Golf courses provide a place for fun, relaxation, competition and much more to millions of people each year. But golf course components do wear out so planning ahead can save money over the long run and minimize inconveniences, whether the course needs regular maintenance, remodeling a few holes, or a complete renovation. The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) has information to assist in planning, and ASGCA members have the expertise to help enact such a plan.
A myriad of reasons dictate the extent of planning that should be implemented, including finances, time, golf course condition and age of the course. Planning – whether a comprehensive Master Plan or a simple list of scheduled replacement of key golf course components – helps in budgeting time, money and personnel to keep a facility in good condition.
“One important benefit of master planning is realizing the various components of a golf course each have a life expectancy,” said ASGCA President Erik Larsen. “Consider the ‘life cycle’ of these components, paying particular attention to recurring costs of items like irrigation, drainage and sand bunker construction. Doing so maintains course integrity, improves the user experience and can save money over the long term.”
ASGCA has created a free, single-page flyer, “Golf Course Items Expected Life Cycle,” detailing how long specific parts of a golf course should last. Though each course is unique, the guidelines spelled out in the flyer are worth noting. “Master Planning: Questions and Answers,” is an ASGCA brochure that can help golf course managers, superintendents, professionals and owners understand the process of developing a master plan and the importance of assessing the typical life expectancies of golf course components.
These free brochures may be obtained by visiting www.asgca.org