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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.

With past renovation and upgrade projects having won international awards you can be assured of a quality service that will achieve, and surpass, project aims and objectives.

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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.

  • To replace worn-out greens, teeing areas or bunkers
  • To correct poor turf quality or inadequate drainage
  • To make playing surfaces uniform throughout the course
  • To restore a course to its former historic/traditional style and quality
  • To give a course a stronger identity in the market
  • To make better use of the available land, or lengthen/shorten a course
  • To improve golf hole definition and aesthetic appeal
  • To improve golfer safety
  • To increase the number of playable golf days
  • To combat competition from other courses
  • To enter a new sector of the market or otherwise change business strategy
  • To address water consumption and environmental issues
  • To extend a course from 9-hole to 18-hole or more
  • To add practice facilities and promote greater golf participation
  • To safeguard against the negative impact of encroaching non-golf development
  • To make maintenance of the course more efficient, and ultimately less expensive
Golf Course Redesign, Upgrade, Renovation and Remodelling - Roger Jones Golf Design

The Process

There 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.
  1. The course owner/the golf club compile a list of the issues affecting the course, and their needs and wants.
  2. Contact Roger Jones Golf Design to visit the course, review it, and discuss the issues, needs and wants.
  3. RJGD submits a written report on the visit, the review and the issues; the report will also highlight other factors for consideration, and opportunities that may not have been considered by the owners/the club.
  4. The owners/the club provide RJGD with a survey plan of the existing course, or ask RJGD to arrange for one to be carried out.
  5. RJGD prepares a preliminary plan illustrating ways to addresses the issues, needs and wants; suggests alternatives where appropriate, and the new opportunities for consideration.
  6. RJGD presents and discusses approaches, ideas and opportunities leading to general agreement in principle.
  7. RJGD prepares a 'Master Plan' for the renovation and upgrade which will comprise the drawing[s], cost estimate, construction options and timing, and other relevant technical data.
  8. RJGD can provide specialist information and materials if required. These can include full colour graphics and 3D computer-generated flyovers. RJGD can also make formal presentations to club members and other stakeholders.
  9. The owners/the club approve the scheme.
  10. RJGD prepares construction drawings, bills of quantity, specifications and other documents for tender/negotiation with builders.
  11. Contract is awarded and construction commences.
  12. Construction is regularly inspected by RJGD to ensure compliance with design and specification. RJGD attends project meetings throughout.
  13. Grow-in and establishment of disturbed areas either by construction company, or more usually the by the owners / the club's own maintenance staff.

Aerial Plan - Balcarrick GC Ireland - Roger Jones Golf Design

Golf Course Upgrade Master Plan - Roger Jones Golf Design

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.

Craddockstown GC Ireland - Roger Jones Golf DesignHow 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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