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  • 1. $ 100,000 Ideas for Golf Course Improvements
    • Les Furber, ASGCA
    • Golf Design Services, Ltd.
    • www.lesfurberdesign.com
  • 2. If I had $100,000 to spend on Golf Course improvements…what should I do? Hire a Golf Course Architect for a Day!
  • 3. If I had $100,000 to spend on Golf Course improvements…what else could I do? Hire a Golf Course Architect for 10 Years!
  • 4. 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?
  • 5. 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?
  • 6. 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”
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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?
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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!!!!
  • 14. 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
  • 15. Questions ? Les Furber, ASGCA Golf Design Services, Ltd. www.lesfurberdesign.com

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