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Published on January 3, 2008

Author: ozturk

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Golf Course Construction Planning:  Golf Course Construction Planning TRF 250 Golf/Sports Field Construction Introduction:  Introduction Tremendous under taking time and capital Requires dedication and attention to detail Pay me now or pay me later Over all objective:  Over all objective Construct greens, tees, bunkers, fairways, and roughs Construction of these areas must be in a fashion that will allow the area to be properly maintained These areas must also distinguish the golf course from outer courses Good Golf Courses are the result of::  Good Golf Courses are the result of: Careful, detailed, and organized design and planning Good communication among all parties Attention to construction details and management Must have detailed contracts and specications Golf course construction timeline:  Golf course construction timeline 5 months – 2 years Construction should be finished before or at optimum time for establishing turfgrass Property Selection:  Property Selection Influences all areas of construction Unproductive land sites: strip mines, quarries, and land fills Residential or resort development Principal considerations in Property selection:  Principal considerations in Property selection Economics Acreage Topography Soil Vegetation Environmental restrictions Water Utilities Economics Supply and Demand:  Economics Supply and Demand Demographics (who are your customers going to be?) Potential demand Existing golf courses Cost associated for land purchases Return on ivestment Acreage:  Acreage More the better 18 holes approximately 150 acres More acreage may be needed if wetlands and topography are and issue Additional acreage will be needed for roads, maintenance facility, club house and routing of golf holes Housing considerations Topography:  Topography Gives GC character Determines traffic flow and layout of holes Cost concerns if large scale earth movement is required Elevation changes of 150 feet or more can make GC difficult to walk also can effect landing zone visibility Flat areas may need substantial earth movement to add character Soil:  Soil Drainage Coarse textured soils preferred over finer textured soils Drainage issues: carts, play, course conditions Sandy loam soil ideal ( good drainage and moisture retention) Vegetation:  Vegetation Natural vegetation adds to beauty of course Vegetation will have to be cleared and cost could be considerable Environmental impact studies may have to be conducted Trees can be sold to offset some construction cost Vegetation can be cleared and burned if allowed by law Environmental restrictions:  Environmental restrictions Wetlands Floodplains Endangered plants or animals Areas with Archaeological or historical significance may also have some restrictions placed upon them Environmental restrictions cont.:  Environmental restrictions cont. Wetlands may not be able to identify just by looking at them A wetland is any area where the water table rises to with in 6 inches of the surface for more than two weeks per year Environmental restrictions cont.:  Environmental restrictions cont. Wetlands: Natural bodies of water Marshes Bogs Seasonally flooded lands Wet lands can not be filled (some states allow wetlands to be filled if new ones are created) Water:  Water 4000-10,000 gallons of water per acre per day in the summer Sources: Streams, creeks and rivers Lakes and ponds Drainage canals, wells Municipalities and utility companies Effluent Clean salt free water is desirable Utilities:  Utilities Electricity Fuel Availability or distances from these services should be determined before construction begins Golf Course Design:  Golf Course Design Golf course architect there job is to rout golf holes to take advantage of property and to blend holes into the natural surroundings Golf Course Design:  Golf Course Design Architect uses natural topography to design interesting holes Uses topo maps to select areas for greens and fairways Slopes in excess of 5% for greens and 10% for fairways are considers too sever and make tying in those areas with the natural topography difficult Architect also must connect holes into suitable loops of 9 to 18 holes Clubhouse selection:  Clubhouse selection Access to GC Room for expansion Two starting and finishing holes Parking lot Entrance road Fuel and electricity access Maintenance building Irrigation design:  Irrigation design Critical to success of golf course Hire a qualified irrigation system designer Permitting and engineering:  Permitting and engineering Time consuming and expensive Acquire permits as soon as possible prior to detailed design Wetlands and flood plains must be identified and approval sought to utilize in course design Other possible permits: water flow obstruction of rivers and streams, land clearing, vegetation burning, proposed water use source, electricity and or other power sources Meeting with local groups:  Meeting with local groups Before or after permitting phase planning group should meet with : All regulatory agencies Environmental groups Interested citizens To review and modify design using their inputs when ever possible

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