The latest issue of Superintendent magazine features the first in a series of articles focusing on the role of golf course architects and the benefits they bring to a facility. A number of ASGCA members provided insight to “4 Reasons to Hire Architects for In-House Projects.”
Writer Anthony Pioppi states:
“The litany of massive failures when golf courses decide to go it alone for a renovation or restoration project is a long and tragic list.
“The decision to forgo the expense of an architect in an effort to save money often leads to significant costs down the road that far exceed what a designer would have cost in the first place.”
To make his case, Pioppi calls on ASGCA members Jim Cervone, Jason Straka and Bobby Weed. He also speaks with several superintendents who have experienced the good that comes from working with an architect…and the pitfalls of “going it alone.”
The decision to forgo the expense of an architect in an effort to save money often leads to significant costs down the road that far exceed what a designer would have cost in the first place.
Poorly planned projects done without an architect can lead to bad drainage, runoff and other problems.
A good architect will not cut corners.
Hiring an architect for in-house projects should be viewed as a necessity, not a luxury.
An architect also helps a club produce bid documents, assists in the hiring of irrigation and construction companies and oversees the work.
The complete article can be seen here.