Provide First Class Playing Surfaces
Passion, vision, and serious attention to detail are what's taken Greg Evans to Master Greenkeeper accreditation, and he and his team to more than 65 golf courses all over the UK during the last 13 years.
“Greg is a true pioneer in our industry, and his highly skilled and experienced team provide expert support to ensure every project reaches its true potential, delivering exquisite surfaces at an affordable budget.’’
Short Game Facilities
Working alongside architects, committees, and course managers, we have been involved in practice facility upgrades across the UK. Reforming short game areas to first class chipping and pitching zones not only enhances the golfer’s experience, but it provides another attractive feature to improve customer acquisition and retention.
Considering the existing area and landscape to ensure a new facility blends into the existing surroundings is crucial for these projects. We have been involved in the management of numerous short game facility upgrades that meet the USGA specification, as well as more cost-effective solutions such as excluding gravel if drainage is good.
A technique that we feel is invaluable to a successful upgrade is the ‘coring’ method, taking samples from a club’s greens and transferring them to the new area. This sustainable approach redistributes indigenous grass, giving all areas a homogenous appearance.
Bunkers are integral to most golf courses’ character. They not only create hazards and encourage strategic play, but when designed correctly with good drainage they enhance the landscape. Too often we see bunkers with poor shaping, but with a careful eye and the skill of an experienced designer, they can really add to both your course's playability and its character.
We project manage bunker constructions and renovations for dozens of golf clubs, but whether it is completely outsourced or done using in-house experts, a golf course can have great bunkers at a competitive price.
Water movement is key to a course's performance and infrastructure. In summer, an efficient irrigation system keeps the grounds hydrated. In winter, this water needs to be released. A combination of an adequate soil profile, drainage, and ditch network with the necessary outlets provides the perfect escape. Only improved if the water is captured and reused, in a reservoir for example.
Designing a drainage system has become essential to a course’s agronomic plan. Whether installing pipework to transport water through the profile quickly or improving the topsoil by implementing an aggressive aeration and sand programme, getting this infrastructure right is fundamental.
We design, project-manage, and install drainage systems all over the U.K. This ranges from feasibility studies to a complete overhaul of a drainage system including the cultural back up plan of aeration and sand.
An irrigation infrastructure demands frequent servicing and auditing after installation. Though the general instinct is to only consider irrigation when it's warm and hot, the key is to prepare your system when it is raining and wet, planning for when you absolutely need it during the summer months.
Our experience with improving irrigation ranges from completing system audits to overseeing the installation of new systems. Over two decades we have been involved in both full upgrades and partial phased improvements.
If completed in the correct manner, it can save a course manager time and allow the greenkeeping team to focus their time on day-to-day maintenance tasks.