Many older golf courses will, sooner or later, become worn, shabby, out of date perhaps, or need a change due to increased or decreased available land. For the older club or golf course, Line Mortensen Ltd. is able to offer a comprehensive range of services to optimize their courses in accordance with specific needs and financial capabilities.
For golf clubs that are unsure as to how to define their needs and how to go about optimisation of their courses, or that simply need a shot of inspiration to make further progress, Line Mortensen Ltd. is able to offer a one-day brainstorming meeting. This service comprises of a one-day visit from the golf course architect who, with the relevant representatives of the club, will walk the course and discuss the problems, challenges and viable solutions. The club is then free to decide whether it will pursue this input itself or order a more comprehensive course report before any work commences.
A course report is an aid to golf clubs in developing their courses under the supervision and guidance of a professional. Furthermore, a course report will ensure that any later developments will be in harmony with earlier alterations despite changes in club committees and their members.
Before optimisation can begin, it is not only vital to catalogue the immediate need for optimisation as perceived by the club but also to map out any weaknesses in the course as seen from a fully professional point of view. The idea is to exploit every avenue for optimisation of the course and to provide the club with a solid foundation for evaluating in which direction future development should be set in motion.
By registering a golf course’s strengths and weaknesses, a firm foundation can be established for optimising the course in a specific manner. This will be done initially in draft form and on a hole-to-hole basis leaving the golf club free to evaluate and prioritize its resources.
After highlighting the areas where optimisation of the golf course can be implemented, changes may then be carried out and completed. Depending on the size of the project and the finances of the club, the work can be either completed by the club’s greenkeeping staff or an outside contractor. On larger projects and when the work is to be completed by an outside contractor, it will often be necessary to make construction drawings and documents and the golf course architect will need to oversee and supervise the work in the same way as in the laying-out of a new course.
With smaller projects which the green keeping staff could be expected to carry out themselves, Line Mortensen Ltd. would be pleased to provide explanatory and general design details and drawings for tees and bunkers as well as assistance in staking out the placement of these types of new feature.