Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

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74 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 Remodeling road map Considering a golf course renovation? Master planning is a key step that marries the wants and needs of the facility with the architect's ability to deliver on those expectations. It should come as no surprise to anyone in the golf course industry that the past several years have been trying times for golf course architects. In my career, I don't remember a more pressure-packed time, but I also don't recall a more exciting period for architects who embrace innovation and change. Among those changes has been an increased emphasis on remodeling or renovation projects on golf courses. That process has defnitely advanced to a higher level in terms of the fnancial results demanded by facilities in today's market. A lot is at stake, and the pressure to produce is greater than ever when preparing a master plan for that work, which I believe to be a crucial step for any golf facility. I'm often asked if a golf course master plan is a really necessary for facilities considering such projects. My answer is simple: If you plan on making any changes or improvements to the golf course, or if you think this could be a possibility down the road (and it virtually always is), then you need a master plan. A master plan document is a signifcant tool for anyone within the hierarchy of a golf course — the facility's owner, president, greens committee chairman, general manager, superintendent or golf professional. The plan ensures that everyone at the club is on the same page in terms of future improvements to the golf course. It's money in the bank from both a fscal and a diplo - matic point of view. Raymond Hearn AT THE TURN (Renovation) Remodeling to make the golf course more playable can also result in signifcant reductions in maintenance costs. Photo courtesy of Raymond Hearn My answer is simple: If you plan on making any changes or improvements to the golf course… then you need a master plan.

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