Abstract: Golf course construction managers should be wary of engineers who delay construction by including impractical construction procedures in environmental permits. Many contractors have found unworkable methods written into their approved work processes.
Engineers do a great job presenting complicated construction concepts to wary authorities. They push permits through with fancy graphics, fat response documents, and slick presentations. The problem occurs when they include foolish construction processes in the documentation, and this complicates the work creating additional expense for the contractor.
Golf course construction managers and superintendents should insist on procedural oversight during the permitting phase of golf course work. Insist on an active role in construction planning and include a friendly golf course contractor in the project meetings.
Be wary of know-it-all engineers who want to exclude golf course managers from the planning process. We all know that golf course work is specialized, and an engineer with a passing interest in the sport will rarely know how to describe golf work. I’ve seen a few projects where the contractor generated a large, justifiable, change order after an engineer added a nonsensical construction procedure