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Les Furber Presentation

  1. 1. $ 100,000 Ideas for Golf Course Improvements <ul><li>Les Furber, ASGCA </li></ul><ul><li>Golf Design Services, Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  2. 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. 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. 4. If I had $100,000 to spend on Golf Course improvements…what should I do? <ul><li>What are some options for improvements or renovations? </li></ul><ul><li>What gives us the most bang for the buck? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we avoid “changes” for the sake of change? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we decide if the money is well spent? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Critical Analysis & Golf Course Audit <ul><li>Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the golf course experience </li></ul><ul><li>Address safety to players and adjacent property </li></ul><ul><li>Look for ways to enhance or maintain the aesthetics of the golf course </li></ul><ul><li>Does speed of play affect operations or revenue? </li></ul><ul><li>When do features of the golf course need to be replaced for agronomical or physical reasons? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Survey Stakeholders & Gather Information <ul><li>Management concerns and needs for efficient operation </li></ul><ul><li>Membership surveys and opinions need to considered </li></ul><ul><li>Consider ideas of public players and tournament groups </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiate between “wants” and actual “needs” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Master Plan or Golf Course Improvement Plan <ul><li>Presents objectives and recommendations with spreadsheet costs on a hole by hole basis </li></ul><ul><li>Can be adopted as a Master Plan and only modified by vote </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as blueprint for future projects/tasks and can assign priority to items </li></ul><ul><li>Master Plan provides continuity of design changes to future management teams </li></ul>
  8. 8. Biggest Bang for your Buck? Bunker Enhancements <ul><li>Numbers of bunkers & strategic placement provide challenge and defend par of the course </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent bunkers contribute more than other hazards to the aesthetics, artistic eye appeal,and playability of the game </li></ul><ul><li>Location of bunkers can set up angles of risk-and- reward to your targets </li></ul>
  9. 9. Address Design Weaknesses of a Golf Hole <ul><li>Correct issues of dangerous “blind” golf shots, OB or risk to players </li></ul><ul><li>Is the golf hole too easy, too hard or is it unfair? </li></ul><ul><li>Do features of the golf hole suffer from flooding, poor drainage, winter kill, or excessive shade problems around greens? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you make the golf hole more rewarding by changing tee locations/angles, tee & green surfaces or fairway side slopes? </li></ul><ul><li>How about creating a “quality conversation” golf hole for a $100,000? Is it possible? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Turf Grass Replacement Programs <ul><li>Grow your own turf grass nursery for greens, tees, and fairways </li></ul><ul><li>Replace green, tee and fairway surfaces with sod rather than seeding </li></ul><ul><li>Grow a fescue nursery for placement of turf grass on high bunker faces </li></ul>
  11. 11. Enhance the Aesthetics of the Golf Course <ul><li>Remove high traffic wear areas around cart paths and maintenance access areas to the features which can be unsightly or ground under repair </li></ul><ul><li>Use hard landscaping materials for delineation and ease of maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Create special interest landscape features in out of play areas </li></ul><ul><li>Plant evergreen trees in foreground views of golf holes for year-round color </li></ul>
  12. 12. Go Green & Brown! <ul><li>Consider undertaking steps for Audubon Certification </li></ul><ul><li>Establish more naturalized out of play areas to reduce mowing, water usage, and chemical applications </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the idea of playing parts of the golf course as environmentally sensitive and non-maintained areas </li></ul><ul><li>Use interpretive signage and marketing opportunities to promote your golf course as a environmentally user-friendly facility </li></ul>
  13. 13. Recommendations <ul><li>START WITH A PLAN! </li></ul><ul><li>Know where you are at now and define where you want the golf course to be 5, 10, 20 years from now </li></ul><ul><li>FOLLOW THE PLAN </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>$100,000 can make a difference!!!! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Resources <ul><li>National Golf Course Owners Association –; American Society of Golf Course Architects - Royal Canadian Golf Association – </li></ul><ul><li>United States Golf Association - R & A – Golf Course Superintendents Association(s) –; </li></ul><ul><li>Golf Course Builders Association of America – </li></ul><ul><li>National Golf Foundation – </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions ? Les Furber, ASGCA Golf Design Services, Ltd.