Water security key for UK course

By AML

Aldwickbury Park Golf Club in the UK has invested £100,000 to expand its irrigation reservoir, with the aim of eliminating the use of mains water on both its eighteen hole Park and par three Manor courses.

The majority of UK golf clubs still use mains water for irrigation, a situation that has many in the industry concerned about water security. “We believe it's vital for the modern golf club to show its commitment to sustainability for the long-term benefit of the facility, its members and the local environment,” said Aldwickbury Park general manager Tristan Hall. The club is part of leading UK golf chain Burhill Golf & Leisure.

Aldwickbury is also demonstrating its environmental credentials by installing a number of new nesting boxes aimed at attracting rare bird species such as barn and tawny owls, kestrels, nuthatches and treecreepers. The club hopes to install between 20-25 more boxes in 2011.

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