Abstract: Cold winter days with limited TV sports are fine times to consider upcoming golf course construction projects. Golf renovation projects begin with a concept and individual effort.
In late February, Northern golfers sit in their easy chairs reading golf magazines while dreaming of humidity and the click made by a well-struck balata golf ball. Why not skip the seed catalog and develop a course renovation summary for the upcoming season?
Golf course renovation projects all begin one way: Someone identifies a course issue needing attention, they develop solid project information then they propose the project to the membership or ownership. You don’t need to be Rees Jones to do this. A well structured proposal will create a life-of-its-own for your project. You may get it done this year.
You have one chance to establish your credibility and push the project. People have limited attention spans and if you waver on the facts you will quickly loose your audience. Contact superintendents, architects or contractors for free information about the scope and cost of each project. After the February trade shows, these individuals have plenty of time to talk during the winter, and they know that phone assistance can lead to work.
Write a concise, detailed memo and send it to the decision makers. Not more than 500 words. Make it sound like it will benefit all if the project is completed. Summarize how the work will unfold, and identify the season and timeline for the work. Add photos with drawn in details to explain project goals. Most importantly, identify real project expenses and add in 10% for unforeseen issues. Your budget number is closely related to your club credibility, and asking for more money can be unpleasant.
Don’t wait for Augusta in April. Get moving now on your golf project proposal!