Summary: A description of a typical golf green reconstruction.
I’ve had a few inquiries about the scope and cost of green reconstructions in New England. If you prefer duplicating existing green contours the scope involves:
- Collecting survey data with a total station survey instrument. This information will be used to recreate green grades.
- Removal and storage of existing sod if you like your poa greens. Keep in mind poa sod parts easily. Delete storage if new sod used.
- Removal and disposal of existing green mix. Poor green mix creates need for most green rebulding projects
- Replacement of drainage pipe and pea stone in the green core, using existing excavated channels.
- Purchase and installation of new green mix. Sandy loam works best.
- Installation of new or previously used sod. Plan on 10-20% shrinkage if reusing sod. If you run out, take some from a practice green or nursery.
Cost items include:
- Survey and staking
- Sod removal
- Machine and labor needed to excavate and replace green mix
- Irrigation impacts
- Purchase of green mix
- Sod purchase, replacement and installation.
In 2017, green reconstruction projects cost 30-50 K. Don’t forget to add architect fees if you want intensive supervision or a new layout.