Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 course was delivered on time and on budget. There's nothing new about that notion, but our unique approach to making it happen was how we gave ourselves the potential to com - plete those wish list perks. To do this, Fazio came up with a contract based on unit price. Contractors were given a set of plans detailing areas, volumes and mea - surements in linear feet, and were then asked to price the project based off that information. Fazio developed the plans by first creating a GPS map of the current golf course and using that data to estimate units of change. Instead of a flat price per green completed, exact lin - ear feet of drainage, volume of drainage rock, volume of greens mix and area sprigged were calculated using a GPS device. These mea - surements were then entered in a spreadsheet to determine the exact cost of constructing the green based off the contractor's bid. Using GPS allowed for an extra layer of oversight, and eliminated disputes between the contrac - tor and Riomar over billable work. In August 2014, Fazio and I began the pro - cess of interviewing contractors and collecting bids. I knew that if we could nail down a con - tractor by the end of month, Riomar would likely be the first job on the books for said con - tractor, guaranteeing us the sharpest pencil. We had several outstanding contractors bid on the project, and after an extensive vetting process, the club selected John Copeland's Su - perior Golf Concepts. The final matter that needed to be tied up was obtaining the required permits. Given that a large portion of the golf course sits next to the Atlantic Ocean, special permitting from the Florida Department of Environmen - tal Protection (FDEP) would be necessary for any work. This was a major hurdle, and one I wanted to get out in front of, as neglecting this step could prove disastrous to the project's A new green gets a dose of the amendment Maxand, which aids in moisture management and improves nutrient efficiency. Photo courtesy of PJ Salter drainage as well as new sand. Finally, the en- tire course would be regrassed — greens with TifEagle bermudagrass, and the remainder with Celebration bermudagrass. In addition to these primary tasks, we compiled a "wish list" of items that would get the green light in the event that we were able to bring the core renovation work in under budget. These included converting areas of rough between fairways to coquina, beefing up landscaping, and addressing a long-stand - ing drainage problem at the cart-staging sta- tion. In sum, the wish list consisted of more than $200,000 of extras. Getting renovation-ready Collectively, one of the renovation team's main objectives was to ensure that the new Top: Native sand from bury pits throughout the back nine raised the grade and improved the drainage of the 15th hole. Bottom: Riomar CC green committee chairman Dick Haverland (left) and golf course architect Tom Fazio II survey the shaping of the fourth hole. Photos by PJ Salter

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