The Hogan bridge
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Bridge Transformation

While we believe that it is always better to be humble, sometimes you earn the right to ‘toot your horn’ as the saying goes.  This is a story that we are very proud about from a number of perspectives.

A very successful and reputable construction company out of Connecticut – O & G, Inc. – asked us to come and look at a bridge they wanted to replace on the Torrington Golf Club in Goshen, CT.  Torrington is a beautiful golf club with a rich history, including hosting several major regional and national competitions.

The bridge in question was 20’ X 12’ and was used for equipment weighing up to 14,000 lbs.  O & G was donating the bridge to Torrington as a memorial bridge in honor of 3 deceased brothers who were founding partners of O & G and had spent many enjoyable days at Torrington GC.

After supplying an initial quote, we went to examine the old bridge – wood planks on 3 steel beams.  Based on our analysis of the bridge, we determined that the steel beams were in great shape and that we could reduce the cost considerably by incorporating these into the new design.

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The original bridge

The particular challenge presented to us was that O & G wanted something very special as a memorial bridge.  Working with our Design Team, O & G decided on a ‘Hogan’ style bridge which has an arched deck and ‘rubble’ stone fascia on each side.  We had to design and engineer a solution that arched the deck, accommodated Vehicular Live Loads of 14,000 lbs. and had a fascia on each side.

The solution started with making structural deck panels with progressively deeper beams to create the arched deck.  We custom fabricated 5 – 4’ panels, each the full width of the bridge, and these were attached to the steel beams to make the ‘structural-arched deck’.

Deck panels being fitted over the steel beams.

From there, we attached the ‘stone’ fascia to the deck beams and capped it with a curb.  The curbs on each side of the bridge deck have inscriptions denoting the memorial tribute that was the inspiration for the bridge.

 The finish product look like this Hogan Bridge. (We are waiting for a picture of the installed bridge at O & G Inc.)The Hogan Bridge

To anyone looking at this bridge, it appears to have a concrete deck, granite curbs and ‘rubble’ stone with mortar as a structural arch on the sides.  In reality, all of the components added to the steel beams that were retained were made of 100% fiberglass.

We started this story by telling you that our team was particularly proud about this project.  Let us close by telling you why:

  • Our association with the O & G and Torrington GC Teams – a more professional group of people would be hard to find. Their thoroughness and attention to detail made them a pleasure to work with.

  • Our efforts to help our client save money by retaining and re-using steel beams that have another 25+ years of useful life left in them. We credit our Design Team with engineering a method to create an arched deck on flat steel.

  • The final product is really a ‘work of art’ that will serve the members of the Torrington GC for many generations to come and provide a lasting tribute to the 3 deceased brothers who are honored with inscriptions on the bridge.

 

Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Bridge Renewal

This bridge story is about what we consider to be one of the most important innovations that will impact on what we can offer for golf courses, municipalities and other organizations with bridges over the next few years.  It is about how we have developed a method to manufacture a simple fiberglass ‘skin’ (in a wood or other finish) to make old bridges ‘new’ and extend their lives by decades in some cases.

We have to give credit where it is due and acknowledge that this innovation was developed to respond to needs identified by some wonderful people at the Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta.  They were the first to push us in this direction.  We first heard from Dean Clarke the Superintendent at Sirocco and later from Tom Ellison the General Manager at Sirocco.

They identified that they had 9 bridges that were still OK but going relatively fast.  The substructures were fine but the decks were on the verge of needing replacement.  Working together, we came up with the idea of smoothing the decks to the point where we could bond and seal a thin, custom-manufactured fiberglass skin (in a wood finish) to the existing decks.  The process also involves sealing the joints of the ‘skins’ – which were made in sections to custom-fit over the entire deck.

This achieves a number of really important things:

  • The bridge looks ‘new’. Everything you can see is in fact new and the remainder is hidden.

  • The deck is now a low-maintenance, long-lasting fiberglass surface.

  • The deck and substructure are now sealed from any further moisture or UV exposure or penetration. The deterioration of the substructure will now virtually stop.

RenewalSirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta

Pre & post coating shows the dramatic difference between the ‘before’ and ‘after’.

We are now working with the Sirocco team to complete the process on their remaining bridges.   At the same time, we are extended the offer for this product and service to the broader market as our research tells us that there is substantial potential for this to be a huge benefit to many of our customers to allow them to save a lot of money.

 

Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

The Golf Inc Strategies Summit

All about the The Golf Inc Strategies Summit 2016

The team at Links Bridges is pleased to be a part of this weekend’s Golf Inc Strategies Summit. The summit is located at the breathtaking Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. Regina, our very own Bridge Lady, has travelled all the way to Texas, with her camera and questions in hand as she records her meetings with many of the golf industries greatest influencers, aficionados and players.

 

Meeting New Friends

We were honored to meet with Marko Kaldoja from Pärnu Bay Golf Links who represents two golf courses and describes the Omni Barton Golf Course as “fantastic…with really great views” and is eager to “hear great ideas, share some knowledge and learn a thing or two that we can implement back home”. His courses have concrete bridges and is eager to meet with Regina to learn more about Links Bridges’ unique and sustainable fiberglass bridges.

 

Chris Karamitsos is from Tampa, Florida of Millichap National Golf Resort Properties Group. When asked why he is here he tells me his hope is to “meet with some industry professionals and tell them about what is going on with the golf transaction market”.

 

Lessons from the Keynote Speakers

On day two, we enjoyed the opening Keynote presentation about predicting Golf’s Future with Eric Affeldt, the CEO of ClubCorp, Dana Garmany, the CEO of Troon (who teaches us all the tricks of the trade when it comes to golf course management) Peter Hill, the Chairman & CEO of Billy Casper and Jim Hinckley, the CEO of American Golf (who knows the industry inside and out as a reputable executive in the course management and ownership industry).

Here are some of our favorite panelist insights and predictions that they presented when they were asked the burning question at this year’s Summit:  “What would you say is going to happen here in the next five years?”

  • The population playing golf will remain stable and people will have much easier access to golf courses and resorts with the varying technological advancements in the industry.
  • The consumer will have more and more choices on where to play golf, how to set up your tee times (online and offline) and the consumer can make decisions more last minute than in the past.
  • Food and Beverage services, special services are becoming more important to each course
  • It is changing from a mere athletic endeavor to an entire experience.
  • Initiations fees will remain low, as people are hesitant to spend a lot of money right now.
  • In the last six months, corporate travel has reached an all-time low, and this means there may be a decrease in corporate related golf travel in the near future.

With a schedule filled to the brim with inspirational speakers, educational sessions and networking events, we expect to learn. To stay up to date on our video blog updates from Regina, Like Us On Facebook. Learn more about the Golf Inc Strategies Summit online at http://www.golfincmagazine.com/strategies-summit/

 

Here are some photos from the summit:

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Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Links Bridges at Golf Industry Show in San Diego – February 11 to 13, 2016

The Links Bridges Team had a great time at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego – February 11 to 13, 2016.  We were thrilled with the quality and volume of traffic checking us out.

We attend these shows as one way to make sure that more people are aware that they have a different and better option for their golf course bridge requirements.  From our perspective, this show was an unqualified success!

Never before have we had the opportunity to interact with so many in the golf industry who have immediate and pending needs for bridges.

This show was also a chance for us to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  The NGCOA and GCSAA are to be congratulated on the success of this year’s show.

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