Abstract:Install golf course safety fences to protect property and people.
We would like to build golf courses on two-hundred acre sites in the middle of a sandy-soiled forest. It rarely happens like that. We get tight sites with housing jammed along golf course fairways. Long par-threes with living room windows placed next to a bunker. Golf course safety netting creates a safer environment in these settings.
I’m not a netting expert. I use Bob. He’s a retired lineman for the local electric company (Massachusetts) and he knows poles and netting. I’ve worked with him on a few projects and I collected some netting wisdom from him. He insists on the following:
- Don’t use cheap netting. The diamond pattern netting that you see advertised in golf magazines has a low-resistance to ultra-violet radiation. This material breaks down after a few years, and he’ll get the call to replace the material.
- Telephone poles should be installed deep enough to handle heavy winds. He uses a truck-mounted auger to set telephone poles.
- Use quality cable clips and other fittings. Don’t try to save with cheap fittings. You’ll pay later.
He can climb a telephone pole and install cable and netting without using a boom truck. This saves on costs and tire impacts on golf course fairways.
Netting color is important; black or dark green is best.