New irrigation system for Porthcawl

New irrigation system for Porthcawl
Sean Dudley

Contractor MJ Abbott is close to completing the installation of a new irrigation system at the Royal Porthcawl links in south Wales.

The system includes an entirely new main line pipe system, new central control and decoders, valve boxes and solenoid valves, controlling existing sprinklers on the course. Abbotts has also installed a new reservoir at Porthcawl to support the irrigation system, which was designed by Adrian Mottram of Robin Hume Associates.

The contracting firm is also coming to the end of significant projects at a number of well-known UK clubs, including Rye, Royal Jersey and Copt Heath, though the poor weather and difficult ground conditions over recent months have delayed many projects.

Having built the new par three sixteenth hole at Woking Golf Club last year, the company has now returned to the course to install drainage beneath the existing fifth green, which remained very wet all winter.