Golf course fencing serves two purposes: to protect residential areas and those outside of the course from flying balls, and to protect golfers inside the course from the golf balls of others. If you need to update the fence around your course or driving range, then read on to discover a few things you need to take under consideration.
#1: How close are the neighbors?
City and suburban courses often sit right up next to residential areas. Even those in more rural areas have to consider that there may someday be close neighbors, though, since living near a golf course is in high demand. The closer the neighbors are or are likely to be determines your fence choice. If you are in the middle of nowhere with no roads adjacent to the course, you can opt for a lower fence. On the other hand, if there are traffic areas or homes nearby, the fence must be tall enough to contain any wayward balls.
In some areas, this height may be prescribed by law or local building codes. In others, you may have the option of how high to make the fence, but 20 feet tall is not uncommon. You do not want the course to be liable for any balls that cause property damage or injury. Inside the course, 4 to 6 feet is a common height except for around the driving range, where greater heights are necessary to protect the players.
#2: Is privacy a concern?
An exclusive club or one that caters to local or national celebrities has more of a concern with privacy than a standard golf course. For this reason, you may need to consider privacy options. Most golf course fences are made of chain link because of their height and durability. There is attractive privacy netting that can be applied to the chain link on the perimeter fence. This netting can even be printed on one side to feature the name of your course, or you can order it in a custom color.
Inside the course, privacy fencing may be necessary around areas of the club house or between holes that are close together so that players aren't distracting each other. You may also need fencing around some of the more unsightly areas of your course, such as the maintenance areas. In this case, vinyl fencing provides an attractive, durable, and generally maintenance-free option as long as the fence isn't likely to be hit by golf balls. In areas where ball collisions are likely, wood may be a better choice although it requires more maintenance.
For more help, contact a golf course fencing company in your area, like Arizona Fence Experts.