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Tips For Planning A Golf Course Before Starting Its Construction

Contractors building golf courses can meet several challenges during construction, some of them related to simple aesthetics while others are about drainage or grading. Planning ahead for every aspect of your course construction can help you avoid some common problems while also helping you to see areas that will require special attention. Check out these tips for helping you plan ahead before you start golf course construction.

Planning With Future Maintenance In Mind

No matter which area on a course you are considering, thinking about the types of maintenance each area will require for the long term is important for constructing a course that remains beautiful and healthy. For example, when planning for a tee, making sure you do not go for a small area is vital. The ground on a tee will get a great deal of wear and tear. If the tee is too small, you will not have room to move the tee while another area of it is being revived with new seed. Always construct tees that leave enough room for rejuvenation while the games go on. The same is also true about greens. Allowing enough slope on greens for successful playing and proper drainage is important.

Constructing Long-Lasting And Beautiful Fairways

Fairways include a lot of turf and ensuring it is easier to take care of it in the future is paramount. An important part of fairway construction is proper and effective drainage. Bear in mind the area most golfers will aim for on a fairway off the tee should be wider and allow less chances of hitting into the rough. The main part of the fairway path can be more narrow up until the entrance to the green. With this in mind, consider the grade you are working with on each hole and plan the best drainage patterns for supporting effective turf maintenance.

Planting The Rough

Most golf players out on a well-maintained course would never think about the planning that might go on about the rough during the course's construction. One important tip to keep in mind about the rough areas is planting only native grasses in them that will grow unattended and naturally. Planting grass that is not native to the area can mean the future need for maintenance and re-planting when the grass dies off due to being in a climate not suitable for it.

Bunkers Can Be Tough On Design

Coming up with bunker designs that reduce surface drainage is vital for future maintenance and for ensuring the bunkers you construct are worthy of defending par. If too much water goes into a bunker, sand will need to manually raked so it will dry out and in some cases, new sand will need to be added. Diversions like land forms can help to divert the flow of water, thus hindering pooling in the bunker. You should always keep in mind the impact sand bunkers have on course aesthetics as well.

The time you spend planning ahead for the golf course you are going to construct is worthwhile, especially when first-time players see it and are pleased at its beauty. If you have additional questions, contact a company such as Potestio Brothers Equipment, Inc.


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