The Sigló golf course project is a part of large-scale leisure and tourism development plans for the town of Sigló, or Siglufjordur, on Iceland‘s north coast. Set partially in an abandoned gravel quarry, the new golf course is designed to work as a catalyst for the clean-up of the quarry, the introduction of a network of public footpaths and bridle ways, and the restoration and enhancement of sea-run Arctic charr habitats that had suffered in the previous era of gravel extraction from the two rivers that disect the site. Furthermore, the visually stunning golf course is expected to play its own part in the economic empowerment of a town once shocked by the sudden collapse of the herring fishing industry in the 1960s, now being revitalized with the development of a new hotel, restaurants, improved skiing facilities and various other leisure and tourism initiatives. A special effort is made to work with the cultural heritage of the site and the town. The maintenance of old historic ruins is brought into the golf course management program and a number of herring fishing artifacts are being re-used to reduce the project‘s footprint.
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Winter Survival Kit
Pace and Flow
Hot and Cold Spots
A recent survey conducted by STERF indicates that winter turf injury on a northern 18-hole golf course costs around 27,000 dollars annually. Causes can include a lack of surface drainage for melting water, wind chill or a lack of air circulation and solar access. All of these can be largely addressed by a variety of design solutions.
These, along with other autumn and winter measures can help minimize the risk of winter injury and reduce the need for repeated, costly annual measures.
Research reveals that golfers are willing to pay more than 9% more if playing time can be reduced by 15-30 minutes. Though a great deal of focus has been placed on improving player etiquette, the design of the golf course remains the single most important factor contributing to the pace of play.
This includes the location and number of hazards and obstructions, along with length, par and the sequence of the starting holes. Subtle changes can help speed up play without adding to operational expenses.
Cold spots in resource use are those that need high inputs put contribute little to the golfers' experience. By shifting focus from cold spots, more attention can be devoted to hot spots and thus improve on areas that the customers notice and appreciate.
For example, many sand bunkers are cold spots. On most golf courses, many bunkers can easily be removed without negatively affecting the playing experience. Get a bunker audit and find out what other cold spots may be hiding on the course.