Tees: Guidelines should be set for tee leveling and uniformity, along with listing the mowing heights, divot repair procedures and marker rotations.
Fairways: Fairway width can be standardized, and mowing heights and cultural practices can be included to set objectives for turf density, fairway firmness and uniformity.
Bunkers: This most volatile area can be discussed and a general agreement can be detailed to include sand firmness and frequency of hand-raking versus machine-raking, and edging schedules of bunkers can be set to ensure consistency.
Roughs: Heights of cut, mowing frequencies and density of the turf can be decided upon and adapted to members’ preferences depending on the age and/or skill level of your members and guests.
Landscaping & Tree Maintenance: Since these areas also require continual maintenance and care, it can be determined how much the Club is willing to invest in them in the long term. All too often, new Committees add more trees and flowerbeds without consideration for future financial implications. Furthermore, since trees have a negative impact on the eventual quality of the turf, the golf course management should carefully identify and recommend which types of trees and/or shrubbery to plant.
In summary, these standards can be plain and simple, and can be professionally developed by an external consulting agency in coordination with the committee and management.
Other successful businesses have standard policies and procedures that help them achieve customer satisfaction. Likewise, golf course facilities should also have a written manual for daily and long-term operations. When performed accurately, this will bring management and membership to a better understanding of what is expected, needed and wanted for our golfing public.