Roger Jones Golf Design provides redesign, renovation, upgrade and remodelling services for every type of golf facility - from championship courses to member clubs; pay-as-you-play courses, executive courses and golf academies.
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Why Redesign, Renovate, Upgrade or Remodel your Golf Course? - Some common factors;There can be numerous good reasons for redesigning, renovating and upgrading a golf course, and most can improve the commercial performance of a golf business.
The ProcessThere are a number of steps in the process that lead to achieving the desired result.
A clearly defined plan will ensure that the process unfolds smoothly, with all parties aware of what is involved at each stage.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]What about disruption?
Inevitably there will be some, but as the ultimate goal benefits all stakeholders this is rarely a major issue. If necessary, temporary teeing positions and temporary greens are identified and prepared in advance. Areas being worked on are 'ground under repair' for the purposes of play. In most cases work is carried out section by section in accordance with a programme of works agreed between the owners/the club, RJGD and the course builder. Keeping members and other stakeholders informed on progress is important to mitigate against any dissenting voices.
Can the golf course remain open for play?
Yes. Unless the extent of the works is such that virtually all of the golf course is undergoing renovation, it can stay open to members and visitors. Good communication is the key to managing this. Members must be kept informed which areas of the course are being worked on at any one time - regular email to members is one way of doing this, notices in prominent positions around the club, golf shop and first tee is another way.
How do we choose a builder?
RJGD will advise on reputable golf course builders who have the relevant experience. Once all drawings and documents are prepared each builder will be invited to submit a tender. RJGD will assist the club to evaluate each of these tenders and the one considered the best will be offered the contract.
What is the best way to manage this project on the side of the owners/the club?
In a private owner scenario, the owners should nominate a project manager who will be the main contact with RJGD, who in turn will be the contact between the owners and the golf course builder.
In a member's club scenario, the club should establish a 'project committee', of about six people. Ideally they should have a mix of skills which include administration and building. This committee will then work closely with RJGD and have a thorough understanding of all elements of the project that they can convey back to other club officials and members. RJGD will be the main contact between the club and the golf course builder.
What is the best way to finance such a project?
There are several ways such projects are funded and the solution may involve a combination of ways. These include; own financial resources, member levies, borrowing from financial institutions, grant aid from charitable or statutory bodies, selling new memberships, or selling unwanted assets.
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