Mike Stanton discovers how much it costs to build a golf course
Saturday 01 May 1999
Teeing off Architects' fees for designing course, getting planning permission, arranging contracts, pounds 30,000; overseeing construction, pounds 20,000.
Fairway to heaven Irrigation, including a 1,000-head sprinkler system, pounds 300,000; water pump, pounds 60,000; landscaping, inserting drainage system and seeding, pounds 140,000; 18 greens, pounds 360,000; 18 tees, pounds 72,000; bunkers, pounds 4,000 each (average of three a hole); practice ground, pounds 80,000.
See you at the 19th Top-of-range clubhouse (restaurant, bars, committee rooms, changing rooms, shop and storage facilities), parking for 150 cars, pounds 1.5m; 10 golf buggies, pounds 20,000 each.
Missing links Maintenance for greens, fairways and rough, pounds 90,000; wages for six full-time staff and summer casuals, plus fertilisers, sand, flags, rakes, cups and tee markers, pounds 120,000 a year.
Total pounds 3,188,000
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