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Old 09-15-2017, 06:56 PM
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. Second, outside of best practices, what are the best low cost maintenance techniques that some of you have used?
I agree with everything said above. Not sure if any of these apply to your case, but here's some things we did to save money on maintenance:

Mowing and weed wacking is time consuming and expensive, especially for 36 holes, so we try to minimize the number of times we do this during the year. We don't have a schedule for mowing and instead only mow when the grass gets too tall, which is usually controlled by the seasons, rain and tournament prep.

When possible, design your course with future maintenance in mind. Avoid tight spots that have to be weed wacked because a mower won't fit through it. Clear all rocks and stumps for the same reason.

We had rocks covering our fairways and greens. Millions of them. It would have been expensive to pick up and haul them off, so we used the rocks on each hole to make bunkers, retaining walls, tee pads, and to line the fairways and walking paths.

Don't be in a big rush to immediately clear the rough. You'll find that much of it gets beaten in naturally by the players looking for discs, so you may be able to avoid a lot of the work clearing shule by waiting.

We placed bunkers strategically to meet the design goals for each hole. Sometimes a cactus patch happened to be in the right place for a bunker, so we could save money by not digging it up and also by not having to maintain that area again. Once in place, bunkers are low maintenance zones that need no mowing and only occasional weed wacking on the edges. With numerous bunkers on every hole, over 36 holes this adds up to a significant portion of the course that doesn't have to be mowed.

All of the cedar trees cut down during course clearing were saved instead of burning them or hauling them off. These are now being used to make low cost fences and arbors.

We cut down a dozen large live oak trees killed by oak wilt disease. The small pieces were cut up and given to campers for campfires, while the big pieces are being used to make benches that cost nothing to make and are way cooler than anything we could buy. A few of the large stumps were also left tall for future chainsaw carvings.

We encourage local players to help out with maintenance when they can and we sometimes offer annual memberships in trade for hours worked on the course. When local clubs hold tournaments on our courses we also try and negotiate some help prepping the course beforehand by club members.
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Old 09-15-2017, 10:32 PM
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Contact the local sheriff, maybe you can get some get some convict labor. (Unless that's no longer politically correct?)
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