Speedcut Contractors have been taking advantage of the improving weather conditions to continue a wide range of golf projects and to take on new contracts.
At Sundridge Park Golf Club in Kent, the Speedcut team has completed the seeding of the new chipping green they built just before Christmas.
They have created a practice bunker that is intended to provide as many shot rescue situations as possible. The bunker has depth and slope variations and a fully revetted end.
Speedcut have returned to Piltdown Golf Club, East Sussex, where they built and reshaped seven greens – and have seven greens scheduled for work this year. In March they completed turfing to surrounds on two greens and preparation on mounding that will then be heather-turfed by the greens staff.
At Silvermere Golf Club, Surrey, Speedcut teams are carrying out refurbishments on bunkers and green surrounds from holes one to six and hole 17 – and a full reshape of the chipping green surrounds and bunker.
Also in Surrey the Speedcut team have done tee re-levelling at Reigate Heath Golf Club and they have returned to Addington Palace Golf Club near Croydon for further tee re-levelling.
A new long-term project is at Canterbury Golf Club – the Harry S. Colt-designed course – where, together with architect James Edwards, extensive renovations will be undertaken over a six-year period. Work is underway on the first two holes with the next phase planned for later in the year.
Also in Kent, Broke Hill Golf Club will be having tees re-levelled by Speedcut.
“These are very busy and exciting times for us,” says Barry Pace, Speedcut contracts manager. “The challenges of the winter hit everyone with the wettest conditions on record – but we managed to keep working by being extremely careful.
“Now, with some decent weather, we are able to continue jobs that were interrupted by the incessant rain – all in time for the normal run of spring and summer drainage and pitch work.”
Speedcut are also working on other sportsturf projects – including installation of secondary drainage at pitch constructions from last year for Swansea Uplands RFC, HadlowCollege, Brent Council and CharterhouseSchool.
They are also maintaining many of the football and cricket surfaces constructed last year and have recently installed an artificial cricket wicket at St. Hughes School, Farringdon, Oxfordshire.
Dick Franklin, managing director of Speedcut, says: “Despite the many challenges thrown at us by the weather during the winter we continued to provide support to our clients and are now completing many jobs while taking on new projects and looking at a busy schedule for the year ahead.”
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