New Course - Project Sequence

Feasibility Study
The feasibility study will discuss the suitability of the land for golf, the possible clubhouse locations the landform, the soil, the drainage and an estimate of the cost.

Preparation of Layout Plans
The next stage is to draw up the initial golf course layout plan. This gives a good indication of the overall length and standard of the course, which is achievable on the site. It also provides a good basis for negotiations with planning authorities.

Planning
Planning consents are becoming increasingly difficult and time-consuming to obtain. Most new golf course planning applications involve more and more detailed work, including soil surveys, environmental appraisals, historic landscape research and archaeological investigation. Our experience in bringing more than 30 courses through planning, either as part of a broad planning team or by handling applications directly ourselves, gives us an intimate understanding of what is needed and the likely costs. On simple projects where the issues are straightforward and predominantly related to golf, we can handle applications ourselves. On more complex projects, we can head a team of specialists such as planning consultants, ecologists and archaeologists.

Detailed Design
Once the layout has been finalized, all of the detailed design will be carried out. This is prepared from a topographical survey, which we can obtain or the client can supply. Increasingly we are using drone, or UAV) surveying techniques. We use AutoCAD to carry out the detailed design phase allowing easy transmission of plans over the internet and the calculation off all volumes of earth movement and materials.

Drafting of Specification
The specification details the materials to be used, the method of construction and all other information essential for both the construction of the course and the accurate tendering or negotiation of the contract price with experienced contractors. We incorporate the input of the project agronomist within this documentation.

Tendering of Contract
We have used many golf course contractors around the world and will draw up a tender list of experienced firms, capable of handling the contract. We will then carry out detailed examination of tenders and recommend the appointment of the contractor.

Construction Period
We make regular and frequent visits to the site throughout the entire construction of the course and authorize payment to the contractor as the contract progresses. Pre-opening Period The period up until the opening of the course is crucial and our services can include assistance with the appointment of the greenkeeping staff and specific agronomic advice to help bring the course into optimum condition as smoothly as possible.

Pre-opening Period
The period up until the opening of the course is crucial and our services can include assistance with the appointment of the greenkeeping staff and specific agronomic advice to help bring the course into optimum condition as smoothly as possible.