Golf Course Management

AUG 2019

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.19 so well naturally — Matthews recommended to the course's superintendent and green com- mittee not to install drainage tile in the bot- tom of the bunkers for the time being. One size does not fit all Matthews says he has worked on smaller projects where he's hired to make sure the de- sign is proper and efficient, but the superin- tendent and the golf course maintenance crew handled the construction. In this scenario, the maintenance crew must own or have access to an excavator and related equipment and must have people on the crew who know how to not only operate the equipment, but also follow the architect's instruction for shaping, among other things. ere are also instances where a course can hire a builder but not an architect, Clarke says. Maybe a course wants to improve bun- ker drainage and repair existing bunker faces, projects that don't require design expertise. If the course doesn't have the equipment or crew experience to perform such tasks, though, it should probably hire a builder, Clarke notes. Some skeptics might think that Matthews and Clarke are just looking for work. But the two men, who each worked for 10 years as If the course doesn't have the equipment or crew experience ... it should probably hire a builder. superintendents before embarking on their current career paths, say they are more about helping superintendents save money than spending it. "I'm not a salesperson," Clarke says. "I don't try to convince anybody of anything. If they ask my opinion, I will give it them." Sometimes that opinion will be to hire Clarke. Same for Matthews, who says he re- alizes that courses' decision-makers might be looking to save money by not hiring an archi- tect. But they had better know what they're doing, he advises. "ey won't be saving any money if they don't know what they're doing," he says. Matthews has seen that movie a few times. Courses elect to do a bunker renovation in- house, but the people doing the renovating aren't quite sure how to repair erosion and stop the sand from mixing with the native soil. ey do their best, but their best ultimately isn't good enough. "Even though the bunkers look better for a short period of time, they spent money they will never recoup because their bunkers aren't going to hold up long enough," Matthews says. Matthews does know a "few" superinten- The finished product on the ninth hole at Cascade Hills CC in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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