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Contour Golf was established in 1993 and specialises in the construction and remodelling of golf courses. Working both in the UK and internationally, through its in-depth industry knowledge and experience, Contour Golf has established a reputation for delivering bespoke, cost effective solutions to its clients. Through its unwavering commitment to providing a reliable and professional service, Contour Golf takes pride in ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget.
Contour Golf believe in investing into the latest and best in class machinery and equipment available for the demanding nature of golf course construction. This is demonstrated with a fleet of the latest CAT dozers and excavators all equipped with V-PAT (variable pitch, angle & tilt) blades and Power-Tilt hitches, allowing precision shaping and contouring. All of the machinery is fitted with LGP (low ground pressure) tracks or tyres, allowing even the most challenging of ground conditions to be operated on. This has enabled Contour to complete projects in various terrains from mountain bog to heavy clay.
Finishing equipment is of the same calibre as the heavy earth moving machinery. Consisting of a fleet of the latest John Deere tractors, Toro bunker bikes, combined with Blec finishing tools and seeders. Contour is able to create the finest and highest standards of playing surfaces achievable.
Contour Golf owns and maintains all golf specific plant machinery, avoiding the availability risk of hire which can delay your project, indeed their reputation for maintaining a fleet (with a value currently in excess of £2m) of quality specialist machinery means Contour hire golf construction machinery to many other industry specialists.
Ponds, lakes and water features on the golf course are rich habitats for wildlife, provide additional challenges for the golfer, are aesthetically pleasing and can provide for or supplement the irrigation on a golf course. There are many positives and few negatives in creating water features.
Contour Golf has the experience and expertise for constructing ponds, lakes and water bodies and has knowledge in the correct method of constructing such features.
Contour Golf has a wide range of specialist machinery and experienced team personnel to construct or renovate a water body or feature. Contour is conversant with erosion and water control, bio engineering and wetland habitat creation.
Contour Golf has been installing USGA type greens for many years and has a wealth of experience in sourcing and testing suitable materials. Contour Golf has the know how and machinery for expertly mixing the rootzone, for installing the drainage, the composite layers and then for finishing and seeding to a very high standard.
The United States Golf Association recommendations for green construction have been the most widely used method of green construction throughout the world and consists of a perched water table, comprising a sand rootzone mix of 300mm depth a blinding or choker layer of 50mm and a 100mm gravel carpet. If appropriate gravel is used then the intermediate layer may be left out and a two-layer system employed.
There are strict guidelines and specifications for the materials that can be used. The idea is to produce a growing medium that provides resistance to compaction, one that will drain readily but will retain sufficient moisture and nutrients to sustain normal turfgrass growth. For golfers this means a putting surface that produces a consistent surface that should be playable all year round.
The advantages of drainage are manifold. Well drained growing mediums promote healthy grass growth on the golf course through ensuring the required nutrients, oxygen and trace elements are made available. By encouraging a deeper root zone, drainage will also increase the drought resistance of the sward. Wet soils create anaerobic conditions resulting in poor growing conditions. Bunkers without adequate drainage will turn into ponds.
Contour Golf has a belief that once the drainage on the golf course is working correctly then myriad problems are solved. This philosophy starts at the surface and works its way through the topsoil and subsoil. At the surface Contour ensures that there is always a fall on the playing surfaces to shed water readily and easily. Contour utilises low ground pressure tracks and tyres to avoid compaction of the topsoil thus avoiding the creation of impermeable layers within the soil that restrict water and nutrient cycles. Contour has bespoke unique specialised implements to relieve compaction in the subsoil. Contour specialises in sub soil drainage installation for greens, tees, bunkers and fairways and uses the latest laser and GPS technology for the most efficient and cost effective method for installing the drains.
After the many layers of the construction process it is the finish of the work, the final trimming, cultivations and seeding, that is the shop window for the course. Following on from the finishing, the grow in period should then ensure that the finishing will remain as intended and the course can be brought in to play as soon as possible.
Contour Golf has a reputation for putting every effort in to exact the highest finishing standard. Contour achieves this with specialised sub soiling, final grading, cultivation, and seeding machinery; with specialised hand tools and through an obsessive attention to detail. The aim is to produce an aesthetically pleasing playing surface that is fair, consistent and predictable, one that is easily maintainable and one that is in play as soon as is possible and therefore producing revenue for the client.
The grow in period is one of the most critical elements of the construction process and it is during this phase that there is the potential for the biggest mistakes to be made. It must be stressed that grow in is not the same as maintenance on the golf course and that unless greenkeepers have some previous knowledge and experience of this process that even with the best will in the word and the best of intentions then actions can lead to costly damage to the new playing surface.
Contour has extensive knowledge and experience of grow in and is able to offer a complete service or provide guidance and advice to the client and greenkeeper during this critical phase.