enhance or maintain the aesthetics of the golf course
    • Does speed of play affect operations or revenue?
    • When do features of the golf course need to be replaced for agronomical or physical reasons?
  • Survey Stakeholders & Gather Information
    • Management concerns and needs for efficient operation
    • Membership surveys and opinions need to considered
    • Consider ideas of public players and tournament groups
    • Differentiate between “wants” and actual “needs”
  • Master Plan or Golf Course Improvement Plan
    • Presents objectives and recommendations with spreadsheet costs on a hole by hole basis
    • Can be adopted as a Master Plan and only modified by vote
    • Serves as blueprint for future projects/tasks and can assign priority to items
    • Master Plan provides continuity of design changes to future management teams
  • Biggest Bang for your Buck? Bunker Enhancements
    • Numbers of bunkers & strategic placement provide challenge and defend par of the course
    • Consistent bunkers contribute more than other hazards to the aesthetics, artistic eye appeal,and playability of the game
    • Location of bunkers can set up angles of risk-and- reward to your targets
  • Address Design Weaknesses of a Golf Hole
    • Correct issues of dangerous “blind” golf shots, OB or risk to players
    • Is the golf hole too easy, too hard or is it unfair?
    • Do features of the golf hole suffer from flooding, poor drainage, winter kill, or excessive shade problems around greens?
    • Can you make the golf hole more rewarding by changing tee locations/angles, tee & green surfaces or fairway side slopes?
    • How about creating a “quality conversation” golf hole for a $100,000? Is it possible?
  • Turf Grass Replacement Programs
    • Grow your own turf grass nursery for greens, tees, and fairways
    • Replace green, tee and fairway surfaces with sod rather than seeding
    • Grow a fescue nursery for placement of turf grass on high bunker faces
  • Enhance the Aesthetics of the Golf Course
    • Remove high traffic wear areas around cart paths and maintenance access areas to the features which can be unsightly or ground under repair
    • Use hard landscaping materials for delineation and ease of maintenance
    • Create special interest landscape features in out of play areas
    • Plant evergreen trees in foreground views of golf holes for year-round color
  • Go Green & Brown!
    • Consider undertaking steps for Audubon Certification
    • Establish more naturalized out of play areas to reduce mowing, water usage, and chemical applications
    • Consider the idea of playing parts of the golf course as environmentally sensitive and non-maintained areas
    • Use interpretive signage and marketing opportunities to promote your golf course as a environmentally user-friendly facility
  • Recommendations
    • START WITH A PLAN!
    • Know where you are at now and define where you want the golf course to be 5, 10, 20 years from now
    • FOLLOW THE PLAN
    • Enjoy the process – changes and renovations can be challenging and controversial, but can also be source of excitement and optimism if key personnel are engaged in producing a better overall golf experience for the players
    • $100,000 can make a difference!!!!
  • Resources
    • National Golf Course Owners Association – ngcoa.ca; ngcoa.org American Society of Golf Course Architects - asgca.org Royal Canadian Golf Association – rcga.org
    • United States Golf Association - usga.org R & A – randa.org Golf Course Superintendents Association(s) – golfsupers.com; gcsaa.org
    • Golf Course Builders Association of America – gcbaa.org
    • National Golf Foundation – ngf.org
  • Questions ? Les Furber, ASGCA Golf Design Services, Ltd. www.lesfurberdesign.com