Course Construction Case Studies


Golf and golf course maintenance practices are constantly changing as a result of many factors including environmental considerations, increasing play, the increasing cost of maintenance, improved grasses and construction materials and so on. As a result, almost every course will attempt some type of construction or renovation project every few years. Although every project is different and must be fitted to the particular course on which it is to be attempted, there is no need to reinvent the wheel every time. Case studies of projects that have already been successfully completed are at the very least extremely helpful starting points during the planning phases and can often provide a step-by-step sequence that will prove invaluable during the project itself.

Building A Short Course For Young Players

Tee Leveling Case Study No. 1

Fairway Fumigation Case Study

Green Renovation Case Study No. 1

Bunker Renovation Case Study No. 1

Bunker Renovation Case Study No. 2 (Crystal Downs)

Bunker Renovation Case Study No. 3 (Ridgewood Country Club)




IMPORTANT NOTICE: The USGA does not endorse or approve any company, product, equipment, manufacturer, maintenance or construction technique, etc. The fact that a case study is included on these pages should not be construed as endorsement or approval of any aspect of the study or the project by the USGA. The USGA reserves the right to remove case studies from these pages at any time. Finally, although every effort is made to ensure the case studies presented are based on agronomically sound practices and procedures, the USGA cannot in any way guarantee the project depicted will be successful on your course. This information is provided solely as an educational service. No fees are charged to post these case studies or for access to them.



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