WHY BUILD A GOLF COURSE?
There are many valid reasons for building a golf
course. These include wanting
a course as an amenity for a resort or hotel, to benefit selling houses
around its fairways and within a residential golf community, for the
recreation of club members, as the site for tournaments, as a “green”
business to operate for profit, by a municipality for the healthful
recreation of its citizens while also attracting visitors or tourists and
combinations of these reasons.
HOW MUCH LAND DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD
A GOLF COURSE?
Most golfers expect a golf course to have 18 holes
with a par of about 72, plus a practice range and practice greens.
This typically requires from 140 to 180 acres of useable land.
Nine holes with a par of 35 or 36 should take about half the
acreage. However if nine holes are built initially, it is still better
if there is enough land to design a second nine at the same time, for
eventual expansion to 18.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD A
The type of soil, how much soil must be moved, the
method of constructing the greens, any major drainage required, the type
of irrigation system, costs involved in meeting regulatory requirements,
who does the construction and other factors all influence the total cost
of constructing a golf course. The
cost per hole can vary from $50,000 to more than $175,000 for some upscale
THERE ANY OTHER KINDS OF GOLF COURSES WORTH CONSIDERING?
3, pitch and putt golf courses and Cayman courses are all smaller than
conventional golf courses, so they all require less land.
An 18-hole executive course can take approximately 100 acres, an
18-hole par 3 less than 65 acres, an 18-hole pitch and putt course 25 to
30 acres and a Cayman course about the same.
Since each of these have shorter, narrower fairways and typically
smaller greens than for conventional courses, they also all cost
significantly less to construct and have lower annual maintenance budgets.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A
The actual construction time for a golf course from
ground -breaking to opening can be from one to two years, depending on the
weather and amount of equipment used.
But today it often takes an additional one to two years to obtain
all of the permits and required approvals before construction can begin.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING A GOLF
COURSE, WHAT WILL HELP YOU IN MAKING THE SMARTEST DECISION?
If you are thinking about building a golf course,
before making a final decision, first learn the answers to essential
questions from an expert in this field.
If you don’t yet have land for the course, you can find out the
essentials for an appropriate site. If
you already have land, a description of it, maps, photographs and even
arranging a visit for a site analysis will allow you to obtain valuable
specific information about its suitability for a golf course.
Other important questions can be how long is it likely to take
until you could open the course to start collecting fees, who is likely to
play your course, what kind of a clubhouse should you have, what maps of
the site are required for planning the course and other critical
For answers on these and other important matters,
please contact Golf Course Architect Bill Amick at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (386) 767-1449. Bill is a
past president and Fellow in the American Society of Golf Course
Architects. There is no cost
or obligation for your inquiries. If
you would like a copy of my brochure, please send me your mailing
address. Take this important step to learn more about the possibility of
building a popular golf course you will be pleased and proud to call