Abstract: Golf Course construction specification packages have turned into rambling, incoherent, contradictory piles of paper that few read and fewer comprehend.
Back when golf construction was a gentle business I acquired a specification package written by the late golf architect Phil Wogan. I wish I kept this two page document full of concise writing and active voice. Wogan summarized the entire golf course construction process in 1000 words and every word performed a role. He effectively used the word blended a few times.He didn’t use lawyer-like phrases like “whereas” or “shall be” that smother the real information in a typical 2011 golf construction specification package.
Contemporary golf industry paper generators replaced Phil’s two page spec. sheet with three inch thick packages. I’m sure the lawyers created much of this pulp but I must also blame the golf course industry. Their overuse of passive voice and modifiers creates documents that few can comprehend. In fact, the specification writers themselves can’t keep track of the data and this creates conflicting information.
The golf industry must understand that poundage doesn’t equal efficiency. It’s time to prune out the ineffective language and write understandable technical document that field guys and estimators can understand.