Abstract: A few comments about big, fat golf course specifications that waste paper and estimator’s time.
In the old days, a golf course specification package consisted of a few pages about construction processes and fine grading and that was it. The shaper had a unspoken relationship with the client allowing for field adjustments. In other words, the shaper modified the feature until the owner’s representative accepted the work.
I recently worked on a golf course bid that included 25 plan pages and 200 specification pages. The project is complex, but the level of detail is astounding. Written by an engineer, it contains many sections of “boiler plate,” or formula documentation clearly written to the engineer’s advantage. The specification package is overwritten, with countless reference to “shall be”, a confusing reference used by lawyers, not golf course specification writers.
Some day I’ll write a golf course renovation specification on ten pages. I’ll shave it down to four pages, and see if it will work in today’s world.