what should be improved? And how?
These are important questions. A renovation, if done properly, can bring new life
to an aging course, resulting in a surge in
play and, if it’s a private club, greater membership interest. It can also help reduce
maintenance costs and improve sustainability.
“We have a process,” said Bill Bergin, of
Bergin Golf Design in Atlanta who’s done
many renovations. “It’s not something
A golf course takes considerable abuse.
Countless golfers trudge over it yearly, after
all. (Many wearing spikes!) A poor swing
can take out a chunk of fairway. An irate
golfer — come on, we’ve all seen one —
may bash it with an iron. And let’s not for-
get the powerful duo of Mother Nature and
At some point, a course cries uncle.
That’s when a renovation is called for.
But what’s the best way to go about it? Just
When done strategically to keep down costs and increase the return on
investment, a renovation can be well worth the investment.
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done without considerable thought and
First, he establishes a list of features that
may be failing — be it greens, bunkers,
drainage — and what’s needed to fix them.
The second step is to consider playing
strategy, he said. How will the renovation
effect course play?
“You’re tearing up acreage,” he said.
“How you put it back changes the course.”
The third factor — and one of the most
important — is aesthetics, he said.
“Most people want to play a beautiful
course,” Bergin said. “And a well-condi-
tioned course looks great.”
The renovation should help the super-
intendent do his job more easily and effi-
ciently. Course maintenance costs should
drop as well as bring better results, he said.
“Everything we do is budget driven to
bring the highest return in investment,”