Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 Laser-focused A Colorado club adopted a high-tech option to ensure precise yardage markers for a nine-hole addition to its course offerings. It's the hectic-summer challenge of most golf courses: keeping each group moving forward without unnecessary delays in play. In an attempt to preserve pace, some clubs have experimented with GPS on golf carts to help golfers determine the distance from the fairway to the center of the green, but those systems can be sidelined by maintenance issues. Tech-savvy golfers have tried hand-held GPS units, yet the use of those can be time-consuming, and they aren't always accurate. Now, traditional tactics have met modern innovation in the form of today's laser-measured markers, which offer exceptional accuracy and reliability while improving playability on even the busiest weekends. That's the fact, Jack "Yardage marking became an exact science thanks to Jack Nicklaus," says Brian Carson, a specialist in marker measurement and installation at Underhill International. "Nicklaus elevated the methodology, introducing critical course management. His caddies were among the first to pinpoint yardage distances." Carson says busy courses are now taking advantage of the latest laser technology and high- visibility markers to both keep players attuned to the course and assist in club selection. "Players are never more than 20 yards from a yardage-marked sprinkler, so there's no delay or guesswork," he says. A facility that has begun employing these technological advancements to guarantee accu - rate yardage markers was The Glacier Club, a private 36-hole golf course and community nes- Nancy Hardwick AT THE TURN The Glacier Club, a private 36-hole facility and residential community in the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado, has recently added precision- measured yardage markers to the sprinkler heads on the new nine holes of its Mountain Course. Photos courtesy of Underhill International (technology)

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