One of the many benefits of a new bridge from Links Bridges is how it helps improve the look of a golf course. Because our bridges are made of 100% fiberglass, the benefit endures as these bridges don’t show their age in the same way as wood bridges. A great example of ‘changing the look’ is a bridge recently installed at the popular Royal St. Cloud Golf Links in St. Cloud, Florida.
Links Bridges had a bridge – The Woody – on display at the recent Golf Industry Show in Orlando, FL.
We wanted to find a buyer for the display bridge so we didn’t incur costs to ship it home. On the last day of Golf Industry Show 2017, at around 3pm, two gentlemen dropped by our booth. They were Bill Filson and Tom Butler. I did not know at that time that I was talking to Royal St. Clouds Golf Links owners. I told them about the bridge on display and I took them to see it.
From left: Tom Butler, Don Ferrar, Bill Filson, Mike Gwaltnay, Regina Sosing
I was thrilled when Bill and Tom showed interest in the bridge. Bill wanted to be sure their Superintendent examined the bridge first. So he went to look for Mike Gwaltnay.
Mike arrived and checked the bridge. Bill, Tom and Mike had some discussion. Their other concern was how to get the bridge from the trade show to their course that afternoon and there were other details.
These gentlemen are obviously ‘problem-solvers’. By 4PM the transaction was done and sealed with a handshake. By the next morning, the bridge was delivered to its new home at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links.
I visited Royal St. Cloud the next day. Royal St. Cloud is a very impressive golf club. You can see the care and attention to detail every where you look. The place is immaculate. The one notable exception was an old bridge on the 7th hole on the Blue nine that ‘had seen better days’.
The Old bridge at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links
A couple of weeks later, this is what that same spot looks like. As you can see, they didn’t just install the new bridge, they really did some great finishing work to complement the bridge.
Photos by Mike Gwaltnay of Royal St. cloud Golf Links
Royal St. Cloud distinguishes itself in a very competitive market by, among other things, paying attention to detail and doing things like bridge replacements the right way. Links Bridges is very proud to have the opportunity to deliver one of our bridges to the Royal St. Cloud. Visit Royal St. Clouds Golf Links in St. Cloud, Florida.