The type of work needed for the development and design of new golf courses can be divided into several categories, each phase building on the completion of the former.
Registration and Site Assessment
The first phase is to assess whether the site chosen is suited to the purpose. Is the site able to encompass the necessary amenities in relation to the size of the land, the location’s topography and possible local planning restrictions? Before any conclusion can be reached as to the suitability of the site, comparisons must be made to the advice provided by other specialists and advisors regarding soil structure, drainage, water resources and water availability as well as local environmental issues.
Utilisation of the Location and Masterplan
After the initial investigation has been completed with a detailed topographical survey, the positioning of amenities and facilities for the project must be determined including one or several golf courses, a practice area, clubhouse, green keeper’s facilities and any other building construction work or plans for outdoor activities.
The result of these endeavours is the Masterplan. This is the plan which the client will use when applying for planning permission from the relevant authorities before further design work can be carried out prior to construction.
When all necessary permissions have been granted, detailing of the project can begin. The complete drawings-package comprises of a staking-out plan, plans for earth-works and detailed plans of all the course components. Drainage plans, plans for irrigation, seeding and planting plans must be completed in conjunction with plans for larger structural work and in close collaboration with other specialists and advisors.
Further to the production of detailed drawings, construction work must be described and specified, measurement and building component tallies must be generated as well as tender documentation. The complete documentation package is produced in collaboration with the golf course architect and the client’s other advisors.
Construction and Site Inspection
To ensure that the final result is wholly satisfactory, it is essential that the first phase of construction is accompanied by adequate site inspection to ensure that budgets are not exceeded, the work is of precisely the right quality and that the time schedule is kept and maintained. At site meetings, the progress of the work should be observed and assessed. The number and frequency of these site meetings will be determined by the size of the project, the time schedule and weather conditions prevailing during construction.