Grand opening for Ransomes course


Grand opening for Ransomes course
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The three hole, par nine 'RJL National' course at the international headquarters of turf equipment manufacturer Ransomes Jacobsen in Ipswich has been officially opened.

David Withers, managing director of Ransomes Jacobsen, thanked everyone involved in the project including Swan Golf Designs, Rain Bird, which supplied the irrigation system, Tarmac Topsport and Barenbrug for the various grass seed types used around the course and Grassform, the main contractor for the construction. Swan's James Edwards was the lead architect on the project.

"This has been a great project and we are so pleased with the result, which reflects the quality of the team we put together," said Withers. "We have about 1,000 visitors a year coming through our Ipswich facility and we can now demonstrate our machines as well as our acknowledged environmental leadership.

It has been a superb day and an excellent opportunity to thank everyone involved in the construction."

This article first appeared in issue 15 of Golf Course Architecture, published in January 2009.