Exeter Golf and Country Club is located on the edge of Devon's capital. Designed by five times Open Champion James Braid, the course offers year-round play and pristine greens.
The recent installation of a pond on the newly redesigned 18th hole was intended to highlight the high-quality course. However after the initial filling, the water started to discolour. Course manager John Parr consulted David Chammings from Sherriff Amenity who visited the site and identified the problem immediately.
"At the initial consultation, it was clear to see that the lack of natural water flow into the pond was the cause, as algae had already begun to build up after a couple of weeks, leaving the water discoloured," he said.
Chammings devised a monthly programme which included Sherriff Amenity products LakePak WSP and Black Out.
LakePak WSP is a concentrated microbial product containing a proprietary blend of Bacillus bacterial strains that biodegrade nutrients, organic matter and hydrocarbons to reduce foul odours and sludge in water. Used to improve water clarity and quality, LakePak is also non-toxic to fish, humans and other animals.
To further enhance the aesthetic qualities of the lake, Chammings used Black Out, a highly concentrated lake and pond colourant which gives water bodies a black, mirror-like quality. Sherriff Amenity says the product poses no threat to wildlife as it does not harm or discolour any of the lake's residents. It works by acting as a shading barrier on the surface of the water to inhibit algae's main food source - ultraviolet light - whilst allowing other light sources to pass.
Black Out gets to work straight away and Parr has been extremely impressed with the results.
"Just days after the programme started, there was a remarkable visible difference to water quality, and the Black Out has given us a great mirror finish, as well as keeping the lake healthy," he said.