chapter  5
Golf Course Construction and Renovation
WithL.B. (Bert) McCarty
Pages 68

The proper planning, design, and construction of a golf course help reduce long-term maintenance costs as well as provide a more pleasant experience for players. Understanding and recognizing which construction practices are necessary and those that are not help provide the desired outcome. Time, dedication, and attention to detail in the design and construction phases help differentiate between an average and a good golf course. Many examples are provided of well-intended attempts of trying to distinguish a course or particular hole; however, these often become maintenance and play nightmares, eventually requiring additional funds and significant downtime to correct. Construction features (e.g., greens, tees, bunkers) that distinguish a golf course, make it a challenging yet enjoyable experience to play, and allow it to be maintained in proper playing conditions at a competitive price are the current business model many successful courses have in common. Inputs covered to achieve this include an environmental golf course design, providing adequate drainage, putting green construction, rootzone selection, bunker construction, and eventual renovation considerations.