Summary: Fairway modifications improve drainage and repair construction deficiencies. After developing a scope, create budget headings to develop a project budget.
Fairway renovations are done for the following reasons:
- To improve landing area reception to a golf shot
- To level playing surface
- To improve visibility
- To fix drainage problems
- To replace inferior subsoil
- To install new bunker and mound features.
Golf course fairways must allow a well-struck golf ball to land and roll in a straight line or be directed toward the center of the fairway by a side slope. Crowned fairway grades that direct well-struck shots toward rough or hazard areas are unacceptable.
A golfer must have good visibility from all places on a fairway. They must be able to see another golfer from the tee or when playing a second shot.
Fairway drainage problems are caused by inefficient swales or subsurface water. These problems are compounded by heavy subsoils that are incapable of draining water.
New fairway bunker and mound installations require fairway renovations. Existing fairway contours rarely blend with new features. This requires an expansion of the work limits to merge new features with fairway grades.
Fairway renovation projects include the following line items:
- Work limit layout and staking
- Stubbing of irrigation, removal and storage of reusable components
- Removal of existing sod, transport to on site dump
- Removal of unsuitable subsoil
- Construction of new features
- Purchase of new subsoil/topsoil
- Fine grading
- Installation of sod/seed
- Post plant care