Your golf course should be an oasis which is also very functional. This means that, in addition to keeping the golf course manicured and perfect at all times, you should make every effort to create golf course buggy paths which are safe, able to handle plenty of weight and designed to stand the test of time, while also looking great.
Today, we’d like to share information about how to create the perfect golf buggy path…
Do You Want a Gravel Driveway-style Path?
Some golf course owners don’t want to pave their golf buggy paths. They prefer to choose gravel driveway-style buggy paths because they tend to cost less. Gravel is also less permanent…if you want it to be! In other words, when you pave, your path will be there forever, unless you have it ripped up by pros with large machines.
When you choose a gravel-style path, you’ll be free to change it in the future if you want to, just by gathering the gravel, removing the underlay and covering the path with sod or grass seed. You won’t be locked in. However, if you do want to keep the gravel pathway intact over the long term, it will be easy to do so, as gravel is really pretty durable and low-maintenance!
Now, let’s go through the steps that you’ll need to take if you plan on constructing a gravel golf buggy path on your own, rather than outsourcing to a contractor. A contractor is likely to follow the very same steps!
It’s Like Building a Gravel Driveway
A golf buggy path will be created just as a gravel driveway would be. This means deciding on the size, shape and placement of the path and then measuring its dimensions. You’ll need to map out and measure your prospective golf path before you do anything else. Accurate measurements will ensure that you order enough gravel and buy sufficient materials for the underlay. Every golf buggy path should have an underlay, which reinforces it and deters water-logging and flooding. It will also deter weed growth.
Some people use plastic sheeting. These days, most people prefer to use plastic paving grids. They are affordable, permeable and designed to add tons of strength to pathways.
Once you have your measurements, you’ll need to dig up grass and topsoil along your future pathway. Dig up three inches of topsoil for every layer of gravel that you plan to put down. Adding three layers of gravel is pretty standard, so consider this layering before you place an order for gravel. Shoot for an overall thickness of four to six inches.
After you dig out the topsoil, you’ll be ready to add your underlayer. We recommend ordering your underlayer materials online. Plastic paving grids are lightweight, so you shouldn’t need to spend a lot of money on shipping. If you want a plastic sheeting underlayer, look for one in your community or online. Bear in mind that the plastic sheeting may erode over time and contribute to weed growth. Plastic paving grids will deter weed growth.
Once the underlayer is in place, it will be time to spread your gravel on top, in three even layers. Rake the stones in order to ensure that they are distributed evenly.
Some people add borders to these pathways. However, most don’t, as golf buggy pathways tend to be long and this means that adding borders along both sides is quite an undertaking. If you do want a border, consider wood or larger stones.
Is A Paved Pathway Right for You?
Every golf course is different. You know how much you have to spend, how permanent you want the pathway to be and whether or not you prefer the look and smoothness of a paved surface to that of gravel. Weigh the benefits and drawbacks. If you do want paving, you’ll need to find a superb contractor. You’ll need to pay for materials and the paving itself. Paving does look nice and it promotes a nice, smooth experience for those who drive golf buggies or ride in them.
Just be sure to shop around carefully for a contractor. Look at customer reviews and gather quotes from at least three highly-rated providers. It’s the key to avoiding getting overcharged.
Now that you know how to create the perfect golf buggy path, you’ll be ready to move forward and design a pathway which your clients love to use. Your golf course will be easier to navigate and creating an ideal pathway may help you to generate more business and more profits. It will also improve the image of your golf course.
Design a Golf Buggy Path Today
Hopefully, this quick guide has given you the information that you need. Now that you know the drill, why not use this information to design a golf buggy pathway today?
About Fergus @MatsGrids
MatsGrids are suppliers of Ground reinforcement systems, grass reinforcement and protection mesh for domestic and commercial landscaping projects. Our business mission is to become the UK’s leading supplier of Recycled Rubber Grass Mats, civils and landscaping products. Over the last few years, our company has grown to become one of the UK’s most reputable suppliers to these sectors and today we supply our range of products to thousands of businesses and end users within the UK and overseas.