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Restoration  Renovation  Remodel

Reasons your course should consider developing a Master Plan:

  • A desire to restore, renovate or rebuild greens to improve playability or conditioning

  • Review course bunkering to add, rework/reduce or eliminate bunkers to improve playability and aesthetics

  • Restore or renovate tees to improve playability and conditioning

  • Add new tees to improve lines of play and enhance course strategy

  • Identify opportunities to enhance playability and increase speed of play

  • Reduce overall turf area and establish sustainable native areas to reduce water consumption while not impacting playability or speed of play

  • Address safety concerns

  • Improve overall aesthetics

  • Improve course value and stay competitive in the marketplace

  • Restore historical integrity of your course

  • Address inadequate drainage to improve playability and conditioning


Master Planning services typically include:

  • Site Evaluation - A comprehensive review is conducted to identify potential opportunities the property provides for improvement to occur. Conversely, constraints are also identified and discussed with the client to establish the full range of possibilities the property possesses.

  • Course Evaluation - A comprehensive review of the existing golf course is conducted to identify and develop potential improvements that can utilize the existing features of the overall property. On a hole-by-hole basis improvements are identified that will enhance playability, strategic value and aesthetics to improve the overall golf experience.

  • Operational Evaluation - Discuss improvement goals with the course management to identify challenges they have in the everyday operation of the golf course and how the project goals will address these challenges and how possible improvements will aid in making operations more efficient and cost effective.

  • Documentation - The objectives and improvements are outlined in a comprehensive Master Plan document. This "road map" for improvements can aid the ownership in making short and long terms decisions to implement the improvements in an effective and cost efficient manner.

  • Cost Estimates - Working closely with ownership cost estimates are developed leading to a realistic and manageable budget.

  • Implementation - Working collaborative with course ownership, and through a diligent hands-on process, working closely with a golf course builder, to insure the intent and spirit of the improvements are realized.

Golf courses are not unlike the golfers who play them. Both get a little bit better over time, but eventually start to show their age. Whether it be a shorter backswing or poor draining bunkers they need some level of work to return to their former glory! Working with existing courses comes in different shapes and sizes and their needs can be extremely varied. From large extensive remodeling to specific small scale restoration and renovation projects, identifying the necessary improvements is imperative for success.


When considering adjustments it is important to select an architect who can work closely with your course management to understand your objectives and goals. The best way to achieve long term success is through continuity, establishing a relationship with an experienced architect who is willing to listen and collaborate with your team to implement positive improvements to your most important assest.


The most effective means in achieving this continuity throughout your course is to develop a Master Plan. Working closely with all stakeholders of the course to insure every aspect of the design has been evaluated to the satisfaction of the entire membership, all improvements are identified and compiled into a comprehensive Master Plan. This plan serves as a "road map" to implement change and enhance the overall golf experience.

Ty Butler has 25 years experience designing original courses, as well as expertise in transforming courses and adding value through renovation, restoration and remodel projects. At Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club Ty was able to transform an ordinary course into one of the top rated courses in the Caribbean, which is currently ranked 46th by Golfweek in their "Best Courses Caribbean & Mexico" ranking. Additionally, Ty sensitively restored and enhanced the bunkers at Midvale Country Club in Penfield, New York. This historic course, considered the first solo design of legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., was able to strengthen its position in the competitive Rochester golf market through this successful restoration process.


Not all courses require a comprehensive Master Plan to improve, but can benefit from a fresh set of eyes to lend advice on a continued basis or help to implement a smaller project. If your course needs are small and don't require comprehensive planning, Brio Golf offers consulting services to help identify and address ways to improve your course design, course setup and maintenance improvements. Ty can aid in implementing your improvements within the entire framework of your existing golf course to allow for future work and growth to occur. On a case-by-case basis or through monthly visits, Ty Butler is available to consult with your superintendent, course manager and greens committee in order to identify improvements, or implement a specific project which can instantly enhance the golf experience.

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