Part 3 in a series of 4.
In this post I’ll discuss how to define the work limits and construction impacts of your tee rebuilding project. Use this information to structure a budget, allowing you to determine if you want to do the work in-house or use a contractor.
Work limits include areas disturbed during the construction process. It’s important to define an area for construction processes; this limits the scope of work. It quantifies the work.
Define the work limits using the following criteria:
- Determine the tee toe-of-slope limits. A slope has a top and a bottom; the top is called top-of-slope and the bottom is called the toe-of slope. The new tee should have a side slope of 3:1. To clarify, for every 1 foot of rise, the slope will extend out 3 feet. Measure the height from the existing grade (not the existing tee grade, the ground next to the tee) to the new tee finish grade. Let’s assume it’s 3 feet.
- The design tee side slope is 3:1, so measure out 9 feet from the four stakes used to define the new tee top. Be sure to measure out from the point where the stakes intersect the existing ground. Paint a line to identify the toe-of-slope. The tee side slopes will end at this point.
- The work limits should extend at least 10 feet from the toe-of-slope limits painted on the ground. If you want to replace sod, fix a water pocket, remove a stump, or change an irrigation main, add it into the work limits.
- Adjust work limits to avoid irrigation components and ledge.
After you’ve established the work limits, develop a construction budget by using the following line items:
- Sod removal and disposal
- Irrigation impacts
- Other work within the work limits like stump removal and cart path construction
- Importation and installation of fill
- Importation and installation of topsoil
- Subsurface drainage
- Tee shaping and earthworks
- Laser grading
- Fine grading
- Tee mix purchase and installation
- Tee top sod
- Surround sod (the work limit quantity minus the tee top quantity).
Make a list of construction complications. Determine if the irrigation main line will need relocation, and make a materials list for irrigation parts. Choose a sod type and supplier. Develop a wish list for each line item. Include cart path costs.
Estimate equipment costs by using current rental rates. Add fuel costs, then add labor. Estimate how long it will take to perform each process. Line items should include material, labor, and equipment costs.
A budget will help you decide if you want to do the work in-house or use a golf course contractor. In-house construction works well if you have skilled staff and suitable equipment available for the project. For obvious reasons, off-season is a better time to schedule the work. If you’re sure your staff can complete the project, write a summary and submit it for approval.
If you want to use a golf course contractor, convert the golf course construction narrative format to a Request for Bid as described above.