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Speedcut golf course projects keep busy teams on the ball

Story published at 15:55, Friday, July 25th, 2014


Speedcut Contractors working on the Silvermere Golf Club driving range.

Speedcut Contractors working on the Silvermere Golf Club driving range.

Speedcut Contractors have been busy with various golf projects during the early summer. In one of their most hectic periods they have been installing drainage and building bunkers and paths at golf clubs.

At Lingfield Park Golf Club in Surrey, next to the racecourse, Speedcut have removed two dangerous storm-damaged bridges and replaced them with a new bridge deck incorporating foundations designed to protect from erosion risk.

And at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire Speedcut are continuing construction of a private golf studio for a leading golf professional.

Golf work has been completed at Silvermere Golf Club, near Chertsey in Surrey, where Speedcut have been carrying out reshaping and reconstruction on bunkers from holes one to six and hole 17 with the remainder scheduled for improvement in the autumn.

Working closely with the greenkeeping team, Speedcut have been carrying out a full refurbishment of the driving range in readiness for the opening of a new two-storey range building.

The driving range, which will be ranked as one of the finest in the UK, is being drained and regarded and is having an artificial target green installed along with nine artificial bunkers, together with lighting ‘berms’ (mounds to conceal lights).

“This has been an incredibly busy time for us,” says Barry. “As well as golf course work we have been working on racecourses and football pitches across the south.”

Speedcut also returned to Foxhills Golf Club and Resort in Surrey to improve buggy paths and access, prior to the PGA Seniors tournament. They previously carried out extensive work to tees and bunker surrounds.

Canterbury Golf Club, the Harry S. Colt-designed course – where architect James Edwards is planning extensive renovation with Speedcut over a five-to-six year period – has had reshaping done on the first and second holes involving bunkers and the approach to first green

And at Abridge GC in Essex they have built a trial bunker using Astroturf as the bunker liner for evaluation by the club – a technique that has proved highly successful and very competitive compared to other options available.

Tees have been built at Broke Hill GC, Addington Palace GC, Dulwich and Sydenham GC, while a  flooded bunker has been rebuilt at Cobtree Manor GC.

Turfing and seeding work has been completed at Piltdown Golf Club, East Sussex, and the seven rebuilt greens opened for play in late spring.

Dick Franklin, managing director of Speedcut, says: “The summer weather has given us impetus to take on varied projects and we have made very good progress on all sporting fronts, as well as golf.”

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