English Golf Courses

Clitheroe happy with new system

Lancashire club improves drainage on course

CLITHEROE GOLF CLUB has installed a new drainage system as part of a re-development project at the club and has praised Ormskirk-based sportsturf contractor Duncan Ross for the excellent standard to which the work was carried out.

The Lancashire club decided to make the changes two years ago when they were improving general drainage across the course and also adding a state-of-the-art driving range. However, they experienced problems with the weather, causing all work to grind to a halt in November 2012 and it wasn't able to restart for six months.

“It has been a long haul, but worth it,” said Andrew Geddes, the course manager at Clitheroe GC who oversaw the work. “The weather last year caused huge delays and created quite an upheaval for the club. But I'm delighted to say that the Duncan Ross team has been able to finish the work and we should have the course in full use again in time for the winter.

“I am very pleased with the excellent standard of work from Duncan Ross and his team.

“On top of that they proved to have the knowledge and experience of working on golf courses which is so important. It may seem obvious, but it isn’t always the case.”

Managing director Duncan Ross explained that understanding the rules of etiquette, respecting the players, the public – and even knowing when and where to take vehicles – is vital when the course remains open during construction work.

He said: “We are always mindful of the day-to-day activities of the greens staff and the players. It doesn’t hinder our work. In fact the opposite is true. Co-operation plays a huge role in getting the job done cleanly and without incident.”

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