No matter how pretty a golf course is, or how well the grounds are maintained, golf courses that lack quality facilities and amenities that don’t cater to the range of needs from beginner to professional golfers, will lose the ability to attract and retain business. As with many customer-oriented entertainment industries, the quality of many parts work together to create an overall positive customer experience and generate return business.
In addition to beautifully maintained grounds, fairways, perfect putting greens, teeing grounds, and paved cart paths, it is just as important for golf courses to offer guests access to high quality facilities such as clubhouses, driving ranges, retail space for a pro shop and renting equipment, spas for relaxation, dining facilities for food and drinks, covered outdoor seating, and structures for hosting small to large outdoor events. Today’s golf courses cater to a discerning audience and therefore need to consider replacing aging facilities, upgrade or expanding existing facilities.
One solution for golf courses to quickly expand their guest offerings, is to use engineered fabric structures. Fabric building systems can be custom designed to nearly any size, used for the same purpose you would use a conventional building, insulated for energy efficiency, heated and cooled just as would a typical building, and quickly installed in a fraction of the time it takes to build a clubhouse, golf cart storage facility, driving range enclosure, or a grounds and maintenance shop!
Golf Course Pavilions for Additional Revenue
The inclusion of a pavilion on your golf course can increase revenue in two ways.
First, a golf course pavilion is a great solution for providing a quality space for guests to find shade on a hot sunny day, a place to relax with a cold and refreshing drink, between enjoying rounds. Pavilions can be designed with cart storage facilities or drive-in, park, and drive out features – preventing the uncomfortable experience of sitting on a hot sunbaked chair.
Second, pavilions can generate an entirely new stream of revenue for your golfing business. Pavilions allow golf course owners the ability to generate additional revenue by leasing space for private events, weddings, business gatherings, golf tournaments, as well as for entertainment purposes including music concerts and performances, arts and craft fairs, local job and career fairs, and farmers markets.
Engineered fabric structures are a safe and reliable building solution. WeatherPort Shelter Systems™ is well known for custom designing and engineering fabric buildings designed to meet local and international building codes for safety. Their high-quality building systems can be designed up to 150’ wide and to any length. WeatherPort engineers and building specialists have put 50 years of proven excellence into the design of their golf course facilities – to create aesthetically pleasing buildings that offer greater energy efficiency, an impressive selection of options, including: windows, doors, lighting, electrical, colors, logos …to name a few. WeatherPort works with private, public, and municipally owned golf courses engineered to provide decades of enjoyment.
Outdoor Structures for Golf Courses
For golf courses looking for long-lasting outdoor structures for events, concessions, equipment rentals, as well as covered outdoor seating – WeatherPort produces a line of heavy-duty canopy structures. Unlike the typical pop-up canopies which need to be setup and taken down each day, and only used on fair weather days (when there is little to no precipitation and no extreme temperatures or winds forecasted), WeatherPort canopies are engineered using the same principles of integrity and strength as our larger pavilion structures. Meaning, they are designed for quick setup to use as a temporary outdoor event structure or can be setup and left in place as a permanent installation for year-round use!
Choose from a wide selection of building models including: 4-sided canopies, 6-sided canopies and 8-sided canopies, sizes, and side-curtain options. Our tensioned fabric membranes are available in many colors, allowing golf course owners to create outdoor structures that blend in with the grounds, match existing infrastructure, or stand out and are easily recognizable by guests!
Want your golf course logo, a specific design, wording, or number printed on the fabric to help promote your golf course? WeatherPort has the in-house capability of working with your design file to print directly onto our tensioned fabric membranes, allowing you to create a truly one-of-a-kind canopy structure for guests to enjoy!
On Course Restrooms
Though not frequently discussed among peers – the frequency and quality of on-course restrooms is a priority for most golfers when deciding which course to play. A recent study outlined the specifics about just how big a factor having access to restrooms is in choosing a golf course. Of 63 men surveyed:
- 82% said that they were more likely to play a course with clean and spacious restrooms on the links instead of portable restrooms.
- More than 50% of those surveyed said they were willing to pay $5 more per round to play on a course that had spacious and clean restrooms available.
- 24% state they know people who actively avoid certain golf courses because of poor restroom conditions.
- 84% say that poor restroom conditions can negatively impact their impression of a golf course.
Including quality restroom facilities on your golf course can directly improve the retention and referral rate of guests. A small increase in price per round can offset the cost of installation, making this an investment that can permanently improve the bottom line of your golf course.
Golf Cart Storage Facilities
Maximizing the income from your golf course should also include steps to minimize expenses. One way to reducing golf course operating expenses is to look at the cost for upkeep and replacement of equipment such as golf carts. Golf carts left outside – in the sun and overnight, exposed to hot and cold weather, will not last as long. Colors will fade, clear plastics will turn yellow and cloudy, metal will rust, plastic or leather chairs will crack, not to mention battery performance will be affected – certainly not the customer experience you want to give first-time or returning guests to your golf course.
Engineered fabric buildings are a great solution for storing golf carts! Quickly setup a custom designed golf cart storage facility and create a comfortable and inviting check-out desk for guests to enjoy the shade and brag about the birdie they had on the 9th hole of their last visit, while their golf cart is brought up – valet style.
The WeatherPort HGB series is the perfect building solution for storing golf carts, industrial lawn mowers, and other equipment used on golf courses. More portable and easier to install than traditional construction, the heavy gable frames and long-lasting tensioned fabric membranes work together to keep your equipment safe year-round, and in any climate. The HGB series of fabric buildings can be designed up to 30 feet wide and to any needed length. Just like the WeatherPort canopies, or large fabric buildings used to build a pavilion – the HGB series can be customized with a large selection of options, and with a choice of fabric color, pattern, or printed graphics to stand out or blend in as your needs require.
Engineered Fabric Structures from WeatherPort Are Better
Since opening our doors in 1968, WeatherPort has remained true to producing world-class engineered fabric structures. Our fabric structures are used in more than 65 countries around the world. The scope and diversity for which our building solutions fulfill is a testament to the design and unmatched capability of choosing to invest in a quality building product.
While buildings made using traditional construction materials like wood, brick, steel, and/or concrete are more well-known, engineered fabric structures from WeatherPort offer many advantages, including:
- Virtually maintenance free compared to wood and steel buildings that require frequent and ongoing maintenance in order to maintain.
- Drastically reduced construction times, which means less labor, equipment, and overall construction costs.
- Temporary or permanent designs allow for the installation of our fabric buildings to be set up and left in-place or quickly removed and relocated as needed. This is not possible with wood, brick, or steel buildings.
- Minimal tools are needed for installation.
- Minimal foundation requirement allows our buildings to be setup in locations with less site preparation, compared to buildings of traditional construction. That also means less environmental impact.
- Our engineered fabric structures can be securely anchored to nearly any surface type.
- Easily expanded or reconfigured to create more space as demands change.
- Clear-span design maximizes interior space by eliminating the need for internal support beams or pillars.
- Energy efficient design drastically reduces operation costs while maintaining a comfortable interior.
- Low life-cycle cost.