With nearly 40 years of golf architectural design behind him, Jeffrey D. Brauer believes the importance of high functioning greens, relies on more than just a well-functioning green. The integrity of the design also relies heavily on proper construction methods, as well as detail design of cart path, drainage and irrigation design.
-While concrete is more expensive than asphalt, it seems to be the more preferred option for cart paths. Concrete is more durable than asphalt, giving it a better opportunity to last without damages.
-Keeping your pathways direct, with easy circulation is key. You want to have your path laid out where your golfers will want to go.
-In order to keep the circulation of the pathway open, avoid large structural blockages, like mounds and bunkers, in front of the green on the cart path side. Make sure that your entrance and exit to the pathway is wide and spacious to avoid congestion.
-Subtle curves of the path will blend more effortlessly with the design of your course and will help to spread the stress on the path, allowing you to get more time out of them. Additionally, this makes for an easier drive for your clients.
Soils and turf:
-If budget is at the top of your priority list, then sand capping may not be the best solution for you. The most popular option us native soils, paired with ample depth (9 inches) surrounding the greens. If you choose to go with sand capping, herringbone tiles will be necessary.
-Whereas 2-2.5 percent drains well in most cases, a minimum of 3-4 percent for slopes around the green is better Paths are often used as drainage ways, but even a half-acre of upland drainage heading toward your green requires collection in catch basins before finding/crossing your busy parking areas and/or turf walk-up areas, if paths are on the high side. Where paths are on the low side, elevate them several inches and give them visible cross slope to move water away from the paths.
Adjust back to back part circle sprinklers so they have different stop and return points, which often cause over watering of the approach and other areas. Make sure the cart path side of the hole is well irrigated to reduce the stress of greater cart traffic.
If you are interested in building a new golf course? What about renovating an existing one? Take the first step contact us today! We can help you every step of the way, from planning to publicity, to ensure you get the most out of your design.
Jeffrey D. Brauer/GolfScapes, Inc.
3809 Canton Jade Way
Arlington, TX 76005