If a major infrastructure failure occurred, is there a plan? Are you prepared if local water or fertilizer restrictions are imposed? These are questions that golf course stakeholders should be asking about their facility. If the answer to any of these questions is no, then developing a comprehensive master plan is necessary. A comprehensive master plan outlines specific areas of an operation and details future improvements to ensure a facility remains viable and sustainable.
Today, master plans are more important than ever. The economic downturn and a variety of other circumstances have forced many superintendents and their teams to extend the working life of golf course equipment and infrastructure far beyond typical life expectancies. As equipment and infrastructure continue to age, performance decreases and maintenance costs increase. To address these issues, golf facilities must develop long-term master plans.