Drainage project is successfully concluded at Clitheroe GC

Drainage project is successfully concluded at Clitheroe GC
Sean Dudley
By Adam Lawrence

Clitheroe Golf Club in northern England has completed the drainage element of a substantial redevelopment programme, which was delayed by bad weather last winter.

Local sportsturf contractor Duncan Ross carried out the work, which began two years ago, with a goal to improve drainage across the course, as well as adding a new driving range.

Activity ground to a halt in November 2012 as a result of persistent poor weather, including flooding. Atrocious conditions continued to dominate the next six months, preventing men or machinery from working on the site.

An extended dry spell during August and September provided a window for the contractor to get on site and complete the work. Following on from the initial main drainage installations on the first and eighteenth fairways, the Duncan Ross team has installed a further 1600 metres of lateral drains to complete the project.

“It has been a long haul, but worth it,” said course manager Andrew Geddes. “The weather last year caused huge delays and created quite an upheaval for the club. But we should have the course in full use again in time for the winter.” The course remained open during the works.