Golf Course Management

AUG 2019

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.19 AT THE TURN (bunkers) Lawrence Aylward Bunker mentality When it's time to consider a bunker renovation project at your golf course, should you tackle the work in-house or hire it out? Here's what to consider. It's been about six years since Framingham (Mass.) Country Club's big bunker renovation. Pat Daly, the GCSAA Class A director of golf course and grounds operations at the classic course, couldn't be happier with how the bunkers have played and held up over that time. "e members are really pleased with the bunkers, and I'm thrilled with them," says Daly, who's in his 19th season at the 117-year-old club. "It's been a home run for the club." And Daly will be the first to say that he and others feel that way because the club hired a reputable architect and an experienced builder to get the job done. Even though he knows Fram- ingham's grounds like Eric Clapton knows the frets on a guitar, Daly didn't pretend he knew enough about architecture and construction to tell his club's decision-makers the job could be done in-house. "We didn't have the people or wherewithal to do it in-house," the 24-year GCSAA member says. It's a question that many superintendents are faced with when planning for a bunker renova- tion: Should they do the work in-house or should they hire it out? e answer may depend on a course's specific circumstances, but there's a lot riding on making the correct decision. The big picture Almost every superintendent faces a different situation when it comes to a bunker renovation, It's a question that many superintendents are faced with when planning for a bunker renovation: Should they do the work in-house or ... hire it out? Several factors go into the decision-making process when considering whether to tackle a bunker renovation project in-house or hire the work out. Photo by Paul Sevren

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